The Absolutely True Adventures of a School Librarian

The Absolutely True Adventures of a School Librarian

Monday, March 14, 2011

QR Codes in the High School Library

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“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.”

Having the opportunity to work in a school ranked in the top 100 in the nation this year, I spent a great deal of time observing rather than doing...a very rare state of being....and quite temporary to boot!

It started with my presentation about digital book talks to our district librarians and to our English department which they loved, immediately looking for ways to incorporate the idea into their curriculum. (  That concept smoothly transitioned into my high school library in the form of QR Codes used to generate interest in books.

I also read The Daring Librarian blog ( about how QR Codes are used in her library and am now formulating ways to use them during my 10th grade orientation scavenger hunts in which I already use

For more ways to use QR Codes in your school take a look at this Google Doc:   Be sure to watch the YouTube video on slide is amazing what McGuffey School District has done with QR Codes!


  1. Very cool to see someone writing about QR codes and books! Do you there a way to get a book's ISBN or barcode converted to a QR code? When I put it in just as text, apps like ShopSavvy don't recognize it as anything but numbers. But they'll recognize a barcode, pull up my book, and show all the prices and where to buy. That's what I want to embed in a QR code but I don't know how. For now, I have it pointing to a book price search site with the results for my book....