QR code library

QR codes are becoming popular in the managing and organizing library material. They play an important role in how books are now being catalogued into the system. The simplicity of QR codes and their effectiveness at saving time, money and their effectiveness is gaining momentum and it will not be surprising to see many libraries across the state adopting QR code cataloguing when referencing their material.

History of Library Cataloguing

How books are catalogued and how they are located within a library today is quite different than 30 years ago. 30 years ago, books were catalogued by hand and sorted by subject and last name. From there they were numbered and each book was given a card reader. This card reader would have all the books information such as the author’s name, the title of the book, the publisher’s date, and the subject area of the book. This card would then be placed among other book card readers in a card cabinet. People wishing to sign out books would go through these card readers which were organized by subject and then last name and find their books. People could sign out the books by leaving their library card at the library. Their card had their personal information and this would be used to track the person down if the book was late.

Library Catalogue Organization

Now let’s fast track to 10 years ago. 10 years ago, the computer catalogued all the books and there was a virtual inventory. The card reading system of finding a book was gone and now people could go to the computer’s catalogue, type in what they wanted to find and the computer would list a set of books that fit that search criteria. Signing out a book was also done on the computer, once the book was scanned onto someone’s card, the library would know who barrowed it without taking the person’s card. What was still present was the numbering system on the books. Each book was numbered by hand. Although their number was placed in the virtual catalogue, QR codes are now changing how the books are being numbered.

(QR Codes and Libraries)

In recent years, libraries are adopting mobile commerce techniques to better assist the public. Each barcode number is now being equipped with a specific QR code. When this QR code is scanned, the title of the book, the date it was published and the author’s name is given.  More recently, libraries are adopting QR codes on their websites to show how to videos like how to search for a project or videos that tour the library and (QR code libraries) are becoming more and more popular. It is suspected that QR codes will completely revolutionize how cataloguing will be carried out in the future.