Quick Response Codes (QR Codes) are 2-dimensional barcodes that link you to all types of online information through your mobile device. The Gold Coast Library are trialing the use of QR codes and have come up with some cool ways for you to try using them.
You’ll find QR Codes located in:
- Shelving within the collection. Once you scan them, you’ll be linked to relevant subject guides providing you with access to more resources and information.
- The reserve books. If two hours is not enough, you can scan the code located on the book to see if there is a book available to borrow for a longer period. You can even place a hold.
- The newspaper area. Scan the code and you’ll be able to read an earlier newspaper editions on your mobile device
- Video tutorials – You’ll see codes next to the kiosks, the binding machines and colour printer/photocopier. Scan the code to view an instructional video delivered straight to your mobile device!
So how do you use them? Great question!
QR Code scanners (or readers) are available as apps downloadable for most devices including Apple iOS (iPads, iPhones, iPod touch) and Androids. They are also available for Windows 8 devices, BlackBerry and Nokia phones. The scanners are free and once downloaded and installed, they’re ready to go. All you need to do is open the QR reader app, ‘scan’ the code which links you to the QR service you’re after.
It’s as easy as that! You can see the friendly staff at the Gold Coast Library and IT Help desk if you have further questions or need a hand.
Have you used QR codes? What do you think of them? If you are on a different campus to the Gold Coast, would you like to see QR codes used in your campus library?
How many of you hold Griffith in the palm of your hand? (And I don’t mean the way that Nucky Thompson does with Atlantic City.)
Griffith’s App is pretty cool. It features campus maps, timetables, Learning@Griffith information, campus events, library news, bus schedules and more, all in the one place! And not only that, but it’s available on all Apple, Blackberry and Android devices.
If you haven’t downloaded it yet, get on to it quick smart! You can find out more about it by visiting http://www.griffith.edu.au/mobile
Do you use the app already? What do you think of it? What’s your favourite feature? Let us know!
Our second last Demo a Donut this week and we have some questions for you about social media channels…
Let us know if you use social media channels as news sources, and what you think of them.
Hand in your completed questions, grab a token and swap it for a donut. You know the drill.
See you soon!
Frantic activity onsite today as our contractors ready themselves for building inspection this week. They’ve been working 24/7 for the past few weeks to achieve this deadline – thanks team!
There are still various bits and bobs to be completed internally and externally over the next few weeks however.
Information Services staff in temporary staff space will relocate to G11, level 4 from Wednesday, May 29 all being well.
Our final furniture deliveries for the public access spaces (seminar rooms, Link-up Lounge, quiet study) is May 31. Commonuse spaces are available for booking through exams and timetabling from Monday, July 15.
All works in G10 (which include a new reserve room, electronic training room and extension of the level 2 collaboration zone) will be complete by Friday, July 12, just before ‘O’ week.
Look forward to welcoming you all to the New G11 – at the New Griffith 2013 – 2016.
So here is something neat about the Griffith Google Apps account that you receive when you start at Griffith: it will be available to you for life. Serious!
Griffith student Google Apps consist of:
- Gmail - your fabulous Griffith email account with crazy storage capabilities
- Docs - create, store and share your important documents in Google Drive – anywhere, anytime (plus share and simultaneously work on the same Google document with other students and staff)
- Calendar - organise your study schedule with the calendar – and become a time management demon!
- Sites – a way to share and create webpages with other staff and students
- Talk – chat with other classmates, friends and staff using the g-chat function in your email. Instant message = winning!
We believe these tools will help you to achieve studying enlightenment. (Well maybe not, but at the very least your organisational skill and time management ability will impress your mum.)
Are you sufficiently wowed? Head on over to the student email support page for more information!
What do you think about Google Apps? Have they helped you in your studying and general UNI goals? We’d love to hear from you!
Our contractors Watpac are working 24/7 currently to achjieve the handover date for G11 which is Monday, May 20.
From 2am to 5am Wednesday, May 15 there will be a water interruption to G10. All service will be returned by the time G10 library reopens at 7am.
From 6pm to 12 midnight on Tuesday, May 14 – Thursday, May 16, sand blasting will take place on the external concrete finishes underneath G11. There should only be low level noise associated with these works.
Earplug supplies are about to be replenished so grab a pair from the information kiosk in the foyer or on level 3 if you need them.
We’re nearly there!
You can find QR codes:
- On library catalogue records
- In the reserve room
- Online video tutorials for binding, printing and scanning
- Newspaper area
- In the print collection near high use books – linking you to the electronic copy if one is available
Come and see us tomorrow in the library foyer at 10.15 am and have your QR scanner ready!
See you then.