QR Codes Connect Students to Books

I used this as an example yesterday for the Michigan school librarians:


“I realized how often I see them in public and I wanted to give [students] an awareness of them,” says Brook Forest’s school librarian, John Schumacher, referring to QR codes, two-dimensional barcodes that can be read using a camera on a smartphone. “They were coming up with lots of ideas of what they could make: business cards, links to their online accounts, and creating further designs.”

But first, Schumacher had the students write mini book lists and reviews, and then QR code their suggestions so other students could see what they liked. The popular school librarian—who posts online the number of books he reads each year along with authors he’s met—is big on getting books into kids’ hands. He even papers lockers and bathrooms at Brook Forest with posters marketing the latest title that’s arrived in the library. When the poster goes up in the bathroom, students know they can start reserving a new book.

“And I know they’re reading in the bathrooms,” Schumacher says. “Because they come in and tell me something I’ve only posted in there. I’ve pretty much taken over the school.”

Disclaimer: John is a Dominican GSLIS grad and I had the privilege to have him in three classes.