Submitted by jrjacobs@stanfo... on Wed, 02/22/2012 - 13:02.
Have you seen these? These square-shaped matrix-style barcodes with black geometric pattern are called Quick Response codes – aka QR codes – and they’re really useful in today’s smart-phone driven culture for linking to digital information whether it be bibliographic information from a SearchWorks record (yes, QR codes are available for every item in SearchWorks!), a Website, a text message, someone’s contact information etc. QR codes can be scanned by QR code apps downloadable to iphone/android/blackberry/windows smart phones and ipads/tablets.
Well, you may have noticed some of these QR codes showing up in the wilds of the Jonsson/Social Sciences Reading Room and government documents stacks (W1 and W2). Kris Kasianovitz, Barbara Celone and James Jacobs have just released some QR codes to test their viability and utility in connecting the library’s vast physical government documents’ collections with our equally vast and rapidly growing digital government information resources. These particular QR codes link to government agency pages, SearchWorks records or directly to digital resources such as Proquest Congressional Publications. You’ll notice that we’ve placed QR codes in various shapes and sizes; this is to test which QR codes are more noticeable and useful. We have placed information about and directions for using QR codes in several locations around Jonsson/SSRC so that users will know what we are doing.
This is a pilot project; we are trying to determine if QR codes will work for what we are trying to accomplish – that is, connecting the library’s physical collections with our digital resources. To that end, in the weeks ahead we will be gathering data on how often the codes are scanned and the type of devices used to scan them. We’d be most appreciative of your feedback on QR code usability. Please email your feedback to Barbara Celone ( firstname.lastname@example.org). We welcome your input!
[note: this was originally posted in SULAIR News]
Submitted by mschaefe@stanfo... on Fri, 12/17/2010 - 10:37.
The Information Center of the Stanford University Libraries will be closed for Winter Break from December 18th through January 2nd.
Submitted by email@example.com on Tue, 04/20/2010 - 09:23.
The Mary M. Tanenbaum Room, room 221A in the Bing Wing of Green Library, is now open for group study. Like other group study spaces in Green, the room is available on a first come, first served basis, with a two hour limit when others are waiting. (See policy details).
Submitted by Chris Bourg on Tue, 02/02/2010 - 09:45.
Stanford’s new online discovery environment, Searchworks, now provides researchers with the ability to browse our holdings by Call Number. Browsing by Call Number facilitates the kind of serendipitous discovery researchers rely on when browsing the physical library, but with the added benefit of browsing across many libraries at once. This new feature allows scholars to browse Stanford Library items with adjacent call numbers, regardless of where the item is located. Browsing by Call Number reveals related items in Green Library, in branch and coordinate libraries, and in our auxiliary libraries. With Call Number Browsing, searchers can browse our full collection from the comforts of home or office.
To Browse by Call Number, click on a title in your SearchWorks search results, and use the Browse Around panel on the left. Try The Psychology of Music to see an example that allows you to browse related items on the shelves of the Music Library, Green Library, and SAL 3 all at once.
The technical work that allows us to provide virtual browsing by Call Number lays the foundation for future browsing options by author, subject and title.