Reflections on my past experience at the library

I have had an opportunity to be an intern at the Medical School Library. I have been working on several projects that I have been assigned to do throughout the year of 2012. I had to create SMART Notebook software tutorials for the faculty using Adobe Connect 8 and Adobe Captivate. I have had time to learn how to operate Adobe Captivate which provides the simplest means of recording one’s actions on a screen. I assisted the faculty in developing of SMART Notebook software activities for the class devoted to medical errors. I have been teaching professional development seminars for the library faculty focusing on the updated version of SMART Notebook 11. I have learned about Audience Response System and its benefits in allowing students to communicate and collaborate using clickers, at first, physical and later virtual. I had a responsibility to take student attendance using Turning Point 2008 and Audience Response System. I have been able to attend symposiums devoted to successful use of technology held at Saint Rose and at Sage Colleges. I have seen the SIM center at Albany Medical College and the simulations the students practice with. I had to explore Adobe Presenter, a new add-on to Power Point Presentation, and its use in creating step-by-step tutorials and medical scenarios integration. I took time to explore the apps, geared at gaming and simulation, installed in the library iPads which had become available for loans. During the Open House, the QR codes were successfully introduced at the library in the Scavenger Hunt activity. Following that, I had researched on how the library could benefit more from using the QR codes at the places of most need. I have learned that QR codes have been successfully used in the library settings including medical libraries. I had written a proposal on how and where the QR codes could be implemented in the library. Meanwhile, I had been discussing the ideas and the proposed workflow with the library faculty. I had come across a website that had the ability generate QR codes and retain the history of the QR code use, as well as the ability to edit the information about the QR codes over time. Next steps would require printing out and placing the QR codes in the library and the library handouts. After that, it would be interesting to observe the statistics to see how much and which QR codes might be scanned more or less. I am grateful that I have had an opportunity to learn so much during my internship and I will look forward to implement everything I have learned in my further teaching  experience.

Proposed Workflow

  • Create Gmail account for the library and add library staff to handle the work;
  • Create instructions on how to access and create QR codes;
  • Re-meet with library staff to create some codes and show how to do it themselves;
  • List where QR codes be located specifically;
  • List what it would look like: a poster, a handout, or a stand alone code;
  • Create QR codes; ensure work; re-meet and demonstrate the work;
  • At last, print.

Ideas (Sue, Elizabeth,Gail; Daniel; Traci)

Sue, Gail, and Elizabeth
  • Scan QR code to get to the NLM poster to answer questions, like “What is WJ?”
  • Scan QR code and go to study guides (location: students’ stations)
  • “Don’t see it on the shelf? – Request It!” Scan the QR code and get access to the online resources.

Dan and Daniel

  • Scan QR code and get printing instructions for the print release station, and book scan station.
  • QR code on a virus scan station
  • Scan QR code and get printing directions how to scan documents


  • Audio tour of the library with QR codes (great idea but should be implemented in 2013)


  • E-resources
  • Consumer Health resource page (locations: 8 computer stations and/or outside of the cafeteria) – Scan to take info with you.
  • Mobile Resources (QR codes on the handouts)
  • Library Contact Info (location: front desk)


Ideas (Elizabeth & Jay)

  • QR code for the NLM poster
  • digital frame will contain a QR code: one of the slide will slow up for 10 – 20 seconds or should we have a QR code in the corner of every slide?
  • QR codes on the handouts in class
  • QR code with a link (remote access) to EZProxy
  • Scan a QR code and get access to a Lightening Tip (created by Traci)
  • Browse our virtual shelf (location: next to elevators)
  • QR code with a link to a librarian’s business card info (useful to know who helped you – groupies)
  • Put QR codes with Consumer Health Page resources on the stand with folders near the cafeteria.


Ideas (Debbie & Ann Marie)

  • Scan QR code to make an appointment for a consultation (consult info – intranet): Need help? Scan to make an appointment.
  • Scan QR code and get a phone number to call if you need to reserve a room, or scan to reserve a room.

Specialty eBook Searches


*Emergency Medicine*{su}+OR+Emergencies+{su}+OR+Wounds+and+Injuries+{su}+OR+poisoning+{su}&item_type=EBOOK&sort_by=TI





Special Online Catalog Pages
*My Account Page – Renew books online*

*Required/Recommended Books*


eResource Pages (Public Sites)
*eJournal AtoZ List*

*Online Catalog*

*General Electronic Resources Page*

*Mobile Resources Page*

*Consumer Health Page*

*Request It!*






QR Generators with Tracking versus other URL shorteners



Google made its URL shortener,, open for everyone and gave it its own website, similar to’s.


The article source:


The article on the difference between the two QR code generators is here:


Library Street Fair: QR Code Activity

The Library Open House street fair and a QR code scavenger hunt activity on October, 24th 2012 was a huge success!

The Open House started at 11 am and lasted until 6 pm. It was quite a lively place, with 6 stations set up. A good crowd gathered for the afternoon to  learn about the services provided by the library, loan an iPad and scan the QR codes placed strategically around the library drawing patrons to the areas of interest for the purpose of the Open House, and to meet the library staff in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoyed snacks provided by the Library. It was a good opportunity for the guests of the library to take an iPad and get familiar with a QR code reader which were preloaded with a QR code reader. The QR codes were placed on each station- point of interest for the Open House. The patrons had to go to every station and scan a QR code and write down each answer/keyword on an answer sheet which was provided to them at the front of the library.

  • 72 people entered the raffle, hoping to win a prize. They were eager to learn about a QR code reader and to participate in the QR code Scavenger Hunt, and to fill out their QR code answer sheets;
  • 48 people borrowed an iPad, the rest either used their own Smartphones with a QR code reader available for a free download on a smartphone (Apple, Android, BlackBerry, as well as, Windows Phone) or worked in groups with the patrons who had an iPad or a smartphone.

At the iPad loan table we encourage people to sign up for the raffle while giving out free stress balls and book lights. The library staff introduced patrons to iPad medical apps., demonstrated a multimedia presentation, encouraged patrons to use iRequest service.

The Library open house attracted many visitors who had many complimentary things to say about it. At the end of the Scavenger Hunt, the patrons had to return the answer sheets and their names entered in a raffle to win an iTunes gift card. It was great to see such a high level of activity and enthusiasm about the a QR code scavenger hunt.

In the end of the Scavenger Hunt, patrons had to scan a QR code that connected them with an online survey which consisted of 5 quick questions:

1) How long does it take you to complete the QR code activity?

93% (39 out of 42 patrons) stated that it took them 15 min. and less to complete the activity.

2) How enjoyable was the method of using a QR code?

79% (33 out of 42 patrons) stated that they found a QR code activity “very enjoyable”.

3) Have you ever used a QR code before today?

69% (29 out of 42 patrons) stated that they had never scanned a QR code before. And 31% (13 patrons) stated that they were familiar with QR codes.

4) How effective was a QR code activity in helping you learn about the library?

43% (18 out of 42 patrons) stated that the use of QR codes in the library was “very effective”; 26% stated “Effective”, and another 26% – “Somewhat effective”.

5) What comments or suggestions do you have after using the QR codes in the library?

Comments left in the survey about the use of QR codes at the event said:

Really fun and ensures students hit very station!“, “Very interesting“, as well as “Probably easier for those used to technology, so more of a familiarity item than use at ease“. Also, valuable suggestions, such as this: “Ask us a question that we answer through asking the booth or learn from them. It will make it more challenging!“.



Navigating Physical Resources

Frequent questions:

  • WJ
  • Scan the poster LMN poster


Create a qr code tutorial. Location: library front desk.

Go Mobile QR code – connects to mobile homepage

QR codes to study guides – connects students with the students’ page

“Don’t see it on the shelf? Scan the QR code to request it”. The QR code will connect the students with online resources.



Ownership on the QR code?

internal (Citrix) vs. public website

How can we track the times the QRcode was scanned?





The Library Street Fair Open House With Quick Response Codes

The idea is to ask students collect QR codes on the Information Street. They will pick up the question sheet and the answer sheet. After that they will need to stop at each booth and scan the QR codes. Then, write down the answers on the paper provided and turn it in at the end of the “Treasure Hunt”. If they collect all the QR codes, they will be entered to win an iTunes gift card and have $5.00 in fines forgiven.

The worksheets provide students with instructions for major phone platforms available now along with some suggestions on bar code readers. The QR code can be copied, saved (to make previously scanned content easy to reuse, i-nigma automatically saves the last 50 codes scanned in the HIstory list.), or embedded instantly. Recommended friendly QR code readers were: QR Reader (free from iTunes); QR Droid (free from Google Play); QR Code Scanner Pro (free from Blackberry App World), and BeeTagg (free from Windows Phone App Store). Currently my favorite QR code scanning app is i-nigma. It’s available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry. It is available at to download.

The QR code answer sheet will require the students to fill out their name and phone number, as well as follow the instructions to scan the QR codes located at each booth and write down a specific answer. The library street fair will consist of the following stops: Technology Lane; Access Alley; EndNote Bend; iPad Blvd; and Memory Lane.

I will be using Treasure Hunt Generator:

I will be using any of these three to create a QR code: