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!“.