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QR Codes for (y)our Apps

In our display case

I am on a serious mission to push our library out onto the platforms my kiddos love most–their phones, and to a lesser extent, their tablets.  I so want our library to be in the pockets.

As I finished preparing our QR code handout, it occurred to me that most of the codes, in fact most of the handout, could be reused by other libraries.

The codes lead our students and teachers to the App Store for free downloads and, with the exceptions of the code for our Spartan Guides, can be reused by other libraries using the same resources.

I used Unitag to create the QR codes because it allowed me to embed little logos of the apps (with coordinating colors) so I wouldn’t get them mixed up and  I created TinyURLs, in case of code or code reader failure.

Please feel free to make a copy of this Google Doc and personalize it with these codes and others you use in your own libraries.  (I am also curating these on a Pinterest board.)

Please also make suggestions for page 2 in your comments.

Note: Be sure to check age restrictions before recommending apps to your students.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. This is great, Joyce! I made a copy in my Google Docs as you graciously offered. Love this idea of Unitag allowing logos! I see that you don’t list the EBSCO app and am wondering if you find it as useless as I do. I’m thinking I won’t promote it to my students because it is so much more limited than the full site. Thanks, Joyce!

    • Joyce Valenza Joyce Valenza says

      Thanks, Mary! I am really hoping for a good one from EBSCO, in fact I’ll like to see them from all the databases. On the other hand, our MackinVia app does the trick offering access to them all with one mobile login.

  2. Great idea! I will be making both Android and iOS posters like these to post on my office door.


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