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Use of QR code and Layar app for academic library services

Santosh Abaji Kharat (Department of Management Sciences, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India)
Bhausaheb M. Panage (Jayakar Library, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India)
Shubhada Nagarkar (Department of Library & Information Science, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India)

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 2 May 2017




This study completed action research in the library. The purpose of this study is to increase awareness of the QR code and the Augmented Reality Application (ARA) among library users.


This is a technical review.


The researchers arranged tables in the library called “Scan Me” tables, and arranged academic books, journals and magazines with the QR code and the Layar material on a “scan me table”. The researchers designed one video using movie maker and other supporting software to provide guidelines on how to use the scan me table in the library. The researchers have shared this video among selected MBA libraries that have Wi-Fi and library software members.


This research also incorporates how to prepare virtual data and how they are linked with real data, how to give training to library staff to solve users’ queries and how to help them at the time of downloading the application or scanning material. Creating a better platform for this research required support from a library software design team as well as in-house technical or IT support staff for good maintenance of the library server, Wi-Fi equipment and so forth.



Kharat, S.A., Panage, B.M. and Nagarkar, S. (2017), "Use of QR code and Layar app for academic library services", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 34 No. 3, pp. 21-28.



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