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QR Codes and library bibliographic records

Fei Xu (Hilton M. Briggs Library, South Dakota State University Libraries, Brookings, South Dakota, USA)


ISSN: 0305-5728

Article publication date: 5 August 2014



The purpose of this paper is to explore methods of producing Quick Response (QR) Code, its customization, artistic look and applications and elaborate the technique of generating QR Code for library bibliographic records.


Through literature review, the study explored methods of generating QR Code and its applications in academic libraries. Based on research work and implementation experience, an efficient procedure for generating QR Code for bibliographic records was developed.


The study identified methods of generating QR Code, its customization and applications, and established the technique of generating QR Code for library bibliographic records.


The study is expected to facilitate the growth of QR Code’s visibility and success, and its mainstream adoption. The technique of generating QR Code for library bibliographic records in the study should be instructive for similar projects.



The author wishes to thank Laurence Lockton, Systems Librarian at University of Bath, for his assistance and suggestions for the project. The author would also like to thank the two anonymous reviewers of VINE: The Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems for their comments and suggestions.


Xu, F. (2014), "QR Codes and library bibliographic records", VINE, Vol. 44 No. 3, pp. 345-356.



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