October 10th, 2011
Ellen Wrede, class of 2013, shared what she geeks–Dewey 640!
How (and when) did you start geeking Dewey 640?
I’ve geeked Dewey 640 for most of my life. Dewey 640 is home and family management. There are a lot of “how to get your stains out with coco-cola” type books and I love that. Cookbooks are in there, crafty books are in there and sewing and knitting books. It’s a lot of stuff that I geek, but all mixed into one place.
So I started geeking that when I was small, and it’s kind of gotten worse as I’ve gotten older (or better, depending on how you look at it).
What is your favorite thing about Dewey 640?
Everything. It’s both Dewey Decimal System (it’s in a library!) and it’s representative of so many things that I love.
What’s one thing you think everyone should know about Dewey 640?
Geeking ANYTHING in the library is always worthwhile. And it’s so handy! I mean, who doesn’t want to know how to get grass stains out of their jeans with coco-cola? That’s so handy to know. And stuff like how to crochet mushrooms? That’s in there too!
What do YOU geek? If you’d like to share what you geek with the Cornell community, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 10th, 2011
What is a QR Code?
QR code is short for ‘Quick Response’ code. QR codes are used to link phones to information, typically web sites. Most often, they are used in conjunction with QR code reading ‘apps’ on smart phones, but any phone with a camera can link to QR codes.
Why were they developed?
QR codes were developed in the 1990s by a branch of Toyota to track cars during manufacturing, as an alternative to barcodes.
What are they used for today?
While QR codes continue to be used in the manufacturing process, they are most often seen in advertising and in commercial venues today. As smart phones have become more ubiquitous, companies have begun employing QR codes as a means of overlaying digital information on the real world. The expectation is that if one sees a QR code in the wild, curiosity will provoke the individual to whip out there phone, snap a picture, and load the corresponding website. For some, this all seems like a lot of work, so there is some debate about the effectiveness of QR codes in advertising and marketing. Still, QR codes remain a novel use of technology that more and more people have access to.
How can I use QR codes?
The most obvious use of QR codes would be in advertising an event or product you might be selling to others. But the possibilities for use are endless. In cities, QR codes are used to link to bus route information. In the classroom, instructors might consider linking to important and relevant information, such as a syllabus or assignment description via QR codes. Obviously, one wouldn’t want to make QR codes the primary method of access, but rather as a method of allowing students the choice of how they access important course materials.