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One library’s quick response to QR technology for the arts

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Title: One library’s quick response to QR technology for the arts
Author: Burpee, K. Jane; Graburn, Linda; Wanner, Judy
Abstract: The University of Guelph McLaughlin Library has its own art collection and also displays over 100 works on permanent loan from the campus MacDonald Stewart Art Centre. In recent years the library has created a large public space on the main floor utilized as a Town Square, a place of interaction between the community and the academic and scholarly endeavours of the university. Among many public activities this space has been used to host various art exhibits which often include tours of the library art collection. Librarians at the University of Guelph are committed to promoting our collection to support academic programs and provide access to original art to community users. We are presently engaged in a project to use QR labelling technology to increase the visibility of and accessibility of our art collection. This enhanced labelling links viewers to online artists' biographical information and will open the collection to faculty for teaching purposes and provide enriched learning opportunities for students to engage with both historical and contemporary art. Access for local artists and community visitors will also benefit from this approach to experiencing our art collection. This poster addresses the practical considerations of QR labelling a collection, the technology, expertise, and resources required and cost in materials and time. Information is provided to illustrate collection promotion opportunities with the use of QR codes for enhanced self guided tours of and examples are given of ways to incorporate QR collection information into academic art history and appreciation courses.
Date: 2012-04-02
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Related Publications: Burpee, K.J., Graburn, L., Wanner, J.One library’s quick response to QR technology for the arts Poster presented at Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), Colouring Outside the Lines, 40th Annual Conference, April 2, 2012, Toronto, ON, Canada

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