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Farmingdale library gets book ‘Smart’

The Farmingdale Public Library is implementing QR codes

The Farmingdale Public Library is implementing QR codes like this one to make the world of hard copy information interactive (scannable). Credit: Handout/Farmingdale Public Library

Smartphone users, you could use your mobile device to translate the funky-looking square above into readable information.

It’s called a quick response (QR) code, and the Farmingdale Library is working to harness its power.

”It’s just another way for us to link our patrons to additional information,” said Debbie Podolski, the library’s director.

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 Each QR code works like a link to a website. Smartphone users can download a reader application to their device and use it to scan codes, which will automatically open a website on their phone. Podolski said the technology will be implemented in the library as a part of its renovation, which is expected to be completed by Jan. 18.

The idea came from “Time” magazine’s use of the codes and information Podolski has seen in library trend publications like “Library Journal.” Podolski said people are moving toward the mobile web, and the codes are a way of appealing to audiences in every age group.

“We’re not just your grandfather’s library,” she said.

The library is always working to keep up with the latest information technology, boasting WiFi and Facebook and Twitter accounts. The QR codes are the next step for them.

“We’re getting right in there because we are the information specialists,” Podolski said.

The library plans to use the codes as a means of providing instant access to additional information. For example, Podolski said if the library sets up a rack of books featuring a particular author they will place a QR code linking to the author’s website on the display.

“The sky’s the limit,” Podolski said. “If there’s a relevant website for it, we’re going to create a code for it.”

(Want to test it out? The code above is scannable!)

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