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Archive for June 30th, 2009

WHELF HE in FE Collaboration event

Posted by andrewey on June 30, 2009

At today’s Collaboration event at University of Wales, Newport there was a very informative double presentation from University of Bath.

The first presentation looked at the University’s use of social space in it’s recent redesign. This included the use of informal seating and furniture coupled with a relaxation of rules on eating and drinking (I liked the definition of their permissible eating policy = ‘sucky sweets’).

There were educational features incorporated in the redesign such as provision of movable whiteboards to encourage group work.

Furthermore the library has been promoting reader development through an ‘around the world in 80 books’ initiative where international students have recommended fiction titles which reflect their homelands for other students to read.

The second presentation looked at the library potential of QR codes. These are barcodes which can store information to provide links between physical and virtual resources.

Apparently this technology is already widely used in the Far East. The barcodes are read by mobile phone cameras which incorporate this technology. The software can also be down loaded to your phone if it is not already provided.

The QR code, once read, could contain a URL or digital information such as the catalogue record of a book you have just scanned (both uses were included in a JISC project undertaken by the University).

You should be able to see the QR codes for book stock on the University’s OPAC.

For more details see University of Bath blog

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