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ISBN and QR Barcode Scanning Mobile App for Libraries

Author(s): Graham McCarthy | Sally Wilson

Journal: Code4Lib Journal
ISSN 1940-5758

Issue: 13;
Date: 2011;
Original page

This article outlines the development of a mobile application for the Ryerson University Library. The application provides for ISBN barcode scanning that results in a lookup of library copies and services for the book scanned, as well as QR code scanning. Two versions of the application were developed, one for iOS and one for Android. The article includes some details on the free packages used for barcode scanning functionality. Source code for the Ryerson iOS and Android applications are freely available, and instructions are provided on customizing the Ryerson application for use in other library environments. Some statistics on the number of downloads of the Ryerson mobile app by users are included.

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