ACRL Arts Section Blog

January 4, 2011

Arts Midwinter 2011 Events

Filed under: ALA Midwinter 2011 — ccovert @ 8:58 pm

ACRL Arts Midwinter 2011 Events

Virtual Discussion Forum: Using QR codes to engage students with the arts: A practical approach

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 11am PST.
QR codes (or Quick Response codes) are interesting things.  With them, you can go anywhere.  Scan a QR code with your smartphone’s camera and soon you’re looking at a website, a map, or a telephone number – just to name a few. Libraries are using these cryptic squares to help students locate library materials, men and women have them on business cards to share contact information easily, and artists use them as inspiration for their artworks.  How can the arts expand on the usage of QR codes to involve students with the arts on campus?  Join the Arts Section for their *Virtual* Discussion Forum to find out how two academic libraries are using these 2D barcodes to engage their students with the 3D art on campus.

Jolanda-Piete van Arnhem (College of Charleston Libraries) will talk about a recycling and waste processing exhibition in the library’s rotunda.  Over 100,000 bottle caps and lids were transformed into contemporary mandalas.  QR codes were used in the exhibit for educational outreach.

Liv Valmestad (University of Manitoba) through the convergence of media, including Google maps, Flickr, blogging, and QR codes, created a virtual gallery accessible to students.  She combined the gallery with augmented reality using Wikitude and FourSquare to create a robust gallery of art on campus.

If you have never used a Wimba classroom before, please run the Setup Wizard to make sure it runs well on your computer.  No password is required – just type in your name to enter.

Questions?  Contact Yen Tran (nttran at, Chair of the Research and Publications Committee

Dance Librarians Discussion Group

Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 1:30pm.  San Diego Marriott and Marina – Point Loma Room.

Strategic Planning

Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 8:00 am San Diego Marriott and Marina-New York Room.

Virtual Executive Committee/General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 1pm EST.

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