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Blogging at #CIL11?

Bloggers @ #CIL11

If you plan to blog from Computers in Libraries 2011 this March please let us know.  We have an easy signup form online so you can let us know and we can help spread the word to your fellow attendees as well as to the other folks following the conference from home.  

If you add your blog we will include you on the list, along with a QR code to make it easier for mobile surfers to find you, and your RSS feed will show up in the Bloggers at Computers in Libraries OPML feed here (XML).

In addition to the listing, we will feature your latests posts on the Recent Posts by Bloggers@CIL11 page here on To stay on top of news and information about the event. be sure to follow @itishows on Twitter.

QR Code Brain Dump by Mark Sprague

During Computers in Libraries 2010 we used QR Codes as an easy way for attendees to grab the URL’s for the many bloggers at the conference. For some folks, this use of the two dimensional encoding squares was old hat, and for others it was their first time seeing this 16 year old technology in action.

Name that Blog?

After years of use in Asia, QR Codes use is increasing in the US as a direct result of widespread adoption of smart phones with bar code scanning capabilities like Android powered phones and the Apple iPhone. The simple codes we used are just the beginning of what QR Code technology can express. The code on the right provides a link to the website of one of the Bloggers@CIL2010 – if you don’t have a phone with a barcode scanner, you can use one of the free online decoders like this one from ZXing.

Mark Sprague has written a very comprehensive post outlining QR technology and its many extensions and uses. Some of the designer codes he showcases are very cool. There are even QR codes with embedded graphics or company logos. I’d like to also thank Paula Hane, one of the LibConf bloggers and News Bureau Chief at Information Today, Inc. for featuring Mark’s post on Facebook since that is where I first saw it.

Read it at Understanding QR Codes.

Scan the Bloggers@CIL2010

QR Code for the URL of the Bloggers@CIL2010 page


You can now easily bookmark, visit, or share the websites belonging simply by visiting the Bloggers@CIL2010 page and clicking the Get QR Code.  If you do not yet have a QR Code reader for your mobile device, check out the zxing Get The Reader page.  They released the free (and aptly named) Barcode Scanner for most Android devices as well providing the popular Barcodes product in the the iTunes App Store.

Web Search University

Web Search University

You can generate your own QR codes for sharing a wide range of information such as a Calendar Event, a URL, a GeoCoded Location, a vCard style Contact Information, an Email Address, a Pre-Addressed SMS Message, or a simple block of text.  More data formats are coming and you will soon be able to share specific YouTube videos, an iCal object, or – as one of the developers has suggested, a new URI syntax to communicate chat status updates, and to follow, for instance, a user on  a service like Twitter.

The QR Code on the right is a sample of a Calendar event and could be used by attendee’s of Web Search University up in Boston later this month to mark add those dates to their calendars.

Also here on you can get the GeoCoded QR for the Computers in Libraries 2010 venue for use in many mobile navigation systems like Navigator from Google Maps.  And if you don’t have a mobile device with barcode scanning capabilities you can still play with the technology using the ZXing Online Decoder where you can upload a barcode image or just paste in the URL of the item you want to decode.