Seen one of these yet? You might be seeing a lot more of them soon! They are called QR codes – the QR is short for Quick Response - and like a hipper, 2D version of a bar code their attractive black and white patterns hide a wealth of information – which you may already be able to read with your mobile phone! Yes, if you have a phone with a camera and the right software, you can read the code – which may contain a text message, a phone number or the URL of a website. They are evidently huge in Japan. Originally created to track auto parts, they now turn up on advertisements, in magazines, on bus shelters, on the bottom of plates in sushi trains and in rock videos – watch out for their appearance in Australia!
Do some more hunting on the web (particularly YouTube) for more examples and explanations!
(I generated this code using a free generator on the web – if anyone can read it let me know!)
…I wonder how soon we will have library applications!
UPDATE - thanks to those who let me know they could read the code! And thanks to Roger who sent me a link to the online magazine he edits with lots more information on and examples of the many uses of QR codes:
Last night we hosted the BizLinks seminar here at the Alexander Library building (Apologies, I should’ve blogged it before it happened – I’ve been away and missed my chance there!). Speakers from government agencies had the opportunity to present an overview of some of the many services they provide to small business starters (and operators). It was also great for presenters and support staff attending to learn more about the roles and services of the other agencies!
So if you missed out and are a small business starter or operator in WA, who should you be contacting for information and advice?
Congratulations to Financial Literacy guru Paul Clitheroe - In the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours list he was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia
For service to the finance sector through the promotion of financial literacy, and to the community
Paul Clitheroe is one of our business heroes. As Chairman of the Financial Literacy Foundation Advisory Board he’s a key figure in the Understanding Money campaign
…to give all Australians the opportunity to increase their financial knowledge and better manage their money.
You may know of Paul from the Nine Network television programme Money, he still contributes to Money Magazine and to the Money website. (My personal finances have improved considerably since I began reading Money Magazine!)
The State Library of WA is part of the Australia-wide network of financial literacy resource providers – if you want to find out more come and join us this Thursday (12 June) when the Business Subject Specialists present “Money: your bottom line” 11am-12 noon, 1st floor, Alexander Library Building, Perth Cultural Centre. Ring 9427 3111 to book your place. Can’t make this weeks session? We are repeating the session on Thurday 17th July, 5:30-6:30pm. Contact the Business Subject Specialists for more details.
it includes links to the Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), ReliefWeb, US Department of Agriculture briefings and more.
What global food crisis? Check out a Google news Australia search to find out the latest in the internet headlines… Or search on Australia New Zealand Reference Centre (available from home for all Western Australian Public Library members) for more news stories…
Lessons from financial history – Professor Niall Ferguson [takes] a fresh look at the way finance works. Professor Niall Ferguson’s analysis draws on the work of the French Naturalist Jean Bapiste de Lamarck – the idea that organisms alter and adapt in response to a changing environment. He applies this framework to our current, uneasy financial climate and asks: are we on the brink of a great dying?
Not sure how long the podcasts will be up for so listen whilst you have a chance! The lecture was originally delivered at the Mu$eum of American Finance , you can find out more about Professor Ferguson on his website.
Want to find out more about financial history? Begin with this broad search in the State Library’s catalogue…
You can find more about potatoes at the State Library of Western Australia- from photographs of the potato industry in WA, to recipes, to fiction about potatoes, to technical reports. Just search on potatoes as a keyword and get started!