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Videos and QR Codes in the Library

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Why use videos in your classroom or library?

First of all, it is fun and easy!! Secondly, teachers who use instructional videos report that their students retain more information, understand concepts more rapidly, and are more enthusiastic about what they are learning. Students are able to make connections between curriculum topics and the world outside the classroom which is the ultimate goal.

But videos aren’t just for the classroom. Libraries can also use videos to enhance learning, productivity, research, promotions, and so much more. Check out the reviews of YouTube and Animoto below to come up with ideas for your own classroom or library.


While there are many different ways that librarians promote the school library, using YouTube is one of the most cost efficient and convenient ways to do so. Librarian, teacher, and student created content can be posted on the library’s YouTube channel (like mine) which is an easy and free form of promotion.

Libraries can use Youtube to:

  1. Post Student Created Content
  2. Promote Reading Promotions
  3. Produce a Library Newsletter
  4. Recruit for Activities
  5. Promote School Events
  6. Support School Teams
  7. Advertise Fundraisers
  8. Post Book Trailers
  9. Give Library Tours

Here are a few examples of some school libraries who are doing it right!!  

And my favorite library video award goes to…

Why I Need My High School Library


Animoto is a cloud-based video creation service that produces video from photos, video clips, text, and music into video slideshows. Videos are a great way to bring  new life into your classroom! For teachers, a video shares content in a powerful and engaging way. For students, a video encourages interaction with academic material by hand-picking images, video, music, and text.

I created a book trailer for Harper Lee’s novel, Go Set a Watchman using this program. The process of using Animoto was efficient and even fun. I will definitely continue to use this site in the future.

US_cover_of_Go_Set_a_Watchman.jpgPublisher’s Synopsis:

A historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.

To watch the Go Set a Watchman Book Trailer, click here or scan the QR code below!


A QR code is a machine-readable code consisting of an array of black and white squares, typically used for storing URLs or other information for reading by the camera on a smartphone. QR codes are an efficient and fun way to get information to your students.

I personally use the Google Chrome extension URL Shortner which creates shortened URLs as well as QR codes for any website. This extension is a super easy way to convert your content into QR codes. You can also save the QR code and view details on the clicks and usage of your shortened URLs and QR codes.


Ideas for using QR codes in the library:

  1. Promotional Materials
  2. Orientation Videos
  3. Presentation Materials
  4. Library Tours
  5. Book Connections
  6. Online Reading
  7. Scavenger Hunts
  8. Worksheets
  9. Q&A Activities
  10. Library Surveys
  11. Maps
  12. Walking Exhibit
  13. Library Informational Brochure
  14. Audio Library

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed watching and creating videos while working on this blog post. I definitely suggest that anyone interested should do some searching around on the web because there is a plethora of information to be found!


5 Ways to Promote Your School Using Video. (2015). Animoto Blog. Retrieved 22           March 2017, from

Lee, H. (2017). Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee – Hardcover. HarperCollins US. Retrieved 22 March 2017, from

Resources. (2017). Retrieved 22 March 2017, from

Scan Me! QR Codes in the School Library. (2017). Retrieved 22 March 2017, from

Using QR Codes to Promote Your Library | NoveList | EBSCOhost. (2017). Retrieved 22 March 2017, from



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7 thoughts on “Videos and QR Codes in the Library

  1. I really enjoy reading your blog. It’s so inviting. I’ll have to check out the Google shortener. I haven’t heard of it before- but sounds interesting. I also like you ideas for both videos and QR codes and will add them to my growing list of possible activities.


  2. You really included some excellent ideas for using QR Codes in the classroom and library. I can’t wait to try them. And I appreciate the tip about URL shortener extension for Google. You always have great ideas to share!


  3. Great job overall! Your ideas for using QR codes are something I will add to my list. Enjoyed your book trailer the most!


  4. I love your blog. It is so organized and informative. I like your idea of using videos to produce a library newsletter. That idea hadn’t even crossed my mind. Advertising fundraisers is also a great idea. The possibilities are endless.


    1. · Oh MaryAnn, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. !!! I loved reading your comment and feel so enaeorcgud by the way you are pointing to truth and faith even in the midst of what is hard. May God continue to draw you to voices of comfort and love and may He grant me the same faith that presses into Him.


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