For immediate release | October 4, 2011

Make QR codes work at your library with YALSA’s October webinar

CHICAGO — You see them everywhere now: a blocky, black-and-white tag in the corner of an ad, on a book and even on products at your local shop. What is that thing? It’s a QR code! To learn how you can effectively use “that thing” at your library, join the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) for its Oct. 20 webinar, “What Is That Thing? Making QR Codes Work at Your Library,” to be held at 2 p.m. EDT.

Jennifer Velasquez, teen services librarian at the San Antonio Public Library, will lead the discussion. Participants will learn how any librarian, from the tech-novice to the tech-guru, can start using QR codes in the library at no cost. Jennifer will explain how QR codes work and will share sites where librarians can quickly and easily create their own QR Codes for free. Participants will learn how to effectively use QR codes to present and market programming at their library and build bridges between teen-created content and print and digital material in the library.

Registration is now open at Webinars cost $29 for students, $39 for individual YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals and $195 for groups (all participants watch in the same location). Registration is open at Questions can be sent to Eve Gaus, YALSA’s program officer for continuing education, at or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5293.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,