So I am walking into work this morning an the university erected a plaque acknowledging the historic spot of the School of Tropical and Preventive Medicine and an annex building called the “block house.” The block house was finally torn down late last year while the south laboratory has been gone for much longer. But when I see this new plaque I reflect on how static and non-visual this type of presentation presents. I know our library’s archive has images of these buildings in their heyday. Hmmm.
Well, I couldn’t find any pictures of the “block building” but I definitely found images of the School of Tropical and Preventive Medicine. I saved the search, created a QR code and taped it to the plaque. Now someone can use their smartphone to search our library archives and bring up images from the past. I wish the university had thought of this beforehand so that the QR could be engraved in the plaque. As it is now, I just taped the QR code so that it can be removed if someone take offense. Laminating the code will be my next step if it is seen as a valuable addition.