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The Marquis de Lafayette’s heirloom sword from 1792 went missing Tuesday night, and it was up to a group of first-year students to find it. Skillman and Kirby librarians and information technology staff hosted a high-tech scavenger hunt where clues were left around Skillman and Kirby libraries to reveal the location of the lost treasure.

Students used QR (Quick Response) readers on their cell phones and library research services to find the clues. QR codes are small patterned squares which provide digital information after being scanned by a computer or the camera on a smart phone. The first 20 students to find the sword, which was located in Kirby Library, won prizes and got their pictures taken with the sword. The hunt wasn’t just for fun; it provided new students with an interesting way to get acquainted with library staff and services.

The QR scavenger hunt was featured in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Learn more about the Marquis’ Revolutionary Sword, which is usually held in Special Collections in Skillman Library.

View and share images of the QR scavenger hunt on Flickr.

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