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Wayfinding in Library Signage

Wayfinding in Library Signage



Group project analyzing and evaluating signage at the newly renovated Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling, IL.

Group project analyzing and evaluating signage at the newly renovated Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling, IL.



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  • Our presentation is about Wayfinding through Library Signage. Dos Libros visited Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling, Illinois.
  • So you’re driving down the road. How do you find the library? I don’t go to Wheeling very often. Then, I saw a sign. There’s the library.Cute pictogram, but could be improved with text.
  • Once we are in the library parking lot, where can we drive?
  • What do we see as we enter the library? Hours of Operation on the glass door. Donor bricks on the exterior of the building.Let’s go inside.
  • Community and Library Bulletins are posted on this board. Self-checkout with 5 terminals providing instruction in several languages. Pay your library fines, return materials, or check out library materials here. Sign, indicating where a line should form, and the direction individuals will walk from the line to a terminal. Sign above Checkout terminal provides users with incentives. “You could be a winner!” If many users are using these self-checkout terminals, perhaps the library could program a survey question at the end of each transaction. Potential cool tool for collecting useful statistics.
  • Some examples of Indian Trails public library’s patron awareness. Convenience baskets. Television providing patrons with interesting, useful community and library information.
  • Back of the first level of the library. Unique signage, warning signs (do not touch the hot vents), pictograms to match sections with signs. Many book face-outs inspired by the bookstore model.
  • Young Adult section, close to children’s section – for gradual young reader development. Books clearly labeled with corresponding pictograms. Teen Zone near Children’s and Young Adults. Computers near this section with signs restricting/reserving usage.
  • Reference desk labeled “Ask Here!” Makes reference librarians seem more approachable to library patrons. Signs all over the library tell library patrons not to be shy about asking for help.
  • Library Mission. Posted prominently on the 2nd floor, near the main stair case. ITPLD does not censor/restrict the checkout of materials – as part of its mission. Libraries wish to provide “a world of knowledge under one roof!”
  • Rules and RegulationsColor impactIndian Trails maintains a “High School Area Blog” through their Website. This blog is used by both students and teachers in the community. Book reviews/reports are posted and students gain experience navigating/posting onto a Website.
  • Directory near the elevators, Reader’s advisory wall, Multimedia signage, and Donor signage.Braille signage,Restrooms,Emergency exits,Meeting rooms,Periodicals.
  • Giving Spanish speakers options to search the catalog, or ask for assistance!
  • Director Thomas Simiele hope to remedy this problem ASAP

Wayfinding in Library Signage Wayfinding in Library Signage Presentation Transcript

  • Wayfinding in library signage
    Indian Trails Public Library
    Wheeling, Illinois
    355 S. Schoenbeck Road
    Group: Dos Libros
    Members: Kathryn Astrom, Jarrett Brazel, Erica Gamble, and Pamela Morgan
  • Finding the Library.
  • Navigating the Parking Lot.
  • Entering the Library.
  • CHECKOUT:Community & Materials
  • Patron Awareness
  • Children’s Section
  • Young Adult Section & Teen Zone
  • Ask Here!
  • Indian Trails Mission
  • Adult Section
    Open Floor Plan
    Flexible Signage
  • Notable Signage on the Second Floor
  • Non-English Materials &Services for Immigrant Patrons
    • Large and varied population
    • Collections in Spanish, Korean, Russian, and Polish
    • Language Line (translation for 30 languages)
    • New separate mini-library for immigrant patrons, organized by bookstore shelving system not Dewey
  • Non-English Materials
    Signs directing non-English speaking users to non-English collections, in English.
  • Works Cited
    • Images captured by Jarrett Brazel
    • Images retrieved using Google Image Search
    • Images retrieved at <http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=indian+trails+public+library+wheeling>