Wayfinding in Library Signage


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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

    1. 1. Wayfinding in library signage<br />Indian Trails Public Library<br />Wheeling, Illinois<br />355 S. Schoenbeck Road<br />Group: Dos Libros<br />Members: Kathryn Astrom, Jarrett Brazel, Erica Gamble, and Pamela Morgan<br />
    2. 2. Finding the Library.<br />
    3. 3. Navigating the Parking Lot.<br />
    4. 4. Entering the Library.<br />
    5. 5. CHECKOUT:Community & Materials<br />
    6. 6. Patron Awareness<br />
    7. 7. Children’s Section<br />
    8. 8. Young Adult Section & Teen Zone<br />
    9. 9. Ask Here!<br />
    10. 10. Indian Trails Mission<br />
    11. 11.
    12. 12. Adult Section<br />Open Floor Plan<br />PermanentSignage<br />Flexible Signage<br />
    13. 13. Notable Signage on the Second Floor<br />
    14. 14. Non-English Materials &Services for Immigrant Patrons<br /><ul><li> Large and varied population
    15. 15. Collections in Spanish, Korean, Russian, and Polish
    16. 16. Language Line (translation for 30 languages)
    17. 17. New separate mini-library for immigrant patrons, organized by bookstore shelving system not Dewey</li></li></ul><li>Non-English Materials<br />Signs directing non-English speaking users to non-English collections, in English.<br />
    18. 18. Works Cited<br /><ul><li> Images captured by Jarrett Brazel
    19. 19. Images retrieved using Google Image Search
    20. 20. Images retrieved at <http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=indian+trails+public+library+wheeling></li>