Library Signage Examples
Signage options are becoming more diverse and important to specific library services: Card catalogues are being replaced with electronic book finding solutions. Conventional display boards are being augmented with new electronic display systems and information technologies. And by understanding how both conventional and digital signs can improve literacy and general education goals, libraries can expand their role within local communities. Take a look at these library signage examples as you consider how to upgrade your own information and wayfinding services.
Conventional and Digital Library Signage Examples
- Marquees and Outdoor Message Boards: There is nothing to increase a venue's public profile and community awareness like an outdoor marquee. With dynamic screens, a library can show different event information, literary quotes, or a general call-to-read each day or even multiple messages per day. What's more likely is that each library site will quickly find the best way to tailor messages for their patrons and local communities.
- Electronic Bookfinders: These software applications have largely replaced the traditional card catalogue paper filing system. Bookfinders can do everything the old card catalogues used to do and in less search time for the average user. With FWi's software applications, patrons can see building maps and dynamic path-drawing to more easily navigate library environs and find their desired reading materials.
- Sectional Markers: This is one of the most common library signage examples. Some libraries stick to broad categories for their sectional wall markers: fiction, nonfiction, reference, and multimedia. Other libraries help patrons identify smaller categories including young adult fiction, audio books, large print, and others. Of all the library signage examples, these are the least likely to use electronic displays.
- Interactive, Educational Signage: Whether it's for a school or the general public, many libraries provide the perfect site for educational initiatives. And interactive digital signage is becoming a huge factor in cost-effective educational programs. Better interactive software programs are consistently improving learning resources for libraries.
- Inter-Library Programs and Partnerships: Many libraries are part of a larger network. Inter-library loan programs that allow patrons to order books from other sites dramatically increase the number of available reading and research materials. But this is far from the only type of inter-library program. Both conventional and electronic displays can cross-advertise for reading and educational programs at other sites. Even without an inter-linking book loaning system, there is every opportunity for cooperation amongst different sites.
- Information Displays: Inter-library programs are not the type of information displays where library signage examples are concerned. With live data integration, a digital information display can show patrons the latest scientific, political, and cultural happenings and then direct patrons to those areas with related educational resources. As particle colliders are scheduled for potentially groundbreaking experiments, for example, these display systems can also show call numbers and book titles related to particle physics.
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FWi is the ideal software firm to handle a new display solution for your library. Our industry-leading iDS® software solution has all the software features necessary to manage and run displays throughout your branch or even an entire library system. Our Bookfinder application provides cutting-edge book finding services and library wayfinding resources. Other targeted applications can help streamline the design of reader boards, event lists, and building directories. Meanwhile, our experienced team of professionals will guarantee hassle-free implementation services.
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