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Building Libraries & Library Additions: Signage

A selection of tools, resources, and advice to help you manage your library building project, whether large or small.

This is just a sampling of the articles available in the library literature.

Reference List

Barclay, Donald A., Thomas Bustos, and Teal Smith. 2010. “Signs of Success: Digital Signage in the Library.” College & Research Libraries News 71 (6): 299–333.

Castro, Rodrigo C. 2017. “Cruising through the Stacks: Developing Tools to Rapidly and Economically Mass-Produce Stack End Signage: A Case Study.”Journal of Access Services 14 (1): 16–28. doi:10.1080/15367967.2017.1283230.

Diskin, Jill A., and Patricia A. FitzGerald. 1984. “Library Signage: Applications for the Apple Macintosh and MacPaint.” Library Hi Tech 2 (4): 71–77. doi:10.1108/eb047575.

Eichelberger, Michelle, Cindy Hagelberger, Stephanie Smith, and Amy Westfall. 2017. “Signage UX: Updating Library Signs for a New Generation.” College & Research Libraries News 78 (10): 560–62.

Enis, Matt. 2016. “Signs of the Times.” Library Journal 141 (11): 39–40.

Fabbrizzi, Andrea. 2014. “An Atlas of Classification. Signage between Open Shelves, the Web and the Catalogue.” JLIS.It, Italian Journal of Library, Archives & Information Science 5 (2): 101–22. doi:10.4403/

“FireSign Digital Signage in Libraries.” 2009. Public Libraries 48 (5): 64.

Howe, Nancy, and Wendy Wilsher. 2014. “Creating Clear and Simple Signage.”Library Journal 139 (15): 19.

Ichiya, Nakamura. 2013. “The Trend of Digital Signage. (English).” Journal of Information Processing & Management / Joho Kanri55 (12): 891–98. doi:10.1241/johokanri.55.891.

Johnson, Carolyn R. 1993. “Signs of the Times: Signage in the Library.” Wilson Library Bulletin 68 (November): 40–42.

Johnston, Melissa P.1, and Lauren H.2 Mandel. 2014. “Are We Leaving Them Lost in the Woods with No Breadcrumbs to Follow? Assessing Signage Systems in School Libraries.” School Libraries Worldwide 20 (2): 38–53.

Knight, Jon, and Jason Cooper. 2018. “Raspberry Pi Driven Digital Signage.” Multimedia Information & Technology 44 (1): 20–23.

Larson, Kendall, and Allison Quam. 2010. “The Modernization of Signs: A Library Leads the Way to Networked Digital Signage.” Computers in Libraries 30 (3): 36–38. 

“LAT Enables All Products with Digital Signage Capability.” 2010. Public Libraries 49 (2): 55–56.

Nack, Michael P.. 2015. “From Corkboard to Digital Signage.” Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship, no. 80 (Spring): 5. doi:10.5062/F4J964C1.

O’Neill, Kimberly L. and Brooke A. Guilfoyle. 2015. “Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign: What Does ‘Reference’ Mean to Academic Library Users?” Journal of Academic Librarianship 41 (4): 386–93. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2015.05.007.

‚ÄčPetretta, Julia. 2014. “Arabic Sign Design: Right to Left and Left to Right.” Information Design Journal (IDJ) 21 (1): 18–33. doi:10.175/idj.21.1.04pet.

Piech, Carlo R., George Charles Newman, and Mary K. Delmont. 1986. “Butler Library Displays Vital Signs: Signage as a Remedy for Environmental Problems.” College & Research Libraries News, no. 6 (June): 379–81.

Pollet, Dorothy and D. Pollet. 1976. “New Directions in Library Signage.” Wilson Library Bulletin 50 (February): 456–62.

Polger, Mark Aaron, and Amy F. Stempler. 2014. “Out with the Old, In with the New: Best Practices for Replacing Library Signage.” Public Services Quarterly 10 (2): 67–95. doi:10.1080/15228959.2014.904210.

“Potomac Digital Signage for Libraries.” 2010. Public Libraries 49 (2): 56.

Ramon Apodaca, AntonioDaniel Messer, and Derek Stalcup. 2017. “SEEING IS BELIEVING: Powerful Digital Signage in the Palm of Your Hand. (Cover Story).” Computers in Libraries 37 (10): 4–7.

Ratledge, David. 2016. “Viewpoint: Technology.” Tennessee Libraries66 (3): 1.

Ratledge, David. 2014. “Viewpoint: Technology.” Tennessee Libraries64 (1): 1.

ScardinaCiro. 2018. “Library Signage: Creating Aesthetics With Canva.”Teacher Librarian 45 (5): 38–41.

Schander, Deborah. 2013. “Digital Signage.” AALL Spectrum17 (5): 7–8.

Stempler, Amy F. 2013. “Navigating Circular Library Stacks: A Case Study on Signage.” Reference Services Review 41 (3): 503–13. doi:10.1108/RSR-02-2013-0006.

Stempler, Amy F., and Mark Aaron Polger. 2013. “Do You See the Signs? Evaluating Language, Branding, and Design in a Library Signage Audit.” Public Services Quarterly 9 (2): 121–35. doi:10.1080/15228959.2013.785881.

Walker, S. R. 2012. “Detestable Signage.” Library Journal 137 (13): 11.