library signage, wayfinding, accessibility, academic libraries
Poster presentation at the 2019 FACRL Conference.
This poster documents the process of conducting an inventory of the current signage in the University of Central Florida’s John C. Hitt Library to determine ways to make the library space accessible to all users. It also presents suggestions for future signs, as the library undergoes a major renovation. This project grew out of my interest in a presentation on “Supporting Neurodiversity in the Academic Library” by Florida State University at the 2019 Florida Library Association conference. The presentation referenced the publication, Project A+: Serving Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Academic Library, which contained an inventory to help academic libraries evaluate the accessibility of their signage. In the manual, the authors explain that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder often learn by visual cues. As a result, clear signage is particularly important when serving this population, and this signage in turn benefits all library users. The John C. Hitt Library is currently in the middle of a renovation project, which involves changing the location of the entrances, service desks, and resources. Consequently, the need for clear signs in the new space is especially important for all students, not just those on the autism spectrum. In the summer of 2019, I used the signage inventory in the Project A+ manual to record information about the current signage in the John C. Hitt Library. I then researched ways libraries can incorporate aspects of universal design and drafted a list of suggestions for the future signage in the newly designed library space.
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Edford, Rachel L., "Conducting a signage inventory to improve accessibility at the University of Central Florida’s John C. Hitt Library" (2019). Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works. 1075.