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Sign Inventory

The Library Sign Inventory, completed in October 1992, was undertaken to analyze the quantity, quality and format of existing signs in the IUN Library. Toward that end, instructional, directional, and informational signs were examined to determine message, location, size, type size, color, format, method of mounting, and general condition. Excluded from the inventory were restrooms, shelf range indicators, posters, and back-lit exit signs.

Outside the Library
Sign Purpose Description Comments
Library Hours List library hours and location of the law library Free-standing sign
5' 11" high
1" white plastic letters on black background
Sign partially obscures book drop
The Library is open ... pull doors Avoid appearance of library not being open when doors are closed Permanently fixed on doors
Engraved 1/2" white letters on black background
Sign is confusing to patrons during hours the library is closed

Circulation Area
Sign Purpose Description Comments
Campus Phone Labels free campus phone Taped to top of circ desk
2" x 8"
Engraved white 1'' and 3/4'' letters on black
Circulation Desk Identify Circulation Desk Free-standing
4" x 18"
Engraved white 1 1/2'' uppercase letters on black on wooden base
REMOVED 1995
Overdue fines List amounts of overdue fines Two free-standing 9" x 12" white cardboard signs
white 1/2'' letters on black tape
on wooden base
Cardboard bending back on itself
REMOVED 1995
Users must present i.d. Circulation procedures information Free-standing 9" x 12" white cardboard sign
white 1/2'' letters on black tape
on wooden base
Cardboard bending back on itself
REMOVED 1995
OCE copy machine Directional 2 1/2" x 11"
Paper
Raised black letters on white
Black plastic arrow taped to sign pointing left
inserted in wooden base of "must present i.d." sign
REMOVED 1995
Periodicals & Microforms Identify Periodicals & Microforms Desk Free-standing
5" x 14"
Engraved white 1 1/2'' uppercase letters on black on wooden base
REMOVED 1995

Reserve Area
Sign Purpose Description Comments
Reserve Identifies Reserves desk Sitting on top of reserve card catalog
4" x 10"
engraved white 1 1/2'' uppercase letters on black
on wooden base
REMOVED 1996
Reserve fines Lists Reserves overdue fees Taped to back of reserve card catalog
1 1/4" x 7 1/2'' white paper
typed
REMOVED 1996
Checkout instructions / fines Lists fines & procedures On top of reserve card catalog
2 1/4" x 8''
typed
in name plate holder
REMOVED 1996
I.D. Required Procedures Information Taped to top of reserve card catalog
6 1/2" x 8"
white paper, handwritten black letters
REMOVED 1996
Fines Lists Fines Taped to top of reserve card catalog
2" x 5"
white paper
typed
REMOVED 1996

Change Machine Area
Sign Purpose Description Comments
Current periodicals Directional 6 1/2" x 21 1/2''
Engraved white 1 1/2'' uppercase letters on black
7 1/2'' left arrow beneath words
affixed to wall near periodicals desk and overhangs wall by 1 3/4'' on each side
REMOVED 1995
Copy machine Directional 8 1/2" x 11"
white paper with 1/2'' black letters
taped beneath the Current Periodicals sign
probably provided by machine's vendor
REMOVED 1993
Vendacoder instructions Informational three 8 1/2" x 11" white paper hand-lettered signs
taped behind and above the machine
Although the machine's front panel contains instructions, there are three hand-lettered signs of varying sizes taped on the front panel
HAND LETTERED SIGNS REMOVED 1993

Photocopier Area
Sign Purpose Description Comments
Copies Informational 4 3/4" x 10''
black 4 1/2'' letters on white immediately above copier
self-adhesive
probably provided by copier vendor
REMOVED 1996
How to make copies Informational 8 1/2" x 11''
black letters on white
computer generated
taped to wall
Removed 1996
Copyright warning Informational 3" x 7 1/2''
black letters on white
self-adhesive
left of copier on wall divider
probably provided by copier vendor
REMOVED 1996
Lid must be closed Informational 8 1/2" x 11"
Handwritten
Black letters on white
REMOVED 1993

This is a portion of the survey that was done for the first floor of the IUN Library. The entire survey for the library ran to a length of 13 pages. The summary and totals are listed below:

First Floor Total Sign Count: 111

  • Paper: 46
  • Engraved: 31
  • Free-standing: 3
  • Tape: 5
  • Other: 7

Summation

Total Signs: 194

  • Paper: 75
  • Engraved: 75
  • Free-standing: 5
  • Tape: 24
  • Other: 15
  • The percentage of paper and engraved signs (39%) is equal.
  • Tape signs account for 12%.
  • Free standing signs are 3%.
  • "Other" signs, which account for 7%, are defined as those signs, regardless of format, which were probably purchased or produced outside IUN.
  • The following areas contain no identifying signs:
    • book drop at circulation
    • first floor computer lab
    • video viewing rooms
    • change machine (as opposed to the area surronding the machine)
    • quiet area on third floor
  • The library contains one bilingual sign.
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