ERIC Number: ED217840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Signs and Guides: Wayfinding Alternatives for the EMS Library.
Johnson, Johanna H.
Concerned with increasing the accessibility of the collection of the Engineering/Math Sciences (EMS) Library at the University of California at Los Angeles through the use of self guidance systems, this practical study focused on the problem context, general library guides, and library signage in reviewing the literature, and conducted a survey of library users to identify orientation problems. Discussion of general library guides covers the advantages and disadvantages of such guides, costs, design and format, organization, contents, and distribution. Signage is discussed in terms of existing problems in locating materials, the overall plan of a sign system, signage hierarchy, communication, and typography and layout, and recommendations are included for a modifiable system. The development of the survey questionnaire and its administration are described in detail, and recommendations based on responses to the questionnaire are provided. Additional materials on the survey are provided in the first appendix, including copies of the pretest and the questionnaire, as well as raw data. The second appendix contains a library guide evaluation sheet, the old EMS guide, and a first, rough draft for a new EMS guide. Definitions, a 37-item bibliography, and 60 references are included. (RBF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Library Users
Note: Master's Thesis, University of California at Los Angeles. Photographs may not reproduce well.