June 23, 2021

Undergrad Helps University of Oregon Libraries Improve Signage

From the U. of Oregon:

Big, intimidating and overwhelming.

Those are the three words University of Oregon students used most to describe their first impression of the Knight Library on campus, according to research conducted by the library’s Wayfinding Task Force. The group was charged with making recommendations for and creating a plan for improved ease of navigation throughout the building.

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After finding that the building was indeed one of the most difficult to maneuver on campus, the library is now in the process of revamping its wayfinding system (floor maps, directories, find-it-fast maps, service identification signs and the like) with the help of undergraduate student Jenna Mogstad, a fourth-year interior architecture major in the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts.

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“The whole wayfinding system is catered towards undergraduates and the public services they’re going to be accessing in the library,” Mogstad said. “It’s more of an at-a-glance system, with a new color scheme and updated icons that are consistent. It’s what we hope to become the new campus standard.”

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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