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While there is much literature that directs libraries to avoid having too much or insufficient signage, there is no clear guidance on how much signage is “enough” or “too much.” Conducting a signage inventory can be the first step toward determining how many signs a library needs, by establishing how many signs are in the library, of which type, and their condition. This paper proposes a ready-to-use method that any library can use to inventory its signage by adapting the inventory worksheet depending on factors related to the library type. The ultimate goal in developing a standardized method is that it would allow for, comparing results across libraries to attempt development of more specific signage guidelines or a formula that could calculate how many signs are “enough” and “too many” for a library given its type, population, and other criteria.
Mandel, Lauren H. and Johnston, Melissa P. "Evaluating Library Signage: A Systematic Method for Conducting a Library Signage Inventory." Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 2016.
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0961000616681837