Libraries are not a thing of the past; they are a useful resource for the community that will no doubt be around for a long time to come. The notion that they will be phased out, though, is one that stems from their general unwillingness to digitalize.
There are an enormous number of ways digital signage can be employed in universities to modernize them and increase their overall effectiveness.
1. Information and help desks:
Libraries are staffed by volunteers, who are there simply for the purpose of providing information and assisting customers. Of course, there’s value in keeping staff, but much of the burden could be taken off volunteers through employing digital signage to support and inform the patrons. Clean and user-friendly interfaces mean digital signage can appeal to a broad audience while simultaneously making much of the responsibility of volunteers.
2. Wayfinding Signage:
There’s no secret that some libraries can be like a maze; multiple sections divided into more sections—each categorized using sometimes confusing methods. Digital wayfinding has been popular in areas like this simply because it is useful – people like to know exactly where they need to go.
Although most libraries are not overly big, digital signage can be an extremely useful resource that can save both volunteer and patron time by providing real-time information about the location of items and sections.
3. Event Information:
There are often events at libraries, but the inability to appropriately advertise them often leads to a smaller than expected turnout. Especially when these can raise revenue for the library, it is critical that the advertising be displayed in eye-catching and engaging ways.
Digital signage allows this – it appeals to all age groups and can provide real time, easily updateable and user-friendly information about events for all patrons. This means the library can also save money that could often be wasted on traditional advertising.
Digital signage is an investment. While they may have an upfront cost unlike advertising or labor, in the long run, they have the ability to cut costs of running a library dramatically; especially because many libraries are non-profit establishments. easy
Easy to use and update, longevity and user-friendly, both for staff and patrons—interfaces mean digital signage can potentially have extremely generous benefits.