#INLSmakes: Makerspace Entrance and Findability Ideas Public Deposited

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  • December 4, 2019
  • Schmalbeck, Sabine
    • Affiliation: School of Information and Library Science
  • Link, Sophi
    • Affiliation: School of Information and Library Science
  • Getaz, Christina
    • Affiliation: School of Information and Library Science
  • The Hanes makerspace (BeAM) is located in the basement of Hanes Art Center. The BeAM at Hanes is one of four makerspaces at UNC and offers a variety of equipment and resources, but its location makes it difficult for new users to find. The sign for the makerspace outside of the art center is flush against the wall above the door, and it isn’t very noticeable from a distance. The door leads to an empty, cinder block stairwell. There are signs leading users downstairs to the basement, but the feel of the stairwell isn’t welcoming. For users who need to use an elevator, there are less obvious signs. There is a sign on only one wall outside of the elevator on the main floor and another sign on the basement wall pointing to the makerspace. Plans are in place to update and renovate the Hanes makerspace, but the budget has not yet been allotted, and the final design has not yet been determined. We have developed this document with suggested modifications to improve the findability and welcoming appearance of the makerspace. This collection includes our list of proposed modifications to the makerspace and four different mock-ups of signs to post around the entrance.
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