New student-designed, friendly signs point the way...

New student-designed, friendly signs point the way at Walker Library

New “Library Landmarks” signs point the way around the James E. Walker Library. (photo submitted)

All signs point to success in finding the right area of MTSU’s James E. Walker Library with bright new directional signs adorning the building this fall semester.

With color-coded arrows resembling the signpost from TV’s “M*A*S*H” located in the elevator key areas, students now will have an easier task finding the section of the library they need.

A key to the color-coding is located in the first-floor atrium. Library officials say they hope the signs will enable students, especially freshmen and transfer students, to use their studying and research time more efficiently and reduce unnecessary trips to the information desk.

“I patterned them after those old highway direction signs like the ones that said ‘Nashville, 50 miles to the right,” said John Edmondson, the senior graphic-design major who created the signage.

John Edmondson

Edmondson, a Brentwood, Tenn., native by way of Clarksville, has progressed from a middle-school doodler who made stickers for his classmates to an aspiring motion graphics artist. He says he wants to design television ads and intros for commercial TV programs when he graduates in summer 2013.

Edmondson said he was looking for a summer job when he applied at the library. As it turned out, the dean, Bonnie Allen, interviewed him because “everyone else was sick that day.”

The signs were processed on PVC sheets, which are stronger than plastic, yet inexpensive. They were installed on Aug. 24.

For more information, contact Kristen Keene at 615-898-5376 or

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