Over the years, we've recognized that students, faculty, and staff feel connected to the Library locations they visit the most. These buttons are a way of celebrating that Library pride!
An added bonus is that everyone is learning about the different library locations available to them at the University of Waterloo. By checking out the different button designs, people are finding out about locations they may never have known existed.
Library staff created the concept and Creative Services designer Sara Leblanc made it a reality. The pictures on the buttons were taken by photographer, Chris Hughes.
People have asked us why we chose "DP" instead of "Porter," "DC" instead of "Davis,"etc.
The abbreviations were selected primarily from student feedback. We conducted a brief survey of students to see what students call the libraries in their own words. We found out, for example, that the majority of students call the Dana Porter Library "DP" even though most staff refer to it as "Porter."
We also consulted staff at the library locations for their feedback.
Library staff got the idea for the buttons from Spacing magazine which sells TTC subway station buttons. We thought that something similar, yet different could work for the Library's locations!
Communications and Liaison Librarian