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Human Orientation: Origin, Concept and Applicability to Libraries-Dialogue with Pioneers

Library Herald Year : 2019, Volume : 57, Issue : 3 First page : ( 289) Last page : ( 314) Print ISSN : 0024-2292. Online ISSN : 0976-2469. Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-2469.2019.00017.4

Human Orientation: Origin, Concept and Applicability to Libraries-Dialogue with Pioneers

Mrs Rakshikar Nidhi Niwant1, Dr Powdwal Sushama C.2 1Librarian, Asmita College of Arts and Commerce for Women, nidhi25librarian@gmail.com 2Retired University Librarian and Head SHPT School of Library Science of SNDT Women University, spowdwal@gmail.com

Abstract

Human orientation (HO) science is a concept coined in the year 1993 and was initially applied to transportation terminals as a public place. It is not yet found to be applied to libraries as public or community places. The present article portrays the contribution of two pioneering scholars who promoted the concept of Human Orientation Science and applied the same to various areas like transport, health and banking sectors. Further, the article presents application side/features of the concept with the help of interviews of the experts conducted as a part of the research. Keywords Community places, First-time library users, Human Orientation Science, Interviews with pioneers, Libraries, Signage, Wayfinding, Ergonomics.

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