For more examples of digital signage, view the Digital Signage Gallery.
About the Library's Digital Signage
- Serves as a medium to publicize library events, services, resources, and space.
- Other campus groups may also submit signs for display.
- Library digital signage may not be used for explicitly commercial purposes.
Agreement Terms for Campus Signage
Digital signage is a shared resource. Contributors must agree to abide by our terms. We reserve the right to:
- place limits on the number of signs associated with any one event
- place limits on the number of signs associated with any group
- limit the length of time signs are displayed
- determine on which screens the signs will appear
Submissions must be made at least 1 week in advance of posting.
Academic Divisions, Division of Student Affairs, and Office of Communication
- Any person or organization not affiliated UC Merced must be sponsored by a UC Merced department or school in order to have their content displayed on the digital signage.
Technical Guidelines and Specifications
Accepted Sign Dimensions for Images and Video
- Image: JPEG or PNG
- Video: MP4
Optimum Text Size
If creating digital signs in PowerPoint you must:
- Use our PowerPoint Template (default dimensions in PPT are not compatible with digital signage and will not be accepted)
- Save and submit your PPT slide(s) as images to ensure correct formatting and fonts
Suggestions for Creating Content
- Keep content brief and to the point: what, who, when, where, how.
- Limit to one announcement, event, or feature per slide.
- Put a headline on each slide.
- Balance text and graphics.
- Minimal text is best and can be paired with interesting/colorful/high impact graphics.
- Heavier text should be paired with simple graphics.
- Outlining text helps it stand out against the background.
- Remember that slides display for only seconds and people view them in passing.
Using someone else's photos, fonts, songs, etc. without permission is a violation of copyright.
- Always look for license or copyright information.
- Lack of information does not imply permission.
- Use only media that has availability and restrictions clearly posted.
- Obtain permissions from the legal owner when necessary.
- Avoid media that uses celebrities, book/movie/game characters, non-UC logos, etc.
- Consider using Creative Commons to help you find media that meets copyright guidelines.
From Stanford University Copyright and Fair Use:
“Assume It's Protected: As a general rule, it is wise to operate under the assumption that all works are protected by either copyright or trademark law unless conclusive information indicates otherwise. A work is not in the public domain simply because it has been posted on the Internet (a popular fallacy) or if it lacks a copyright notice (another myth).”