Our Story

Syba Signs is Australia’s and New Zealand’s leading supplier of library signage to schools. Established in 1998, Syba’s products and services have enhanced school learning environments with signage that is both educationally sound and attractive. Syba’s reach extends beyond Australia and New Zealand and we are proud our signage is now in more than 10,000 schools worldwide.

Syba Signs was created by current Director and owner, Phyl Coath Williamson. After many years teaching in various roles including as teacher librarian, Phyl believed that there was an urgent need to assist schools, particularly school libraries, to enhance their physical environments with colour, directional signage, educational posters and other products that encouraged learning, interest, support and excitement. The establishment of Syba Signs coincided with a time where libraries, including school libraries, were changing from a traditional process- centered approach to a client-centered approach and consequently awareness of the needs of the students was becoming a priority.

By attending library network meetings and school library conferences Phyl was able to extend the offer of her service to a wide group of librarians initially in New South Wales but in a relatively short time the service was offered to all schools in Australia and very early on the service was introduced in the United States of America, New Zealand and to many International schools in Asia. Syba’s customers now include schools from over 40 countries. As well as supplying signage for school libraries, Syba Signs has developed a strong customer base in public, university, corporate and specialist libraries.

Syba now offers a range of professional development programs for teacher-librarians and other educational personnel. These programs were developed in response to our clients in New South Wales, who requested professional development opportunities with a school library focus. We now offer professional development seminars, online learning programs, and a speakers’ network for school inservice across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

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