Developing Exhibits in the Smathers Libraries

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Developing Exhibits in the Smathers Libraries
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Brief overview of procedures and best practices for developing physical and online exhibits within the George A. Smathers Libraries.
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Presentation for the Digital Humanities Library Group (DHLG) training series, 2014-2015.

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DEVELOPING EXHIBITS LOURDES SANTAMARIA WHEELER EXHIBITS COORDINATOR

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The magic of exhibitions is at the intersection of design and curation Not one or the other.

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WHAT IS AN EXHIBIT? An exhibit is a story interpretation context scholarly content

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Exhibits are also experiences What visitors do & feel is important Marina performing "Artist is Present" at the MoMA in May 2010 by Shelby Lessig licensed under CC BY SA 3.0

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Education Mission fulfillment Bring awareness to hidden/low usage materials Share new findings, new acquisitions, new relationships among items Broaden audience WHY

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Display fragile items Link to additional and/or multimedia content Permanent/semi permanent resource WHY ONLINE Gilt Wood Seated Bodhisattva X Ray from Korean Art: Collecting Treasures , Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art and George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida

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Goal of exhibition program is to highlight the collections Use originals whenever possible from Smathers Libraries collections, borrow as appropriate to support/augment Loans should not be the central feature, unless it is a traveling exhibit Co curating and collaboration within the Libraries various collections and with campus departments, the community, and other institutions is encouraged Implemented 2012 POLICY http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/docs/ExhibitsPolicy.pdf

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The Libraries do not develop or host exhibits with the sole purpose of promoting agendas of organizations outside the Libraries, or to advocate for specific political, philosophical, or religious viewpoints. Do not display unsolicited exhibits Physical exhibitions created by the Libraries shall have complementary online component(s) as appropriate. All online material created for, or in conjunction with exhibitions shall be archived and publicly available in UFDC Implemented 2012 POLICY http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/docs/ExhibitsPolicy.pdf

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Exhibits website http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu Resources for curators http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/resources.html Timeline http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/docs/timeline.pdf Exhibit Proposal form http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/docs/ExhibitProposal.pdf Tips for labels http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/docs/labels.pdf Template for ID labels http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/docs/IDlabels.pdf SMATHERS RESOURCES

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Marston Science Library Library West Smathers Library Gallery Latin American & Caribbean Collection Health Science Center Libraries Online SPACES

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12 24 months minimum TIMELINE

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Promote Launch Edit/Refine Evaluate Write labels Refine object list Reduce exhibit to one sentence Identify items Determine general theme/central topics Analyze materials

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Pick a compelling story that the materials support Think beyond directly commemorative months, milestones, anniversaries Concrete ideas not requiring a lot of background information, too much explanation THEMES

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When selecting items do not choose solely on visual appeal but rather choose an item for its inherent information, story advancement The Rev. Benjamin Safers notebooks: pinkas 3 from Jewish Jacksonville , George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. Aus Vergilbten Akten Zur Geschichte der Bonner Synagogengemeinde from The Gathering Storm , George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.

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An aspect of the exhibition is innovative Offers a new perspective, new insight, or new information on a topic Synthesizes and presents existing knowledge and/or collection materials in a provocative way GOOD EXHIBITS Indicators of exhibit excellence from the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME)

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Are easy to explain Make the subject come to life Are conceptually simple Emphasize connections among things GOOD EXHIBITS

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LABELS Introductory (Curator Statement) ID (tombstone) Caption Group Serrell Beverly. Exhibit labels: an interpretive approach Walnut Creek: Alta Mira Press, 1996. Creator (first last name) (Nationality, birth-death) Title Date Publisher Dimensions Call number/Accession number Credit line Interpretation

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INTERPRETIVE LABELS Introductory Caption, Group Conversational & narrative Just enough details to tell the story Avoid tech, specialized terms, or anything that requires lengthy explanation Not for your academic peers

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AUDIENCE Who are they? What are they like? Why are they coming? What do you want them to do? Unintended audiences are common online

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Dont expect visitors to spend more than 10 minutes in online exhibit