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Exhibitions in UCC Library

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How does UCC Library use exhibitions? How to create an exhibition? Use the LibGuide: http://libguides.ucc.ie/exhibitions/home as a starting point. Presentation as part of CPPD schedule in UCC Library (2017).

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Exhibitions in UCC Library

  1. 1. Exhibitions in UCC Library 16 May 2017 | Elaine Harrington
  2. 2. Contact Details Elaine Harrington, Special Collections Librarian e.harrington@ucc.ie | 021 4903484 | @walkerabroad The Riverside: @theriversideUCC http://blogs.ucc.ie/wordpress/theriverside/ http://libguides.ucc.ie/specialcollections
  3. 3. Why Exhibit? Jessica Lacher-Feldman: “we exhibit because we can, and because our holdings make for great exhibits. Sharing our treasures with a broader audience is a natural outcome of the work that we do. Finding opportunities to take the materials out of the stacks and placing them in context in an exhibition is exhilarating, challenging, and beneficial. What better way is there to share what we […] do in the profession than to feature our talents and treasures?” (Exhibits in Archives & Special Collections Libraries. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2013. p.7)
  4. 4. First Thoughts? So you want to do an exhibition? When? Why? For whom? How can we manage your expectations?
  5. 5. Funding Getting ready the space. Storyboards or vinyl text? Images Marketing material Launch Events Staff time
  6. 6. Scheduling Working with people inside and outside of UCC who all work on other projects. • Possible conservation requirements • Possible creation of display mounts • Design team for storyboards • Other institutions and their administration • Photographers • Editors of images • Printers of storyboards • Team to mount exhibition • Library personnel involved in exhibition. What else are YOU doing?
  7. 7. Design Visit the exhibition space in advance – know its dimensions.
  8. 8. Material Selection Objects are displayed in a context: • The choice of objects • Their place in the room or the case • Their place in relation to each other • The interpretation that has been given Books as objects? Impediments to selection? How to use audio? Bill Fontana’s White Sound Use of replicas Image selection – upload to Dropbox so all can see.
  9. 9. Exhibition Cases There are three cases available: Two tall cases and one clam case. Choose the exhibited page wisely! Too large to fit in a case? http://www.castlebar.ie/mayo_historical_and_ archaeological_society/Viking_Ship_Replica.shtml
  10. 10. Images & Permission - Cervantes
  11. 11. Images – Modern Irish Pilgrimage
  12. 12. Writing Are visitors there to look and do or to read? Know your audience or your average 14 year old! Entire exhibition text: possibly no more than 625 – 1250 words. Storyboard panels: 150-200 words with small broken up paragraphs. Labels: Identification purposes usually. They should have no more than 75-100 words. Fonts: where do you stand? People generally view from about 2-3 feet away so standard 24-36 point font for panels is recommended. Labels can be smaller 12-24.
  13. 13. Example of label from British Library training activity
  14. 14. Storyboard Design
  15. 15. Printing & Mounting Printing and mounting with a company is a week. Doing it oneself: • Arrangement of transport and delivery • Various equipment:  Steel tape measure  Laser spirit level  Hanging equipment  A step ladder can be provided if sufficient notice is given. Hanging always takes longer than expected. Spotting mistakes!
  16. 16. Marketing Scoping Document on Visual Anarchy in the UK – A Comics Tradition (British Library): rise of comics and graphic art. Film and television adaptations of comics.
  17. 17. Marketing
  18. 18. Launch Lights, Camera, Action?
  19. 19. Student Exhibition: HI 6091 Role of student exhibitions: • Classes that go beyond ‘show & tell’ • Real world experience • Analyse documents and through them tell a story to the public in exhibits • Bring the primary sources to a wider audience. • How your research can be conveyed visually and cohesively? A series of classes covered: • Exhibitions and student exhibitions • Blogging • Handling • Reprographics • Copyright and permissions Result: Online exhibition formed by a series of blog posts on The River-side.
  20. 20. Student Exhibition: HI 6091 Students consider all aspects of an exhibition through a series of tasks & readings Online Exhibitions Task #1a: How does the writer engage the interest of the reader? “Cambridge Illuminations Virtual Exhibition.” Fitzwilliam Museum. 2005. http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/gallery/cambridgeilluminations "Thinking and Experiencing ‘Techne’: Experiments with Amber." Victoria & Albert Museum. 17 January 2017. http://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/research-department/thinking-and-experiencing- techne-experiments-with-amber Blogging Task #1b: How does the writer engage the interest of the reader? Williams, Sierra. "Blogging Platforms Are Not Neutral: Challenging the Underlying Assumptions of Our Technology." LSE Blog: Maximising the Impact of Academic Research. 27 July 2016. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2016/07/27/blogging- platforms-are-not-neutral-challenging-the-underlying-assumptions-of-our-digital-infrastructure/ Green, Duncan. “An Antidote to Futility: Why Academics (and Students) Should Take Blogging / Social Media Seriously.” LSE Blog: Maximising the Impact of Academic Research. 26 October 2015. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2015/10/26/why-academics-and- students-should-take-blogging-social-media-seriously/
  21. 21. Student Exhibition: HI 6091 Copyright Task: You wish to submit a paper to 31st Irish Conference of Medievalists. The paper topic is your response and skills learned in creating an exhibition in the form of blog posts, e.g. The Book of Kells series of blog posts. What permissions / copyright clearances are for required for this paper? For more about the conference: http://www.irishmedievalists.com/archives/927. Marketing: Choose a cultural institution: gallery / library / museum. It can be national or international. What do they do to promote their exhibitions? An exhibition may be targeted at a particular set but do the promotional activities match that set? Social Media: Read the documentation UCC has created for how to use UCC's social media: https://www.ucc.ie/en/dewg/socialmedia/ Series of events for Facing Pages: The Art of the Great Book of Ireland
  22. 22. LibGuide: Creating Exhibitions Exhibition LibGuide created for all but particularly for anyone who wants to do an exhibition. • Uses examples from exhibitions previously in UCC Library. • Includes documents e.g. layout of space, schedule of activity.
  23. 23. Recommended Reading Creating Exhibitions Lacher-Feldman, Jessica. Exhibits in Archives and Special Collections Libraries. USA: Society of American Archivists, 2013. Matassa, Freya. Organizing Exhibitions: A Handbook for Museums, Libraries and Archives. London: Facet, 2014. National Library of Scotland and University of Edinburgh. National Exhibiting the Written Word. Edinburgh, 2011. Vincent, Helen. “The Library and the Display of Text.” IFLA 2012 Using Exhibitions in Teaching & Learning Mitchell, Seiden & Taraba, eds. Past or Portal? Enhancing Undergraduate Learning Through Special Collections and Archives. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, 2012.

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