Creating a Winning Online Exhibition: A Guide for Libraries, by Martin R. Kalfatovic

By Martin R. Kalfatovic

It truly is no mystery that well-executed shows in libraries and museums could make attendance numbers skyrocket. Dynamic indicates not just supply info and leisure in your current consumers, yet also they are possibilities to arrive out to new buyers and to widen your industry. an excellent show could be the hook that brings humans within the door for the 1st time. making a profitable on-line Exhibition may also help you to do exactly that - conceive, layout, and execute a compelling on-line exhibition. various than a electronic assortment, an internet exhibition is a selective presentation of items equipped round a thematic and narrative constitution. electronic librarian Martin Kalfatovic takes you thru the method of constructing an show that may allure clients, raise your visibility, and show off your assortment and companies. With case reviews of profitable on-line exhibitions, pattern art and display photographs, up to date details on mark-up languages akin to HTML and XML, and dialogue of on-line databases and software program courses, you may be outfitted with all you must pull off a successful exhibition. additionally incorporated are invaluable samples of: * venture proposals * Exhibition scripts *

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Some of the differences are obvious. Visitors have less control over their environment in an online exhibition. Objects for the most part will appear only as two-dimensional images on a screen (leaving aside for the moment the possibility of threedimensional imaging, which, though it simulates three dimensions, is still presenting objects on a flat screen). Physical “exhibitions are conceived as sculpture. They are three-dimensional compositions which recognize the importance of solids and voids and strive for satisfactory spatial relationships” (Belcher 1991, 41).

Charles Wolf. Maps and other cartographic materials provide a wealth of ideas for online exhibitions. Canada at Scale: Maps of Our History (National Archives of Canada / Archives nationales du Canada; see figure 4), Exploring Africa: An Exhibit of Maps and Travel Narratives (Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina), The Earth and the Heavens: The Art of the Mapmaker (the British Library), Highlights of the Map Collection, National Library of Scotland, and The Cartographic Creation of New England (the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, University of Southern Maine) all use maps or cartography as their basic exhibition idea.

In addition to being able to celebrate their own work and staff, libraries and archives are often in a unique position to highlight the history of their parent institutions or their staff. The Perry Library at Old Dominion University and the Harvey Library at Hampton University worked together to create From Exposition to Development: The Legacy of Composers at Hampton University, which uses images and archival documents to trace the contributions of five composers to the music composition heritage of Virginia.

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