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Vanderbilt Libraries: The Sixties at 50. Building an Exhibition Program. Identifying Needs. Timeline. Simultaneous Tasks. 1. Formalize mission 2. Build cases and touch screens 3. Identify and scan content, write interpretive text 4. Solicit support staff 5. Generate publicity

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Vanderbilt libraries the sixties at 50

Vanderbilt Libraries: The Sixties at 50

Building an Exhibition Program




Simultaneous tasks
Simultaneous Tasks

1. Formalize mission

2. Build cases and touch screens

3. Identify and scan content, write interpretive text

4. Solicit support staff

5. Generate publicity

6. Plan programs


Mission
Mission

“The purpose of the library’s exhibition program is to raise awareness of unique and rare materials in the library’s collections through popular and educational exhibits that draw the campus community and make the library a destination for the middle Tennessee community.”





Cases
Cases

  • Standards

  • Flexibility


Cases

Honeywell wireless asset tags


Support staff
Support Staff

Borrowing from Museum Methodology

Curators = Subject Specialists

Preparator = Collection Assistant

Registrar = Digital Imaging Specialist








What We Learned

  • ① Success brings requests for collaboration

    • Clear mission is critical for exhibit proposals

    • Create multi-year plan for exhibits

    • Faculty and students can support the program

    • Visibility can lead to more in-kind gifts

  • ② Staff are interested in participating and the work supports their instruction

  • ③ Evaluation methods: tour counts, comment books, publicity


Resources
Resources

  • ANSI/NISO Z39.79-2001, Environmental Conditions for Exhibiting Library and Archival Materials, National Information Standards Organization, 2001 http://www.kb.dk/export/sites/kb_dk/da/kb/nb/bev/Z39-79-2001_Udstillingsstandard.pdf

  • “Exhibition Standards,” Smithsonian Institution, August 2002 http://www.si.edu/opanda/Reports/EXStandards.pdf

  • Guidance for Exhibiting Archive and Library Materials, National Preservation Office(2000) http://www.bl.uk/blpac/pdf/exhibition.pdf

  • “Standards, ”American Association of Museums http://www.aam-us.org/aboutmuseums/standards/stbp.cfm#bp

  • “Statement of Professional Standards and Ethics,” AASLH (2002) http://www.aaslh.org/ethics.htm

  • Toby J. Raphael, “Preventive Conservation and the Exhibition Process: Development of Exhibit Guidelines and Standards for Conservation,” Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Vol. 44 No.3, Fall-Winter, 2005, Available on JSTOR http://www.jstor.org/stable/40025154


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