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Drawing Lines and Connecting Community: A surfing exhibit, outreach, and budgets Peter Fritzler, Sciences Librarian Randall Library, University of North Carolina Wilmington 2008 SAIL Conference, “Connecting the Oceans” April 14-17, 2008 Drawing Lines Metaphor surfing term

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Drawing Lines and Connecting Community:

A surfing exhibit, outreach, and budgets

Peter Fritzler, Sciences LibrarianRandall Library, University of North Carolina Wilmington

2008 SAIL Conference, “Connecting the Oceans” April 14-17, 2008


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Drawing Lines

  • Metaphor

    • surfing term

    • Outreach to community

    • Budgetary


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UNC Wilmington

  • 11,911 students

  • 73 bachelor’s degree programs and 32 graduate programs (2 PhD programs witha third on the way!)

  • 1 of 16 campuses in UNC system


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Cape Fear Surfing Archive

  • Began in February 2002

  • Rich local surfing heritage.

  • UNCW ranked in top 10 of surfing universities.

  • Special collection of materials and ephemera on local surfing history.

  • Oral histories

  • Partnership / Credibility

http://library.uncw.edu/surf


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The Exhibit

  • “Country Soul: The Surfing Experience in Southeastern North Carolina”

  • Identification / collection of materials

  • Installation

  • Opening reception and film screening

  • February 1 – November 30, 2008


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Installation and Community Support

Motley Crew:Mike Spencer, Fritzler, Joe Funderburg


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The end result …

Courtesy: Daniel Norris



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Supporting Events

  • Surf Films

  • School groups

  • Surf clubs

  • Surf camps

  • Art exhibits & lectures

  • Surfboard exhibits (“show and tell”)


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Budgetary: all this has a price

  • Library does not have an exhibits professional

  • Also doesn’t have a significant budget: “on the cheap”

  • Set a budget beforehand!

  • Approach with professionalism and high expectations

  • Work with others, or not?

  • Know your limitations


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Some tools to consider:

  • Dry mount press

  • Dry mount tissue

  • Foam core

  • Adhesive spray (3M Super 77)

  • Other tools


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Lessons Learned?

  • Learn from my mistakes!

    • Preparation

    • Patience

    • Library administration

    • Set a budget!

    • Allies

    • Conflicts with other obligations


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Acknowledgements

  • Joe Funderburg and Mike Spencer

  • Jen Corder

  • Various donors / loaners

  • Randall Library, UNCW

  • Marketing & Communications, UNCW

  • Star-News and other media

  • My wife, Anne Pemberton!

Courtesy: Josh Bolick