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Creating Digital Exhibits for Cultural Institutions
A Practical Guide

  • Available for pre-order on March 7, 2023. Item will ship after March 28, 2023
ISBN 9781032294162
March 28, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Creating Digital Exhibits for Cultural Institutions will show you how to create digital exhibits and experiences for your users that will be informative, accessible and engaging.

Illustrated with real-world examples of digital exhibits from a range of GLAMs, the book addresses the many analytical aspects and practical considerations involved in the creation of such exhibits. It will support you as you go about: analyzing content to find hidden themes, applying principles from the museum exhibit literature, placing your content within internal and external information ecosystems, selecting exhibit software, and finding ways to recognize and use your own creativity. Demonstrating that an exhibit provides a useful and creative connecting point where your content, your organization, and your audience can meet, the book also demonstrates that such exhibits can provide a way to revisit difficult and painful material in a way that includes frank and enlightened analyses of issues such as racism, colonialism, sexism, class, and LGBTQI+ issues.

Creating Digital Exhibits for Cultural Institutions is an essential resource for librarians, archivists, and other cultural heritage professionals who want to promote their institution’s digital content to the widest possible audience. Academics and students working in the fields of library and information science, museum studies and digital humanities will also find much to interest them within the pages of this book.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview; 2. The Digital Exhibit: A Creative Meeting Place for Your Content, Your Organization, and Your Audience; 3. Connecting Your Exhibit to Your Audience and the Larger Information Ecosystem; 4. Big Ideas, Small Themes, and Everything In-Between; 5. Looking at These Principles in Action: Five Case Studies; 6. The Lifecycle of Your Exhibit: Propose, Market, Evaluate, and Retire; 7. The Nuts and Bolts of Your Exhibit: Metadata and Software Platforms; 8. Digital Exhibits, Creativity, & Originality.

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Emily Marsh is a Digital Projects Librarian at the National Agricultural Library (USDA). She holds a MLS and doctorate in library science and has been trained in principles of user needs assessment, interface design, information architecture principles, and usability. She has created multiple digital exhibits and assorted projects in the agricultural digital humanities including those focused on the poet Robert Frost, the agricultural scientist George Washington Carver, the USDA Bureau of Home Economics, and the Local Food movement, among others.