Creating a Winning Online Exhibition

Front Cover, Creating a Winning Online Exhibition: A Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums, 2002.

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  • Online Exhibitions versus Digital Collections
  • The Idea
  • Executing the Exhibition Idea
  • The Staff
  • Technical Issues: Digitizing
  • Technical Issues: Markup Languages
  • Technical Issues: Programming, Scripting, Databases, and Accessibility
  • Design
  • Online Exhibitions: Case Studies and Awards
  • Conclusion: Online with the Show!
  • A Sample Online Exhibition Proposal
  • B Sample Exhibition Script
  • C Guidelines for Reproducing Works from Exhibition Websites
  • D Suggested Database Structure for Online Exhibitions
  • E Timeline for Contracted Online Exhibitions
  • F Dublin Core Metadata of an Online Exhibition
  • G The Katharine Kyes Leah and Daniel J. Leah American Book Prices Current Exhibition Awards
  • H Bibliography of Exhibitions (Gallery and Virtual)


CHAPTER 1: Online Exhibition versus Digital Collections

  • FIGURE 1: Duane Hanson: An Exhibition, Broward County Libraries Division, Bienes Center for the Literary Arts
  • FIGURE 2: Powers of Persuasion, United States National Archives and Records Administration

CHAPTER 2: The Idea

  • FIGURE 3: From Smithson to Smithsonian, Smithsonian Institution Libraries
  • FIGURE 4: Canada at Scale: Maps of Our History, National Archives of Canada Archives nationales du Canada
  • FIGURE  5: The Night before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, Illustrated, Brown University Library
  • FIGURE 6: American Treasures of the Library of Congress, Library of Congress  
  • FIGURE 7: Dino at the Sands, UNLV Libraries Special Collections

CHAPTER 3: Executing the Exhibition Idea

  • FIGURE 8: Science and the Artist's Book, Smithsonian  Institution Libraries
  • FIGURE 9: Nos Los Inquisidores, Department of Special Collections of the University Libraries of Notre Dame
  • FIGURE 10: Frontier Photographers: Edward S. Curtis, Smithsonian Institution Libraries
  • FIGURE 11: Jewish marriage contracts, Nice, 1690, Yale University Library Judaica Collection 
    FIGURE 12: World’s Fair literatures from "Make the Dirt Fly!" Smithsonian Institution  Libraries 
    FIGURE 13: Bill Hoppers from From Smithson to Smithsonian, Smithsonian Institution Libraries

CHAPTER 8 Designs

  • FIGURE 14: Screen shot, Internet Explorer (version 5.0) 
  • FIGURE 15: Screen shot, Internet Explorer (version 5.0), full-screen mode
  • FIGURE 16: Screen shot, Netscape Navigator (version 4.7)

CHAPTER 9     Online Exhibitions: Case Studies and Awards

  • FIGURE 17: Bibliotheca Canadiana. A Historical Survey of Canadian Bibliography I Etude Historique de la Bibliographie Canadienne, Rare Books and Special Collections Division, McGill University Libraries
  • FIGURE 18: Halifax and Its People 11749-1999, Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management
  • FIGURE 19: Do You Remember, When, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • FIGURE 20: Nabokov under Glass: A Centennial Exhibition, Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences Library, New York Public Library

About the Author

Martin  R. Kalfatovic is  the Digital Projects Librarian  and  Head of the  New Media Office at Smithsonian  Institution Libraries, where he oversees the digitizing efforts of   the Libraries. These efforts include online exhibitions and digital editions and collections. An active member of the Library Information and Technology Association, he is a former editor of the Library and Information Technology (UTA) Newsletter (1997 to 2000) and was named UTA web coordinator for 2000 to 2002.  He is a frequent contributor of articles and reviews to various publications.  He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Catholic University of America's School of Library and Information Science, where he teaches library automation and museum librarianship.

Library of Congress Catalog Listing

  • Personal name: Kalfatovic, Martin R., 1961-
  • Main title: Creating a winning online exhibition : a guide for libraries, archives, and museums / Martin R. Kalfatovic.
  • Published/Created: Chicago : American Library Association, 2002.
  • Description: xvii, 117 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
  • ISBN: 0838908179 (alk. paper)
  • LC classification: Z717 .K35 2002
  • LC Subjects: Library exhibits--Design--Handbooks, manuals, etc.; Library Web sites--Design--Handbooks, manuals, etc.; Web sites--Design--Handbooks, manuals, etc.' Libraries--Public relations--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 111-114) and index.
  • LCCN: 2002283614
  • Other system no.: (OCoLC)ocm48953289
  • Type of material: Book
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