Online Library Exhibitions at State Library of Victoria

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A presentation to a Museums Victoria seminar on online exhibitions. Presented June 2008.

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  • Online Library Exhibitions at State Library of Victoria

    1. 1. Online exhibitions: State Library of Victoria Kelly Gardiner Web Services Manager ‘ Title’on this keyline. Arial Bold 36 pts
    2. 2. slv21 online and onsite <ul><li>Become a library of the 21 st century </li></ul><ul><li>Digitise 75% of unique Victorian collections </li></ul><ul><li>More resources for teachers and schools </li></ul><ul><li>Major exhibitions onsite – international, touring and specifically showcasing Victorian collections </li></ul><ul><li>Provide greater access for Victorians to SLV collections, using online delivery (via rebuilt web sites, catalogue, digital storage, direct image delivery, special online projects, access to electronic databases) </li></ul>
    3. 3. Online exhibitions can: <ul><li>Provide glimpses of real world exhibitions to users </li></ul><ul><li>Find new audiences </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver marketing and promotional benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Provide new, more intimate ways for people to engage with collections – and take many forms </li></ul><ul><li>Be a whole lot faster than real world exhibitions </li></ul><ul><li>Bring together present and historical concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Showcase items not normally on display – too fragile or too many – or reveal hidden treasures </li></ul>
    4. 5. Support for library exhibitions <ul><li>Online catalogues </li></ul><ul><li>User generated content (blogs, chat, competitions) </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia or “interactives” </li></ul><ul><li>Audio tours and talks </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers’ materials </li></ul><ul><li>Event details, catalogue links, contextual information </li></ul><ul><li>Stay online as resource for schools (so far) – part of SLV history </li></ul>
    5. 11. The Medieval Imagination <ul><li>Major international exhibition </li></ul><ul><li>Season of events and conference </li></ul><ul><li>High-profile marketing and PR but low-profile online </li></ul><ul><li>Available online are: </li></ul><ul><li>Audio tours and recorded events </li></ul><ul><li>Schools resource kit </li></ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Image gallery </li></ul>
    6. 12. Heading Body text
    7. 14. Mirror of the World online <ul><li>Permanent exhibition in Dome Galleries </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on the history of the book </li></ul><ul><li>International appeal </li></ul><ul><li>Major project for 2007 with slv21 funds (built in-house) </li></ul><ul><li>Followed exhibition themes </li></ul><ul><li>Features items not now on display </li></ul><ul><li>Allowed new views (3D) of objects </li></ul><ul><li>Provides textual, audio, video and visual context </li></ul>
    8. 16. <ul><li>What does it take? </li></ul><ul><li>Scanning studio staff </li></ul><ul><li>Bookeye scanners </li></ul><ul><li>Cataloguers </li></ul><ul><li>Collection specialists </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation & preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Designer </li></ul><ul><li>Developers </li></ul><ul><li>User Experience Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>Content producers </li></ul><ul><li>Project managers </li></ul><ul><li>Serena Collage (CMS) </li></ul><ul><li>Adobe CS3 (Flash) </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress (Blogs) </li></ul><ul><li>PHP and Perl </li></ul><ul><li>Javascript </li></ul><ul><li>MySQL and Oracle </li></ul><ul><li>Voyager catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Digitool digital object management system </li></ul>
    9. 17. Or… <ul><li>Time to think, research and plan </li></ul><ul><li>Scanning/photo equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Solid metadata </li></ul><ul><li>People with time, skills </li></ul><ul><li>Free blogging (eg Wordpress) or content management software (eg Drupal, Joomla) </li></ul><ul><li>Free photo site account (eg Flickr), or image gallery software (eg Coppermine or any good web album), or digital management system (eg Greenstone) </li></ul>
    10. 24. Considerations: <ul><li>Define the audience - what do they want and need? </li></ul><ul><li>Will it provide genuine benefit or extra value to them? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you collaborate with others? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you use or integrate existing web services? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s it worth to you? (What will it really cost?) </li></ul><ul><li>Is your metadata up to the task? </li></ul><ul><li>How will you promote it? How will people find it? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you maintain and enhance a gallery after launch? </li></ul>
    11. 25. <ul><li>www.slv.vic.gov.au </li></ul><ul><li>www.mirroroftheworld.com.au </li></ul><ul><li>www.zoomify.com </li></ul><ul><li>beyondbrownpaper.plymouth.edu/ </li></ul><ul><li>www.shorpy.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>flickr.com </li></ul><ul><li>wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.coppermine-gallery.net </li></ul><ul><li>www. greenstone .org </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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