Exhibits in Archives and Special Collections Libraries

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In Exhibits in Archives and Special Collections Libraries, longtime special collections exhibits curator Jessica Lacher-Feldman advises archivists at all levels on developing enlightening and entertaining exhibits. She describes each step of the exhibit process, providing straightforward tips on:

  • developing innovative exhibit ideas;
  • formulating exhibit policies and procedures for your institution;
  • crafting well-written and visually interesting exhibit labels;
  • branding and designing exhibits; and
  • promoting exhibits through conventional media, social media, and giveaway items.

Also included are case studies that detail exhibits at a variety of institutions, sample documents and forms, a literature review, and a guide to exhibit supplies.

Exhibit development doesn't have to be complicated or overwhelming. With this comprehensive resource, you'll learn how to develop exhibits that help you to better connect with your audience and advocate for your repository. “Proceed and be bold” with exhibit development, and gratifying, inspiring results will transpire.

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Jessica L. Lacher-Feldman

“The book inspires confidence and encourages archivists to step away from comfort zones and reach more people. [this book] emerges as a new standard that will be required reading for archivists working on any type of exhibition.”
Metropolitan Archivist

“[Lacher-Feldman’s] guide to exhibits . . . has evolved from hours of research, writing, lecturing, and practical experience in showcasing archival and rare collections. . . . What everyone can benefit from . . . is the helpful discussion of how exhibits come to be (the creative steps and processes) and the formulation of the message to viewers.”
Journal of Western Archives

“[The author's] enthusiasm shows in the tone of her writing, and she encourages readers to ‘proceed and be bold’ in approaching exhibit work. . . . For those with experience, it serves as a tune-up to get back into good habits and perhaps revisit or establish best practices. For students and those new to exhibit work, it is a core text that makes exhibit development achievable, enjoyable, and less daunting.”
— Archival Issues