By Martin R. Kalfatovic
It really is no mystery that well-executed shows in libraries and museums could make attendance numbers skyrocket. Dynamic shows not just supply info and leisure to your present shoppers, yet also they are possibilities to arrive out to new buyers and to widen your industry. an outstanding express might be the hook that brings humans within the door for the 1st time. making a successful on-line Exhibition may help you to do exactly that - conceive, layout, and execute a compelling on-line exhibition. diverse than a electronic assortment, an internet exhibition is a selective presentation of items prepared round a thematic and narrative constitution. electronic librarian Martin Kalfatovic takes you thru the method of constructing an convey that would allure clients, raise your visibility, and exhibit your assortment and providers. With case reviews of winning on-line exhibitions, pattern art and reveal pictures, updated info on mark-up languages corresponding to HTML and XML, and dialogue of on-line databases and software program courses, you'll be built with all you must pull off a successful exhibition. additionally integrated are priceless samples of: * undertaking proposals * Exhibition scripts *
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Preparation of Objects Once the first selection of objects for an exhibition has been made, preparation of those objects for digitization can begin. Details about the actual digitization of objects will be discussed later, but two things to keep in mind as objects are selected are as follows: Will the object need any special conservation treatment before it can be used for the exhibition? Is the object needed for any other purpose for which its absence during the digitization process will cause a hardship?
How proposals are evaluated (whether by the director, an exhibition officer, or a team assigned exhibition responsibilities) is important. A collegiality in proposal review, with the opportunity for potential curators to receive feedback on their proposals, will increase the quality of all ensuing exhibitions. Though some proposals will be accepted quickly without further review or revision, at other times, the kernel of a good idea will be present in a proposal but will need further development before it can grow into a viable online exhibition.
Courtesy Smithsonian Institution Libraries. —Emil Horn What menu choices do you want to offer at the lunch counter of your online exhibition? Or, more precisely, what types of objects should one put in an exhibition? Obviously, the choices will be made from your collections (or from objects borrowed from other collections) that illustrate the theme of your exhibition. The ancillary criteria that go into selecting objects for an exhibition, 26 Executing the Exhibition Idea and especially for an online exhibition, however, are quite varied and should be explored in greater detail.