Course-based exhibitions: Serendipity in the physical and digital spaces of academic libraries

Scott Fralin, Alice Rogers
2019 Alexandria The Journal of National and International Library and Information Issues  
Library exhibition practices vary significantly between institutions, depending on expertise, resources and goals of the individual library. The University Libraries at Virginia Tech have supported and developed two exhibition programmes within the past 6 years, both with a focus on showcasing products and processes from classes around campus rather than library materials and artefacts. While such work is unique, it can provide valuable experiences both for the contributors and for the creators
more » ... of these exhibitions, as well as those who see and interact with them. In this article, we discuss the history and origins of these programmes, the Course Exhibit Initiative and the Active Learning Curation Program, how they work and the outcomes they strive to achieve. We discuss the workflows that we take to showcase the work of our contributors and demonstrate how these programmes share some outcomes with exhibit programmes based in special collections but have their own unique challenges and opportunities. Finally, we make the case that the output of these two exhibit programmes provides a new experience of serendipity in libraries.
doi:10.1177/0955749019876120 fatcat:hxzl57w6bzchvo5avnh5i5duje