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1 The Library as Place: How Exhibit Programs are Establishing a Common Ground for Scholarship, Knowledge-Building, and Community Engagement

2 Linda Jacobson Keeper and Assistant Librarian, North Carolina Collection Gallery Chair, Wilson Special Collections Library Exhibits and Public Programs Group Co-chair, University Library Public Art Committee

3 The Wilson Special Collections Library Exhibition Program Photo by Dan Sears

4 Before Reorganization Five collections, each working independently: North Carolina Collection Rare Book Collection Southern Folklife Collection Southern Historical Collection University Archives and Records Management Services Collections were planning exhibitions and events independently. Lack of communication with other collections and with University Library development and communications departments who support our programs.

5 Technical Services and Public Services consolidated into Wilson-wide departments. Other goals of reorganization included: GOAL: Establish Wilson as placeWilson Library is thought of as a research facility but also as an attractive and welcoming destination for visitors, a third place for those who are not on staff. The Wilson Library Five Years Out: What We Want to See, September 20, 2005

6 GOAL: Wilson Library will develop appropriate programming to attract new audiences, with a goal of working together to add cross-collection events and exhibitions while maintaining the ability for individual collections to hold their own events and create their own exhibitions. GOAL: The creation of calendars and cross- collection coordination. The Wilson Library Five Years Out: What We Want to See, September 20, 2005

7 Creation of Exhibits and Public Programs Group (EPPG) Charge: The committee will address issues related to the branding and promotion of collections in the Wilson Special Collections Library through the use of public exhibits and events, online and print promotional outlets, and improvements to the buildings public areas. The Director of the Wilson Library will advise and assist the committee to Coordinate and facilitate exhibits and public events sponsored by the collections and departments of the Wilson Special Collections Library. Maintain online and print event calendars. Establish procedures for proposing and scheduling exhibits and public events. Establish standards, policies, and procedures for mounting exhibits and coordinating public events. Establish standards and procedures for coordinating the sponsorship, scheduling, and publicity of exhibitions and events with Library Development and Communications staff. Develop and share knowledge and skills that all departments can take advantage of. Establish guidelines for seeking interdepartmental cooperation and assistance in the planning of exhibits and events. Coordinate the purchase of supplies to support exhibits and programs. Promote the visibility and usability of the Wilson Special Collections Library building through signage, banners, decoration, equipment, and other building improvements. Promote visibility of the Wilson Special Collections Library through online, print, and other outlets.

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10 Improvements to the lobby

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12 Creation of Library Planning Events Group Informal bimonthly meeting and listserv organized jointly by the librarys communications and development (Friends of the Library) departments. The membership consists of people across the library with varying levels of responsibility for public events and exhibits programming. The group shares ideas, often seeking opportunities for cooperation and collaboration, and works together to develop and finalize the public events calendar each semester. Mechanism established to try to make sure that everyone is working with correct and current information, and that information is finalized in time to meet various internal and external deadlines. Library Communications

13 Mission Statement Exhibitions in the Wilson Special Collections Library support the University Librarys mission of fostering inquiry and learning at the University. They are also Wilson Librarys primary means of sharing its rich resources with a wide audience. Exhibitions, their online counterparts, and public events highlight Wilsons renowned collections and make the library a destination for visitors from the university, the state, and beyond.

14 Library as Place Main Exhibition Spaces in Wilson North Carolina Collection Gallery

15 Library as Place Main Exhibition Spaces in Wilson Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room Photographs by Gregory Halloran

16 Library as Place Other Exhibition Spaces in Wilson Fourth Floor Collections Reading Room

17 Library as Place Other Exhibition Spaces in Wilson First Floor Hallway

18 Collaborative Exhibitions North Carolina Collection Rare Book Collection Southern Historical Collection University Archives Four From Between the Wars In conjunction with the 2009 North Carolina Literary Festival

19 Collaborative Exhibitions North Carolina Collection Southern Historical Collection University Archives Home Front on the Hill: Chapel Hill and the University During the Civil War Marked the beginning of four-year series of exhibitions and events to mark the sesquicentennial of the beginning of the Civil War

20 Collaborative Exhibitions North Carolina Collection Southern Historical Collection University Archives Home Front on the Hill: Chapel Hill and the University During the Civil War Staff members installing exhibition Photograph by Judy Panitch

21 NCC Gallery Historic Rooms Sir Walter Raleigh Rooms Early Carolina Rooms Hayes Library

22 NCC Gallery Rotating Exhibition Space (exhibitions rotate every 3.5 months) Louis Orrs North Carolina Etchings,

23 Collaborative Exhibitions With University Archives From Di-Phis to Loreleis: A History of Student Organizations at UNC

24 Collaborative Exhibitions North Carolina Collection UNC Research Laboratories of Archaeology Unearthing Native History: The UNC Catawba Archaeological Project and program American Indians in 21 st Century North Carolina

25 Collaborative Exhibitions North Carolina Collection with assistance from Biology Library and Facilities Planning and Ground Services staff

26 North Carolina Collection Traveling Exhibition Program Light and Air: The Photography of Bayard Wootten New Bern, North Carolina Photographs by Stephen Fletcher

27 Case Study WE'RE ALL FAMILY HERE: Preserving Community Heritage in the Rogers Road Neighborhood of Chapel Hill

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29 Case Study Program Documenting Neighborhood History in the Rogers Road Neighborhood of Chapel Hill Photograph by Liza Terll

30 Case Study Program Documenting Neighborhood History in the Rogers Road Neighborhood of Chapel Hill Photograph by Liza Terll

31 Case Study Program Documenting Neighborhood History in the Rogers Road Neighborhood of Chapel Hill Photograph by Liza Terll

32 Case Study Program Documenting Neighborhood History in the Rogers Road Neighborhood of Chapel Hill Mae Brigman poses next to a photograph of her grandfather.

33 Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Special Collections Library Library Public Art Committee Beastly Feasts: A Mischievous Menagerie in Rhyme Loan from author Robert Forbes, Class of 1971

34 Give My Poor Heart Ease: Photographs by William Ferris Photographs in the Southern Folklife Collection Library Public Art Committee Davis as Place First Floor Gallery

35 Library Public Art Committee Davis as Place Second Floor Gallery Ball Photographs by Bill Bamberger (loan)


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