Symposium on the Future of Libraries
The UC Santa Cruz Library has been creating and supporting digital projects which aid student scholarship, enhance on-site exhibit experiences, engage the broader community through online viewing of exhibitions, and preserve a record of physical exhibits after their de-installation.
This session will focus on the use of ThingLink and Scalar, among other digital tools, to create these enhanced exhibit experiences. Thinglink allows digital annotation of 2D and 3D images using text, photographs, video, and audio. Using this tool, UC Santa Cruz librarians and students have been collaboratively working to annotate our physical exhibits and make interactive, virtual experiences using the physical space. One such space that we have documented in this way is the University Library’s main exhibit area, Dead Central, which showcases materials from the Library’s Grateful Dead Archive in a yearly rotating exhibit. 3D photos of the space are enhanced with audio and video annotations, as well as contextualizing text and graphics, so that the viewer can virtually tour the space from wherever they are in the world, and whenever they choose to visit. Another case study will show graduate students’ use of Scalar to make interactive digital exhibits using annotated images and various forms of media, in order to more fully engage with the exhibits they curate and to provide an enhanced viewing experience for library visitors.
Session attendees will learn about how they can use digital tools like ThingLink and Scalar to promote their library’s unique collections to a wider audience via interactive digital exhibits, engage students in creating new forms of scholarly work through the curation of hybrid physical/digital exhibits, preserve a record of physical exhibits, and increase use of a library’s collections and resources.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA, Center for the Future of Libraries
Meeting Type: Symposium on the Future of Libraries
Cost: Included with full conference registration.