Best Practices for Library Exhibitions

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About this Report:

Best Practices for Library Exhibitions provides a comprehensive framework and recommended practices for developing and managing exhibitions in art libraries and similar types of information environments. It offers real-world insights complementing library and information science program curricula enriching students’ learning about exhibition development, which is a growing expectation for librarians.

The document is organized by three main areas: Creation, Operation and Logistics, and Management, reflecting the actual cycle of exhibitions. Specific best practices include Curation and Policies, Digital Exhibits, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion/Accessibility, Loaning, Conservation Care, Facilities, Engagement, Marketing and Outreach, Documentation, Evaluation, and Financial Management. The initiative for this project was endeavored by the Exhibitions Special Interest Group with contributions from library professionals representing a variety of institutions and specialties.