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  • Review notes from the interim
  • Determine next steps
  • Find a routine meeting time

Discussion items

1 hourDiscussion / determine next stepsAll
  • We like Robin's framework/summary
  • Add timeline to the process aspect
  • Do the different levels of exhibitions have different structures?
  • First we need a vision of what we want and then we think about building it
  • What are the common use cases for these? What have we seen so far?
    • Two different types: "highlights"/uber-collection and interpretive
    • Two different creator types: curators and students
  • Will Calisphere host student work and projects, or not?
  • Perhaps we start with institutional "ownership" model as a first pass
  • "About" should be a necessary element, with author and "as a project of the institution" - a fill in the blank credit line
    • Attribution/citation is essential - we tell students to look for this, so it should have it
    • DPLA a good example of how this works
  • Can the tool itself contain tool tips or information at the point of entry to help guide
  • We can always become more flexible, so let's start with a rigid format (UI and framework)
  • On a lot of sites, the exhibitions are different and you have to relearn the functionality of the individual exhibition; it's better if we start consistently
  • Presenting an intern a structured thing is an easier point of entry
  • What would a complex or more involved exhibit mean?
  • Let's think through what we can do for now, but also think about UI for the future. Current UI probably gets us pretty far.
  • We need to understand the current thing to know whether and how to tweak it - let's do a screenshare call to walk through the front and back of this
  • Less about themes and more about the quality of the content?
  • Guidelines about who is qualified to make the exhibition is essential, e.g. under the supervision of a professor, before it even comes to CDL to come to it; then maybe there's a final vetting step. Ownership is spelled out.
  • Kelsi doesn't see as clearly the distinction between "makes an argument" or "doesn't make an argument"; but maybe a good exhibition makes that argument explicit
  • We default to celebratory narratives, but is that what we want to support?
    • Is there a difference between requirements and guidelines?
  • A list of questions in the proposal stage to help writers dig into the exhibition and make it awesome:
    • E.g. why is this topic important?
    • Who's the audience?
    • What are some of the items and historical documents you want to highlight?
    • Who's going to write it?
    • Who's going to supervise and review it, take ownership of it, have their name on it?
  • Could we create a proposal form: "so you want to create an exhibit – fill this out"
  • A standing committee or someone who rubber-stamps them?
5 minsFigure out a meeting timeAll11 Wednesdays work, assuming Sherri can reschedule a monthly meeting!


  • Next meeting have a demo of the current exhibitions, really understand the functionality and UX on the front and back ends
  • Create a proposal / questionnaire for a potential exhibition creator - this may be actually used, or at the very least organize our thoughts
  • After that: start thinking about how we would evaluate such a questionnaire: what guidelines? who?

Action items

  • Sherri Berger schedule bi-weekly meeting for 11 AM Wednesdays, and plan a demo for next meeting
  • Sherri Berger make a dummy page for the "exhibition questionnaire" draft
  • Christine Kim start the draft questionnaire in next week or so
  • Kelsi EvansRobin Katz review draft questionnaire and edit in advance of next meeting

1 Comment

  1. So sorry I missed this last call but looking forward to today's! I think I can follow from the notes, and I'll go look at the draft questionnaire beforehand.