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New Exhibit on Special Collections in the 21st Century


We're so pleased to invite you to explore Virtually Transformed: Special Collections in the Digital Age, a new exhibit in the Archives and Special Collections (A&SC) gallery. The exhibit is reflexive in nature, addressing how preservation of special collections has been transformed by the digital age. It also examines how innovations in technology have provided broader access and opened new channels for students and researchers to interact with rare materials and historical records. 


Virtually Transformed was co-curated by the A&SC Department team and by the Digital Library Program. This method of curating as a collaborative team is a first for us staff in both departments; marking a departure from our typical exhibit workflow in which one person acts as sole curator. Last year, A&SC student workers co-curated an exhibit for the first time, which was quite a successful experiment, and in turn, provided a nice model for a collective approach to exhibit-making from concept and research to mounting artifacts in display cases. The multi-faceted and hybrid physical-digital state of special collections in the digital era is not an easy subject to tackle alone, so I'm certainly glad that I had this opportunity to act together with my colleagues!

Spring2014Exhibit_Photo03With a diverse range of artifacts, including postcards, photographs, manuscripts, and audiovisual materials on display, each section of the exhibit tells a unique story of our work at LMU – some about digitization and others about identifying materials through crowdsourcing – in celebration of special collections in the digital age. And yet our narratives are not simply uncritical embraces of 21st century shifts. The exhibit shines a light on the uncertainties concerning longevity of digital mediums and the newfound complexities technology brings. 

We are also deeply grateful for the contributions of Professor Kirstin Noreen, Department of Art History, and her First Year Seminar student Ariana Tejero. They provided a wonderful case study about how learning can be enriched when primary sources (postcards) meet social media tools (Historypin). 


**Don't forget — we've put out a call for you to become part of the exhibit! Find out how you can submit your photos of the Seat of Wisdom statue (located between Desmond Hall and Rosecrans Hall) here

Archives & Special Collections is located on the third floor of the William H. Hannon Library.  The exhibit gallery is open from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Virtually Transformed: Special Collections in the Digital Age will be on display until May 11, 2014. 

Please contact Archives and Special Collections for more information.