The Art Library as Exhibition Space: Ten Case Studies

by Johnson, Kirston C.

Abstract (Summary)
This study examines the use of physical and virtual exhibits in art libraries. Through ten case studies, the researcher asks if art libraries are using their physical and virtual space for exhibition, and do certain types of art libraries mount exhibits consistently and effectively. This study was devised to uncover common patterns and inconsistencies that exist across the board when looking at the art library as exhibition space. Further, in uncovering any patterns and inconsistencies, the researcher will suggest a framework that can be used to assess current use of exhibitions in art libraries and improve future programs. The primary purpose of this research is to address whether exhibitions used in art libraries are promoting user education, highlighting and increasing the use of library materials, improving public relations, and increasing library and staff visibility. The study suggests that art libraries within institutions primarily devoted to the study of art and art education, such as museums and art schools, are more likely to mount exhibits and develop exhibition programs.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:David Carr

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:art libraries space utilization literature exhibits and displays library


Date of Publication:11/19/2006

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