I am the Exhibits Coordinator at the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries. I oversee an exhibition program that enhances research and learning opportunities by sharing and interpreting the Libraries’ collections. My work addresses an increasing imperative to academically engage students outside the classroom, and reveal collections to a broader public.
My areas of specialization center around exhibitions, technology, and community engagement and broad access. My exhibition expertise is in exhibition program leadership and development, curation, multi-lingual inclusion, public scholarship, and design. My technological proficiency and specialty is in building international digitization expertise, web design, and online engagement. I am skilled in implementing and adapting technology to achieve the broadest reach of materials and the greatest impact. Additionally I am an expert in professional standards for caring for cultural heritage resources held in public trust and applying those across the GLAM community.
I created a model for a formal exhibition program within an academic research library. The core components to my role are development of programmatic operating structures, policies, procedures, and best practices; exhibition development; training and development of curatorial and exhibition expertise; and integration of exhibitions into academic curriculum.
I developed the necessary operational supports for curatorial success in a new exhibition program. I created and refined operational structures and guidelines that give curators the tools to transform decorative displays to exhibitions with scholarly interpretation and vital contextualization. I established best practices to foster a culture of interpretation and exhibition in the Libraries. I have implemented a library-wide exhibit policy, created timelines for project management, and most significantly written a Style Guide for the program. The Style Guide is a rubric to provide best practices, consistency, and broad access to content, via editorial preferences and visual layout.
By bringing coherence, consistency, and prominence to the Libraries’ exhibition program, I am able to highlight one topic across disciplines and bring campus-wide attention to the Libraries’ holdings and expertise.
I closely collaborate with librarians and faculty from academic units in developing exhibitions and incorporating exhibitions into coursework. Student educational outcomes, in a wide variety of disciplines, are enhanced by the integration of exhibitions and the Libraries’ unique collections into their course curriculum and broader educational pursuits. My collaborative approach fosters strong working relationships within the Libraries, throughout campus, and across the international GLAM community.