Curating Exhibits in An Academic Environment: Practical Steps and Lessons Learned for a Successful Display

Date: 
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 18:00
Location: 
Concordia University’s Webster Library, 1400 de Maisonneuve West, LB 340

***POSTPONED*** Concordia University will be closed on March 22 due to a student protest. The even has been re-scheduled for TUESDAY, April 3rd.

The College and Research Section’s spring event will be held on Tuesday April 3, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The event is entitled: “Curating Exhibits in An Academic Environment: Practical Steps and Lessons Learned for a Successful Display”. The following librarians will be speaking...

Sharon Rankin
Children’s Book Liaison Librarian, McGill University Library
Sharon Rankin is an experienced academic librarian who has recently created several exhibitions for the Rare Books and Special Collections Library at McGill. Her exhibition themes arose from her work as the liaison librarian in Rare Books for the Children’s Book Collections and as part of an International Polar Year grant with Professors Stenbaek (McGill) and Chartier (UQAM). The McGill Library has transformed its exhibitions into virtual ones, including coding Dublin Core metadata for the images. All McGill Library exhibitions can be viewed online at http://www.mcgill.ca/library/library-findinfo/digitization/virtualexhibitions/.

Sean Ezra Swanick
Liaison Librarian, Islamic Studies, McGill University Library
Sean Swanick is the Islamic Studies Liaison Librarian at McGill University. His current exhibition on the acclaimed medieval scholar Abu Hamid al-Ghazali is on display in the foyer of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library. Since commencing at McGill in November, 2009 he has curated or assisted in curating exhibitions on Wilfred Cantwell Smith (the founder of the Institute of Islamic Studies and the Islamic Studies Library in 1952), Islamic Calligraphy, and the Shahnameh (‘Book of Kings’, a Persian epic poem).

Melinda Reinhart
Visual Arts Librarian, Concordia University Libraries
Melinda Reinhart, MLIS McGill University, MA Art History Concordia University, has been the Visual Arts Librarian at Concordia University Libraries for 15 years. She first began curating/co-ordinating exhibitions in the Webster Library at Concordia Libraries in 2008. In a limited exhibition space comprised of display cases, diverse works ranging from artists books and book works to ceramics, installations and textiles have been exhibited. In addition to curating book works from the Concordia Library collections, she collaborates with faculty and students from the fine arts at Concordia to show their work in alternate spaces outside the museum or gallery.

The event will be held at Concordia University’s Webster Library, 1400 de Maisonneuve West, LB 340. Cost will be $5 for members and $8 for non-members. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Joanna.duy@concordia.ca by March 10. We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event!