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Who Taught Her That? NLS Project Blog

Who Taught Her That? NLS Project Blog

This blog tracks my progress and challenges through my work on the National Library of Scotland's project 'Behind Glass? Digital Literature, Artefact and the Language of Display' in conjunction with the Edinburgh College of Art's Masters by Research in Collections and Curating Practices programme at the University of Edinburgh.

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Our brief from the NLS states, “When we put books in cases, we are changing them from literature into exhibit, and in doing so saying something additional to the content of the item itself.”  However, in a simple traditional book display, the viewer is allowed access to only one spread – two pages of information […]

(1) Identify your key responsibilities and list the main areas of work you have been involved in. Briefly highlight the skills and competencies that are relevant to this project/work area. At the onset of this project it was my job to be the communicator with all contacts aside from Sheena.  We chose to do this […]

In my entry of December 22nd, I mentioned that we were planning to use a large x-shaped Octanorm structure in our exhibition.  In January, we received a list of the Library’s available Octanorm pieces, and owing to a lack of compatible parts with our initial design, had to re-design to a t-shaped structure. Due to […]

One of the questions posed to us at the January 17th meeting was from curator Olive Geddes, who asked “How does the Phoebe Anna Traquair manuscript fit in […] the overall theme of ‘advice’?” I would like to address that here. In our meeting with NLS curators on October 4th, we were shown many hand-selected […]

One of the points the National Library of Scotland wanted us to consider within the brief we were given at the beginning of our project is the question of authenticity as applied to digital material within their collection, asking: “is authenticity of the original format important?”  As we have been planning our exhibition, this has […]

At the beginning of Semester 2, we were asked to re-present our ideas to a group of NLS staff, including members from Curatorial, Events, Exhibition, Conservation, Digital Learning, IT, Front of House, Public Engagement, and Security. While our Final Pitch in Semester 1 had gone over well, the team at the NLS still had many […]

The Library’s prompt posed a series of questions, including, “what are the alternative possibilities for display and engagement when working with digital cultural heritage?” We have attempted to think of ways to diversify our displays, and to use as much technology as possible. We have designed an x-shaped structure for the centre of the Boardroom […]

It is important to us that our exhibition move beyond display and include interactive elements.  We had spoken in our October 2nd class with Jen Ross and Mairi Lafferty about the difference between restricted interaction (still curated by the institution) and full interaction (organic and unplanned), as well as the ethics of co-creation and co-production […]

On Friday October 18th we visited the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive at Kelvinhall, and the Glasgow Women’s Library. At the MIA, Sheena explained the history of the branch, and showed us how to use the catalogue.  I was interested to learn that the MIA collects home movie footage as well as professionally […]

For my case study I’m looking at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s ArtLens Gallery system.  The system contains 4 interactive components: ArtLens Wall, ArtLens Studio, ArtLens Exhibition, and the user-downloadable ArtLens App.  All portions of the ArtLens Gallery interface draw from a centralized database of images containing large high-resolution images (photographed with cameras ranging between […]


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