Title

Library art exhibits as an engagement tool

Academic Title

Assistant Professor; Associate Professors

College

Libraries

Department

Libraries

Primary Campus

Cumming

Title of Award Granted

Presidential Incentive Award

Name of Institution that Granted the Award

University of North Georgia

Keywords

Art exhibit, digital exhibits, student engagement

Abstract

The Cumming campus library hosts an annual art exhibit to increase engagement levels of students and to involve them in scholarly activities. The exhibit displayed student, faculty, and staff submissions on campus. The artists submitted their work digitally through the Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository (NOIR). When the physical exhibit opened in the library, a digital exhibit opened on NOIR. The project had three main goals: measure the impact of the event, encourage student involvement in scholarly activities, and teach digital/information literacy skills. Surveys were conducted during the show of both the artists and attendees. The librarians also shared links to scholarly publications and conferences that accept art submissions. Through the submission process the students began thinking critically about their work. The submission form required them to assign keywords to their work and write a brief artist statement about their piece. Data collected via surveys from the event participants attempted to measure the impact that the event had on awareness of library services by participants. Going forward we plan to host the exhibit annually and anticipate that participation will continue to grow each year.

Biography

Teresa Nesbitt, Assistant Professor and Reference Services Librarian, serves on the UNG Libraries Marketing committee, manages the Libraries' social media, and selects titles for Music, Theater, & Visual Arts. She has curated three art exhibits for the Cumming campus library. Allison Galloup, Associate Professor and Special Collections & Digital Initiatives Librarian, oversees UNG's digital repository, the Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository (NOIR). She manages the UNG Libraries' Special Collections & Archives and teaches subjects related to primary sources and scholarly communication. She is currently leading the collection of stories documenting the Covid-19 experience in Northeast Georgia. Rebecca Rose, Assistant Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor, served as the Head Librarian of the Cumming campus for seven years, and is currently the Division Lead for the regional campus libraries and Assessment. She has served as a faculty mentor for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Academies for UNG and the USG.

Proposal Type

Poster

Additional Presenter Information

Teresa Nesbitt, Assistant Professor, Libraries, Cumming campus.

Allison Galloup, Associate Professor, Libraries, Gainesville campus.

Rebecca Rose, Associate Professor, Libraries, Dahlonega campus.

Subject Area

Education

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Library art exhibits as an engagement tool

The Cumming campus library hosts an annual art exhibit to increase engagement levels of students and to involve them in scholarly activities. The exhibit displayed student, faculty, and staff submissions on campus. The artists submitted their work digitally through the Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository (NOIR). When the physical exhibit opened in the library, a digital exhibit opened on NOIR. The project had three main goals: measure the impact of the event, encourage student involvement in scholarly activities, and teach digital/information literacy skills. Surveys were conducted during the show of both the artists and attendees. The librarians also shared links to scholarly publications and conferences that accept art submissions. Through the submission process the students began thinking critically about their work. The submission form required them to assign keywords to their work and write a brief artist statement about their piece. Data collected via surveys from the event participants attempted to measure the impact that the event had on awareness of library services by participants. Going forward we plan to host the exhibit annually and anticipate that participation will continue to grow each year.