Library exhibits program

The Library’s exhibits program is taking on a more cohesive and collaborative new vision, as outlined in its new exhibits plan.

Have a question or request related to the Library’s exhibits program? Email exhibits-program-team@berkeley.edu

Vision

  • All Library exhibits will be better coordinated across the organization from a topic and timing perspective.
  • Core library exhibits located in Doe, Moffitt, and Bancroft will be organized more collaboratively and resourced more centrally.
  • Subject specialty library and East Asian Library exhibits, which don’t tend to follow rigid annual schedules, can request central support as timing and resources allow.
  • Two groups will oversee the program: the Exhibits Program Steering Committee (EPSC) and the Exhibits Program Team (EPT) .

Key documents

Diversity, equity, and inclusion values

The UC Berkeley Library stands firmly in opposition to discrimination and systemic oppression. Social justice, equal rights, and equal treatment for all are bedrock principles for the Library, as we fulfill our public mission. Historically, events have made clear that we must do more to address racism in the workplace and in the campus community. Our groups commit to enacting principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion both in how they operate and in the exhibits themselves.

  • We are influenced by diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and social justice practices, and use these core principles to guide and inform decision-making.
  • We aim to enhance the visibility of different perspectives and are dedicated to sharing resources that focus on underrepresented communities within the Library’s collection.
  • We are committed to developing partnerships with subject matter experts and content curators to improve the exhibition development process.
  • We encourage contributions from staff, faculty, and student communities to support the integrity of Library exhibitions as a teaching resource in support of the teaching and learning goals of the Library.
  • We strive to educate by highlighting the Library’s diverse holdings, and expanding teaching and learning across campus and throughout the world.

Exhibits program steering committee

Charge

The exhibits program steering committee (EPSC) will bring together the decision maker for each exhibit space, helping solidify the new, Library-wide effort to be collaborative and communicative. The decision maker for each space would coordinate with their stakeholders (such as key individuals or a committee, where applicable) and then share their proposals for exhibit themes and timing with the EPSC at a designated time. The EPT project manager would organize and convene the EPSC once a semester to discuss the themes and timing as a group, look for opportunities for connections across our spaces, proactively consider any important themes or anniversaries coming up, and provide space for the EPSC to consider how the Library’s spaces will reflect our commitment to diversity and inclusion and our values at a particular point in time. Decision makers for the subject speciality and EAL libraries will also be included in the steering committee.

AUL/Director liaisons

Elizabeth Dupuis, senior associate university librarian
Tiffany Grandstaff, director of communications

Members

  • Exhibits project manager & graphic/production design, Library communications, Aisha Hamilton (convener)
  • AUL for digital initiatives (digital exhibit representative, with digital lifecycle steering group), Salwa Ismail
  • AUL for special collections, Kate Donovan
  • Bancroft gallery and corridor representative, Christine Hult-Lewis
  • Brown gallery representative, Abby Scheel
  • Director of communications, Tiffany Grandstaff
  • Doe annex (Rowell) cases representative, Kathi Neal
  • East Asian Library representative, Deborah Rudolph
  • Member of the equity & inclusion committee, Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani
  • Senior AUL (representative for Doe history room, Moffitt Library, & FSM Café cases), Beth Dupuis

Email list

libraryexhibits-steeringcommittee@lists.berkeley.edu

Exhibits program team

Charge

The exhibits program team (EPT) will be responsible for the scheduling and production planning of Doe, Moffitt, and Bancroft exhibits, in coordination with curatorial and leadership stakeholders for those spaces. The EPT will coordinate timing and resource allocation related to areas concerning imaging, preservation, copyright and permissions, and promotion. They will ensure that timelines are established and followed and that curators and others involved in each exhibit are versed in the workflow and protocols for the exhibit projects. They will look for opportunities to seek efficiencies and propose ways to streamline processes so that exhibits across Doe, Moffitt, and Bancroft follow the same steps and standards wherever possible. In addition, the EPT project manager will coordinate the Library-wide exhibits program at-large and maintain a Library-wide exhibits calendar that includes the core library exhibits and the subject speciality library and EAL exhibits.

AUL/Director liaisons

Elizabeth Dupuis, senior associate university librarian
Tiffany Grandstaff, director of communications

Members 

  • Exhibits project manager & graphic/production design, Library communications, Aisha Hamilton (convener)
  • Bancroft representative, Christine Hult-Lewis
  • Development office, vacant
  • Imaging services, Chrissy Huhn
  • Preservation, Martha Little
  • Scholarly communication services, Michael Lange
  • Writer/editor, Library communications, Dan Vaccaro

Email list

libraryexhibits-team@lists.berkeley.edu