Course:5: Access and Outreach
Lesson:Lesson 3: Exhibits and Loans
Topic:Lesson 3 Conclusion

Lesson 3 Conclusion

Exhibiting and loaning your historical records is a great way to extend your outreach to larger audiences. However, as with any access-oriented activity, there is an inherent tension between the preservation of the materials and the use of them.

You're going to need to control the amount of light materials are exposed to and the amount of handling they receive.

Because exhibits can cause serious preservation problems, the best choice is to always exhibit high quality copies of your materials. When this isnít an option, you must ensure that preservation concerns are taken into account and that the exhibit environment is as conducive to preservation as possible.

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For more information, see Martin R. Kalfatovic's Creating a Winning Online Exhibition: A Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Click here. 

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