Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Build It Once: A Basic Primer for the Creation of Online Exhibitions

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Build It Once: A Basic Primer for the Creation of Online Exhibitions

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Build It Once: A Basic Primer .for the Creation of Online Exhibitions. Sarah Goodwin Thiel. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow, 2007. 98p. $35 (ISBN 0-8108-5225-X).

Build It Once touts itself as a simple-to-follow guide for librarians responsible for digital archiving and collection management. Written in pithy, easily digestible chapters, Build It Once takes the approach of practical online exhibition design manual.

The task of providing overview detail to librarians who may have little or no experience in developing and managing digital collections is challenging at best. Thiel's book provides a good basic overview, although it does assume some basic competency in digital technology. Another common challenge for books about Web design is that they are often obsolete before their press dates due to the rapid pace of technological change. For example, the phrase "online exhibition" has expanded to include anything from digital library collections to virtual poster sessions for online conferences (which are becoming more common for academic library conferences). Unfortunately, this nomenclature shift defining online exhibitions is not addressed anywhere in Build It Once. …

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