36 · Survey Results: Survey Questions And Responses
If yes, please briefly describe what changed.
Added additional hours, specifically Wednesday night and Saturday hours created student exhibit curator opportunities.
Directed our efforts to fewer and more concentrated modes of outlets. We no longer use campus newsletters or mass
Exhibits have become an important outreach tool. More proactive engagement with other disciplines (depending on the
Extending hours for some exhibits.
Ideas for future exhibitions, as well as working with faculty to incorporate materials for use in classroom discussion and
In a sense, yes. Although exhibits are a lot of work, they have brought a very good response and people generally find
they bring down barriers or decrease inhibitions, leading people to greater awareness of the diversity of our collections
and to feel more comfortable being in the archives space. Thus, whenever possible, even with themed exhibits focusing
on one of our collections, we try to make the audience aware of our other collecting areas as well.
Increased collaboration with faculty and other campus units.
Increased efforts at gaining attention of students have led to the facade banners as well as to outreach to student
groups with posters and flyers.
Increased number of virtual exhibits that are archived and available.
Increasingly, exhibits are organized in conjunction with historical events, campus events such as First Readings selection
and conferences.
Several years ago someone commented on the poor lighting in the gallery. We were able to secure a grant to hire a
consultant to make recommendations and subsequently replace the lighting system. In response to another comment, I
have tried to be more inclusive of multiple points of view in the exhibit interpretation.
The development of online exhibits was a response not only to following what other special collections units around the
country are doing but also in reaching out to alumni, friends, and the wider community who may not be as familiar with
our collections or collecting foci.
The topics have become more popular.
There is less emphasis on text and more attention to grabbing visuals.
There was positive feedback regarding the professional appearance of a joint exhibit developed with a faculty member
of the design department. In response, CTASC staff established a standard template in terms of colour, font size, and
typeface to ensure there was a uniform appearance and ‘branding’ of the exhibits.
We are doing more mini exhibits, as they seem to be more attractive than major exhibitions.
We compare gate counts for our displays to gauge what types of materials are most attractive to the community.
We contact coordinators of graduate workshops and faculty well in advance to get on their schedules which are set the
previous academic year.
We plan to prepare more detailed tutorials. We plan to mount electronic documents on course-specific Web pages.
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