Between 2016 and 2018 the U of T Engineering & Computer Science Library created two digital exhibits in Omeka – the first to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Sandford Fleming Building Fire and the second to explore the buildings and spaces used by the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Our goal for this session is to tell our stories about how digital exhibits can be used to build community. Our three-part retelling will explore how these exhibits provided a platform for relationship building with multiple campus partners, and discuss the continued potential of online exhibits to promote collaboration and community within and around libraries. Attendees will learn more about the approaches we took to help us find our place within a tight knit community and broaden perspectives on what a library can do. While our exhibits tell stories relating to the departments our library serves, the applications of our methods and approaches, as well as the stakeholders we identified, apply to any library working with a community with a story to tell including yours!
Learning Outcomes: CREATE an online exhibit in your library; EXPLORE communities stories; IMPLEMENT collaborative initiatives; CONNECT and BUILD relationships with users and community; BROADEN perspectives on what your library can do.