Posted on 03 June 2008.
The Library of Congress is planning to send a traveling exhibition to approximately 120 small rural libraries with active public libraries that are not close to a major population center. The exhibition will be sent at no cost to the library. They are looking for help to identify potential sites. The traveling exhibition, featuring facsimiles of American and World Treasures of the Library of Congress, is being funded through the generosity of the Rapoport Foundation. The exhibition is actually based on two very popular on-site exhibitions the Library had for a number of years, “American Treasures of the Library of Congress” and “World Treasures of the Library of Congress.” They included extraordinary items from the collections that have broad appeal for the American public. The traveling exhibition will draw upon those exhibitions, would be easy to put up and take down, and would be designed to accommodate the space limitations in small libraries (minimal square footage needed).
The Library of Congress has further said that, “Regarding the square footage, our Interpretive Programs Office will be working with the sites on the configuration and space required…at this point we do not yet have a design underway. I can assure you, however, that “flexibility” will be key to the design process.” LC will work with libraries and the available space they have to host the exhibit.
If your library might be interested, please send the name of your library and a contact person’s name by Monday, June 9th to:
COSLA Association Director
AMR Management Services
201 East Main St., Suite 1405
Lexington, KY 40507
This could be a great opportunity for small libraries who generally cannot host other traveling exhibits due to their size.
(Thanks to Rebekkah Smith Aldrich from MHLS for sharing this opportunity.)