Library exhibitions are about you, the CCSF community. We look at issues that affect all of us—issues that challenge us and bring us joy—health, gentrification, holiday celebrations, immigration, neighborhood histories, and more. Like the library itself we explore ideas from multiple perspectives. Every subject we address in these exhibitions can be researched in the library and we’ll help you do it. Come in, email us or IM us.
Each library exhibition is cosponsored by at least one academic department in order tosupport that department’s information needs. During the course of a semester 500+ students complete a library exhibition assignment developed specifically for each library exhibition. Assignments are developed in collaboration with the College Success program and invite students to respond to library exhibitions in a variety of ways.
At City College of San Francisco, library exhibitions are generally interpretive exhibitions that explore ideas and themes. Like the Library’s collection, they reflect multiple perspectives across a wide variety of subjects. Text plays an important role in these exhibitions alongside the visual elements. The Library staff curate many of the exhibitions. Our aim is to offer exhibitions that have an intimate connection to the CCSF community and at the same time express ideas and concerns of interest to the larger community.
Exhibition viewers at CCSF have very different backgrounds and bodies of knowledge and experience, so exhibitions often include didactic panels that explain the curator’s or the artists’ presentation in detail. Exhibitions are designed to serve as a catalyst for further exploration in the Library, so bibliographies, webliographies or collections of periodical articles are developed for each project.