Why Library Exhibitions?
Library exhibitions support the Library’s Mission Statement: (The Library) “Contributes to the college’s curricular goals by providing programs and exhibitions and by publicizing available resources and activities;
Offer a catalyst for students and patrons to seek more information/knowledge
Visually explain the breadth of the library’s holdings
Explore ideas and themes on subjects as varied as the library’s collections
Lead viewers to resources that explore themes from a variety of view points
Serve as a vehicle for developing closer relationships with academic departments
Offer the opportunity to develop connections between the library and the community and between the college and community organizations
The Rosenberg Library, on the Ocean Avenue campus, has four exhibition spaces:
- Second floor, Madeleine Haas Russell Gallery: one 50 ft. long wall case and four freestanding cases
- Third floor: one 8 ft. in diameter round glass case
- Fourth floor: a reference case and second exhibition space in the atrium, an 8 ft. in diameter round glass case
The Library Exhibition Task Force reviews applications and proposals for Library exhibitions and selects exhibitions for installation in the Library. Proposal review is a two-step process: a proposal may be conditionally accepted, pending revision according to Task Force recommendations. Our goal is to provide an exhibition program that balances a variety of media and represents multiple perspectives. Careful thought is given to creating integrated exhibition offerings for each semester.
Who May Apply
Library exhibitions are closely tied to the CCSF curriculum and encourage viewers to use library resources. Academic departments may apply to present exhibitions that enhance their curriculum: these may be collaborative exhibitions created with local organizations or individuals. The CCSF Library staff creates exhibitions on topics of current interest that emphasize use of the Library’s collection. We do not mount one-person shows.
Library exhibitions are generally planned and scheduled a year in advance of the exhibition opening.
New exhibitions are planned to open each semester. Second floor exhibitions: November-May & May-November; 3rd floor exhibitions: October – April & April – October; 4th floor exhibitions: September – March & March – September. Library exhibitions are installed for six months.