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Abstract

The Cumming campus library hosts an annual art exhibit to increase engagement levels of students and to involve them in scholarly activities. The exhibit displayed student, faculty, and staff submissions on campus. The artists submitted their work digitally through the Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository (NOIR). When the physical exhibit opened in the library, a digital exhibit opened on NOIR. The project had three main goals: measure the impact of the event, encourage student involvement in scholarly activities, and teach digital/information literacy skills. Surveys were conducted during the show of both the artists and attendees. The librarians also shared links to scholarly publications and conferences that accept art submissions. Through the submission process the students began thinking critically about their work. The submission form required them to assign keywords to their work and write a brief artist statement about their piece. Data collected via surveys from the event participants attempted to measure the impact that the event had on awareness of library services by participants. Going forward we plan to host the exhibit annually and anticipate that participation will continue to grow each year.

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  • Subject
    • Education

  • Department
    • Libraries, Libraries

  • Institution
    • Cumming

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

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    • Author Biography:

      Teresa Nesbitt, Assistant Professor and Reference Services Librarian, serves on the UNG Libraries Marketing committee, manages the Libraries' social media, and selects titles for Music, Theater, & Visual Arts. She has curated three art exhibits for the Cumming campus library. Allison Galloup, Associate Professor and Special Collections & Digital Initiatives Librarian, oversees UNG's digital repository, the Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository (NOIR). She manages the UNG Libraries' Special Collections & Archives and teaches subjects related to primary sources and scholarly communication. She is currently leading the collection of stories documenting the Covid-19 experience in Northeast Georgia. Rebecca Rose, Assistant Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor, served as the Head Librarian of the Cumming campus for seven years, and is currently the Division Lead for the regional campus libraries and Assessment. She has served as a faculty mentor for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Academies for UNG and the USG.

      Title of Award Granted:

      Presidential Incentive Award

      Name of Institution that Granted the Award:

      University of North Georgia