The Omeka Project: Phase 2

You’ve found items related to your topic, and you’ve created collections within our Omeka site.  Now, you need to use your collection to create an informative, well-designed, and impressive exhibit.  Here’s a guide to creating exhibits in Omeka.  (Thanks to Miriam Posner, again.)

Understanding what I expect from your Omeka exhibit will help you plan and map your exhibit.  Thus, my expectations for an effective exhibit in our online museum include:

  1. Your exhibit successfully connects the history of your topic to themes, motifs, and issues in Steinbeck’s novel.  In other words, the purpose of your exhibit is to use historical artifacts to expand my understanding of Grapes of Wrath.
  2. You have collected and as fully as possible documented and tagged at least 10 items from online archives.  In other words, you’ve spent time and labor cataloguing your items via the Dublin Core rubric.  And, your items come from scholarly sources.
  3. Your exhibit text should be no less than 1500 words (roughly six typed pages).  Your text should be well-written, error-free, and eloquent.
  4. Your exhibit should be well-designed.  Since this exhibit is as much a visual as a written text, i.e. it’s “multi-modal,” an effective exhibit will integrate image and word in ways that exploit both media.  Omeka’s exhibition builder module allows you to separate your exhibit into pages and to visually organize your pages.  Use these tools to enhance the relationship between image/artifact and text. Here are some examples of exhibit pages (some okay and some very strong): Example 1; Example 2; Example 3; Example 4.
  5. In addition to primary sources (i.e. your collected artifacts), your exhibit should use secondary sources.  Use scholarly books and/or articles to help you fill in your historical context or to connect historical artifacts to Steinbeck’s novel.  For instance, if you’re exhibit is about migrant farm work, you might use an article or book to develop and support your account of prevailing wages in the fields of 1939.  Or, if your exhibit is about cars in Grapes of Wrath, you might use critical discussions of cars and transportation in the novel to develop and support your insights into the relation between historical artifact and novel.  You will want to include a minimum of 5 secondary, scholarly sources in your exhibit text.  (These can be documented per MLA style on the last page of your exhibit.)
  6. Your Omeka exhibit has followed the timelines I’ve set out in class and online.  E.g. five items by April 19; another five by April 24; collection created in the week of April 24; etc.  You should have started to create your exhibit by Wed., May 3.  And you should have a rough draft of your exhibit ready for review by Wed., May 15.

Final due date: Monday, May 20.

 

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