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COVID-19 UPDATE

Yale libraries will be closed Nov. 25 – Jan. 5. Online services and access to library materials will continue. See COVID-19 library updates.

Online Exhibitions: Resources & Best Practices

Information for Yale Library staff and other Yale community members interested in creating online exhibitions.

Online Exhibitions Best Practices

  • Consider your audience: Who are you designing the site for? What is the awareness of the subject?
  • Narrative: What story are you hoping to tell? What do you hope people take away from the exhibition?
  • Design: Make the exhibit visually interesting with a variety of images. Consider breaking up large boxes of text with images.  Build the site in layers to provide multiple spaces for visitors to experience. 
  • Web accessibility: To meet requirements for web accessibility, please refer to Yale's resources: https://usability.yale.edu/web-accessibility/accessibility
  • File Sizes: Maximum image file size is 10MB, minimum image dimension (width or height) is 1000 pixels. Preferred still image file type is JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg) though PNG (.png) is also accessible.
  • Metadata: Consider your audience again with level of description. In most cases, a detailed catalog record with all metadata fields is not necessary. 

Handbook & Documentation

Tools & Templates

Typical Omeka Workflow

To create an exhibition, the general workflow steps are:

1. Create a new Item Set

2. Create Items that are assigned to the Item Set

3. Create a new Site

4. Create a Page in the Site

5. Add Blocks to the Page that include Items you created

Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have completed your exhibition. Then,

6. Create a banner for the header image

7. Publish the exhibition by changing all Media, Items, Item Sets, and the Site from “Private” to “Public”

Copyright & Fair Use Resources