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Engaging with books you cannot touch: interactive multimedia to explore library treasures

Reilly, S. and Petrelli, D. (2007) Engaging with books you cannot touch: interactive multimedia to explore library treasures. CoDesign : International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts, 3 (1). pp. 199-210. ISSN 1745-3755


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Interactivity has proved a successful way to engage visitors of science museums. However it is not a common practice when the objects to exhibit are artefacts or, as in the case of this paper, books. A study was set up to investigate the driving criteria for the “The Life and Work of William Butler Yeats” exhibition at the National Library of Ireland and compare those with the visitors’ opinion. Books, notebooks and personal belongings of the poet have been digitized and used to create a rich and varied exhibition that used both interactivity and multimedia. The result of visitors’ survey showed that the variety was a key factor for the success of the exhibition: different people engaged with different contents and different medium to different degrees. The design of the ambience is critical: dim lights and the use of audio as a medium have to be carefully planned to avoid annoying instead of engaging.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2007 Taylor & Francis. This is an author produced version of a paper published in CoDesign. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: digital imaging, library exhibition, interactive multimedia
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 09 May 2008 08:56
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:56
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15710880701324521
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1080/15710880701324521
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3778

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