2021 marked the sesquicentennial of the founding of Colorado Springs, and instead of marking Colorado Day (Aug. 8) this year I wanted to put together an exhibit that celebrated the direct community context of UCCS. This celebration involved photoshopping a lot of clip art party hats on municipal buildings.
To look at our immediate vicinity, I decided to look at the sister cities program to see who might "come" to a birthday party for Colorado Springs. It was great to have (well, make) the opportunity to weave federal docs, state docs, and international local docs together in one exhibit.
As part of my government information librarian role, I’m incapable of shutting up about the decennial census. And when I wanted to turn around an exhibit in the height of 1410 season, I turned to the census for inspiration. Drawing from Rob Lopresti’s When Women Didn’t Count and Measuring America, I put together a carousel exhibit on census undercounts focusing on women. This carousel pulled double duty as my presentation for the March 2021 meeting of the Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution where I was doing the monthly programming block. In the future, I want to do an exhibit that really gets into how enumerators are given their instructions, but that may have to wait until 2030… If you want to flip through the exhibit, click here:
As part of my government information librarian role, I’m working on increasing the visibility of the government documents collection here at UCCS. Part of this project is increasing the frequency of exhibits using that collection. For Black History Month, I decided to look at the National Register of Historic Places for locations in Colorado related to Black history. One of my favorite jokes is to point at government buildings, vehicles, etc., and say “that’s a government document” and this was a fun way to explore that idea. I started with the process of getting a location on the national register of historic places and then shared a handful of Colorado locations throughout the state. If you’d like to check out the tour, which I built on StoryMapJS, you can click here:
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