View our new digital exhibition about John Milton
On April 1st, the first digital exhibition from Special Collections and University
Archives´ (SC/UA), "John Milton and the Cultures of Print," went live on
the Rutgers University Libraries' website. This digital exhibit captures the physical
exhibition on display at the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery in
Alexander Library from February 3 to May 31, 2011. Its release coincided with Rutgers'
hosting of the Northeast Modern Language Association conference.
Users can view the images one at a time with text or full screen, zoom in to see details on
the image, or play an automated slideshow. While the physical exhibit can only remain on
display for a short time, the digital exhibit can be dynamically retrieved and displayed in
What is unique about this digital exhibition is that it highlights an innovative use of the
Rutgers University Community Repository (RUcore). Individual objects in the physical exhibit
are digitized, in this case books or manuscripts, along with their associated identifying
information (metadata), capturing both "section or case" and "caption"
information. They are then retrieved dynamically with the object, and displayed
through a presentation tool intended to recreate the organization, look and feel of the
physical exhibition. This is an imaginative way to utilize the intellectual resources within
This project was a collaborative effort between SC/UA and Technical and Automated Services
(TAS). Many people worked on the exhibition tool and the technology that underlies it.
Particular thanks goes out to the exhibition project team: Fernanda Perrone and
Caryn Radick of SC/UA and John Brennan, Chad Mills, Carla Zimmerman, Sam McDonald and Linda
Langschied of TAS.
"John Milton and the Cultures of Print" digital exhibit can be viewed at: