In the Fall semester of 2011 we began to explore Omeka as a platform to expose the hidden collections of rare books in the Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives. Myself and Justin Mancini, under the mentorship of both Dr. Ben Alexander and archivist Johnathan Thayer, used principles of archival description to create a finding aid and interactive platform for the college’s 14 volume Don Quixote collection. Our site continues to develop as a tool for promoting both rich context and wider access for rare books.
We have found that Omeka is a great tool for combining digitized content and exhibit-style presentation. The basic Dublin Core metadata is sufficient for describing our materials, and the basic plugins such as Simple Pages and Exhibit Builder provide enough freedom to structure the site in interesting ways.
Check out our site and give us feedback!
Visit us at: http://qcarchives.com/books
OUR SITE HAS NOW MOVED TO http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/books