Ways students can get involved with exhibits at Sterling Memorial Library (SML):
- Consider submitting a proposal to curate an exhibit in the library as your senior thesis project.
- Ask a librarian that you work closely with if they would consider nominating you for the Student Research at Yale exhibit opportunity in the Student Exhibit Corridor.
- Attend an information session.
- Spread the word to your classmates.
- Learn about creating online exhibits at Yale University Library
Conducting consistent and exceptional research in the YUL collections and fostering ongoing relationships with library staff and collections specialists is a great way to work towards either of these exhibit opportunities. For information about exhibits from previous years visit the SML Exhibits LibGuide.
Senior Exhibit Project (on view mid-April to mid-October)
One senior will be selected from a pool of applicants to curate an exhibit in the SML exhibits corridor that may be used as their senior thesis project, pending departmental approval. The selected student will be responsible for discussing the requirements for using the exhibit as their senior thesis project with their department. Each student proposal will require a faculty advisor and a Yale University Library (YUL) librarian exhibit advisor who have agreed to work with the student for the entirety of the senior exhibit project. The library will cover all production costs associated with this project. The student, faculty advisor, and librarian exhibit advisor will work closely with the exhibits program manager who will oversee the scheduling of deadlines, management of collections materials, and will provide production tools and templates for the physical production of the exhibit.
Senior Exhibit Project Toolkit:
Student Research at Yale University Library (on view mid-October to mid-April)
Four students, undergraduate or graduate, will be selected each year to put together a display highlighting research done using any Yale University Library (YUL) collections and resources (including but not limited to special collections). YUL librarians and Yale faculty will be invited to nominate students they have worked with who have shown exceptional commitment to their research and using YUL resources. The SML Exhibits Advisory Committee will select four students from the pool of nominees to create a facsimile display on their research topic. Selected students will be asked to write an overview of their topic and select a number of objects to be reproduced for display. Working with the exhibits program manager, the students will meet deadlines and experience the process of exhibit production.
If you are interested in participating in the Student Research at YUL Exhibit, please discuss the opportunity with a librarian or faculty member. Please refer to the SML Exhibits sites for Faculty and for Library Staff, for additional information about nominating student curators.
Interested students will be required to write a Statement of Interest which will be submitted by the nominating librarian or faculty member. A strong Statement of Interest should include a concise description of the proposed exhibit and should demonstrate a clear understanding of responsibilities and timeframe of the exhibit project in addition to other academic commitments.
Student Research at YUL Toolkit:
Sterling Memorial Library Memorabilia Room (fall and spring)
The Memorabilia Room exhibit space provides an opportunity for library staff, Yale University faculty, students, and other campus affiliates to curate exhibitions in the Library. Student proposals will require letters of support from a faculty advisor and a Yale University Library (YUL) who have agreed to work with the student for the entirety of the exhibit project. The library will cover all production costs associated with this project - scope of project will be provided. The student, faculty advisor, and librarian exhibit advisor will work closely with the who will oversee the scheduling of deadlines, management of collections materials, and will provide production tools and templates for the physical production of the exhibit.
SML Memorabilia Room Toolkit: