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How to build an exhibit in NINES

Dana Wheeles

University of Virginia

Adding images to your exhibit

Paris Exposition: Place de la Concorde, Paris, France, 1900
Paris Exposition: Place de la Concorde, Paris, France, 1900
The Brooklyn Museum
Harriet Beecher Stow, Lyman Beecher, and Henry Ward Beecher
Harriet Beecher Stow, Lyman Beecher, and Henry Ward Beecher
The Pageant of America (NYPL)
Columbia bicycles.
Columbia bicycles.
New York Public Library
Adding images from NINES

All of the images above can be found in NINES through the search index. (If you do come to the site looking primarily for visual materials, you may find it helpful to browse, or target your search by genre: such as Photograph or Visual Art.) In the course of your search, when you see images you would like to include in an exhibit, log in to your account (or sign up if you don't have one) and collect those objects. This works like a bookmark in your account - once you have collected an object, the authoring tool will automatically save the important information attached to it for later.
Once you've created the template for your new exhibit, you have several options for inserting illustrations. The drop-down for each section includes:

  • Illustration + text (left-aligned image)
  • Text + illustration (right-aligned image)
  • Illustration (one or multiple)
  • Illustration + Text + Illustration (text centered)
  • Text + Illustration + Text (illustration centered)
In this way, you have control of the layout of your exhibit, section by section.
Your options for editing illustrations
Once you click to add an illustration to your section, a dialog will appear, with options for image captions at the top (as well as basic formatting for them) and a list of objects to choose from in the lower portion. If you have already added some images to the exhibit, they will appear (as they do in this image) under the 'Exhibit Palette', but it is more likely that this list will be empty for new users. Toggle over to 'All My Objects' to see a list of all the NINES objects you have collected over time, and choose from among them.

Some long-time users of NINES have a long list of collected objects, so we now offer a drop-down menu that allows you to sort the list by the date the objects were collected, by title or by author. Another, faster way to pinpoint a resource is to begin typing the title into the blank next to the sort drop-down, which will filter your list of objects until you find the one you seek.

Once you have filled out the necessary information, click 'Save'. You can always click on the image to return to this editing dialog as you continue to work on your exhibit.
The image dialog
Once the dialog closes, you will see your new section, complete with illustration. It may appear as a very small thumbnail, so click on a corner and drag to re-size it as you like. Keep in mind, however, that some NINES contributors restrict the image size they offer, so some images you use may appear pixelated and blurry when expanded beyond their original size.

You may also notice that one or both of your captions may be pre-populated with title or author information. We've designed the tool to offer users as much information about the objects as possible, but you can always click on the image to bring up the editing dialog and remove or edit the captions as you like.
Coming soon: adding internet images not in NINES