The exhibits in the Earl K. Long Library supplement students’ formal instructional experiences by presenting informative and varied materials in an informal and enjoyable manner while simultaneously increasing awareness of the Library and its collections and services, and supporting the teaching and research mission of the University of New Orleans.
Library personnel develop exhibits and displays on a regular basis to promote the use of collections, to introduce new acquisitions, to highlight particular topics, to commemorate special occasions, to relate library holdings to current events, to promote university and community relations, and to recognize library supporters, friends, and donors.
The Library invites university groups to utilize library exhibits space to create displays consistent with the Library’s role in supporting the university curriculum. Exhibits should be educational or artistic, library-related in theme, and informational, and should enhance the cultural and intellectual life of the university and the community. They should be appropriate to the interests of the general academic community and presented on a level suitable for a university library. To facilitate comprehension of the intellectual content, the physical presentation of the material should be logical, clear, and aesthetically pleasing. Traveling exhibits may be accepted based on the size of the exhibit and available space in the Library.
Responsibility for approving and scheduling exhibits resides with the Exhibits Committee.
The Earl K. Long Library supports the American Library Association’s policy statement on Exhibit Spaces and Bulletin Boards (http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=interpretations&Template=
/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=8538), which states that "materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation."
"(a) the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest; [and]
(b) the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law; and
(c) the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value" (p. 25).
For information about exhibiting materials at the Earl K. Long Library or to submit an exhibits proposal form, contact the Library Administration at (504)280-6556.