ABSTRACT

This chapter describes the nature of digital exhibits within the cultural heritage community. The focus is specifically on those projects that center documents, as opposed to the artworks and associated visual resources that are showcased most frequently in museum exhibits. There is a brief review of the state of digital exhibits and the lessons of COVID-19 and the Great Shutdown of 2020. In addition, there is an overview of more stable definitions of exhibits as organizational artifacts along with associated products such as digital collections, thematic research collections, thematic essays, and other creative efforts. The chapter provides an overview of the book and provides a rationale for why GLAM organizations and information professionals should combine their digitization efforts with creative work on original projects such as exhibits to engage with their users while also promoting their collections.