Exhibits

Current Exhibit

Beyond H2O: the Science of Water
September 2014– December,2014

Water Theme LogoFeaturing artifacts and research from Dr. Jennifer Klug (Biology), Dr. Gary Weddle (Chemistry), Dr. Kraig Steffen (Chemistry) and Dr. Bruce Berdanier (Engineering), the exhibit demonstrates the interaction of water with science, ecology and sustainability.  Talking points include the real cost of plastic water bottles, the value of salt marshes in our local area, and the search for life on other planets.

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Create an Exhibit

The library sponsors its own displays and exhibits, and welcomes requests to provide temporary space for faculty, staff or students who wish to sponsor an exhibit. If you are interested in creating an exhibit at the Library, please call (203) 254-4000 ext. 2892 or e-mail Elise Bochinski.

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Past Exhibits

Past exhibits contain online content and images:

72 Best Movies About College Life
May 2014 – August 2014

Crucifixion Meditations: Artwork for Spiritual Reflection
January 2014 - May 2014

Ignatian Spirit Exhibit
September 2013- December 2013

Rivers of America
June 2013- August 2013

America: Sound of the Cities
April 2013 - May 2013

Body of Belief Exhibit
January 2013 - March 2013

Treasures Under the Tree: Fairfield's Christmas Past
November, 2012-January, 2013

Cities Exhibit
September 2012 - October 2012

Student Newspapers: A Mirror to the World Exhibit
April 2012 - June2012

Art of the Book Exhibit
February 2012 - April 2012

Promoting Children's Literacy
December 2011- January 2012

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month Exhibit
September 2011- October 2011

American Movie Classics
June 2011-August 2011

Social Network & Technology Exhibit
April 2011-May 2011

Peace Corps Exhibit in Library
January 2011-February 2011

Bellarmine Museum of Art Library Exhibit
November 2010-December 2010

Global Citizenship Display at the Library
September-October 2010

International Film Exhibit in the Summer
June-July 2010

R & J Exhibit Now at the Library
April-May 2010

The New Haven Garment Workers Exhibit in Library
March-April 2010

School of Nursing Exhibit at the Library
February-March 2010

Darwin Exhibit: Mystery of Mysteries Examined
November 2009-January 2010

Wizard of Oz Exhibit
July-August 2009

LGBT Exhibit: Student Life and Beyond
October-November, 2008

What We Did During the Summer Vacation!
September, 2008

America 1968: The World was Watching
May 15-August 15, 2008

Nicaragua: The Sandinista Years
March 15-May 15, 2008

China, Russia, and Central Asia
January 15-March 15, 2008

Black History
February, 2008

Food for Thought
November-December 2007

Genocide: Cambodia and Around the World
September-October 2007

Baseball: America's National Pastime
June-August 2007

Japanese and American Animation, Comics, and Graphic Novels
April-May 2007

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Exhibit Policy

Goals
The DiMenna-Nyselius Library presents exhibits designed to meet one or more of the following goals:

  • Promote the collections, services and resources of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library
  • Enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the Fairfield University community.
  • Strengthen collaborative opportunities between the Library and the Fairfield University community.

Exhibit Space as a Forum for Ideas and Information
The DiMenna-Nyselius supports the American Library Association's recommendations for Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries; specifically noting:

  • Principle 7 states, "Freedom of information and of creative expression should be reflected in library exhibits and in all relevant library policy documents."
  • Principle 8 states, "Library meeting rooms, research carrels, exhibit spaces, and other facilities should be available to the academic community regardless of research being pursued or subject being discussed. Any restrictions made necessary because of limited availability of space should be based on need, as reflected in library policy, rather than on content of research or discussion."

The DiMenna-Nyselius Library also affirms the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights.

  • Article I of the Bill of Rights states, "Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation."
  • Article II states, "Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval."
  • Article VI maintains that exhibit space should be made available "on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use." Please note sponsorship of an exhibit is limited to current Fairfield University faculty, staff and students.

Materials will be excluded if it does not comply with Fairfield University's policy on academic freedom (shown on page 3 of this document), specifically if it is defamatory, willfully false, obscene, or, promotes racial hatred or discrimination.

Exhibit spaces may not be used for commercial purposes, for the solicitation of business, for profit or for fundraising. No pricing information will be displayed within the exhibit.

The Library does not advocate or necessarily endorse the viewpoints of exhibitions or exhibitors.

Liability
The Library does not provide insurance coverage for exhibit items. Those who lend items to the exhibit agree to exhibit at their own risk. The Library is not responsible for any damage, loss, or theft of exhibited items. Any damage incurred to Library property from exhibit items is the responsibility of the exhibitor.

Application for exhibit
The library sponsors its own displays and exhibits, and considers requests to provide temporary space for current faculty, staff or students who wish to sponsor an exhibit. Contact the Access Services Librarian and Archivist, Elise Bochinski  at (203) 254-4000 (ext. 2892) or email her at ebochinski@fairfield.edu  for more information.”

The Library retains the right to determine the suitability of any proposed exhibit. An application for an exhibit will not be accepted if it (1) does not comply with Fairfield University's policy on academic freedom, specifically if it is defamatory, willfully false, obscene, or, promotes racial hatred or discrimination, (2) is not physical appropriate for the display space, or (3) does not meet the goals (stated above) for the Library exhibit space.

Complaint Procedure
Once an exhibit has been mounted, the exhibit in whole or in part will not be removed in response to any complaint about its content.

Objections to the content of an exhibit will, however, be addressed formally as follows:

  • Complaints will be referred to the Library Director. An opportunity to discuss the complaint in person or by phone with the Library Director will be provided if the complainant so desires. An opportunity to submit a written complaint will be offered.
  • A written response will be provided to the complainant.
  • If the complainant remains unsatisfied, the Library Director may take further action as he or she sees fit, short of altering the exhibit.

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