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Collections Up Close: The Digital Collection as a Tool for Close Examination

A companion guide to the virtual presentation.

This resource serves as a companion research guide to the virtual event "Collections Up Close: The Digital Collection as a Tool for Close Examination," which aired on December 10th, 2020. In this presentation, Huntington staff members discussed free online storytelling platforms that can be repurposed for virtual collection show-and-tells, digital exhibits, and utilized as close reading tools for students.

Presenters built a case study example using an object from The Huntington’s collections--a Japanese map illustrating topics of interest to the Japanese visitor or immigrant to Hawaiʻi. View the digital exhibit below, along with instructions for creating your own exhibit.

Further questions about research, accessing materials, or navigating digital resources can be directed to the library.


Create your own Digital Exhibit

Follow the steps below to create your own digital exhibit using Exhibits, a IIIF storytelling tool developed by The University of St Andrews:

  1. Visit the Exhibits portal and click on "Getting Started" and then "Create a New Exhibit."
  2. Grab the IIIF manifest URL for the image you wish to annotate. Need help? Use these resources:
  3. In the Exhibits portal, click the “Add Item” button to import a IIIF image to annotate. Paste the IIIF manifest URL obtained in step 2 into the IIIF Manifest URL field and click "Import."
  4. Adding annotations: Once your image has been imported, you can zoom in, rotate, or pan to the features you want to call out, and then add the annotation in the text box. Click the + sign to save your annotations.
  5. Once you’ve completed your exhibit, you can click "share" to grab links to share your digital exhibit with the world.
  6. Be sure to bookmark or save the link to the editor page so you can return to your project. 

Related Resources

Huntington Library materials:

Materials available elsewhere:

International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)

More information about the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), including how to search for and access digitized collection materials: