Exhibits can also be a lot of work, it is hard to pull together the right set of documents to tell a story and then write concise yet informative labels that bring everything together. Displaying collections is also trickier than it seems. You want to be certain that your exhibit area has good, stable environmental conditions in terms of temperature, relative humidity and lighting. You want to be sure the cases seal so that the objects are free from dust and tampering. There are a lot of details to address, but the good news is that there are standards available to help anyone involved in the exhibit process.
The National Information Standards Organization publishes free technical leaflets, including "Environmental Conditions for Exhibiting Library & Archival Materials" [Z39.79-2001] which is available as a free, downloadable pdf. from their website. The link to the pdf. is in the lower left corner of the linked NISO page. These standards can be particularly useful for those who do not have a conservator or exhibits preparator on staff.
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