For immediate release | June 17, 2014

A handbook for organizing exhibitions

CHICAGO — Drawing on international museum practice but applicable to any exhibition or display, “Organizing Exhibitions: A Handbook for Libraries, Archives and Museums,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, offers practical guidance for creating and organizing successful exhibitions. Designed for the first-time exhibition organizer as well as the professional, and a key text for cultural management students, this book sets out a timeline from the initial idea to the final outcome. Author Freda Matassa provides up-to-date information on new developments, such as flexibility in environmental conditions and sustainability, and lists the top ten tips for exhibition success and the ten biggest mistakes. Also included is a list of resources for those who need in-depth information, such as international laws and standards applying to museum loans.

Matassa is a well-known UK expert on collections management who advises, teaches and lectures internationally. Former head of collections management at the Tate Gallery and co-founder of the European Registrars Conference, she is expert adviser on several European projects for museum standards and to the Minister of Culture on immunity from seizure.

Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, is the leading publisher of books for library and information professionals worldwide. ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. Contact us at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5052 or

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