Body of Belief Exhibit
January 2013 - March 2013
In collaboration with the Center for Faith and Public Life, the Library is pleased to announce The Body of Belief exhibit is now on display in the main lobby of the Library. This exhibit is on loan from The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The Beckett Fund offers us an inter-religious exhibit on banned religious clothing or other distinctive symbols featuring museum-like holdings of actual artifacts and photographs of individuals wearing those artifacts.
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. 2587 or e-mail Jackie Kremer.
Past exhibits contain online content and images:
Treasures Under the Tree: Fairfield's Christmas Past
November, 2012-January, 2013
September 2012 - October 2012
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
International Film Exhibit in the Summer
R & J Exhibit Now at the Library
The New Haven Garment Workers Exhibit in Library
School of Nursing Exhibit at the Library
Darwin Exhibit: Mystery of Mysteries Examined
November 2009-January 2010
Wizard of Oz Exhibit
LGBT Exhibit: Student Life and Beyond
What We Did During the Summer Vacation!
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
Food for Thought
Genocide: Cambodia and Around the World
Baseball: America's National Pastime
Japanese and American Animation, Comics, and Graphic Novels
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.
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 Outreach Coordinator, Jackie Kremer at (203) 254-4000 (ext. 2587) 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.
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.