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Small Books, Big Ideas is a website created in support of a display on the first
floor of Fogler Library. It is an attempt to expand the display beyond the
physical confines of the display space and point toward other resources, both
print and electronic, relevant to the topics raised in the display.
The website is actually a "blog", short for web log. It qualifies as such on two counts. First, it takes a particular form, with sequential entries, the most recent at the top of the presenting page. Second, it utilizes a blog service/software that creates a page with this format, allows comments, and enables a header and sidebar of persistent information, even as adding new material causes the main page to scroll down.
An important aspect of presenting material this way is the interaction permitted by viewers. Readers are free to comment, point out errors(!), or ask questions.
The display itself ran for the month of October, 2006. Now that the display is over, the blog continues, and continues to be usable, both for its own content and as a gateway to other resources. I can add more "posts" at any time, and the blog many be employed again in the future in support of a display. Or will it be the reverse?
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