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Thank goodness!

It took some digging through forums and emails, but I was finally able to get the Zotero and Flickr plugins to work. It turns out that I needed the updated php-cli path of “/usr/local/bin/php” in my config folder to make them work. Originally I was able to upload the API keys, but I was constantly getting error messages when I tried to import anything. Being able to easily change the code in Reclaim Hosting using the Code Editor AND having the correct code made a huge difference. I’m excited to see what I can do now that these plugins are working.

Project Update: Exhibits

I am in the process of trying to decide what exhibits to include on my site. I currently have the exhibit DC 2016, which includes a variety of materials all related to the festival in the DC Metro Area last year. This exhibit includes artists’ books that were shown in participating libraries and galleries, announcements for events and exhibits, and videos of poetry readings and interviews. These materials naturally lent themselves to an exhibit, and they come from a variety of collections that I have set up (artists’ books, ephemera, poetry readings, etc.). The exhibit builder plugin allows me to bring all of these materials together under a common theme.

However, I am not trying to decide what other exhibits might be beneficial. I do not want to create exhibits without a purpose which could become redundant compared to the collections. One idea is to highlights the artists’ books and broadsides created for the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project that I then purchased for the George Mason University Libraries collection. I have several photographs of many of the works, including photos from different angles. However, I would need to expand on the metadata to describe the materials and techniques used to create the works. There are a couple broadsides that did not appear in the DC 2016 exhibit so there would be some unique titles. This approach would also allow me to explain how these titles were added to the collection. Perhaps this background information would justify creating a separate exhibit apart from the DC 2016 exhibit and the Artists’ Books Collection.

Project Update

Well, I changed my theme and fixed my site. I had downloaded an adapted version of the Emiglio theme from UWM Libraries Special Collections. I liked that it kept the cleanness of Emiglio, but used the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project colors. I downloaded the files from Github and uploaded them into my Reclaim Hosting site. However, the variations in coding caused the public links to my exhibit pages to break. I could see them in the dashboard on the admin side and when I clicked from here to the exhibit pages. However, none of these pages were viewable through the public links. I switched my theme to the Emiglio theme downloaded directly from the Omeka site instead which fixed the problem. I may play around with the coding at some point, but for right now I’m just enjoying that my links work!


DPH Project Infrastructure

The following images show the infrastructure for the Omeka exhibit AMSSH DC 2016. Using the Exhibit Builder plugin, I have create three categories for this topic. The include artists’ books exhibited during the festival, poetry readings, and relevant ephemera created for the festival such as handouts and website screen captures.

AMSSH DC 2016 Exhibit Infrastructure

Infrastructure for the exhibit AMSSH DC 2016


  • Exhibited artists’ books
    • Dublin Core Metadata
      • Title
      • Artists
      • Description
      • Date
      • Publisher/Press
      • Location created
      • Location exhibited
    • Files: Images

Section 2

  • Poetry readings
    • Dublin Core Metadata
      • Speaker and/or Poet
      • Title of poem
      • Date and location of reading
      • Name of event (if applicable)
    • Files (possible): Video, Images, Transcripts

Section 3

  • Ephemera
    • Dublin Core Metadata
      • Assigned descriptive title
      • Date created if known
      • Creator if known
      • Description detailing purpose of the item
    • Files (possible): Video, Images


See images from the Omeka exhibit below: