Pueblo Pottery Exhibition Debuts at The Internet Public Library Exhibit Hall



James A. Ringold
School of Information
University of Michigan
550 East University
Ann Arbor, MI

May 15, 1997

ANN ARBOR, MI., May 15, 1997--The Internet Public Library (IPL), a project based at the University of Michigan School of Information, is pleased to announce the release of a new exhibition: "Pueblo Pottery" (http://www.ipl.org/exhibit/pottery/). The exhibition displays a wide range of Native American Pueblo pottery from the Southwestern United States. One of the most exciting features of the exhibition is that museum quality pieces from diverse collections are brought together and reorganized to facilitate learning.

Though no special software or "plug-ins" are required for viewing, the exhibition allows the viewer to see a self advancing slide show, full screen, full color images and detailed descriptions. A glossary, bibliography and "classroom" offer opportunities for users to learn more. Lawrence Frank, author of Historic Pottery of the Pueblo Indians, 1600-1880, provided assistance and permission to use elements of his book in the exhibition. Recognized as an authority in the field, Mr. Frank is very excited about the Internet and its potential as an educational tool. Mr. Ringold, he says, is "the spokesman for Historic Indian Pueblo Pottery."

The Internet Public Library is a project based at the University of Michigan School of Information, partially supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The library began as a graduate student project in 1995, and is now staffed by professional librarians with assistance from students and volunteer librarians from around the World. The library maintains a collection of network-based ready reference works; responds to reference queries, creates resources for children and young adults; evaluates and categorizes resources on the Internet, and provides a space for exhibitions. The library strives to be a source of innovation in the networked environment, seeking partnerships with organizations with compatible goals.