Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Creating Online Exhibits with Omeka

Instructor: Alison Lewis

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

Omeka is an open source web-publishing platform used by many libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural organizations for creating online exhibits of materials from their collections. This course provides the opportunity to explore the exhibit-building process and gain hands-on experience in creating a professional-level exhibit on a topic of your choice. It is designed to be used with the freely available “Trial” version of, but students may use whatever version of Omeka they have access to. We will be focusing on the exhibit-building process, using Omeka as a tool; this course does not cover higher level coding or customization features of Omeka. No prior experience with exhibit building or web-based publishing is required.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify the purposes and best practices for building an online exhibit
  • Gain familiarity with the basic functions of Omeka, including the exhibit builder plug-in
  • Select appropriate items to upload into Omeka, and describe them with tags and basic Dublin Core metadata
  • Plan and develop an online exhibit suitable for use on an organization’s website or in a professional portfolio
Alison Lewis

Alison M. Lewis has over twenty years of experience as a professional librarian in specialized, research, and academic settings. She has worked in the Library & Information Science programs at both Drexel University and Simmons College, where she has taught introductory courses in reference and professional issues, advanced reference courses in the humanities and social sciences, special collections, and practicum. Currently she serves as Executive Director of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society. She is also the Senior Vice President for Library Juice Press and managing partner for Parlew Associates. She has M.L.S. and M.A. degrees from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in English from Temple University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and four or five cats.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.