Book exhibits are commonplace in most libraries, but the idea of Roving Exhibits just recently came about at the Alkek Library. In the Fall 2013, an exhibit was set up at a student event, a PowWow celebration of native oral tradition, sponsored by the Native American Student Association. The exhibit was a culmination of collection development efforts on the part of the education liaison, who is also in charge of the juvenile collection, over the course of 5 years. Students and attendees were able to see an exhibit of recommended books as well as those considered not recommended. The exhibit also showcased winners of the American Indian Youth Literature Book Award as well as a now defunct and smaller award, the Michael Lacapa. Attendees had the opportunity to take a research guide that listed all the books and bibliographies in the exhibit as well as links to catalog searches to pull up award winners. http://libguides.txstate.edu/native-american
Continuation and expansion of roving exhibits will provide an opportunity for the library to physically take in-library exhibits out to the university community so that they can see all the library has to offer related to their interests. Looking for possible exhibit opportunites also prompts librarians to ensure adequate material is related to various student organizations and events. Many attendees at the PowWow exhibit commented that they didn't even realize the library had such resources or a juvenile collection.