iPad Exhibit Guide

Originally posted at ouhos.org, the now-discontinued blog of the OU History of Science Collections. Neither this post nor any of its content should be taken as an official communication of the University of Oklahoma.

Living Library exhibit | iPad exhibit guide (362 MB)

Exhibit Guide iconGet more out of the Living Library exhibit with the multimedia iPad exhibit guide! With this guide you may read a brief description of each item on display and swipe through a gallery of images showing additional pages in any book that catches your eye.

The exhibit guide requires an iPad (3rd or 4th generation with Retina display, or iPad mini) running the iBooks app. Several iPads are available in the History of Science Collections with the exhibit guide preloaded for your convenience. To download the exhibit guide, follow these steps on your iPad:

Ask the front desk attendant to demonstrate the guide for you. Request help at any time. Read below for further instructions.


Navigating the Exhibit Guide

(From the Living Library exhibit guide)

Turn on the iPad, then tap the iBooks application to open iBooks.

iBooks app icon

In iBooks, tap the “Living Library” book to open the exhibit guide.

Exhibit Guide icon


Below is the first “Chapter” page, a Welcome page:

Welcome page

Notice that the Chapter page contains a row of thumbnails along the bottom edge representing each page within that chapter.

The first page of any chapter contains large photos relevant to that chapter. For example, the thumbnail in the lower left corner of this Welcome page contains a portrait of Everette Lee DeGolyer (left) and of Duane H.D. Roller and Marcia Goodman (right). Many other chapters begin with a photograph of the display case to help you find your way around the exhibit.

On any Chapter page:

  • Swipe left or right in the thumbnail row down below to see each item page within a chapter. Tap any thumbnail to go to that item page.
  • Swipe in the area above the thumbnail row left or right to go to the next or previous chapter.
  • Section pages have a blue bar along the top. Chapters with sections have table of contents links on the title page to jump directly to those sections.

Chapter page


On any item page:

  • Swipe left or right to go to the next or previous item page within that chapter.
  • To return to a Chapter page: Pinch to miniaturize any page in the bottom thumbnail row and return to the Chapter page for that chapter.

Item page


Figures and slideshows:

  • Reverse-pinch to expand figures and slideshows to full screen.
  • When thumbnails appear below any figure, the figure is a gallery rather than a single image. To view additional images, tap any thumbnail or just swipe the image.
  • Pinch any full screen image or video to miniaturize and return to a page view.

Not sure?  Pinch or swipe.

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Hold the iPad vertically to skim
(skimming omits images that are not numbered)

Vertical table of contents

Vertical page


Gold for old, blue for new
Nearly all of the works described in the Living Library guide were acquired since 1976, but occasionally they are compared with “golden oldies” acquired before that time. In that case, a gold color accent (perhaps as background to an image) emphasizes that an item is old (acquired before 1976). If two works are shown together on the same page, one old and one new (as pictured, below), then the “golden oldie” is indicated by gold and the new item (acquired after 1976) is marked by blue. When there are no color accents, then everything on that page is new.

Golden Oldie


Students: Thinking about creating an iPad exhibit guide for your own virtual exhibit? Working either individually or in small groups, making your own iPad exhibit guide might be an appealing semester project.

You will need the following:


Sharing and Presenting virtual exhibits in the classroom

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