RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts & Cultural Heritage (formerly Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship, RBML) is the Association of College & Research Libraries' journal covering issues pertaining to the world inhabited by special collections libraries & cultural heritage institutions.

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RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, Volume Twenty, Number 2, Fall 2019

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Fall 2019

The Positive Side of Eliciting Negative Emotions: Survey Results of Visitor Responses to a Library Exhibit

Frost, Towne-Anderson, and Ferguson

The length of each line represents the proportion of respondents that rated the corresponding emotion with a 1 or greater

Eliciting emotions, particularly uncomfortable emotions, through exhibition design can have a positive impact on the patrons’ reception of the exhibition. In this study, patrons visiting an exhibition designed to create a dark ...

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