Views of Miller Avenue

Organization Name:
Friends of the Mill Valley Library
City & State:
Describe your creative piece – what is it and what has it been used for, and why is it innovative?
Views of Miller Avenue is an online exhibit displaying historic pictures of Miller Avenue juxtaposed with current images of the same location. The work on the exhibit has been done in collaboration with the Lucretia Hansen Little History Room, The Mill Valley Historical Society, The Mill Valley Library, and the City of Mill Valley Department of Planning. We believe the exhibit is innovative because it demonstrates a unusual collaboration between multiple departments within the city and by using Flash we are moving beyond the traditional library service.
What issue or problem were you working to address with this piece?
This online exhibit is being used to educate Mill Valley citizens on the changing face of Miller Avenue, the primary thoroughfare into Mill Valley. The exhibit has been put together to complement a physical gallery in the library, and a mobile scavenger hunt created with SCVNGR's mobile application. The collaboration between the library and the planning department was done to bring a neutral perspective to the contentious issues of redevelopment of Miller Avenue that have been unpopular and misunderstood. We hoped to offer both historical perspective to the changing face of our town and to showcase the collection of our Local History Room.
How has your submission successfully impacted your organization’s ability to solve this issue/problem?
By offering an online version of the Miller Avenue exhibit using Adobe Flash we have been able to create an eye catching and interactive exhibit with broad, inter-generational appeal. Using Flash has allowed the exhibit to move beyond the boundaries of the gallery walls and onto the flexible medium of the internet. This is the first of many Flash exhibits we hope to showcase on the library website to draw more interest to our local, historic archives.