Omeka theme customizations

The Lilly Library at Indiana University showcases its collections and provides educational resources using Omeka. As web development assistant at the Lilly Library, I was responsible for upgrading the Lilly Library’s Omeka instances from 1.0 to 2.0. Omeka 2.0 features responsive design, but unfortunately, theme customizations for existing exhibitions and collections did not carry over with this upgrade. The 1.0 versions were installed in 2013 by the previous web development assistant at the Lilly Library.

After encountering some errors migrating the database behind the exhibitions, I sought some help from Omeka developers on the Omeka forum and was able to complete the upgrade. The next step was improving the appearance and usability of the exhibits. In particular, I focused on changing colors and fonts to be IU branding compliant and improving the formatting of the navigation.

The following two PDF’s outline the changes I made to two exhibitions in particular. I consulted with exhibition creators and the head of Public Services at the Lilly Library to make these changes.

Minimalist Theme customization, featured in the “Walt Whitman at the Lilly” exhibition, among others. This document outlines additional customizations made for “The Bible Through Music” exhibition, curated by Charley Roush:

Seasons Theme customization, featured in The Lilly Library Digital Collections:

A list of all of the Lilly Library’s online exhibitions can be found on the library’s website, some created with Omeka, others with HTML & CSS.