Research Projects

Digitizing Interactive Books

This long-term project aims to create a permanent online exhibit of digitizations of interactive books in the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections at the University of Florida's George A. Smathers Libraries. The project involves creating icons for designated categories of interactive books, creating 3D scans, videos, and animated GIFs of the movable aspects of the book, and providing as much metadata as possible. Many thanks to Suzan Alteri, Curator of the Baldwin, for all her help taking this project from concept to reality.

  • Dissolving Scene Icon

    Dissolving Scene

    Dissolving scenes have pull tabs and slats that reveal a different scene.
    See example

  • Flap Icon


    Flaps are manually manipulated to reveal what's under the flap.
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  • Paper Doll Icon

    Paper Doll

    Paper dolls are perforated paper cutout shapes that can move around the scene.
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  • Pop Up Icon

    Pop Up

    Pop Up books have elements that pop off the page when the spread is opened. Read More

  • Pull tab Icon

    Pull tab

    Pull tabs move elements around the page, either by pulling up/down, left/right, or out/in.
    See example

  • Tunnel Icon


    Books with tunnels have cutouts that reveal the pages behind them to create one master scene.
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  • Volvelle Icon


    Volvelles are usually circular, spinnable elements using a brad in the center.
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Folly is an Endless Maze

Play Folly is an Endless Maze on your desktop browser. This work was made in collaboration with Norma Aceves, Pranav Achanta, Emily Brooks, Sampath Palla, and Jacob Rabb.