The National Library of Medicine Exhibition Program creates lively and informative exhibitions and resources that enhance awareness of and appreciation for the collection and health information resources of the National Library of Medicine. These exhibitions and supportive educational resources engage diverse audiences and explore a variety of topics in the history of medicine. The National Library of Medicine provides traveling banner exhibitions free of charge to public, university, and medical libraries, as well as cultural centers across the country. Each exhibition has an accompanying web presence with additional resources and activity ideas.
NLM is making several exhibitions available exclusively to NNLM member organizations. If you have wanted to host an exhibition but were intimidated by years-long waiting periods, now is your chance to bring an exhibition to your library, school or community setting. Exhibition availability varies – dates are available from January 2019 until April 2021.
• A set itinerary of 6-week booking periods will be established that will allow for up to 6 host venues per 12-month period. We will do our best to accommodate each request. Schedules will be finalized in mid-December.
• Each host library will be responsible for the cost and arrangements for outgoing shipping from their library to the next host library. FEDEX 3-day super saver service is the required shipping method. For those without a FEDEX account, another reliable service such as UPS or DHL may be used as long as it meets the 3-day service with tracking.
• NLM will provide support to host libraries by providing exhibitor resources to assist with hosting as well as outgoing shipping information to let host venues know where and when to ship the exhibition to the next host venue. Host institutions will be required to complete a brief survey about their experience hosting the exhibit.
Once you know when/if your organization is hosting an exhibition, consider organizing related programming around the exhibition. Shipping costs, guest speaker and other programming fees are a great use of NNLM MAR Outreach Awards. Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System applied for funds for a year of programming, beginning with its hosting of Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives. Requests for proposals will be announced in early 2019 for projects from May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020.