The National Library of Medicine has announced a new opportunity to enhance dissemination of and engagement with NLM health information resources, better serving libraries and cultural institutions that host NLM traveling exhibitions. Exhibitions Connect, an NLM Exhibition Program opportunity, provides curated collections of informative and promotional materials related to the topics explored in NLM exhibitions and tailored to host venues. Additionally, it promotes collaboration with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). The first project of this opportunity kicks off in April 2019, with the launch of Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture/Sobrevivir y Prosperar: SIDA, Política y Cultura, a 12-banner, bilingual traveling exhibition exploring the rise of HIV/AIDS in the early 1980’s and the evolving response to the epidemic up to the present day.
The year-long initial project will send two copies of Surviving and Thriving/Sobrevivir y Prosperar to nine NNLM member libraries identified by the NLM traveling exhibition services team, in cooperation with the Network. These libraries will work with NNLM staff to disseminate and utilize NLM health information resources. The NLM will provide each host venue with a selection of English- and Spanish-language health information resources related to HIV/AIDS and tailored to the needs of academic, health sciences, and public libraries, including printed materials; links to webinars, databases, and consumer health information; and sample social media posts. Among the participating libraries are Florida International University in Miami; Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, CA; Akron-Summit County Public Library in Akron, OH; and Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY.
NLM anticipates announcing a second project as part of Exhibitions Connect in June 2019, featuring the upcoming traveling exhibition Rashes to Research: Scientists and Parents Confront the 1964 Rubella Epidemic, which explores how experts and parents tried to limit Rubella’s impact in the years before an effective vaccine nearly eliminated the disease from the United States. Alongside Exhibitions Connect, the NLM will maintain its regular schedule of traveling exhibition services, with 41 copies of 21 banner exhibitions touring libraries and cultural institutions throughout North America and Europe.