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Consumer Health Minute: Restart of NLM Traveling Exhibitions

Posted by on August 4th, 2022 Posted in: News from NLM
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We are excited to let you know that the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Traveling Exhibitions is back.

First, the best way to stay updated is to join the exhibitions listserv. You may be hesitant to join yet another listserv, but your in-box won’t be filled up with emails from this particular listserv. This is where announcements about the exhibits are made and where you can ask questions to NLM and your colleagues who are also interested in these exhibits.

The National Library of Medicine has this wonderful Exhibitions program, utilizing their own History of Medicine collections to feature stories about history, society, and medicine. The online exhibits are free to access and often include classroom resources for grade school through high school as well as for university students.

The traveling exhibits consist of banners which can be set up to highlight your library or organization. The banners provide an opportunity for programming and collaborating with organizations in your community such as a school, a health clinic, an academic institution, or historical society.

traveling exhibition banners of the exhibit "This Lead is Killing Us"

“This Lead is Killing Us” traveling exhibit banners

Please read on for the details about when, what, and how NNLM plans to make available seven exhibition titles with a travel itinerary from January 2023 until July 2024.

When:  11:00 a.m. (PT) September 13- 11:00 a.m. (PT) October 4, 2022
NNLM opens a Call for Requests and make available online NLM Traveling Exhibition Request form.

How: Online submission and Lottery selected bookings
The online form is available for submitting requests for 3-week during September 13-October 4, 2022. Afterwards, the Call for Requests closes, and a lottery is used to select bookings from all requests submitted online.

  • This preview PDF of the online form shows that each request can specify up to three preferences for exhibition titles and booking slots.
  • Lottery selected requests are used to confirm one exhibition and booking slot preference on each request form.

What: Exhibition titles and Itinerary
Below seven exhibition titles are available for a travel itinerary during January 2023-July 2024. Each booking slot in the itinerary is about six weeks.
1. AIDS, Posters, and Stories of Global Health: A People’s History of a Pandemic
2. Care and Custody: Past Responses to Mental Health
3. Making a World of Difference: Stories About Global Health
4. Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons
5. Outside/Inside: Immigration, Migration, and Health Care in the United States
6. Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World
7. This Lead is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in Their Communities

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Carolyn Martin is the Outreach and Education Coordinator for the NNLM Region 5. She works with various libraries and community organizations to increase health literacy in their communities.

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