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New NLM Online Exhibitions

Posted by on March 4th, 2021 Posted in: K-12, News from NLM, Training & Education
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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is known for its vast collection of biomedical information and for providing freely available and authoritative resources such as PubMed and MedlinePlus. Its History of Medicine division also provides a wonderful exhibitions program highlighting history, the arts, social issues, professions, and medicine utilizing NLM’s vast collections.

You may be familiar or even have hosted past exhibitions such as Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Wellness or Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World.

Two new exhibitions are now available to view.

Outside/Inside: Immigration, Migration, and Health Care in the United States
Guest curated by Dr. Beatrix Hoffman, PhD, Outside/Inside features items from the NLM historical collections and explores the history of ideas about immigrant health and immigrants’ and migrants’ experiences with U.S. health care since the late 1800s.

This online exhibition includes education resources featuring a K-12 lesson plan and a university module developed by the guest curator. The digital gallery showcases a photo album from the 1930s created by and depicting visiting nurses from the Henry Street Settlement social service agency, at work caring for an immigrant community in the Bronx.

Making a World of Difference: Stories About Global Health
The exhibition explores how communities around the world, in collaboration with scientists, activists, governments, and international organizations, prevent disease and improve quality of life in their communities and beyond. It revives stories featured in the 2008 exhibition Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health for a contemporary audience.

Featured in the online exhibition are two timely, newly-developed videos: “The Power of Memory: Fighting Disease With Vaccines & Immunization” and “Bitten! Mosquito-Borne Illness and You”. The online exhibition also includes a K-12 lesson plan and a digital gallery that further explores selected works from the historical collections of the NLM.

Though the traveling exhibitions are on hold, the online exhibitions are freely available for you to enjoy and include in your library or organization’s programming. The Exhibitions’ staff are available to support your development of programming based on the digital exhibition and accompanying resources.

The best way to keep in the know about upcoming opportunities to host and announcements of new exhibitions is to join the listserv and explore the NLM Exhibitions’ webpage