Become a certified exhibitor for the NN/LM MCR
Exhibiting for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is a wonderful opportunity for Network members to spend time meeting and speaking about National Library of Medicine products and services with members of the many health sciences disciplines and other organizations that use and promote health information. The NN/LM MCR exhibits at professional conferences and meetings all through the year. These can be national meetings with 3,000 or more attendees from across the United States and abroad. There are state and local meetings that draw in professionals whom Network members may all ready work with. Whether seeing these professional acquaintances in a different venue or meeting health professionals for the first time, sharing information on quality health information is a wonderful opportunity to promote health information access and health sciences librarianship.
On top of promoting health information access and health sciences librarianship, there are many potential direct and indirect benefits that exhibiting for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region can provide. Some of these are:
- Receive an official National Library of Medicine MidContinental Region Exhibitor Certificate
- Official recognition and appreciation of your contributions and service as an exhibitor by NN/LM MCR, a credible and well respected national organization.
- Build your professional resume and curriculum vitae.
- Apply for AHIP Points. Exhibiting qualifies for points for the Medical Library Association's AHIP (Academy of Health Information Professionals) certification.
- Increases knowledge and skills with online National Library of Medicine's databases, utilities, and tools.
- Increased exposure to a wide spectrum of health professionals.
Reimbursement for expenses
Network members exhibiting for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine qualify to be reimbursed for their travel and meals. Mileage is based on the Federal Allowable Rate. If meals are not provided as an exhibitor, meals will be reimbursed upon submission of receipts.
In order to become a certified exhibitor for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, each individual must be able to perform the following:
1. Is able to inform health care professionals, intermediaries and health care consumers about products and services of National Library of Medicine and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
The exhibitor must be knowledgeable about NLM and NN/LM activities, products and services that requires an overall knowledge of the organizational structure of NLM and the NN/LM in order to direct people to the appropriate person, fact sheet, or department for a question not related to online database searching.
2. Is able to answer questions related to National Library of Medicine products and services. The exhibitor must be knowledgeable about and able to demonstrate in depth:
PubMed, MedlinePlus, NLM’s web site, LocatorPlus, TOXNET (general knowledge), MeSH browsers, and the Web in general.
3. The individual is to have used these systems often enough to be proficient in performing searches on each, navigating the product efficiently, and utilizing all the various system features. The individual is willing to keep current on system enhancements.
4. Gather and report feedback from customers on products and services. Individual must be willing to report feedback from customers visiting the booth to the lead exhibitor and aid in counting visitors to the booth, stocking and keeping track of promotional items, and transporting computers as needed.
5. Ability to identify opportunities for networking and cultivating professional contacts.
6. Familiar and comfortable with using laptop computers
7. Familiar with the booth structure if supervising the setup or teardown.
8. Excellent communicators with exceptionally fresh breath. Must present an outgoing, positive and professional manner in dress, exhibit eagerness to engage visitors in conversation, and listen and be responsive to customer questions. National exhibits require assistants to have a MLS, MLIS, or equivalent.
9. Able to be “On the job” (attending to the booth) at designated times.
10. Must have co-exhibited at least twice with a lead exhibitor.