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Exhibiting for the RML

By David Midyette,  Outreach and Communications Coordinator, SE/A Region

Do you want to get the word out about NLM resources?  What about your own resources?  Exhibiting in partnership with the RML can be a great way to spread the word about PubMed, MedlinePlus, and your own services. Each year, the SE/A RML funds exhibit awards to network members for exhibiting at regional, state, and local events. This is a great opportunity to show the value of NLM and yourself as providers of quality health information.

Who can exhibit?

Libraries and library groups are the primary recipients of exhibit awards, but they are by no means the only recipients. Community organizations and faith-based organizations have also received awards to exhibit at shows and conferences all over the Southeastern U.S.. RML staff exhibit at over 20 conferences and shows a year, and by offering exhibit awards to network members, we can extend the number of people we reach and be represented at over 40 events each year. With almost 25% of the U.S. population in our region, it is important to have partners in our mission to share quality health information, and that is where region members play an important role.

What do I need?

We have pop up exhibits, table drapes, pamphlets, pens, and all of the things you need to participate. You can also print off brochures from the SE/A website (http://nnlm.gov/sea/services/promotional.html) or request informational materials (http://nnlm.gov/sea/services/promomatpol.html). Beyond that, you need the desire to share information with others.

Where should I exhibit?

Consumer health shows, community health fairs, health professional conferences, powwows, and library association meetings are all good examples of exhibit locations. The key is to be where people want to know about health information. The Southeastern states have events year round because of the warmer climates, so there are always opportunities to exhibit. Most of our awardees exhibit at single day events which makes things very manageable in terms of time commitment. There are also multiple day events which could be a great networking opportunity for several groups or a group with a larger membership.

How do I get involved?

The first step is to apply for an exhibit award (http://nnlm.gov/sea/funding/exhibit.html). We fund exhibit awards throughout the year so the deadlines are more flexible. We are just beginning a new funding cycle so the time to get involved is now. Start thinking about or looking for upcoming events in your area and take a look at the application on our website. The process is really quite simple and the online form is easy to access and complete. Also, keep in mind that we consider all kinds of exhibiting opportunities of all sizes. Our mission is to get the word out about NLM resources and help connect people to quality health information.

If you would like additional information on exhibiting or have questions, please contact David Midyette (dmidyette@hshsl.umaryland.edu).

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