The NLM traveling exhibitions, available free of charge, present inspiring stories about history, society, and medicine. Drawn from NLM, they connect visitors to trusted health information resources.
NLM Traveling Exhibitions help:
- connect your community to NLM offerings like MedlinePlus and PubMed.
- publicize your institution through programming and activities.
- establish community partnerships and share NLM health information resources with partner institutions.
- foster health literacy in your community.
The Call for requests will be found here. Call for Requests opens at 2 pm (ET) September 13 and closes at 2 pm (ET) October 4, 2022.
Reach out to the NNLM office in your region for partnership or more information.
How to Request a Traveling Exhibition
The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) in the Office of Engagement and Outreach makes available a selection of NLM Traveling Exhibition titles through a Call for Requests.
The overview of request and booking process for NLM Traveling Exhibitions as follows:
- NNLM announces and opens a Call for Requests for 7-8 exhibition titles along with an online request form during a 3-week period;
- During the open Call period, online request form is available to submit requests;
- Requests are entered in a lottery for selecting bookings; and
- Bookings are confirmed when selected host venues return signed booking agreements.
Upcoming Call for Requests opens at 2 pm (ET) September 13 and closes at 2 pm (ET) October 4, 2022. During this period, the online request form is open for requesting NLM Traveling Exhibitions listed below. Preview the form in this PDF (reference only) and exhibitions’ web pages to plan your requests. Please join the Making Exhibition Connections listserv for announcements about the Call for Requests and more!
- AIDS, Posters, and Stories of Global Health: A People’s History of a Pandemic
- Care and Custody: Past Responses to Mental Health
- Making a World of Difference: Stories About Global Health
- Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons
- Outside/Inside: Immigration, Migration, and Health Care in the United States
- Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World
- This Lead is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in Their Communities
Programming with NLM Health Information Resources
- Plan seasonal programming or National Health Observance events around NLM health information resources:
- For Talk to Your Doctor Month (August) or World AIDS Day (December), partner with a local research hospital to use ClinicalTrials.gov to share accessible information about what clinical trials are, the range of ways to participate, and what questions to ask when considering enrolling in HIV/AIDS-related clinical trials.
- For Rare Disease Day (February 28) or National Public Health Week (first week in April), explore a story of scientific discovery in NLM’s Profiles in Science. Have participants write or create art about who they look up to and why in the history of health and health care.
- Support library career development using NLM health information resources:
- Devote a series of library staff professional development sessions to how to use NLM's medical informatics resources to support health IT and researchers.
- Host an information session, application reviews, or mock interviews for people from underrepresented groups applying for the NLM Associate Fellowship Program for Librarians or the NLM Intramural Research Training Program.
- Improve community health with easy–to–access health information resources:
- Choose a free health-related e-book or get an NNLM Reading Club kit for your next book club.
- Invite nursing students or local nurses from across your region to a training course on Using PubMed in Evidence-Based Practice and introduce pre-formulated PubMed special queries.
- Develop and market a health information portal on your website with easily accessible links to multilingual health information in the most common languages in your community.
Public Program Templates
The public program templates which accompany exhibition titles are planning guides for how to develop programs and activities using trusted and reliable NLM resources around NLM exhibitions. Each template includes program objectives, related NLM health information, program outlines, and additional resources. Host venues, as well as others, are welcome to use them as-is or modify them according to community needs and interest.
- Zine Workshop: Creating Personal Health Narratives (Care and Custody) highlights NLM resources on mental health and healthcare topics to guide participants in creating zines that express their personal mental health narratives.
- Reel-iable Health Information Film Challenge (Making a World of Difference and Rashes to Research) outlines how to host filmmaking contents for creating public service announcements about immunization with selected NLM health information resources.
- Trusted Information from Trusted Sources: NLM's MedlinePlus for Community Health Workers (For All the People) provides community health partners an overview of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus Español, as an introduction to MedlinePlus’s multilingual health information resources. It also includes considerations for offering continuing education credits to the participants.
- In Our Own Voices: Exploring Immigrant Community Perspectives in NLM Resources (Outside/Inside) sets a journal club for health sciences students and faculty with two selected workshop proceedings from NCBI Bookshelf, online resource from the NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information.
- Train-the-Trainer Workshop: Supporting Communities Advancing Health (This Lead Is Killing Us) uses lead poisoning as an example to introduce librarians and health information navigators to multiple NLM health information resources including professional development opportunities.
Host Venue Responsibilities
Institutions do the following as part of hosting NLM traveling exhibitions:
- Display the exhibition in a safe, secure environment out of direct sunlight.
- Make the exhibition available to the public free of charge.
- Complete and return a Traveling Exhibition Condition Report within one week of receiving the exhibition.
- Ensure safety and health of your community by following CDC guidance on your local COVID-19 and other public health activities, as part of hosting the exhibition.
- Arrange and pay for outgoing shipping to the next host venue via a trackable, three-day service ($300-1,200 estimated cost).
- Complete and submit a Traveling Exhibition Host Venue Report within two weeks of closing.