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Exhibit 276 - NLM Traveling Exhibit Surviving & Thriving and Renaissance Science, Magic in Harry Potter’s World

The FIU Library has a typical weekly gate count of 35,644 visitors (https://library.fiu.edu/about/statistics), with the display located at the entrance, all visitors will view both exhibits and gain access to handouts and other NLM materials. FIU is situated in a large metropolitan area with a diverse student body: 61% Hispanic, 15% White non-Hispanic, 13% Black, 4% Asian or Pacific Islander, and 7% other minority group (https://www.fiu.edu/about/index.html). Also, it is worth mentioning that South Florida is home to 150 ethnicities and 60 languages (https://www.fiu.edu/about/rankings-facts/index.html). For the HIV/AIDS exhibit, this region has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the nation with 4,949 new HIV diagnoses in 2017 according to the Florida Department of Health (http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/aids/surveillance/index.html). With the highest infection rate in the country, coupled with college-students participating in high-risk behaviors, this display is ideal for disseminating HIV prevention strategies and mitigation of risk factors. As a fairly new medical school and continued expansions of our programs, the Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s exhibit is an exciting way to show medical history, with multi-disciplinary populations, including the new push for STEM majors for undecided undergraduates and for students in the social sciences, education, humanities and the arts – a great way to make non-traditional connections to the subject of medicine with other academic disciplines. In December, we will include librarian subject specialists from all disciplines, including special collections to reach out and encourage class visits and related-themed programming, i.e. renaissance medicine, harry potter and literature. Two exhibits will be located in the Steven and Dorthea Green Library lobby. Surviving & Thriving, July 22 to August 31, 2019 and Renaissance Science, Magic in Harry Potter’s World, December 16 to January 25, 2020. The exhibits will be on display at the entrance of the Green Library building with the panels facing the main reference desk where handouts will be located. The handouts for each exhibit include NLM and local public heath initiatives in the South Florida area. For example, the Florida Department of Health has spearheaded a plan to eliminate HIV transmission and reduce HIV-related deaths. The four key components include: implementing routine HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) screening in health care settings and priority testing in non-health care settings, provide rapid access to treatment and ensure retention in care, improve and promote access to antiretroviral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis (nPEP), and, increase HIV awareness and community response through outreach, engagement, and messaging. (http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/aids/index.html ). We will include handouts in English, Spanish and Creole all available from the Medline Plus HIV/AIDS information page https://medlineplus.gov/hivaids.html as well as videos on PreP from AIDSource (https://aids.nlm.nih.gov/topic/1173/hiv-prevention/2015/pep-prep) and testing (https://aids.nlm.nih.gov/topic/1173/hiv-prevention/1183/testing ). For Renaissance Science, Magic in Harry Potter’s World, the exhibit will feature a join Harry Potter-themed display in the student-reading lounge next to the reference area. This display along with the reference desk will have Locator Plus, NLM Digital Collections, Index Cat, as well as NLM PubMed Central resource handouts to educate visitors on NLM resources to further their exploration of the exhibit. Also, with special emphasis to the higher education learning module, Things most strange and wondrous: The hidden roots of modern science and medicine developed by Dr. Mark A. Waddell from Michigan State University (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/sciencemagicmedicine/education/highereducation.html) University-library subject specialists and faculty will promote these exhibits to the university and community organizations.

Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
General public
Health care provider
Student, college & post-grad
Project Lead:
Francisco Fajardo
Funding Source: 
SEA
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2019
Funding Amount: 
$1400
Funding Period:
Jul 22, 2019 to Jan 25, 2020
Project Status:
Completed