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NLM Introduces “Exhibitions Connect,” a New Opportunity for Institutions Hosting NLM Traveling Exhibitions

November 27, 2018

Announcement features an exhibition on the history of U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic in commemoration of World AIDS Day.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a new opportunity to enhance dissemination of and engagement with NLM health information resources, better serving libraries and cultural institutions that host NLM traveling exhibitions.

Exhibitions Connect, an NLM Exhibition Program opportunity, provides curated collections of informative and promotional materials related to the topics explored in NLM exhibitions and tailored to host venue patrons. Additionally, it promotes collaboration with National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM or Network). The first project of this opportunity kicks off in April 2019 with the launch of Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture/Sobrevivir y Prosperar: SIDA, Política y Cultura, a 12-banner, bilingual traveling exhibition exploring the rise of HIV/AIDS in the early 1980's and the evolving response to the epidemic up to the present day.

The year-long initial project will send two copies of Surviving and Thriving/Sobrevivir y Prosperar  to nine NNLM members libraries identified by the NLM traveling exhibition services team, in cooperation with the Network. These libraries will work with NNLM staff to disseminate and utilize NLM health information resources. The NLM will provide each host venue with a selection of English- and Spanish-language health information resources related to HIV/AIDS and tailored to the needs of academic, health sciences, and public libraries, including printed materials; links to webinars, databases, and consumer health information; and sample social media posts. Among the participating libraries are Florida International University in Miami, FL, Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, CA, Akron-Summit County Public Library in Akron, Ohio, and Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY.

NLM anticipates announcing a second project as part of Exhibitions Connect  in June 2019, featuring the upcoming traveling exhibition Rashes to Research: Scientists and Parents Confront the 1964 Rubella Epidemic, which explores how experts and parents tried to limit Rubella’s impact in the years before an effective vaccine nearly eliminated the disease from the United States.

Alongside Exhibitions Connect, the NLM will maintain its regular schedule of traveling exhibition services, with 41 copies of 21 banner exhibitions touring libraries and cultural institutions throughout North America and Europe.

Surviving and Thriving/Sobrevivir y Prosperar  will be available in the Lister Hill Center for a limited time, in support of NLM Director Patricia Brennan’s presentation at the NIH Office of AIDS Research World AIDS Day event, “More Than Three Decades: Inspiring HIV Discoveries Through Basic Science Research.”

For more information about Exhibitions Connect  and NLM traveling banner exhibitions, please contact or join the LISTSERV, Making Exhibition Connections.

Banner Exhibition

Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture/Sobrevivir y Prosperar: SIDA, Política y Cultura, a 12-banner traveling exhibition

Courtesy U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Dr. Gallo

Robert C. Gallo, MD, at the National Institutes of Health, early 1980s

Courtesy National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

Callen and Berkowitz

Michael Callen (at typewriter) and Richard Berkowitz, 1984

Courtesy Richard Dworkin

Ask for the test banner

“Ask for the Test” poster, 2012

Courtesy HAHSTA (HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, TB Administration), District of Columbia Department of Health


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Last Reviewed: November 27, 2018