National Library of Medicine has four for the road.
The National Library of Medicine, on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., is the world's largest medical library, collecting materials in all areas of biomedicine and health care, as well as works on biomedical aspects of technology, the humanities, and the physical, life, and social sciences. The collections stand at more than 9,000,000 items--books, journals, technical reports, manuscripts, microfilm, photographs, and images--and housed within the library is one of the world's finest medical history collections of old and rare medical works.
In addition, the Library has a variety of traveling exhibitions touring the country, including:
Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature explores Mary Shelley's world that gave birth to Frankenstein in 1818, and examines how playwrights and filmmakers transformed the Frankenstein story into one of the Western world's most enduring myths. It considers how Shelley's unfortunate creature frequently provides a framework for discussions of contemporary biomedical advances such as cloning, challenging our traditional understanding of what it means to be human.
The exhibit is traveling through early summer 2010. Dates and venues over the next several months include Feb. 16-April 12 at Chapman University, Orange, Calif.; April 27-June 21 at the University of South Alabama, Mobile; and Sept. 7-Nov. 1 at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro.
Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health highlights the role of communities in improving health at home and around the world. It explores the shared basic needs required for good quality of life, including nutritious food and clean water, a safe place to live, and affordable health care. Using historical and contemporary photographs, the exhibit tells stories of collaborations among families, scientists, physicians, advocates, governments, and international organizations--all taking up the challenge to prevent disease and improve medical care.
The exhibit is traveling through autumn of 2011. Dates and venues over the next several months include Feb. 1-March 6 at the Centers for Disease Control Global Health Odyssey Museum, Atlanta; March 10-April 13 at the University of Michigan Health Services Library, Ann Arbor; June 8-July 17 at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond; Aug. 3-Sept. 11 at the Duke University Medical Center Library and Archives, Durham, N.C.; and Sept. 28-Nov. 6 at the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library, Baltimore.
Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians aims to inspire young people to consider careers in ,science and medicine, document the achievements of women physicians in every aspect of the profession, and acknowledge the importance of different perspectives in developing quality care for all. While the scope of the exhibition is limited to female physicians, the Library of Medicine acknowledges that women also make important contributions to medicine in allied health professions, which includes nursing, and as medical technicians, caregivers, inventors, chemists, and pharmacists.
The exhibit is on a five-year tour. Dates and venues over the next several months include Feb. 11-March 27 at the University of Nevada Savitt Medical Library, Reno, Northwest Reno Public Library, and University of Arizona Health Sciences Library, Tucson; April 8May 22 at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library & Information Center, Albuquerque; June 3-July 24 at the Tulsa City County Library, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa Library, and Indiana University School of Medicine Libraries, Indianapolis; Aug. 5-Sept. 18 at the University of Louisville (Ky.) Kornhauser Health Sciences Library and Washington University Bernard Becker Medical Library, St. Louis.
Harry Potter's World: Renaissance, Science, Magic, and Medicine. In 1997, British author J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is based papally on Renaissance traditions, which played an important role in the development of Western science and medicine. The exhibition highlights the library's collections of the History of Medicine Division.
It currently is housed at the National Library of Medicine, but will begin traveling this spring--dates and venues pending.