Exhibit 276 - NLM Traveling Exhibit Surviving & Thriving and Renaissance Science, Magic in Harry Potters 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% 110 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 101 exhibit, this region has one of the highest rates of 101 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/…. 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 Potters 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 Potters 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 101 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 Potters 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/highe… University-library subject specialists and faculty will promote these exhibits to the university and community organizations.

Project Details

Organization Name

Florida 94 University - Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Organization Type
Academic institution
Health sciences library
Project Lead

Francisco Fajardo

Start Date
July 22, 2019
End Date
January 25, 2020
Funding Amount
General Public
Health care Provider
Student, College & Post-grad