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Health Sciences Displays

Exhibitions and displays at the Health Sciences Library and Li Lu Library.

NNLM Traveling Exhibit: April 8 - May 18, 2024

AIDS, Posters, and Stories of Public Health: A People’s History of a Pandemic

On display at the Health Sciences Library from April 8, 2024 through May 18, 2024.

Book Display

View the book display on the 2nd floor and check out books by visiting the Information Desk on the 3rd floor! A small sampling of the books you may find on display: 

About the Traveling Exhibit

"The NLM (National Library of Medicine) 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." (Traveling Exhibitions, n.d.)

"This exhibition explores how AIDS posters serve as highly adaptable, durable, cost effective, efficient tools in sharing public health messaging. Created by communities bonded together by illness and a desire to make change, these posters provide a gateway to AIDS history, illustrating how, in the face of illness, neglect, and, early on, the unknown, people came together to connect, create, and save one another's lives. Today, AIDS posters continue to be valuable resources for the ongoing epidemic. They teach us about community organizing processes and the ways that groups dealing with HIV heal, share fears, and strategize toward wellness together." (AIDS, Posters, & Stories: About, n.d.)

Learn more about the traveling exhibit and view it online

About the National Library of Medicine (NLM) 

"The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has been a center of information innovation since its founding in 1836. The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. In addition, the Library coordinates an 8,000+ member Network of the National Library of Medicine, of which the UW Health Sciences Library is a member,] that promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States." (About the National Library of Medicine, 2024

Speakers & Film Screening

Speakers and Screening

We will have two speakers, Karen Hartfield and Frank Chaffee, join us on Wednesday, May 15, at 12:00-2:00 p.m. to discuss their work with HIV/AIDS in both the UW and surrounding communities in Washington state. Following their presentations, we will screen Target Zero: Preventing HIV Transmission, a documentary series that shows the challenges and emotional complexity of the fight to control HIV infection.

Light refreshments will be served.



Virtual Screening

Watch the film online asynchronously, then virtually attend the synchronous speaker session and Q&A. 

Accessibility Contact

Val Pendleton

Allen Library AIDS Display: May 20 - June 10, 2024

Someday This Will Be Over: AIDS Remembered

Previously displayed at the Allen Library for the 35th anniversary of World AIDS Day, this AIDS exhibit is coming to the Health Sciences Library and Li Lu Library on May 20th, 2024!

This exhibit highlights the history of the HIV/AIDS pandemic with a focus on the political, social, and cultural impacts in the United States and Seattle. "One of the most eye-catching displays in the exhibit was a profile on Keith Haring, who famously used his platform as an artist to spread awareness about the AIDS pandemic and worked to destigmatize it. Haring’s bright and cartoonish work is recognizable to the masses, and his influence cannot be undersold" (Davidson, 2024). 

Further Reading & Learning







Land Acknowledgement

While we're all located in different areas, we want to acknowledge the land we live, work, and play on. We also encourage you to take some time today to learn more about the land you're on. 

The University of Washington is located in Seattle, Washington, the land of the Coast Salish peoples, "land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Duwamish, Puyallup, Suquamish, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot nations" (Native Life & Tribal Relations, n.d.). We work and study here because Indigenous peoples were violently removed and kept away from this land. 

"For over 30 years, Cecile Hansen has been the elected chair of the Duwamish Tribe. [She] is the great great grandniece of Chief Si’ahl'." The Honorable Chair Hansen's motto of "We are still here" expresses her people's fortitude as the Duwamish continue their 165-year fight for federal recognition. (Blecha, 2009

We would also like to unequivocally state that Black Lives Matter; we support Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; and we stand with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, asexual, and gender queer folks. 

In the face of "hate, we must work together to fight for members of our Black, [Indigenous, APPI and other People of Color communities], to resist, expose and disrupt [systemic] power structures that threaten to carry out discrimination and violence against" Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. "Moreover, we need to put in the work to create a more inclusive environment within our spaces and communities; no one is exempt." (Hate Has No Home Here Initiative, n.d.)

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HSL Exhibition Committee

This exhibit is made possible by the work of Hendeke Araya, Margaret Holt, Val Pendleton, Jazper Windsor, Leslie Gascon, and dedicated staff of the Health Sciences Library (HSL).

Health Sciences Library (HSL)

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The Health Sciences Library's mission is to advance scholarship, research, education, and health care by anticipating information needs, providing essential resources, and facilitating learning for the greater health sciences community.

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