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Mission Statement

National Library of Medicine is the world's largest medical library located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care. It also holds more than 7 million items in its collection including valuable collection of historical manuscripts and other materials related to health and medicine. The Exhibition Program at the Library produces original, exhibitions related to history, medicine, health, technology, and people. The Program has developed exhibitions titled such as Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature, Breath of Life (Asthma), and Once and Future Web (Telegraph and the Internet). Our current exhibition, Changing the Face of Medicine explores the challenges, inspiring achievements, and contributions that women have made to medicine since 1850 in the United States. The stories and career highlights of over 300 women doctors are told through the use of historical artifacts, multimedia, and an interactive database. You can visit the exhibition website at www.nlm.nih.gov/changingthefaceofmedicine. Changing the Face of Medicine is open at the Library until April 2005 and a new exhibition about the history of forensic medicine is scheduled to open in May or June 2005.


The National Library of Medicineâ  s Exhibition Program is looking for volunteer docents. Docents serving as facilitators, are a vital links between the libraryâ  s exhibition and its visitors as they provide guided tours to our guests. Docents are responsible for providing an engaging and insightful experience about the Libraryâ  s exhibition to visitors of all ages, backgrounds and levels of ability. Each docent-guided tour lasts between 30 to 60 minutes based on a pre-planned agenda. Guided tours are scheduled mostly during Libraryâ  s operating hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. between Monday-Friday. Occasionally, special tours are scheduled between 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The National Library of Medicineâ  s Docent Program is open to those who are 18 and older. Docents must complete the mandatory 6-hour (three, 2-hour sessions) training provided by the Exhibition Educator. Additional training will be provided on an as needed basis. A minimum of six months commitment is preferred. If you are interested in joining an exciting, volunteer docent program and providing an indispensable service to our many visitors, please contact Nazgol Ashouri at 301-594-1947 or ashourn@nlm.nih.gov.



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