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Sunday, May 15 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Poster Session 1: Poster Board Number 159

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Poster Board Number: 159
Title: Anatomy for Library Services: A Novel Way to Rethink Library Promotions
Objective: The Booker Library at Jersey Shore University Medical Center exhibits at close to forty health fairs annually. For the past three years, an anatomy teaching mannequin has been part of the library's exhibit table. The poster will demonstrate how the teaching mannequin has been used by the library staff to promote its library services and mission within Meridian Health.
Setting/Participants/Resources: The desktop teaching mannequin had organs made of a hard rubber. Each organ was of correct anatomical proportion and could be taken out and placed back in the mannequin. The mannequin was purchased by Meridian Health's Community Outreach Department some five years ago but was not used extensively.
Method: The Booker Library staff had been exhibiting at health fairs five years ago, using library books as talking points with some confusion. About three years ago, the outreach coordinator had the mannequin placed on the library exhibit table. Older adults as well as children have enjoyed seeing where the various organs are, and participating in an impromptu anatomy lesson often related to a recent surgery or health issue. The Booker Library staff have created various games using the mannequin and have worked the mannequin into presentations on library services.
Results: The Booker Library exhibit table initially did not have a display backdrop on its table. Current books were used as talking points to draw visitors to the library table. Visitors often would bypass the library exhibit table, commenting that they did not have any issues related to the displayed books. When the mannequin became part of the library exhibit, visitors stopped at the table with anatomy questions and took the time to hear about library services. The library received a beautiful display backdrop during the fall exhibit season. Initially, the number of visitors stopping at the library exhibit decreased until the mannequin was placed back on the table to help differentiate library services.
Conclusions: The desktop teaching mannequin has proven to be a key component in differentiating the library services exhibit table from the other departments exhibiting at health fairs.
Authors: Catherine M. Boss, AHIP, Coordinator, Library Services; Darlene Robertelli, Librarian; Chunwei Ma, Systems Librarian; Booker Health Sciences Library; Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Meridian Health, Neptune, NJ

Sunday May 15, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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