West Virginia University Libraries is hosting a day of activities honoring womens contributions to medicine Thursday, Nov. 16.
Curator Manon Parry of the National Library of Medicine will provide a tour at 10:30 a.m. of theChanging the Face of Medicineexhibit on display in the lobby of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, Evansdale Campus.
After the tour, Terry Ottosen of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine will presentIssues in Consumer Health with Special Attention to Womens Healthat 1 p.m. in the Erickson Alumni Center on Fine Arts Drive (off Patteson Drive).
WVU Libraries dean Frances OBrien will also host a reception at the alumni center immediately following Ottosens presentation.
The activities coincide with theChanging the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicianstraveling exhibit currently on display in the Health Sciences Center lobby.
Libraries of today and tomorrow are dynamic learning centers connecting with their communities to have impact and influence,said Carroll Wilkinson, WVU Librariesdirector of information literacy.
This traveling exhibit from the American Library Association’s Office of Public Programs gives us a chance to promote discussion, stimulate new thinking, and offer programs outside our walls which engage our community,she said.
Were thrilled to be the catalyst for civic engagement with the struggles and triumphs of America’s women physicians for over a century.
TheChanging the Face of Medicineexhibit, on display through December 8, was created by the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health and the American Library Association. The exhibit introduces visitors to women, from the mid-1800s to today, who faced daunting barriers to practice medicine and who made great advancements in their field.
WVU is one of 60 stops on the exhibits five-year tour.
Additionally, five other related exhibits are on display at the West Virginia and Regional History Collection, located in Wise Library; the Wise Library lobby; the Health Sciences Library; Evansdale Library; and the Morgantown Public Library.
The exhibit launched October 23 with a keynote address from Dr. Antonio Novello, who served as the nations the first Hispanic surgeon general. Novello now serves as state health commissioner for New York.
For a full list of events, visit For more information, contact Monte Maxwell, 304-293-4040, ext. 4004.