Happy Birthday NLM

March 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) celebrates its 175th anniversary this year.  One of the outstanding creations of our government and our nation, the library is one of the reasons that I am a medical librarian because I am not sure my profession would be what it is today without NLM in its history.  A library that holds true to the vision of what libraries should be, empowering people through knowledge sharing and archiving; knowledge about health – to boot.  We all deserve to have access to knowledge and to be healthy, and NLM is the role model.

I know I am sounding soap-box-y again…but:

Come on people…  PubMed – publicly available health information available 24/7 with tens of millions of articles?  A full-text repository, aka PubMed Central?  The National Center for Biotechnology Information…um Entrez Gene, folks?  And the list goes on…

Wow.  What an accomplishment.

Find out more about NLM and its accomplishments: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/mar2011/nlm-14.htm



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