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NLM Releases Enhancements to Its "Digital Collections" Repository

The National Library of Medicine, the world's largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, released several enhancements to Digital Collections, the free online archive of biomedical resources, at the end of September. 

New features include:

  • Redesigned homepage with informative images highlighting repository content:

Screenshot of Digital Collections home page 

  • Responsive sizing of homepage and search results to better accommodate the wide range of displays
  • More consistent, cleaner look and feel across the Web site, including the latest NIH & NLM branding
  • New “Refine by” feature on the left which allows users to limit searches to specific facets:

Screenshot of search results display for fever with facets for authors and language selected

In addition to these enhancements, technically inclined readers may be interested to know about these significant changes that improve system performance and flexibility:

  • Fresh indexing of metadata and full text for more efficient search & retrieval
  • Replacement of the Muradora front-end application with Blacklight, an open-source discovery interface which sits on top of the repository's Solr index
  • Upgrades to all major software components supporting the repository, including the underlying Fedora Commons framework
  • New server architecture that better isolates components for improved security
  • More powerful hardware providing faster search and presentation responsiveness

Over 10,000 Digitized Resources Now Available

In November, Digital Collections reached the milestone of providing access to 10,000 digitized resources. The repository contains over 12 million discrete files. NLM regularly deposits content from its digitization activities, including current projects focused on WWII-era materials and NLM-authored publications. For more information about Digital Collections, see the About Digital Collections page and Help Documentation.

Please send your comments and questions about Digital Collections to NLM Customer Service.

The National Library of Medicine is the world's largest library of the health sciences and a component of the National Institutes of Health. NLM collects, organizes, and makes available biomedical science information to scientists, health professionals, and the public.