Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility at NLM

NLM recognizes the fundamental importance of health in the lives of all people and is committed to improving access to health information as a result. NLM’s collections of biomedical information and data exist to benefit people of all backgrounds. Guided by the NIH UNITE initiative to identify and address structural racism within the NIH-supported and greater scientific community, NLM is working to advance the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in everything we do.

With collaboration between leadership and volunteer groups of staff members, NLM has increased its efforts to build an inclusive and equitable work environment. This has resulted in new efforts to examine best practices around staff recruitment, retention, and recognition.

NLM is committed to training diverse leaders in data science, biomedical informatics, and medical librarianship, ensuring a bright future for NLM and the institutions we support. As Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, NLM Director, has said, “A commitment to diversity is grounded in the evidence that participation of a diverse workforce improves team performance.”

Across NLM, our divisions, offices, and centers are incorporating the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in outward facing initiatives. Some examples:

For periodic updates on diversity at NLM, we invite you to read the NLM Musings from the Mezzanine blog.

Last Reviewed: May 30, 2023