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NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg to Receive Paul Evan Peters Award

Honors Notable Achievements in Creation and Use of Network-Based Information Resources


Dr. Donald Lindberg

NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE has announced that Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), will be the 2014 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award. The award recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of network-based information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity. (See CNI press release:

A pioneer in the application of computers to health care, Dr. Lindberg was appointed director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest biomedical library, in 1984 and still holds that post. As NLM Director, he has ensured that the Library has taken advantage of advances in communications technology and has spearheaded countless transformative programs that have greatly expanded the availability and sophisticated use of biomedical and health information. These include: the Unified Medical Language System, making it possible to link health information, medical terms, drug names and billing codes across different computer systems; the Visible Human Project, a digital image library of complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies; the development of MedlinePlus and other consumer health information resources, the production and implementation of, a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world; and, the establishment of the National Center for Biotechnology Information to aid in the understanding of fundamental molecular and genetic processes that control health and disease. Today, NLM's digital information services are used billions of times a year by millions of scientists, health professionals and members of the public.

Named for CNI's founding director, the Peters Award will be presented during the CNI membership meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, to be held March 31-April 1, 2014, where Dr. Lindberg will deliver the Paul Evan Peters Memorial Lecture.

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.



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