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NLM to Host Symposium, “The National Library of Medicine, 1984-2014: Voyaging to the Future,” May 14, 2014

On May 14, 2014, the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the Friends of the NLM, and the Medical Library Association are co-sponsoring a symposium The National Library of Medicine, 1984-2014: Voyaging to the Future, to be held at the Natcher Center on the NIH campus from 8:30 am to 5 pm.  A reception at NLM will follow.  The purpose of the symposium is to review the influence of NLM's long range planning, as it interacted with outside developments, over the past 30 years; to reflect on key factors that contributed to successes and setbacks; and to consider opportunities for the future  --  all as background for the next NLM long range planning effort, to commence in 2015. 

The symposium is free, but registration is required.  To register and view a preliminary program, go to // .  Interested attendees may sign up onsite for tours of NLM's current exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness. The symposium will be available for remote simultaneous viewing at //, where it will also be archived.

In conjunction with this event, NLM is collecting written recollections and images reflecting the Library's impacts over the last 30 years, as well as ideas for future opportunities and directions. Those who have advised and worked with/for NLM and/or benefited from its programs and services are encouraged to submit contributions to a moderated blog at after May 1, 2014. 

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