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2011 MARCH–APRIL No. 379
March 22, 2011 [posted]

National Library of Medicine Celebrates 175 Years of Information Innovation

[Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an announcement published on the NLM Web site on March 14, 2011. To be notified of announcements like this, subscribe to NLM-Announces e-mail list.]

2011 marks the 175th anniversary of the National Library of Medicine® (NLM®), part of the National Institutes of Health. The world’s largest medical library and the producer of electronic information resources used by millions of people every day, NLM has changed the way scientific and medical information is organized, stored, accessed, and disseminated. From its founding in 1836 as the library of the U.S. Army Surgeon General to its present position at NIH, the NLM hallmark has been information innovation, leading to exciting scientific discoveries that ultimately improve the public health.

"When you look at the Library’s history, you see a fantastic voyage," said Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., NLM director since 1984. "Each leg of the journey has brought us closer to our goal of providing access to biomedical information — anytime, anywhere — for scientists, health professionals, and the public. In the time, I've been here, we've embraced the Internet as the primary mode of delivering our services," he continued. "We have also expanded our portfolio to include genetic sequence data, high-resolution anatomic images, clinical trials information, and a wide array of high-quality information for consumers. We look forward to whatever astonishing developments the next 175 years might bring."

The Library has planned a number of special programs in support of its mission. These include:

Key advances in the Library's history include:

For details on NLM history, its programs and services, and its anniversary year calendar, visit the 175th anniversary Web site.

To read about NLM staff members’ special numerical salute to the 175th anniversary, go to: // That photo, which is in the public domain, is also available at //

National Library of Medicine Celebrates 175 Years of Information Innovation. NLM Tech Bull. 2011 Mar-Apr;(379):e8.

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