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National Library of Medicine Celebrates 175 Years

NLM staff stand in the shape of the number 175

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, NLM’s hallmark has been information innovation, leading to exciting scientific discoveries that ultimately improve the public health.

A new website has been launched to showcase the events surrounding the 175th anniversary of the National Library of Medicine. Additional information can now be found online at:

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

NLM Logo for 175 anniversary

  • A disaster information outreach symposium, March 29-30 (;
  • A workshop on long-term preservation and management of electronic health records, April 6-7 (;
  • A symposium on the future of clinical trials, June 6-7;
  • Training for journalists in the use of NLM resources and research, October (details to be announced);
  • An NLM Extramural Programs “Greatest Hits” symposium, with presentations about the various grant mechanisms, Nov. 9;
  • Contests to recognize original short videos that promote awareness of NLM’s information products and services, and creative applications that demonstrate the greatest potential to deliver information to the public using NLM data resources; and
  • Special speakers, seminars and other activities throughout the year.
  • To read about NLM staff members’ special numerical salute to the 175th anniversary, go to: The photo, which is in the public domain, is also available at

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