a jack-in-the-box emerges wearing silly glasses and a fake nose

Laughter at the National Library of Medicine?

The National Library of Medicine sounds like a serious place and it is. And yet—we do enjoy moments of levity. We can and do laugh at ourselves—or at least chuckle. From creative acronyms to cartoon penguins in a bathtub, most days we enjoy our work—and each other. Sometimes we even have a BLAST. It’s probably…

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Catching Up with NLM Catalogers

Can you find the book, article, or video you need? Thank a cataloger. Catalogers are concise and precise. They’re logical. They pay attention to every little detail, and they understand the big picture, too. Catalogers combine descriptive information (title, author, publication details) with subject analysis to create a standardized record for each item in the…

The face of the Nobel Prize medallion shows the profile of Alfred Nobel

How shiny is a Nobel Prize?

How shiny is a Nobel Prize? This might be a fun time to find out. On October 1, NIH announced that another NIH affiliated scientist has won a Nobel Prize. Anyone curious about what exactly a Nobel prize looks like is welcome to visit the Reading Room of the National Library of Medicine’s History of…

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Improving Info on Women’s Health: National Network of Medical Librarians Wants Your Help

Are you interested in improving health information for and about women on Wikipedia? Your research skills can help make Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource for people looking for information on women’s health. Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on November 7 as medical librarians add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on women’s health using…