NLM Launches New Blog; Seeks Your Ideas For Charting Its Future

The NLM banner greets those arriving at the Voyaging to the Future Symposium.

The National Library of Medicine is giving its users, collaborators, and advisers a say in planning the future of the world’s largest medical library.

A symposium, “The National Library of Medicine, 1984-2014: Voyaging to the Future,” will be held May 14, 2014, from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Natcher Center on the National Institutes of Health campus. The event is co-sponsored by the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine, the Friends of the National Library of Medicine, and the Medical Library Association.

The symposium will reflect on the library’s successes and setbacks during the past 30 years and consider opportunities for the future. In conjunction with the event, NLM is collecting written recollections highlighting the impact the library has had over the last 30 years, along with ideas for future opportunities, in a moderated blog launched May 1, 2014.

People who have advised and worked with NLM and/or benefited from its programs and services are invited to share their comments by visiting the Voyaging to the Future blog:

The symposium and blog are a prelude to the library’s next long range planning effort, which starts in 2015. The symposium is free and open to the public, but does require registration. To register, please visit The Friends of the National Library of Medicine Web site, The event also will be videocast live and later archived at

Update to an April 25, 2014 NLM in Focus post