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Halloween Treats from the National Library of Medicine

In this season of skeletons and specters, monsters and mayhem, the National Library of Medicine offers a few goodies that, unlike candy, won’t add to your waistline—though they might help pass the time between knocks on your door. Spine Tingling Skeletons The human skeleton evokes more shivers than science this time of year, but whether…

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The Joy of Stacks

Library stacks tend to be functional, consistent in appearance, and, while a source of delight to bibliophiles, pretty ordinary. However, the stacks at the National Library of Medicine have tales to tell. Literally and figuratively, the stacks at NLM are the foundation of the world’s largest medical library, occupying three football field-sized floors beneath the…

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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…