Happy New Year!

Fireworks exploding with people in the foreground and National Library of Medicine text at the top.

As we look back at 2019, we’d like to share a few NLM in Focus stories about some of the National Library of Medicine’s people, services, and products that are making a difference in scientific discovery and public health and educating the public.

Winter 2019

As the Broadway hit “Hamilton” prepared to begin a U.S. tour, we were pleased to post “Hamilton and Yellow Fever: The Library Where It Happens” on NLM’s exhibition about the politics of yellow fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America of the 1790s. And we posted a video to inform people about a current U.S. epidemic, the opioid crisis. In February, NLM celebrated Black History Month,and we tested our knowledge of NLM presidential trivia. Then in March, we shared the dramatic story of how PubMed helped save the life of a scientist who caught a superbug while on holiday, and we challenged each other to name 12 notable women in medical history.

Spring 2019

We posted a story about Dr. Valerie Schneider, an NLM developmental biologist who dives deep into her work and into the ocean, and we looked back 30 years to the creation of the National Center for Biotechnology Information. But we also looked forward to a data-driven staff and future at NLM. And we were delighted to welcome three new members to the Library’s Board of Regents.

Summer 2019

We celebrated several teams, including the NLM Collection Development and Acquisitions Section, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Manuscript Submission team, and the PubMed Central team. And we shared how NLM and chickens are helping to hatch a new generation of data scientists.

Fall 2019 

Fall was exciting as data science took flight at NLM. We also celebrated the first women-led codeathon at NLM. And we posted a video of students who came to NIH to learn more about becoming scientists, researchers, health care providers, and medical librarians. As the holidays arrived, we sang and gave thanks for the National Library of Medicine. It’s an honor to work here!

Throughout the year, you rewarded us with comments, likes, and emails. In 2020, we look forward to sharing more news about NLM as the Library prepares for its third century. Be sure to subscribe, so you don’t miss a story.

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