Three years ago this week, we launched Circulating Now to explore, share, and celebrate the value of the NLM’s world-renowned historical collections and programs for research, education, enrichment, and learning about the human condition.
By several measures, we’ve achieved our goal. In three years Circulating Now has given voice to over 100 individuals—from guest writers to event speakers to our own talented staff—who have shared their own perspectives and meaningful interactions with our collections and with related programs and resources.
With over 500 posts Circulating Now has offered readers worldwide insights on a wide and wonderful range of subjects in the history of medicine—military history, women’s history, African American history; public health, advocacy, legislation; botany, genetics, biotechnology to name just a few.
Circulating Now has showcased the varied formats of the NLM’s historical collections, enabling readers to experience and learn from our monographs, manuscripts, photographs and prints, films, audio files and born-digital collections. And it has highlighted the range of NLM resources that support historical research and make the collections available—from the NLM’s Digital Collections to the IndexCat™ database of millions of bibliographic citations spanning centuries, from the NLM’s award winning Exhibition Program to historical content in PubMed Central, and from Profiles in Science to Medical Movies on the Web.
Circulating Now has reported on the VIPs who have turned their attention to these important historical collections and on NLM collaborators—institutional and individual—who have worked with us to advance knowledge of the history of medicine and communicate the importance of this knowledge in the 21st century.
So in case you missed them, check out a few of our most viewed posts:
- “Wrapped in flesh”: Views of the body in East Asian Medicine
- On Combat Fatigue Irritability: Kerry Kelly Novick
- Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection
And a few of our staff favorites:
- The Earliest Herbals
- “What a mess! And we are not half through”: Dr. Osler on England’s home front in World War I
- The Medical Civil Rights Movement and Access to Health Care
And tell us about your favorite post on Circulating Now. We’d love to hear from you, and we thank you for following us! If there’s something you’d like to learn more about, or topic you wish we would cover, you can tell us about that, too. If you’re new to Circulating Now, welcome! And whether you’re a first time visitor or one of our growing community of followers, we invite you to stay tuned for more great years to come.