A collage of images from the NLM_Collections instagram feed.

Follow NLM Collections Now on Instagram

By Krista Stracka ~

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce that we have joined Instagram! Follow @nlm_collections to see highlights from our collections that span ten centuries of global health history.

An NLM_Collections instagram post featuring an anatomical drawing and description.
First post from June 30, 2021
Visit NLM Digital Collections to access the fully digitized book: http://resource.nlm.nih.gov/2473070R.
Shelf mark: WZ 260 E87t 1783

First launched in 2010, Instagram is an American photo and video sharing social networking service. With over one billion monthly users worldwide, Instagram remains one of the fastest growing social media platforms. By joining, NLM aims to raise awareness of our holdings to boost discovery, access, and use of our collections and encourage users to engage with the collections through the platform’s liking, sharing, commenting, and location tagging features.

An NLM_Collections Instagram post featuring an example of crosswriting, handwriting along both horizontal and vertical lines.
Post from July 12, 2021
Visit NLM Digital Collections to view online: http://resource.nlm.nih.gov/2931059R
Shelf mark: MS B 59

Followers can expect to see a variety of visuals and learn interesting details on our page. Explore images and videos from our expansive collections of books, manuscripts, archival collections, audiovisuals, journals, and more. Get a peek behind the scenes at conservation work and digitization efforts. Learn about events, lectures, and exhibitions.

Posts will often feature digitized content that is remotely accessible through the NLM Digital Collections or from the Medical Heritage Library where you can view the entire work.

An NLM_Collections Instagram post featuring an embossed, decorated, green cloth cover of a book of poisoning mysteries.
Post from July 29, 2021
While NLM’s holding has not been scanned, the Wellcome Collection has digitized and made their copy available in the Medical Heritage Library collection. Visit: https://archive.org/details/b24877013
Shelf mark: QVB T469p 1899

Instagram also offers the opportunity to join a large community of archives, libraries, galleries, and museums that periodically feature collections based on themes or hashtag campaigns. For example, next month NLM will be mingling in the National Archives and Records Administration’s #ArchivesHashtagParty. Each month, participating institutions post on a different theme to showcase archival materials from their collections.

We welcome you to follow @nlm_collections at https://www.instagram.com/nlm_collections/ and to share what you would like to see featured on our page. More anatomical atlases? Movable books? Comment below!

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