By Anne Rothfeld ~ What motivates a rare book collector? A medical professional naturally accumulates an array of reference books particularly around their specialization. But
A Secret Language: The Perils of Transcription
By James Labosier ~ The task of producing typed transcriptions of handwritten texts involves familiarity. Often on first glance 18th and 19th century handwriting is
The 1936 NLM Centennial, Focusing on the Future
By Michael Kronenfeld and Jennie J. Kronenfeld ~ In 1901 United States Senate created the Senate Park Commission to develop the National Mall into the
Director Jones: Laying the Foundation for the National Library of Medicine
By Michael Kronenfeld and Jennie J. Kronenfeld ~ People familiar with the National Library Medicine (NLM) may not be aware of its long history and
Archiving at a Distance
By Danielle Calle ~ I’ve just joined the National Library of Medicine (NLM), one of a cohort of emerging library, archives, and information science professionals
Fletcher: The Forgotten Founder
By Nicole Baker ~ If you’re familiar with A Brief History of NLM, or you’ve followed our series A New History of NLM, you’ve heard
Card Tricks: The Decline & Fall of a Bibliographic Tool
By Stephen J. Greenberg ~ There was a time, not so very long ago, when card catalogues were pretty much synonymous with libraries. You really
We Are Thankful For…
Thanksgiving reflections in which staff share their gratitude for the historical collections.
Scan-on-Demand: Home Health, 1903
The National Library of Medicine’s Scan-on-Demand program provides the public with offsite access to digitized copies of historical medical materials published before 1924.
Of Unica and…Unicorns?—Identifying Unique Holdings at NLM
By Krista Stracka ~ The National Library of Medicine recently digitized a 1501 edition of what is commonly considered the first printed book on distillation.