News from the NLM History of Medicine Division

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division.

In accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and to promote social distancing, the National Library of Medicine Reading Rooms are closed to the public starting at Noon, Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice. During this period, NLM online resources will remain available, including NLM Digital Collections<> and PubMed Central<>. NLM will continue to provide interlibrary loan (ILL) services. For latest NLM ILL service information check this NLM website<>. For latest NLM Reading Room information check this NLM website<>.

Additionally, for the same reasons as stated above, we have postponed the March 26 NLM History Talk by Ashley Bowen, PhD, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow, Science History Institute, on Rise, Serve, Lead… And Publish: Including Women Physicians’ Writings in Rise, Serve, Lead: America’s Women Physicians<>.

Beyond these notices, several recent initiatives involving the NLM History of Medicine Division will be of interest, if they have not already crossed your screen:

*   The NLM Web Collecting and Archiving Working Group continues to identify and select web and social media content documenting the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak as part of NLM’s Global Health Events web archive collection in accordance with NLM web content collection development policy.  The group is archiving web content from national and international health organizations, U.S. federal and state government pages devoted to the outbreak, and content shared via social media using popular hashtags such as #COVID19, #coronavirus. NLM is also participating as an institutional contributor to a broader International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC)<; Novel Coronavirus outbreak web archive collection of over 2000 sites selected by archivists, historians, and librarians from over 20 national and academic libraries around the world. The IIPC collection became publicly available on Monday, March 9. If you wish to submit individual recommendations for the IIPC collection, please use the form available here<>.
*   National Public Radio (NPR) recently featured several NLM posters in a story about Chinese efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19<> using banners to educate the public about the virus. The NLM posters and those of other institutions featured in the article reflect past efforts to educate the public about health matters.
*   NLM Acquires the Papers of Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)<;
*   NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2021<> – Applications due by September 25, 2020.
*   If you missed the first of NLM’s 2020 History Talks<>-featuring Katrin Schultheiss, PhD, of The George Washington University speaking on The Girl in the Lion Cage: Regulating Hypnotism in Nineteenth Century France-no worries! You watch it online<> as part of the growing archive of our talks<>. Additionally, don’t miss our interview<> with Dr. Schultheiss on our blog Circulating Now.
*   Growing the corpus of recently-released<> fully-digitized manuscript collections in NLM Digital Collections, the papers of Charles Glenn King are now available via this resource, and the finding aid<> for the collection now includes links to the digitized content. The papers were digitized as part of a collaboration with our colleagues at University of California, San Francisco. Using grant funds, the UCSF Industry Documents Library digitized the collection and created metadata for inclusion in their online archive of documents related to the sugar industry<*%3A*&col=%5B%22king%22%5D&h=%7B%22hideDuplicates%22%3Atrue%2C%22hideFolders%22%3Atrue%7D&cache=true&count=1370> and kindly provided NLM a copy of the digitized content and metadata at no cost to NLM.

Thank you for sharing this news with interested colleagues.

Very sincerely,


Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD
Chief, History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health
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Bethesda, Maryland 20894-3819
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