Season’s Greetings & News from the NLM History of Medicine Division

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from the National Library of Medicine History of Medicine Division, where all of us wish all of you a healthy and peaceful holiday season.

With appreciation of each and every member of our outstanding team, we have following news to share:

Division staff continue to work remotely to support YOU in your research and can be reached via the NLM Support Center via the “Write to the Help Desk” blue button. NLM Reading Rooms remain temporarily closed to the public in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and to promote social distancing. NLM online collection resources remain available, including NLM Digital Collections and PubMed Central.  For the latest NLM Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service information check here. For the latest NLM Reading Room information check here.

*   NLM announces 2021 Michael E. DeBakey Fellows in the History of Medicine

*   NLM and NEH renew interagency partnership through 2024<;;sdata=ZFi0pWOaWBUp%2F9PA0ZVFyR2UqJ1nbB3wg7Ioh6L6Lh0%3D&amp;reserved=0>

*   Nature features NLM’s COVID archive initiative<;;sdata=Vrm3wSWNMcnsPmHylhK0VBM%2FO50YE2Q62BIEaBZjdaY%3D&amp;reserved=0>

*   NIH Record features Dr. Sara Farhan, 2019 NLM DeBakey Fellow<;;sdata=T77F52qyYgXq52qdocg9N4HkS%2Bz%2Fj3WTsxnXLakvt74%3D&amp;reserved=0>

*   Now available – Dr. Ashley Bowen’s recent NLM History Talk<;;sdata=4rvc5zPh43VOY2x8Vdzu2tmOHAXJrpTN9mpj8b12uV8%3D&amp;reserved=0> on Rise, Serve, Lead…and Publish: Including Women Physicians’ Writings in the NLM Exhibition Rise, Serve, Lead: America’s Women Physicians<;;sdata=QfEmsKu1iM7cdAvyKA3Vy1ICbup3gg2iiIXW3er19f8%3D&amp;reserved=0>.

*   Reminder! 2021-2023 Application Deadlines Announced for NLM Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health<;;sdata=gYqtFsqDsE%2BKM89ratMNrGqy2rjMNJcmZe9wZYog1mg%3D&amp;reserved=0>. Questions? Contact our NLM colleague Dr. Alan VanBiervliet via email at<>.

*   The NLM Web Collecting and Archiving Working Group continues to identify and select web and social media content<;;sdata=pKZkkMFks1XL4%2BVKjvSlfSaFVjpic2tpwQ6haer%2FwxY%3D&amp;reserved=0> documenting the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak as part of NLM’s Global Health Events web archive collection. Now including 5,150+ Seed URLs (950+ gigabytes), the collection includes federal, state, and local government COVID-19 pages, websites of disaster relief agencies and NGOs, and content documenting life in quarantine, prevention measures, vaccine development, the experiences of healthcare workers, patients, and more. The group is actively reviewing recommended content for inclusion in the archive (7100+ URLs nominated to date), scoping and running crawls of content using Archive-It and Conifer (formerly Webrecorder), reviewing archived sites for quality, and adding metadata. The group continues to engage with other cultural heritage organizations archiving the history of COVID-19, including a group spearheaded by the leadership of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History<;;sdata=BEDzvEetUvQsyikfJSQJ7DnoSJs6K87x7d3Rd5i%2FNzA%3D&amp;reserved=0>, as well as the group of federal agencies who meet regularly to discuss their respective initiatives. The NLM Web Collecting and Archiving Working Group also continues to engage with the Society of American Archivists Web Archiving Section, the Archive-It community, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, and is contributing to and following the growing list of institutions collecting COVID-19 related content maintained by the Documenting the Now<;;sdata=EF8W6s7i7paLQzPP0IQtCn7udHgv3st%2FEkr2DntLlzc%3D&amp;reserved=0> project. Nominations for content to include in NLM’s Global Health Events collection remain welcome via<>. NLM also continues to participate as an institutional contributor to a broader International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) Novel Coronavirus outbreak web archive collection<;;sdata=534ho30QO8SKABGG62HYNAoAjthTz5uOCBWreiqk3Lk%3D&amp;reserved=0>. Learn more about NLM’s efforts in the recently published Journal of the Medical Library Association article “The National Library of Medicine Global Health Events web archive, coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic collecting<;;sdata=egQPxsNkDaxANFw4%2FP%2FDXcEo4elQ9FojqEmTGFewPq8%3D&amp;reserved=0>.”

*   Are you undertaking and/or have you completed historical research in NLM’s collections? Would you like to share it freely with a wide audience? We warmly invite you to be a guest author on our blog Circulating Now<;;sdata=FMV5e49COP6jYZ%2FccC043A51Q%2FEV3x8e3qn466lNLxE%3D&amp;reserved=0>. Featured in the Washington Post<;;sdata=JC3tRyd%2F7ljTUGSFwSrRqzxCzv5FcifiCX0g%2BFdB1ls%3D&amp;reserved=0>, Circulating Now circulates widely, reaching more than 5,500 direct subscribers and 346,000 followers as part of the official NLM social media network. If you would like to write about your research in our collections, please send an email proposing your topic to Beth Mullen, managing editor, at<>. If you do not already subscribe to Circulating Now, please do—just look for the “Follow us via email” box on the right-side of the homepage<;;sdata=xMa70vRoalcu280qJ%2Fe2LGn2xenXpXo6dGZF9tt6fJ4%3D&amp;reserved=0>.

Thank you for sharing this news with interested colleagues, and keeping safe and in touch with us—and with each other—as we conclude 2020, and look to a new normal year!

Very sincerely,



Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, FRHistS

Chief, History of Medicine Division

National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health

8600 Rockville Pike

Bethesda, Maryland 20894-3819

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