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National Library of Medicine

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Mission

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has been a center of information innovation since its founding in 1836. NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. In addition, the Library coordinates a 6,000-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States. It is the world’s largest biomedical library. 

Interest in Diversity 

The NLM Long Range Plan includes these diversity-related goals: Goal 2: Trusted Information Services that Promote Health Literacy, Improve Health Outcomes, and Reduce Health Disparities Worldwide. NLM supports programs to reach underserved populations at home and abroad, and works to reduce health disparities through improved access to information. Goal 4: A Strong and Diverse Workforce for Biomedical Informatics Research, Systems Development, and Innovative Service Delivery. In addition to graduate and postgraduate training for librarians and informatics researchers, NLM works to expand the diverse workforce by enhancing visibility of library science and informatics in K-12 and undergraduate students.

Diversity-Targeted Programs 

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