NLM Symposium - July 13, 2017 - New Illustrated History of the National Library of Medicine

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Thursday, July 13, 2017 – Special Event: Publication of a New Illustrated History of the National Library of Medicine

Introducing Images of America: US National Library of Medicine

June 26, 2017, marked the publication of a new, illustrated history of the National Library of Medicine. The book appears in the popular Images of Americaseries by Arcadia Publishing, and was arranged through a public-private partnership with that publisher. Simultaneously, the complete book and original versions of the 170+ images, which appear in it in black and white, are archived and freely available in NLM Digital Collections. A hardback version of the book is available from booksellers.

Co-edited by Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, and Kenneth M. Koyle, chief and deputy chief of the NLM History of Medicine Division, Images of America: US National Library of Medicine was made possible through the collaborative research, writing, editing, and technical expertise of staff from across the Library, and many colleagues and friends.

Many individuals have written about the National Library of Medicine and its origins as the Library of the Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General. However, this new book is unlike previous publications because it is intended for a general audience, and it illustrates the broad history of the Library from the early 19th century through the late 20th century through over 170 images from its own rich collections, along with a handful of other images from the collections of the National Archives, the National Museum of Health and Medicine, the Smithsonian Institution Archives, and the Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences at Tulane University. The book reveals the work of generations of visionary leaders and dedicated individuals who experienced the American Civil War, the world wars, the Cold War, and the dawn of the Information Age.

Images of America: US National Library of Medicine is a welcome companion to Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine, produced by the Library in 2011. We hope readers of all ages and backgrounds will appreciate this new broad history of the Library as much as we have appreciated crafting it and making it publicly available in cooperation with so many colleagues and friends here at the NLM and beyond. And we hope this book will inspire readers to learn more about the development of the Library and visit for a tour or conduct research in our world-renowned collections which span ten centuries and represent nearly every part of the globe. As with Hidden Treasure, the Intramural Research Program of the US National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, supported the collaborative research, writing, and editing of Images of America: US National Library of Medicine.

Speakers at the July 13 symposium will include:

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD
Director, National Library of Medicine
Interim Associate NIH Director for Data Science
National Institutes of Health

Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD
Chief, History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine

Kenneth M. Koyle
Deputy Chief, History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine

Stephen J. Greenberg, PhD, MSLS
Head, Rare Books & Early Manuscripts
History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine

Susan L. Speaker, PhD
Historian, History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine

Panel Discussion
Moderated by Dr. Reznick

This event will be live-streamed globally, and subsequently archived, by NIH VideoCasting.

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10