After more than 30 years serving as the Director of the National Library of Medicine, Dr. Donald Lindberg is leaving his post. The National Library of Medicine is about to start their search for a new director but any candidate sure has big shoes to fill!
Dr. Lindberg served as the Director of the National Library of Medicine from 1984 until March of 2015. Dr. Lindberg has been recognized as one of the authorities on computer technologies, health care and information.
Under Dr. Lindberg’s leadership; NLM has pioneered and advanced the way we search for and share medical data and information. To name just a few projects that have come about during his tenure; Medline, Medline Plus, ClinicalTrials.gov. For more information on Dr. Lindenberg’s contribution to NLM and the library and information professions, read the recent resolution that honored his achievements.
A working group has been established under the direction of the Director of National Institutes of Health, Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. This group will review key elements of NLM such as its mission, organization and programs. This will also ensure that the strategic vision is clear and that NLM will continue to set the standard in biomedical and health information. On June 11, there was a report to the NIH director that had been broadcast and is now archived and available to view online. The findings of this working group will help to set the direction of the search for the new director as well as for biomedical research in general. A synopsis of their report has been made available through the NIH.
It is an exciting time in the field of biomedical research, stay tuned for updates!