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New NLM Director Begins Service Today!

Posted by on August 15th, 2016 Posted in: General

Today marks the beginning of a new era for the National Library of Medicine, as Patricia (Patti) Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, begins service as the 19th appointed Director of the National Library of Medicine. She is the first woman and the first nurse to serve in that role. She will be publicly sworn in as NLM Director at a ceremony at the Library on Monday, September 12. NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, who announced Dr. Brennan’s appointment in May, will be among the speakers at the event. Details of Dr. Brennan’s background were previously published in Latitudes in May.

Dr. Brennan noted that: “I am honored and delighted to be appointed director of the National Library of Medicine. The leadership of Donald Lindberg and preceding directors established a great platform on which to build the Library’s third century. I look forward to working with the national and international stakeholders of the NLM, the NLM staff, and the NIH leadership in crafting the next strategic plan to serve science and society. I am grateful for the many efforts of my colleague, Betsy Humphreys, who served as acting director during the transition process.”

Dr. Brennan describes her vision for the NLM in a three-minute video and in a newly published article in the Annals of Internal Medicine, “The National Library of Medicine: Accelerating Discovery, Delivering Information, Improving Health.” Additional information related to Dr. Brennan can be found in the following resources:

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Alan Carr is the Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, based at UCLA.

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