The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced the appointment of Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan as the next director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The American Library Association’s publication, District Dispatch, brought this news to us in their article, “New director named for the U.S. National Library of Medicine.”

As director, Dr. Brennan will be the first woman to oversee the world’s largest medical library and a component of NIH.

“Dr. Brennan brings her incredible experience of having cared for patients as a practicing nurse, improved the lives of home-bound patients by developing innovative information systems and services designed to increase their independence, and pursued cutting-edge research in data visualization and virtual reality,” said NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins.

NLM, based on the campus of NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, was founded in 1836 and has earned a reputation for innovation and public service.

Melody K. Smith

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