Pharmaceutical Library Bulletin
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  • Naohiko YAMAGUCHI
    2024 Volume 69 Issue 1 Pages 21-30
    Published: April 30, 2024
    Released on J-STAGE: May 23, 2024

    Since its establishment as the Library of the Surgeon General’s Office in 1836, the NLM has undergone many changes and has played a role in providing medical literature information to people around the world, from Index Medicus to PubMed. In 1956, the National Library of Medicine Act was passed, transferring the library from the military to the Department of Health and Human Services, changing the library director from a military officer to a civilian, and expanding the role of the NLM. In addition to the establishment of the Lister Hill Center, a research and development arm, (2000) and PMC (2000) were started. Among these, NCBI (1988) made genetic and other information public and contributed to coronavirus research. In addition, PubMed was opened to the public free of charge in 1997. In 2017, the Strategic Plan 2017-2027 was created, with the goals of increasing the number of articles included in PubMed and data-driven research and development, as well as a renewal suitable for end-user searching. The library is expected to continue to focus on “data” and “citizens” and to continue to disseminate information to the world.

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