How Looking Back Leads Us Forward: A Musings Year in Review

When NLM wrapped up 2021 last December, we took a moment and considered what our future might bring. What would a hybrid work environment look like? How would we UNITE to show our commitment to health equity? Where are we in regard to our building renovations? And how would we continue to innovate NLM products and services to benefit our medical, scientific, and public communities?

NLM is always up for a challenge, so we UNITEd to examine how unconscious bias and structural racism affect health care accessibility and equity, expanded educational opportunities to encourage diversity in science and research, and explored the evolving role of libraries in our communities.

And for our users, we not only expanded our reach with our ever-growing and ever-evolving products and services—we challenged ourselves to rethink who uses our services, which helped us better coordinate those outreach activities so we can share the information anyone may need, whenever they may need it!

Ultimately, this undertaking was an opportunity for us to shape our future and set the tone for 2023. Every step of the way, we shared our thoughts and experiences here in Musings and walked beside you as we explored the Mezzanine—physically and virtually! We explored far more this year than just what we shared above, so as we bid a fond farewell to 2022 and journey together into the next year, we invite you to check out our three most popular posts of the year as well as some notable posts you may have missed.

Most Popular Posts of 2022

Interesting Posts You May Have Missed

Now we want to hear from you! What did you enjoy most from Musings over the past year? What would you like to see more of in 2023? And how can we serve you best in the future?

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD

Director, National Library of Medicine

Dr. Brennan is the Director of the NIH National Library of Medicine, a leader in biomedical informatics and computational health data science research and the world’s largest biomedical library. Under her leadership, NLM has grown its intramural and extramural research enterprise, extended stakeholders’ access to credible and reliable health information, and acquired and preserved biomedical literature using cutting-edge digital research and outreach. Read more about Dr. Brennan.

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