Friday, April 22, 2016

NLM Blast from the Past

Check out this great video from NLM's In Focus Blog


Smoking in the boardroom. Card catalogs. Keypunch equipment. Get a blast from the past in this 1963 film about the National Library of Medicine. You can hear Senator Lister Hill and catch a glimpse of famed heart surgeon Michael DeBakey and former NLM director Frank Bradway Rogers. 


  1. This 1963 video came across my FB feed this am. It tells a partial history of The National Library of Medicine. For the most part, those of us in Health Sciences Librarianship never actually get to take classes in the history of our profession (well, I didn’t anyway), so I found this very illuminating. After Library School, we learn this specialty on-the-job. There's really no other way to do it. This video made me so proud to be a Health Science Librarian, I wanted to stand up straight and salute--as in THIS is the loyal order to which I am a part. Yeah—I like what I do for a living, and it’s so nice to see that tradition laid out in this history – even though the WAY we do it now may be very different that it was then. Creating the National Library of Medicine and Index Medicus (now you may now it as PubMed, in its current iteration) were important moves for humanity—for the whole world--not just US citizens. Wow! I am so humbled to be a part of this profession.

    And my dad thinks I just check out a few books, then wait around like the Maytag Repair Man the rest of the time. Ha!

    Michele Matucheski

  2. I complete agree, Michele. The history of NLM is so interesting.