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February Update from NLM

Library Operations (LO) Division is Now Officially the User Services and Collection Division (USCD)

As of January 1, 2024, Library Operations has officially accomplished Goal 1 of its 2021-2036 Long Range Plan to Create a Modernized Organizational Structure for re-envisioning products, services, and operations for the NLM’s diverse users around the world.

In looking to the future, NLM remains committed to the legislative mandate to collect, preserve, and disseminate biomedical literature and health information. At the same time, NLM will continue to evolve information management practices that embrace new technological capabilities and provide users with access to trusted information.

In 2024, NLM will continue to take steps to unify and transform the NLM Collection so that all material can be accessed and preserved for future users regardless of the date, format, or whether it is a physical piece or born digital content. To help users more easily navigate NLM products and services, this includes harnessing health data standards, unifying platforms and databases to be more interoperable for greater discoverability, and making interfaces consistent for a more seamless user experience.

Dataset Catalog Beta Launches to Improve the Discoverability and Reuse of Research Data

The Dataset Catalog is a new online tool to help users connect with multiple repositories through a single, user-friendly, “all-in-one” resource to search, find, and retrieve datasets. The beta version of the Dataset Catalog indexes datasets from a limited collection of repositories and features minimal functionality initially.

The Dataset Catalog was also featured in the February 15, 2024, Musings on the Mezzanine blog.

NLM seeks user feedback during this phase, which is expected to last approximately six months. User feedback collection is important to inform future product development, establish a community of users, gather usage analytics, and assess scalability and sustainability of the corpus. During this beta phase, NLM invites you to explore this tool for yourself, share with colleagues, and submit your feedback to NLM (via the vertical blue “Give Feedback” button along the right-hand side of the Dataset Catalog website). Join the April 11, 2024, NLM office hour to learn more about and provide feedback on this tool.

Board of Regents Quarterly Meetings

MLA members are welcome to view the February 6, 2024, NLM Board of Regents meeting through the NIH Videocast.

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