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Author: Cummings, Martin Marc, 1920-2011
Title: The Federal Government and Medical Libraries, 1964
Occasion: Presented before the New York Regional Group of the Medical Library Association, New York Academy of Medicine, President's Gallery.
MMC Commentary: I recall in preparing this talk that it would be my first major address to a medical library community. I'd already sensed that some of the medical library community were skeptical of my leadership of their national library. I had seen the applications for the position of Director of the National Library of Medicine and knew that many of the librarians present, including those from the Ivy League, had applied for the position which I now held. In addition, many librarians were not happy that I did not go to library school in preparation for the NLM Director's position and chose instead to get my training in computer technology at the Bank of America in San Francisco, California. This event included most of the leading medical librarians of the nation. I felt obliged in this presentation to do a reasonably good job of describing my hopes for improving the efficiency of library operations and services to the community of library users through the application of new technologies. This talk addressed my preliminary plans for the expansion of National Library of Medicine's services on a global level. Since this was the first speech made to any element of the Medical Library Association, I thought it timely to review NLM's activities and to define specific areas of mandatory Federal support to the nation's medical libraries, including construction, training, fellowships, research, resources, and regional libraries. I suggested at this time and at many other times the need for a national network of regional medical libraries. I left the meeting feeling that I had somewhat overcome the resistance to my appointment. The reception of my remarks seemed to be reasonably warm and supportive.
Subject terms:
National Library of Medicine (U.S.)
Communication
Training Support
Research Support
MEDLARS
Access to Information
Librarians
Clemenceau, Georges, 1841-1929
DeBakey, Michael E. (Michael Ellis), 1908-
Dempsey, Edward, 1911-1975

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