The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library & a component of the National Institutes of Health, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) have reaffirmed a partnership, originally established in 2012, to develop initiatives that explore the intersection of biomedical & humanities research.
This collaboration will bring together scholars, scientists, librarians, archivists, curators, technical information specialists, healthcare professionals, cultural heritage professionals, AND others in the humanities AND biomedical communities in order to share expertise & develop new research agendas.
NEH Senior Deputy Chairman Jon Parrish Peede & NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, signed the memorandum of understanding extending the partnership agreement through 2021 shortly before Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Digital Humanities & Medical History. Hosted by the NLM & supported by NEH through a grant to Virginia Tech, this 3-day workshop convened scholars of medical history whose research shows promise for making innovative use of methods, tools, & data from the digital humanities.
“These partnerships are quite important to the NLM because they help to create & sustain an interdisciplinary and collaborative platform for discovery at the Library & across the NIH campus,” said NLM Director Brennan. “Creating such a platform is a key goal of our new strategic plan & commitment to growing infrastructure AND supporting data-driven scholarship and inquiry for the benefit of medical research as well as the disciplines that intersect with medical research, like the humanities & medical humanities.”
“NEH is pleased to team up with the NLM to help support conferences & workshops aimed at training historians of medicine on the latest research techniques & to bring together biomedical scientists & humanists to explore possibilities of a collaborative nature,” said NEH Senior Deputy Chairman Peede. “We look forward to many more fruitful ventures between our two organizations as we push both the boundaries of the humanities & the biosciences together.”
Viral Networks was the latest in a long series of collaborations between the NLM & NEH. Other collaborations have included the April 2016 workshop Images & Texts in Medical History: An Introduction to Methods, Tools, and Data from the Digital Humanities, which explored emerging approaches to the analysis of texts AND images in the field of medical history; the April 2013 symposium Shared Horizons: Data, Biomedicine, & the Digital Humanities, which explored the intersection of digital humanities & biomedicine, & the October 2013 symposium An Epidemiology of Information: New Methods for Interpreting Disease & Data, which explored new methods for large-scale data analysis of epidemic disease.
About the partner institutions:
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research & learning in history, literature, philosophy, & other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities & its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.
National Library of Medicine (NLM): Part of the National Institutes of Health, NLM is the world’s largest medical library with more than 26 million items in its collection. A leader in information innovation, it is the developer of electronic information services used by scientists, health professionals & the public around the worldwide. NLM makes its information services known and available with the help of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, which consists of over 6,000 member institutions, including eight Regional Medical Libraries. NLM conducts & supports research that applies computer AND information science to meet the information needs of clinicians, public health administrators, biomedical researchers & consumers.