Plan sets course for data-driven discovery & health, enhanced stakeholder engagement, & workforce development; highlights open science & the role of libraries in providing trusted information.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM; the Library) today released the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery & Data-Powered Health, which will position the Library carry out its congressionally mandated mission and support the important work of the National Institutes of Health by creating a future in which data & information transform and accelerate biomedical discover & improve health and health care.
Developed with input from hundreds of stakeholders & advisers, including librarians, informatics professionals, biomedical & data scientists, clinicians, public health specialists, NLM staff, & the public at large, the strategic plan charts a pathway towards NLM’s third century.
“With this strategic plan, NLM reaffirms its status as a trustable provider of health information, an essential platform for discovery, & an innovator of information technologies to promote health and provide better health care,” said NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD. “As we look forward, this document positions us to address existing & emerging challenges in biomedical research & public health,” she continued. “We will achieve this by creating a vibrant workforce; building on our core functions of acquiring, collecting, & disseminating the world’s biomedical literature; and extending these skills and developing new ones to make data findable, accessible, interoperable, & reusable.”
The strategic plan focuses on three essential, interdependent goals that will help guide the Library’s priorities over the next 10 years as it pursues its mission of collecting & integrating an expanding set of information resources, & enables them to be analyzed by tools emerging from the informatics & data science research front. Those goals are to:
- accelerate discovery & advance health through data-driven research;
- reach more people in more ways through enhanced dissemination & engagement; &
- build a workforce for data-driven research & health.
Over the next decade, NLM leadership will work together to identify & take the next steps needed to implement the plan, with the overarching goal of improving and enhancing the Library’s research & services.
The NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health can be found at: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/plan/lrp17/NLM_StrategicReport2017_2027.html