On May 10, 2018, the professional association Archivists & Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS) recognized NLM staff with two prestigious awards.
Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD, Head of the NLM Rare Books & Early Manuscripts section received the 2018 Lisabeth M. Holloway Award for his significant contributions through leadership & service to ALHHS & to the profession.
ALHHS also awarded the NLM Web Collecting & Archiving Working Group—including Delia Golden, MS/LIS; Christie Moffatt, MLIS; John Rees, MA, MLS; & Kristina Womack, MA, MLS—its 2018 Publication Award in the category of “Electronic Resource” for the NLM HIV/AIDS Web Archive Collection.
About Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
Since joining the staff of the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division in 1992, & becoming a member of ALHHS the same year, Dr. Greenberg has demonstrated superior public service now recognized with the prestigious ALHHS Holloway Award.
Dr. Greenberg has an impressive record of service with both ALHHS and NLM, including service as the ALHHS president from 2010 to 2012 & his current position as Head of the Rare Books and Early Manuscripts Section in the NLM History of Medicine Division. During his twenty-five years with the NLM, Dr. Greenberg has authored several important historical articles based on NLM collections, including a noteworthy 2009 article, co-authored with Patricia E Gallagher, entitled “The Great Contribution: Index Medicus, Index-Catalogue, IndexCat” (Journal of the Medical Library Association 97:2 (April, 2009), 108-13). Here, years ahead of other people in the field of digital humanities, Dr. Greenberg recognized the importance of pursuing a quantitative analysis of the Library’s longstanding, systematic indexing of the medical literature, an effort which William Henry Welch considered to be “America’s greatest contribution to medical knowledge.” In 2014, Dr. Greenberg’s scholarly achievement in this area contributed fundamentally to NLM releasing the extensible markup language (XML) for IndexCat data, thus opening a new era of research in this dataset. In effect, Dr. Greenberg’s scholarship both predicted & provided the fundamental basis for the new trajectory of the Division in the current era of data science and digital humanities.
About the NLM Web Collecting & Archiving Working Group
In 2016–2017—as part of its longstanding commitment to collect & preserve the history of HIV/AIDS—NLM developed and made public via Archive-It a new & remarkably rich electronic archival collection, consisting of websites and social media documenting HIV/AIDS in the early twenty-first century.
The NLM Web Collecting & Archiving Working Group—a dynamic and talented team of archivists, historians, & librarians—identified, collected, and described a wide range of web sites & social media on biomedical, clinical, cultural, & social aspects of HIV/AIDS. They curated this resource thematically around several important themes: HIV treatment, HIV prevention, biomedical research on HIV/AIDS, clinical care for HIV patients, living with HIV, & social-cultural responses to HIV/AIDS. And thanks to the energy & dedication of the group, the collection they have developed is equally rich in terms of its organizational representation, encompassing websites of U.S. federal agencies, state public health HIV/AIDS departments, community organizations, international clinical trial & vaccine research sites, non-governmental organizations, advocacy groups, & a wide array of social media, including blogs, YouTube videos, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, & more. Future researchers of our digital age will certainly appreciate this collection, as well as the fine knowledge, skills, & abilities of the team who had the foresight to envision it, create it, & make it publicly available for the greater good.
The NLM announced this collection publicly on December 1, 2017, in honor of Globe AIDS Day, through a post authored by historian Christine Wenc, MA, which appeared on the NLM History of Medicine Division’s popular blog Circulating Now.
The ALHHS is an association established exclusively for educational purposes to serve the professional interests of librarians, archivists, & other specialists actively engaged in the librarianship of the history of the health sciences, by promoting the exchange of information & by improving standards of service.