It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the NIH Library and share a few exciting developments. If you’re accessing our services and resources online, I hope you’ll find our new website easy to use. We’re continuing to fine-tune our site, and your feedback and suggestions would be helpful. We have a survey to help collect any suggestions you might have.
Lower Level Renovations
And if you’re visiting us in person, you’ll notice over the next several months that we’re making significant improvements to the lower (B1) level of the library. We’ll have limited seating available on the lower level during the renovation, and you may want to pick up a pair of ear plugs at the information desk to help block the sounds of construction.
What can we expect from the renovation? First, we’ll be taking less space. As more of our journals and books have become available online, we’ve been able to release much of the space we previously needed for print material. Second, we’re enhancing the study carrels that can be reserved and locked on the lower level. There will be fewer of these, but each of them will be quite a bit larger and equipped with newer furnishings. Finally, we’re expanding our teaching space with two new small-group training rooms on the lower level. Over the past five years, we’ve seen a ten-fold increase in the number of participants in the library’s classes and webinars. The two new training rooms on our lower level will help ease the space constraints for our in-person classes.
NIH Big Read
We’re excited to welcome Siddhartha Mukherjee back to NIH for a presentation on Monday, April 17, about his newest book, The Gene: An Intimate History. Please join us at 2:00 p.m. in Masur Auditorium for his presentation and then at 3:00 p.m. for a meet-and-greet on the FAES Terrace. Dr. Mukherjee received a Pulitzer Prize for his previous book, The Emperor of All Maladies. Over the past few months, we’ve been collaborating with FAES on plans for this inaugural “NIH Big Read,” including small-group discussions of the book across the NIH community.
Virtual and Augmented Reality
You’ve probably heard about virtual and augmented reality, with potential applications in support of biomedical research. At last fall’s NIH Research Festival we collaborated with the NIH Virtual and Augmented Reality Interest Group (VARIG) to host demonstrations of this exciting and engaging technology. If you’d like to explore this technology yourself, just drop by one of our monthly virtual reality demonstration sessions (first Tuesdays, 12:30-2:00).
As you can see, we have many exciting changes underway at the NIH Library, and I hope you’ll stay tuned for future updates.
Keith Cogdill, PhD, AHIP
National Institutes of Health Library
Division of Library Services
Office of Research Services