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Director's Message―December 2017

With the holiday season upon us, it is a great time to reflect on the past year, celebrate our many successes, and plan for the future. In my previous messages, I’ve highlighted some of the NIH Library’s achievements over 2017. Right now, we are busy planning for 2018, which looks to be another innovative and exciting year for the NIH Library. As we approach the end of calendar year 2017 there are a few final developments I’d like to share with you:

  • Publications by NIH Library staff. Over the past three years, NIH Library staff have published 38 articles in peer-reviewed journals, often as co-authors with NIH intramural researchers. I also want to applaud Josh Duberman of the NIH Library, along with co-author Pam Sieving, for their chapter in the most recent edition of Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, which happens to be one of the most frequently used titles in our collection.
  • Cancellations for 2018. Based on low usage, or a publisher’s inability to provide the usage data we require, we are cancelling 28 journals and databases. These cancellations will take effect in January, and represent a total cost savings of approximately $30,000. For more information, see the cancellation notice and title list.
  • Become a friend (of the NIH Library)! We’re excited to be forming a new group of “power users”—the Friends of the NIH Library. We’ll gather together these self-identified individuals periodically throughout the year for the purpose of usability testing and focus groups. The goal for this group is to help us better understand the Library’s programs and services from a customer perspective, which will help us ensure the NIH Library continues to meet the information needs of the NIH community. Learn more about how you can get involved with the Friends of the NIH Library.
  • JAWS Screen Reader and ZoomText Assistive Technologies. The NIH Library is now offering JAWS and ZoomText assistive technologies in the Library’s Technology Hub. These software packages, available to all NIH staff and visitors who come into the NIH Library, are being offered in Collaboration Pod 2 in the Library’s Technology Hub. To make a reservation to use JAWS or ZoomText in the NIH Library, or for questions about these technologies, contact Michael Walden at michael.walden@nih.gov or 301-435-4033.

I welcome any thoughts, questions, or suggestions you might have on these or any other developments at the NIH Library (keith.cogdill@nih.gov, 301-496-2448).

With best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year,

Keith Cogdill, PhD, AHIP
National Institutes of Health Library
Division of Library Services
Office of Research Services