Charting The Future
Through advanced information systems, a cutting-edge informatics research portfolio, the world’s largest collection of biomedical literature, training programs for informatics research careers, and extensive partnerships, NLM plays a pivotal role in catalyzing and supporting the translation of basic science into new treatments, improved practice, useful decision support for health professionals and patients, and effective disaster and emergency preparedness and response.
NLM’s record of accomplishment has been guided by a robust strategic planning process, conducted with the benefit of the vision and expertise of the diverse communities that we serve. This symposium marks the beginning of our next planning cycle, as we look beyond the current long range plan – Charting the Course for the 21st Century: NLM’s Long Range Plan 2006-2016.
In the years ahead, we envision NLM’s programs and services becoming even more central to scientific discovery and the treatment and prevention of disease. Continuing advances in biology, clinical research, health care, computer science, and telecommunications – and changes in the way information is produced, stored, and accessed – will combine to change the nature of biological and medical knowledge.
We welcome your insights into the contributions NLM can make in that voyage. We invite your input here to the development of the Library’s next Long Range Plan.