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Charleston Library Conference 

Mar 14, 2022

Today's episode features a conversation with Joyce Backus of the National Library of Medicine. The interview was conducted by Matthew Ismail, Editor in Chief of the Charleston Briefings and a Conference Director at the Charleston Conference. 

Joyce retired two years ago as Associate Director for Library Operations of the National Library of Medicine where she had spent her entire career. She started at the NLM as a library school student who wanted to get into biomedical and biological libraries, eventually becoming an associate fellow who would work her way up through the ranks over the years.   

Joyce and Matthew will discuss what makes the Library of Medicine special, Index Medicus (which became MEDLINE and then evolved into PubMed), the process by which the NLM analyzes which programs to discontinue, and how PubMed selects the content that is added to the Index.   They will also discuss how the internet and open access changed publishing and libraries all over the world.

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