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Collection Development Guidelines of the National Library of Medicine [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); 2019-.

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Collection Development Guidelines of the National Library of Medicine [Internet].

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Audience for the NLM Collection

Last Update: July 6, 2018.

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Traditionally, the primary audience for the collection of the National Library of Medicine has consisted of biomedical and public health professionals. This diverse audience includes not only clinical practitioners such as physicians and nurses, but also those engaged in scientific research, scholarly inquiry, policy making, management, education, and communication in areas related to health. NLM has developed its collections with the research needs of this professional audience in mind, and regularly seeks the opinion and expertise of professional, scholarly, and scientific stakeholders in the Library's collection development program planning efforts.

NLM has expanded its services to address the general public's increased interest in health information, without compromising the Library's mission to serve as the library of record for biomedicine. NLM provides electronic access to authoritative information and consumer health content in its database, MedlinePlus. ClinicalTrials.gov, a registry of federally and privately funded trials of experimental treatments, is also available. The Library continually seeks the advice and assistance of consumer health experts in order to improve quick access to health information for the public.

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