Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries

March 20, 2012

An opening reception for the new National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine” will take place Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 4:30 to 6 PM at the Wayne State University‘s Shiffman Medical Library.  The exhibit can be viewed until April 28, 2012 as part of the Spring 2012 Arts in the Atrium program sponsored by Shiffman Medical Library and the WSU School of Medicine.  

“Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers have often been overlooked.  Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.”    -from the program flyer

A Community Educational Program will take place Saturday April 14, 2012 at the Margherio Family Conference Center.   Topics on the agenda include, among others, African Americans & the Civil War, Medicine in Detroit in the 1860’s, and The Civil War and Nursing.  The special guest speaker will be Jeff O’Den, historical documentary filmmaker.

Find out a lot more about this subject and this exhibit at


Fundamentals of the NLM Classification

October 7, 2009

NLM announces a classification course

The Cataloging Section of the National Library of Medicine® is pleased to announce the availability of a new e-learning course called Fundamentals of the NLM Classification.  It is available as a link from the Cataloging Section homepage, as well as the Distance Education page.  The course is a free set of modules and interactive exercises that students may take at their own pace without an instructor.  This course covers the principles and applications of the NLM Classification in the cataloging environment.  The course is divided into nine modules:

Overview of the NLM Classification
Using the Online NLM Classification
Components of NLM Call Numbers
General Principles
Table G (Geographic Notations)
Form Numbers
Bibliographies and Related Materials
Classification of 19th Century Works and Early Printed Books
Continuing Resources