Logan, Robert A. (2021). Don Lindberg’s home library and leadership traits. In Betsy L. Humphreys, Robert A. Logan, Randolph A. Miller, & Elliot R. Siegel (Eds.), Transforming biomedical informatics and health information access: Don Lindberg and the U.S. National Library of Medicine (Health Technology and Informatics series, Vol. 288, pp. 437-453). Amsterdam, Berlin, and Washington: IOS Press. ISBN 978-1-64368-238-9 (print), ISBN 978-1-64368-239-6 (online). (Open Access: https://ebooks.iospress.nl/ISBN/978-1-64368-239-6)

Abstract: This chapter introduces the importance and some of the multidisciplinary diversity in Donald A.B. Lindberg M.D.’s home library. The latter collection minimally suggests his varied interests, which often inspired a multidisciplinary approach to tackling problems and managing the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). Dr. Lindberg converted the ideas he picked up from reading into administering projects as well as to set aspirational goals for NLM and for himself. The chapter suggests Dr. Lindberg’s home library was an enduring reservoir of knowledge, judgment, planning, and creativity. The chapter also discusses two of Dr. Lindberg’s leadership traits: the cultivation of discovery and project development in educational administration and the need for leaders to determine and act in the greater public interest. The chapter suggests the latter two traits defined Dr. Lindberg’s NLM leadership.

Robert A Logan <logrob@gmail.com> is retired from the U.S. National Library of Medicine. He is past president of ISSSS and hosted the 23rd annual meeting in Bethesda, MD (2007) at which Donald Lindberg (1933-2019) was the banquet speaker. Lindberg was director of the United States National Library of Medicine (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_A._B._Lindberg), founding president of the American Medical Informatics Association, and played a prominent role in the development of PubMed. He was in the University of Missouri Medical School from 1960 to 1984 and was a close friend of William Stephenson, as discussed in the above chapter.