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Nancy Harger to teach TOXNET.

One of the services offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is trainings and education on NLM products like MedlinePlus® and NCBI databases such as GenBank® and OMIM® and MeSH ®.  This month we would like to take an opportunity to introduce you to Nancy Harger. Nancy will be teaching TOXNET® to interested users and librarians in the New England Region.

TOXNET® is a database for hazardous chemicals, toxic releases and environmental health. It is intended for the public as well as professionals. Anyone (with a working internet connection) can access and use.  A librarian might decide to use TOXNET® to answer a patron’s question related to a toxic chemical or environmental hazard or a researcher might use it to find evidence of oral contraceptives affecting the composition of a mother’s breast milk.  One of the more interesting aspects of this database is Tox Town, a program designed to help the public find and learn about toxic substances they may encounter in their daily lives.  Tox Town is interactive and an excellent resource for any age group (let teachers and friends know about it!).  You can become more familiar with TOXNET® by visiting these sites:

ToxLearn:  http://toxlearn.nlm.nih.gov/

Toxicology Tutorials:  http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/toxtutor.html

For those of you who don’t already know Nancy, she serves as the Clinical and Education Services Librarian at the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Nancy attends teaching rounds, chart rounds, and morning report with her laptop to help locate information to answer clinical questions posed by the residents (How’s that for meeting our library constituents where they are?!).

If you are interested in having her come to your library or place of employment for training and education on how to use TOXNET® you can contact her at: (508) 856-3334 or nancy.harger@umassmed.edu.

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