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Archive for February, 2013

MedlinePlus Search Cloud Widget Update

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

NLM has released a new version of the MedlinePlus search cloud widget code in English and Spanish. We have enhanced the code by replacing the Flash code with Javascript. Please make sure your site uses the latest code for this widget. We will support older versions of this widget for a limited time through March. For details, go to http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/widgets.html.

[Announcement from NLM]

Supporting Systematic Reviews CE

Monday, February 4th, 2013

NN/LM NER is sponsoring two continuing education classes for health sciences librarians to learn about supporting systematic reviews. The classes will be taught by Jan Glover, from Yale University and Karen Odato from Dartmouth. Classes will be held at the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. Classes are limited to 16 participants. Register on our training calendar.

Supporting Systematic Reviews: The Basics
Date: March 20, 2013
Time: 1 – 5 PM
Approved for 4 MLA CE units.

Have you been asked to participate in the development of a systematic review? Are you thinking about promoting this service to your clinician-research community? This workshop is designed for medical librarians who want an introduction to the systematic review process in general and the librarian’s role in that process in particular. Through informal discussion and hands-on, case-based learning, you will acquire these skills needed to support systematic reviews in your institution:

  • Identify the steps in the systematic review process.
  • Explore standards for systematic review development [e.g., Cochrane; IOM; PRISMA].
  • Identify the roles of the librarian within this process:
  • Select databases and other resources appropriate for the topic.
  • Utilize project management tools to keep track of search.
  • Strategies [e.g., concept tables] and citations [e.g., EndNote].
  • Draft the search methodology for publication.

Supporting Systematic Reviews: Beyond the Basics
Date: March 21, 2013
Time: 9 AM – 4 PM; with one hour lunch break
Approved for 6 MLA CE units.
Please note: Participants may attend the advanced workshop only if they have attended the basic workshop or permission is obtained from the instructors.

This workshop is an in-depth, hands-on simulation of the librarian’s role in the systematic review process. Given a research topic, participants will:

  • Identify databases/grey literature sources.
  • Formulate search strategies for multiple databases using both controlled vocabularies and textwords.
  • Evaluate and select study design hedges.
  • Execute search in PubMed.
  • Manage citations using EndNote.
  • Create global edits to track data.
  • Create user-defined fields for researcher reviewers.
  • Create folders/groups for included/excluded articles.
  • Write up search process for publication.

NCBI Insights

Monday, February 4th, 2013

NCBI has just released a new blog called NCBI Insights:

We created NCBI Insights to provide an insider’s perspective to help you better understand us and our resources, explore issues of scientific interest that drive our resource development, and learn how you can use our resources to enhance your research.

We will post articles in four categories:

  • NCBI Explained offers our perspective on our resources and policies to help you better understand us and avoid some common misconceptions and misunderstandings.
  • What’s New introduces our new and updated resources and includes specific examples that demonstrate how you can use these to enhance your research.
  • Quick Tips & Tricks explains hows to perform specific tasks using our website. We will select topics based on your questions and suggestions.
  • Science Features explores current topics in science and demonstrate how you can find relevant data or resources on our website for further exploration.

This blog is a complement to our existing education and outreach efforts, such as News and Social Media publicity, Webinar and Workshop training programs, and Help Desk user support. See the our Education page (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/education/) for more details on these.

Be sure to check in to the NCBI Insights Blog every week or so and let us know what you think!

[Announcement from NCBI]

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