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RFP for NLM Biomedical Informatics Training Course

Monday, September 30th, 2013

NLM has posted a request for proposals to select a host institution for the NLM Biomedical Informatics Training Course.  Please see the Request for Proposals<> for details; and share with any institution or organization you think might be interested.

Free Distance Learning: Discovering TOXNET

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Join the NLM Training Center for a New Online TOXNET Class

Would you like to learn more about the environmental health resources available from the National Library of Medicine? Join the NLM Training Center (NTC) from October 21 – November 5, 2013 for Module 1 of a new online class, called Discovering TOXNET: From Paracelsus to Nanotechnology.

TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. Module 1 covers three TOXNET databases (ChemIDPlus, LactMed, and TOXLINE) as well as three emergency response tools (CHEMM, REMM, and WISER). Module 2 covers the risk assessment databases and will be offered at a later date. You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, discovery exercises, and solving real-life reference questions.

Who should take the class?

Health sciences librarians and health sciences professionals interested in unlocking the information in the following TOXNET and emergency response tools: ChemIDPlus, LactMed, TOXLINE, CHEMM, REMM, and WISER.

How much time?

3 hours of work on your own time followed by a 1 hour synchronous session using Adobe Connect. Participants who complete the class requirements are eligible for 4 MLA Continuing Education credits.


Asynchronous work on your own (allow 3 hours): October 21 – 31, 2013

Synchronous Adobe Connect session: November 5, 2013, 10 am Pacific time (9am Alaska, 11 am Mountain)

How to Register?

Enrollment is limited, so register soon! Visit:

Beginner/Refresher DOCLINE course FREE

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Want a beginner/refresher course on DOCLINE that is free, at your desk AND includes free MLA CE? The 4-week, 1 hour per week webinar series is about to start.

The first in the series of DOCLINE training webinars, for 2013-2014, will begin next week:

Beginning DOCLINE,   Wednesday,   July 17, 2013
When:  12 p.m.  Central Time

It’s recommended that you have access to DOCLINE to take the class (The hands-on component of the class requires you to log-in to your DOCLINE account to complete the interactive exercises.)
The classes are FREE.  To login all you need do is key in your name and Enter as a guest.  You will receive instructions for the audio portion after entering the room.   Captioning will be provided.
You are eligible to receive 1 MLA CE credit for each class you take.


Wednesday,   July 17, 2013   – Beginning DOCLINE
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 -   DOCLINE: Serial Holdings
Wednesday,   July 31, 2013 – DOCLINE: Routing Tables
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 – DOCLINE: Borrow and Lend

Classes begin at (check your time zone)…

10 am (Pacific Time Zone)
11 am (Mountain Time Zone)
12 pm (Central Time Zone)
1 pm (Eastern Time Zone)

We start promptly at the top of the hour. PLEASE arrive on time!
You can join the class and call-in 15 minutes before the class begins.
You are encouraged to test your connection prior to joining the class. To test your connection, go to this web address

Questions to :

Jim Honour,  MLIS
Member Services Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region

NIH launches: Dietary Supplement Label Database

Monday, June 24th, 2013

[Announcement from NIH]

Searchable collection contains product information and ingredients from labels of dietary supplements sold in U.S.
Researchers, as well as health care providers and consumers, can now see the ingredients listed on the labels of about 17,000 dietary supplements by looking them up on a website. The Dietary Supplement Label Database, free of charge and hosted by the National Institutes of Health, is available at

The Dietary Supplement Label Database provides product information in one place that can be searched and organized as desired. “This database will be of great value to many diverse groups of people, including nutrition researchers, healthcare providers, consumers, and others,” said Paul M. Coates, Ph.D., director of the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS). “For example, research scientists might use the Dietary Supplement Label Database to determine total nutrient intakes from food and supplements in populations they study.”

Dietary supplements, taken regularly by about half of U.S. adults, can add significant amounts of nutrients and other ingredients to the diet. Supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals and botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and more. They come in many different forms, including tablets, capsules, and powders, as well as liquids and energy bars. Popular supplements include vitamins D and E; minerals like calcium and iron; herbs such as echinacea and garlic; and specialty products like glucosamine, probiotics, and fish oils.

Hundreds of new dietary supplements are added to the marketplace each year, while some are removed. Product formulations are frequently adjusted, as is information on labels. “The Dietary Supplement Label Database will be updated regularly to incorporate most of the more than 55,000 dietary supplement products in the U.S. marketplace,” said Steven Phillips, M.D., director of the National Library of Medicine’s Division of Specialized Information Services.
For consumers, the My Dietary Supplements (MyDS) app from ODS is already available, at The app is an easy way to keep track of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other products you take, and has science-based, reliable information on dietary supplements.

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