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NLM Winter 2016 Online Class “Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching”

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Health science librarians are invited to participate in a rigorous online bioinformatics training course, Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC). The course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required.

The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to bioinformatics theory and practice in support of developing and implementing library-based bioinformatics products and services. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. The course encompasses visualizing bioinformatics end-user practice and places a strong emphasis both on hands-on acquisition of NCBI search competencies and a working molecular biology vocabulary, through self-paced hands-on exercises.

This course is a prerequisite for the face-to-face workshop, Librarian’s Guide to NCBI. Participants who complete the required coursework and earn full continuing education credit will be eligible to apply to attend the 5-day Librarian’s Guide in the future if they so choose.

This course is offered online (asynchronously) from January 11 – February 19, 2016.

The course format includes video lectures, readings, a molecular vocabulary exercise, an NCBI discovery exercise, and other hands-on exercises. The instructor is Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo.

Due to limited enrollment, interested participants are required to complete an application form. The deadline for completing the application is December 7, 2015; participants will be notified of acceptance on December 21, 2015.

The course is offered at no cost to participants. Participants who complete all assignments and the course evaluation by the due dates within the course will receive 25 hours of MLA CE credit. No partial CE credit is granted.

For more information and to apply, visit:

Questions? E-mail the course organizers at

Resource Updates August 2012

Monday, August 13th, 2012

New app for Guide to NLM Mobile Resources

NLM recently released a new mobile app that is intended to serve as the authoritative guide to NLM mobile resources. The app was created as an HTML 5 mobile Web site in support of the Library’s ongoing efforts to make our information broadly available. Learn more about this new resource via the NLM Technical Bulletin article at

To explore the app, visit on your mobile device.

The Library welcomes your feedback about this new app at or via the Contact Us link in the footer of the app.

What’s New in PMC: Another Name and Another Facelift

PMC (formerly known as PubMed Central) has shortened its name in order to avoid confusion with PubMed. What’s also new is PMC’s look and feel, which has been updated to conform to NCBI’s new standards for page design. This redesign allows for a cleaner and more uniform presentation across PMC’s site as well as its article, issue and journal archive pages.

Have you checked out “The learn about drugs” page of the NLM?

You can find LactMed information here

That’s right, this page is a gateway to a comprehensive list of databases and web sites to help you become and stay informed about prescription drugs, over the counter drugs, supplements and other medications or remedies you want or need to know about.

It’s like shelf reading except you don’t have to tilt your head.

Need help with learning PubMed? Arlene Freed says: “Call Me!”

Monday, August 13th, 2012

When asked what does Arlene Freed do for the NN/LM NER, she reponded:

“I answer questions on searching PubMed and general questions about PubMed.  Librarians can call or email me.  I respond quickly and cheerfully!”

NN/LM NER has enlisted Arlene Freed, an instructional consultant, to provide individual consultations to network member to better understand PubMed database changes and functionality.

Since becoming an Instructional Consultant, Arlene has done webinars for member libraries like Aroostook Medical Center and Kennebec Valley Community College. At the request of UConn HealthNet, Arlene recently taught PubMed to public librarians at Connecticut State Library.

Having spent more than 20 years at Hartford Hospital Health Science Libraries, she says:

“I came to medical librarianship circuitously and brought all my previous skills to this wonderful profession.  Though I am retired from full time work, I’m not ready to completely retire from a profession that I love.”

Having been a web resource librarian, Arlene loves ending each of her instructional sessions with a web resource that might interest librarians.  Arlene offered this advice and resource tip: “… administrators, department heads and others in hospitals may be thinking about more than medicine. The business of medicine and healthcare is on everyone’s minds” Arlene recommends a resource like the Health Affairs blog ( as a reliable source for health administration, policy, and research.”

What does Arlene do when she isn’t imparting her love and passion for the profession?  Currently living in Boston, she and her husband, David, walk everywhere exploring all Boston has to offer, often finding that there are more to do than one has time.

To get in contact with Arlene Freed, you can email her at or contact us at

My NCBI has been Redesigned

Monday, April 25th, 2011

The MY NCBI redesign occurred last week.

There is an NLM Technical Bulletin article about it that does a thorough overview including screenshots: My NCBI Redesign, You can also find, on the NCBI YouTube Channel, an overview of how to customize the page:

Here’s quick overview:
As with all the recent changes the header will be consistent with other NCBI resources. Once you log in the homepage will display all of your content. If you have an iGoogle account and maintain your own customized homepage then some of this should feel familiar to you. You can maneuver each of the sections to display, or not, in the order that you prefer.

  • Each of the sections in My NCBI; Saved Searches, Collections, Filters, Recent Activity and My Bibliography will have their own box that you can move, close or delete from the main page.
  • The filters section displays your choices all in one box (portlet, function window) making it easy to add and change filters. You can create a custom filter to fit your specific needs. More information about filters can be found in the My NCBI online help book:
  • All stored data will display on the homepage.
  • A search box will be available where you can search NCBI databases directly from the My NCBI homepage.
  • If you haven’t explored the My Bibliography function a nice overview is included in the Technical Bulletin article.

If you run into issues please let NLM know by using the “Write to the help desk” link found at the bottom of the page.

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