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  • PubMed ® for Trainers

    Do you train others to use PubMed? If so, join us for PubMed for Trainers, a hybrid class with 3 online sessions and 1 in-person session (eligible for 15 MLA CE credits). The class is an in-depth look at PubMed and a chance to share training ideas with your fellow participants.

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  • PubMed® for Librarians

    PubMed for Librarians is made up of five one-hour segments. These five segments will be presented via Adobe Connect and recorded for archival access. Each segment is meant to be a stand-alone module designed for each user to determine how many and in what sequence they attend.

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  • Discovering TOXNET®

    Discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises in thirteen independent modules. The independent modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, and more.

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PubMed for Trainers Coming to a Town Near You

The NTC and NLM will be offering PubMed for Trainers 10 times between now and April 30, 2016.

PubMed for Trainers is a 4-part series of classes; 3 online plus 1 in-person class. The class is worth 13 MLA CE credits.

Click here for a complete description of PubMed for Trainers

Boston, MA August 5-25, 2015 (Registration Closed)

New York, NY August 5-27, 2015 (Registration closed)

Chicago, IL September 3-25, 2015 (Waiting List Only)

Seattle, WA October 22-November 10, 2015 

Bethesda, MD October 20-29, 2015

Miami, FL January 7-28, 2016

Bethesda, MD February 2-9, 2016

Davis, CA February 4-25, 2016

Dallas, TX March 3-24, 2016 (Waiting List Only)

St. Louis, MO April 4 – 14, 2016

PubMed for Trainers offers an in-depth, behind the scenes look at PubMed. You will:

  • Fill gaps in general knowledge you might have about MEDLINE and PubMed.
  • Enhance your knowledge of the MEDLINE database
  • Discover what the National Library of Medicine considers good background information.
  • Improve your PubMed search technique.
  • Improve your ability to analyze and implement Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

Click here to view the complete schedule of classes.

We hope to see you there!!

Create an alert in PubMed. Get Notified when MeSH terms have been applied.

Watch this short video to learn how to create an alert in PubMed so you can be notified when MeSH terms have been added to an in-process citation.

Use the buttons below the video to turn closed captions off/on or to change the resolution of the video.

SciENcv Updated to Support New NIH Biosketch Format

In November, NIH announced a new format for biographical sketches (aka biosketches); the new format is required for grant applications submitted for due dates after May 24, 2015. SciENcv, a tool available through PubMed’s My NCBI for creating biosketches, has been updated to reflect the format changes and to help users convert their existing NIH biosketches from the old format to the new.

Differences between the old and new NIH Biosketch formats include:

  1. Maximum length increased from 4 to 5 pages
  2. Rearranged data in the table at the top of the Biosketch
  3. Section A, Personal Statement can now include up to 4 supporting citations
  4. Section C is now called “Contribution to Science” and should be comprised of up to 5 brief descriptions of your most significant contributions to science, each with up to 4 supporting citations. In addition,  you may also provide a URL to a full list of your published work as found in a publicly available digital database such as My Bibliography. This section is the most notable difference in the new format.

old and new biosketch

Read all about the changes herehttp://goo.gl/BoQp4M

Apply Now for “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Bioinformatics Course

Group of approximately 20 people standing in front of the National Library of Medicine

Librarians in the United States who specialize in health and related sciences are invited to participate in the next offering of the bioinformatics training course, “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI,” 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 knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required. Participating in the Librarian’s Guide course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution.

Instructors will be NCBI staff and Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo.

Online Pre-Course and In-Person Course Components
The two parts to “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” are listed below. Applicants must complete both parts. Participants must complete the pre-course with full CE credit (Part 1) in order to advance to attend the 5-day in-person course (Part 2).

  • Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching,” an online (asynchronous) course, October 26-December 11, 2015.

The major goal of Part 1 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. It places a strong emphasis on hands-on acquisition of NCBI search competencies, and developing a working molecular biology vocabulary through self-paced hands-on exercises.

Other option: Interested in taking only the online version of the “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” course? Watch for an upcoming second announcement of an offering in January-February 2016.

  • Part 2: A 5-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, March 7-11, 2016.

The focus of the in-person course is on using the BLAST sequence similarity search and Entrez text search systems to find relevant molecular data. The course describes the various kinds of molecular data available and explain how these are generated and used in modern biomedical research. The course is a combination of instruction, demonstration, discussions, and hands-on exercises (both individual and group).

Who can apply?

  • Applications are open to librarians in the United States who specialize in health science or related sciences.
  • Applications will be accepted both from librarians currently providing bioinformatics services as well as from those desiring to implement services.
  • Enrollment is limited 25 participants.

What does it cost?

  • There is no charge for the classes. Travel, lodging and meal costs for the in-person class are at the expense of the participant.

Important Application Dates

  • Application deadline: September 14, 2015
  • Acceptance notification: On or about October 5, 2015

How to Apply

  1. Please fill out the Application Form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/guide_2016_app.
  2. Once you complete the Application Form, you will be directed to download the Supervisor Support Statement (ftp://ftp.ncbi.nih.gov/pub/education/librarian_guide/Forms/Supervisor_Supportv2.pdf). This is to be filled out and signed by your immediate supervisor. This statement describes your current and/or future role in bioinformatics support at your institution and confirms your availability to attend the course if selected.
  3. Provide your current curriculum vitae (CV). Please use the suggested CV model as a guideline for the type of information desired (ftp://ftp.ncbi.nih.gov/pub/education/librarian_guide/Forms/LibGuide_CV_model.pdf).Your application is not complete until we receive both your CV and the Supervisor Support Statement in addition to the Application Form.

Course Page
The course page with additional information is at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/education/librarian/

Questions?
Please direct any questions to: ncbi_course@utah.edu

Back to the past with Plickers

I recently attended a conference called the Summer Institute of Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (SIDLIT…pronounced Side Light). In years gone by I have been a fan of using clickers in the classroom as a way to engage and assess students, but you have to have the devices and they cost money.  Enter Plickers or paper clickers. Plickers work with a free app on your iPhone or Android smart phone. Print the cards, hand them out to students and then display your question to the class. Students hold up the paper card with the letter of their answer on top. I was student #18 and I answered C in the image below. Then, the instructor walks around the class scanning the cards. This works best with a small group and goes quite fast. Real-time results are displayed to the class.

Find more information here: https://www.plickers.com/

Plickers

Paper Clickers AKA Plickers

Meet the NTC Staff: Cheryl Rowan

Hello! My name is Cheryl Rowan, and I am the newest member of the NTC staff, having worked previously with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region for five and a half years in the positions of Consumer Health Coordinator and Public Health Coordinator. I have also worked in public and elementary school libraries, and, prior to receiving my MSLS from the University of North Texas in 2009, in other careers including medical technology and microbiology. I was a stay-at-home mom for a number of years when my children were young, and did some substitute teaching during those years.

I have had an interest for many years in the country of Guatemala, traveling there for the first time as a high school student. This April [2015], I served as part of a 15-person service team with Librarians Without Borders to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala with librarians and library students from the U.S., Canada, and Switzerland for twelve days. I have now made a total of nine trips to the country.

My husband and I currently live in the greater Houston, TX area, but I have also called Midland, TX, Aurora, CO, Phoenix, AZ, and rural southern WI home, having been born a Hoosier. We have three adult children and one beloved fur-child, and recently entered the world of grandparenting with the arrival of our first granddaughter. Outside of work, I enjoy walking, bicycle riding, knitting, and cooking for my family. I am also currently serving as the editor for MLA News.

I look forward to meeting you soon – in person or virtually!

Lake Atitlan_Feb 2014

 

Introducing PubMed Labs

PubMed Labs is a new initiative from NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) designed to create innovative and relevant products by involving the user community from the very beginning. PubMed users are now encouraged (and being solicited) to provide feedback on PubMed directly through the NCBI blog.

A few of the key points of this new initiative:

  • PubMed Labs will feature early versions of new tools, experimental content, and proposed features.
  • The focus of PubMed Labs is on what works in the real world.
  • PubMed Labs is intended to be a forum for conversation.

For more information, read the post on the NCBI Insights blog. The “PubMed Labs” category on the blog will help facilitate conversation, and interested persons can follow the posts via RSS feed.

Save the Dates: 2015-2016 “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Course

“…by far the best educational experience I have had in my years of being a librarian.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever had such a comprehensive professional development opportunity.”

[I am] “confident going back to my institution and teaching these resources as well as starting an information service.”

— Comments from recent class participants

Are you a health science librarian in the United States who offers (or wants to offer) bioinformatics services at your institution? The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the NLM Training Center will be offering “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” course in 2015-2016. Participants who complete the class will be eligible for Medical Library Association Continuing Education credits. The course is free, but travel, lodging and related costs are at the expense of the participant.

There are two parts to the course, and applicants must take both parts:

Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” is a six-week, online (asynchronous) pre-course. Successful completion of this pre-course is required to continue to Part 2.

Part 2: A five-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.
Previous graduates of the “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” online course are encouraged to apply and may audit Part 1 in preparation for Part 2.

Interested in taking only the online version of the “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” course? Watch for an upcoming second announcement of an offering in January – February, 2016.

Important Dates:
Monday, August 10, 2015 – Application materials will be posted, linked from a detailed announcement here in the NLM Technical Bulletin.
Monday, September 14, 2015 – Application deadline.
Monday, October 5, 2015 – Acceptance notifications e-mailed.
Monday, October 26, 2015 – “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” pre-course begins.
Monday, March 7, 2016 – “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” five-day in-person class begins at NLM.

Mark your calendars for this extraordinary training opportunity!

Laboratories can be dangerous

The US National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers a guide to web resources in laboratory safety with links to information for clinical, academic and school labs. It includes resources for handling chemical, biological, and nanotechnology safely.

The guide also links to repositories of health and safety videos and includes pre-formulated searches of NLM resources.

labsafety

Check it out at http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/labsafety.html

 

Sharing a PubMed Search Strategy: The Movie (repost)

Did you know that you can easily share a PubMed search strategy by sending the URL for the search? Watch this one minute video to learn how.

PubMed Milestone – 25 Millionth Journal Citation Added

You can find the latest number of citations in PubMed by searching with this command: all[sb].

25 million citations in PubMed