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.
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.
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.
Posted on August 17th, 2015 by Rebecca Brown | Filed under NIH, PubMed
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:
Maximum length increased from 4 to 5 pages
Rearranged data in the table at the top of the Biosketch
Section A, Personal Statement can now include up to 4 supporting citations
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.
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
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.
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.
Posted on August 4th, 2015 by Cheryl Rowan | Filed under Bios
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 , 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!
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.
“…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.
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!
Posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Rebecca Brown | Filed under SIS
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.