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.
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!
PubMed has several Subject Filters that can be used for searching, and each year the filters are reviewed to determine if they need to be updated. This year, the following subject filters have been revised:
You can find information on all of the filters, including links to the full strategy in the PubMed Resources Guide. Also, notice that you can apply these filters by adding the subject filter name [sb] to your search. For example, to add the complementary medicine filter to your search, simply add AND cam [sb].
The National Library of Medicine is looking for your stories.
Do you know any stories about people using NLM resources to find out something interesting, forge a new path, or improve their lives in a unique or dramatic way?
Or, more simply, have you ever found just the right information at just the right time, for yourself or for a patron?
For this year’s theater presentations at MLA, NLM wants to team up the NLM staff who develop the resources with the librarians who use them.
They are interested in stories (great and small) about any NLM resource, but especially:
Health Services Research resources on Comparative Effectiveness, Patient Centered Outcomes, Health Technology Assessment
DIMRC and other disaster resources
BIBFRAME and Linked Data
History of Medicine social media (e.g., Circulating Now)
If you know someone (or are someone!) who would be interested in sharing their story, please contact Kate Majewski (email@example.com). And please share this message with any librarians who might have stories to tell!
On November 4, 2014 the National Library of Medicine Training Center gave a presentation to the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region about MeSH vocabulary related to chemicals and drugs and tips for searching for drug information in PubMed. Watch the recording to learn how to search for drugs or chemicals in PubMed and how to search using pharmacological action terms.
This 11-minute video is an introduction to the development, structure and use of the MeSH® vocabulary. The video may be of particular interest to searchers of MEDLINE®/PubMed®, and is used in the PubMed search classes offered by NLM and the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC).