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

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

“…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!

You Heard it Here First. Well, Maybe Not First.

Monday, March 9th, 2015

This 4 minute video posted by the History of Medicine department at the National Library of Medicine is from 1994 (the fairly recent past). However, it will seem like light years away.

Subject Filter Strategies Updated

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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:

  • Cancer
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Toxicology
  • Veterinary Science

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].

Wanted: Your Stories

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

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:

  • HSRProj
  • 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)
  • MedlinePlus
  • PubMed Central
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Health

If you know someone (or are someone!) who would be interested in sharing their story, please contact Kate Majewski (majewsk@mail.nlm.nih.gov). And please share this message with any librarians who might have stories to tell!

Searching for Drug Information: Webinar

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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.

Access the presentation here: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/p8nxmwh2ryb/

Sharing a PubMed Search Strategy: The Movie

Monday, February 16th, 2015

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.

An Oldie, but Goodie. MeSH, the Movie.

Monday, February 9th, 2015

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).

Branching Out: The MeSH Vocabulary

In Case You Missed It

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Here are some of the most popular links we shared on Twitter in the last few months. You can follow us on Twitter (@nnlmntc) for even more tips on NLM resources, teaching or training, presentations, and more.

There’s a Permalink for That!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

TOXNET now includes a feature for many of the databases that are part of the TOXNET suite which allows you to share a permanent link to a particular record.

View a 49 second video to see a demo of the new feature.
To watch the video in HD, click on the gear that appears below the video once you start to watch and then choose the HD option.

2015 MeSH Now Available in PubMed

Monday, December 15th, 2014

As of December 15, PubMed/MEDLINE citations (including the backlog of citations indexed since November 19 with 2015 MeSH), the MeSH database, and the NLM Catalog were updated to reflect 2015 MeSH.

The MeSH translation tables were also updated on December 15. Now that end-of-year activities are complete, MEDLINE/PubMed may be searched using 2015 MeSH vocabulary, however, don’t be surprised if your search comes up empty. It will take a little bit of time for Indexers to begin to use the new terms.  For example, the term Courage was added to MeSH for 2015, but it has yet to be applied to a citation.

This link will show you the details for all MeSH data changes made for 2015. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/introduction.html Scroll down to item #4 and look at the list of new descriptors/MeSH headings.

On December 16th, NLM will resume daily MEDLINE updates to PubMed (they’ve been on hold due to year-end-processing).