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.
Fundamentals of Bioinformatics
The "Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching" course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI.
TOXNET® and Beyond
This course is designed to convey the basics of searching the NLM's TOXNET®, a Web-based system of databases in the areas of toxicology, environmental health, and related fields.
Teaching with Technology
Learn how to take advantage of online tools to offer distance education classes and enhance face to face classes! Join us for this "asynchronous" (on your own time) class. The class is taught over 5 weeks and is eligible for 8 MLA CE credits.
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.
New class, new format!
Discovering TOXNET is our new class that allows you to customize your learning experience of TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases. The class is asynchronous and organized into 13 modules. All but one of the modules are optional, so you complete the segments that are of most interest to you. Each module consists of guided interactive online tutorials and/or tutorial videos as well as discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course. The class runs over the course of 4 weeks and at the end of the course, you will receive MLA continuing education credit based on the number of modules you completed, up to 12 MLA CE hours.
The modules are:
- Introduction to TOXNET: 0.5 hour (Required)
- TOXLINE: 1.0 hour
- ChemIDplus: 2.0 hours
- Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment: 1.0 hour
- Hazardous Substances Databank: 1.5 hours
- Toxic Release Inventory: 1.0 hour
- TOXMAP: 1.5 hours
- Household Products Database: 0.5 hour
- LactMed: 0.5 hour
- Haz-Map: 0.5 hour
- WISER & CHEMM: 1.0 hour
- REMM: 0.5 hour
- LiverTox: 0.5 hour
Register at http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/schedule.html
For questions or to let us know what you think of the new format, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
It can be such a challenge to keep up with the literature, blogs, books, and other sources that help you to stay updated in your field. Here’s a short list of what I’ve been reading lately that you might also be interested in.
- The Accidental Instructional Designer: Learning Design for the Digital Age, by Cammy Bean. I attended a presentation by Ms. Bean at the American Society for Training & Development TechKnowledge conference in January. (You can read a post about her presentation here). Her new book has great tips for both the novice and experienced designer of instruction, with a focus on e-learning. You can read a chapter of the book for free here.
- Database Resources of the National Center for Biotechnology Information . This 2014 article by the NCBI Resource Coordinators provides updates on the suite of NCBI resources as well as a bit of background on the resources.
- “Fatal Victorian Fashion and the Allure of the Poison Garment,” by Allison Meier on the Hyperallergic blog. Interesting read on the dangers of style for both the wearers and the makers. And you can learn more about the toxicity of substances mentioned in the new TOXNET interface.
- “Getting Started with File Naming Conventions,” by Jake Carlson on the e-Science Community Blog. Very useful advice for someone like me who has been guilty of using “final” in a file name.
What interesting things are you reading lately? Let me know on Twitter @nnlmntc or Facebook!
NCBI’s latest YouTube video focuses on special features in SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) that help users create, share, and maintain NIH Biosketch profiles for federal grant applications.
- “This course was a great idea and very well executed! I learned a lot and am much more confident going back to my institution and teaching these resources as well as starting an information service. It’ll take time to become proficient but this was a great start!”
- “The singularly most useful and interesting class I’ve taken in years.”
- – Comments from recent class participants
Attention health science librarians in the United States who wish to initiate and/or extend bioinformatics services at your institution! The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the NLM Training Center (NTC) will be offering “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” course in 2015. Participants who complete the class will be eligible for Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits. The course is free, but travel 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.
- Part 2: A five-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.
Monday, September 29, 2014 – Watch for a detailed announcement about the course and application process here in the NLM Technical Bulletin.
Monday, November 17, 2014 – Application deadline
Monday, December 15, 2014 – Acceptance notifications e-mailed
Monday, January 12, 2015 – “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” pre-course begins
Monday, March 9, 2015 – “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” five-day in-person class begins at NLM
Mark your calendars for this training opportunity.
Questions? E-mail email@example.com.
Not on Twitter? Here are a few of the most popular links we’ve shared in the last few months:
- Wouldn’t it be great if you could find MeSH terms directly from text? Check out MeSH on Demand
- What’s in Gene from @NCBI? Get the basics with this factsheet.
- 4 PowerPoint slide makeovers
- .@NCBI users take note: you can now create multiple SciENcv profiles, download profiles & grant others access ow.ly/xp7O4
- What does #pubmed do with errata, #retractions and comments? ow.ly/vOJ9H
- ChemIDplus from the National Library of Medicine has a new look: ow.ly/x8GOz
- Good training closes. Bad training ends. Read these tips from @BobPikeGroup for good closure: ow.ly/xzTI4#trainingtips
If you’d like to follow us, you can find us @nnlmntc.
Do you teach others about PubMed? Did you know that the National Library of Medicine has a resource page of PubMed instructional materials? The next time you’re building a class or helping a user, instead of reinventing the wheel (or the tutorial), check to see if one already exists. The resources on this page include pamphlets, handouts, slides, and videos and can be reused and adapted for your own training.
Have an idea for a different topic or format? You can contact NLM (see the link on the above website) or the NTC.
With just an hour of classroom time (or less!) how can you fit in assessment? How can you tell if your students have gained the skill you’ve taught or understand a critical concept?
TeachThought had a recent blog post detailing several assessment strategies, and I thought I’d share a few here.
1. Ticket out the door: Have students write the answer to a question, an a-ha moment or lingering question on a scrap of paper or sticky note and collect them on the way out the door to a break or to leave. This is a quick way to see what stood out to the class and one we’ve used here at the NTC.
2. Ask students to reflect: Before class ends, have students jot down what they learned or how they will apply it in the future.
3. Misconception check: Describe a common misconception about the concept you’re teaching, or show an example of something done incorrectly. Ask students to identify and correct the problem.
4. Peer instruction: Ask a question and have students pair-up and explain the correct answer and why to their partner. Walk around and listen to their responses to assess whether the concept needs to be revisited.
To see the rest of the list of simple assessments you can try, see the blog on TeachThought.