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Class Descriptions for the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)

Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching   |  PubMed® for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM)   |  PubMed® for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search   |  PubMed® for Librarians: Customization - My NCBI   |  PubMed® for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed   |  PubMed® for Librarians: MeSH   |  PubMed® for Trainers

PubMed® and TOXNET® and Beyond are taught by the trainers at the National Library of Medicine Training Center throughout the United States and by the MEDLARS Management Section trainers at the National Library of Medicine. For the teaching responsibilities for the other classes listed on this page, please see the class descriptions.

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NLM Training: Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching   Agenda >

Health science librarians are invited to participate in an online bioinformatics training course, Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching, 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).

This online, asychronous course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required.

The major goal of this course 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, places a strong emphasis on hands-on acquisition of NCBI search competencies, and a working molecular biology vocabulary, through self-paced hands-on exercises. The course format includes video lectures, readings, a molecular vocabulary exercise, an NCBI discovery exercise, and other hands-on exercises. The instructor is Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo.

The course is offered at no cost to participants. Participants who complete all assignments and the course evaluation by the due dates within the course will receive 18 hours of MLA CE credit. No partial CE credit is granted.

Due to limited enrollment, interested participants are required to complete an application form. Applications will be available September 29, 2014. Questions? E-mail the course organizers at ntc@utah.edu.

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NLM Training: PubMed® for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM)   Agenda >

Due to extremely high demand for this class, a recording from the most recent session can be viewed on the NTC website.

PubMed for Librarians is made up of five 90 minute 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.

The segments are designed to take 1.5 hours each and, if the live session is attended, along with any pre-requisite work completed, will earn 1.5 MLA Continuing Education hours.

PUBMED FOR LIBRARIANS: AUTOMATIC TERM MAPPING (ATM) DESCRIPTION:

This is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about Automatic Term Mapping (ATM), the process that maps keywords from your PubMed search to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn why searching with keywords in PubMed can be an effective approach to searching. We will also look at the explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details and lastly we will explore how PubMed processes/handles a phrase.

Prerequisite: A basic understanding of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).

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NLM Training: PubMed® for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search   Agenda >

Due to extremely high demand for this class, a recording from the most recent session can be viewed on the NTC website.

PubMed for Librarians is made up of five 90 minute 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.

The segments are designed to take 1.5 hours each and, if the live session is attended, along with any pre-requisite work completed, will earn 1.5 MLA Continuing Education hours.

PUBMED FOR LIBRARIANS: BUILDING AND REFINING YOUR SEARCH DESCRIPTION:

This is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises. The class will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. We will explore the new Filters Sidebar and topic-specific subsets. We will use History, tools in the NLM catalog and the Index to build searches and explore topics.

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NLM Training: PubMed® for Librarians: Customization - My NCBI    Agenda >

Due to extremely high demand for this class, a recording from the most recent session can be viewed on the NTC website.

PubMed for Librarians is made up of five 90 minute 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.

The segments are designed to take 1.5 hours each and, if the live session is attended, along with any pre-requisite work completed, will earn 1.5 MLA Continuing Education hours.

PUBMED FOR LIBRARIANS: CUSTOMIZATION - MY NCBI DESCRIPTION:

This is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about the advantages of creating a My NCBI account, managing and manipulating your My NCBI page content using the features and options available in My NCBI, identify and differentiate available filters on PubMed’s filter sidebar, select and set up to 15 filters, and creating a custom filter.

Prerequisite: View 3 animated tutorials (total running time 8 minutes).

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NLM Training: PubMed® for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed   Agenda >

Due to extremely high demand for this class, a recording from the most recent session can be viewed on the NTC website.

PubMed for Librarians is made up of five 90 minute 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.

The segments are designed to take 1.5 hours each and, if the live session is attended, along with any pre-requisite work completed, will earn 1.5 MLA Continuing Education hours.

PUBMED FOR LIBRARIANS: INTRODUCTION TO PUBMED SEGMENT DESCRIPTION:

This is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a PubMed search, assess your search retrieval, analyze search details, customize with My NCBI, discover and employ three ways to search for a known citation and use the Clinical Queries search tool.

Prerequisites: View the Boolean logic tutorial pages at: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/animations.html. Create a My NCBI account if you don’t already have one.

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NLM Training: PubMed® for Librarians: MeSH   Agenda >

Due to extremely high demand for this class, a recording from the most recent session can be viewed on the NTC website.

PubMed for Librarians is made up of five 90 minute 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.

The segments are designed to take 1.5 hours each and, if the live session is attended, along with any pre-requisite work completed, will earn 1.5 MLA Continuing Education hours.

PUBMED FOR LIBRARIANS: MeSH DESCRIPTION:

This is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. We will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search. We will investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.

Prerequisite: Familiarity with PubMed

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NLM Training: PubMed® for Trainers   Agenda >

Who should take PubMed for Trainers?

The class is intended specifically for those who train, or will train, others to use PubMed. This class could be for you if you teach PubMed to large groups, small groups, or one-on-one training. We look forward to lively discussions related to PubMed searching and instruction.

What should I expect from the PubMed® for Trainers class?

Enhance your knowledge of PubMed with the PubMed for Trainers class. During the class, you can expect to:

  • Fill any gaps in general knowledge you might have about MEDLINE and PubMed.
  • Recognize what the National Library of Medicine considers good background information.
  • Improve your PubMed search technique.
  • Increase your ability to develop customized PubMed training.

What are the PubMed for Trainers class objectives?

For current and future PubMed trainers to discover and develop:

  1. Enhance your knowledge of the MEDLINE database
  2. Improve your ability to analyze and implement Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
  3. Employ the features and functions of PubMed for use in searching and training
  4. Discuss instruction techniques with fellow trainers
  5. Experience peer collaboration and learning

How much time do I need to devote to the PubMed for Trainers class?

The class is designed as a "train the trainer" class and is taught in three 2-hour online sessions and one all-day, in-person session. The class includes content related to searching PubMed as well as instructional design techniques to help participants create PubMed classes for end users.

Based on feedback from participants, we changed the PubMed for Trainers class format. The instructional design content is now optional. The dates and times that you signed up for remain the same; however, the class structure is as follows:

Session 1 Online: 90 minutes PubMed content; optional 30 minute instructional design component

Session 2 Online: 90 minutes PubMed content; optional 30 minute instructional design component

Session 3 Online: 90 minutes PubMed content; optional 30 minute instructional design component

Session 4 In-Person: PubMed content

When you complete the PubMed portion of the class, you will receive 13 MLA CE credit hours. You will complete this part of the class if you attend the three online and the one in-person sessions as well as demonstrate that you did all the homework assignments.

If you also complete the optional instructional design component, you will receive an additional 3 MLA CE credit hours. You will complete this part of the class if you attend the three online sessions as well as demonstrate that you did all the homework assignments.

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