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Training Information from our Website

Fall is often a busy time for orienting new staff, house staff or incoming students. We have several things on our website’s Training and Educational Opportunities page to help you train others and keep up-to-date yourself.

Training and Educational Opportunities Page

Handouts & trifolds

We have a number of trifolds and handouts on MedlinePlus and PubMed that you can reproduce at Many of the Word versions of the trifolds are available so you can edit them in order to add your own information, too.

Handouts Page

Training videos and distance learning

NLM has created short training videos called Search Clinics on topics such as Chemicals & Drugs in PubMed® and the PubMed® Update on Automatic Term Mapping, Citation Sensor, and Advanced Search. The links are available on our distance learning web site:

Distance Learning Page

There are also short one-to-four minute programs on using PubMed features, such MeSH and My NCBI available on NLM’s Distance Education Program Resources web site at These are great for you to update or review your knowledge or to refer patrons for more information or to reinforce what you have covered in your workshops.

Distance Education Program Resources Page

PSR Distance Learning

Many of the online sessions that Sharon Dennis, our Technology Coordinator, has done and recorded are also available through our web site, Here’s a sample:

  • “RSS Feeds: The “New” Current Awareness Service” (1 hour session)
  • Personalized Google (iGoogle) (1 hour session)
  • “Microblogging” Using Twitter and FriendFeed (1 hour session)

The Distance Learning web site also links to consumer health topics from the Health e-Shows Series Kelli Ham has been doing in partnership with Infopeople, Here’s a list of topics:

  • Webcast – A Younger Generation of Older Adults: Health Information for Boomers (October 22, 2007)
  • Webcast – Communicating about Health: Empowering Patrons to Communicate with Their Health Care Providers (December 3, 2007)
  • Webinar – An In-depth Look at MedlinePlus (March 4, 2008)
  • Webinar – Beyond MedlinePlus: Resources That Answer Those Other Tough Health Reference Questions (May 14, 2008)
  • Webinar – I Don’t Give Medical Advice; I Dispense Quality Health Information (June 19, 2008)
  • Webinar – Understanding Health Literacy: Why It Is So Important and What Librarians Can Do to Help (August 14, 2008)
  • Webinar – Health Information for Kids and Teens and Seniors, Oh My (October 28, 2008)
  • Webinar – Finding Easy-to-Read and Multilingual Health Information for Your Patrons (December 1, 2008)

Available Classes

We have recently rearranged the web page that shows the Available Classes that we teach. The URL is Now classes are listed by subjects such as Consumer Health, Technology, or PubMed. You can make use of the materials used in the classes for your own instruction. Our staff also teaches classes and workshops highlighting NLM and NN/LM databases and services. If you would like to make arrangements or if you have any questions about our classes, please contact us at

Available Classes Page

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