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Training Opportunities: Everything You Always Wanted to Know!

Are you curious about training opportunities? We receive various questions from Network members about where to find training opportunities. Some people are looking for continuing education credits; others are looking to become more knowledgeable about various subjects. Here are a few suggestions:

As a reminder, we host Midday at the Oasis on a nearly monthly basis. On an irregular basis we host the NLM Express webinar series. We have had sessions on drug information resources, a PubMed update, and environmental health resources for K-12 audiences. The webinars are listed on our Distance Learning page under NLM Express. Our next offering will be on April 10th with Hilda Bastian from NLM talking about PubMed Health. You can register here.

Often we are contacted by a librarian who has new staff he or she would like to train in searching PubMed, the premier database for biomedical literature. The PubMed® Online Training page lists the PubMed Tutorial and the brief animations called Quick Tours. This page is also linked from the PubMed homepage. NCBI has also produced a few YouTube videos.

The NLM Training Center (NTC) has a suite of classes for the purpose of training librarians in PubMed searching.

  1. PubMed® for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM)
  2. PubMed® for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search
  3. PubMed® for Librarians: Customization – My NCBI
  4. PubMed® for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed
  5. PubMed® for Librarians: MeSH

The ninety-minute sessions are offered about once a quarter. You can pick and choose which class(es) to attend. Some fill up quickly. The classes are also recorded, so the link to the latest and descriptions are on the NTC website. The PubMed for Librarian classes are linked on our filtered training page.

NTC also visits the Pacific Southwest Region about once a year to teach PubMed for Trainers. This past February they taught the class at UC San Francisco and are currently offering the class in Hawaii. Next year there are plans to teach the class in Arizona. The PubMed for Trainers, as its name suggests, is ideal for librarians and staff who teach others to use PubMed. It is a blended class with online and in person sessions.

The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) puts on monthly webinars on disaster topics and also hosts the listing of classes for the Disaster Information Specialist Program. You can register if you are interested in topics such as:

  1. Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics
  2. Ethical and Legal Aspects of Disaster Response
  3. Packing Your Digital Go-Bag: Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device
  4. Information Roles in Disaster Management

Many of the classes involve viewing video recordings and reading articles. They are very self motivating! One way to see what DIMRC has to offer is to go to the NN/LM View Training Opportunities page and select National Library of Medicine Disaster Center.

Image of the PubMed Training Opportunities Page

Finally, other NN/LM regions offer monthly webinars as well as online and in person classes. The closest thing to a master calendar would be the NN/LM View Training Opportunities page. While you can register to attend the other regions’ monthly webinars, it is often difficult to see what the topic of the sessions will be. If so desired, you could spend all of your time watching interesting webinars, and how productive would that be?!

On another topic, we are planning to do a Learning Needs Assessment survey later this spring, so that our training activities best reflect the needs of PSR Network members. We appreciate your feedback!

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