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What’s New With the NN/LM National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)

Monday, November 14th, 2011

The NN/LM National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC), located at the University of Utah, offers in-person and online training related to NLM products.

PubMed® class

The previous one-day PubMed class is being replaced with a hybrid PubMed for Trainers class. This hands-on course consists of lectures, individual exercises, group work and discussions in four sessions, with independent work before or after each session. The course consists of three 2 hour online sessions and an in-person session. NLM or NTC trainers will deliver the lectures and facilitate discussions.

The objectives of the class are for current and future PubMed trainers to discover and develop:

  1. functional knowledge of the MEDLINE® database,
  2. understanding of the structure and use of the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH®) vocabulary in MEDLINE/PubMed,
  3. expertise in the use of features and functions of the PubMed system, and
  4. techniques and best practices in MEDLINE/PubMed instruction with fellow 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 on PubMed instruction and adult education best practices.

The first NTC PubMed for Trainers class was held in October 2011 in Bethesda, MD.   Registration is now open for the PubMed for Trainers class in Houston, TX from February 27 – March 16, 2012.  The class will also be offered in other locations from February – April 2012: Los Angeles, CA; Chapel Hill, NC; Chicago, IL; and Syracuse, NY.

TOXNET® and Beyond class

We will continue to offer the one-day TOXNET and Beyond class. This course is designed to convey the basics of searching TOXNET, a Web-based system of databases in the areas of toxicology, environmental health, and related fields. The course also teaches students how to use the NLM Environmental Health and Toxicology portal which provides resources beyond the TOXNET® databases. Students learn the content and structure of files covering toxicology data, toxicology literature, toxic releases, and chemical nomenclature. The databases highlighted are TOXLINE®, the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB®), the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), and ChemIDplus®. The course includes lectures, online demonstrations, and hands-on exercises.

NTC will teach a TOXNET and Beyond class in the South Central Region on March 7, 2012 in Houston, TX.  The class will also be taught in Los Angeles, CA and Chicago, IL.

Plans for Online Training

In addition to the hybrid PubMed class and in-person TOXNET and Beyond class, NTC will be offering shorter online Adobe Connect classes for delivery later this year.  In conjunction with the Pacific Southwest Region, we are also developing a Moodle version of the “Effective Training Design: Teaching with Technology” class.

In the next few months, we will be conducting a needs assessment to identify gaps in the current Web-based training offerings.  After the needs assessment is completed, we will be developing additional Web-based training.

Wait, there’s more…

The NTC blog features regularly published short articles about teaching technologies, adult education, and upcoming activities.  You can also follow us on Twitter where we are posting links to resources related to education and NLM products.  Please visit the NTC Web site at http://nnlm.gov/ntc/ for more information, to register for classes and to follow the NTC blog or Twitter feed.

–Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director

Two Consumer Health Workshops at The Texas Medical Center Library

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Advertizement suggesting children have Iron Bitters

On October 5, 2011, the NN/LM SCR will be offering two free consumer health workshops back to back at the Texas Medical Center Library, Houston, TX. Both workshops are approved for MLA’s Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).

 

 

8:30 am to 11:30 am – From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health Information on the Internet

  • This workshop presents criteria for evaluating health information on the Internet. It includes fun, hands-on exercises evaluating the quality of a variety of health websites.
  • Approved for MLA CHIS, Levels I and II

12:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Prescription for Success: Consumer Health on the Web

  • This introduction to consumer health information will cover a variety of reliable web pages from government and professional associations, including MedlinePlus, ClinicalTrials.gov and LabTests Online. It will cover sites devoted to pharmaceutical information for consumers, drug-interaction databases and herbal information.
  • Approved for MLA CHIS, Level I, non-health sciences

For those who come to both programs, there are several options for lunch within walking distance from the library. To register for either program: http://tinyurl.com/scrclasses. Please contact Karen Vargas, karen.vargas@exch.library.tmc.edu, with any questions.

Classes in San Antonio, TX Sept 28 & 29

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

The NN/LM SCR will be offering the following classes at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Briscoe Library.

PubMed Logo

Wednesday, Sept 28, 2011
1pm – 5pm
Keeping Up with NLM’s PubMed

With a hands-on approach, this class will show attendees how to use the features of PubMed effectively. Attendees will be able to describe the contents of PubMed; formulate basic search strategies; display, print, and save results in various formats; revise and refine searches; and use special features such as Limits and Advanced Search.

Toxnet Logo

Thursday, Sept 29, 2011
9am – 12pm
TOXNET Toxicology & Environmental Information

This is a 3-hour hands-on class intended for inexperienced users. It is designed to introduce participants to the different databases available on TOXNET. Attendees will gain experience locating toxicology, chemical, and other hazardous substance information. Databases to be covered include: Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), LactMed, TOXLINE, TOXMAP, Household Products Database, and ChemIDplus.

The classes are free.  To register for the classes, go to: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/register.html.

Web-based Course: Demonstrating Your Value

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Stack of money

Services and programs of academic health sciences libraries can impact student learning, faculty instruction, researcher productivity, and patient care. How can you describe that impact when many other departments are competing for the same, limited funds? To position itself for competitive advantage, a library must commit to practical program evaluation, user-centered assessment, and data-driven decision making.

The web-based course Demonstrating Value: Can Journals Compete with Mouse Cages In Institutional Budgets? will review strategies for practical evaluation and user-centered assessment. After completing this course, you’ll be better prepared with the right data when a budget administrator asks, “How do I decide between journals for the library and mouse cages for the research program?”

Two sessions offered online, Spring 2011.

Session 1: April 13 – April 16
Session 2: May 4 – May 7

MLA CE Contact Hours: 8

To register: http://tinyurl.com/demonstratingvalue2011

DOCLINE Training Class in Mobile, AL

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Tugger the DOCLINE mascot

A DOCLINE Onsite Training Class: Getting the Best Out of DOCLINE jointly sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic (SE/A) and the South Central Region (SCR) Regional Medical Libraries will be offered in Mobile, AL on April 14, 2011.  The University of South Alabama Biomedical Library will host it.

The class will cover institutional record administration, serial holdings, request/lend, routing tables (including library groups), while incorporating recent DOCLINE 4.5 improvements.

Although the class is available to any NN/LM current DOCLINE user, priority will be given to SE/A and SCR network members with “active” DOCLINE accounts.

If you are interested in attending, please send PJ Grier (pgrier@hshsl.umaryland.edu) an email with your contact information and TYPE: “DOCLINE CLASS – UNIV OF SOUTH ALABAMA” in the subject line.

Placement will be made on an “as received” basis.

The class will run from 1PM to 4PM on April 14, 2011 and will carry MLA 3CE.

 

A 10 Step Approach to Service Continuity Class in Houston, TX

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

red emergency phone

Hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, snowstorms, tornadoes, fires, and more! The South Central Region is prone to a variety of “disaster” situations which have the potential to interupt library services.

The NN/LM SCR will offer the two hour class A 10 Step Approach to Service Continuity at the Texas Medical Center Library in the Street level Classroom in Houston, TX on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. 

Class: A 10 Step Approach to Service Continuity

Instructors: Cheryl Rowan, NN/LM SCR and Deborah Halsted, The TMC Library

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Emergencies affecting libraries go beyond hurricanes and tornadoes. Is your library prepared for a leaky pipe, fire, flood, pandemic flu or other emergency event? The 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning is designed to provide beginning level training in emergency preparedness for librarians in medical libraries and information centers. The class consists of a PowerPoint presentation, interspersed with several interactive portions. Participants will learn how to conduct a basic risk assessment for their libraries, how to craft a basic emergency preparedness plan, strategies for continuing library services from off-site, and options for obtaining assistance, both web-based resources and via the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response structure.

Registration Required. Register online. Deadline to register is April 12011.

6 Hour Screencasting Class in Dallas, TX

Friday, January 28th, 2011

computer monitor

The NN/LM SCR will offer the six hour version of the class Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Library (building 30 on campus map) in the Informatics Classroom, Room E2.310A in Dallas, TX on February 23, 2011.

Class: Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials (6 Hour Class)

Instructor: Emily Hurst, NN/LM SCR

Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Lunch break 11:30am – 12:30pm)

6 MLA CE contact hours

Registration Required. Register online. Deadline to register is February 14, 2011.

Building on concepts of understanding learning styles and how to organize and ‘chunk’ instructional content for the online environment, this course’s main goal is to teach librarians best practices for creating effective screencasts (video-based online instruction modules) using Camtasia, and other similar tools. Student learning outcomes for this full-day, face-to-face workshop include: the ability to determine how to get the most from your screencasts; learning how to divide content into logical chunks that are most appropriate for online learners; an understanding of best practices for creating content for their topic (e.g. storyboarding, script writing, and voiceover/narration); an understanding of what hardware and software tools work best for which content (and best sources for acquiring needed tools); and the ability to assess the effectiveness of screencasted content. The six hour class provides additional time for in-depth hands-on activities and more information on class design principles.

Don’t delay, register today!

For a list of all upcoming classes in the South Central Region visit the class calendar page.

Patient Safety Class in Fort Worth, TX

Friday, January 28th, 2011

hospital patients

The NN/LM SCR will be offering the Patient Safety Resources Seminar class at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Gibson D. Lewis Library in Fort Worth, TX on March 11, 2011.

This interactive seminar focuses on ways librarians can become more involved in patient safety processes and activities – both within their institutions and organizations and in providing patient safety resources for health professionals, for administration and staff, and for patients and families. Topics include understanding the definitions and issues of patient safety; locating where patient safety practices and contacts exist within an institution; identifying appropriate resources; and library advocacy in the area of patient safety. These four hours of lecture, discussion and brainstorming help librarians in all fields become effective agents for improving patient safety.

Class: Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines
Instructor: Ruicha Mishra, NN/LM SCR
Date: Friday, March 11, 2011
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
4 MLA CE contact hours

Click here to register.   Deadline to register is March 2, 2011.

Teen Health Workshop Offered in Houston

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

teenagers

How prepared are you to assist teenagers with the health questions they are asking these days?

A new class, From A(norexia) to Z(its): Providing Health Information to Teens, will be held in Houston at the Texas Medical Center (HAM-TMC) Library on Monday, February 7, 2011 at 9:00 am.

This free, hands-on class from the NN/LM SCR will present an overview of health information needs of teenagers and their information seeking behaviors; review communication skills needed during reference interviews with teenagers; and discuss credible health information resources that are designed for teens. This class has been approved by the Medical Library Association for 3 contact hours of CE credit.

Class title: From A(norexia) to Z(its): Providing Health Information to Teens
Date/time: Monday, February 7, 2011, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Houston, TX, Texas Medical Center (HAM-TMC) Library, Street Level Classroom (http://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/site.html?site_id=97)
To register: http://tinyurl.com/scrclasses

For more information, contact karen.vargas@exch.library.tmc.edu or 713-799-7880

Patient Safety Class in Plano, TX

Friday, January 7th, 2011

The NN/LM SCR in conjunction with HealthLINE will be offering the Patient Safety Resources Seminar class at the Ambulatory Care Pavilion, Children’s Medical Center at Legacy, in Plano, TX.

Class: Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines
Instructor: Ruicha Mishra, NN/LM SCR
Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
4 MLA CE contact hours

Click here to register; space is limited to register soon.  Deadline to register is January 17, 2011.

This interactive seminar focuses on ways librarians can become more involved in patient safety processes and activities – both within their institutions and organizations and in providing patient safety resources for health professionals, for administration and staff, and for patients and families. Topics include understanding the definitions and issues of patient safety; locating where patient safety practices and contacts exist within an institution; identifying appropriate resources; and library advocacy in the area of patient safety. These four hours of lecture, discussion and brainstorming help librarians in all fields become effective agents for improving patient safety.