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Super Searcher Online Class Offered

Friday, February 17th, 2012

The NN/LM SCR is happy to offer a new online version of “Super Searcher: Enhancing Your Online Search Super Powers” class.

Woman wearing a cape flying holding a computer

This self-paced online class will open March 5, 2012 and stay open through April 6, 2012.

This self-paced online course offering focuses on the advanced search features of web search engines and online searching. Participants will use various search engines, compare the features of each and broaden their knowledge of search strategies and online search techniques. Participants will develop search strategies that will increase the precision and scope of their online searching ability. In the online version of the class participants will view short video demonstrations, engage in online discussions and complete exercise sets focused on improving online search skills. The class includes: information about web search engines, strategies for searching for online media including images, videos and books. The class concludes with examples of real-time searching and mobile search solutions.

Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 4 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Registration for this class has closed. This offering of the class is full. We will announce future dates for this class soon.

As always, all NN/LM SCR classes are free and open to anyone.

Healthy Aging at Your Library Workshops in Las Cruces, NM

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region will present two free sessions of the workshop Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information on February 22, 2012 at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in Las Cruces, NM.

Session 1
February 22, 2012
9am – 12pm

To register:

Session 2
February 22, 2012
1pm – 4pm

To register:

This workshop is designed to help librarians assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for teaching older adults to use computers to find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website senior-friendly; plan library programs on senior health topics; and find out about some recommended health websites for older adults.

Upon successful completion of this workshop, each participant will receive 3 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association (MLA).  This class is included in MLA’s Consumer Health Information Specialization program

NCBI Discovery Workshop in Houston: March 13 & 14, 2012

Thursday, December 15th, 2011


The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring  the NCBI Discovery Workshop in Houston, March 13 & 14, 2012.  The workshop consists of four 2.5-hour hands-on sessions emphasizing a different set of NCBI resources.

Each session uses specific examples to highlight important features of the resources and tools under study and to demonstrate how to accomplish common tasks.  Detailed handouts for each session will provide step-by-step instructions and additional information about each example.

Each session will also provide opportunities for participants to provide comments and suggestions on NCBI services and also to attend individual consultations with NCBI staff.

Participants may attend all or any combination of these sessions:

  • Sequences, Genomes, and Maps
  • Proteins, Domains and Structures
  • NCBI BLAST Services
  • Human Variation and Disease Genes

For more information about the workshop and how to register, go to:  Space is limited to 66 people so register early.  Participants are required to bring their own laptops.  Free Internet access will be provided.

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 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, 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: Please contact Karen Vargas,, 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:

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:

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 ( 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.