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Classes Offered by the NN/LM SE/A Staff

  • ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers
    Languages: English
    Audience: Public, Health Information Professionals
    Description: Consumers need access to information and resources about genetic information in a manner that is understandable. Librarians working with the public need to be aware of the issues surrounding genetics and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. This class explores basic concepts such as genes and chromosomes and offers an overview of genetic disorders, genetic testing, genetic counseling, and the Human Genome Project. Ethical and legal issues associated with genetic disorders will be covered with regard to privacy, discrimination, and potential legislative impact on medicine and society. A variety of reliable health information resources will be demonstrated, including, but not limited to: Genetics Home Reference, ClinicalTrials.gov, NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders), and MedlinePlus. This 4-hour hands-on class is intended for consumers, public librarians, and health sciences librarians who work with the public. (4 MLA CE)

  • African American Community Health
    Languages: English
    Audience: Public
    Description: African American communities see diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease affecting their friends and families every day. Free online resources from the National Library of Medicine and other reliable sources are available to help. This two hour class will provides participants with some basic health information as well as information specific to the African American community. The class is available hands-on or as an interactive presentation. 2 hours. (2 MLA CE)

  • And PICO was His Name-o: what to look for in an EBM Study
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Professionals
    Description: A good clinical question is integral to successful Evidence Based Medicine, as is a basic understanding of the types of studies one can look to for answers. Attendees of this three hour class will strengthen their ability to formulate well-structured, answerable research questions, using the PICO model, and develop a clear understanding of different study designs, including strengths and weaknesses. The class includes instructor presentation and lecture, readings, class discussion and exercises. 3 hours (3 MLA CE)

  • Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information in the Public Library
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals
    Description: This class will cover the information seeking behaviors of consumers. It will also address the recommended core reference collection, as well as databases and newsletters/ periodicals. It will cover the reference interview, disclaimers, and privacy as well as networking with medical librarians. The class will introduce the students to the Medical Library Association and its local chapters. It will describe possible ways to market this service in a community. Approved for 2, 3 or 4 hour (depending on class length) of MLA CE.

    This class is offered online as part of our Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) program. For more information, please contact Terri Ottosen.

  • Breaking an Electronic Health Record System: a sandbox workshop
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals
    Description: The overall objective is to give librarians an opportunity to "touch and feel" the functionality of a certified electronic health record system (EHR-S) in a "safe harbor" demonstration environment. Because many health sciences librarians are currently excluded from accessing their institutional electronic health record system (EHR-S) on an operational, day-to-day basis, this class provides that opportunity, albeit in a “practice” environment.

    EHRs are crucial building blocks in the formation of an encrypted national health information network. This is a key reason why health sciences librarians continue to be engaged in important EHR supporting roles within their respective institutions with regard to planning, deployment and even optimization efforts. Now is the time to start evaluating and identifying strategies of how health sciences librarians can best contribute to the value of an EHR from a daily operations, patient care perspective.

    Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 4 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association (MLA). Certificates will be delivered electronically.

  • The Canny Consumer: Resources for Consumer Health Decision-Making
    Languages: English
    Audience: Public
    Description: An interactive session will allow participants to explore new and upcoming technologies such as personal health records and e-health tools. The resources covered will assist consumers and those helping consumers to find quality health information and to navigate the health care system. Implications for those left behind, including the ethical, social, and privacy issues concerning these new technologies will also be discussed. (3 MLA CE)

    This class is offered online as part of our Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) program. For more information, please contact Terri Ottosen.

  • Caring for the Mind: Providing Reference Services for Mental Health Information
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals
    Description: Gain awareness of mental health issues. Learn to respond to challenging reference questions for mental health information. Be informed of tools for collection development and mental health research including the latest web sites and databases. (1,2,3 or 4 MLA CE)

  • Chemicals, Drugs and Genetics Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond
    Languages: English
    Audience:
    Health Information Professionals
    Description: This specialized class will help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and related NLM and NIH databases for literature information on chemicals, drugs and genetics. The course begins with searching PubMed for drug information with MeSH terms, Supplementary Concept Records (SCR), and Pharmacologic Actions (PA). Additional topics include searching related databases for drug information (Week 2), searching for chemicals and with chemical nomenclature (Week 3), and locating literature related to genetics and genomics (Week 4). This course assumes a strong working knowledge of PubMed including an understanding of automatic term mapping, the importance of reviewing the Details box after searches, and using the Advanced search page and the MeSH database. (6 MLA CE)

    This class is offered online. For more information, please contact Tony Nguyen.


  • ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Librarians
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals
    Description: ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic. The 4 credit Moodle course is divided into three modules that contain PowerPoint lectures, reading assignments, and discussion assignments. The 1 credit webinar covers the materials in a survey format with polls and exercises. (1-4 MLA CE)

    This class is also offered online. For more information, please contact Andrew Youngkin.

  • Combatting Information Fatigue: Health Information Resources for Veterans
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals
    Description: Veterans and their families need reliable health information resources and training to locate health information that is sensitive and pertinent to their needs. This course will cover resources for finding information on general health conditions, mental health resources including those for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), family issues, substance abuse, amputations, support groups and more. Additionally, this class will prepare participants to find and assess other veterans’ health resources. (3 MLA CE)

This class is offered online as part of our Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) program. For more information, please contact Terri Ottosen.

  • Document Delivery Resources and DOCLINE Classes
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals
    Description: Attendees will learn how to use the features of DOCLINE effectively. 

  • Evidence Based Practice I: asking the right question
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Professionals, Public Health
    Description: A good clinical question is integral to successful Evidence Based Practice. This class will cover the basics of Evidence Based Practice and use the PICO model to strengthen participants’ ability to formulate well-structured, answerable research questions. This class includes instructor presentation, class discussion and exercises and is 1 or 2 hours in length.

  • Evidence Based Practice II: finding the right information
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Professionals, Public Health
    Description: Evidence Based Practice requires finding and assessing quality peer-reviewed literature. This class will help participants develop a clear understanding of different study designs, including strengths and weaknesses, and introduce basic resources for peer-reviewed literature.

  • First People, Lasting Health: Online Resources for Native-American Health Information
    Languages: English
    Audience: Public
    Description: Whether you are a community health care worker, a librarian, or just want to be informed, this hands-on class will show you the best places to find Native health information on the Internet. You will learn about health disparities and how they impact Native American communities, the major health concerns of Native Americans, reliable online resources for Native American health information, reliable online resources to aid your community outreach efforts in Native American communities, and about NLM exhibitions that you can use to complement your outreach work to Native Americans. This hands-on class is 2 hours.

  • From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health Information on the Internet
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals
    Description: This hands-on course will describe why it is important to evaluate websites. Participants will be given criteria for how to evaluate health information on the Internet. (3 MLA CE)

    This class is now offered online as part of our Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) program. For more information, please contact Terri Ottosen.

  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: unwrapping new technology trends
    Languages: English
    Audience: Public, Health Professionals, Health Information Professionals
    Description: This class, updated in January 2014, is intended to provide a fun, fast-paced, and informative introduction to and update on today’s hottest technology trends. Program participants will be able to identify technology trends and they will understand how these trends will impact or can be integrated into traditional library services. Content will be presented with a “can-do” focus intended to encourage participants to investigate at least one technology for implementation in their institution. Course structure will include brief vignettes and demonstrations of a wide variety of technologies. (4 MLA CE)

    This class is also offered online. Familiarity and some experience using the Internet is the only requirement. Registration is offered on a limited basis. For more information, please contact Andrew Youngkin

  • Going Green with the NLM: Environmental Health and Toxicology Information
    Languages: English
    Audience: Public
    Description: This class will provide an introduction to National Library of Medicine databases and other online resources on environmental health, toxicology, hazardous substances, and toxic releases.

  • Grants and Proposal Writing
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals, Public, Health Professionals
    Description: Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan. (4, 3 or 2 MLA CE)

    This class is also offered online as part of our Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) program. For more information, please contact Sheila Snow-Croft.

  • Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals
    Description: This online course defines the core competencies of providing consumer health information services and then dives directly into the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies. The course starts by preparing you with tools to learn the demographics and health status of people in your community. (12 MLA CE)

    This class is offered online as part of our Consumer Health Information Specializationa (CHIS) program. For more information, please contact Terri Ottosen

  • Health Statistics on the Web: It's as Easy as...1,2,3!
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals, Public, Health Professionals
    Description: This hands-on course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises. (3 or 2 MLA CE)

  • Informatics for librarians: peeling the onion
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Professionals
    Description: Clinical informatics is often described as the “intersection of computer science, health sciences and information science.” The objective is twofold. First, it will broadly explore this busy, growing intersection from several vantage points.  And two, it will illustrate the “front-facing” skills that librarians, a.k.a information scientists, can bring to the field of clinical informatics and healthcare information technology.  The demand for informaticians is expected to outstrip supply by 2015 because of federal healthcare reform initiatives launched, starting in 2004.  As a result, workforce development programs are now in place to help mitigate this shortage with some programs of interest to librarians. (3 MLA CE)

  • Introduction to NLM Resources
    Languages: English
    Audience: Public Health, Health Information Professionals, Health Professionals
    Description: This class will introduce resources from the US National Library of Medicine including the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), PubMed/MEDLINE and MedlinePlus. Attention will also be paid to the Environmental Health and Toxicology Portal, the Drug Information Portal, and the Disaster Information Management Research Center. Specific resources relevant to class attendees will be examined, such as the Household Products Database, LactMed, TOXMAP, Tox Town, and WISER.

  • K-12 Science Resources from the National LIbrary of Medicine
    Languages: English
    Audience: Public
    Description: The National Library of Medicine has a variety of free reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce and supplement education programs in schools for K-12 students and teachers. This class provides information on these science resources which include the history of medicine, toxicology, general and environmental health, chemistry and more. Many resources also provide lesson plans and other helpful information for school librarians, teachers, and parents helping their children.

  • Keeping Up with PubMed
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals, Health Professionals
    Description: 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 Related Articles, Link to journals, Citation Matcher, and Clinical Queries. The instructor will demonstrate online searches and students, at computers connected to the Internet, will be invited to follow along. Time for individual practice will be provided. (4, 6 or 8 MLA CE)

  • LinkOut Training
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals
    Description: LinkOut is a National Library of Medicine sponsored utility that connects a library’s journal subscription resources, via a choice of three methods, to its patrons’ PubMed search results. Attendees will learn LinkOut for Libraries Training and Educational Resources and how to use LinkOut Information for Libraries. Topics covered are LinkOut registration, entering holdings and displaying a library's icon for branding purposes. Once enrolled in LinkOut, libraries are encouraged to subscribe to the discussion list and to review the FAQ.

  • Making PubMed Work for You
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals, Health Professionals, Public Health Professionals
    Description: This class is intended to hone basic searching techniques and the ability to develop search strategies that will take advantage of the PubMed interface to MEDLINE. The course will explore various methods for searching the PubMed system. Topics covered include Automatic Term Mapping, Search Results, Related Articles, My NCBI, Searching with MESH, Journal searching, and Single Citation Matcher. This course will provide an overview of the system and demonstrate utilizing the features of PubMed to search effectively. The 3.5-hour version of the course provides the attendees with hands-on opportunities to practice their search techniques in person or through an online course management system. (2.5 and 3.5 Hours MLA CE)

    This class is offered online. Familiarity and some experience using the Internet is the only requirement. Registration is offered on a limited basis. For more information, please contact Sheila Snow-Croft

  • Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation for Library Advocacy
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals
    Description: Library users and stakeholders will recognize and value the importance of their library's services and of the librarian to the organization. That is the ultimate goal of this six-hour workshop. The outcome for the class is that librarians will be able to show the value of their library's services. Participants will become familiar with an evaluation process and will use and take away methods and tools for assessment, evaluation planning, creating logic models, data collection, data analysis and reporting. The workshop will feature group exercises that move participants through the steps of an evaluation process. There will also be student discussion and exercises in addition to lecture. (6 MLA CE)

  • NLM's Consumer Health Databases
    Languages: English
    Audience: Public
    Description: the National Library of Medicine has produced a number of databases designed for the general public. These databases range from health information to environmental conditions that impact health. This 4 hour hands-on course is designed to be an overview of these databases. These databases can also be taught as a single class, individual modules, or combined for specific needs. (4 MLA CE)

  • NLM Systems Update
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals
    Description:This lecture course focuses upon changes made to NLM systems in the past year. Participants will be alerted to PubMed feature updates, changes in the Gateway, and in MEDLINEplus. New products such as NIHSeniorHealth, Household Products Database, and Genetics Home Reference will also be discussed. (1.5 MLA CE)

  • Nursing on the Net: Health Care Resources You Can Use
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Professionals
    Description: This hands-on workshop is designed for librarians responsible for information services to the Nursing and Allied Health professions as well as health professionals having nursing responsibilities. Half-day course. (4 MLA CE)

  • Nursing on the Net: free resources
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals, Health Professionals
    Description: Are you looking for freely accessible nursing content on the Internet? The focus of this one or two hour in-person class is on free, credible and current (non-NLM) internet resources and content.  This class is of interest to nurses, nursing students, nurse faculty of various specialties, allied health professions and to librarians who serve these constituencies. It is a global tour of nursing resources organized by independent topic. Lecture and instruction targets the differences, similarities and nuances of resources within each topic area. Areas include resources associated with evidence based nursing, nursing informatics, practice issues & clinical guidelines and documentation, skills assessment/development, clearinghouses, nursing news, health-based search engines, youth & teenage health issues (school nurses), emergency & disaster preparedness, tutorials and videos. (1-2 MLA CE)

    If seeking a class whose focus is on the National Library of Medicine based nursing resources, including PubMed, then the Nursing on the Net: Health Care Resources You Can Use class maybe for you.

  • Prescription for Success: Consumer Health Information on the Internet
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals, Public
    Description: This hands-on introductory class to consumer health information will cover the information-seeking behaviors of consumers, the basics of MedlinePlus.gov, DIRLINE, ClinicalTrials.gov and other reliable web pages such as those from professional medical associations and advocacy groups. It will cover sites devoted to pharmaceutical information for consumers, drug-interaction databases and herbal information. (3 MLA CE)

    This class is offered online as part of our Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) program. For more information, please contact Terri Ottosen.

  • Promoting Health Literacy Through Easy-to-Read Materials
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals, Health Professionals
    Description: Learn in a hands-on environment--in the large group and break-out groups, to critique, rewrite and create materials that get your health and wellness information across quickly and clearly. We'll review the disconnect between information providers and information seekers, the process of educating adults, the success of "plain language" initiatives and the importance of text, type, graphics, space and layout. In this workshop you will also be provided brochure examples, SMOG and REALM tests, a webliography and links to other training. During the workshop you will edit pieces so that at the conclusion you'll have new awareness, new skills, a new product and access to further resources. Clear health communication is the goal, regardless of medium. (4 MLA CE)

    This class is offered online as part of our Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) program. For more information, please contact Terri Ottosen.

  • Public Health Information on the Web
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Professionals, Public, Health Information Professionals, Public Health Professionals
    Description: The field of public health encompasses a wide array of disciplines including health education, epidemiology and nursing. Digital literacy and the effective utilization of online information are among the core public health informatics competencies for the 21st century. This hands-on class will highlight web resources tailored to the public health workforce. (4 MLA CE)

    This class is also offered online. For more information, please contact Sheila Snow-Croft.

  • Public mHealth: Mobile Applications for use in Public Health
    Languages: English
    Audience: Public Health Professionals
    Description: The use of mobile and wireless technologies to support health goals and objectives is becoming standard for even the least tech-savvy among us. This session will introduce mobile applications for a variety of devices that can greatly assist in the practice of Public Health. Available from the National Library of Medicine and other organizations, these tools assist with timely access to information, community mobilization and health promotion efforts, disaster preparedness/response/recovery, and greater health awareness. (1-3 MLA CE)

  • PubMed Basics
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals, Health Professionals
    Description: To hone basic searching techniques and the ability to develop general search strategies that will take advantage of the various interface access points of PubMed. The difference between PubMed and MEDLINE will be explained. Topics covered include Automatic Term Mapping, Interpreting Search Details and Results, understanding Related Articles, Searching with MeSH, Journal searching (Single Citation Matcher) and establishing a My NCBI account. This one-hour class is an overview to demonstrate using the aforementioned features of PubMed to search effectively. (1 MLA CE or 2 MLA CE)
  • PubMed Clinics of North America: A Problem-based Approach to PubMed
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals, Health Professionals
    Description: The workshop will focus on a problem-based approach in learning to search the PubMed database. Through case studies, group exercises and hands-on practice, participants will become more efficient PubMed searchers. The class is geared for intermediate and advanced PubMed searchers. The class is available as three, four or six hour sessions. (3, 4 and 6 MLA CE)

  • PubMed and the Evidence-Based Universe
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals, Health Professionals
    Description: This course will provide an overview of evidence based research and practice. We will cover definitions of terms, hierarchies of quantitative and qualitative evidence, formulating an evidence-based question, developing effective search strategies in PubMed to identify appropriate citations, and introduce the concept of critical appraisal of the evidence.

  • PubMed for Experts
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Professionals, Health Information Professionals
    Description: Designed as an advanced class for experienced MEDLINE searchers. This hands-on class will highlight advanced PubMed techniques that can be used to conduct comprehensive searches. Attendees are encouraged to contribute past and present difficult searches to discuss with the class. (3 MLA CE)

  • PubMed for the Rest of Us: Searching the Medical Literature for the Non-Expert
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals, Public
    Description: This class covers basic searching; easy techniques for developing complex search strategies; PubMed's special features, such as Limits and the Clipboard; the Journals Database; the Single Citation Matcher; and MyNCBI. It also covers how to obtain full-text copies of articles. (3 MLA CE)

  • Research Shortcuts
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Professionals, Public Health, Health Information Professionals
    Description: Finding time to research and keep up with professional literature is a particular challenge for busy health professionals, especially those in the field of public health. This course covers the basics of searching PubMed and utilizing MyNCBI, introduces PHPartners.org, and introduces SEQs (Specialized Evidence Queries), pre-formulated searches that can assist in quickly accessing relevant and current information.

  • The Ropes: Planning Instruction for the Adult Learner
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals
    Description: This 8-hour train-the-trainer course covers the process of building a user-centered training session, covering needs assessment, learning styles, working with and from participant objectives, and evaluation of outcomes. Students will participate in several group exercises where they will explore different training situations. Emphasis will be placed upon user-centered development and the building of objectives by which the success of a class may be evaluated. (8 MLA CE)

  • Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals
    Description: Student learning outcomes include: the ability to determine what content does and does not work well in screencast form; the ability 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. (4 & 6 MLA CE)

  • Super Searcher
    Languages: English
    Audience: Public, Health Professionals, Information Professionals
    Description: One half day hands-on course focusing on advanced search features of web search engines. The features of various search engines will be discussed and compared. (4 MLA CE)

  • 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals

    The “10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning” class is one of three primary components of NNLM’s Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan. While the focus of the class is on enabling libraries to maintain their information services to their patrons in the event of an emergency or disaster, the class also includes information about developing basic personal safety procedures as well as how to get help to mitigate the damage to collections after a disaster.

  • TOXNET: Toxicology & Environmental Information
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Professionals, Health Information Professionals, Public Health
    Description: This one, two or three 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. Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 1-3 hours of continuing education contact hours by the Medical Library Association (MLA).

  • Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts: Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    Languages: English
    Audience: Health Information Professionals
    Description: The goal of this class is to increase understanding of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Students will learn the history of CAM and its impact on medical practices. They will learn how CAM is used, how to avoid “bad science” and how to look up evidence of the effectiveness of CAM therapies. This class is offered for 2 hours or 4 hours. Both classes will include lecture, discussion, and hands-on training. (2 or 4 MLA CE)

    This class is offered online as part of our Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) program. For more information, please contact Terri Ottosen.

Online Courses

Classes Offered by the National Training Center (NTC) - links to NTC site.

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