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OpenI and MedPix: free clinical education resources from NLM

Tue, 2018-01-16 12:33

NNLM staff recently had an internal presentation on some resources built by Lister Hill Center for Biomedical Communications – the research arm of the National Library of Medicine. They have built some amazing tools for clinical education and medical images that are for free to anyone with an internet connection.


Open-i is an Open Access Biomedical Image Search Engine

Open-i is an open access biomedical image search engine

What it is: Open access biomedical search engine, 3.7+ million images from over 1.2 million PubMed Central® articles; 7,470 chest x-rays with 3,955 radiology reports; 67,517 images from NLM History of Medicine collection; and 2,064 orthopedic illustrations, plus MedPix (see below).

Cool Features:  Query by Image allows users to drag and drop an image to find similar photos. An “enriched citation” view summarizes key points of abstract and links out to more information. Limit search by License Type is great for users looking for images to reuse for teaching or publishing.

Bottom line: A great tool for students who need practice interpreting x-rays and lab results and faculty seeking images for various purposes.


MedPix is an open-access online database of medical images, teaching cases, and clinical topics

MedPix allows users to toggle quiz and clinical case information on and off for study purposes. 

What it is: Open-access online database of medical images, teaching cases, and clinical topics, integrating images and textual metadata including over 12,000 patient case scenarios, 9,000 topics, and 59,000 images.

Cool Features: Toggle quiz information on/off. Earn free AMA Category 1 CME credit with each completed case. Faculty can submit cases of their own using a simple tool. Multiple search options include by symptom, diagnosis, organ system, keywords and more.

Bottom line: One of the world’s largest open-access teaching files – a must-see study aid for any student of clinical medicine in a radiology rotation.

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PubMed for Librarians: Sign up for one, some or all.

Mon, 2018-01-08 10:43

PubMed for Librarians is free and it begins this Wednesday 1/10/18. Join the NTO for this series of six 90-minute webinars. Each session offers 1.5 MLA CE credits. Learn something new, revisit what you know, remember what you forgot. Click here to register.

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New Bioinformatics Training for Librarians begins January 29th

Mon, 2018-01-08 09:59

The NNLM Training Office is excited to announce a new learning opportunity for bioinformatics and biology training. Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications is a 16-week, self-paced course worth 25 hours of continuing education credit from the Medical Library Association. The course will run January 29 – May 18, 2018.

An introductory, online bioinformatics course for librarians conducted in the Moodle learning management system, this course is designed for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services; as well as for librarians who use bioinformatics information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve their patrons. Modules offer in-depth exploration of several NCBI databases, including Gene, Nucleotide, Protein, Structure, ClinVar, MedGen, and Gene Testing Registry, as well as guided instructions on using BLAST to identify genetic sequences. Course content is provided in the form of videos, hands-on exercises, readings, discussion posts, and open book quizzes. The course concludes with synthesis activities built upon actual reference questions received at the NCBI Help Desk, and the creation of a personal bioinformatics action plan.

Subject Matter Experts for this course include Dr. Peter Cooper, PhD and Dr. Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine; and Dr. Emir Khatipov, Ph.D., National Library of Medicine.

Topics and suggested pace is listed below. Modules open progressively based on completion of the previous module.

Week 1 & 2 (Jan 29-Feb 9): Genetics Basics: orientation to molecular biology concepts

Week 3 (Feb 12-16): Introduction – What is bioinformatics and what does it have to do with librarianship?

Week 4 (Feb 19-23): Molecular Biology Techniques

Week 5 (Feb 26-Mar 2): NCBI Nucleotide Database

Week 6 (Mar 5-9): BLAST Sequence Similarity

Week 7 (Mar 12-16): NCBI Gene Database

Week 8 (Mar 19-23): Basics of Proteins

Week 9 (Mar 26-30): Catch up week

Week 10 (April 2-6): NCBI Protein and Structure Databases

Week 11 (April 9-13): Clinical Applications

Week 12 (April 16-20): Ethics and Policy in Bioinformatics

Week 13 (April 23-27): What’s Next in Genomic Research

Week 14-15 (April 30-May 11): Synthesis Activities

Week 16 (May 14-18): Additional catch up week (if needed)

To register, go to:

Note: Registration closes January 24, 2018.  This course is limited to 25 participants. A 10-seat wait list is also available. Registration preference given to residents of the United States. For more information, contact Molly Knapp, Training Development Specialist, NNLM Training Office

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New Classes added to NTO Calendar

Wed, 2018-01-03 10:40

Happy new year! I wanted this to be a retrospective with our most popular posts from 2017, but it turns out our most popular posts were the ones promoting upcoming classes! So instead here’s descriptions and links to NTO’s upcoming classes starting in January. All of them are free and most carry CE credit from the Medical Library Association.

2018 MeSH Highlights

When: Friday, January 5 | Who needs it: librarians with short attention spans, overworked catalogers | CE Credit: none, its only 20 minutes!


PubMed for Librarians

When: Wednesdays starting January 10 | Who needs it: anyone eager for a live dose of PubMed training | CE credit: 1.5 hours/class


MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching

When: Friday, January 19 | Who needs it: subject heading fangirls, those wanting to refresh their MeSH | CE Credit: 1 hour


Build a Better Class with Instructional Design

When: January 22 – March 16 | Who needs it: aspiring masters of bibliographic instruction | CE Credit: 10 hours



PS: We are fine tuning one more class which will open for registration next week. It is a 16 week self-paced course on bioinformatics and NCBI databases which will run January 29 – May 18. Are you up for the task?

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Happy Holidays from the NTO

Tue, 2017-12-19 17:34
Happy Holidays from the NTO

NTO 2017 Holiday Card

Thanks for joining us on our ongoing educational journey through NLM’s wide variety of resources! We have some great things cooking for 2018, including courses on instructional design, bioinformatics, research data management, and of course new installments of our steadfast series PubMed for Librarians, Teaching Topics, and Discovering TOXNET.

Stay abreast of all of the Network’s upcoming course offerings by signing up for weekly email alerts. Here’s how. And remember, you can now earn free MLA Continuing Education credit for watching the PML series on YouTube. Our holiday gift to you!

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What do Bali and the Drug Information Portal Have to do w/Each Other?

Mon, 2017-12-11 02:00

What happened?
I was supposed to be on vacation in Bali, Indonesia at the end of November. But instead, I found still in Prairie Village, Kansas. Why am I telling you? Because mother earth, yes that earth, had other plans for me and Bali, namely the eruption of a volcano. Here is an impressive view of all the volcanoes in that part of the world: Volcanoes The airport closed and my flight was cancelled. So instead of being on a beach, I had some extra time on my hands.

Why We Teach TOXNET
The NTO teaches TOXNET not necessarily with the consumer or end-user in mind, but with the librarian or teacher in mind; a person who will help the consumer find reliable information or who will introduce students to a suite of databases that they can use as they go forward in their careers. I found myself, however, as an end-user (while not in Bali).

Teacher as End User
My father is 87 and now lives alone since my mother died about two months ago. He’s never been very good at taking care of himself. We discovered that all of his medications were mixed up and he had run out of some crucial medication; life sustaining medication. So I drove to his home this week (while not in Bali) which is about an hour away and I proceeded to organize his medicines. I got all of his prescriptions filled and bought a pillbox to fill and dispense his daily pill regimen. Then, I used the Drug Information Portal to look up images of all his pills. Did you know that was a feature of the portal? The Drug Portal has a deceptively simple interface, but links to all sorts of helpful information including clinical trials and the package inserts that are submitted to the FDA by drug manufacturers. There is also a link to a National Library of Medicine project called Pillbox, which is designed to help in the identification of pills (you know, the ones you find on the floor or at the bottom of your purse). It’s usually the last item on the list in the Summary section of a drug record. Look for: Drug Identification and Image Display (Pillbox).

So there I was, using the flashlight on my phone to try and see the imprints on my father’s pills. The flashlight (along with my reading glasses) wasn’t enough. I still couldn’t see the tiny pill imprints. I went looking for the lighted magnifying glass that I had bought for my mother. Using Pillbox, I was able to find and print images of the exact pills (the imprints matched the pictures) and created a list of my father’s current medications that included pictures (front and back) of each pill. Thank you Pillbox!

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PubMed for Librarians Winter 2018 Live Edition Begins January 10

Wed, 2017-12-06 11:37
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Start off the new year with a fresh round of PubMed for Librarians Live. Our Winter 2018 session begins Wednesday, January, 10 with the Introduction, and carries you straight through to February 14, where we’ll close with a heartfelt look at Customizing my NCBI. We’ve noted one related, non-series event on the list below, where the experts at NLM reveal new MeSH updates for 2018. It’s an event you won’t want to miss! Take one, take them all, we guarantee you will learn at least one new thing:

January 10 – Introduction to PubMed January 17 – MeSH January 19 – WINTER BONUS! – MeSH changes and PubMed Searching with the National Library of Medicine January 24 – Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) January 31 – Building and Refining Your Search February 7 – Using Evidence-Based Search Features February 14 – Customization with My NCBI Register here Related: How to register on our shiny new website About PML: PubMed for Librarians consists of six 90-minute segments. These six segments are be presented live via WebEx and recorded for archival access. Each segment is meant to be a stand-alone module designed for each user to determine how many and in what sequence they attend. CE credit is available for recorded classes.
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Hyperdocs for Libraries

Mon, 2017-11-06 17:52

What is the 21st century equivalent of a worksheet? Consider the hyperdoc.

A template for a hyperdoc

A template for a hyperdoc

I discovered hyperdocs through a recent MLA News article (subscription required). Hyperdocs are a “transformative, interactive Google Doc replacing the worksheet method of delivering instruction,“, according to the Hyperdoc Girls, a group of three teachers who coined the term after their schools adopted Google Apps for Education.

Hyperdocs take components of a worksheet, such as directions and links to more information, and add collaboration and reflection, creating a digital space for blended learning and interaction.  “A HyperDoc is a digital document where all components of a learning cycle have been pulled together into one central hub,”  writes Jennifer Gonzalez of the blog Cult of Pedagogy. She provides a good example of a how hyperdocs work using a ‘digital roadtrip’ geography lesson.

Hyperdoc Example

Hyperdoc Example from Cult of Pedagogy

Hyperdocs are gaining popularity in K-12 settings, including school libraries. School Library Journal covered the trend in April 2017, while Our Lovely Library presents a “before” and “after” perspective on using hyperdocs for a research project lesson.

What other uses could hyperdocs have in libraries? A couple ideas: a student-built resource guide,  a hub for flipped classroom materials, or a self-paced guided tutorial for primary source documents.

Hyperdoc Library Example

Hyperdoc Example from Our Lovely Library

Personally, I think hyperdocs have potential as a tool for teaching information literacy skills. There’s a seems to be a congruence between the hyperdoc learning experience and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. Perhaps this is a tool to help cross the threshold? If you’re interested in learning more, try starting with this pre-built Hyperdoc template in Google Drive or browse this directory of K-12 hyperdocs for inspiration.

Happy hyperdoc-ing! (I couldn’t resist.)




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New! Continuing Education Credit for PubMed for Librarians Recordings

Wed, 2017-11-01 04:04
PubMed for Librarians and cats

Watch a PML recording, get CE credit from MLA

We’ve heard from our community that you wish you could get CE credit for watching recorded sessions of our series PubMed for Librarians. Now you can! Just follow these steps:

1. Watch a recording of PubMed for Librarians and complete the handout for the class.
2. Handout is provided in the video’s YouTube description and on our PML class page under Course Materials.
3. Email your completed handout to
4. We will send you a link to the class evaluation, which includes a code to use for 1.5 hours of CE credit from the Medical Library Association.

We are so excited to bring you another way to keep up to date with PubMed, on your own terms! Happy watching!

PS: another LIVE round of PMLs starts January 10, 2018, registration is now open.

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One TOXNET article every medical librarian should read

Fri, 2017-10-27 11:46
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Discovering TOXNET

TOXNET is a suite of toxicology databases from the NLM. We’re prepping for some upcoming instruction on TOXNET ourselves, and wanted to share something we found today. This article is indexed in PubMed and the full text is freely available. What’s more, it’s written by project scientists at the Specialized Information Services division of NLM. The TOXNET experts!

On to the reading!

Health effects of toxicants: Online knowledge support.
Wexler P, Judson R, de Marcellus S, de Knecht J, Leinala E.
Life Sci. 2016 Jan 15;145:284-93. doi: 10.1016/j.lfs.2015.10.002. Epub 2015 Oct 24.
PMID: 26506572

  • Outlines all of the databases in TOXNET
  • Discusses National Library of Medicine (NLM) and its Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Includes reading list of related publications about toxicology databases

Want to know more, but hate to read?

Try Discovering TOXNET, our 6 week, self-paced, online course on the TOXNET database suite. Nov 6 – Dec 18, 2017. Registration is free and open to anyone. 

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Biomedical & Health RDM Training for Librarians: Participant Applications

Wed, 2017-10-11 16:33

Health science librarians are invited to participate in a rigorous online biomedical and health research data management training course, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO). The course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons manage their research data. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend research data management services at your institution. Familiarity with the research lifecycle is recommended but not required.

The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to data issues and policies in support of developing and implementing or enhancing research data management training and services at your institution. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. The course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans.

Course Components

The online asynchronous component of the program is 8 weeks from January 8 – March 2, 2018. The format includes video lectures, readings, case studies, hands-on exercises, and peer discussions. Expect to spend up to 4 hours each week on coursework. Participants will be assigned a mentor, who will be available to guide and advise throughout the course and in the completion of a Capstone Project.

Between the end of the online component and the Capstone Summit, participants will complete a Capstone project, demonstrating improved skills, knowledge, and ability to support data management services at their institution. The experience will culminate with a Capstone Summit, to be held on April 10-11, 2018 at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. Each participant will receive up to $900 to support travel to the Capstone Summit. At the Summit, participants will have the opportunity to share their Capstone projects, network with experts and each other, meet with NLM leaders in data science, and learn about cutting edge NIH data initiatives.

CE Credits

Participants who complete all modules, the Capstone Summit, and the course evaluation will receive MLA CE credit (exact number of hours to be determined). No partial CE credit is granted.


The primary instructor is Shirley Zhao, MSLIS, MS, Data Science Librarian from the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah.

Each module will be co-taught by a practicing data librarian.

Who can apply?
  • Applications are open to health science librarians in the United States.
  • Applicants will be accepted from libraries currently looking to develop or enhance research data management training and services.
  • A letter of institutional support is required. See application instructions below.
  • Enrollment is limited to 40 participants.
What does it cost?

There is no charge for participating in the program. Participants will receive a stipend of up to $900 to cover travel costs to the Capstone Summit. Additional travel costs must be covered by the individual or their institution.

Important Dates
  • Application deadline: November 8, 2017
  • Notifications: Week of December 4, 2017
  • Online Course: January 8 – March 2, 2018
  • Capstone Summit: April 10-11, 2018
Application Details
  • Name and Contact Information
  • Current Role/Title
  • Place of Employment
  • Briefly describe your current experience or interest in research data management and why you would like to participate in this training.
  • Briefly describe the current status of research data management services at your library, including any barriers to implementation.
  • This training will have been worthwhile to you and your institution if…
Application Instructions

Please fill out the online Application Form, and upload a PDF of your current CV and your letter of institutional support. The letter of institutional support must be from your supervisor and address the following:

  1. time for participation in online course and Capstone Summit;
  2. the library’s commitment to or plans for adding or enhancing research data management services.

Please submit your application via the online form by November 8, 2017:


Contact NTO at

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Discovering TOXNET returns November 6! Register today

Mon, 2017-10-09 16:24
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Discovering TOXNET runs Nov 6 to Dec 18, 2017

Join the NNLM Training Office (NTO) for a free, online class to discover TOXNET and other National Library of Medicine environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.

The class is taught online, over a 6 week period, in 13 independent units. Complete only the units that interest you; there is only one required unit.

What are the dates of the class?
November 6, 2017 – December 18, 2017

Visit this URL to register:


What is TOXNET?
TOXNET is a freely available suite of databases from the National Library of Medicine covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and occupational safety and health.

What do we mean by Independent Units?
There is only one required unit, Introduction to TOXNET, all the other units are optional to complete.

Which databases are covered?
TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), IRIS, Haz-Map, Household Products Database, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM and the Drug Information Portal.

Who should take the class?

Health sciences librarians, public health and environmental science professionals.

How much time will the class take?

You will work on your own time over a period of 6 weeks to complete the units that are of interest to you. There is one required unit; the remaining units are optional. This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each unit carries anywhere from 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module. Total credit awarded will be based on completed units.

What happens during the class?

This course is offered asynchronously through Moodle; you will work at your own pace. Each unit consists of guided interactive tutorials AND/OR tutorial videos, and discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course.


Visit this URL to register:

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Call for Reviewers, Co-Teachers, and Mentors

Wed, 2017-10-04 02:55

Are you an information professional experienced in research data management? Are you eager to share your knowledge with others and help expand the community of data librarians? The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office has several opportunities for you to contribute to shaping a new training experience specifically for librarians.

Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians is an 8-week online class with engaging lessons and practical activities, starting in January 2018. Students will complete a capstone project at the end of the course and the experience will culminate in a Capstone Summit at NIH on April 10-11, 2018. A short description of the whole program can be downloaded here.

Modules for the course may include, but are not limited to the following core research data management (RDM) areas:

  1. Data Lifecycle and RDM Overview
  2. Data Documentation
  3. Data Wrangling
  4. Data Standards, Taxonomies, and Ontologies
  5. Data Security, Storage, and Preservation
  6. Data Sharing and Publishing
  7. Data Management Plans
  8. RDM at Your Institution

We are looking for experienced data librarians to participate in this project as module reviewers, co-teachers, and/or mentors. You may (and are encouraged to) apply for more than one role, and for more than one module.

Reviewers: Critique module content, test exercises, make suggestions, add resources.
Deliverable: written report of findings (due November 30, 2017).
Paid $250.

Co-Teachers: Assigned to one or more modules. Work with course facilitator to create a case study related to module topic (due November 15). Provide feedback on student assignments and answer questions for your module(s) in a timely manner during the course (January – March 2018).
Deliverables: Case study by deadline, written report of suggestions for class improvement (due April 2, 2018).
Paid $750.

Mentors: Participate in class discussions, sharing expertise as needed, during the course (January – March 2018). Provide at least 2 mentoring sessions to each assigned student (4-5) for completing the Capstone project, attend and participate in the Capstone Summit.
Deliverables: written report of experience as mentor, suggestions for program improvement and sustainability of project.
Paid $1250, and travel support to Capstone Summit up to $1250.

All reviewers, co-teachers, and mentors will be required to submit a W-9. Those receiving $1000 or more will also be required to complete a contract with the University of Utah.


Please submit your application via the online form by October 20, 2017:

Application Includes:

  • Name
  • Current Role/Title
  • Place of Employment
  • Please briefly describe your area(s) of interest, research, or primary expertise in data management.
  • Please summarize your qualifications to serve as a content reviewer, co-teacher, and/or mentor for this research data management class.
  • Indicate which modules you would like to serve as a content reviewer and/or co-teacher.
  • Would you like to serve as a mentor for 4-5 students in completing the Capstone Project?
  • Curriculum vitae (attachment)

Please contact Shirley Zhao, Training Development Specialist.

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We’re hiring

Tue, 2017-10-03 14:30

The NTO is hiring an instructional technologist. The position is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.  It is a three-year appointment. More information, salary and application info below. 

The faculty and staff of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) at the University of Utah invite applications for an Instructional Technologist for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO). The NTO supports the training and educational missions of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) by delivering high-quality, innovative training to diverse audiences nationwide in support of the effective use of NLM information products and services.

The NNLM has embarked on a 3-year pilot program with the NIH All of Us Research Program to stimulate and facilitate community engagement and participant support through the NNLM, including developing community based participatory programming for geographic areas. The Instructional Technologist promotes the use of technology-based resources in learning and teaching and provides consultation, instruction, and assistance to a national network of educators and librarians in the editing, design, and production of learning objects, classes and curricula in support the All of Us Community Engagement program. Salary:  $31,600 – $52,000 /yr


Full posting

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PubMed Health Scavenger Hunt

Thu, 2017-09-28 15:41
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Try PubMed Health for PxTx info

PubMed Health provides information for consumers and clinicians on prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions. Can you find answers to these questions?

Can you find:

a. The source of this month’s featured review?

HINT: check the top blue toolbar

b. A book about understanding health statistics?

HINT: just type the words

c. The amount of clinical effectiveness information added/updated in the last week? Last month?

HINT: check that top blue toolbar again

d. Information for clinicians about using mushrooms to treat cancer?

HINT: you’re on your own for this one! (Just kidding.)


PubMed Health specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full-text technical reports. Clinical effectiveness research finds answers to the question “What works?” in medical and health care. Try PubMed Health for information on the prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions, for clinicians and patients.


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