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This class will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways.  Examples of programs for children, teens, adults and seniors using NLM and other National Institutes of Health center and office resources will be shared. 

The class is a 3 week self-paced, asynchronous introduction to cultural competency, the unique health information needs of refugees and immigrants, and relevant health information resources. Participants who complete all activities are eligible for 4 MLA CE

This comprehensive course covers the essential skills and information that library staff need to help users find trustworthy, appropriate health information.  Learners will explore topics such as finding the best resources for just about any health question, serving diverse users, new mobile health technologies and how people are using social networking for health questions, and how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and populations. Participants will understand the challenges faced by non-English speakers and the implications of low health literacy. Best practices, techniques and practical tips will be presented each week to help each learner provide better health information services in his/her individual setting. 

If you have questions about this course, please contact the instructor.

Dana Abbey

Looking for the latest developments in patient care but finding too much, too little, or inadequate information? This hands-on workshop is designed for librarians responsible for information services to the Nursing and Allied Health professions. Participants will learn to use and evaluate web based health information resources, find online news services, continuing online education courses, and consumer health web sites. Participants will also learn to search the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE database of over 19 million citations using the PubMed interface. The workshop will also cover MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine's web site for consumer health information.

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 evaluate CAM website, and how to look up information about the effectiveness of CAM therapies.

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 covers drug information databases, searching for chemicals and with chemical nomenclature and locating literature related to genetics and genomics. 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. For more information: visit 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. As of July 2013, provided access to more than 149,000 study records and more than 9,500 studies with summary results. 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.

Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching is the self-paced bioinformatics overview online learning component of the Librarian’s Guide to NCBI.

Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching is the self-paced bioinformatics overview online learning component of the Librarian’s Guide to NCBI.

Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching is the self-paced bioinformatics overview online learning component of the Librarian’s Guide to NCBI.

Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching is the self-paced bioinformatics overview online learning component of the Librarian’s Guide to NCBI.

Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching is the self-paced bioinformatics overview online learning component of the Librarian’s Guide to NCBI.

Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching is the self-paced bioinformatics overview online learning component of the Librarian’s Guide to NCBI.

Forums for graduates of the class "Librarian's Guide to NCBI."

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, Features Bar, Related Citations, My NCBI, Searching with MeSH, and Single Citation Matcher.

This course will provide an overview of the system and demonstrate utilizing the features of PubMed to search effectively.

Cool Creative Communications: 3 Part Class

This is an asynchronous class.

For each class part, participants have 7 days to complete their assignment and 5 days to complete their peer critique for each of the 3 class sections.

Students will compete assigned exercises that they will share with their class peers.

Students are expected to spend:

  • 1.5 hours on content learning
  • 3 hours of in-depth learning on student selected tool/application and preparing their class assignment
  • 0.5 hours on peer critique.

Each class section lasts two weeks and overlaps the next class by a week.

Participants are encouraged to sign up for all 3 parts, but may take them individually with the approval of the instructors.

Part 1: Engaging Users via Social Media (Part 1 of 3): This class covers popular social media tools proven to be effective in reaching customers. Students will increase their knowledge on a variety of social media applications and strategies on implementing a communication plan.

Part 2: Dazzling Data Visualization (Part 2 of 3): This class covers concepts of visually representing data and proven tools that are effective in making data understood at just a glance. Students will increase their knowledge on data visualization concepts and a variety of data visualization applications.

Part 3: The WOW Factor - Clear Concise Presentations (Part 3 of 3): This class covers popular presentation applications and approaches to effective presentations Students will increase their knowledge and skills to better communicate with their presentations.

Data Curation / Management Journal Club is for librarians (or equivalent) who are interested in learning more about data curation/management and its impact on health information access. Priority for participation goes to those residing in the NN/LM MCR. If you are not a librarian or have an equivalent degree or experience, you are encouraged you to argue your case for joining the Data Club with John Bramble or Alicia Lillich.

Minus the above restrictions, this is an open club but does requires registration (available at

The primary location for the Data Club is here in Moodle. Moodle will host the meeting notes, articles being discussed, offline discussion, etc.

The Data Club will meet via Adobe Connect for the monthly in-person meetings. 

The structure of the Data Club will use both the MLA's Discussion Group Program structure along with the new PubMed Commons Journal Clubs (PCJC) structure. 

Data Club Members Agree to:

  • Plan on committing 2 hours per article (1 hour to read article and prep for discussion and 1 hour at attend the monthly live meeting) per each of the 5 months.
  • Be agreeable to facilitate or co- facilitate discussion on a select article.
  • Be an active contributor to the discussions on select articles.
  • Be willing to share resources and knowledge with other Club members.
  • Be willing to contribute to the process of submitting articles to the PubMed Commons Journal Club
  • Be willing to contribute to a final project description in presenting or writing an article for the Plains to Peaks Post newsletter (to be determined by Club members)

The basic outline for the Data Club is:

1. Meet once per month on Adobe Connect. Summary of each session will be noted in Moodle. The first session will be Alicia talking a few minutes about her experience at a recent data conference along with the following topics.

a. An overview of big data in health
b. An overview of MLA's Discussion Group Program  structure
c. An overview of PCJC structure
d. An overview of some resources for finding qualifying articles and how to determine which article to review

2. General monthly meetings will discuss at least 1 article facilitated by a journal club member.

3. Club members will determine which articles we will submit to PCJC.

This hands-on course focuses on the advanced search features of web search engines and the cutting edge of searching. Participants will use various search engines, compare the features of each and broaden their knowledge of search strategies and techniques. Participants will develop search strategies that will increase the precision and scope of their online searching ability. Participants will engage in discussions, exercises and view short demonstrations as a part of the class. The class includes: discussions of web search engines, examples of meta-search engines and directories. The class will also discuss strategies for searching for online media including images, videos and books. The class concludes with examples of real-time searching and mobile search solutions. To learn more about this class visit the full description and training materials online:

Topics for this class include open data and methods to improve reproducibility and reliability of research findings and the possibility for large scale validation of previously accepted results. Tools will be presented that enable validation and reproducibility in computational science. We will also explore additional tools and technologies used for data-intensive research and data management, focusing on eagle-I, VIVO, DMPTool, and REDCap. This class is based on the one-day forum: "The Research Lifecycle: Partnering for Success," and participants will have access to the video recording of the forum.

The Big Data in Healthcare:  Exploring Emerging Roles course will help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. 

This is a Medical Library Association approved course that will earn students 9 contact hours. This is a semi-self-paced course (“semi" meaning there will be completion deadlines). Coursing offings are run in seasonal cohorts: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring.  

Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the March 7, 2016 "Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes Forum", top reading picks from the NN/LM  MCR Data Curation/Management Journal Club  and NN/LM PSR Data Curation/Management Journal Club’s articles, recommended reading from Club members, and taking the course  Big Data Fundamentals from the Big Data University.

Students will articulate their views on why health sciences sector librarians should or should not become involved in supporting big data initiatives by sharing a 500-800 word essay to wrap the course up. Students are encouraged to be brave and bold in their views so as to elicit discussions about the roles librarians should play in this emerging field.

Students who successfully complete the course will:
- Have a better understanding of the role that big data plays in clinical patient outcomes.
- Have a better understanding of the fundamentals of big data from a systems perspective.
- Articulate their views/options on the role health sciences sector librarians is in supporting big data initiatives (student will be encouraged to allow their views to be published on one of the NN/LM MCR and PNR's publications as part of a dialog with the wider health sciences librarian community engaging in this topic). 

On top of  information gained, being apart of the big data in clinical care dialog, and earning 6 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association, students will earn 1.5 contact hours from the IBM Open Badge program from the Big Data University.  

Students who sign up for this course agree to: 

- Commit to spend the full 9 contact hours learning about and articulating their views on the course topic (this includes the 1.5 contact hours from the Big Data University’s course). Students will be docked for missing or low quality work.  
- Complete the course requirements by the deadline establish in each course offering. Arrangements can be made to move  into a future cohort if conflicts arise. 
- Provide course feedback (strengths/weaknesses) on the MLA Online Course Evaluation form.

Register here

For comments or questions, contact course instructors

John Bramble
Research Enterprise / Utah Outreach
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
801 585 5743

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