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Teaching Topics: Open and Close with Impact

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Spend 60 minutes with Jessi Van Der Volgen and Rebecca Brown, Training Development Specialists with the NN/LM Training Office (NTO), to learn ways to incorporate opening and closing activities that will enhance learning and evoke critical thinking. After attending this session you will be eligible for one hour of MLA CE credit.

The webinar will be offered twice. The dates are: August 25th and September 22nd @ NoonPT/1MT/2CT/3ET.

Here are the questions we’re hoping to answer during the webinar:

  1. Why should we craft how we begin and end a class?
  2. What’s the difference between an ice-breaker and an opener?
  3. What are some ideas for openers I can put into place?
  4. What are some content-related activities I can incorporate into the last class or last minutes of class?
  5. How can I support critical thinking till the very end?
  6. How can I get feedback about course content without using a traditional evaluation tool?

Visit this URL to register:


Rebecca Brown
Training Development Specialist
NN/LM Training Office
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
University of Utah
10 N. 1900 E.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Disaster Health Information: The Basics

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Wednesday, April 27th
Farmingdale State College, Greenley Library, Long Island, NY
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response and recovery. This interactive, case-based class will cover key sources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), federal and non-federal agencies, and international organizations. Tools for locating, organizing and disseminating disaster health information will also be discussed.

At the end of the course, participants will be:

Comfortable locating disaster health information
Confident using a variety of disaster health databases, tools and websites
Knowledgeable about initiatives and technologies for accessing disaster health information

Presented by: Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region

This hands-on workshop is limited to 28 participants. Medical Library Association (MLA) CEU credits will be awarded to all attendees.

Details and registration: (participants can bring registration fee to the class or mail afterwards)

Kate Flewelling, MLIS
Outreach Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region

Health Sciences Library System
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Phone: 412-624-3336

New England Science Boot Camp — Save the Date!

Monday, March 14th, 2016

This year’s Science Boot Camp will be held June 15-17, 2016 on the campus of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Science Boot Camp is a fun and affordable 2 ½ day immersion into science topics offering opportunities for librarians and library students interested in science, health sciences, and technology to learn, meet and network in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Now in its eighth year, the New England Science Boot Camp has been hosted on multiple New England campuses and has been attended by librarians and library students from various regions of the US and beyond—and inspired the development of other Science Boot Camps in the West, Southeast, and Canada!

The topics for this year’s SBC science sessions include:

  • Nursing
  • Physics
  • Engineering

Each science session will include one scientist presenting an overview of the field, a second scientist discussing research applications within the field. The Capstone session will feature Science Literacy.

Registration for Science Boot Camp will open in April and will be announced via e-mail, the e-Science Community blog, and on Twitter @NERescience.

For further questions, please contact Barbara Merolli at

Please Save the Date for 2016 New England Science Boot Camp June 15-17, 2016 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth!


The New England Science Boot Camp Planning Group

Julie Goldman, MLIS
eScience Coordinator
NN/LM New England Region
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA  01655
(508) 856-3048

NCBI Workshops at Yale

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

[Guest post:  Rolando Milian]

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Onsite Training Workshops at Yale School of Medicine
Hosted by the Yale Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

A Practical Guide to NCBI BLAST

This workshop highlights important features and demonstrates the practical aspects of using the NCBI BLAST service, the most popular sequence similarity service in the world. You will learn about useful but under-used features of the service. These include access from the Entrez sequence databases; the new genome BLAST service quick finder; the integration and expansion of Align-2-Sequences; organism limits and other filters; re-organized databases; formatting options and downloading options; and TreeView displays. You will also learn how to use other important sequence analysis services associated with BLAST including Primer BLAST, an oligonucleotide primer designer and specificity checker; the multiple protein sequence alignment tool, COBALT; IgBLAST, a tool for analysis of antibody and T-cell receptor sequences; and MOLE-BLAST, a new tool for clustering and providing taxonomic context for targeted loci sequences (16S, ITS, 28S). These aspects of BLAST provide easier access and results that are more comprehensive and easier to interpret.

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: C-103 – SHM 333 Cedar St, New Haven CT 06520
Register here:

Dr. Peter Cooper

Staff Scientist, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
Peter Cooper directs the scientific outreach and training program for the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine. Peter has conducted and developed training courses for biologists in the use of NBCI molecular databases and has provided scientific user support for the NCBI since 1998. Prior to joining the NCBI Peter pursued diverse biological research interests including peptide neurochemistry, marine environmental toxicology, and taught biology and chemistry. Peter earned a BS from Virginia Tech, a MA in chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the College of William and Mary, School of Marine Science in 1996.

Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Location: C-103 – SHM 333 Cedar St, New Haven CT 06520
Presenter: Dr. Peter Cooper, Staff Scientist, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
Register here:

Accessing NCBI Human Variation and Medical Genetics Resources

You will learn to use and access resources associated with human sequence variations and phenotypes associated with specific human genes and phenotypes. The workshop will emphasize the Gene, MedGen and ClinVar resources to search by gene, phenotype and variant respectively. You will learn how to map variation from dbSNP and dbVAR onto genes, transcripts, proteins, and genomic regions and how to find genetic tests in GTR. You will also gain experience using additional tools and viewers including PheGenI, a browser for genotype associations and the new Variation Viewer the 1000 Genomes Browser, which provide a useful ways to search for, map and browse variants as well as upload and download data in genomic context.

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: C-103 – SHM 333 Cedar St, New Haven CT 06520
Register here:

Exploring Gene Expression Information at the NCBI

You will find, display and analyze microarray and sequence-based expression data that are stored in the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO), Sequence Read Archive (SRA), UniGene, and Epigenomics databases to investigate the potential for expression of transcript splice variants and examine the levels of expression under varied experimental conditions as well as in different tissues and disease states. You will analyze Microarray data the on-demand GEO2R tool and will explore the precomputed transcript analyses that are displayed on the UniGene and GEO Profiles pages. You will explore genome-aligned RNA-Seq data through the Gene database’s sequence viewer displays and analyze raw RNA-Seq reads in the SRA database using NCBI’s SRA-BLAST service.

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Location: C-103 – SHM 333 Cedar St, New Haven CT 06520
Register here:

Please contact Rolando Milian for questions on these workshops.

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