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NCBI Minute: Important Changes to NCBI Protocols

[NCBI announcement]

In two weeks, we’ll discuss NCBI’s upcoming switch to the secure HTTPS protocol. Through this NCBI Minute, you’ll learn how this change will affect your access to NCBI pages and services, and what you should do to have a smooth transition.

Date and time: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Registration URL:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. Any related materials will be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page; you can also learn about future webinars on this page.

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Are All Systematic Reviews Created Equal?

Join us at the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA to view this MLA webinar.

Date: August 10th, 2-3:30 PM eastern time
Register now!

Webinar Description:

The number of published systematic reviews has increased dramatically over the last fifteen years. Are they all good? Like any other study, a systematic review needs to be read with a critical eye. There are specific criteria for critically appraising a published systematic review. Understanding these criteria and applying them to a systematic review will give you more confidence in the conclusions you draw from a review.

After participating in this webinar, you will be able to:

identify the criteria for critically appraising a published systematic review;
identify the tools and resources that are available to help readers with this task; and
understand the layout of a forest plot, the graphical representation of the conclusions of a systematic review or meta analysis.
We will evaluate several systematic reviews to put into practice the guidance presented in this webinar.


Connie Schardt, AHIP, FMLA, retired as the associate director for research & education for the Medical Center Library & Archives at Duke University in 2013. She is currently adjunct faculty at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, where she teaches an online course: “Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and the Medical Librarian.” Since 2008, she has been codirector of the three-day workshop, “Supporting Clinical Care: An Institute in Evidence-Based Practice for Medical Librarians,” which is held annually in Denver, CO. Schardt also codirects the Australian Evidence Based Practice Librarians’ Institute, a three-day workshop for medical librarians held in different locations in Australia.

NER Consortia Viewing at a Later Date:

We purchased a site license. NER consortia can request access to the recording of the webinar to view at a later date. Contact Michelle Eberle for more information.

Free Online Class, Discovering TOXNET

Join the NN/LM 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 4 week period, in thirteen independent modules. Take only the modules that interest you.

TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and occupational safety and health.

The independent modules will cover twelve databases: TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Haz-Map, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, LiverTox, and a short introductory module. You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.

Who should take the class?

Health sciences librarians and health or environmental science professionals interested in unlocking the information available in TOXNET.

How much time?

You will work on your own time over a period of 4 weeks to complete the modules that are of interest to you. There is one required module; the remaining modules are optional. This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each module will be offered for 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 modules with a minimum of 1.0 credit hours.

What happens during the class?

This course is offered asynchronously through Moodle; you will work at your own pace. Each module consists of guided interactive online 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:


Thanks for your help,

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

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2016-2017

NLM is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. The application deadline is July 22, 2016.

Please refer to the NLM News announcement for additional information.


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