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PubMed for Librarians is coming up fast! Are you registered?

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
PubMed for Librarians logo

PubMed for Librarians logo

Here at the NTO we are super excited to kick off the new year with our updated roster of PubMed for Librarians sessions (or PML, as we like to say). PML is designed with the  busy librarian in mind. Each of our six sessions focus on different aspects of PubMed – giving you the option to pick and choose based on your needs.

For example:

The Newly Minted Medical Librarian –  Get the basics about PubMed  in our Intro class on Thursday January 19th.**

The Blossoming Cataloger –  Discover something new about 2017 Medical Subject Headings with the MeSH session on Wednesday, January 25.

The Information Architect – Upgrade your knowledge of  MEDLINE search functionality with Automatic Term Mapping on Wednesday, February 1.

The Know it All – Add to your arsenal of esoteric PubMed trivia and search shortcuts with Building and Refining Your Search on Wednesday, February 8.

The Expert Searcher – Our evidence-based medicine session on Thursday, February 16 discusses how publication types are used to index articles in PubMed.

The Research Support Specialist – Explore the nuances of myNCBI on Thursday, February 23 and become your university researcher’s best friend.

All PMLs start at 1pm ET/Noon CT/11am MT/ 10am PT. PMLs are held online via WebEx and run about 90 minutes per session.  Recordings are also available. And best of all, THEY ARE FREE!

Register at:

PS: Several folks have experienced registration hiccups since we’ve updated the website. Here’s a video and instructions on how to register. Or email us at and we’ll work with you to get it working.

**Also recommended for the Accidental PubMed Instructor, the Overachieving Library Student, and the Bored and Burnt-out Reference Librarian.

Register for the next Teaching Topics: Classroom Assessment On the Fly (January 11, 2017)

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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Teaching Topics: Classroom Assessment On the Fly

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – 1pm ET


Kick off 2017 with new ideas for engaging students and gathering feedback in the classroom. This 60-minute Teaching Topics session will describe different modes of assessment and demonstrate 10 classroom activities that elicit actionable feedback on learning outcomes. This free class is approved for 1 hour of MLA continuing education credits.

Registration is still open for Using ALTBIB: What, Why, and How (Thursday, Dec 8)

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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Using ALTBIB: What, Why, and How

Thursday, December 8, 2016 – 1pm ET


This one-hour webinar provides a basic introduction to the NLM Database ALTBIB: Resources for Alternatives to the Use of Live Vertebrates in Biomedical Research and Testing. We will describe the scope of ALTBIB, briefly explain the history of the database and why it exists, and demonstrate ALTBIB features. Participants will gain hands on experience with the tool with practice exercises, and leave the webinar with a sense of what ALTBIB can and cannot do for animal alternative searches. This free webinar is approved for 1 MLA continuing education credit.

PubMed for Librarians 2017 – registration is open

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

PML_slide_imageRegistration is now open for the next round of our highly popular PubMed For Librarians series.

The PubMed for Librarians class is divided into six segments (90 minutes each). Each segment is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises and is worth 1.5 hours of MLA CE credit. Participants can choose any or all of the 6 segments that interest them.

The segments are as follows:

Introduction to PubMed: Learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a PubMed search, assess your search retrieval, analyze search details, employ three ways to search for a known citation, and how to customize with My NCBI.

MeSH (Medical Subject Headings): Learn about the NLM Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. Explore the four different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MeSH to build a search. Investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.

Automatic Term Mapping (ATM): Learn about Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) – the process that maps keywords from your PubMed search to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn why searching with keywords in PubMed can be an effective approach to searching. Look at the explosion feature, what is and is not included in search details, and explore how PubMed processes phrases.

Building and Refining Your Search: Use some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. Explore the filters sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries. Use History, tools in the NLM Catalog, and the Advanced Search Builder to build searches and explore topics.

Using Evidence-Based Search Features: Explore terminology used for indexing study design in PubMed, explore 3 PubMed products that facilitate evidence based searching, and learn how to customize My NCBI Filters to quickly locate specific publication types.

Customization – My NCBI: Learn about the advantages of creating a My NCBI account, managing and manipulating your My NCBI page content, locating and identifying available filters on PubMed’s filter sidebar, selecting and setting up to fifteen filters, and creating a custom filter.

Space is limited, register now at

A Cornucopia of Classes

Monday, October 24th, 2016
Preserve! by Housh, ca. 1917-1919

Preserve! by Housh, ca. 1917-1919

We’ve re-stocked our online course pantry for November and December with some old favorites and one fresh selection that’s vegetarian friendly. Read about and register for free upcoming classes from NTO and NN/LM after the jump.

Image from the Library Company of Philadelphia