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Beginning February 21, 2017, the National Library of Medicine will present the three-part Webinar series, Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed. This series of workshops will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of three 90-minute sessions, students will learn how to use EDirect commands in a Unix environment to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!
Registration is currently open for the February/March 2017 series:
- Part 1: Getting PubMed Data, Tuesday, February 21, 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST
- Part 2: Extracting Data from XML, Tuesday, February 28, 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST
- Part 3: Building Practical Solutions, Tuesday, March 7, 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST
Students are expected to attend Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 in a single series. Due to the nature of this class, registration will be limited to 50 students per offering.
This series of classes involves hands-on demonstrations and exercises. Before registering for these classes, NLM strongly recommends the following:
- Watch the first Insider’s Guide class “Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed” or be familiar with the basic concepts of APIs and E-utilities.
- Be familiar with structured XML data (basic syntax, elements, attributes, etc.)
- Have access to a Unix command-line environment on your computer (see the Installing EDirect page for more information.)
- Install the EDirect software (see the Installing EDirect page for more information.)
There are several class offerings coming up from the NNLM Training Office (NTO). Class details and registration links are available in the NLM Technical Bulletin, or you can visit Training Opportunities to see a schedule of classes that are open to all regions.
PubMed® for Librarians Series: Six Classes
Sessions on January 19 and 25; February 1, 8, 16, and 23, 10:00-11:30 AM PST. Learn about concepts such as using MeSH to build a search, PubMed’s Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) feature, building and refining PubMed searches, using PubMed features that facilitate evidence-based searching, and customizing PubMed searches with the NCBI feature.
Teaching Topics: Classroom Assessment on the Fly
Sessions on either January 11 or February 15, 10:00-11:00 AM PST offer a brief review of the types of assessment available and different methods to use for instantaneous feedback, from low tech polling to one-minute papers.
NLM Webinar: 2017 MeSH Highlights, January 27, 9:00-10:00 AM PST
This session provides a 30-minute highlights tour of the 2017 MeSH, followed by a Q&A with MeSH experts.
Running from March 1 through 31, this class offers the opportunity to discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases with a guided, self-paced, online format involving thirteen independent modules.
The NIH Big Data to Knowledge program has announced the 2017 spring semester of The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science, a series of online lectures given by experts from across the country covering a range of diverse topics in data science. This course is an introductory overview that assumes no prior knowledge or understanding of data science. The series runs through May, meeting weekly on Fridays at 9:00-10:00am Pacific Time. No registration is required. The first semester of the series in fall 2016 covered data management and data representation. The new semester will cover computing, data modeling, and overarching topics. Archives of previous presentations are available. This is a joint effort of the BD2K Training Coordinating Center, the BD2K Centers Coordination Center, and the NIH Office of the Associate Director of Data Science.
Earlier this year, the National Library of Medicine received a generous gift from The DeBakey Medical Foundation to support enhanced access to the Michael E. DeBakey Archives at the NLM and to establish the Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine. Michael E. DeBakey (1908-2008) was a legendary American surgeon, educator, and medical statesman. During a career spanning 75 years, his work transformed cardiovascular surgery, raised medical education standards, and informed national health care policy. He pioneered dozens of operative procedures such as aneurysm repair, coronary bypass, and endarterectomy, which routinely save thousands of lives each year, and performed some of the first heart transplants. His inventions included the roller pump (a key component of heart-lung machines) as well as artificial hearts and ventricular assist pumps. He was a driving force in building Houston’s Baylor University College of Medicine into a premier medical center, where he trained several generations of top surgeons from all over the world.
Following on the first call for applications to the Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, NLM has announced the five 2017 Michael E. DeBakey Fellows. Over the course of the next year, these individuals will undertake their research projects onsite in the History of Medicine Division of the Library, primarily in the Michael E. DeBakey archives, which reflect the vast range of subjects from Michael E. DeBakey’s professional career–from surgery to health care policy, medical libraries and expanding access to medical information, medical technology to medical ethics, military medicine to veteran health, humanitarianism to international diplomacy in the medical arena. The archives contain correspondence, administrative records, diaries, transcripts, publications, speeches, conference and awards material, subject files, photographs, and audiovisual media, which reflect the vast expanse of Dr. DeBakey’s life, achievements, and interests as a world-renowned medical statesman, innovator, and champion of humanitarianism and life-long learning.
The archived recording of the November 30 session for the NN/LM collaborative webinar series, NN/LM Resource Picks, is available. The topic was AIDSource and AIDSInfo with Andrew Plumer, from the National Library of Medicine’s Specialized Information Services Division, Jean-Paul Rock, AIDSInfo Translation & Outreach Manager, and Alison McDougal, PMP, AIDSinfo Project Manager. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.
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A growing number of librarians are filling a special niche in the information world: Serving those who work with genetic and molecular biology information. Register now for this one-hour webinar on January 12, 2017, 10:00-11:00 AM PST, and meet eight of your colleagues as they explain their specialized and valuable roles at their institutions:
- Julie A Arendt, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Marci Brandenburg, University of Michigan
- Rolando Garcia-Milan, Yale University
- Karen H Gau, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Tobin Magle, Colorado State University
- Robyn Reed, Penn State University
- Elliott Smith, University of California, Berkeley
- Rob Wright, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Following the webinar, you will be invited to participate in a focus group to help the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) design bioinformatics education for librarians who serve biomedical researchers and practitioners, as well as those who serve a broader audience. This session is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Training Office and the NNLM Bioinformatics Education Working Group. It will be moderated by Peter Cooper, NCBI, and Kate Majewski, NLM.
The new Human Genome Resources portal offers access to visualization and analysis tools available for the human genome, as well as other relevant tools like BLAST, the NCBI Genome Remapping Service, and databases that provide human molecular data. The extensive listing of learning resources is sorted into the categories of Find, View, Download, and Learn, and is designed to provide a better understanding of the wealth of information associated with the human genome. Specific goals that can be accomplished by using the site include:
Applications are being accepted through January 27 for the Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians, to be held April 24-28, 2017 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status no later than February 17, 2017.
The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians is a week-long course providing the opportunity for librarians passionate about research and scholarship to immerse themselves in learning about data science and visualization in collaboration with academic peers. Participants will develop knowledge, skills, and confidence to communicate effectively with faculty and student researchers about their data and be able to provide initial consultancy on the course topics. Led by expert instructors, sessions will be interactive and will focus on mastery of core concepts, with hands-on exposure to select open source and highly used commercial tools. Sharing of practices and experiences across institutions will be encouraged. The Institute will include topics such as:
- Data Exploration and Statistical Analysis
- Bibliometric Analysis
- Data Visualization
- Version Control with Git and GitHub
- Data Description, Sharing, and Reuse
- Data Cleaning and Preparation
- Web Scraping
- Analyzing Textual Data
- Mapping and Geospatial Visualization
- Publisher and Funder Data Use Agreements
The NLM Basic Level Courses for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization have all been updated to a new online web-based tutorial format. The courses are self-paced, interactive, and offered at no cost. Anyone completing all 15 hours of the courses is eligible to earn a Basic Level certificate in Disaster Information Specialization from MLA. The Basic Level courses include three from NLM Disaster Health:
- Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics
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.
- U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies
This course provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the United States, with an emphasis on medical response.
- Information Roles in Disaster Management
This course presents current research findings on librarians’ roles supporting the disaster workforce. Additionally, the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response, and recovery are discussed.
Two additional courses are available online, at no cost, from the FEMA Emergency Management Institute:
- IS-700.A National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
This course introduces and provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
- IS-100.B Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS is a standardized approach to incident management that enables a coordinated response among various jurisdictions and agencies; establishes common processes for planning and managing resources; and allows for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure.
Registration is now open for the next round of the highly popular PubMed For Librarians webinar series, offered by the NN/LM Training Office. The 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 six segments that are of interest. 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 three 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.