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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.
In the second posting on her new blog, NLM Director Dr. Patti Brennan describes her experience presenting a keynote message at the 2016 AMIA Symposium in Chicago. She encouraged all attendees to participate in NLM’s strategic planning process by responding to the Request for Information, to help NLM chart its third century. She stated that in addition to its commitment to maintain archival knowledge of books, journals, and manuscripts; NLM’s future will include data and virtual information!
If you are a family caregiver or know or work with family caregivers, take the NLM 4 Caregivers 2016 User Survey. Responses should take about five minutes to complete. The purpose of this survey is to identify the kinds of health information most needed by family caregivers and the best ways to share this information. The National Library of Medicine will use the survey results to enhance its understanding of the information needs of family caregivers.
The National Library of Medicine has launched a MedlinePlus text messaging campaign on Holiday Mental Health. Users that sign up for the campaign will receive three text messages per week through the holidays on mental health support; such as managing anxiety, coping with depression, and preventing stress during the holiday season.
To subscribe, text MP Health to 468311 or sign up online for subscription type SMS/Text Message. An email subscription is also available via the online sign up.
Subscribe now to the newly launched blog, NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, and learn what’s on the mind of NLM Director Dr. Patti Brennan. In her initial post, Dr. Brennan reveals her first impressions of the Library and invites us to join her on this journey. The blog is the perfect space for two-way dialogue, so go ahead and share your thoughts and audacious ideas, as NLM enters its strategic planning cycle and prepares for its third century of existence! You can also follow Dr. Brennan on Twitter.
November is National Family Caregivers Month, and you can attend the #FindCareInfo Twitter chat on November 16, 10:00-11:00 am PST to raise awareness about the often overlooked health information needs of family caregivers. The Outreach and Special Populations Branch of the National Library of Medicine is hosting this chat through @NLM_4Caregivers, and special co-hosts include NIH ADEAR Center, the National Alliance for Caregiving, and the Caregiver Action Network. This Twitter chat will:
- Identify what type of health information is most needed by family caregivers.
- Raise awareness of health topics important to family caregivers.
- Share health information resources useful to family caregivers.
If you are a family caregiver, know a family caregiver, or work with family caregivers, then you can help to raise awareness and share reliable health information resources for caregivers at the #FindCareInfo Twitter chat.
On November 30, December 7, and December 14, 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, participants 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 will be limited to 50 students per offering. Participants are expected to attend all sessions in a single series:
- Part 1: Getting PubMed Data: Wednesday, November 30, 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST
- Part 2: Extracting Data from XML: Wednesday, December 7, 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST
- Part 3: Building Practical Solutions: Wednesday, December 14, 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST
The entire series will be offered again in January/February 2017. All classes involve hands-on demonstrations and exercises. Before registering for these classes, NLM strongly recommends completion of the following activities:
- 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. For more information, visit the Installing EDirect page.
- Install the EDirect software. For more information, visit the EDirect installation page.
The National Library of Medicine will be retiring the Asian American Health portal on November 21, 2016, to concentrate efforts on multiple language health patient education materials. NLM encourages using Healthreach for patient education materials in multiple languages, and for provider materials for those working with diverse lingual communities.
In 2013, NLM worked with New York University’s Center for the Studies on Asian American Health to identify the needs of Asian American health information for professionals and consumers. Many things were revealed in the study but two things were highlighted: the need for disaggregated population data at subpopulation level and, the need for accurate, quality, culturally relevant and tested patient education materials. Granular population data is a request from several ethnic populations and the Department of Health and Human Services, Census, and Office of Management and Budget of the U.S. federal government are taking the lead to address this need. A Federal Register Notice was recently issued.
In 2017, the HealthReach team will begin working with community based organizations and stakeholders to examine the current HealthReach collection and expand it to include more Asian language patient education materials. Also, MedlinePlus and HealthReach are working to harmonize the multilingual patient education materials collections into one set. MedlinePlus will continue to offer materials through their consumer interface and, HealthReach will continue to provide the database search interface that offers metadata about the patient materials.
The Introduction to MeSH 2017 is now available, including information on its use and structure, as well as recent updates and availability of data. For now, the default year in the MeSH Browser remains 2016 MeSH and the alternate link provides access to 2017 MeSH. Access to two years of MeSH vocabulary is always available in the MeSH Browser, the current year and an alternate year. Sometime in November or December, the default year will change to 2017 MeSH and the alternate link will provide access to the 2016 MeSH.
Download 2017 MeSH in XML and ASCII formats. Also available for 2017 from the same MeSH download page are:
- Pharmacologic Actions (Forthcoming)
- New Headings with Scope Notes
- MeSH Replaced Headings (Fate of Deleted Descriptors)
- MeSH MN (tree number) changes
- 2017 MeSH in MARC format
On March 29, 2017, the NN/LM Resource Picks webinar series will feature the NLM Traveling Exhibition Program. To provide the most beneficial and informative presentation, staff at the Traveling Exhibition Program have asked potential attendees to complete a very short, five-question survey by November 18, 2016.