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Archive for the ‘PubMed’ Category

PubMed and Adjacency Searching

We recently received a query from a librarian in San Diego.

“I am trying to find all instances of two cancer screening tests in PubMed. The tests are:

  • fecal occult blood test (FOBT)
  • fecal immunochemical test (FIT)

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PubMed Celebrates its 20th Anniversary!

PubMed was first released two decades ago in January 1996 as an experimental database under the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) retrieval system. The word “experimental” was dropped from the Web site in April 1997, and on June 26, 1997, a Capitol Hill Press conference officially announced free MEDLINE access via PubMed. For an outline of its early years, visit PubMed Celebrates its 10th Anniversary! (more…)

NLM Training Center (NTC) Gets a New Name: National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO)

On May 1, 2016, the NLM Training Center’s name changed to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) to reflect its role in the newly awarded five-year Cooperative Agreement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The headquarters will remain at the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, under the direction of Jean Shipman, Principal Investigator. Current NTO staff includes Jessi Van Der Volgen as the Assistant Director; Rebecca Brown and Cheryl Rowan as Training Development Specialists; Sarah Dickey, Program Manager; and Matt Steadman, Web Software Engineer & Media Developer.

The Cooperative Agreement ushers in a new era where the NTO will move the vast majority of its training online, collaborating with NLM and NN/LM to ensure broad access to continuing education designed to keep you up to date on NLM resources and maximize your contribution to your institutional missions. You can look forward to several new learning opportunities – available in flexible formats – on PubMed, TOXNET and other NLM resources. Stay tuned for announcements of future class offerings!

One of the most important pieces of news is that for the time being you can still find the blog and class offerings at the same URL. There is a new Twitter name and email address for your comments, questions, and ideas.

New NLM Learning Resources Database

Learning Resources DatabaseThe National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced the new NLM Learning Resources Database, making it easy to find educational resources for NLM products and services. These materials include videos, tutorials, and handouts on products such as PubMed, ClinicalTrials.gov, Unified Medical Language System, and many more. Now you can find resources using one interface rather than searching different areas of the NLM Web site. An API is also available to auto-populate NLM learning resources on your Web site.

The database currently holds all of the resources previously listed on the former Distance Education Resources Web page. There is a permanent redirect from this page to the NLM Learning Resources Database. Additional resources are being added on an ongoing basis. (more…)

NIH Request for Information Yields Important Public Input on the Value of NLM Products and Services

In January of 2015 NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, formed a working group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) for the purpose of reviewing the programs of the NLM and making recommendations for a vision for the library that would ensure its continued role as an international leader in biomedical and health information. In carrying out its charge, the working group issued a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting public input regarding NLM. The RFI was active from February 13 to March 13, 2015, with 650 respondents providing feedback. At NLM’s September 17, 2015, Board of Regents meeting, Dr. Barbara Rapp, Chief, Office of Planning and Analysis, summarized the responses to the NIH RFI. She found that comments were submitted from across the broad range of NLM users, including medical librarians; researchers in biomedicine, biomedical informatics and computational biology; clinical, public health, and emergency response practitioners; historians; health information technology developers; journal publishers; and educators. (more…)

Report on the 2015 Internet Librarian Conference in Monterey, CA

by Erica Bass, BS, MLS, Library Director
Jerry L. Pettis VA Memorial Medical Center
Loma Linda, CA

With the support of a professional development award from the NN/LM PSR, I attended the 19th Internet Librarian Conference October 26-28 in beautiful Monterey. Sixteen of the 19 annual conferences have been held in Monterey. It is truly an international conference with 42 states and 17 countries represented. The total number of registrants this year was 800, so it is a small, intimate conference where you can get to know your fellow participants. This year’s conference theme was: MORPH! Exploring New Directions and Roles for the Information Services Biz, one of the longest in conference history. (more…)

Challenges of Linking to Library Full Text Holdings with Mobile Versions of PubMed

PubMed Mobile

We recently received this request: Is there a way to get MyNCBIShare to work in PubMed Mobile? The requestor says that when their users access the library’s PubMed URL with the MyNCBIShare address, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?myncbishare=username on their mobile devices, it defaults to PubMed Mobile, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/. (Username=the shared MyNCBI account name.) Unfortunately, that means the holdings available via MyNCBIShare are ignored and do not display. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Teaching Mobile Access to Health Information and Promoting MedlinePlus Connect

by Naomi C. Broering, MLS, MA, FMLA
Dean of Libraries
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
San Diego, CA

Mobile devices are popular for using the powers of a conventional computer in environments where carrying one would be impractical. Loading pertinent Apps to mobile devices makes access to information, when needed, quick and easy. Instantaneous, on-demand access of NLM’s PubMed and MedlinePlus mobile sites accelerates results to health information queries and improves health care delivery. There is no doubt that MedlinePlus Connect for practitioners with EHR capability provides immediate highly useful patient education summaries during an office or hospital visit. However, there are major segments of San Diego’s diverse community without the ability or knowledge to benefit from these advances. (more…)

Highlights of Arizona Outreach in 2014/2015!

by Yamila El-Khayat, M.A.
Outreach Services Librarian
Arizona Health Sciences Library
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

This year our Outreach program in Arizona had quite a diverse set of programs reaching various populations within the state and beyond. This article provides a mini-overview of the many events accomplished. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Reaching Out to the Unreached – Building a Health Information Hub in California’s Central Valley

by Ying Zhong, Nursing Librarian
Walter W. Stiern Library
California State University, Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA

In the Central Valley of California, the shortage of healthcare workers and resources which are required for the preparation of health professionals are predominant. Future health professionals need to be equipped with the right skills and expertise regarding health information seeking and evaluating, in order to meet the great challenge of serving an ethnic and culturally diverse population. To address this need, Walter W. Stiern Library at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB), and Bakersfield Adult School (BAS) initiated a pilot partnership to allow Vocational Nursing students from BAS to use the CSUB library facility and library resources, including print and online books and research databases. The CSUB nursing librarian also developed a one-year training program tailored to meet the needs of BAS nursing students. iPads and flash drives were purchased and provided to the BAS students to access and store health information from the CSUB Library website and the National Library of Medicine. Library tours and orientations were conducted in the CSUB library and BAS labs. (more…)