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  NLM Announces the National Training Center and Clearinghouse Contract and the May-December 2001 Class Schedule
 
 

T he National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the award of the National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC) contract to the New York Academy of Medicine. This contract is announced in conjunction with the awards of the eight Regional Medical Library (RML) contracts and is effective May 1, 2001 - April 30, 2006.

The training arm of the NTCC will remain the same. Its name has been changed from National Online Training Center to reflect the addition of a new clearinghouse function. The RMLs and many member network libraries produce training materials on searching NLM systems. The NTCC will develop a Web resource for network libraries to make their training materials available for others to use. Stay tuned for future developments on this new Web-based clearinghouse.

Course Offerings
The NTCC will continue to offer the following classes:

Keeping Up with NLM's PubMed, the NLM Gateway and ClinicalTrials.gov
This 1-day class is designed for the searcher who has been using PubMed but would like a refresher or an update on the newest enhancements; or for the searcher who has been searching MEDLINE from another interface and wants to transition to PubMed. Overviews and demonstrations of the NLM Gateway and ClinicalTrials.gov are also included.

Students attending this class should be familiar with MEDLINE, Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) vocabulary and Boolean logic as these core topics are not covered. If you have never searched MEDLINE or used MeSH before, the 2-day Introduction class (described below) is appropriate.

There is no charge for this class. This course earns 7.5 continuing education contact hours for Medical Library Association (MLA) members.

Introduction to Web-based Searching: Using PubMed, the NLM Gateway and ClinicalTrials.gov
This 2-day class is designed for the searcher who is new to searching MEDLINE. This includes those who have never searched before as well as users with some searching experience but little knowledge of the MEDLINE database or the MeSH vocabulary.

Instruction on the MeSH vocabulary and Boolean logic is included. Students learn to use PubMed and receive an overview of the NLM Gateway and ClinicalTrials.gov.

There is no charge for this class. This course earns 11.5 continuing education contact hours for MLA members.

TOXNET on the Web
This 1-day class conveys the basics of searching NLM's TOXNET, a Web-based system of databases in the areas of toxicology, environmental health, and related subjects. Students learn the content and structure of files covering toxicology data, toxicology literature, toxic releases, and chemical searching and nomenclature. Among the databases highlighted are TOXLINE, the Hazardous Substances Data Bank, the Integrated Risk Information System, the Toxic Release Inventory, and ChemIDplus.

There is no charge for this class. This course earns 7 continuing education contact hours for MLA members.

Class Schedule and How to Register
You may view the training class schedule and register online for classes at the NTCC Web site found at http://nnlm.gov/mar/online/. As the contract award for the NTCC was just recently announced, the May - December 2001 schedule is not entirely in place. Please check the NTCC Web site periodically for announcements of future classes. New classes will be added on a regular basis, as the NTCC confirms dates and locations. Every attempt will be made to place training applicants in the class requested. If a class is filled, applicants will be registered for their second choice, and also automatically placed on a waiting list for their first choice. Approximately one month prior to the class, registrants will receive a packet with information on hotels, local site arrangements and the class agenda. Please note that all classes are considered "tentative" pending the required minimum enrollment one month before the class.

Each person makes a difference
Our classes are in demand and usually fill rapidly, often creating a waiting list. In order to help us provide training opportunities to as many people as possible, please notify the NTCC office if you have registered for a class and your plans change. The more advance notice you give us, the more likely it is that someone else can take the available space. It is very disappointing to begin a class with empty chairs that could have otherwise been occupied. We are asking for your cooperation to help allow as many people as possible to benefit from this free training program.

Training Workbooks and PubMed Tutorial Available
The training workbooks for the Introduction and Keeping Up classes are available for downloading from the NLM's Web site. The workbooks are available in two formats: Portable Document Format (PDF) and WordPerfect®. These workbooks are not copyrighted. Feel free to use any part of the workbooks - you may customize the workbook for training programs, demonstrations, or workshops you conduct. The workbooks are found at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/web_based.html.

Additionally, the interactive PubMed Tutorial is available from the PubMed sidebar or directly at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/pubmed_tutorial/m1001.html. The March-April 2001 NLM Technical Bulletin article, "At Your Desktop: the PubMed Interactive Tutorial" provides further details about the tutorial.

Training materials used for the TOXNET class are available for downloading in PDF, PowerPoint® and HTML formats. The guides are broken down into sections so you can choose the areas of interest to you. You may find these TOXNET training resources at http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/getthemostfromsis.html.

Questions/More Information
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the following:

National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC)
notc@nyam.org
800-338-7657 (press 2) or
212-822-7396

or

NLM Customer Service:
custserv@nlm.nih.gov
888-FINDNLM (888-346-3656)


By Janet R. Zipser
MEDLARS Management Section

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Zipser JR. NLM Announces the National Training Center and Clearinghouse Contract and the May-December 2001 Class Schedule. NLM Tech Bull. 2001 May-Jun;(320):e3.

 

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