|August 1, 2002 [posted]
|Educational Clearinghouse Database: A Service of the National Training Center and Clearinghouse
evelopment of the Educational Clearinghouse Database
Michael Boer, Michael Miller and Chris Shaffer, of the Seattle, Los Angeles and Chicago NN/LM offices, respectively, and Janet Zipser at NLM worked with the training staff to define the look and feel of the clearinghouse database for both searching and viewing.
The NTCC trainers, Mary Van Antwerp, Andrew Hamilton and Maureen Czujak, proceeded to canvass the NN/LM and NLM Web sites gathering URLs, writing annotations and assigning keywords. The designated contact persons at each of the Regional Medical Libraries, and staff at the NLM tested the database. The clearinghouse database was made public on June 17 at http://nnlm.gov/mar/online/.
NTCC Home Page
If you are not familiar with NLM materials, you may wish to click on the Documentation link from the NTCC Home page. This page explains the purpose and objectives of the clearinghouse database and provides definitions concerning the types of information found in the clearinghouse database. Figure 2 shows a portion of the Documentation page including descriptions for some of the searchable elements.
Using the Clearinghouse Database
As shown in Figure 5, you can search by Content, Format, Audience and/or Keywords. Content, Format and Audience search terms are predefined and can be selected from the pull-down menus. In this example, we are looking for a class about nursing resources.
Figure 6 shows the search results, a class titled "Nursing on the Net: Health Care Resources You Can Use," and provides a brief description. To see the full database record for this clearinghouse database resource, click on the title link (see Figure 7).
Suggest a New Resource
By Maureen Czujak
Czujak M. Educational Clearinghouse Database: A Service of the National Training Center and Clearinghouse. NLM Tech Bull. 2002 Jul-Aug;(327):e2.