On January 20, 2011, Cheryl Rowan, Public Health Outreach Coordinator, and Michelle Malizia, Associate Director, from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) office in Houston traveled to the Laredo Regional Campus Library to teach “Keeping up with NLM’s PubMed.” Librarians and health professionals from the Laredo community were invited to this four-hour, hands-on training class in order to expand their knowledge and use of PubMed. PubMed is a free resource containing more than 20 million citations from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books that is developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Library staff members from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Laredo Regional Campus, Laredo Community College, and Texas A&M International University participated in this class. Staff members from the South Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program attended the training as well.
Participants were extremely pleased with the classes and left either with new knowledge of an excellent resource to share with students and health professionals or a better understanding of a useful research tool.