Wednesday, June 4, 2008

New ATM & PubMed: Straight to the source

I wanted to provide an update to my brief PubMed Review shoutout during MLA 08 with a direct link to the 25-minute PubMed Review slides & audio presentation that was shown at the NLM Theater in Chicago. If you have not previously used Adobe Acrobat Connect (formerly Macromedia Breeze) on your computer, you may be prompted to a free upgrade/install... just a heads up that this isn't Slideshare.

In the interest of time & highlights, here's an approximate breakdown of where in the timeline subjects are featured so you can skip around

  • :00 - PubMed Factoids
  • :50 - Collections Updates/MyNCBI
  • 2:03 - PubMed Central ID (PMCID)
  • 3:09 - Collaborators vs. Authors
  • 4:18 - Abstract Plus
  • 5:46 - Patient Drug Information on Abstract Plus
  • 6:22 - Related Reviews on Abstract Plus
  • 6:50 - Advanced Search Beta (must see)
  • 13:55 - New Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) (critical to see)
  • 18:00 - Using Advanced Search to focus subjects due to ATM (must see)
  • 18:44 - Citation Sensor (ties in to ATM)
  • 19:52 - Diacritics
  • 20:19 - Summary Display
  • 21:05 - Browser Advice
  • 21:29 - Future Attractions
  • 22:40 - Audience questions (hard to follow)
The Pacific Northwest Region of the National Network of Library of Medicine (NN/LM PNR) also posted a blog entry giving a brief guided tutorial to the changes.

All of the MLA 2008 presentations are on the NLM Distance Education Program Resources page; scroll way, way down to the Medical Library Association 2008 Annual Meeting Theater Presentations for them. My kingdom for an anchor tag! This page also includes a large number of NLM tutorial and handout resources, although due to the ATM changes use caution before passing them on as the information regarding PubMed search strategies has certainly changed since last month.

Please send feedback to NLM regarding your experience with these changes. At the bottom of every PubMed page is a tiny little hyperlink of Write to the Help Desk. If you do not need help but have a comment, this is still the method to do so. Decisions to create and change resources are not done in a vacuum at NLM. We are their users and they respond to our needs and feedback just as we do to our own library users!