For 15 years, a team of librarians from regional branches of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine have come to the Radiology Society of North America's annual conference in Chicago to host educational sessions on helping clinicians easily find reference material.

They're back for RNSA 2011, being held Nov. 27-Dec. 2 in Chicago. The goal is to help clinicians be more efficient in finding the citations and related articles they need, and learning which articles are free and which aren't, says Holly Ann Burt, outreach and exhibits coordinator at the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region library in Chicago.

The National Library of Medicine's PubMed/MEDLINE is a public system of 21.2 million citations pointing to various articles from multiple sources, especially MEDLINE. Indexing is the key to finding articles easily, Burt notes. "All MEDLINE articles are indexed and it's the index that makes MEDLINE so powerful, if you know how to use it."

The regional librarians will host four basic and two advanced classes during RSNA 2011. They'll also have a booth for hands-on training, in multiple languages, in the Informatics section of Lakeside Hall 3 inside conference site McCormick Place. The course is titled, "National Library of Medicine (NLM) PubMed/MEDLINE Basics: Finding What You Need in Radiology." More information is available at


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