MAR Announces Bioinformatics Training Call
The NNLM MAR announces a Bioinformatics Training Award. Deadline for applications is October 23, 2009. The NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), as part of its library improvement program, is accepting applications from MAR full and affiliate network members for a Bioinformatics Training Award that will instruct information professionals on molecular biology and bioinformatics resources to support researchers, clinicians, and other users.
The purpose of the Bioinformatics Training Award program is to train on and promote awareness about publicly available molecular biology information resources, including resources from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Molecular biology and genetics are fast-growing areas of scientific knowledge, and this award will prepare librarians in the region to assist bioinformatics information seekers. The intent of this award is to recognize and develop bioinformatics expertise among MAR librarians.
This award will fund travel expenses, materials, and honoraria (if applicable) for an individual or team to teach classes multiple times within the Middle Atlantic Region (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania) on freely available molecular biology information resources. In person and online instruction may be offered to maximize participation throughout the MAR region.
The target audience for these classes is librarians and information professionals. Classes should take a “train the trainer” approach and show librarians how to teach clinicians, researchers, and students to use bioinformatics information resources.
Instructors may be bioinformatics researchers and/or information professionals. Training partnerships between MAR member librarians and subject matter experts in bioinformatics or molecular biology (such as faculty members or researchers) are strongly encouraged.
One award up to $4,700 is available. Funds will be awarded on a cost reimbursement basis. Awardees will invoice MAR for costs associated with the Bioinformatics Training Award activity. If you have questions or require assistance, contact Arpita Bose, Outreach and Communications Coordinator, at 212-263-4176 or email@example.com. Awards will be announced on the MAR discussion list, MARL, as well as the MAR blog, the MARquee. Funded award activity must be complete by April 30, 2011. See http://nnlm.gov/mar/funding/biotrain.html for more detail about the award, its requirements and application.