Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications
This class is an introductory, asynchronous online bioinformatics course for librarians using the Moodle learning management system. It is a 16-week, self-paced course worth 25 hours of CE credit from the Medical Library Association. This course was designed both for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services; and also for librarians who use bioinformatics information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve their patrons.
Subject Matter Experts/Additional Instructors for this course include: Dr. Peter Cooper, PhD and Dr. Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine
Week 1 (Aug 20-24): Genetics Basics
Week 2 (Aug 27-31): Genetics Basics
Week 3 (Sep 4-7): Introduction - Bioinformatics and Librarianship
Week 4 (Sep 10-14): Molecular Biology Techniques
Week 5 (Sep 17-21): NCBI Nucleotide
Week 6 (Sep 24-28): BLAST Sequence Similarity
Week 7 (Oct 1-5): NCBI Gene
Week 8 (Oct 8-12): Basics of Proteins
Week 9 (Oct 15-19): NCBI Protein and Structure Databases
Week 10 (Oct 22-26): Clinical Applications
Week 11 (Oct 29-Nov 2): Catch Up Week
Week 12 (Nov 5-9): Ethics and Policy in Bioinformatics
Week 13 (Nov 12-16): What's Next in Genomic Research
Week 14 (Nov 19-23): Synthesis
Note: Registration closes August 15, 2018. This course is limited to 50 participants. A 20-seat waitlist is also available. Registration preference given to residents of the United States.
Aug 20, 2018 to Dec 7, 2018
Bioinformatics Education introduces different topics and NCBI databases that support bioinformatics education and discovery, including the NCBI databases Nucleotide, Gene, Structure and Protein.
Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications is an introductory, online bioinformatics course for librarians using the Moodle learning management system. It is 16 week, self-paced course worth 25 hours of CE credit from the Medical Library Association. It is designed both for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services; and also for librarians who use bioinformatics information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve their patrons. This course is built around a series of bioinformatics webinars produced by the NNLM Training Office (NTO) in 2017. This course is offered twice a year, generally Jan - May and Aug - Dec.
Recordings of the 2017 bioinformatics webinars are available under Past Classes.
- Gain a functional understanding of molecular biology concepts sufficient to use the NCBI bioinformatics databases
- Define bioinformatics, describing some research questions that scientists are exploring now using bioinformatics tools and techniques
- For the Nucleotide, Gene, Structure and Protein databases:
- Describe what kinds of information are contained
- Develop a search strategy for common patron questions
- Identify where genetic and protein data comes from, and describe data quality concerns
- Answer common patron questions, referring to appropriate databases
- Find genetic information that is translated to clinical application
- Explore the roles and activities of other librarians working in bioinformatics
- Discuss public policy and ethical implications of bioinformatics data storage, access and use
- Direct others to experts and sources of assistance