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Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications

Class Details

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.

There are four major due dates:
Pre-Work: January 25, 2019
Part I: February 22, 2019
Part II: March 29, 2019
Part III: May 3, 2019

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.

Pre-work
Week 1 (Jan 14-18): Genetics Basics
Week 2 (Jan 21-25): Genetics Basics
Part 1
Week 3 (Jan 28-Feb 1): Introduction
Week 4 (Feb 4-8): Molecular Biology Techniques
Week 5 (Feb 11-15): NCBI Nucleotide
Week 6 (Feb 18-22): BLAST Sequence Similarity
Part 2
Week 7 (Feb 25-Mar 1): NCBI Gene
Week 8 (Mar 4-8): Basics of Proteins
Week 9 (Mar 11-15): NCBI Protein and Structure Databases
Week 10 (Mar 18-22): Clinical Applications
Week 11 (Mar 25-29): Catch Up Week
Part 3
Week 12 (Apr 1-5): Ethics and Policy in Bioinformatics
Week 13 (Apr 8-12): What's Next in Genomic Research
Week 14 (Apr 15-19): Synthesis
Week 15 (Apr 22-26): Synthesis and Evaluation
Week 16 (Apr 29-May 3): Additional catch up days (if needed)

Note: Registration closes January 7, 2019. This course is limited to 60 participants. A 20-seat wait list is also available. Registration preference given to residents of the United States.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Jan 14, 2019 to May 3, 2019
Instructor(s):
Dana Abbey, Colorado/Community Engagement Coordinator
Karen Coghlan, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Molly Knapp, MA, AHIP, Training Development Specialist
Contact:
Continuing Education Credits: 
25
This class is now closed to registrants.

Class Overview

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. 

Objectives: 
  • 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