Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications
This class is an introductory, 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.This course is built around a series of bioinformatics webinars produced by the NNLM Training Office in 2017.
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; and Dr. Emir Khatipov, Ph.D., National Library of Medicine.
The suggested pace of topics is listed below. Modules open progressively. Course content is provided in the form of videos, hands-on exercises, readings, discussion posts, and open book quizzes. Synthesis activities conclude the course with actual reference questions from the NCBI and the creation of a personal bioinformatics action plan.
This course is taught using the Moodle learning management system.
Week 1 & 2 (Jan 29-Feb 9): Genetics Basics: orientation on molecular biology concepts
Week 3 (Feb 12-16): Introduction - What is bioinformatics and what does it have to do with librarianship?
Week 4 (Feb 19-23): Molecular Biology Techniques
Week 5 (Feb 26-Mar 2): NCBI Nucleotide Database
Week 6 (Mar 5-9): BLAST Sequence Similarity
Week 7 (Mar 12-16): NCBI Gene Database
Week 8 (Mar 19-23): Basics of Proteins
Week 9 (Mar 26-30): Catch up week
Week 10 (April 2-6): NCBI Protein and Structure Databases
Week 11 (April 9-13): Clinical Applications
Week 12 (April 16-20): Ethics and Policy in Bioinformatics
Week 13 (April 23-27): What's Next in Genomic Research
Week 14-15 (April 30-May 11): Synthesis Activities
Week 16 (May 14-18): Additional catch up week (if needed)
Note: Registration closes January 24, 2018. This course is limited to 25 participants. A 10-seat waitlist is also available. Registration preference given to residents of the United States.
Jan 29, 2018 to May 18, 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