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Reflections on Bioinformatics Librarianship

Class Details

In this one-hour Webinar, librarians reflect on the practice and future of this specialized and uniquely valuable role of the librarian providing bioinformatics support.

Facilitator:
Dr. Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine.

Guest Speakers:
Kumru E. Kastro, MS, MI is the Liaison Librarian for Biology, Chemistry, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, and first-year Engineering at Drexel University. Kumru is responsible for building library collections and teaching information and research skills to faculty and students.

Elliott Smith, MLIS is the Emerging Technologies & Bioinformatics Librarian at UC Berkeley, where he currently supports the students and faculty of the Departments of Molecular & Cell Biology and Integrative Biology. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.

Jean-Paul (JP) Courneya, MS, is a bioinformationist at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Health Sciences and Human Services Library. JP is the information resource specialist for biotechnology, bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics, next-gen sequencing, molecular and cell biology bench research, and data management for research.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Sep 4, 2019
1:00PM - 2:00PM CT
Instructor(s):
Molly Knapp, MA, AHIP, Training Development Specialist
Contact:
Continuing Education Credits: 
1

A growing number of librarians are filling a special niche in the information world: serving those who work with genetic and molecular biology information.  Bioinformatics research advances in such areas as gene therapy, personalized medicine, drug discovery, the inherited basis of complex diseases influenced by multiple gene/environmental interactions, and the identification of the molecular targets for environmental mutagens and carcinogens have wide ranging implications for the medical and consumer health sectors (Rein, 2006). In this one-hour Webinar, librarians reflect on the practice and future of this specialized and uniquely valuable role of the librarian providing bioinformatics support.

Objectives: 
  • Explore the roles of librarians who support these who work with genetic and molecular biology information at academic institutions