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Bioinformatics Education

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
Class Length: 
16 weeks
Course Owner(s):
Molly Knapp, MA, AHIP, Training Development Specialist
Instructor(s):
Molly Knapp, MA, AHIP, Training Development Specialist
Continuing Education:

Upon successful completion of BBEL, each participant will receive 25 continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Past Classes

In this webinar, you will learn about the NCBI databases GTR, ClinVar, and MedGen and how to use them to answer the following questions:

09/20/2017

The Nucleotide database from NCBI contains nucleotide sequences from humans, model organisms, and a wide variety of other organisms.

05/17/2017

The Gene resource at NCBI is a central hub for accessing nearly all molecular and literature resources for a particular gene.

03/09/2017

A growing number of librarians are filling a special niche in the information world: Serving those who work with genetic and molecular biology information.

01/12/2017

Upcoming Classes

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