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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 a 14 week,  self-paced course worth 30 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 offered twice a year, generally Jan - May and Aug - Dec. 

  • 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
Course Materials: 
Class Length: 
14 weeks
Course Owner(s):
Molly Knapp, MA, AHIP, Training Development Specialist
Dana Abbey, Colorado/Community Engagement Coordinator
Aimee Gogan, MLIS, Technical Information Specialist, NLM/OET
Molly Knapp, MA, AHIP, Training Development Specialist
Nancy Shin, Research and Data Coordinator
Continuing Education:

Upon successful completion, each participant will receive 30 continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association, and an invitation to join the Bioinformatics Forum, an online community providing continuing support and training for participants as they implement bioinformatics services at their home institutions.

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