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 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
Upon successful completion of BBEL, each participant will receive 30 continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.
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