Bioinformatics Training Award: Mid-Atlantic Region Bioinformatics Training
A full-day Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching workshop will be developed that covers the foundations of bioinformatics. The workshop will be a combination of short lectures and hands-on computer demonstrations and practical exercises. It will be presented from within the context of a medical, clinical or pre-clinical perspective. The current vision is to provide three hours of computerbased instruction, two hours of guided networking and discussion, and a second three hour computerbased session. This is to allow ?decompression? time between computer-based work sets while simultaneously providing an opportunity for participants to build relationships and discover opportunities for collaboration with others. The creator of the workshop will request six hours of continuing education credit to encourage participants to register. In addition, we propose here to develop the Fundamentals of Bioinformatics workshop under a Creative Commons license to promote redistribution and sharing of the material prevent, preventing commercialization of the workshop, and permitting the Creator to return copyright.. The exact conditions of how the Creative Commons License should be invoked needs to be negotiated to protect the interests and mission of the Mid-Atlantic Region of NN/LM as well as that of the Creator. An important component of this proposal is to lower the barriers for librarians to attend the workshops. We therefore are proposing to offer a minimum of ten librarian ?scholarships? of up to $500 each to defray the cost of transportation and lodging for those librarians who are traveling at a distance and for whom their libraries may not be able to provide professional development funds. In particular, we are interested in creating as diverse a librarian population possible among the participants, particularly hospital librarians who will be given priority status for at least four of the scholarships, two/ each workshop given.