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EDUCATION: Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching – an online course

Diane Rein will be teaching a new session of the online asynchronous course for health sciences librarians, “Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching,” from Oct. 21 – Dec. 2.   The course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI.  Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required. The course format includes video lectures, readings, a molecular vocabulary exercise, an NCBI discovery exercise, and other hands-on exercises.  The instructor is Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo.

“Fundamentals” is now offered separately from the “Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” 5-day face-to-face workshop; but participants who complete the online course requirements will be eligible to apply for the Librarian’s Guide workshop in Bethesda, which will be held in April of 2014, if they so desire.

The course has limited enrollment and requires potential participants to submit an application (  The course is listed on the registration system with a link to the application form.   Questions?  E-mail the course organizers at  (mm)

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