Librarians in the United States who specialize in health and related sciences are invited to participate in the next offering of the bioinformatics training course, “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI,” sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC).
The course provides 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. Participating in the Librarian’s Guide course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution.
Instructors will be NCBI staff and Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo.
Online Pre-Course and In-Person Course Components
The two parts to “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” are listed below. Applicants must complete both parts. Participants must complete the pre-course with full CE credit (Part 1) in order to advance to attend the 5-day in-person course (Part 2).
- Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching,” an online (asynchronous) course, October 26-December 11, 2015.
The major goal of Part 1 is to provide an introduction to bioinformatics theory and practice in support of developing and implementing library-based bioinformatics products and services. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. The course encompasses visualizing bioinformatics end-user practice. It places a strong emphasis on hands-on acquisition of NCBI search competencies, and developing a working molecular biology vocabulary through self-paced hands-on exercises.
Other option: Interested in taking only the online version of the “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” course? Watch for an upcoming second announcement of an offering in January-February 2016.
- Part 2: A 5-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, March 7-11, 2016.
The focus of the in-person course is on using the BLAST sequence similarity search and Entrez text search systems to find relevant molecular data. The course describes the various kinds of molecular data available and explain how these are generated and used in modern biomedical research. The course is a combination of instruction, demonstration, discussions, and hands-on exercises (both individual and group).
Who can apply?
- Applications are open to librarians in the United States who specialize in health science or related sciences.
- Applications will be accepted both from librarians currently providing bioinformatics services as well as from those desiring to implement services.
- Enrollment is limited 25 participants.
What does it cost?
- There is no charge for the classes. Travel, lodging and meal costs for the in-person class are at the expense of the participant.
Important Application Dates
- Application deadline: September 14, 2015
- Acceptance notification: On or about October 5, 2015
How to Apply
- Please fill out the Application Form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/guide_2016_app.
- Once you complete the Application Form, you will be directed to download the Supervisor Support Statement (ftp://ftp.ncbi.nih.gov/pub/education/librarian_guide/Forms/Supervisor_Supportv2.pdf). This is to be filled out and signed by your immediate supervisor. This statement describes your current and/or future role in bioinformatics support at your institution and confirms your availability to attend the course if selected.
- Provide your current curriculum vitae (CV). Please use the suggested CV model as a guideline for the type of information desired (ftp://ftp.ncbi.nih.gov/pub/education/librarian_guide/Forms/LibGuide_CV_model.pdf).Your application is not complete until we receive both your CV and the Supervisor Support Statement in addition to the Application Form.
The course page with additional information is at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/education/librarian/
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