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Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications

Posted in: #CC/Academic List, #Health Sciences List

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is pleased to announce open registration for the third cohort of Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications! This course 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. The 16-week, self-paced Moodle course reviews basic biology concepts and takes a deep dive into NCBI Molecular Biology Databases. It is worth 25 hours of continuing education credit from the Medical Library Association. Successful participants are invited to join an Alumni Forum which includes discussion and monthly learning opportunities. The third cohort of the course will run January 14 – May 3, 2019.

There are four major due dates to successful complete this course:

  • Pre-Work: January 25, 2019
  • Part I: February 22, 2019
  • Part II: March 29, 2019
  • Part III: May 3, 2019

Subject Matter Experts/Additional Instructors for this course include: Dr. Peter Cooper, PhD and Dr. Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine.


Week 1 (Jan 14-18): Genetics Basics

Week 2 (Jan 21-25): Genetics Basics

Part 1

Week 3 (Jan 28-Feb 1): Introduction

Week 4 (Feb 4-8): Molecular Biology Techniques

Week 5 (Feb 11-15): NCBI Nucleotide

Week 6 (Feb 18-22): BLAST Sequence Similarity

Part 2

Week 7 (Feb 25-Mar 1): NCBI Gene

Week 8 (Mar 4-8): Basics of Proteins

Week 9 (Mar 11-15): NCBI Protein and Structure Databases

Week 10 (Mar 18-22): Clinical Applications

Week 11 (Mar 25-29): Catch Up Week

Part 3

Week 12 (Apr 1-5): Ethics and Policy in Bioinformatics

Week 13 (Apr 8-12): What’s Next in Genomic Research

Week 14 (Apr 15-19): Synthesis

Week 15 (Apr 22-26): Synthesis and Evaluation

Week 16 (Apr 29-May 3): Additional catch up days (if needed)

Note: Registration closes January 7, 2019 at 11:59pm of your time zone. This course is limited to 60 participants. A 20-seat wait list is also available. Registration preference given to residents of the United States.

Contact molly.knapp@utah.edu with questions.



Contact us at:
Network of the National Library of Medicine/NNLM Region 4
University of Utah
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
10 North 1900 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5890
Phone: 801-587-3650
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012344 with the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.

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