A Librarian's Guide to NCBI
Health science librarians are invited to participate in a new 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 basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required. The course page has more details.
Online and In-person Course Components
There are two parts to A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI
, listed below. Applicants must take both
- Part 1: "Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching”, a three-week, online, (asynchronous) self-paced pre-course, March 4-25, 2013.
- Part 2: A 5-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, April 15th - 19th, 2013.
The format of both components of the course is a combination of instruction, demonstration, discussions, and hands-on exercises (both individual and group). The online component also makes use of videos and readings.
MLA CE credits will be available for those completing the entire course.
Instructors will be NCBI staff and Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo.
Who can apply?
- Applications are open to health science librarians in the United States.
- Applicants will be accepted both from libraries currently providing bioinformatics services as well as from those desiring to implement services.
- Enrollment is limited to 18 participants
What does it cost?
- There is no charge for the class. Travel and lodging costs are your responsibility.
- Application deadline: January 25, 2013
- Acceptance notification: February 15, 2013
- Please fill out the Application Form immediately below.
- Supervisor Support Statement:
Once you complete the Application Form, you will be directed to download the Supervisor Support Statement. 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.
- You must provide the Supervisor Support Statement and your current CV as part of your application.
- Email your CV (PDF preferred) and a scanned copy of the Supervisor Support Statement to email@example.com or FAX the documents to 801-581-3632, ATTN: Sharon Dennis.
- Your application is not complete until we receive both your CV and the Supervisor Support Statement.
Contact the course organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org