A Librarian's Guide to NCBI

Course Description

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 parts.
  • 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.

CE Credits

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.

Important Dates:

  • Application deadline: January 25, 2013
  • Acceptance notification: February 15, 2013

Application Instructions:

  • 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 ncbi_course@lists.utah.edu 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 ncbi_course@lists.utah.edu.

An asterisk (*) next to a question means an answer is required


* 1. Name and Address:

* 2. Contact email:

* 3. Supervisor Contact:

* 4. Please provide a brief summary (150 words maximum) of your experience using bioinformatics databases and list the databases and services you have used.

* 5. Please briefly explain (150 words maximum) how knowledge and skills you will gain from this course will be useful in your current position and how it will benefit your patron community.