A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI – A New Education Initiative

Next week NCBI will premiere A Librarian’s Guide to NCBIa new course aimed at teaching health science librarians about NCBI resources. The course is sponsored by the NCBI, the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s NLM Training Center (NNLM/NTC) at the University of Utah. The initial offering of this course will be held from April 15-19, 2013.


Our goal is to “train the trainers” who will implement new and enhance existing bioinformatics education and support services at their home institutions – 21 universities, medical centers and research institutes across the United States.

The course’s curriculum was designed to provide background knowledge and technical skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular resources from the NCBI.

Topics covered include:

  • Molecular Biology Basics
  • Advanced Entrez Searching
  • Sequences & Genomes
  • Sequence Variation & its Consequences
  • Gene Expression & Biological Pathways
  • Protein Structures
  • Drugs & Other Small Molecules

Following the course, we will make the complete set of course materials freely available for anyone to download to use for the development of training programs or incorporation into existing courses. We’ll post here again after the course with full details on how to access the materials.

In addition to offering this new course, we plan to use the content as the basis for a series of webinars and a set of instructional materials suitable for classroom settings.

We’d love to hear about how you might use these materials and if there are other educational resources or materials that you’d like to see from us!

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