Announcing a New Course for the Spring of 2013 at NLM: A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI

“A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” comprises a pre-course, “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching,” offered online (asynchronous) during March 2013 and a 5-day in-person course offered at the National Library of Medicine, April 15th – 19th. The course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Topics include using the BLAST sequence similarity search and Entrez text search systems to find relevant data. The course describes the various kinds of molecular data available, and explains how these are generated and used in modern biomedical research. Instructors will be NCBI staff and Diane Rein, Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo. The course will be limited to 18 students. More information and an online application will be available in December.

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