I apologize for duplicate postings of this announcement. We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for librarians in Western New York and Ontario who serve faculty, student, and research interests related to the rapidly growing field of molecular biology. The University at Buffalo has made arrangements to provide at no cost the National Library of Medicine's one-day course, Molecular Biology Information Resources for Librarians on July 25th at the University at Buffalo South Campus. Program details are posted below along with a Registration Form you can clip and send to reserve your place. We are limited to the first 40 persons registering for the class, which provides 8.0 MLA Continuing Education hours. Please route this notice to other librarians or library lists that you feel might benefit from this announcement. Again, this announcement is being sent to several discussion lists- please excuse any duplication. Fred Stoss Biological Sciences Librarian University at Buffalo Cost: FREE!!!!! What: MOLECULAR BIOLOGY INFORMATION RESOURCES FOR LIBRARIANS http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Class/MLACourse/ <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Class/MLACourse/> Who: Presented by Renata McCarthy Technical Information Specialist National Center for Biotechnology Information National Library of Medicine When: Tuesday, July 25, 2000 Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Place: 231 Cary Hall Just (on the east side of Diefendorf loop, with parking on the south side of the building) Visitor Parking Tags will be provided for those pre-registering. See: http://wings.buffalo.edu/bldgloc?cary <http://wings.buffalo.edu/bldgloc?cary> University at Buffalo - South Campus State University of New York Directions to the University at Buffalo: http://www.buffalo.edu/directions/ <http://www.buffalo.edu/directions/> MLA/CE: 8 contact hours Limit: We have a PC computer lab for individual hands-on instruction. The Lab holds forty (40) people. Slots will be given on a first-come first-served basis. Cancellations will be appreciated as early as known Contact:Fred Stoss Science and Engineering Library University at Buffalo - North Campus (716) 645-2947 ext. 224 [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> ************************************************************************** MOLECULAR BIOLOGY INFORMATION RESOURCES FOR LIBRARIANS REGISTRATION FORM Name: Title: Library: Institution: Address: eMail: Phone: Special Needs:  Arriving Monday, July 24. Please send lodging information. If possible we can try to see if we can gather early arrivals for dinner at a local restaurant and/or drive to Niagara Falls. ************************************************************************** Molecular Biology Information Resources for Librarians MLA CE: 8 contact hours Course Schedule is included below (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM) Contents: 1. Course Description 2. Intended Audience 3. Objectives 4. Course Schedule/Manual Contents 5. Instructor/Biosketch ============================================================ 1. Course Description This course provides an introduction to four domains of information generated by the field of molecular biology: nucleotide sequences, protein sequences, genome maps, and three-dimensional structures. An overview of search systems available at the National Center for Biotechnology Information, particularly Entrez and BLAST, emphasizes how your current search skills apply to molecular biology databases. The course concludes with a discussion of various levels of molecular biology information services provided by librarians. ============================================================ 2. Intended Audience Librarians with limited or no previous experience searching molecular sequence databases. Although a very brief review of basic genetic concepts and terms will be provided at the beginning of the course, participants should become familiar with the basic genetics concepts and terms described at http://medicine.wustl.edu/molbiosig/basic.genetics.html <http://medicine.wustl.edu/molbiosig/basic.genetics.html> prior to attending the course. The MLA Molecular Biology and Genomics SIG Web page http://medicine.wustl.edu/molbiosig <http://medicine.wustl.edu/molbiosig> also contains additional references to tutorials, glossaries/dictionaries, and text books that should be consulted as needed. 3. Objectives Upon completing the course, participants will be able to: 1. Identify commonly-used molecular biology information resources 2. Describe the components of a GenBank record, including the similarities and differences with a bibliographic record 3. Retrieve nucleotide and protein sequence records by text term searches in the Entrez retrieval system 4. Conduct a basic sequence similarity search using the BLAST search system using a nucleotide or protein query sequence 5. Retrieve three-dimensional structure records by text term searches and display them with a structure viewing program 6. Identify genome and mapping resources on the NCBI Web site for human and other organisms. 7. Retrieve genome records by text term searches and display the graphic view of the genome map(s) 8. Consider a level of molecular biology information services that their library can readily provide ============================================================ 4. Course Schedule/Manual Contents (length of each section is approximate, to allow for questions, etc.): SECTION 1: Course Overview 8:00-8:15 AM Basic Genetic Concepts and Terms 8:15-9:00 AM (see section 13 of manual) SECTION 2: Types of Molecular Biology Databases 9:00-9:20 AM SECTION 3: GenBank - Overview and Submissions 9:20-9:40 AM SECTION 4: Format of Sequence Records 9:40-10:00 AM BREAK 10:00-10:30 SECTION 5: NCBI Web page overview 10:30-11:00 AM SECTION 6: Entrez System 11:00-11:45 AM SECTION 7: Taxonomy Browser 11:45-Noon LUNCH Noon-1:00 SECTION 8: BLAST Sequence Similarity Searching 1:00-2:00 PM SECTION 9: Structure Databases 2:00-2:45 PM BREAK 2:45-3:15 SECTION 10: Mapping Information Resources 3:15-4:15 PM SECTION 11: Some WWW sites that provide access (included just to molecular biology databases and for reference) software SECTION 12: Glossary SECTION 13: Basic Genetic Concepts and Terms (covered in AM) SECTION 14: Various Levels of Mol. Bio. Info. 4:15-4:45 PM Services Provided by Librarians COURSE EVALUATION 4:45-5:00 PM ============================================================ 5. Instructor Renata McCarthy, MLS Technical Information Specialist National Center for Biotechnology Information National Library of Medicine 8600 Rockville Pike Bldg. 38A, Rm. 8S820 Bethesda, MD 20894 Phone: 301-435-5947 Fax: 301-480-9241 [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> Brief biographical sketch: Renata McCarthy is a Technical Information Specialist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), National Library of Medicine. She joined NCBI in September 1994 as a Technical Information Specialist with The KEVRIC Company, under contract to NCBI, and served as Project Manager for KEVRIC before accepting a position with the NCBI in December 1997. Prior to obtaining her M.L.S. from SUNY at Buffalo in 1993 and completing the National Library of Medicine Associate program in 1994, Renata worked as a Senior Medical Sales Representative with Mead Johnson Pharmaceuticals, and taught biology in a traditional high school setting as well as the Science Magnet School located on Zoo grounds in Buffalo, New York. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Cornell University.