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!!!!!


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
                will be provided for those pre-registering. See:
        University at Buffalo - South Campus
        State University of New York

        Directions to the University at Buffalo:
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-served basis. Cancellations will be appreciated as
early as
Contact:Fred Stoss
        Science and Engineering Library
        University at Buffalo - North Campus
        (716) 645-2947 ext. 224
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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)
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
<>  prior to
attending the course.
        The MLA Molecular Biology and Genomics SIG Web page
        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
        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)
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
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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.