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Basic Science Caucus

(formerly Molecular Biology and Genomics SIG)

Members: 126     Discussions: 347     Files: 9

The Basic Science Caucus is open to all individuals who are interested in library-based information sources and instruction in molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics (and other “omics”). Meetings are held at the MLA annual conference each year.

Statement of Purpose

This caucus:

  • provides a forum for exchange of knowledge about molecular biology, genome projects, and clinical genetics information resources and the skills in using them;
  • facilitates communication and collaboration in the development and delivery of information services related to these areas;
  • promotes the exchange of ideas and experiences in marketing the services to current library clientele, lab-based groups, clincians, and a broad range of instructors and students of biology and medicine; and
  • collaborates with sections to develop relevant conference programming and promote the professional development of librarians in this area.

Public Resources


Directories of bioinformatics resources

NCBI Teaching Materials


  • OpenHelix
    The green icon identifies free online tutorials to learn how to use major bioinformatics resources, which may also be retrieved using a search engine. Slides and hands-on exercises are often available as well. The Open Helix blog proposes weekly tips that are useful to stay current with new databases.
  • Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops at
    Advanced workshops in bioinformatics: Statistics with R, Clinical genomics and biomarkers, High throughput sequencing… Slides and videos available.

Video Tutorials

Image: A dehydrogenase enzyme from the bacteria Colwellia psychrerythraea, by Matt Howard

Basic Science Leaders

Shannon Compton, PhD, AHIP
Bay Path University
Chair; Community Council Alternate
Laura M Lipke MS, MLIS, AHIP
A. T. Still University
Stacey E Wahl, AHIP
Virginia Commonwealth University
Immediate Past Chair; Community Council Representative
Kumru E Kastro
Drexel University Libraries
Delegate, Information Management Domain Hub