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  1. Building a Bioinformatics Community of Practice Through Library Education Programs Barrie E. Hayes, Systems Development Librarian K.T.L. Vaughan, Education Services Librarian Margaret E. Moore, Director of Planning Health Sciences Library University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

  2. Community of PracticeA New Term for an Old Activity “Groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their understanding of this area by interacting on an ongoing basis.” - Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott, William Snyder,Cultivating Communities of Practice : A Guide to Managing Knowledge, 2002

  3. An Old Activity • Knowledge-based social structures • CoP examples

  4. A New Approach • Intentional cultivation • How can libraries help their parent organizations build and integrate communities of practice? – Oct 2003 QuintEssential Conference

  5. An Exciting Opportunityfor the Library • Demonstrate expertise • Share and build a common knowledge-base • Support and facilitate collaboration • Partner with domain experts • Explore viability of new roles in communities

  6. An Exciting Opportunity for the Bioinformatics Community • Share expertise and knowledge • Expand the collegial network • Develop new partnerships • Create new knowledge • Enhance database discovery

  7. UNC-Chapel Hill Setting • Large state university • 5 Health Affairs schools: Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health • Level 4 research & teaching hospitals complex • Biomedical research facilities • Campus-wide bioinformatics initiatives • Schools of Arts & Sciences, Information & Library Science

  8. Genome Research at UNC • Carolina Center for Genome Sciences (CCGS) • $245 million over 10 years • $5 million grant to support development of a clinical genetics database • Research facilities and faculty/staff support • Other centers and curricular programs

  9. Bioinformatics and the Health Sciences Library • 2001-02 bioinformatics fellow • Planning paper (College & Research Libraries) • Early activities

  10. Bioinformatics Program Service Activities • Face to face instruction • Internet-based communication tools • Educational partnerships

  11. Face to Face Instruction • Forums • Course-integrated lectures • Individual consultations • Open library classes

  12. Internet-Based Communication Tools • Listserv • Online educational materials • Web site (http://www.hsl.unc.edu/bioinformatics/) • Future tools: blog, online chat, web-based conferencing tools

  13. Educational Partnerships • Carolina Center for Genome Sciences • UNC Center for Bioinformatics • Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Curriculum • School of Information and Library Science • NC Center for Public Health & Genomics • Academic Affairs Libraries

  14. Results to Date • Forums • Course-integrated lectures • Consultations • Website usage statistics • Listserv membership & traffic • SILS student project – database of UNC campus resources for molecular biology & bioinformatics • Semi-structured interviews with key faculty

  15. The Library’s Role • Provide information resources and services • Provide support of further community development

  16. We’re Just Getting Going • Beginning to lay a foundation • Still in our comfort zone • Next stages • Build / expand partnerships with bioinformatics community • Figure out appropriate roles and abilities

  17. Questions?

  18. Follow-up Barrie Hayes – barrie_hayes@unc.edu K.T. Vaughan - ktlv@email.unc.edu Margaret Moore - Margaret_Moore@unc.edu Website http://www.hsl.unc.edu/bioinformatics/ Presentation slides http://www.hsl.unc.edu/present/Bioinformatics/MLA2004-BioCoP.ppt