Biological Information Management from Molecules to Ecosystems P. Bryan Heidorn, Carole L. Palmer, Dan Wright, Melissa Cragin and Linda Smith In this session we will discuss the information gathering methods used to identify the skill sets required by students in two new degree programs closely related to biocuration. The two complementary educational programs at the GSLIS/UIUC are a Biological Information Specialist master’s degree and a concentration in Data Curation within our MSLIS. Respectively NSF and IMLS are funding this curriculum development. In both cases we have established an advisory panel composed of scientists and data managers from major research institutions. Each of these boards meets once a year to answer questions and identify the skills needed by biological information specialists in their institutions. This board also provides case studies and internships to be used in the classroom. We have also begun gathering qualitative data from semi-structured interviews with molecular scientists, systematists, ecosystem scientists, and others around the country. In the fall we will begin an online survey of 400 members of Faculty of the Environment at the Univ. of Illinois. Larger interviews and surveys will follow. These methods combined with our prior research in this field and participation in standards development are helping us to understand the data management practices and needs of the broader biology community. Common themes emerge across the disciplines including science knowledge, information technology, understanding standards and communication skills.