HLABC is an organization dedicated to supporting health libraries, their staff, and anyone interested in the search and discovery of health information.

Pilot Journal Club – Thursday May 24th, 2018 at 10am

Dean Giustini will be leading a discussion on the following article:

Pardo-Hernandez H, Urrútia G, Barajas-Nava LA, Buitrago-Garcia D, Garzón JV, Martínez-Zapata MJ, Bonfill X. BADERI: an online database to coordinate handsearching activities of controlled clinical trials for their potential inclusion in systematic reviews. Trials. 2017 Dec;18(1):273. https://trialsjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13063-017-2023-3

Please read the article beforehand and be ready to discuss.

We will be using join.me to hold this discussion online or by phone:

Join the meeting: join.me/HLABC-CHLA.ABSC

24 May 2018 10:00
Baja California
To dial in by phone:
Canada – Vancouver
Conference ID: 955-806-551 #

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January 31, 2018 Continuing Education Event

January 31, 2018 HLABC Continuing Studies Event:

Location: UBC Woodward Library, Computer Lab and Sherrington Room (2198 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, V6T 1Z3)

Cost: $35 in person (PayPal link on the registration form) / $0 Online


  • 9:00-9:15 – Welcome (coffee and tea in the Sherrington Room)
  • 9:15-10:15 – Personal Oncogenomics and Brain Cancer – Dr. Yaron Butterfield (Sherrington Room)
  • 10:15-10:30 – Break
  • 10:30-11:30 – Communicating by design – Chantalle Jack (Computer Lab downstairs from Sherrington Room)
  • 11:30-11:45 – Break
  • 11:45-12:30 – Predatory journal tools (Computer Lab downstairs from Sherrington Room)
  • 12:30-1:30 – Lunch and HLABC Meeting (Sherrington Room)
  • 1:30-2:00 – What’s in a Library Catalogue? Maximizing Corporate Value – Ruth Rochlin
  • 2:00-2:30 – Canadian Health Librarianship and the TRC: Responses and Responsibilities – Lara Maestro
  • 2:30-3:00 – What is old becomes new again: discoveries among the medical rare books – Charlotte Beck
  • 3:00-4:00 – Social gathering at Mahoney & Sons

For more details about this event and payment information please go to our upcoming events page:


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HLABC AGM: Reminder and Agenda

This year’s annual general meeting will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from approximately 10:50 am to 11:30 am. The agenda is available for download here.

Join the meeting virtually:

A microphone will be used during the AGM so that virtual participants can hear everything discussed. Follow the directions below to virtually participate in the meeting.

  1. Join the meeting: join.me/coppulmeeting
  2. To dial in by phone: +1.778.654.8779 (More phone numbers)
  3. Conference ID: 460-437-388 #

We look forward to seeing you all on Thursday!

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June 22, 2017 HLABC CE Event and AGM

Please join us for presentations from clinical researchers on the appraisal of systematic reviews and guidelines, presentations from HLABC members on recent innovations and new resources, and, of course, our AGM.

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Location: UBC Woodward Library, Sherrington Room (2198 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, V6T 1Z3)

Don’t forget, you must be an HLABC member to register!

To become an HLABC member or to renew your membership, simply go to http://hlabc.chla-absc.ca/membership/join-hlabc/. It just takes a minute to renew!


  • 9:00 – 9:15: Welcome
  • 9:15 – 10:40:  “Eyes Wide Open: Thoughtful Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses” by Dr. Aaron Tejani
  • 10:40 – 10:50: Break
  • 10:50 – 11:30:  AGM ***Please note: The new HLABC Executive will be announced at this time. If you’re interested in nominating yourself or a colleague, please contact Fiona at fchiu08@gmail.com.***
  • 11:30 – 12:30:  Lunch, soft start based on timing of AGM (lunch provided with in-person registration)
  • 12:30 – 1:30: “We Should Stop Using Clinical Practice Guidelines When it Comes to Teaching Health Care Providers – or Should We?” by Dr. James McCormack
  • 1:30 – 2:30: Lightning Presentations from HLABC Members
  • 2:30 – 3:30: Social Gathering at Mahoney and Son’s (right next door to Woodward Library)

To register:  

  1. Fill out the registration form at https://goo.gl/forms/BPr3FSPj3DhR9bx52
  2. If attending in-person please follow the PayPal link to complete registration. In-person= $15 (includes lunch and coffee), online= $0. Please only pay once! Link is available here or through the form.
  3. Please renew your HLABC membership here prior to June 22 as this event for current HLABC members.  (Click here to our membership renewal page.)

To participate online:  Talks will be available live via join.me (please see the schedule above for approximate timing of events), and will also be recorded (audio/slides only).  The AGM will be available live, but will not be recorded.  Minutes will be available at a later date.



  • “Eyes Wide Open: Thoughtful Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses” by Dr. Aaron Tejani

Description: The presentation will provide an overview of systematic reviews and meta-analyses and their place in the hierarchy of evidence. Participants will be provided with some simple tools to critically appraise systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Special focus will be placed on the importance of searching for and including unpublished information in systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Bio: Dr. Aaron M Tejani, is a researcher with the Therapeutics Initiative (co-chair of the Education Working Group and the Drug Assessment Working Group), an editor with the Cochrane Hypertension group, a clinical assistant professor with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (University of British Columbia), and Medication use evaluation pharmacist with Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services (Vancouver, BC). He completed his BSc(Pharm) at UBC (Vancouver) and Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Creighton University (Omaha, Nebraska).

  • “We Should Stop Using Clinical Practice Guidelines When it Comes to Teaching Health Care Providers – or Should We?” by Dr. James McCormack

Bio: Dr. James McCormack is a Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC, and has an undergraduate pharmacy degree (UBC) and a doctorate in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He has published over 100 articles in the medical literature, mainly in the area of rational drug therapy and is the co-host of a very popular weekly podcast called the Best Science (BS) Medicine podcast (therapeuticseducation.org). Dr. McCormack focuses on shared decision-making using evidence based information and rational therapeutic principles.

Lightning Presentations from HLABC Members:

  • “Repurposing What You have: Data Extraction for Scoping and Systematic Reviews using REDCap” by Colleen Pawliuk (BCCW, Faculty of Medicine)
  • “Find Your Key Knowledge Leaders” by Karen MacDonell (College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC)
  • “Research Service Feedback: An Automated Evaluation Process for Quality Improvement and Advocacy.” by Pat Boileau, Yvette Ipsaralexi, Chantalle Jack, and Shannon Long (Vancouver Coastal Health)
  • “OpenTrials” by Ursula Ellis (University of British Columbia)
  • “Standards for Literature Searching: Research and Development” by Brooke Ballantyne Scott (Fraser Health, Royal Columbian Hospital)


Nominations for the HLABC Executive

HLABC is an organization dedicated to supporting health libraries, their staff, and anyone interested in the search and discovery of health information. It’s your organization – if you’re interested in becoming involved, getting to know your colleagues better and building your CV, please consider putting your name forward for an executive position (if interested, please contact Fiona at fchiu08@gmail.com).

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Join HLABC!!

New website. Same great benefits of being an HLABC Member!

Join HLABC and you will receive these great benefits:

  • Professional networking – connect with your colleagues and peers right here in BC
  • Continuing education sessions – HLABC regularly organizes educational events for members
  • Annual general meeting – HLABC holds four meetings a year, including an AGM in the spring
  • Email discussion list – HLABC’s discussion list allows health librarians to share general news and professional expertise
  • Membership directory – HLABC’s membership directory is a listing of all members’ work positions and contact information (available to members only)

Simply go to http://hlabc.chla-absc.ca/membership/join-hlabc/

  • To renew (existing members): make payment via PayPal or cheque.
  • To join (new members): Complete membership form and make payment via PayPal or cheque.

 Join by July 7 and you will be added to the membership directory!

We need you:

Are you interested in serving on the Executive, planning social or continuing education events, or supporting HLABC in other ways? It is a great way to: “give back,” pad your resume, and to be an integral part of our network of health librarians. Let me know if you are interested in helping out.

We’re looking forward to another great year!

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Call for Nominations: HLABC Executive

HLABC is your organization. Volunteers like you are what keep it going.

Are you interested in networking opportunities? Keen to spend more time with others in the health library community? Looking for a fun and easy way to build your CV? Then involvement on the HLABC executive is for you! Nominations are now being sought for the following HLABC executive positions:

  • Vice President/President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer/Membership
  • Continuing Education & Programming Director
  • Communications Director

More information on each position is available here.

Nominate yourself, or nominate a colleague, by Mon, Jun 12, 2017.  Nominations may be sent to me at: fchiu08@gmail.com.

Time commitment is minimal and most work, other than attendance of general membership meetings, can be done remotely.  Thank you to the nominees to date!

New executives will be announced during the HLABC AGM on June 22, 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you; thank you!

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Save the Date: June 22-23, 2017: HLABC AGM and Continuing Education Event

Please save the dates for the HLABC AGM and Summer Continuing Education event on Thursday June 22nd and Friday June 23rd. The location will be Woodward Library @ University of British Columbia Vancouver.  Options for online participation will also be available.

We are trying something a little different this year and we hope some of the members outside of the Lower Mainland will be able to join us in person for this special two-day educational opportunity.  Following the HLABC-specific events and AGM, HLABC members are warmly invited to join an in-depth workshop on systematic reviews, to be given by Mimi Doyle-Waters of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation.  We expect the cost for HLABC members to be minimal, thanks to Woodward Library’s generous sponsorship of this event.  Our thanks to Woodward Library for opening this event up to all HLABC members!

Please let us know if you are interested in presenting!

We have reserved time for some very quick 5 min presentations in order to help us kick off our AGM with updates from members. We’re leaving the theme broad so that we can hear back about a range of experiences, but some ideas include innovative teaching and learning techniques, new or effective service models and projects, interesting resources and tools, and updates to library spaces. We would love to hear about what you’ve tried, what has been successful, what has failed (and any useful outcomes), and hopeful plans for the future. The format is 5 slides (maximum) in 5 minutes. Timing will be strictly kept (and may involve jingle bells and noisemakers). Please let Helen Brown (helen.l.brown@ubc.ca) know by Friday May 19th if you are interested in presenting!

Tentative schedule

Thursday June 22nd


  • Dr. Aaron Tejani, researcher with the UBC Therapeutics Initiative
  • 5 min presentations from members


  • Lunch and AGM
  • Systematic review workshop with Mimi Doyle-Waters, hosted by UBC’s Woodward Library

Friday June 23rd

All Day (continuing from Thursday):

  • Systematic review workshop with Mimi Doyle-Waters, hosted by UBC’s Woodward Library

We look forward to seeing you! Registration and accommodation information for those who are considering traveling to Vancouver for this event will be coming soon.

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HLABC’s Winter Continuing Education – January 23, 2017

Please join us on Monday January 23rd to learn more about the current awareness and research discovery tool, Read by QxMD, and clinical research data management from experts at Advanced Research Computing! Also please join us for a discussion of current awareness tools for health researchers and librarians where we will share knowledge from our various fields to create a toolkit that we can all use. Start 2017 off with some new ideas and by discussing some current hot topics! Please register whether you wish to attend online or in person!

Event: HLABC’s Winter Continuing Education
Date: Mon, January 23, 2017
Time: 9:15 am – 2:00pm
Venue: Sherrington Room, UBC Woodward Library (2198 Health Sciences Mall V6T 1Z3)

 For participants outside of the Vancouver area, both talks will be available live online and as recordings at a later date – please see attached for details. We will send out a reminder and any updates closer to the date.

Refreshments: Coffee and tea in the morning followed by a delicious lunch
Cost: None
Registration (both in-person and online): https://goo.gl/forms/8LdrvjmnpzKOYKOB3
Deadline: Registration closes on January 18th, seats are limited!

Don’t forget, you must be an HLABC member to register! To become an HLABC member or to renew your membership, simply go to http://hlabc.chla-absc.ca/membership/join-hlabc/


9:15 – Welcome (coffee will be available)
9:30 -10:30 – Read by QxMD with Dr. Daniel Schwartz
10:30 – 11:30 – Current Awareness Tools
11:30 – 12:30 – Lunch (will be provided)
12:30 – 2:00 – Taking Care of Business: The Clinical Research Data Edition with Eugene Barsky and Kaitlyn Gutteridge

Session #1: 9:30-10:30

Driving Engagement with Clinical Research at the Point of Care

Daniel Schwartz is an internist, nephrologist and medical educator. His roles include medical director of the Fraser Health renal program, internist at the Royal Columbian Hospital/UBC Clinical Teaching Unit and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He has a keen interest in knowledge translation at the point of care and the intersection of information technology with clinical medicine. He built QxMD to address educational gaps discovered during his medical training and teaching positions.

Session # 2: 10:30-11:30

Current Awareness Tools

How do health researchers stay current and save time doing so, what are their needs, and how can we help? Join us for a discussion of current awareness tools and issues related to staying current, including how the tools librarians prefer might be different from what our users find helpful. Our goal is to expand on the morning session by creating a toolkit of ideas and resources that we can explore further or draw on to assist our users.

Session #3: 12:30-2:00

Taking Care of Business: The Clinical Research Data Edition

Take a moment to think about your researchers and the kinds of data they access and/or create.

  •  Where is this data stored and how is it organized?
  •  If they were asked to share data with another researcher would they be able to make sense of that work?
  •  If they needed to locate the data files from 5 years ago, how easy would it be to find and use datasets?
  •  What privacy and security controls have they implemented to ensure that they are appropriately safeguarding their data?
  •  Is their data governed by legislative requirements? If so, are they required to comply with additional policies and standards when using these datasets?

If you are unsure about the answer to any of these questions you have come to the right place. This workshop will cover the basics of data management plans, metadata and data documentation, data privacy and security, and data sharing. It is designed to support researchers engaging in clinical research to start thinking about the steps they can take to better manage their research data.

Kaitlyn Gutteridge is the Research Data Privacy and Security Officer for the ARC team. In addition, Kaitlyn serves as a member of the Compute Canada Security Council. She holds a Master of Science degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she focused her epidemiology training on multilevel modeling of chronic disease development. She previously held positions supervising the implementation of large-scale research initiatives at Simon Fraser University and the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. Most recently, she served as the Privacy and Governance Lead at Population Data BC. In her position at Population Data BC, Kaitlyn served as the organization’s Privacy Officer and managed the negotiation, development, and execution of information sharing agreements and associated policies & procedures.

Eugene Barsky is Research Data Librarian at the UBC Library. His recent peer-recognition included American Society for Engineering Education and Special Library Association awards. He published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers and presented at more than 40 conferences. Eugene is chairing the national Portage Data Discovery Expert Group, participates in building the Canadian Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR), and collaborates with Research Data Canada (RDC). Eugene is an adjunct faculty member at the iSchool at UBC, teaching courses in science librarianship and research data management, and is an active member of the Pacific Northwest data curators group.

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UBC iSchool Co-op Program: Summer Funding for Student Hiring

Access funding to hire a summer co-op student from UBC’s iSchool.

It’s a great time to recruit from us, as you may qualify for funding to hire a summer student – read below.

Students learning the latest in library, information management, and archival fields can be an ideal fit for that special project or short-term vacancy you’ve been looking to fill. The UBC Arts Co-op Program offers some of the brightest students for 4 or 8-month paid, full-time work terms from the iSchool@UBC, more formally known as the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS).

Funding for Hiring Summer Co-op Students

Canada Summer Jobs

Application deadline: January 20, 2017

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create high-quality summer job opportunities for students between the ages of 15 and 30.

Click for eligibility & application details.

Young Canada Works

YCW has 2 summer job programs:

(1) Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
Deadline: January 16, 2017
Click for eligibility & application details.

(2) Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Click for eligibility & application details.

Types of Jobs UBC iSchool Students Perform:

  • Archives & Preservation of Information
  • Records Management
  • Library & Information Services
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Social Computing
  • Information Systems Management
  • Information Policy
  • Information Analysis & Retrieval

4 Steps to Hiring:

  1. Post a job: Use our online recruitment tool.
  2. Review applications: We’ll email you a package of applications that are a fit for your position.
  3. Interview students: Shortlist candidates and we’ll coordinate your interview schedule with our students.
  4. Make an offer: Select a candidate and we’ll assist with making the offer.

To assist you throughout the hiring process, we can help you draft job descriptions, determine salary, coordinate interviews, and make offers. We’ll also monitor student success during the co-op term.

Getting In Touch

We look forward to helping you hire education! Let us know how we can help.

Anna Jubilo
Coordinator, Graduate Programs  |  UBC Arts Co-op Program
The University of British Columbia
604.822.4223anna.jubilo@ubc.ca   | www.artscoop.ubc.ca

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Save the Date: January 23, 2017 CE Event

HLABC is putting together what we hope will be an exciting and engaging program for a full-day CE event early in the new year.  More information will be coming soon, but for now, please mark your calendars.

Date: Monday, January 23, 2017 (exact timing of events TBA)
Location:  Woodward Library, UBC

*  Please note that we will also be offering online access to this event for those unable to join us in person in Vancouver on this date. *

A few other updates and reminders:

  • Our wonderful Treasurer, Antje Helmuth, will be stepping aside in the spring of 2017 after several years’ service.  Please consider putting your name forward for this position! Antje has refined the tasks associated with this role to a science, so you’d have a great starting point.
  • Just a reminder that the presentation slides from the June 28th HLABC CE event are now available for download on the members area of the HLABC website.
  • Our Vancouver-area meet-up is fast approaching – please join us! (Date and Time: Wednesday, December 7th from 5-7pm / Location: Steamworks Brewing Company (601 West Cordova, Vancouver, by Waterfront Station) – mention HLABC at the door / RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/hlabc-vancouver-gathering-tickets-29705770760)

  Hope to see you at next week’s HLABC meet-up and January’s CE event!


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