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

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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HLABC Social Gathering – Wednesday, December 7th 5-7pm

Please join us on Wedneday December 7th from 5-7pm at Steamworks Brewing Company, downtown Vancouver, for a chance to connect with HLABC members and others interested in health library services. Register here to help us know how many people will attend: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/hlabc-vancouver-gathering-tickets-29705770760

 When: Wednesday December 7th 2016 from 5-7pm

Where: Steamworks Brewing Company at 601 West Cordova, Vancouver (by Waterfront Station) – mention HLABC at the door

Who: HLABC and others interested in health libraries

If you are interested in arranging a similar event at another location, please feel free to email Helen at helen.l.brown@ubc.ca

Spread the word amongst your colleagues. We look forward to seeing you all there!

 

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Call for Submissions for the May 16-19, 2017 CHLA/ABSC Annual Conference

The 2017 CHLA/ABSC Planning Committee invites submissions for the Annual Conference of the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC), to be held in Edmonton. The theme of the conference is “Northern Illumination/Lumières du Nord.”

The online abstract submission site is now available via the CHLA/ABSC conference website. To be considered, submissions must be received by December 1, 2016, 9:59 pm MST.

Authors are asked to rank how they would prefer to present their work: as a paper, poster, or lightning talk. Abstracts not accepted to a first choice will be considered for second and third choices.

When submitting structured abstracts, authors will note whether their abstract is a research abstract or program description abstract:

  • Research abstracts report on designing, conducting, and analyzing a research project.
  • Program Description abstracts describe the creation and improvement of products, programs, technologies, administrative practices, or services conducted by librarians and information professionals.

Refer to the FAQ page for additional information.

For more information, contact:

Janice Kung   janice.kung@ualberta.ca
Sandy Campbell   sandy.campbell@ualberta.ca

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UBC iSchool (SLAIS) Co-op Students Available for Fall or Winter Work Terms

Students from the UBC iSchool (School of Library, Archival and Information Studies) are still available for Fall co-op work terms (September-December). We’re also starting to post positions for the Winter term (January-April), and some of our students are available for full-time or part-time 8 month work terms spanning September-April.

Educated in one of Canada’s leading schools for information professionals, UBC iSchool students are equipped with the latest knowledge for obtaining and managing information in an increasingly complex world. 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.

Types of Work UBC iSchool Students Perform:

  • Archives & Preservation of Information
  • Records Management
  • Library & Information Services
  • Data Discovery & Wrangling
  • Information Systems Management
  • Information Policy
  • Information Analysis & Retrieval
  • Research

To assist you throughout the hiring process, the UBC Arts Co-op Program can help with drafting job descriptions, determining salary, coordinating interview scheduling, making offers, and monitoring student success during the co-op term.

For more information, contact the UBC Arts Co-op Program Graduate Programs Coordinator, Anna Jubilo at 604-822-4223 or anna.jubilo@ubc.ca, or visit www.artscoop.ubc.ca/employers.

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New HLABC Executive

At yesterday’s annual general meeting, in-coming President Kristina McDavid announced the new members of the HLABC Executive for 2016 to 2017.

Your Executive is now comprised of the following members:

  • President: Kristina McDavid
  • Past-President: Leigh Anne Palmer
  • Vice-President/President-elect: Fiona Chiu
  • Secretary: Chantalle Jack
  • Treasurer/Membership: Antje Helmuth
  • Continuing Education & Programming Director: Helen Brown
  • Communications Director: Jennifer Bancroft

Please feel free to contact the Executive at any time. We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas for the year ahead!

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HLABC Summer 2016 CE Session & AGM

Join us this summer to hone your searching skills in a hands-on session with 3 expert searchers; learn about new health library innovations from the findings of one of the latest research initiatives; and participate in our HLABC Annual General Meeting over a delicious lunch!

Event: HLABC’s Summer Continuing Education & AGM
Date: Tue, June 28, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 2:30pm
VenueUBC Woodward Library (2198 Health Sciences Mall V6T 1Z3)
Cost: $15 (includes lunch)
Registration is now CLOSED

Deadline: Registration closes on June 7th, 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/

1.  Session #1 – Expert Searching (10am – 12pm, Woodward Library Computer Lab Room B25)

  • How do you choose a platform for searching? Refine searches? Eliminate red herrings?
  • What do you tell your users about Google Scholar?
  • What part of your lit search process may be valuable to save as documentation?
  • Do you know what pitfalls to avoid when searching a single topic on multiple indexes?
  • How do you get the results to your users?

If you would like to explore one or more of these questions, we encourage you to attend this hands-on session with 3 expert searchers to discuss tips & tricks to being efficient in searching.

This session takes place in a computer lab. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptop. Wifi will be provided.

Speakers:

Mimi Doyle-Waters,  is the librarian for the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute’s Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation (C2E2). She has extensive experience working on systematic reviews. She is one of the instructors for the UBC School of Population and Public Health course SPPH 516 – Systematic Reviews.

Charlotte Beck is a reference librarian at the Woodward Library at the University of British Columbia and is the liaison librarian for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and audiology speech sciences. In this position she provides workshops on database searching, research tools and Systematic Reviews. Charlotte’s previous experience includes being a hospital librarian providing reference services in a clinical setting.

Krista Clement is a Medical Librarian with the BC Cancer Agency library, based in Kelowna. Since graduating from UBC, she has been devoted to bringing evidence and knowledge to the point of care for both patients and healthcare providers. Creating and maintaining hundreds of permanent searches (AutoAlerts) in various platforms has focused her searching techniques.

  1. HLABC AGM & Lunch (12:15pm – 1:15pm, Sherrington Room)
  1. Session #2 – Innovations, challenges and opportunities within regional health libraries in British Columbia (1:15pm-2:15pm, Sherrington Room)

Faced with continual change, regional health libraries must innovate in order to succeed. To understand how these libraries are evolving to deliver innovative services to geographically spread users, a study was conducted. This session will discuss the preliminary findings, which: 1) describes and compares the libraries, 2) analyzes how they are evolving and innovating in order to deliver value, and 3) identifies gaps and opportunities in the current landscape.

Speakers:

Elisheba Muturi has worked in different settings as a policy analyst and as a health librarian supporting the dissemination of health information to both clinicians and patients. She obtained her MSc in International Development from University of Bristol in UK and her MLIS/MAS from in  UBC.

Chantalle Jack has been a Librarian with Vancouver Coastal Health since 2013. Over the past 10 years, Chantalle has worked as an academic, public, and special librarian, with professional Librarian experience at the North Vancouver City Library, as the Director of Library Services at the Art Institute of Vancouver, and as an Information Specialist with the BC Securities Commission.

Shannon Long, Librarian for Vancouver Coastal Health, has worked at the Richmond Hospital site since 1999. Over the years she has served on provincial and national library association boards and conference planning committees. Shannon obtained her BA in Psychology from Simon Fraser University (SFU) and her MLIS from University of British Columbia (UBC).

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Winter HLABC Meeting and CE

HLABC is happy to announce that award-winning journalist Chad Skelton will be joining us to discus best practices in data visualization.

This presentation will cover best practices of data visualization, how to find datasets through open-data portals, and an introduction to how you can incorporate some of the most popular data visualization tools in your daily work (including Tableau Public, Datawrapper, Google Fusion Tables). A 30 min Q&A will follow. See the full description for the session below my signature.

Prior to Chad’s exciting session, we will have our annual “Speed Dating” session with interested SLAIS students, as well as an HLABC meeting with a catered lunch. This CE session and lunch will be supported by CHLA funds shared with our Chapter for its work organizing last Summer’s conference.

The schedule for the day follows:

Day: February 5, 2016

Time: 10:45am – 3:00pm

Location: UBC, Woodward Library, Sherrington Rm

10:45am – 12:45pm – HLABC Meeting, Speed Dating Session, & Catered Lunch

1:00pm – 3:00pm – Chad Skelton CE Session

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CHLA/ABSC 2015: Call for Conference Volunteers

Volunteer to help us host Canada’s national health library conference in Vancouver this year! Welcome your peers from across the country, reunite with far-flung colleagues, and exchange ideas with new friends.

Whatever your interests, we have glamourous library-conference volunteering opportunities at Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada 2015. Help us set up posters, facilitate sessions, or direct arriving delegates. Love early mornings? Guide a seawall walk or Robson Street saunter! More of an evening person? Help us set up for a reception, then mingle, chat, and troubleshoot. Just like to hang out? Take responsibility for a conference session room, and assist with whatever comes up.

To thank you for your help, we invite you to attend a half-day of conference sessions for free, on the same day as your volunteer shift(s). This excludes ticketed events like continuing education and the banquet. The conference planning committee will do our best to accommodate preferences, but cannot guarantee that all requested shifts will be assigned.

Friday, June 19

Registration desk (Morning or afternoon shifts)

Continuing education: Guide delegates to workshop locales, and convene sessions (Morning or afternoon shifts)

Receptions: Help us set up the rooms, or greet and direct delegates (evening shifts)

Posters: Assist with poster setup (late afternoon shifts)

Saturday, June 20

Morning seawall walk guide (Early morning shift)

Registration desk (Morning or afternoon shifts)

Conference sessions: Direct delegates, facilitate, and assist (Morning or afternoon shifts)

Posters (late afternoon shifts)

Hospitality: Coordinate and accompany delegates to local restaurants (evening shifts)

Saturday volunteers are welcome to attend conference sessions when not volunteering.

Sunday, June 21

Morning seawall walk guide (Early morning shift)

Registration desk (Morning or afternoon shifts)

Conference sessions: Direct delegates, facilitate, and assist (Morning or afternoon shifts)

Posters (early evening shift)

Hospitality: Help us set up the rooms, or greet and direct delegates (evening shifts)

Sunday volunteers are welcome to attend conference sessions when not volunteering.

Monday, June 22

Morning seawall walk guide (Morning shift)

Registration desk (Morning shifts)

Conference sessions: Direct delegates, facilitate, and assist (Morning shift)

Please let me know when you’re available, and your preferred volunteer activity. If you wish to facilitate or convene a session, please indicate your experience or comfort with public speaking. We will do our best to accomodate. We unfortunately cannot refund registration fees to volunteers who have already registered.

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CHLA/ABSC Conference: Riding the Wave of Change

Date: Friday, June 19, 2015 (All day)Monday, June 22, 2015 (All day)
Location: Sheraton Wall Centre

Contact: CHLA/ABSC Conference Committee

Contact Email:  2015.CE@chla-absc.ca

Join us in Vancouver for innovative programs, educational opportunities, and networking events. Hang ten with Canadian and international librarians discussing new initiatives, cool tools, and personal bests.

Opening Keynote speaker: Julie Angus (MSc Molecular Biology), the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean, knows more than most about succeeding in a changing environment.

Closing Keynote speaker: Jesse Hirsch’s address will focus on the challenges we face to protect personal information while sharing knowledge via eHealth.

Included in CHLA/ABSC’s Annual Conference are continuing education courses. The conference provides a forum for participants from across the country to share ideas and address issues of relevance to the health sciences information field. In addition to a varied program of panel discussions, lectures and informal meetings, CHLA/ABSC hosts an exhibit of products and services of particular interest to health science librarians.

For more information and registration, stay tuned here: http://www.chla-absc.ca/conference/

 

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