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Month: April 2013

HLABC Continuing Education Day (June 14th) on Statistics (Finding/Interpreting) & AGM

9am session – Statistics Bootcamp 101 for health librarians and library technicians

Instructor: Dr. Penny Brasher, Biostatistician

The learning objectives for the statistics bootcamp are:

  • Outline role of biostatisticians in clinical medicine; the good, bad & ugly
    • What to look for in well-designed clinical trials & systematic reviews
    • Reporting re: search strategies
  • Define concepts such as quantitative vs. qualitative methods
  • Discuss descriptive statistics and compare to inferential statistics
  • Estimation, sample size, confidence intervals
  • Reporting mechanisms such as CONSORT, QUORUM, PRISMA guidelines

Delivery: Lecture; handouts; small group exercises; reporting back about article critiques, etc.

Existing knowledge: Establish participants’ level of knowledge in order to tailor the session accordingly. Some pre-reading. Articles to read before workshop include Greenhalgh in BMJ for “non-statistician”.

1pm session: Making Sense of Health Statistics 2013

Instructors: Andrea Cameron, SFU Liaison Librarian

The learning objectives for this health statistics workshop are to:

  • Increase confidence and understanding in answering statistical queries
  • Learn the difference between data and statistics
  • Share in effective strategies and tools to find the right source
  • Survey key (and free) Canadian and international statistical sources
  • Answer actual statistics questions

Content:  Data vs. statistics, CANSIM; negotiating statistical questions and metaguides and secondary sources; Statistics Canada; The Daily, Census information and Beyond StatsCan

Delivery: Lecture; handouts; question & answer; etc.

Existing knowledge: Establish participants’ level of knowledge to tailor session; some pre-reading. http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca/index.php/Finding_medical_/_health_care_statistics_online

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HLABC Spring General Meeting and Embedded Librarianship Presentation

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 – 7:00pm9:00pm

Location: Room V2-221, Clinical Support Building (CSB), Children’s and Women’s Hospitals Oak St. campus, Vancouver BC

Contact: Tricia Yu

A presentation from our esteemed colleague and former HLABC President, Devon Greyson, will precede the meeting:

Embeddedness is a buzz word in librarianship right now, but what does this really mean? How do health librarians work in embedded ways?
What is research-embedded health librarianship, and is it the career path for you? Who are research-embedded health librarians, and what do they do?
Come hear the results of a national study of research-embedded health librarians, and discuss the merits and challenges of the trend toward embedded librarianship.

Abstract: Embedded librarianship has emerged as a “hot” topic in LIS, evidenced by a growing assortment of workshops, reports, articles, and a recent book on the topic. From hospitals to universities, librarians integrated into non-library contexts are challenging the traditional librarian-patron relationship and changing infrastructures for knowledge creation and use.

The literature has focused on three genres of embedded librarianship: medical informationists, course-embedded academic librarians, and special librarians within corporations. Research-Embedded Health Librarians (REHLs) are an additional subset, providing tailored, intensive information services to health research teams within which they are integrated. To date, there have been no studies of REHL work or experiences, although anecdotal evidence indicates that this phenomenon may be both prominent and growing.

This talk will present results of a mixed-methods study, conducted by a team of current and former REHLs, which aimed to describe the Canadian REHL workforce, as well as understand issues of identity, contribution and challenge among REHLs. Following the presentation of results, we will have a facilitated discussion of “embeddedness” within multiple genres of health librarianship.

Presenter bioDevon Greyson is a health librarian and gender studies teacher currently pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

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