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Dec.2-2019 Save the Date! Winter CE Event

Monday December 2, 2019 HLABC will be holding their Winter 2019 CE event at BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital (4500 Oak Street). The topic of the day will be publishing and author rights. If you are interested in giving a talk or would like to suggest a great speaker you’ve seen email our Continuing Education Coordinator Blake blakewesleyhawkins@gmail.com . Registration details coming soon.

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HLABC Pub Night – Sept. 24, 2019 @5:30pm

Back to school. Back to work. Back to the pub.

Why: Celebrate the start of another academic year. Catch up with other awesome health information professionals. Yam fries.
Where: Rogue Kitchen & Wet Bar, 602 West Broadway
When: 5:30 – 7:00 pm, Tuesday, September 24
RSVP: Fill out this form by Friday, September 20 so we can make a reservation – forms.gle/PCpZHdznNnzruth18.

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Innovations, Challenges & Opportunities within Regional Health Libraries in British Columbia

Dear HLABC Members,

On behalf of Elisheba Muturi, Chantalle Jack and Shannon Long, please see the final report of the research they developed looking into the regional health libraries (Health Authority and Ministry Libraries), “Innovations, Challenges & Opportunities within Regional Health Libraries in British Columbia.”

The report contains their brief nine page summary as well as multiple appendices: research consent and collection instruments, research results, focus group summary and conference presentations. Their research team received continual support from HLABC including funds that helped pay for the focus group held in December 2016. They presented results of the study at various stages to HLABC in 2016, the joint MLA/CHLA/ICLC conference in 2016 (poster), and at the CHLA/ABSC conference in 2017.

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HLABC Open Science Framework Workshop + AGM May 30th 9am-1pm

Please join us for a hands-on Open Science Framework workshop and the HLABC Annual General Meeting on Thursday May 30th @ Woodward Library’s Sherrington Room 9:00am-1pm.

Sarah Parker, Engineering Librarian (including Biomedical Engineering) at Woodward Library and also a member of the UBC Open Scholarship Committee , will offer a workshop on using the Open Science Framework (OSF). The OSF is an open source, simple to use, web application that supports the research workflow. It integrates existing tools and technologies, linking to multiple platforms, including Google Drive, Dataverse, GitHub, and Mendeley. It also supports pre-registration and pre-print portals.

In this workshop, we will address some of the aspects that characterize Open Science and how tools like the OSF can help mitigate issues of openness, transparency, and reproducibility in research. Some possible applications for our work include using OSF for protocols and to make our own work more open.

Registration: https://forms.gle/3d9CWk61Mwzb7tAA9
Online attendance: https://forms.gle/3d9CWk61Mwzb7tAA9
HLABC Members: $17, Students $5
Schedule for the day:
9:00-9:30am: Coffee
9:30-11am: Open Science Framework workshop & discussion
11am-12pm: HLABC AGM
12-1pm: Lunch
Hope you can join us! HLABC Executive


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HLABC CE Event Registration – February 22nd, 2019

Join us on Friday February 22nd for workshops on using the PRESS Checklist to peer-review search strategies, search filers, patient-orientated research and talks from HLABC members and SLAIS Students on “that changed my practice.” HLABC is an organization dedicated to supporting health libraries, their staff, and anyone interested in the search and discovery of health information. Don’t forget, you must be a current 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/

Location: UBC Woodward Library, Sherrington Room (2198 Health Sciences Mall V6T 1Z3)
Payment: Fill out the form below the agenda and follow the payment link (if attending in-person)

Schedule for the day:

9am-9:30am: Coffee and some snacks and welcome

9:30am-11am: PRESS and PRESSforum: Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies – presented by Douglas M. Salzwedel, MLIS, Information Specialist & Assistant Managing Editor Cochrane Hypertension

11am-11:15am: BREAK

11:15am-12:15pm: “The Value of Participant Engagement in Research” by Linda Warner, Clinical Research Coordinator for the CHILD Study and Maureen Mooney, Research Nurse for CHILD Study

12:15pm-1:15pm: Lunch – delicious Syrian cuisine (back by popular demand)

1:15pm-2:15pm: Validation of several filters for retrieval of two types of study designs: “overviews of systematic reviews” and clinical practice guidelines – Carole Lunny, MPH, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Methodology and Research Synthesis, Cochrane Hypertension Group and the Therapeutics Initiative

2:15pm-2:30pm: BREAK

2:30pm-3:30pm: iSchool Students from LIBR534 and HLABC members “This Changed my Practice”

3:30pm –> social gathering

To register and indicate your lunch preferences please go here: Registration Form

$30 members

$10 students

If you wish to pay by cheque, please write the cheque to HLABC and send to the following address:
Broadway Library (attn: Kristina Oldenburg)
VCC Broadway campus
1155 East Broadway
Vancouver, B.C. V5T 4V5

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Save the Date – February 22, 2019 Spring Continuing Education Event

Dear Colleagues,

Please Save the Date for the upcoming HLABC spring continuing professional development day on Friday, February 22nd 9:00am-3:30 pm at Woodward Library Sherrington Room and also available online.

Some of the offerings for the day:

  • PRESS Checklist workshop presented by Douglas M. Salzwedel MLIS, Information Specialist & Assistant Managing Editor Cochrane Hypertension
  • Lightening talks from Dean Giustini’s UBC iSchool class, LIBR 534 Health Information Sources and Services <https://slais.ubc.ca/libr-534/>
  • Health Librarians “This Changed my Practice”. You may be familiar with the physician blog, “This Changed my Practice” <https://thischangedmypractice.com/> which provides quick summaries of impactful clinical studies, clinical pearls and practice tips. The blog articles take 2-3 minutes to read and share 1. What I did before 2. What changed my practice 3. What I do now. For HLABC members “This Changed my Practice” we will share with colleagues a tip, handout, process, strategy, etc. that we now use that has made a difference to our practice (~5 minutes each). These ideas can be simple tidbits that you have found valuable. We warmly encourage you to share an idea/process/worksheet. We need speakers! Please contact Katherine Miller <http://directory.library.ubc.ca/people/view/740> by February 8th to reserve your spot.We warmly encourage you to share an idea/process/worksheet with colleagues
  • Lunch and socializing with colleagues

More details and registration closer to the date.
Colleen, Katherine, and Vanessa
On behalf of the HLABC Executive

Health Libraries Association of British Columbia

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Getting Hired in Health Libraries Event – October 9th, 2018

Getting Hired in Health Libraries

Join on us October 9th, 2018 for HLABC’s “Getting Hired in Health Libraries” Event! We will provide free pizza and drinks, so please fill out the following registration form so we know how much to buy.


5:00-5:55pm: “Getting Hired in Health Libraries” Panel – Listen to 3 recently hired health librarians share their experiences and tips on how to get hired in health libraries. You can decide what we ask! Submit questions on the registration form.

Panel Members:

  • Vanessa Kitchin – MD Undergraduate Librarian, Woodward Library, UBC
  • Chantalle Jack – Librarian, Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Terri McKellar – Knowledge Services Manager, Physiotherapy Association of BC

6:00-6:30pm: Speed “dating” with HLABC Members – Ask questions of HLABC members from a variety of different jobs and places in their careers.

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HLABC AGM and CE Reminder

HLABC CE/AGM Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Please join us on Thursday July 12th, 2018 for a half-day workshop on using Tableau to visualize library data and an in-person journal club. HLABC is an organization dedicated to supporting health libraries, their staff, and anyone interested in the search and discovery of health information.

Deadline to register is b>

    July 9, 2018


Don’t forget, you must be an HLABC member to register! The current membership cycle runs from June 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019. If you’ve renewed within this time period you are a current member. 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!

Looking forward to seeing you there,

– HLABC Executive


When: Thursday July 12th, 2018

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

Cost: $25 in person, for the cost of lunch and coffee and tea throughout the day (PayPal link on the registration form) / $0 Online


8:45am-9:00am – Welcome (Coffee and tea)
9:00am-12:00pm – Exploring and presenting library data with Tableau by Jeremy Buhler
12:00pm-1:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm-2:00pm – AGM (Agenda to follow)
2:00pm-3:00pm – In-person Journal Club led by Chris Vriesema-Magnuson
3:00pm-4:00pm – Social Gathering at Mahoney and Son’s (right next door to Woodward Library) – will make a reservation based on interest

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


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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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