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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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HLABC and SLAIS CHLA-SIG Speed Dating Brunch

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2013 – 11:00am1:00pm

Location: Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC

Contact: Tricia Yu

Phew! What a long title with lots of acronyms!! Must be a library event!

What is it? The HLABC annual Winter Brunch this year will be a mentoring event held in conjunction with the CHLA Student Interest Group at SLAIS.

The format of the event will be based on a speed dating format where an HLABC librarian/information specialist will be paired with a SLAIS student for 5 minutes at a time on a rotating circuit. It will allow SLAIS students to ask questions of a group of practicing librarian/information specialists but in a one-on-one situation.

Cost: $20 per person

If remote members are interested, we may be able to use Skype to connect.

Please RSVP by Friday, January 25.

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Call for Editor (Guest) JCHLA Theme Issue on Aboriginal Health & Librarianship

The Editorial Team of the Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association <http://pubs.chla-absc.ca/journal/jchla> seeks a guest editor with knowledge and expertise in the area of aboriginal health and librarianship. The guest editor will work in close collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief to coordinate production of a special issue on the topic theme.

The role of the guest editor has three main stages:

1. Commissioning and collecting three to four articles for the theme issue – This phase may include preparing and circulating a call for papers, and inviting authors with known areas of expertise to submit manuscripts for consideration.

2. Coordinating the double-blind peer review process – This phase involves soliciting at least two peer reviewers for each submitted manuscript, and communicating with authors about decisions and needed revisions. The guest editor is responsible for accepting or rejecting manuscripts on the basis of these peer reviews. 

3. Production – The guest editor is responsible for preparing an introduction to the special issue as well as submitting the final, revised manuscripts to the Editor-in-Chief. He/she will be required to review the final page proofs, and have the authors review proofs for their submissions, to ensure that the issue is published without factual or typographical errors. 

The guest editor will have full support and assistance from the JCHLA Editorial Team. It is anticipated that work on the special issue will begin immediately, with an expected publication date of April 2014. Please send your expression of interest in this position, as well as a brief statement about your qualifications for assuming this role, off list to JCHLA Editor-in-Chief Vicky Duncan at editor@chla-absc.ca by Feb 7, 2013.

If you know of someone who might be interested in this temporary position, please forward this call to them. Guest Editors are not required to be members of CHLA/ABSC.

The Editorial Team will review all expressions of interest received and respond to all applicants by March 1, 2013.

Thank you for considering this opportunity.

Sincerely yours,

Vicky Duncan

Editor-in-Chief, JCHLA
Health Sciences Library
University of Saskatchewan
107 Wiggins Road
Saskatoon, SK  S7K 5E5
(306) 966-6023

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What librarians can learn from Dancing with the Stars

Tis the season for “Dancing with the Stars” once again.  As I watch Dancing with the Stars for another season, I start wondering about what librarians and technicians can learn from this programme.  One of the most obvious lessons for librarians is how to become better team players.  You really need to work closely together as a member of a team in order to succeed both in dancing and in libraries.  Dancing with the Stars teaches us that we may have to work through the pain sometimes.  How good are we at doing this?  I think we could definitely improve here.  Another tip from the popular dance programme is to not be afraid to try something new.  How frequently do we eagerly take up new projects and directions in our libraries?  Not often enough in my opinion.  Another lesson for us is doing our library work with a sense of joy and fun.  Do our libraries embrace fun and joy?  Another lesson for us is to not be afraid to make mistakes and get out of our comfort zone.  Most of the stars on this dance programme are taking that leap of faith to operate outside their comfort zone and regular area of expertise.  We can also learn to continually stay positive and dress up with our best behaviour and attitudes for our library patrons.  I think we can be that positive safe refuge for our library users.   Let’s put some of these dance moves into practice and work on improving our atmosphere and welcome to our library users.

Linda Howard, Past President HLABC

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