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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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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 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.


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.


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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