Upcoming Events

HLABC/UBC Realist Review CE Event

When: Tuesday, March 10th, 2020, 10am-3pm

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

We would like to invite you to attend The Realist Review Process March 10th, 2020 at Woodward Library’s Sherrington Room from 10am-3pm. UBC Library and HLABC are co-hosting this full day workshop. Thanks to UBC IT support, this workshop will also be available online via streaming.

The workshop presenters are Dr. Geoff Wong, Peter Wall International Visiting Scholar, and Dr. Maura MacPhee, UBC School of Nursing. This past fall they presented their work “Policy and Practice Implications for Realist Research”. In this workshop, they will be sharing their research and this research methodology with librarians. As you may know, realist reviews are part of the systematic reviews family of reviews. Realist reviews is a knowledge synthesis methodology for researchers looking at complex policy questions. It addresses the question, ‘what works, for whom, in what circumstances, and how?’ (Wong, p.2) An increasing number of researchers are receiving grants for realist reviews. This is a growing area of publication and has some interesting differences from other knowledge syntheses. Please join us to learn more about this methodology, hear about Dr. Wong and Dr. MacPhee’s realist research on teams and discuss opportunities for librarian partnerships with researchers on these reviews.

** Registration is required.

Cost (attendance in-person): $17 for HLABC Members/UBC Librarians; $8 for HLABC Student Members

Cost (attendance online): Free

Please fill out the registration form (google forms) with your details

Then proceed to payment options:

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December 2, 2019 Continuing Education Event – Schedule and Registration

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If you’re interested in attending, here is a link for registration: https://forms.gle/WQRECDcUSChaujYU7

As you can see from this link, the event is free for HLABC members and $20.00 for non-members. If you’ve any questions feel free to contact Blake

Our schedule for the event is as follows with bios for each speaker below:

845 – 900 Introduction – Colleen Pawliuk & Blake Hawkins

900 – 945 Martin Morris MSc, McGill University
Title- TBD
Bio: https://www.mcgill.ca/library/librarians/martin-morris

945 – 1030 Kelly Cobey PhD, University of Ottawa
Navigating the responsibilities of biomedical publishing
Bio: Kelly Cobey is an Investigator at the OHRI and serves as the institutions Publications Officer. In this capacity she provides one-on-one consulting to researchers internal and external to the organization on topics including: open science, scientific writing, peer review, and publication metrics. She is actively involved in meta-research topics related to journalology (publication science).

1030 – 1045 BREAK

1030 – 1115 Nicole Askin MLIS, University of Manitoba
“Breaking in: Taking your first steps into publishing”.

1115 – 1200 Kevin Read MAS MLIS, University of Saskatchewan
Practicing what you preach: Incorporating data management and sharing best practices into library research projects
Bio: https://www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/2075406439_Kevin_Read

1200 – 1215 BREAK

1215-1:00 Lise Brin MLIS, CARL
Title – TBD
Bio: Lise Brin is a Program Officer with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). As part of the CARL team, Lise is working on advocacy and strategy efforts primarily related to scholarly publishing, open access, and copyright. Prior to joining CARL, Lise served as Scholarly Communication Librarian at St. Francis Xavier University.

100-145 Sandra Campbell MLIS, University of Alberta
“Negotiating librarian authorship/collaboration on systematic and other reviews”
Bio: Sandy Campbell is a health librarian at the John W. Scott Health Sciences Library at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Sandy has presented and published nationally and internationally on information literacy, digital services and systematic review searching. She is particularly interested in the development of research capacity among health librarians and the recognition of librarians’ research activities.

145: – 200 BREAK

200 – 245 Christine Walde MLIS, University of Victoria – “Catalyzing Research: Grant Funding for Creation and Collaboration”
Christine Walde is the Grants and Awards Librarian at the University of Victoria Libraries, where she supports and enhances the research activities of UVic Libraries, specifically in the areas of grants funding and awards, including special projects related to community engagement. Since 2012, Walde has been instrumental in building capacity for UVic Libraries, and has secured a range of funding from public and private funders, granting agencies, and foundations. Walde was the 2018 winner of the BCALS Outstanding Contribution Award.

245 – 300 Wrap up

HLABC Open Science Framework Workshop + AGM

May 30th 9am-1pm

Hi Everyone,

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: http://guides.library.ubc.ca/vmr

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

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

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.

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) – I will make a reservation based on interest

To register:

1. Fill out the registration form at https://goo.gl/forms/oX2Xe2Yd4Pri9n7b2

2. If attending in-person please follow the PayPal link to complete registration.




    Exploring and presenting library data with Tableau

This hands-on workshop will provide a practical introduction to Tableau, a popular platform for data visualization. Using real library datasets participants will learn how to prepare their data for visualization, to navigate the Tableau interface, and to create reports that make their data more accessible. The workshop will briefly address principles of good data presentation, but emphasis will be on learning to use Tableau software through guided practice. No previous experience with Tableau or data visualization is required.

Important: Participants should to bring their own laptops with Tableau Public installed (free from https://public.tableau.com/s/download).

Jeremy Buhler is the assessment librarian at the University of British Columbia and uses Tableau extensively to improve access to data that informs library decisions. He partners with colleagues to help bring about UBC Library’s assessment vision, a magic place where “existing data is accessible, presented with clarity, and used in creative new ways, […] and university administrators are confident that library decisions are based on the best available evidence.”

In-Person Journal Club led by Chris Vriesema-Magnuson

Please read the following article and be ready to discuss it in depth:

Hathcock, A. (2015). White librarianship in blackface. In the Library with the Lead Pipe. http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2015/lis-diversity/

As a reference, I’d like to point out ITLWTLP’s submission criteria, for people who have not come across the journal before: <a “=”” lis-diversity=”” 2015=”” www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org=””>http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2015/lis-diversity/

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 #

January 31, 2018 HLABC Continuing Studies Event:

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

Cost: $35 in person (PayPal link on the registration form) / $0 Online


  • 9:00-9:15 – Welcome (coffee and tea in the Sherrington Room)
  • 9:15-10:15 – Personal Oncogenomics and Brain Cancer – Dr. Yaron Butterfield.(Sherrington Room)
  • 10:15-10:30 – Break
  • 10:30-11:30 – Communicating by design – Chantalle Jack (Computer Lab downstairs from Sherrington Room)
  • 11:30-11:45 – Break
  • 11:45-12:30 – Predatory journal tools (Computer Lab downstairs from Sherrington Room)
  • 12:30-1:30 – Lunch and HLABC Meeting (Sherrington Room)
  • 1:30-2:00 – What’s in a Library Catalogue? Maximizing Corporate Value – Ruth Rochlin
  • 2:00-2:30 – Canadian Health Librarianship and the TRC: Responses and Responsibilities – Lara Maestro
  • 2:30-3:00 – What is old becomes new again: discoveries among the medical rare books – Charlotte Beck
  • 3:00-4:00 – Social gathering at Mahoney & Sons

Instructions for online attendance:

BlueJeans Video Conference – https://bluejeans.com/821307830?src=calendarLink

David Dovey has invited you to a video meeting.
Meeting Title: HLABC CE Day
Meeting Time: Wednesday January 31, 2018 • 9 a.m. PST / 6 hrs
Join Meeting – (Join from computer or phone)

Connecting directly from a room system?

1) Dial: or bjn.vc
2) Enter Meeting ID: 821 307 830

Just want to dial in on your phone?

1) Direct-dial with my iPhone or
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(Global Numbers)
2) Enter Meeting ID: 821 307 830
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To register:

  1. Fill out the registration form at https://goo.gl/forms/5YpCnjCO1T01mSJ93
  2. If attending in-person please follow the PayPal link to complete registration.
  3. If you’re not a current member, please obtain HLABC membership here prior to January 31st as this event is for current HLABC members. (Membership runs June 1 – May 31. Click here to our membership renewal page.)”



Communicating by design by Chantalle Jack

Description: Illuminate your information with data visualization and infographics. Learn how create eye catching reports, information and marketing materials using MS Publisher and Excel that will attract and engage your audience.

Yaron Butterfield is researcher, author, and patient educator, who will be speaking about genomics and brain cancer.

— Presentations from HLABC Members —

  • What’s in a Library Catalogue? Maximizing Corporate Value by Ruth Rochlin
  • Canadian Health Librarianship and the TRC: Responses and Responsibilities by Lara Maestro
  • What is old becomes new again: discoveries among the medical rare books by Charlotte Beck