OVHLA is hosting a Mini-Symposium!

The Ottawa Valley Health Libraries Association Executive Committee is proud to host a “mini-symposium” for health information professionals in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. This is an opportunity to share our projects and ideas. We will be holding it on Thursday, July 9th 2015 at 7:00pm (location TBD). To that end, we are looking for submissions of any existing lightning talks, posters or presentations that you may have already presented, or will be presenting at an upcoming professional conference. If you would like to share, please submit the title of your presentation/lightning talk, a short abstract (if available), your name, and institution to Cait Ford ( or Jessie Cunningham ( by June 29th, 2015, at 5:00pm. Please RSVP to Cait Ford, Jessie Cunningham or Jennifer Skuce ( by July 6th, 2015.  If you have any questions, please let us know.

The Mini-Symposium will be held at MyBywardOffice, at 78 George St, suite 204 (in the ByWard Market), from 7pm to 8:30 pm.


The Ottawa Valley Health Libraries Association Executive Committee

Journal club session – April 8th, 2015

Greetings from the OVHLA executive,

We would like to invite you to join us for the first journal club for 2015.

DATE:  Wednesday April 8, 2015, 12:00-1:00pm                                                                                       Location:   Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health,                                                  6th floor, 865 Carling Avenue, Ottawa ON K1S 5P1                                                                            Dial in details:  1-866-991-8797,  Password: 1862769#                                                                           (if attending in person, please go to the 6th floor and ask the receptionist to call Jennifer)

Session Leaders: Cait Ford and Jessie Cunningham

Article for discussion:

Wu J, Chatfield AJ, Hughes AM, Kysh L, Rosenbloom MC. Measuring patrons’ technology habits: an evidence-based approach to tailoring library services. J Med Libr Assoc. 2014 Apr;102(2):125-9. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.102.2.014.PMID:24860272; PMCID:PMC3988763.      Abstract:

Please RSVP to let Jennifer Skuce (613-226-2553) know if you will attend in person, or via teleconference.

We hope you can join us!

OVHLA social event!

The OVHLA executive committee is hosting a winter social event in Ottawa at Cacao70 (located at 51-53 William Street) on March 12th, 2015 at 5:30pm. This event provides our members with an opportunity to meet in a relaxed atmosphere where we can catch up with colleagues and network with others in the profession. We would love to see as many people as possible, so please RSVP by March 9th, 2015 to Jessie Cunningham (jcunningham[at]cmpa[dot]org) or Jennifer Skuce (JenniferS[at]cadth[dot]ca), to let us know if you will be able to make it. Please note that there is no cost to attend, only the cost of your own food and beverages.

New Journal Club Session

Please join us on April 8th, 2015 at 12pm for a new journal club session.

We will be discussing the article by Jin Wu, et al, titled, “Measuring patrons’ technology habits: an evidence-based approach to tailoring library services.” from the April 2014 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association. The full text can be found at this link:

We will be posting more information on how to participate in the following days, so stay tuned!