The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health is hosting a webinar called “Searching the HTA Database Canadian Search Interface” on September 29th, 2015 at 1pm EST. Join Caitlyn Ford to learn more about using the HTA Database search engine to find Canadian-produced HTAs.
Only two weeks remain to submit an abstract for “Mosaic: Be Part of the Big Picture l Mosaique: Faites partie du portrait global,” to be held May 13–18, 2016, in Toronto.
The submission date is earlier this year to accommodate the joint meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA), Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé duCanada (CHLA/ABSC), and International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC).
The call for submissions abstracts for contributed content that supports the theme, “Mosaic: Be Part of the Big Picture.” New this year, authors will rank how they would prefer to present their content: paper, poster, or lightning talk. (https://www.mlanet.org/
Also new are special content sessions: Groups (such as sections, chapters, special interest groups [SIGs], and others) are invited to submit proposals for engaging 1.5-hour-long sessions.
When submitting your structured abstract, decide if it’s either a research abstract or a program description abstract:
* Research abstracts report on designing, conducting, and analyzing a research project.
* Program description abstracts describe the creation and improvement of products, programs, technologies, administrative practices, or services conducted by librarians and information professionals.
The distinction is important because your abstract will be appraised using different criteria. Criteria for both Research and Program abstracts are available in the Papers and Posters
To submit an abstract or proposal use, the online contributed content submission form: https://www.
The due date is: September 15, 6:00 p.m., central time. Enter early to avoid the last-minute rush and allow time for assistance, if needed.
The OVHLA is currently embarking on a project to collect, organize, and share our historical documents. We hope to create a digital archive with a timeline of our chapter’s key achievements and important historical documents. We are seeking donations from current and past members. If you have any items related to the history of our chapter: digital or printed documents, photographs, or other memorabilia, we would love to include them in the project.
To donate materials, share your memories of our chapter, or help with this project please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next year is CHLA’s 40th anniversary, so it’s great timing to look back at our own chapter history!
Join your colleagues for an evening of socialising, networking and research sharing at the first OVHLA Mini Symposium on Thursday July 9, 2015. We will be hosting short poster presentations, that will be presented by three of your colleagues on topics ranging from Cochrane search standards, collaboration with colleagues across the world via Twitter and the partnership between a Bangladeshi allied health library and Queen’s University. There will also be three lightning talks (at 5 minutes each), one of which regarding the PRESS Checklist update, a proposed project to document the history of OVHLA, and a student’s eye view of medical librarianship. There will also be a presentation, and question and answer about CADTH’s searching Embase report. There will be refreshments served and plenty of time to check in with your colleagues.
The event will be held at: MyBywardOffice, at 78 George St, suite 204 (in the ByWard Market) Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Below are brief abstracts on each presentation. Please email CE Coordination Cait Ford (email@example.com) with any questions you may have.
Practical application of the MECIR standards for literature search in Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group Reviews
Methodological standards for the conduct of new Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR) were developed in 2013. These standards include several items that summarize attributes of the literature search portion of the process as described in the Cochrane Handbook that are either mandatory or highly desirable for new Cochrane Reviews. This poster outlines the process of conducting a literature search for musculoskeletal studies for the purposes of producing a Cochrane systematic review in the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group (CMSG) which adheres to MECIR standards.
Twitter is a microblogging platform which allows users to share their ideas with online community in 140-character Tweets, and medical librarians (#medlibs) are taking advantage of this technology, but to a varying degree. This poster explores how medical librarians are using Twitter, what they are communicating with their community about, and how they are collaborating with their colleagues across the country, and the world.
Bangladesh, with its population of 157 million, extreme poverty, and disability prevalence of 32% (WHO, 2011), has a severe shortage of health care professionals. The Government of Canada Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development funded the Queen’s University International Centre for the Advancement of Community-Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR) $6.3 million to implement maternal and child health, education and disability awareness programs in Bangladesh from 2011-2017. The Queen’s rehabilitation therapy liaison librarian is a project team member. Project objectives were (1) to develop a world-class e-library which provides users with unmediated access to scholarly health resources; (2) to design and deliver ongoing information literacy sessions to foster a research and evidence-based practice culture amongst students, faculty and clinicians; and (3) to provide collegial support to the BHPI-CRP librarian in her role as a health sciences library leader in Bangladesh.
David will discuss the CADTH report Pruning EMTREE: Does Focusing Embase Subject Headings Impact Search Strategy Precision and Sensitivity? The talk will include a brief explanation of methods, results and implications, with plenty of time for questions and discussion afterward.
Jessie McGowan and Margaret Sampson
PRESS Guideline Update
We are updating our 2008 PRESS (Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies) guideline on behalf of CADTH. Only July 9 we are conducting a Delphi Forum teleconference will be informed by an updated systematic review as well as the results of a survey of librarians and information specialists involved in performing searches for health technology assessment reports and systematic reviews. We will update participants on the highlights of the Delphi Forum teleconference.
Remembering our Past, Envisioning our Future: A Proposal to Document our Chapter’s History
The Ottawa Valley Health Libraries Association has a history spanning over four decades. The bulk of this history is contained in boxed paper records and the memories of various members throughout the years. The time is right for OVHLA to embark on a formal project to collect, summarize, and share our history. In this talk, I will discuss the benefits of documenting our Chapter’s history, as well as outlining potential methodological approaches. Members will be invited to provide feedback and indicate interest in participating in this project.
Sarah is a summer student at CADTH and will be presenting about the opportunities for learning about medical librarianship while earning her MLIS from Western University.
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 (CaitlynF@cadth.ca) or Jessie Cunningham (firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 29th, 2015, at 5:00pm. Please RSVP to Cait Ford, Jessie Cunningham or Jennifer Skuce (JenniferS@cadth.ca) 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
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: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3988763/
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!
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.
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: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3988763/
We will be posting more information on how to participate in the following days, so stay tuned!
The minutes from the OVHLA Annual General Meeting held September 24, 2013 are now available online on our meetings page.