Mini-symposium program

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         ( with any questions you may have.


Tamara Rader

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.

Cait Ford

Breaking the Limits of Time and Space: How #medlibs are Collaborating via Twitter

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.

Paola Durando

Capacity Building in a Bangladeshi Allied Health Library

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 Kaunelis

Pruning EMTREE

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.

Kelly Farrah

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 Calder

From Grad School, With Love

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.