New OVHLA president and call for nominations!

As some of you may know, Jessie Cunningham has stepped down as OVHLA president, as she has accepted a new position in Toronto.  We wish Jessie all the best in her new role!

As of Wednesday February 10th, Alex Hickey has accepted the position of OVHLA president and stepped down from her role as OVHLA secretary.  We are putting a call out to any member who is interested in joining the executive as OVHLA secretary for a 2 year term.

For more information, or to submit your name for consideration, please contact Jennifer Skuce, Cait Ford or Alex Hickey.

Please make sure to submit your name or nomination by February 19th, 2016.

New OVHLA Secretary

The OVHLA recently held elections for the President and Secretary position at our AGM on September 24th, 2015. Alexandra Hickey was elected to the position of Secretary for 2015-2017 term.  Jessie Cunningham was re-elected as OVHLA President for the 2015-2017 term.  Alexandra is the Technical Liaison Information Specialist with NewCo, a Canadian Medical Association subsidiary.

Congratulations and welcome to Alexandra!

Searching the HTA Database Canadian Search Interface – Webinar

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.

Register now at:

OVHLA Annual General Meeting

The Ottawa Valley Health Libraries Association will hold its AGM at CMA House (1867 Alta Vista Dr. Ottawa) on September 24th, 2015. For those members who cannot attend in person, but would still like to participate, we have a teleconference number for the AGM:

Teleconference Number: 1-877-234-4610 Toll Free (Canada & USA)                                               Participant Access code: 6335195#                                                                                                 (note: For those members who will be attending in person, please report to reception. A limited number of visitor parking spaces are also available in the parking lot to the left (facing the road) as you drive in.

Please also join us for a social event following the AGM.

The agenda with a complete list of nominees will be posted shortly.

We hope to see you there!

– The OVHLA Executive Committee

Deadline for Mosaic 2016 Submissions

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. (

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:
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.

OVHLA Executive Council Election – Call for Nominations.

The Ottawa Valley Health Libraries Association will be holding elections for positions on the Executive Committee. This is an excellent opportunity to develop your leadership skills, broaden your professional horizons and experience, and learn from your colleagues. The Ottawa Valley Health Libraries Association (OVHLA) Executive is currently seeking nominations for the following positions:

1. President (for the period Sept 2015 to Sept 2017, 2 year term); and

2. Secretary (for the period Sept 2015 to Sept 2017, 2 year term).

All nominations must be submitted no later than September 21st, 2015. The Election will be held at the OVHLA’s Annual General Meeting on September 24th. Results will be announced shortly thereafter.

For more information on the responsibilities of each position or, to submit a nomination, or for any other details, please contact Jessie Cunningham, President, OVHLA, at:, 613-725-9965 ext 872.


Upcoming Journal Club

The OVHLA will be hosting another Journal Club (in person and via teleconference), at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH) on October 6th from noon – 1:00pm.   We will be discussing a few articles with similar themes around the impact of medical libraries and librarians on patient care.

If you plan to attend in person, please RSVP Cait Ford or Jennifer Skuce by Friday October 2nd

CADTH’s address is 600-865 Carling Avenue.  Please go to the 6th floor reception and ask for Jennifer Skuce.

 If dialing in, the access number is 1-866-991-8797, participant PIN number is 1862769#

The articles under discussion are:

Farrell A, Mason J. Evaluating the Impact of Literature Searching Services on Patient Care Through the Use of a Quick-Assessment Tool. JCHLA. 2014;35(5). Available from:

Marshall JG. The value of library and information services in patient care: results of a multisite study. J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 Jan; 101(1): 38–46.

Marshall JG. Linking research to practice: the rise of evidence-based health sciences librarianship. J Med Libr Assoc. 2014 Jan;102(1):14-21.

We hope you can join us!


OVHLA History Project

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

Next year is CHLA’s 40th anniversary, so it’s great timing to look back at our own chapter history!