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!

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.

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!