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What to do when everyone wants to be your partner


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What to do when everyone wants to be your partner

  1. 1. WHAT TO DO WHEN EVERYONE WANTS TO BE YOUR PARTNER Sandy Campbell* and Marlene Dorgan John W. Scott Health Sciences Library University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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  3. 3. Aerial View of Health Sciences Buildings (North Campus)
  4. 4. Main Quad in Winter
  6. 6. High quality systematic reviews seek to:  Identify all relevant published and unpublished evidence  Select studies or reports for inclusion  Assess the quality of each study or report  Synthesis the findings from individual studies or reports in an unbiased way  Interpret the findings and present a balanced and impartial summary of the findings with due consideration of any flaws in the evidence. Hemingway, Pippa and Nic Brereton. “What is a Systematic Review?” Evidence Based Medicine, 2nd Ed., 2009. Accessed Feb. 16, 2012 HOW ARE SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER REVIEWS?
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  8. 8. WHAT HAS CHANGED IN THE FACULTY/LIBRARIAN RELATIONSHIP? Some granting agencies and journals in the health sciences now require that a librarian be a part of the research team. Greater awareness of the skills that librarians bring to expert searching and instruction.
  9. 9. 3. Synthesis Methods iii. Identifying potentially eligible studies “The next stage is to develop sensitive search strategies to identify studies that potentially meet the inclusion criteria. This is a highly technical task and should rarely be undertaken without the support of a trained information specialist (librarian).” Grimshaw, Jeremy. A Guide to Knowledge Synthesis. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Accessed August 27, 2013
  10. 10. INCREASE IN DEMAND FOR RESEARCH CONSULTATIONS Consultations in the Health Sciences Library 2010 210 2013 (Jan – August) 354
  11. 11. MANAGEMENT PLAN Strategic Actions: 1. Ensuring that work is done at the correct level 2. Building searcher capacity in the community 3. Lobbying for additional librarian positions 4. Redefining service policies for external users 5. Better organizing search support resources 6. Educating users
  12. 12. 1. ENSURING THAT WORK IS DONE AT THE CORRECT LEVEL  Librarians no longer assigned desk hours, except in remote (on-site) locations.  Most librarian level reference work is done by appointment, by telephone or e-mail  Basic instruction is done by senior non-academic staff  Review and revision of instructional materials  In-class delivery of instruction  Marking of basic assignments
  13. 13. 2. BUILDING SEARCHER CAPACITY IN THE PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY  Including non-University librarians in classes  Include non-health sciences University librarians in classes both as students and as instructors/assistants  Offer classes on systematic reviewing through the local health libraries association (NAHLA)  Scott Librarians taught SLIS 520 – Introduction to Health Librarianship (7 graduates)
  14. 14. 3. LOBBYING FOR ADDITIONAL LIBRARIAN POSITIONS  Ongoing encouragement of faculties with high demand for searching to hire their own research librarians.  4 arrangements in place, where research librarian is employed 80% by a department or institute and 20% at the Scott Library.
  15. 15. 4. REDEFINING AND CLARIFYING SERVICE POLICIES FOR DIFFERENT USER GROUPS  External Users  In the past, the Library sold excess capacity to the general public.  Currently – no excess capacity  Non-Uof A clients are referred to freelance searchers.  Health authority employees are referred to their own librarians
  16. 16. 5. BETTER ORGANIZING SEARCH SUPPORT RESOURCES  Protocol form available for all searchers to e-mail to searchers in advance of a consultation  Filters recorded in OVID for immediate use  Filters for all search platforms  Health Sciences Filters Page 71216
  17. 17. 6. EDUCATING USERS  Introduction to Systematic Review Searching Class  3 hour workshop  hands-on computer lab  January 2012 – August 2013 18 classes (258 researchers)  Increased in-course Instruction
  18. 18. RESULTS  Moving librarians away from basic teaching and desk duty has freed time for consultations and expert searching  Increased demand  Painting targets on our backs  More opportunities for librarians to collaborate and co-author  Teaching programs have been excellent publicity for the Libraries  Many more people trained in the basics  Clientelle is more likely to have basic SR Knowledge  More of the consults are shorter interactions  More attention in research administration to systematic reviews as a research method.
  19. 19. RESULTS CONTINUED  More courses in Systematic Reviewing being offered across the health-related Faculties  Public Health Sciences  Nursing  Orthodontics  Physical Education  Nutrition  Rehabilitation Medicine  Pharmacy Instructors attend our SR Search class Librarians are invited to teach in these classes
  20. 20. CONCLUSIONS  The strong demand for our work is evidence that it is highly valued, so we need to continue providing the services.  We do not know when, or if, we will reach peak demand.  Have to focus on the primary aspects of the Libraries mission  support for teaching and research  Have to pick and choose on what projects we agree to collaborate  Shifting resources does help, but stopping doing things to do something else is always difficult
  21. 21. Thank you for your attention. Questions?
  22. 22. CONTACT INFORMATION Sandy Campbell John W. Scott Health Sciences Library 2K3.28 Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2J8 +01 780-492-7915