Venue: Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin 8, Friday morning, 29 July 2022.
The IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section in collaboration with the Evidence for Global and Disaster Health Special Interest Group and the Health Sciences Libraries Group of the Library Association of Ireland are co-sponsoring a satellite meeting in conjunction with the IFLA Annual Congress. The theme of the meeting is “Exploring How Open Science and Open Access Influence the Spread of Health Misinformation and Disinformation and How Librarians Can Help”.
This half-day seminar will explore the strengths of the Open Movement– e.g. potential to widely share health data and information; and its vulnerabilities– e.g. proneness to misinformation, fraud, and politicization. The seminar will also highlight how librarians and information professionals have overcome issues with open access in low-resourced areas, such as the issue of preprint quality, energy/Internet insecurity, and/or publishing in open access journals.
Call for papers (by 29 April 2022) – https://2022.ifla.org/cfp-calls/heath-and-biosciences-section/
More details about attendance and registration will be available shortly. Queries should be directed to planners Bethany McGowan firstname.lastname@example.org or Niamh Lucey at email@example.com.
The HSLG committee would like to thank everyone who attended our 2022 conference – Open to change, on 24 March 2022 in Dublin. We would especially like to thank our speakers for their excellent, informative and engaging presentations. Where we have permission, we have uploaded their presentations here:
Louise Farragher, Health Research Board –
Citation tracking: tools and approaches – slides
Citation tracking: tools and approaches – full presentation (external link)
Liis Cotter, Health Service Executive –
Nursing journal club for mental health nurses – it will never work, will it? – slides
Trish Patton, Irish College of General Practitioners –
An action research study on the design and development of an e-learning module on information skills to empower general practitioners – slides.
Niamh O’Sullivan, Irish blood Transfusion Service
Connections that count: Credit to the Crew
Aoife Lawton, Health Service Executive
A national eHealth library for Ireland: the story so far
Caitriona Lee, Health Research Board
Showing our workings: the new PRISMA 2020 and the use of search summary tables
HSLG Virtual Journal Club, 3rd March 2022, 11am – 11.45am
Article: Nyberg, R. (2017). Lean Knowledge Management at Vantaa City Library. http://library.ifla.org/id/eprint/1653/1/230-nyberg-en.pdf
Liis Cotter’s suggested questions:
- Library as a competitor – are we competing for each and every customer?
- Consider culture change – how open are we to introduction of improvements?
- Notice waste – is there any “waste” in your library? How do you recognise it and what do you plan to do about it?
- Can you think of an aspect of your service you would like to change?
The HSLG conference will take place in the Ashling Hotel on Thursday 24 March 2022, 09.15–16.00. You can register here.
The theme of our conference is Open to change and is aimed at people working or interested in library or information services in Ireland.
Our keynote is physicist, cancer researcher, and author Doctor David Robert Grimes. David’s presentation is called ‘Situation critical’. He tells us how we can be lured into making critical mistakes or drawing false conclusions, and how to avoid such errors. Given the power of modern science and the way that movements can unite to protest a cause via social media, we are in dangerous times. But fortunately, we can learn from our mistakes, and by critical thinking and scientific method we can discover how to apply these techniques to everything from deciding what insurance to buy to averting global disaster.
Our invited speaker is Library Association of Ireland president Cathal McCauley. Cathal will speak to us about current and future initiatives of the LAI.
Nikita Burke, Evidence Synthesis Ireland and Richard Hollis, Cochrane, will present the pilot findings of an evaluation of using Cochrane Interactive Learning modules in blended online learning for Evidence Synthesis Ireland in a presentation entitled: How to integrate Cochrane Interactive Learning to deliver systematic review training for early-career stage healthcare researchers.
Of course, we are delighted to showcase the knowledge and work of health librarians and information specialists in Ireland. We have the following presentations from members:
- Aoife Lawton, Health Service Executive – A national eHealth Library for Ireland: the story so far.
- Liis Cotter, Health Service Executive – Nursing journal club for mental health nurses – it will never work, will it?
- Caitriona Lee, Health Research Board – Showing our workings: The new PRISMA 2020 and the use of search summary tables.
- Louise Farragher, Health Research Board – Citation tracking: tools and approaches.
- Trish Patton, Irish College of General Practitioners – An action research study on the design and development of an e-learning module on information skills to empower general practitioners.
- Niamh O’Sullivan, Irish Blood Transfusion Service – Connections that count: credit to the crew.
Join us and meet members from a range of health and academic settings including hospital (HSE and voluntary) libraries, academic health libraries, state agencies, and NGOs. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of registration.
For more details and to register go to our Eventbrite page https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/hslg-conference-2022-open-to-change-tickets-254555431147
Please note: HSLG members have a specially reduced registration rate of €10. Members can also apply for the Bernard Barrett bursary which is a special award specifically to enable members from across Ireland to attend the HSLG annual conference or other relevant HSLG events. Members may apply for funds to cover the registration fee and/or travel expenses (if travelling a significant distance by public transport). Details are available on: https://hslg.ie/about/hslg-bursary/
The InterTASC Information Specialists’ Sub-Group (ISSG) search filter resource is a website which identifies and provides access to search filters for finding specific methods. Search filters, to find studies of a specific design, are an essential tool in searching for evidence. Broader, more sensitive search filters are useful in identifying studies for evidence syntheses such as systematic reviews and in guideline development and more precise, specific search filters are useful for answering clinical questions.
The ISSG website has undergone recent development and a webinar, presented by Julie Glanville and hosted by the HSLG on 20 January 2022, gave a tour of the site and described existing and new features.
ISSG Presentation from Zoom webinar (33 minutes):
Julie Glanville is a qualified librarian who has worked in systematic reviews for more than 25 years and is an independent consultant focusing on information retrieval for systematic reviews. From 2008 to June 2020, Julie was Associate Director of York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC) and coordinated its information and review services. Before 2008, Julie was Associate Director and Information Service Manager at the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD), University of York, for fourteen years. Julie is a co-convenor of the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group and a co-author of the Cochrane Handbook chapter on searching for evidence.
We have a new issue of our newsletter HINT (Health Information News & Thinking)
Download HINT Winter 2021
- A Christmas message from the HSLG by Niamh Lucey, p.2
- IFLA Congress 2021 by Mary Dunne, p.3
- Research and information intersection: All research starts with a question by Bernard Barrett, p.9
- New beginnings for two HSE libraries by Shauna Barrett and Linda Halton, p.10
- L2L Joint Digital Badge 2021: Experiences of health sciences librarians by Maura Flynn, p.14
- How to add bookmarks & internal hyperlinks to a Word/PDF document by Niamh O’Sullivan, p.16
- LITE reading (Library, Information, Technology & Evidence) by Mary Dunne, p.18
- Book review: Fever Dream by Samantha Schewblin by Elaine Peppard, p.24
- Feature of frivolity! Tilda as a library: a thread on Twitter by Niamh O’Sullivan, p.25
For past issues go to our HINT archive
The HSLG will be holding our AGM online on Thursday 2 December, 11–11.30am. To attend the AGM you need to be a member of the HSLG.
All HSLG members are encouraged to join the meeting by registering for free at the following address: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/hslg-agm-2021-tickets-183163485917
We would also ask you to consider becoming a member of the committee.
Minutes of the last AGM can be read here: HSLG AGM Minutes 2020
Membership of the HSLG is open to all LAI members. It entitles you to attend CPD events and the annual conference at a reduced rate. Members can also apply for funds to cover travel expenses to CPD events.
To become a HSLG member or to join the committee go to https://hslg.ie/about/membership/ and fill in a short online form.
The HSLG conference was due to take place in November 2021, but due to high COVID-19 figures, a number of delegates and speakers were unable to attend. We postponed until March 2022. https://hslg.ie/2022/02/07/hslg-conference-2022/
HSLG Virtual Journal Club, 16 September 2021, 11am – 11.45am
Niamh O’Sullivan will be presenting on fake news, guided by the following two open access articles:
The Covid-19 ‘infodemic’: a new front for information professionals
Salman Bin Naeem and Rubina Bhatti (2020) Health Information and Libraries Journal doi:10.1111/hir.12311
Infodemic in a pandemic – critical thinking needed By Trish Patton, Assistant Librarian/Information Office, Irish College of General Practitioners
Feature article in Forum Journal for GPs, December 2020, ICGP.
Additional reading (not for discussion): An exploration of how fake news is taking over social media and putting public health at risk Salman Bin Naeem, Rubina Bhatti, Aqsa Khan (2020) Health Information and Libraries Journal https://doi.org/10.1111/hir.12320
At the journal club, Niamh plans to discuss the following topics:
• infodemics, types of mis/dis information and the consequences of all three.
• The role health sciences librarians can play to stem the flow.
• The best tools and resources to combat fake news and mis/dis information.
And ask the following questions:
• How much impact can health sciences librarians realistically have on the spread of fake news?
• What resources and tools do you currently use to help users find authoritative information?
• How can we, in the HSL community, better prepare ourselves for the next infodemic?
Niamh’s presentation – Fake News presentation for HSLG Journal Club 16 Sept 2021
Useful websites and tools for evaluating health information (Source, Trish Patton article):
• Informed Health Choices: https://www.informedhealthchoices.org/
• iHealthFacts: https://ihealthfacts.ie/
• Be Media Smart: https://www.bemediasmart.ie/
• CRAP: https://sites.google.com/site/crapcraaptest/
• SPAT: http://www.spat.pitt.edu/
• DISCERN: http://www.discern.org.uk/
The recordings from this year’s LIR seminar series ‘Shining a light in a post-truth era’ have been added to the LIR website https://lirgroup.heanet.ie/index.php/2021/04/01/shining-a-light-in-a-post-truth-era/. The talks are also available on the LIR You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRxbx2KELUTuV5ot_kv1Frw