HSLG Virtual Journal Club, 21 April 2021, 11am – 11.45am
Wikipedia version of “Librarian”, available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Librarian
Suggested questions by Anne Madden:
- Does this Wikipedia entry feel like it was written by a librarian? See also the “Talk” tab – any comments? Does it feel neutral or do pro or con librarian views come across? If you were considering librarianship as a career, would this piece encourage or deter you?
- Are librarians still “custodians” or keepers of knowledge or has this role now passed to publishers? If so, where does that leave librarians?
- Looking at the ownership or sponsorship of the earliest libraries, how much credence should we give any surviving texts from this era? What may have been the driving force for creating these libraries?
- In the 1870’s, librarian tasks were considered to be “”Eminently Suited to Girls and Women.” Do you think this was based on convenience or related to the position of women in society at the time? Or for some other reason?
- “The CDC had earlier named librarians as key public health staff to support COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing.” What librarian skills would have led them to that conclusion? What image does it seem to portray of librarians? Is it an image we should promote?
- Copyright isn’t mentioned either. In fact, in the 17th Century, a librarian was seen as a “scribe, one who copies books”. Do librarians need more legal skills to address copyright and publisher licencing issues, and should they be the first port of call for these issues?
- If you were to add a section on Health Librarians, what additional roles or skills would you include? What non-typical skills are you called on to provide in your service?
- Looking at the list of “additional responsibilities”, are the core roles of librarians still intact? What does this list suggest about assumptions on librarian values?
- When it comes to librarian education, there is very little consensus across the globe. Steve McKinzie argues that an academic qualification is required for e.g. reference interview and doesn’t rate “special training”. In our own experience, what has been the role of any academic qualification and of CPD/special training?
- Technology: “librarians must continually adapt to new formats”. Instead of adapting, should we be leading or collaborating in developments in this field?
- Librarian stereotypes – help! Is this seriously still true? Anyone have any personal experiences of any of this? Do we inspire fear – timidly??
The AGM of the HSLG will take place online on Thursday, 26 November 2020 at 11am.
HSLG members can register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/hslg-agm-2020-tickets-122359292939
Cochrane and Evidence Synthesis Ireland are providing training from Wiley on the Cochrane Library on 29 September (Introduction) and 20 October (advanced) at 2pm, online: https://evidencesynthesisireland.ie/training/
Introduction course (29 Sept)
- What’s in the Cochrane Library?
- What’s new in the Cochrane Library?
- How to run searches and browse content
- How to set up alerts
- Where to find help
Advanced course (20 Oct)
- How to run advance searches
- How to use the Search Manager
- New PICO search
- How to use MeSH
Also, from Evidence synthesis Ireland – Webinar, 12,00, 24 September 2020
In this webinar, the speakers will describe their approach to conducting mixed methods evidence reviews using two case studies. They will focus on how they design mixed methods search strategies, their use of machine learning via text mining for screening, and how they analyse and integrate qualitative and quantitative findings.
– Louise Farragher, Senior Information Specialist, HRB Evidence Centre:
Louise Farragher is an information specialist in the Health Research Board’s Evidence Centre.
In the Evidence Centre, she leads a team of information specialists who work with researchers to design and implement appropriate search strategies to find published and grey literature evidence for evidence reviews of complex policy questions.
– Joan Quigley, Research Officer, HRB Evidence Centre:
Joan Quigley is a Research Officer in the Health Research Board’s Evidence Centre.
In the Evidence Centre she leads systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Previously, she worked as a health technology assessment consultant for UK and global pharmaceutical companies.
– Camille Coyle, Research Officer, HRB Evidence Centre:
Dr. Camille Coyle is a Research Officer in the Health Research Board’s Evidence Centre and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Trinity College Dublin’s Centre for Global Health.
In the Evidence Centre, she leads systematic reviews, and in the Centre for Global Health she teaches qualitative research methods and supervises dissertations. Previously, she worked as a health research consultant for various UN agencies and non-governmental organisations.
The HSLG committee would like to thank all who attended and presented at HSLG 2020. It was a great opportunity to share ideas and network with library colleagues. Here are some of the presentations.
To enable as many health librarians as possible to attend CPD events including virtual or in-person courses and conferences, the HSLG is offering bursaries to cover early-bird registration fees for members.
To apply, please complete the bursary form on our website and email it to us at email@example.com.
Note: Funds are restricted so early application is advisable.
The HSLG Committee
The Health and Biosciences Libraries with Evidence for Global and Disaster Health (E4GDH) were to hold a one day pre-congress meeting on 14 August 2020.
Due to the cancellation of the IFLA congress in Dublin 2020. The satellite meeting has been postponed. The IFLA congress will now take place in Dublin in 2022.
Theme: “Health literacy: libraries and communities working together for health & wellbeing”
Health and Biosciences Libraries Section (HBS) joint with Evidence for Global and Disaster Health (E4GDH) Special Interest Group and The Health Sciences Libraries Group of the Library Association of Ireland
HBS and E4GDH are delighted to be collaborating with local partner The Health Sciences Libraries Group of the Library Association of Ireland on this event.
The theme of our combined satellite meeting is health literacy. We are interested in submissions that explore the issues surrounding health literacy, including equity of access to good quality health information; access to health information in multi-languages; issues relating to deliberate or unintentional misinformation; and solutions to prevent digital health inequalities.
Submissions considering how librarians contribute to increasing health information literacy, i.e. providing the skills to find, appraise and apply health information – will also be very welcome.
We invite presentations from a broad range of library sectors, as well as those from other health professionals, and those highlighting partnership working
The Satellite meeting theme ties in with our two recent IFLA publications:
- Our IFLA Special Journal Issue – Health information transforming lives – was published in October 2019.
- Our forthcoming IFLA book – Growing community health literacy through libraries: sharing global perspectives – will be launched during the IFLA 2020 WLIC Congress.
[Pre-launch promotional flyer] [PDF].
Authors from both publications will be guest speakers at the Satellite Meeting.
Possible topics could cover but are not limited to:
- Digital Literacy and equity of access to good quality health information through a variety of channels.
“As information about health and illness is increasingly (and often exclusively) available in digital form, we face a new public health challenge – digital health inequality.”
Gann B (2019) “Transforming lives: Combating digital health inequality” IFLA Journal 45(3)
- Health information awareness challenges.
These may include fake news, deliberate disinformation and unintentional misinformation or misrepresentation.
- Multilingual health information access and health literacy.
According to the WHO most of the world’s population has little or no access to relevant and high-quality resources to inform their health and well-being because it is in English.
Adams P & Fleck F (2015) “Bridging the language divide in health” Bulletin of the World Health Organization 93(6)
- Collaborations between library and information professionals and other stakeholders/partners to address challenges such as those listed above.
For more information on the submission process, see the IFLA congress website https://2020.ifla.org/cfp-calls/health-and-biosciences-libraries-with-evidence-for-global-and-disaster-health/
Registration is open for HSLG Seminar – You can’t handle the truth: research integrity and truth in libraries
|The HSLG Committee are delighted to announce an exciting line-up of speakers for our seminar, taking place on 13 February 2020 in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin, 9.45am to 4pm.|
You can register now at this link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/hslg-research-integrity-seminar-2020-tickets-85970924349
Invited speakers include:
Maura Hiney and Patricia Clarke who will speak about National Forum on Research Integrity and the National Open Research Forum.
Professor Declan Devane, Director of Evidence Synthesis Ireland, who will speak about Evidence for informed health choices and the role of ESI.
We also have presentations by fellow librarians: Michelle Dalton will tell us how to avoid “predatory” publishers; Tricia Patton gives us her experience of using the interactive presentation software Mentimeter; and Emma Quinn will speak about ‘Imposter syndrome’.
We have a special reduced cost of €25 for HSLG / LAI members. As we would like to enable as many as possible to attend, HSLG members may apply for the Bernard Barrett Bursary to cover the registration fee, and those outside Dublin may also apply for travel expenses. https://hslg.ie/about/hslg-bursary/
The HSLG are hosting a seminar on February 13 2020, in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin.
The theme of the Seminar is:
You can’t handle the truth: research integrity and truth in libraries
If you have anything to say about the librarians’ role relating to relevant themes including (but not limited to):
· Research integrity
· Promoting evidence
· Fake news
· Imposter syndrome
· Critical thinking
Presentations can be 10 or 20 minutes.
Please send us a short description of your presentation to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 6th December .
Speakers who are members of the LAI will be entered into a draw to win a bursary to IFLA 2020
Click on the links below to view presentations from our recent CPD course in the Ashling Hotel. Thanks again to all our wonderful speakers.
Creative Writing for Health Service Librarians – Mike Gogan, Head of Customer Language, AIB
Scholarly Communications Librarianship – Grainne McCabe, Scholarly Communications & Research Support Librarian, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
Bootcamp and Beyond: developing research support in AIT Library – Tania Marsh, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Athlone Institute of Techonology
Open Access Research: Why, What and How – Laura Rooney Ferris, Library Resources Manager, National Health Library & Knowledge Service
Open Access – What now? What next? – Niamh Lucey, St. Vincent’s University Hospital Library
What is Plan S? – Louise Farragher, Health Research Board