Wiley Cochrane Library training


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:

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

Informing policy using mixed methods evidence reviews – Case studies from the Health Research Board’s Evidence Centre

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.

Speakers include:

– 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.


Courses · Events

Writing and Publishing for Librarians Study Day – Presentations now available!

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


Writing & Publishing for Librarians – study day

This full day event will feature presentations, posters and workshops on the following topics:
• Writing for Publication
• Publishing and Promoting your Writing/Research
• Scholarly Communications
• Reference Management using EndNote
• Open Access Publishing
• Research Bootcamps

Venue: Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8
Date: 4th September 2019, 10am to 4pm
Cost: €10 HSLG or LAI members ; €22 for all others

Continue reading “Writing & Publishing for Librarians – study day”

CPD event: Supporting quality in systematic reviews and other research by Dr Valerie Smith

The HSLG Committee are delighted to offer a one day workshop on ‘Supporting quality in systematic reviews and other research’
By Dr Valerie Smith, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Midwifery

Date: Friday 24 November 2017
Time: 09.30- 15.30
Venue: HRB Boardroom, Grattan House, 67-72 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2

09.30 – Registration
10.00 – 12.30 (with 15 min coffee break)
12.30 –13.30 lunch
13.30 –15.30

Content will include:
• Hierarchy of evidence and systematic reviews: developments to date
• Overview of search methods (including Cochrane criteria)
• Appraising the methodological quality of research studies
• Reporting guidelines and checklists

This CPD event is €10 for HSLG members and €20 for others.

Register on Eventbrite

HSLG email:


Systematic Reviews for Beginners

Date & Time: Fri 18 Aug 2017, 10am – 1pm

Location: systematic reviewHealth Sciences Library, UCD- Room D111

This is a half day hands on workshop targeted to MLIS students and recent graduates who want to obtain an overview of the subject of Systematic Reviews. The workshop is led by 3 experienced librarians in this area; Jane Burns, UCD/RCSI, Anne Madden, UCD/St. Vincent’s and Diarmuid Stokes, UCD Liaison Librarian. There are PCs available in the training room so no need to bring your own. The broad topics covered are:

1. Defining Systematic Reviews and what they are about (Jane Burns)

Types and how to decide what to use Tools and Resources (Instruments, etc. )Searching Tips

2. Resources- how and what to use (Diarmuid Stokes)

Databases EndNote (just an overview)

3. Practice Exercises (Anne Madden)

4. What’s in for you as a Librarian? Workshop Wrap up (Jane Burns)

Eventbrite link:



Competencies for Health Librarians

As you know competencies and education and training for librarians, including health librarians, is a topic of growing interest and concern.  Below are some recent developments HSLG members may be interested in. Kate Kelly (Director of Library Services, RCSI) was a member of the task force to review and update the competencies and HSLG EAHIL, UHMLG and CILIP representatives were invited to provide feedback to the task force.

  1. The US Medical Library Association has updated “Competencies for Life-Long Learning and Professional Success” which defines competencies and performance indicators for health information professionals.  This is now available on MLAnet .  From May 15 a free self-assessment tool will also be available on MLAnet. Kate Kelly (RSCI
  2. The Spring Forum of the University Health & Medical Librarians Group focused on knowledge, skills and competencies and the presentations are available at  the Summer Forum will follow up on some of this, programme coming soon.
  3. LAI members will be aware that LAI licensed CILIP’s PKSB (Professional Knowledge and Skills Base) as a benefit to LAI members.  A PKSB for Health is also available to CILIP members.
Courses · Events

Workshop: Research in libraries: Designing a study to demonstrate effectiveness, value or impact.

[NOTE: This event booked out by 15 August 2016. Thanks for the interest shown]

The HSLG Committee, and CPD liaison Anne Madden, have arranged for renowned researcher, author, and information specialist Alison Brettle to facilitate a workshop on research and evaluation for librarians on Wednesday, 24th August 2016, 10am to 4pm.

Alison is Reader in Evidence Based Practice, University of Salford, UK. Her research interests include systematic reviews and systematic review methodology, information literacy, information skills training, the evaluation of library and information services, and effective literature searching.

Participants will work individually and in groups to design and think through the implementation of a study relevant to their work. This workshop aims to provide a user friendly, interactive introduction to research and evaluation in libraries, with a focus on demonstrating our effectiveness, value or impact.

Agenda for the day:

  1. Research, evaluation and impact
  2. Designing a study
  1. Questions, aims and objectives
  2. Quantitative v qualitative approaches
  3. Designing a survey
  4. Ethical issues
  1. Doing a study
    1. Planning your sample
    2. Collecting and analysing data
    3. Doing it routinely
  1. Ideas for disseminating your work
  2.  Q&A (about EBLIP, research or impact)

The workshop will take place in the Health Research Board, 67-72 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2.

The cost is €60 for LAI members, €70 for non-LAI members, and €25 for students/unwaged (which includes light lunch and tea/coffee).

We have limited availability for this event.



Systematic Reviews don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing

Team Ireland had a very successful sojourn in sunny Seville last week for the EAHIL 2016 Conference. In total there were 6 of us there, so expect to hear some reports in HINT and other for a in the coming months.

As you can imagine, there were lots of really interesting presentations and poster – many soon to be uploaded onto the EAHIL conference website

I thought you might be interested in this blog post by Cambridge health librarian Isla Kuhn which came about in response to a presented paper on the quality of reporting of systematic reviews.

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing

It is well worth a read and there are useful links to all the standards for reporting SRs and search strategies – always handy to have on standby.

I also suggest reading her other blog posts – there are lots covering presentations from the latest EAHIL, all well worth reading.

Also, you may also be interested in (yet another!) Database of Systematic Reviews

Epistemonikos is a collaborative, multilingual database of research evidence and knowledge translation products. Epistemonikos was developed and is maintained by systematically searching electronic databases and other sources for relevant systematic reviews and broad syntheses of reviews.

The aim of Epistemonikos is to provide rapid access to systematic reviews in health. You can read an interesting paper presented by Hilde Stromme comparing Epistemonikos to the Cochrane Library as soon as the papers are uploaded.

Louise Farragher


The Librarian as Researcher

We’re delighted to bring you this excellent CPD workshop at an equally excellent price.

This custom-made workshop, “The Librarian as Researcher”, will provide healthcare librarians with a practical guide to undertaking research.  It will get you well on the way to carrying out your own piece of research, big or small, and provide useful information on supporting research within your organisation.  Use the day to identify research partners with similar interests from among your colleagues.  The afternoon session, based on a case study by the presenter, comprehensively covers all the key steps in the publishing and dissemination process.

And don’t forget the two big events in Dublin in 2017 (12th International Congress of Medical Librarianship and EAHIL Workshop) – the host nation should be well represented, so now’s the time to get in touch with your inner researcher!

All for the incredible price of €30 – an early Christmas gift from HSLG!  We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to attend.

Book your place: Booking Form Librarian as Researcher

The presenter is Rosarie Coughlan who has a very impressive track record in the area of research.  Rosarie is Scholarly Publishing Librarian at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (since August 2014 to present).  In this role she manages the University’s Journal Hosting Service, a facility provided by the Library to enable University staff, students and faculty to publish their own journal or conference proceedings.  She also manages the institutional research repository –QSpace, home to Queen’s University’s peer-reviewed open access research. She also coordinates library support to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Before joining Queen’s Rosarie was Information Literacy Librarian at Concordia University, Montreal, coordinating support for teaching and learning via the Library. Prior to this she worked as Research Support Librarian for Science, technology and medicine at the National University of Ireland, Galway supporting research units across the university in key areas of research performance measurement, scholarly communications, open access publishing and Information literacy.

Date:                                       17th December 2015

Venue:                                    UCD, Belfield – exact room to be advised.

Price:                                      €30

Outline schedule (you’ll find the full outline for the day at the bottom of the page):

Registration and coffee:         10.30 (This later start is to facilitate those travelling)

Morning session:                     11.00 – 12.30

Lunch:                                     12.30 – 13.15  (Lunch isn’t provided but there will be café facilities on campus.)

Afternoon session:                  13.15 – 16.00


Note: this workshop will fill very quickly.  Anyone wishing to attend should notify the undersigned as early as possible – Booking form is attached.  LAI Certification is being requested for this Workshop.

Workshop Outline

This workshop will explore the evolving landscape in research and dissemination, both for librarians as researchers undertaking research in any setting from hospitals to Health Boards and as publishers within academia.  The session will be highly practical and interactive, drawing on participants own research and shared experience through group discussion and exchange.

Part 1: Doing Research – Librarians as Researchers

This session will explore key areas of research planning and dissemination within the field of Library and Information Science, including:

  • Getting started: forming effective research questions
  • Research methodologies
  • Research process planning
  • Research dissemination – methods and approaches.

Part 2: Enabling Research Dissemination – Librarian as Publisher, a Case Study

  • The Library and publisher: opportunities and challenges
  • Journal Hosting Service at Queen’s University Library, Ontario, Canada:
    • Managing a journal hosting service using Open Journal Systems
    • Supporting the publication workflow, from submission, peer review, editing, online publication, indexing and exposure.
  • Beyond the scholarly journal – evolving models in digital scholarship and the role of librarians – what’s next?