CHLA/ABSC 2005 Conference

2005 Conference

Toronto, Ontario
May 30 - June 3 / 30 mai - 3 juin, 2005
Delta Chelsea Hotel


Conference Program

Continuing Education

Exhibitors & Sponsors

Hospitality & Activities

Travel & Accommodation

Planning Committee

Call for Papers & Posters



Creating a Catalogue of Canadian Medication Prescribing and Use Projects.
Greg Bak ( and Janet Joyce (janetlj@CCOHTA.CA), Library and Information Services, Canadian Coordinating Office for Health Technology Assessment (CCOHTA)
            The Canadian Optimal Medication Prescribing and Utilization Service (COMPUS) is a new service funded by Health Canada and delivered by the Canadian Coordinating Office for Health Technology Assessment (CCOHTA). COMPUS will evaluate and promote evidence-based best practices that ensure prescription medications are used appropriately.

Ontario Public Health Libraries Association (OPHLA): Advocating on Behalf of the Public’s Health
Heather Kemp (, Information Specialist Halton Region Health Department.
            The mandate of the Ontario Public Health Libraries Association (OPHLA) to build and promote library and information services to support a strong public health system in Ontario. OPHLA works in partnership to promote the strategic use of evidence-based public health interventions; maximize the capacity for providing information services and resources to Ontario's public health units, share best practices and advocate the importance for information professionals in public health.

Copyright: a Health Promotion Concern
Beal, Dianne (, Librarian, Toronto Public Health Library
            The purpose of this poster is to raise awareness of copyright issues as they affect public health. Public health organizations are active in health promotion and educating both staff and the general public, and sharing information is vital to these roles. However, ensuring the integrity, accuracy and appropriate use of information created by health units is also of critical importance. Toronto Public Health has established a workgroup to develop policies and procedures on the issue of copyright. The culmination of this work will be the development and implementation of guidelines and policies that will be used by all staff. 

An Online Guide to Library Research for Dentistry Students
Margaret Fulford (, Faculty Librarian, Faculty of Dentistry University of Toronto
            "How to Research Your Dentistry Essay", was developed to give Dentistry students an understanding of library research and to provide practical advice and searching strategies. Topics covered included where to start one's research, how to decipher citations, how to keep track of sources, and how to use various indexes and the library catalogue to locate dentistry resources. The guide used dentistry-related examples and included hyperlinks to useful resources. Margaret Fulford is Faculty Librarian at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. She has also worked for the Toronto Reference Library, CBC Music Library, and Canadian Health Network. She edited The Canadian Women's Movement, 1960-1990: A Guide to Archival Resources, and she co-authored the CRTC's thesaurus.

Future Proofing the Health System
Sandra Kendall ( and Melanie Browne (, Sidney Liswood Library, Mt. Sinai Hospital
           Mount Sinai Hospital has created an online tool for accessing top-rated sources of evidence-based medicine for clinicians and medical students. Using the system – which is called an algorithm by the developers – medical staff can search step-by-step through four tiers of resources. To create the algorithm, Mount Sinai librarians and clinicians conducted an assessment of all resources available to researchers and ranked them according to their use of evidence-based evaluation and scientific review. The next steps include getting all hospitals to have access to these core resources to ensure best practice clinical decision-making.

Operationalizing Evidence Based Practice for Nurses
Sandra Kendall ( and Melanie Browne (, Sidney Liswood Library, Mt. Sinai Hospital
            Following Mt Sinai Hospital’s online tool for accessing top-rated sources of evidence-based medicine, an algorithm for evidence-based nursing was created. Mount Sinai librarians and clinicians conducted an assessment of all resources and ranked them according to their use of evidence-based evaluation and scientific review. Using the flow chart was a way to reduce the time needed to show nurses how to find answers to patient and administrative concerns. If a nurse sent a query through all four tiers of the algorithm, and still ended up empty-handed, the problem would likely be a good candidate for conducting an investigative protocol which would need to be submitted to our Research Ethics Board.            

Collaborating to Increase Awareness about Patient Safety in Winnipeg
Tania Gottschalk (, University of Manitoba Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library. Rob Robson, Director of Patient Safety, WRHA. Ryan Sidorchuk, Patient Safety Officer, WRHA
            We report on a project in which a University of Manitoba Librarian, the WRHA Director of Patient Safety, and the WRHA Patient Safety Officer have collaborated to increase awareness about patient safety literature across Winnipeg. Patient Safety Picks, an electronic newsletter, launched in December 2004, is published nine times a year and is designed to alert health care professionals and patients in Winnipeg to recent information about patient safety including new books, e-books, websites, articles, and audiovisual resources. We discuss the origins of the collaboration, the challenges faced in moving the project forward, and the feedback we have received from web-based surveys. 

PushMe – Pull You: Going Electronic with our Library Newsletter
Tania Gottschalk (, Lori Giles-Smith (, and Mark Rabnett (, University of Manitoba
            In the spring of 2004, the University of Manitoba (UM) Health Sciences Libraries distributed the final print edition of the library newsletter. The content was six months out-of-date and had difficulty reaching many of our users. We considered our user groups and determined most could be reached with an electronic newsletter via email. Newsletter content was restructured and the new electronic newsletter, Info-Rx: Newsletter of the Health Sciences Libraries, was launched with the tag line “Your Information Prescription”. The newsletter presents current developments in the library and educates our users about resources and services. We report on the success of our revamped newsletter.

Hospital Libraries: The Future Lies in Co-operation
Syd Jones (, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Helen Michael ( of Toronto Libraries, and Laurie Scott (, Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto
            Many library consortia have come into existence primarily as a vehicle to obtain favourable pricing on licensed electronic resources, while others have existed for years providing members with a wide range of benefits through collaborative activities. The Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto (HSICT) consists primarily of publicly funded hospital libraries in the Greater Toronto Area, in partnership with the University of Toronto Libraries. Members benefit from a wide variety of activities, consortial discounts and licenses, as well as collaborative efforts on strategic planning, business cases, and so on.

CHIPIG Becoming a CHLA Interest Group
Kimberley Meighan (, The Hospital for Sick Children, Susan Himel (, Trillium Health Centre, and Ann Celestine (, Kitchener Public Library.
            The Consumers Health Information Providers Interest Group (CHIPIG) is a voluntary association of person’s who share an interest in the provisions of health information to the general public. Our vision is to become a network of health information providers, improving the health of our community through the education and empowerment of consumers, in a variety of settings such as hospitals, libraries and community organizations. This poster presentation will profile the history of CHIPIG, terms of reference, goals and objectives as well as future directions as an official interest group of CHLA.

Leveraging funds to build a new library service.
Helen Lee Robertson (, University of Calgary
            By 2000, the University of Calgary Health Sciences Library experienced increasing customer demand for user support and training in bibliographic management software programs, especially Reference Manager. This poster describes the approach used to leverage funds and time to meet this need. In 2001, the authors obtained a federal Summer Career Program grant to hire a library school student to develop an infrastructure of materials and create staff expertise in Reference Manager that could be sustained beyond the student’s employment. The student developed core instructional and support materials aimed at biomedical sciences clientele. For library staff, she created an instructional module and provided a “train the trainer” session. She also presented workshops to library users at the end of the summer. A regular staff member became the key resource, continuously updating the original materials and creating intermediate level workshops. Introductory workshops are offered monthly and intermediate ones every second month. Even after 3.5 years, introductory sessions are at their capacity and the intermediate only slightly less.

Deploying Handheld Medical Content to Faculty: What Libraries Need to Know.
Rita Vine (, University of Toronto
            Between October 2004 and January 2005, 27 volunteer clinical faculty from the Department of Family and Community Medicine were provided with the opportunity to download and install selected medical content to their handheld computers. Throughout the testing period, they shared with us their views on how easy it was to download and use the handheld content they received, and what they thought about the quality and utility of these tools. This poster will present the key results of the study, and extrapolate recommendations for libraries considering acquiring and deploying handheld content for their communities.

Educating Information Professionals to Support Evidence-Based Health Care: Development, Delivery & Evaluation of a Course in Evidence-Based Health Librarianship
Nadine Wathen, PhD (, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, and Gloria J. Leckie, PhD (, Associate Dean, Faculty of Information & Media Studies, The University of Western Ontario
            Evidence-based health care - the application of “best available evidence” to health care practice and policy decisions - is a fast-developing area. Its foundation is rigorous and systematic searching, retrieval and collation of relevant research evidence from a variety of sources. Once found, results must be organized and interlinked so that those evaluating the evidence, or making decisions based on the evidence, can easily access it. Objective: This poster will report on the development, delivery and evaluation of a course on EBHC methods. The course was funded under the HTA Capacity Building Program of the Canadian Coordinating Office for Health Technology Assessment and was delivered in Fall 2004 in an ALA-accredited Masters of Library and Information Science programme at the University of Western Ontario. Seventeen MLIS students completed and evaluated the course. There is a need to develop additional capacity to educate librarians in EBHC methods to fill growing demand for this skill set.

A Study of Consumer Health Monographs in Public Libraries using a Tiered Master Checklist
Williams, Jean, BScN, MLIS (, McGill University Health Centre
            A tiered list of fifty-two recommended monographs in nine consumer health subject areas was developed from bibliographies made available online by health science librarians (Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association)(CAPHIS) and from several other expert sources. The ensuing master list of validated titles was compared to the holdings of two Montreal area public libraries. These two libraries had comparable municipal tax support and the librarians were willing to be interviewed concerning their consumer health information (CHI) collection development policies and strategies.

The two local libraries studied have acquired recent CHI titles recommended by subject specialist librarians. CAPHIS lists provide a reliable tool for collection development in public libraries.

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