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Opening Keynote Address
Montana State University-Bozeman
Search Engine Showdown
With the rise of Web 2.0, communication and community are again being promoted on the Web. New search tools, unique databases, and novel approaches appear and add the ability for viewers to comment, discuss, and rate information. With greater ability for data interchange, new sites can wrap old information in new designs.
The new tools offer certain advantages for the health librarian, but by
no means do they replace all the old tools. This presentation gives an overview
of new tools with particular attention to their scope, accuracy, overlap,
and unique features. Explore new communication options for communicating
with users and leveraging the best of Web 2.0.
Closing Keynote Address
Pharmaceutical Policy Researcher
School of Health Information Sciences
University of Victoria
“Study Says Canadians Think Cancer News Media is Blatant Product Placement Wrapped in a Human Melodrama.”
Intense controversies over the exorbitant cost of biologic cancer drugs fuel an almost-daily stream of media reports as health authorities struggle with making these treatments accessible. The Media Doctor Canada team finds that media “access” stories follow typical patterns, highlighting excruciating dilemmas as cancer patients face off against reluctant provincial health plans.
Our just-completed focus group study of consumer perceptions of Canada’s cancer media asked: How well are our media serving up reliable and complete information about new treatments and are they doing more than just drawing audiences into human melodramas of great prurient interest? What news do we need to know when people face life and death hurdles over access to new and expensive therapies? Come and find out.
11:00 am - 11:45 am
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
As the scholarly community examines mechanisms for expanding access, use and redistribution of research outputs, the concept of Open Access has played a central role in helping to define key paths forward. Two major paths towards Open Access have been identified: the first, Open Access journal publishing, focuses on the creation of alternatives to the traditional “user pays” model of supporting peer-reviewed journal publications. The second, Open Access repositories, focuses on the creation of freely accessible digital databases, populated by the output of individual researchers, and organized around either disciplinary or geographical (institutional) constraints.
As the concept of freely, or publicly, accessible digital repositories has taken root in the scholarly community, policy makers, particularly those responsible for providing funding for large-scale scientific research, have begun to explore the possibilities that these databases hold in advancing the conduct of research, providing stable, long term archives for research outputs, and maximizing access and use of research results. Government-wide policies geared towards ensuring that value of publicly-funded is maximized have begun to emerge worldwide. These emerging policies share key characteristics and goals, and this paper will explore the both roots of these policies as well as their current status.
11:45 am - 12:15 pm
Director, NRC Research Press
National Research Council
This presentation will focus on issues of Open Access from the perspectives of a small, not-for-profit Canadian publisher. NRC Research Press has a publishing history stretching back to 1929 and is Canada's foremost publisher of science and technology journals. Research Press currently publishes 16 scholarly, peer-reviewed journals of its own and provides publishing services for another 17 journals. Research Press is continuously exploring ways to provide broader, more equitable access to its content while at the same time ensuring that a viable business model is in place that sustains the activities.
9:30 am - 10:15 am
Director, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Health Research Institute
Director, Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre
Canada Research Chair in Health Knowledge Transfer and Uptake
Knowledge translation (KT) is a prominent feature of the mandate of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and increasingly recognized as an important part of strategic planning in any organization. This presentation will discuss the “K” for KT and the broad infrastructure that is needed for KT and the crucial roles that health librarians should play in this. It will highlight the importance of KT in any type of research from biomedical to population health and the importance of the building links between researches and users. It will incite health librarians to start thinking about the potential for their roles to contribute and assist in the KT process.
11:00 am – 11:45 am
Head of Knowledge & Information Sciences
Public Health Resource Unit, Oxford
Trends in health care, and the resultant pressures on health library and information services, follow a pattern that has global resonance.
In England, the constant reform and re-organisation of the National Health Service has brought many challenges for information providers, in addition to those brought about by rapid advances in technology and mass media, changes in publishing, and the implications of evidence-based practice. The National Knowledge Service aims to support the decisions and actions of NHS professionals and patients by organising, mobilising, and delivering best current knowledge when and where it is needed. Within the NKS, the National Library for Health aims to provide a modern hybrid, network based, library service for the NHS, providing seamless access to high quality knowledge. A National Service Framework is being developed in order to promote better organization of library services, built on user needs, and fully optimizing the skills of librarians.
The presentation will draw on experiences gained in the development of the National Knowledge Service, and other related projects, and place these into a broader context of current global policies for reform, choice and well-being.
Issues concerning knowledge transfer, health professionals and the public will be raised, and the challenges faced now and in the future for librarians presented. Is it time for all health librarians to think more strategically about their role and what they are doing?
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Assistant Deputy Minister for the Documentary
Heritage Collection Sector
Library and Archives Canada (LAC)
Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI)
Canadian Health Libraries Association