Continuing Education Workshops

Tuesday May 16, 2017

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Half Day CE Courses
Morning 8:00 am - 12:00 pmAfternoon 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
TitleInstructor(s)LocationTitleInstructor(s)Location
Instructional Assessment for Health Sciences Librarians
(CE AM01)
Jill BoruffConference HotelHealthcare and Library Continuous Process Improvement informed by Lean/Six Sigma Management Principles
(CE PM01)
Francesca FratiConference Hotel
Research Data Management Plans
(CE AM02)
Chuck HumphreyConference HotelQualitative Research Methods for Health Sciences Librarians
(CE PM02)
Denise Koufogiannakis & Sarah PolkinghorneConference Hotel
Full Day CE Courses
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
TitleInstructor(s)Location
Fields, Filters and Fun: Incorporating Creativity and Craft into Database Literature Searches
(CE FD01)
David Kaunelis & Kelly FarrahMacEwan University
Project Management
(CE FD02)
Sonya BetzConference Hotel

Detailed Course Descriptions

Course title: Instructional Assessment for Health Sciences Librarians
Course number: CE AM01

Instructor: Jill Boruff, MLIS
Date & time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, May 16, 2017
Location: Conference hotel, room TBD

Course description: This introductory-level course will advance your knowledge of assessing information literacy instruction, providing instructional librarians with practical assessment strategies and tools, focused on teaching evidence-based practice.

Course objectives: By the end of the course, participants will: (1.) Be able to describe assessment concepts (attitudes, knowledge, skills) and distinguish between instructional evaluation and instructional assessment; (2.) Understand how to apply appropriate assessment instruments to both stand-alone and course-integrated instruction; (3.) Know how to align course objectives and learning activities with assessment methods.

Instructor's bio: Jill has been a health sciences liaison librarian at McGill University Library since 2007. She currently supports three subject areas: Physical and Occupational Therapy, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Psychiatry. Jill is a longstanding CHLA/ABSC member and has published on her experiences integrating evidence-based practice and information literacy skills in teaching physical and occupational therapy students. She has also conducted a scoping review where she examined how knowledge and skills are being assessed in the information literacy instruction of allied health students. Her paper was presented at the joint MLA/CHLA meeting in Toronto in 2016.

Early Bird rate (member): $165
Early Bird rate (non-member): $190
Regular rate (member): $200
Regular rate (non-member): $225  
Course title: Research Data Management Plans
Course number: CE AM02

Instructor: Chuck Humphrey, MA, PhD candidate
Date & time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, May 16, 2017
Location: Conference hotel, room TBD

Course description: This course introduces research data management (RDM) topics and will prepare health librarians to support researchers in completing a data management plan (DMP).

Course objectives: By the end of the course, participants will: (1.) be able to describe the Tri-Agency principles on digital data management, data management plans, and the support that the Portage Network of Expertise and infrastructure platforms provides librarians; (2.) be able to assist health researchers to register and begin a DMP using the Portage data stewardship template; (3.) be able to describe each of the seven RDM sections in the Portage data stewardship template and to direct researchers to sources to help answer the questions under each of these sections and to make referrals for guidance and advice; and (4.) be able to advise health researchers on how to export their DMPs for use by others, including research ethics boards.
Instructor's bio: Chuck Humphrey was the Data Library Coordinator for the University of Alberta Libraries (1992-2011), and the Research Data Management Coordinator (2011-2015). Since 2015 he is the University of Alberta Libraries Portage Director for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Chuck has taught many workshops on research data management, including for the Canadian Association of Research Assistants (CARA) and the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB). He has also taught at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program from 1990-2012.

Early Bird rate (member): $165
Early Bird rate (non-member): $190
Regular rate (member): $200
Regular rate (non-member): $225
Course title: Healthcare and Library Continuous Process Improvement informed by Lean/Six Sigma Management Principles
Course number: CE PM01

Instructor: Francesca Frati, BFA, MLIS
Date & time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, May 16, 2017
Location: Conference hotel, room TBD

Course description: This introductory-level CE involves a hybrid of Lean (focus on eliminating waste) and Six Sigma (focus on quality) management methodologies and tools. The goal of this course is to introduce participants to the Lean philosophy and principles, and provide an overview of Lean Six Sigma tools that can be used for project management and for measuring and improving process efficiency. Case presentations will ground the theory in practice, providing participants with an understanding of how Lean/Six Sigma can be used in healthcare and in library settings. The course will include brainstorming exercises focused on barriers and facilitators and group discussions in order to give participants a realistic understanding of how Lean/Six Sigma can be implemented.

Course objectives: By the end of the course, participants will be able to (1.) describe the basic principles of Lean management; (2.) identify Six Sigma tools and describe their use; (3.) Identify potential Lean/Six Sigma projects in the healthcare/library environment; and (4.) List barriers/facilitators to implementing Lean/Six Sigma.

Instructor's bio: Francesca Frati received green belt certification in 2016, and completed a Lean/Six Sigma project: Commissioning of Biomedical Equipment at the Jewish General Hospital. She has 11 years of teaching in a hospital setting, and taught Lean management principles at the CHLA/ABSC conference in 2014.

Early Bird rate (member): $165
Early Bird rate (non-member): $190
Regular rate (member): $200
Regular rate (non-member): $225
Course title: Qualitative Research Methods for Health Sciences Librarians
Course number: CE PM02

Instructors: Denise Koufogiannakis MA, MLIS, PhD & Sarah Polkinghorne MA, MLIS
Date & time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, May 16, 2017
Location: Conference hotel, room TBD

Course description: This introductory-level course will give attendees an opportunity to learn about the conceptual underpinnings of qualitative research (e.g., emergent design, inductive analysis) as well as several important qualitative approaches (e.g., grounded theory, ethnography). It will also provide an opportunity to discuss and work hands-on with qualitative methods.

Course objectives: By the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to (1.) articulate key conceptual underpinnings and principles of qualitative research; (2.) describe differences and similarities between specific qualitative approaches; and (3.) pair research questions with appropriate methods.  

Instructors' bios: Denise Koufogiannakis' doctoral work focused specifically on grounded theory qualitative methods. Denise spent six years as an academic health sciences librarian, a further 12 years in management/administrative roles, all at the University of Alberta. Throughout this time, she incorporated research projects into her work, and published and presented papers collaboratively with colleagues in Canada or internationally. Denise has designed and led numerous sessions and workshops, including CE sessions for the Medical Library Association, the Canadian Health Libraries Association, and the Canadian Medical Association. She has served as a Peer Mentor (i.e. leader and workshop facilitator) at the CARL Librarians' Research Institute in 2012 and 2013, and Advisory Board Member for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship from 2014-2016.

Over a 10 year career as a librarian at the University of Alberta, Sarah Polkinghorne, MA, MLIS, has designed and implemented numerous original qualitative studies using methods such as critical discourse analysis and interviewing, questionnaire, and diary methods. Her current doctoral research is a qualitative study using ethnographic methods. Sarah has designed and led many sessions and workshops on qualitative research, including for the Thinking Qualitatively workshop series. She has also served as a Peer Mentor (leader and workshop facilitator) at the CARL Librarians' Research Institute (2015), and plans on mentoring again in 2017.

Early Bird rate (member): $165
Early Bird rate (non-member): $190
Regular rate (member): $200
Regular rate (non-member): $225
Course title: Fields, Filters and Fun: Incorporating Creativity and Craft into Database Literature Searches
Course number: CE FD01

Instructors: David Kaunelis, MLIS & Kelly Farrah, MLIS
Date & time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, May 16, 2017
Location: MacEwan University Library, 10700 -104 Avenue

Course description: Got #expertsearcher problems?  Learn how to approach complex biomedical database searches with creativity and fun in this interactive full-day workshop. This advanced-level workshop will cover innovative ways that librarians and information specialists can use creativity and craft to enhance standard biomedical searches while still maintaining rigorous standards. Using the elements from the PRESS checklist as a guide, we will discuss techniques for handling difficult topic areas, compare and contrast database architectures, and critique database search filters. Each section will have a hands-on activity designed to help boost the thoroughness and productivity of your literature searches.

Course objectives: By the end of this workshop, students will, (1.) have a better understanding of how database and platform structures can be used to improve search retrieval and efficiency; (2.) be able to incorporate various tools, including text mining software and subject heading browsers, within their work to improve search retrieval and efficiency; and (3.) learn how creative thinking can be effectively incorporated into the database search process while maintaining rigorous standards.

Registrants require: Significant experience and/or training in biomedical database literature searching (such as in PubMed, Medline or Embase).

Instructors' bios: David Kaunelis is the Information Services Methods Specialist at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) in Ottawa. He has more than 20 years of experience as an information specialist, presenter and trainer in the United States and Canada. As Methods Specialist, he is involved with methodological issues, search filter development and streamlining of IS processes at CADTH. He also serves as an information specialist for various CADTH products including health technology assessment, formulary reviews, rapid reviews and optimal use reports. David holds an MLIS from Dalhousie University. He is the Past Chair of the Health Technology International (HTAi) Information Retrieval Group.

Kelly Farrah, MLIS, has worked as an IS with CADTH for 9 years. She has presented workshops, oral presentations and posters at national and international conferences and symposia, including MLA, CHLA/ABSC, and CADTH Symposium

Early Bird rate (member): $325
Early Bird rate (non-member): $385
Regular rate (member): $385
Regular rate (non-member): $450
Course title: Successful Project Management: From Planning to Final Product
Course number: CE FD02

Instructor: Sonya Betz, MLIS
Date & time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, May 16, 2017
Location: Conference hotel, room TBD

Course description: This introductory-level CE is a condensed version of a 1 credit (13 hour) course for the ALA-accredited MLIS program at the University of Alberta. It will provide participants with an overview of project management as it relates to activities undertaken in today's libraries, archives, and information/IT sectors. In addition, it will also introduce project management theory and practice, with an emphasis on the practical skills required to work successfully within a team-based environment.

Course objectives: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: (1.) discuss the basic phases or stages of project management, and describe how each phase may impact the overall project outcome; (2.) discuss the roles and responsibilities of project teams and project management strategies for working effectively to accomplish goals; and (3.) plan a simple project from start to finish, using basic knowledge of project initiation, planning, execution and post-project assessment.

Instructor's bio: Sonya Betz, MLIS, is Digital Initiatives Projects Librarian at the University of Alberta (2015 to current), where she is responsible for the project management and coordination of a range of digital initiatives, including digital repository services, digitization, research data management, web archiving, and digital preservation. Sonya also spent several years as the Web and User Experience Librarian at MacEwan University, where she led the implementation of a number of digital projects. She is the instructor for LIS 598: Project Management, and has taught various professional development workshops and sessions at the University of Alberta and MacEwan University on project management techniques and tools.

Early Bird rate (member): $325
Early Bird rate (non-member): $385
Regular rate (member): $385
Regular rate (non-member): $450