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In defence of librarian-mediated searching: a skill that supports evidence-based research and practice IFLA Satellite Meeting August 9, 2008. Suzanne Maranda, Paola Durando, Laurie Scott and Matthew Thomas Bracken Health Sciences Library Queen’s University Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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In defence of librarian-mediated searching: a skill that supports evidence-based research and practiceIFLA Satellite MeetingAugust 9, 2008

Suzanne Maranda, Paola Durando, Laurie Scott and Matthew Thomas

Bracken Health Sciences Library

Queen’s University

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

where is kingston ontario
Where is Kingston, Ontario?

Quebec City

Kingston

queen s university
Queen’s University
  • University established by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria in 1841
    • Kingston was the
    • capital of the
    • Province of Canada
    • 1841-44
    • Canada established
    • as a country 1867

Picture courtesy of KGH, from www.kgh.on.ca/about/about history.asp

bracken health sciences library
Bracken Health Sciences Library
  • Schools of Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Rehabilitation Therapy
  • 6 Life sciences departments
  • 4 Hospitals in Southeastern Ontario
  • 2 Public Health Units
faculty liaison and support
Faculty Liaison and Support
  • Course-integrated sessions
  • Develop assignments and marking rubrics
  • Curriculum meetings
  • Faculty development and House calls
  • Joint workshops and conference presentations
  • Research projects and co-publications
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Is there a relationship between our successful liaison with faculty and our mediated literature search service?

Is the same happening at other Canadian

academic health libraries?

a brief survey
A Brief Survey
  • Spring 2008
  • 17 medical schools in Canada
  • 12 responses
  • 7 where librarians perform literature searches
  • 5 where they do not
librarians who search
Librarians who search
  • Develop and maintain skills in use of databases
  • Develop skills in locating grey literature
  • Develop skills in larger pool of search tools
  • Increase confidence and teaching skills
  • Learn about the research interests of faculty
  • Collaborate with faculty in research and publications
  • Support evidence-based practice
in defence of literature searching
In defence of literature searching…
  • Literature review
  • Medical Library Association
  • Bracken Library experience
  • Small Canadian survey: can we confirm or refute the outcomes?
thank you
Thank You!
  • You may contact me at
  • marandas@queensu.ca