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McMaster Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Workshops

Research Librarians 2016

The workshop is offered as a one-week intensive course. Participants will be learning in small groups led by clinical epidemiologists and practitioners from McMaster and other institutions.

Each small group consists of two tutors, one tutor trainee, one research librarian, and up to eight learners.

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Laura Banfield

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Laura Banfield

Laura Banfield is a health sciences librarian at McMaster University, working primarily with the School of Nursing, the Midwifery Education Program, and Global Health.

She provides instruction and support to undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, and researchers in the areas of literature searching, question development, evidence-based practice, and the research process.

Laura also holds a clinical faculty appointment through the School of Nursing and a graduate appointment with the Masters in Global Health. She has contributed to courses in international health, critical appraisal and research methods, and has supervised research practicums, theses, and scholarly papers.

Through these roles, Laura collaborates in curriculum development and education research, as well as providing expert searching for both systematic and scoping reviews.

Her research interests include global health and the role of information literacy and EBM in entry to practice competencies.

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Neera Bhatnagar

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Neera Bhatnagar

Neera Bhatnagar is a health sciences librarian at McMaster. She has been involved with the workshop for a long time and has been coordinating the librarians in small groups since they were introduced in 2001.

Her work at the university includes liaising with researchers and health sciences graduate education programs, assisting graduate students and researchers with their complex information needs and managing a department.

In her spare time, she often works with research teams requiring expert searches for systematic reviews, practice guidelines or other complex topics.

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Rachel Couban

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Rachel Couban

Rachel joined the DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care as a research librarian in October 2013. She supported systematic reviews at the Cochrane Back Review Group and the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto before joining the NPC to undertake similar work.

Rachel graduated in 2006 from the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto and is President-elect of the Ontario Health Library Association.

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Carla Hagstrom

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Carla Hagstrom

Carla Hagstrom is a recently retired librarian from the Gerstein Science Information Centre, University of Toronto. She has extensive experience in reference work and health informatics, providing sessions for students and faculty on how to use various databases such as Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE, Scopus, Web of Knowledge, etc., as well as one-on-one consultations for researchers.

She has taught informatics for several different disciplines, including social work, physical education, medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech language pathology.

Ms Hagstrom specializes in literature searching for systematic reviews and the use of bibliographic management tools such as RefWorks and Zotero.

As a member of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) Library Science Program team, she has been to Ethiopia several times to offer database training for clinical residents and physicians.

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Carol Howe

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Carol Howe

Prior to obtaining a Master’s degree in library science, Carol Howe was a family physician and geriatrician who practiced for 20 years in a wide variety of settings including community clinics in Connecticut, rural Maine and Arizona; Indian Health Services in northern Arizona; and a private geriatrics practice in Tucson, Arizona.

Since 2007, Carol has been a librarian at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library where she is part of the Research and Learning team and serves as Liaison to the College of Medicine.

She teaches medical students, trainees, and faculty how to efficiently search the medical literature and in bibliographic management.

Carol is actively involved in multiple systematic review teams and will be teaching a course in Systematic Reviews in Health Information at the University of Arizona’s School of Information in the fall of 2016.

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Erica Lenton

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Erica Lenton

Erica Lenton is the liaison and instruction librarian to Rehabilitation with the Gerstein Science Information Centre at the University of Toronto. Prior to arriving at Gerstein, Erica worked in continuing medical education and more recently, as a solo hospital librarian at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Alberta. Through her experience in hospital and academic health science libraries, she has provided expert searching and systematic review training and consultations for clinicians, students, and faculty.

She has an MA in History of Medicine from McGill University and an MLIS from Western University, with a concentration in health/medical information. Erica is a self-proclaimed "process nut" when it comes to searching and she's passionate about teaching and learning expert searching methodologies for evidence syntheses. Her recent research focuses on exploring librarians’ roles in supporting systematic reviews that go beyond the search.

She's a podcast junkie that loves living in downtown Toronto where she can easily indulge in some of her favorite hobbies, namely eating and drinking.

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Jonna Peterson

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Jonna Peterson, MLIS

In July 2015, Jonna joined the Research and Information Services Section of the Galter Health Sciences Library as the first Senior Clinical Informationist at Northwestern University. Drawing on more than twelve years of experience, she connects clinicians with the wealth of resources in Galter’s collection on their turf, by participating in morning rounds and morning reports.

Currently, Jonna also provides database instruction, systematic review services, and bibliographic management using EndNote. She is the liaison librarian to the Department of Medicine, the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and the Center for Clinical Research.

In her previous position at Rush University, she served as a co-leader of a health sciences practicum for current library school students.

In January 2016, the practicum program was transitioned to the Galter Health Sciences Library and hosted its first student.

This will be Jonna’s third year participating in the Evidence Based Clinical Practice Institute.

Jonna Peterson, MLIS
Reference Services Manager
Library of Rush University Medical Center
600 S. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60612
E-mail jonna_peterson@rush.edu

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Ahlam Saleh

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Ahlam Saleh

Ahlam Saleh is a health sciences librarian at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. In her current role, she provides expert search consultations in addition to search support and training for research, education, and clinical activities for the Arizona Health Sciences Center campus community.

Ahlam received her Master’s degree in library science from the University of Buffalo in 2005. Subsequently she joined the Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh where she served as a liaison for the School of Pharmacy and as a clinical librarian supporting medical education, clinical practice, and clinical research.

She was one of the faculty librarians contributing to the development and teaching of the University of Pittsburgh, HSLS Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians.

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Stephanie Sanger

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Stephanie Sanger

Stephanie Sanger is a librarian at the Health Sciences Library at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She has experience in reference work and literature searching for healthcare professionals, faculty, and students. She provides instruction on how to perform literature searches using different databases one-on-one or in small groups.

She recently started working with the McMaster Pediatric Surgery Collaborative Division of Urology where she attends research rounds bi-weekly and provides support for RCTs and systematic reviews.

In her previous position as a librarian at a teaching hospital, Stephanie provided research and practice support to clinicians and students. As well, she attended rounds addressing clinical questions at the point-of-care.

Her interests include medical mobile apps, assessing the value of a clinical librarian, and marketing and promoting libraries.

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Naz Torabi

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Naz Torabi

Naz is a Health Sciences Librarian at McGill University. Her portfolio includes Undergraduate Medical Education, and several clinical residency program such as internal medicine, surgery, Otolaryngology, and oncology.

She provides expert searching services for clinicians, residents, and researchers including literature support for systematic reviews, scoping studies, and knowledge synthesis projects. She also provides instruction in the areas of information searching, citation management, and conducting literature reviews.

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Sarah Visintini

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Sarah Visintini

Sarah Visintini is a health librarian and the Evidence Synthesis Coordinator for the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit. Her current position includes providing research consultations, training and support services on synthesis projects such as systematic and scoping reviews, and has also worked as a hospital librarian attending rounds and supporting evidence based clinical practice.

In her role as Evidence Synthesis Coordinator Sarah frequently facilitates group learning and assists in information discovery.

This is Sarah’s first year as a McMaster EBCP Workshop Research Librarian, and she is very much looking forward to working and learning alongside the participants and tutors.

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Tracy Zurich

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Tracy Zurich

Having worked in virtually all aspects and venues of Information Science from archives to academic librarianship, Tracey has a wide range of research skills.

Her interest in evidence-based practice comes from her work at Lakehead University where for 8 years, she worked closely with faculty in formulating and teaching information literacy content in the undergraduate nursing program supported by participation in the Joanna Briggs Training Program and completing the NCCMT content for public health research.

Between teaching and reference commitments, Tracey dove deep into academic health and science literacy by initiating outreach to and developing research and instructional materials for the Masters of Public Health Programme, the School of Kinesiology as well as the Graduate Program in Chemistry at Lakehead.

Tracey is currently supporting evidence based public health at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, where she serves 6 additional northern health units as Research Librarian through Public Health Ontario's Shared Library Services Partnership Program.