Recent Sessions

Publish, Don’t Perish: Tips for Evaluating Journals

Elizabeth Yates

Description: So, you want make sure you publish your research in a “good” journal? Maybe your role includes advising others on how to select appropriate publication venues? It’s tricky navigating the complex and rapidly shifting terrain of scholarly publishing, where traditional hallmarks of quality such as Impact Factor no longer reign supreme. The rise of predatory journals makes the publishing environment even more challenging. This session will explore strategies for evaluating the quality and relevance of academic journals, equipping participants to maximize the reach of their research and avoid problematic publications.

Date: Jun 12 2018

Don’t Panic: You CAN Find Health Statistics ( 2-part webinar)

Liza Chan, Dagmara Chojecki

Description: Finding health statistics can be daunting and time consuming. This two-part webinar is designed to introduce participants to a variety of statistical resources and their appropriate use. Participants will also learn systematic approaches and effective methods for answering health stats reference questions. The session will consist of lecture, online interaction, practical exercises, and some hands-on searching. Each session will be 1.5 hours in length and we encourage participants to have a mobile device handy for class interaction if possible.

Dates: Mar 8, Mar 15 2018

CE Contact Hours:            3

Survey Success:10 Essential Tips for Effective Survey Design

Deborah Charbonneau

Description: Surveys are among the most popular means of collecting data to assess and improve library services and operations. If you are considering doing your first survey or have one or two under your belt, this introductory webinar will help you identify common issues, avoid pitfalls, and do high-quality survey research. You will learn simple rules for constructing an easy-to-use questionnaire that yields useful, actionable information. This webinar distills years of experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating survey research into ten essential and easy tips for creating a successful survey!

Dates: Feb 22 2018

CE Contact Hours:            1

 Taking PubMed to the Next Level

Stephanie Swanberg, Keith Engwall

Description: This course is available as a 4-hour in-person workshop or a 4-part webinar series. It targets experienced librarians who search PubMed on a regular basis and will cover advanced search techniques and PubMed features, including customized filters, MyNCBI, alerts, the MeSH Database versus NLM MeSH Browser, and field tags. Alternative interfaces to searching PubMed, including GoPubMed, as well as complementary databases, such as PubMed Health, will be demonstrated. This course is meant to get at the heart of PubMed and give participants the opportunity to share and discuss unique issues and encounters with our most valued resource. The workshop features lectures, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and discussion.

Dates: Feb 21, Feb 23 and Feb 28, Mar 2, 2017

Experience Level:            Advanced

CE Contact Hours:            4

Educational Objective:

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1) Build upon basic PubMed searching skills

2) Refine and expand searches using advanced PubMed features, such as Mesh terms, field tags, etc

3) Customize the PubMed search interface to reflect your specific needs

4) Manage search results and citations using MyNCBI and other citation managers

5) Explore related PubMed search interfaces, such as PubMed Health and GoPubMed

6) Share past experiences and unique issues in using PubMed with professional colleagues


What Is Program Evaluation with Dr. Faisal Islam.

Description: The course intends to enhance understanding of library service providers on how to conduct evaluation to improve their support and services. Covering two sessions, the course provides basic orientation to the science and practice of program evaluation and its application. What is program evaluation? Why it is important? How it is different from research? And how it can be conducted in library services would be the key topics for discussion during the webinars.

Dates: July 18th & 27th, 2017

Continuing Education Certificate credits: 2

Advanced Database Searching – Concept To Structure

Presented by: Laura Banfield, Neera Bhatnagar, & Jo-Anne Petropoulos

Description: Taking a health sciences perspective, in this session we will discuss different approaches to devising search strategies for clinician, researcher, and student needs. Specific topics in this session include: developing questions, identifying concepts and generating related terms, database selection, and database specific tips. The presenters will demonstrate how to apply the skills and tips discussed by working through a typical question from concept to search structure.

Date: Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Continuing Education Certificate credits: 1


Poor Health Literacy is a Problem in Canada!

Presented by: Daphne Horn

Description: This session is designed to introduce participants to the prevalence of poor health literacy in Canada, and to recognize its impact on patient health and healthcare costs. Because it is difficult to tell which patients have difficulty in understanding health information it is important to develop verbal and written communication techniques that can be applied to everyone. These techniques will be introduced to participants in an interactive and engaging way.

Date: Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Continuing Education Certificate credits: 1