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Systematic Reviews: Opportunities for Librarians

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Registration for the March 2020 session will open in December. Please see the Registration Information page for details.

Registration fee: $100 (+$3.49 service fee)
This fee covers access to the online component of the course, a spot in the two-day in-person workshop, and breakfast & lunch on both in-person workshop days. The registration fee does NOT cover travel & hotel expenses, and evening meals.

Course Details

Online curriculum - 3 weeks
In-Person workshop - 2 days
More information will become available closer to the workshop dates.


Taubman Health Sciences Library
University of Michigan
1135 E. Catherine St
Ann Arbor MI 48019

About the Course

Through a partnership with National Library of Medicine GMR, the Taubman Health Sciences Library has created a systematic review course utilizing both online and in-person instruction with an emphasis on student participation. There are eight online learning modules that cover relevant topics for health sciences librarians, along with learning activities that seek to stimulate thought and conversation.
The second part of this course involves a two-day, face-to-face workshop.  The in-person workshop will cover key steps and processes involved in conducting systematic reviews. The workshop will feature a mix of lectures, discussions, hands-on exercises, and group presentations that will build on information presented from the online modules. This course is accredited for 20 MLA CE credits.

Who Should Attend?

Participants in past classes have had a range of systematic review experiences and expertise.  The online component is designed to establish a foundation upon which the two day in-person workshop builds.  Information professionals who participate in systematic reviews or are interested in becoming involved in such projects are encouraged to attend.

Highlighted Course Content

The two in-person days run from approximately 8:30am – 3:30pm.  Topics includes:

  • The basics of a systematic review – study types and methodologies
  • Librarian roles on systematic review teams
  • Selecting databases and developing search strategies
  • Grey literature resources and considerations
  • Data management, documentation, and writing for publication
  • Strategies to establish your presence and expertise at your home institution

Workshop requirements

  • Your full participation in the two-week online course, which includes eight learning modules and related activities.  Plan to spend 10-15 total hours over the course of the two weeks to meet the online requirements.

  • Your attendance at and participation in a two-day workshop at the University of Michigan
  • Participants are asked to bring their own laptops, but some may be made available upon request.

Course Objectives

Participants will be able to identify:

  • Resources for published literature
  • Resources for grey literature and unpublished studies
  • Techniques for constructing thorough and replicable searches
  • Techniques for data management and reporting
  • Benefits and barriers to librarian participation on a systematic review team

Participants will also have the opportunity to develop an action plan to establish themselves as a recognized resource for systematic review expertise at their home institutions

Past & Future courses

March 26-27, 2020 – Ann Arbor
November 21-22, 2019 – Ann Arbor
March 28-29, 2019 – New Haven, Connecticut (Sponsored by Yale University)
March 25-26, 2019 – Atlanta, Georgia (Sponsored by Emory University)
November 8 - 9, 2018 – Ann Arbor
April 12-13, 2018 – Tampa, FL (Sponsored by FHSLA)
November 16 -17, 2017 – Ann Arbor
April 2017 – NYC, Syracuse (Sponsored by the Central New York Library Resources Council)
July 2016 – Ann Arbor
March 14-15, 2016 – Ann Arbor
June 15-16, 2015 – Ann Arbor
November 2014 – Minneapolis
Spring 2014 – Ann Arbor
Fall 2013 – Ann Arbor

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Last modified: 11/12/2019