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Systematic Reviews: Opportunities for Librarians


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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
  • Laptops will be provided, but participants are free to bring their own.

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  • Resources for grey literature and unpublished studies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

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: 09/02/2016