<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 153); font-weight: bold;">Yes, the EBLIP4 conference runs from MAY 7-9 (and it's STILL not too late to register) - but do you know about the terrific WORKSHOPS scheduled for May 10 and 11? Take a look:
</span><br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">1. Implementing Evidence-based Library and Information Practice</span><br>2-day Workshop: May 10-11, 9a.m.-4:30p.m.<br>Andrew Booth, Director of Information Resources & Senior Lecturer in Evidence Based Healthcare Information,
<br>School of Health & Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield, United Kingdom<br>Anne Brice, Director of the Library, Informatics and Knowledge Centre, Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
<br><br>Over a two day period participants will work in common interest groups (e.g. collection development, digital libraries, information skills training, enquiry services, library outreach, and quality management) each comprising 5 or 6 participants. Each group will follow
<br>a semi-structured process, prompted by "trigger" scenarios over the course of an extended case study, allowing modification and ownership of the chosen topic. Each session will begin with a plenary lecture by an acknowledged expert in the field, providing an overview of the relevant stage of the EBLIP process. It will be followed by intensive group work, applying principles from the lecture to the groups' specific interest topics, with support materials provided by the instructors. It will conclude with plenary feedback allowing all groups to benefit from both observations on the process itself and from the specific findings from each group.
<br><br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">2. How to Assess the Evidence: A Critical Appraisal Tool </span><br>1/2-day workshop: May 10, 9a.m.-12:00p.m.<br>Lindsay Glynn, Instruction Coordinator, Health Sciences Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
<br><br>With the amount of research evidence available, it sometimes can be difficult to know if the research we are using to inform decision-making is good research. There can be a gap between research and practice that can be bridged by critical appraisal. Critical appraisal is the process of systematically examining research evidence to assess its validity, applicability and appropriateness before using it to inform a decision.
<br>Lindsay Glynn has created a critical appraisal tool for Evidence Based Librarianship. As an exhaustive tool, it is more than just a series of questions: it includes a checklist divided into sections (Population, Data Collection, Study Design, and Results) as well as calculations for section validity and overall validity. Lindsay will begin with an overview of what critical appraisal is and how it can be used in library and information practice. She will then present the critical appraisal tool, with a brief lecture on the components of the critical appraisal checklist, including what they mean, what information is required to answer the checklist
<br>questions, and why the questions are relevant. Workshop participants will then be involved in a hands-on exercise. They will divide into groups and apply the critical appraisal model to published research and present the results to all participants. Findings will be discussed.
<br><br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">3. Meta-analysis: Searching, Evaluating and Synthesizing the Evidence</span><br>1/2-day workshop: May 10, 1:30p.m.-4:30 p.m.<br>Kalyani Ankem, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Sciences, North Carolina Central University
<br>Anne Linton, Director, Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, George Washington University<br><br>This half-day workshop aims to help participants in efficiently and effectively searching for evidence, evaluating retrieved literature, and combining precise and reliable evidence on a topic found in the literature by employing meta-analytic methods. The first part, covered by Anne Linton will focus on search techniques that emphasize comprehensive, evidence-based retrieval on a topic. The second part, presented by Kalyani Ankem, will cover evaluating and synthesizing the evidence retrieved from the literature. The workshop is designed for educators in research universities, as well as for practitioners in all types of libraries and information centers who are interested in gathering and statistically synthesizing precise evidence to inform practice. Health information professionals who support evidence-based healthcare by searching and evaluating literature will also find the workshop to be informative.
<br><br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">4. Performance Measurement in Academic Libraries</span><br>1-day Workshop: May 11, 9a.m.-4:30p.m.<br>Martha Kyrillidou, Director, ARL Statistics and Service Quality Programs<br>
Steve Hiller, Library Assessment Coordinator, University<br>of Washington Libraries Jim Self, Director, Management<br>Information Services at the University of Virginia Library<br><br>This full day workshop will focus on understanding developments in library assessment in academic libraries. Participants will learn about the New Measures Initiatives of the Association of Research Libraries and how it has led to the establishment of the StatsQUAL™ service which includes assessment protocols like LibQUAL+®, DigiQUAL™, and MINES for Libraries™. Participants will be explore how they can start thinking about assessment at their own institutions. Seasoned assessment practitioners will discuss how they are implementing assessment at their institutions and lessons learned from the 'Effective, Sustainable and Practical Assessment' service currently operated by ARL. The presenters will attempt to chart a vision for the future of academic libraries and how assessment can help us realize that vision.
<br><br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">For more information and registration forms, visit the Conference website: <a href="http://www.eblip4.unc.edu/">http://www.eblip4.unc.edu/</a></span><br>
<br><br>Carol Perryman MSLIS<br>Co-chair, Evidence-based Library & Information Practice 4th International Conference <br><a href="http://www.eblip4.unc.edu/">http://www.eblip4.unc.edu/</a><br><br>TRLN Doctoral Fellow
<br>School of Information & Library Science<br>University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill<br>Research page: <a href="http://tinyurl.com/ymljs5">http://tinyurl.com/ymljs5</a><br><br>