2016 Student Prize Winner

The THLA executive pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016/2017 THLA Student Prize competition is Mikaela Gray. Thank you for your submission and congratulations! We look forward to seeing you at future THLA events!

The THLA Student Prize was established to encourage future librarians to consider careers in health librarianship. The competition is based on submissions received in the fall, and is open to any student in good standing who is currently enrolled in the Masters of Information program at the University of Toronto.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry for this year’s prize!

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THLA AGM dinner registration now open!

Please see the table below to register for the THLA Annual General Meeting and Dinner before May 2, 2017

We will be gathering at C’est What on Tuesday, May 9, at 5:30pm

Here is a Map to the venue located at 67 Front St. E.

Entree options:
Moroccan stew and naan (vegetarian)
An exotic savoury and sweet stew of root vegetables, chickpeas, beans, apricots, and raisins in a garlic tomato broth. Served with basmati rice.
OR
Sheppard’s pie
A traditional lamb and vegetable casserole, cooked with Coffee Porter, topped with garlic red potato mash, Welsh cheddar, and caramelized onions.
OR
Shrimp and fish cakes

Four pan-fried haddock and shrimp cakes served with arugula, honey vinaigrette coleslaw, and watercress aioli.
OR
Butter Chicken (gluten free)

Curried chicken, sliced almonds, mint peas, served with basmati rice and mango chutney.

Dessert options (includes coffee or tea):
Individual size hazelnut brownie
A warm homemade chocolate brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, rich chocolate sauce, and whipped cream.
OR
Apple pie a la mode

A warm homemade apple pie with McIntosh apples, a honey crumble top, and a scoop of French vanilla ice cream.

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March Journal Club

Join us at Pizzeria Libretto on Wednesday, March 22nd for our second meeting of 2017!

Here is a Map to the venue located @ 155 University Ave. (just north of St. Andrew subway station)

We will start gathering at 5:30 pm and the discussion of the article of choice will begin closer to 6:00 pm

Mellisha McKenzie will lead our discussion of:

An assessment of needed competencies to promote the data curation and management librarianship of health sciences and science and technology librarians in New England. Creamer, A., Morales, M. E., Crespo, J., Kafel, D., & Martin, E. R. Journal of eScience Librarianship. 2012; 1(1): 4.

All you have to do is read the article, form some opinions about it, and come for some great food, ready to talk!

Please RSVP here

To help you informally appraise the methods and findings of the study, we have put together a list of questions you can use (if you like) for most articles – with no math required! Just download and print this THLA Journal Club Assessment Sheet PDF

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Call for Nominations – President Elect & Secretary

The Toronto Health Libraries Association (THLA) is looking for a new President-Elect and Secretary. Both of these positions are great opportunities for professional development, to meet fellow librarians and to help plan activities for the THLA membership. Come lend us your talents and be a leader in the health sciences library field.

Duties of the President-Elect:

“The President-Elect shall act in the absence of the President, assist the President in the performance of duties, act as Programme Coordinator and perform other duties as assigned by the Executive.”

A three year commitment is expected for the position.

Duties of the Secretary:

“The Secretary shall keep a record in minutes of the proceedings of Association meetings and shall have custody of all books, records and papers of the Association, except such as shall be in the custody of other persons authorized to have possession by resolution of the Executive Committee.”

The Secretary shall be elected for one term of two years, and may elect to serve for a second consecutive term of office.

You can nominate yourself or a colleague (written consent of the nominee is required) and include the names and contact information of two THLA members. Please send in your nominations by March 31, 2017. If you have any questions or would like to send in a nomination, please contact the Nominations and Elections Committee by emailing: president@thla.ca

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Call for Submissions: THLA Student Prize

The Toronto Health Libraries Association invites students in the Masters of Information program at the University of Toronto to apply for the 2017 THLA Student Prize.

THLA is a professional organization for those in medical and allied health libraries in the Toronto area. As a chapter of the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothéques de la santè du Canada (CHLA/ABSC), THLA is dedicated to the improvement of health and health care through the promotion of excellence in access to information.

THLA established the Student Prize to encourage future librarians to consider careers in health librarianship.

Prize includes:

  • $250
  • A 2017 membership in THLA
  • Admission to the 2017 THLA social event

Eligibility:

  • Student must be currently enrolled in the MI/MLS program
  • Student must be in good standing

How to Apply:

  • Please submit a brief statement (max 500 words) to the awards committee of THLA about:
    • Impact of librarians on health care OR
    • Why they would like to pursue a career in health librarianship
  • Submissions should be emailed to president@thla.ca with your preferred contact information by 5:00pm February 24, 2017

The chosen winner will be notified by March 31, 2017.

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Board Game Night!

Please join us at Snakes and Lattes on College Street for a fun-filled evening of board games, friendly competition, and conversation. Snakes and Lattes is a board game café with hundreds of games to choose from along with food and beverages available for purchase. Play classics such as Monopoly, Battleship, Settlers of Catan or try something new!

When: Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Where:  Snakes and Lattes, 489 College Street, Toronto

Cost: $6 – money will be collected at the door

Please RSVP by Friday, February 24th

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January Journal Club

Join us at The Duke of York on Wednesday, January 25th for our first meeting of the new year!

Here is a Map to the venue located @ 39 Prince Arthur Ave. (steps from the Bedford exit of St. George Station and will ring a bell if you attended the Summer Social in August)

We will start gathering at 5:30 pm and the discussion of the article of choice will begin closer to 6:00 pm

Kimberley Aslett will lead our discussion of:

Sharing what we know about living a good life: Indigenous approaches to knowledge translation. Smylie, J., Olding, M., & Ziegler, C. J Can Health Libr Assoc. 2014; 35: 16–23.

All you have to do is read the article, form some opinions about it, and come for some great food, ready to talk!

Please RSVP here

To help you informally appraise the methods and findings of the study, we have put together a list of questions you can use (if you like) for most articles – with no math required! Just download and print this THLA Journal Club Assessment Sheet PDF

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Joint Holiday Social

It’s that time of year again, THLA members!holiday-2016

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) Toronto Chapter, the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA), the Toronto Health Libraries Association (THLA), and the Ontario Library Association Special Libraries Committee (OLA-SLC) cordially invite you to this year’s Joint Holiday Social at beautiful Hart House. Join friends and colleagues for an evening of holiday cheer and conversation! A selection of hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

When: December 8, 2016, 6-8 pm (registration begins at 5:30 pm)
Where: Debates Room, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle
Cost: $25 members | $40 nonmembers | $15 students & unemployed

Sign up here! Registration closes December 5, 2016 at midnight. Please note the Event Registration Policy on the SLA event page.

Are you a student or new professional and feeling a bit shy about attending your first Holiday Social? Sign up to be paired with a buddy – a seasoned librarian or information professional who will show you around. Follow this link to put your name on the list

We’re also looking for volunteers to staff the registration table! We encourage newcomers in particular to take this opportunity to make some new contacts and friends! We will need two volunteers per 15-minute shift between 5:30-7pm. Please contact Sharon Bailey for further details or to sign up.

Questions or comments? Contact the registrar for this event, Jon Leroux.

This event has been generously sponsored by Wolters Kluwer Health.

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November Journal Club

merchantJoin us at The Merchant on Wednesday, November 16th for our Fall meeting! The Merchant is an Irish pub with great comfort food and a wide selection of local and imported beer

Here is a Map to the venue located @ . (two blocks north of St. Andrew Station between Adelaide and Richmond)

We will start gathering at 5:30 pm and the discussion of the article of choice will begin closer to 6:00 pm

Sharon Bailey will lead our discussion of:

Reproducibility of search strategies is poor in systematic reviews published in high-impact pediatrics, cardiology and surgery journals: A cross-sectional study. Koffel, J. B., & Rethlefsen, M. L. PloS One. 2016; 11(9): e0163309.

All you have to do is read the article, form some opinions about it, and come for some great food, ready to talk!

Please RSVP here

To help you informally appraise the methods and findings of the study, we have put together a list of questions you can use (if you like) for most articles – with no math required! Just download and print this THLA Journal Club Assessment Sheet PDF

We look forward to seeing you there!

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George Brown Waterfront Library Tour

gbJoin the OLA Special Libraries Committee for a free, behind-the-scenes tour of George Brown College’s Waterfront Library Learning Commons!

When: Thursday, December 1 – 6:00 PM

Where: George Brown College’s Waterfront Library Learning Commons, 51 Dockside Dr., Toronto. For a map and TTC directions, please see here

Cost: Free, but space is limited to 15 people! Light refreshments will be served

Registration: Sign up by emailing olaspeciallib@gmail.com

The waterfront library strives to facilitate teaching and learning by providing state-of-art physical space, innovative resources and student-centred services. Hope to see you there!

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