About Journal Club

Every other month we meet very informally at a restaurant for dinner and one of our members leads discussion of a chosen article. The criteria for articles are loosely: recent and likely to be of relevant or of interest to people working in health libraries. We have an appraisal worksheet that attendees can use to evaluate the article, if they choose.

Anyone interested in reading and discussing health / library research.
THLA members who attend some or all THLA Journal Club meetings will receive MLA accredited CE hours for their attendance at the end of each calendar year.

Every other month; the evening is chosen by the volunteer who selects the article and leads the discussion.

Each meeting is held in a restaurant in the downtown area. We aim to meet near transit and where there are options for a variety of diets (vegetarian, medical diets, etc.). The volunteer who chooses the article and leads the discussion is given the option of choosing the restaurant as well, but if they don’t have a preference the organizers will pick one.

• Practice appraising published research
• Help keeping up to date with health / library research
• Practice leading a discussion in a group setting
• Accredited CE hours for THLA members
• Socializing and networking with local health library colleagues
• Fun!

• Your meal and drinks
• A little time to read the article prior to the meeting
• A couple of hours one evening every other month

CE hours? Really?
Yes, really! Here’s how it works:
1. You join THLA, go to a Journal Club meeting and sign in.
2. One of the organizers at each meeting will record some notes on the discussion.
3. At the end of the year, you fill in an evaluation of THLA Journal Club, providing feedback about things that you have liked and things that you would like to change.
4. The organizers will send the evaluations, information about the number of meetings attended by which THLA members, and a short summary of each discussion to CHLA.
5. You and the other THLA members who attended one or more meetings, receive a CE certificate from CHLA for the time you invested in your professional development!

Articles Discussed at THLA Journal Club Meetings to Date:

•Feb 24, 2014
Mobile devices in medicine: a survey of how medical students, residents, and faculty use smartphones and, other mobile devices to find information.
Boruff J, Storie D. Journal Of The Medical Library Association. January 2014;102(1):22-30.
•April 24, 2014
References that anyone can edit: review of Wikipedia citations in peer reviewed health science literature. Bould M Dylan, Hladkowicz Emily S, Pigford Ashlee-Ann E, Ufholz Lee-Anne, PostonogovaTatyana, Shin Eunkyung et al. BMJ 2014;348:g1585
•July 4, 2014
Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systematic review. Perrier L, Lighfoot D, et al. J Amer Med Infor Assoc. 2014;0:1–7.
•Sept 24, 2014
Information-seeking behavior and the use of online resources: a snapshot of current health sciences faculty. Sandra L. De Groote, MLIS, AHIP, Mary Shultz, MS, AHIP, and Deborah D. Blecic, MLS, AHIP. J Med Libr Assoc. Jul 2014;102(3):169–176.
•November 25, 2014
The Use of Google Trends in Health Care Research: A Systematic Review.
Sudhakar V. Nuti, Brian Wayda, Isuru Ranasinghe, Sisi Wang, Rachel P. Dreyer, Serene I. Chen, Karthik Murugiah. PLOS ONE. October 22, 2014.
•January 13, 2015
How Feedback Biases Give Ineffective Medical Treatments a Good Reputation. J Med Internet Res. Aug 2014;16(8):e193.
•March 17, 2015
Peer-teaching of evidence-based medicine. Clin Teach. 2014 July;11(4):259-63.
•May 20, 2015
Taking library instruction into the online environment: one health sciences library’s experience. Susan C Smith and Emma C O’Hagan. J Med Libr Assoc. 2014 Jul;102(3):196–200.
•July 29, 2015
RAMESES publication standards: realist syntheses Wong G, Greenhalgh T, Westhorp G, Buckingham J, Pawson R. BMC Med. 2013 Jan 29;11(21).
•September 30, 2015
Impact factor: outdated artefact or stepping-stone to journal certification? Vanclay, Jerome K. Scientometrics. 2012;92(2):211-238.
•November 26, 2015
Opportunities for Hospital Librarians in Interprofessional Activity Epstein, Helen-Ann Brown. Journal of Hospital Librarianship. 2015;15(2):198-216.
•January 21, 2016
A study of emotional labor in librarianship Matteson, ML & Miller, SS. Library & Information Science Research. 2013;35(1):54-62.
•April 6, 2016
Guide to clinical practice guidelines: the current state of play Kredo T, Bernhardsson S et al. Int J Qual Health Care. 2016;28(1):122–128.
•June 1, 2016
Is it cost-effective to purchase print books when the equivalent E-book is available? Li, J. Jour Hosp Lib. 2016;16(1):40-48.
•July 19, 2016
The art and science of study identification: A comparative analysis of two systematic reviews. Rosen, L., & Suhami, R. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2016;16(1):24.
•September 15, 2016
Data Management: Knowledge and skills required in research, scientific and technical organizations. Kennan, M. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2016 – Columbus, OH – Connections. Collaboration. Community in Session 221 – Science and Technology. 2016.

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