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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September Journal Club

merchantCome join us at the The Merchant on Thursday, September 15th

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

Mellisha McKenzie will lead our discussion of:

Data Management: Knowledge and skills required in research, scientific and technical organisations. Kennan, M. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2016 – Columbus, OH – Connections. Collaboration. Community in Session 221 – Science and Technology. 2016.

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

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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Third Annual THLA Summer Social

duke pngWe are excited to announce that our third THLA summer patio social will be held on Thursday, August 25th, 2016!

Join us at The Duke of York located at 39 Prince Arthur Ave from 5:30pm

Members are FREE! (appetizers will be provided, just pay for the cost of your drinks)

The fee for non-members is $10 (payment can be made in person at the event)

Please RSVP by Friday, August 19th

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Summer Journal Club

Escapbrowne to the climate-controlled comfort of the Brownstone Bistro on Tuesday, July 19th

Here is a Map to the venue located @ 601 Yonge St. (at Gloucester St. just North of Wellesley station)

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

Ani Orchanian-Cheff will lead our discussion of:

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.

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

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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June Journal Club

Come join us omicro timen Wednesday, June 1st, at Micro Time Cafe

Here is a Map to the venue located @ 25 Wellesley St. E. (Across from Wellesley station)

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

We’ll have four folks from Sunnybrook – Christina DeLonghi, Reena Besa, Ekaterina Petkova, Jane Sauder – lead our discussion of:

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.

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

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!

Did you know?  

You can receive accredited CE hours for attending our Journal Club!  Here’s how it works:

  1. Become a member of THLA for 2016 (or renew your membership in THLA for 2016)
  2. Attend one or more THLA Journal Club meetings, held every other month, and sign in
  3. At the end of the year, fill in the evaluation form you will receive via email
  4. Your official CE hours certificate will arrive in your email!
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