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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SLA Toronto Chapter Event

Medical Maker Space – Tech Strategy at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC

Come out for this talk by James King, Information Architect and Branch Chief at the internal research library for the largest biomedical founder in the world. James will discuss the technology strategy driving the library’s developments in data, collaboration, and virtual learning. He will also discuss two of the library’s current initiatives – Custom Information Solutions, a geek squad team building data-rich websites for disease spaces, and the Technology Hub, a sandbox learning and maker space designed to experiment with 3D printing, data visualization, modeling, GIS, and bioinformatics analysis.  This is event is free to attend in person, and is also being broadcast as a free webinar.

Tuesday, May 17th, 6pm-8pm, Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College St.

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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 April 17th, 2016

We will be gathering at C’est What on Tuesday, April 26, 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
Mediterranean salad + grilled chicken (gluten free)

Tossed mixed greens, grape tomatoes, sliced black olives, sweet peppers, and marinated artichoke hearts in a red wine vinaigrette.

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.

You can pay either with the PayPal option below or by cheque; if you prefer to pay by cheque, please submit to Melissa Paladines c/o 2200 Eglinton Ave. West, Mississauga ON L5M 2N1, by April 11th, 2016

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