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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Mosaic 2016 – Supporting the local community

kidsbookcoverspngThe community service project of the Mosaic 2016 conference will send hundreds of books to children in First Nations communities in Ontario to encourage them to dream of careers in the health professions.  In partnership with Club Amick and the Southern Ontario Library Service approximately 225 titles have been identified to develop special collections that will be sent to up to 5 schools, primarily in Northern Ontario.

Aboriginal Canadians are 4.3% of the Canadian population, but less than 1% are doctors, and the Aboriginal community faces serious health challenges.  This project is based on work conducted by the Universite de Montreal.  Find more information on that project here.

If you would like to participate in this project you can either purchase one or more of the selected books by visiting the project’s Amazon book list or you can donate cash either via PayPal (link below) or in person at the hospitality desk at the conference. Canadian donors should use the amazon.ca list here. Donors from other countries may find this amazon.com list more helpful. In either case, be sure to select the ship to address listed for Mosaic 2016 Children’s Book Project.

If you have questions about this project please feel free to contact the project coordinator, Sandy Iverson at sandy@sandyiverson.info.

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April Journal Club

pizzaOur March Journal Club is in April this year!  You can blame March Break and Easter!

If you’ve still got room for pizza, please join us on Wednesday, April 6, at Pizzeria Via Mercanti

Here is a Map to the venue located @ 87 Elm St. (Between Bay and University)

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

Joanne O’Driscoll will lead our discussion of:

Guide to clinical practice guidelines: the current state of play Int J Qual Health Care. 2016 Feb; 28(1): 122–128. PMCID: PMC4767049

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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Save the Date for the THLA AGM dinner!

It’s that time of year again! Save the date for the THLA Annual General Meeting and Dinner!

5:30 pm, Tuesday April 26, 2016save the date

C’est What, 67 Front Street East

Tickets will become available at the beginning of April

This year we are pleased to welcome Janet Parsons (Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital) and Clara Juando-Prats (Applied Health Research Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital) as our speakers for the evening.  Janet and Clara will share their recent research with their talk “The Colours of Perspective”

The Colours of Perspective

There is increasing interest in leveraging the arts as a way of creating and disseminating knowledge. In health care arts-based qualitative research methods are being used to explore the experiences of patients, families, providers and policy makers. Different artistic genres employed include those from the visual (e.g. painting, drawing, photography, film), literary (e.g. poetry and fiction) and performing arts (e.g. research-based drama, dance, music). Our presentation focuses on two projects which used the visual arts to explore the lived experiences of persons experiencing poverty and marginalization, as well as the people who care for them. The Picturing Foster Care study examined experiences of perinatal child custody loss amongst young parents living in extreme poverty. It used photo voice and storytelling methods to explore this issue from four different perspectives: young mothers, young fathers, child welfare professionals, and health care providers. Sketching Life is a study that grew out of Picturing Foster Care, and uses drawing and collage to explore the health experiences of young mothers and how they care for their children and for themselves in circumstances of poverty and vulnerability. Janet Parsons and Clara Juando-Prats will present the findings from these projects, sharing insights gained by engaging in this kind of participatory research, and highlighting the visual art produced during the course of the studies.

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February Fondue!

Eat your dessert first and join us for some excellent company and delectable fondue at Cocao 70

We will be meeting at 28 Gristmill Lane in the distillery district on Wednesday, cacaoFebruary 24th at 5:30pm

Tickets are $15.50, please RSVP to secretary@thla.ca by Monday, February 22nd; money will be collected at the door

Hope to see you there!

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January Journal Club

harbordIt’s the first Journal Club of a brand new year!

Before you hurry off to OLA, please join us for our January meeting at Harbord House on Thursday, January 21st

Here is a Map to the venue located @ 150 Harbord St. (Between Spadina and Brunswick)

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:

A study of emotional labor in librarianship Matteson, M. L., & Miller, S. S. (2013) Library & Information Science Research, 35:1, 54-62 DOI:10.1016/j.lisr.2012.07.005

If you do not have institutional access to this article, please feel free to contact a fellow THLA member, use interlibrary loan, or read the abstract and come with questions

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.

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

We look forward to seeing you there!

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2015 THLA Student Prize Winner

Student prizeThe THLA executive is pleased to announce that Chelsea Misquith is the winner of the 2015 THLA Student Prize competition. Congratulations Chelsea! We look forward to seeing you at many THLA events to come.

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.

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Joint Holiday Social

holidayIt is that time of year again!!

SLA Toronto Chapter, the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA), Toronto Health Libraries Association (THLA) and Ontario Library Association Special Libraries Committee (OLA-SLC) cordially invite you to this year’s Joint Holiday Social at the Arts & Letters Club.

Join friends and colleagues for a fun-filled evening of holiday cheer!

When: December 10, 2015, 6-8pm (registration starts at 5:30pm)

Where: Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto

Cost: $25 members | $40 nonmembers | $15 students & unemployed

Don’t delay singing up – this event fills up every year!

This event has been generously sponsored by:

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November Journal Club

lolasDaylight Savings Time is over for another year and it’s getting dark out!

Before the holiday rush begins, please join us for our November meeting at Lola’s Kitchen on Thursday, November 26th

Here is a Map to the venue located @ 634 Church St. (Between Bloor and Charles)

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

Melanie Anderson will lead our discussion of:

Opportunities for Hospital Librarians in Interprofessional Activity Helen-Ann Brown Epstein (2015) Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 15:2, 198-216 DOI: 10.1080/15323269.2015.1014763

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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