Program Session

Systematic Searching Live

Monday, May 29
1:00 PM - 2:25 PM
Room: 608

Objectives: Systematic searching is a task that many librarians aim to provide for clients. Building this skill requires practice, examples, and continuing education as new resources, tools, and concepts continue to evolve. While some guidelines are available, there is no consensus on the optimal method to develop search strategies. This session will provide an interactive live session developing, sharing and comparing searching techniques based on a few questions which will be publicized before the session as well as some provided by the participants. Audience will be encouraged to interact in a variety of methods- by developing search strategies for the questions provided before the session, and then during the session to provide examples of research topics they would like to see a search developed on, ask questions, and interact through discussions and online platforms during the session.

Keywords: systematic reviews, searching

Program Session

Wichor M. Bramer

Biomedical Information Specialist
Medical Library
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Wichor Bramer has been working as biomedical information specialist at the Medical Library of Erasmus MC since 2009. His main tasks are to create exhaustive searches for systematic reviews, and to develop and conduct workshops for PhDs on systematic searching in various databases.
He has developed a method that helps him create exhaustive and high quality searches in a much shorter time than usual, and a method for fast but accurate deduplication of obtained references. This allows him to design, perform, execute, and import into reference software and deduplicate the results of the searches for over 250 systematic reviews on a yearly basis. He is currently pursuing a PhD, specializing in librarian-mediated searches for systematic reviews.


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Susan A. Fowler

Library Director
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

Susan A. Fowler is the Library Director at Washington University Brown School: Social Work and Public Health. Susan specializes in evidence based practice and research. Her current interests include creating reporting standards for systematic review search strategies and finding a pragmatic solution for search strategy peer review. She has co-authored several published systematic reviews and two book chapters on designing effective search strategies for systematic reviews. Susan is currently serving on the Library Advisory Board for the New England Journal of Medicine.


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Joy A. Russell

Systematic Review and Grants Education Librarian
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Dr. Joy Russell has a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Texas Tech University and is a faculty member at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center. She serves as Treasurer for the Hospital Library Interest Section and is a member of the continuing education committee of the South Central Chapter (SCC) of MLA. She is a current member of the MLA Leadership Curriculum Committee and is actively involved in HealthLINE a consortium of medical librarians and libraries in North Central Texas. Her primary role(s) as Systematic Review and Grants Education Librarian at UTSW center on systematic reviews including: searching, consulting, accepting referrals, selecting alternative review methods when needed and publishing. She also seeks out grant funding opportunities for faculty, students, and staff for private or federally funded requests. Joy also teaches classes on: Bibliometrics: What Research Impact means in Promoting your Career; Grant Funding Resources: Navigating NIH & Other Funding Agencies; and Common Compliance Pitfalls & Strategies for Success.


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