Program Session

1 - Building Capacity for a Systematic Review Core in an Academic Health Sciences Library

Monday, May 29
10:35 AM - 10:50 AM
Room: 607

Objectives: After an unsuccessful bid to fund a permanent full time librarian specializing in systematic reviews, the library partnered with the Population Health Foundation of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and shifted to a model of charging groups for librarian’s expertise to participate in systematic reviews.

Methods: Three librarians and one very experienced library staff member provide the expertise for systematic reviews. Two hours of free consultation include reviewing best practices for conducting a systematic review, confirming the group has adequate capacity to conduct a true systematic review, clarifying the scope of the project, educating about methodologies, and encouraging the group to register a protocol for the review. After the free, two hour consult, the librarian creates search strategies translated for relevant databases, download citations into EndNote, export a de-duplicated library, and write up the methods section for the final manuscript. Librarians are named as authors on final manuscripts.

Results: SR teams have been willing to pay for librarian expertise. A librarian was hired as an “Evidence Retrieval and Synthesis Librarian” to work full time on systematic reviews. The salary of the new librarian is paid for two years by the library, using a chargeback method to sustain the salary in the future. One limitation of the project is that groups may avoid asking the library for help, regardless of the free two hours, because they do not have funds to fully include a librarian. Quality of those reviews may suffer.

Conclusion: The chargeback model has been very successful, with multiple groups requesting librarian participation. Collaboration with the Population Health Foundation of the CCTS has led to new research partnership and increased advocacy for our services.

Keywords: Systematic review, capacity building, research, fee for service



Program Session

Mellanye Lackey

Associate Director for Education and Research
Eccles Health Sciences Library
Salt Lake City, UT

Mellanye Lackey is the Associate Director of Education and Research at the Spencer S Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Prior to moving to Utah, Mellanye had never experienced so much snow, and so she's (still) planning to buy snowshoes (someday). Mellanye likes to travel, especially to places that will fill her passport with stamps, and she has one adoring greyhound, AKA the velcro-dog.

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Michelle Fiander

Associate Librarian, Systematic Reviews/Evidence Synthesis
Eccles Health Sciences Library
Salt Lake City, UT

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Mary McFarland

Information & Technology Consultant
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

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Melissa L. Rethlefsen

Deputy Director / Associate Librarian
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
Salt Lake City, UT

Melissa L. Rethlefsen is the Deputy Director and Associate Librarian at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah. She is also Section Director of the Systematic Review Core, Population Health Research Foundation for Discovery, Center for Clinical & Translational Science, University of Utah. Her research interests include systematic review methodology and reproducibility, bibliometrics, and history of medicine.

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