Program Session

4 - An Evidence Mapping Approach to Discovering Roles of Librarians in Systematic Reviews

Tuesday, May 30
3:20 PM - 3:25 PM
Room: 611

Objectives: Systematic reviews standards and methodology articles often designate skills and competencies required for those responsible for various tasks in the process, however the competencies and training expected vary by article. The goal of this literature review project was to extract the roles which have been identified as appropriate for librarians to perform as members of systematic review research project teams.

Methods: A literature search was conducted to identify systematic review standards and articles discussing librarian roles in systematic reviews and meta analyses. Articles were also identified through citation mining of included articles and standards. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were identified, and articles assessed by two reviewers. In the case where there was a question regarding inclusion of a role, the reviewers followed a consensus building strategy, and documented the resulting criteria from those discussions. If the original source was unclear as to which team member performed a required task, the task description and context was assessed by the co-authors to determine inclusion or exclusion, including the same consensus building strategy. For each identified role extracted from any article, data was also captured regarding how many articles of the selected set included that role.

Results: Twenty-five articles were discovered through the iterative search process, and librarian roles extracted from these. Over sixty roles were identified for librarians in the systematic review process. These fall into the broad groups of project management, support and training, literature searching, generation and delivery of results and data, post-search process, publication process, and the post-publication process. Results are described by frequency of specific roles appearing across the range of articles, and the density of roles described in specific articles.

Conclusion: Librarians bring a rich range of expertise and competencies to the systematic review process and can be deeply valuable resources and active members of systematic review teams.

Keywords: systematic reviews, librarian roles



Program Session

Emily Ginier

Informationist
University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Emily Ginier, MLIS, is an Informationist at the University of Michgian Taubman Health Sciences Library. Emily works with the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Center for Interprofessional Education, and four clinical areas within Michigan Medicine: the Department of Urology, the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Division of Nephrology, and the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunolgy. Emily is also on the instructor team for the "Systematic Reviews: Opportunities for Librarians" continuing education workshop.

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Patricia F. Anderson

Emerging Technologies Informationist
Taubman Health Sciences Library
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Patricia F. Anderson is the emerging technologies librarian for the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan. In this role, she has worked with online communities of persons with disabilities, served on the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media External Advisory Board, explored personal genomics, quantified self tools to meet her own health challenges, and taught workshops in virtual worlds on skills from information searching to getting dressed (which is a little different when you are doing it online). In previous iterations of her professional life, Anderson has worked on Cochrane Review teams and coauthored/edited the Medical Library Association Encyclopedic Guide to Searching and Finding Health Information on the Web.

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