Objectives: Implementation and evaluation of a service to support interdisciplinary systematic review (SR) projects at a large research university.
Methods: In response to increased need for library support of SRs in Nutritional Science, a formal service was developed to provide SR methodology guidance and collaboration with multidisciplinary research groups across campus. Since implementing the service in January 2016, the 2.5 FTE librarians on the SR team have provided 192 consultations across 11 disciplines (Applied Economics & Management, Biology and Society, Communication, Ornithology, Design & Environmental Analysis, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Public Health, Human Development Studies, Nutritional Science, Veterinary Medicine, and Population Medicine). Implementing a systematic review service at a non-medical university that supports research in the health sciences has required creativity and flexibility in unexpected realms.
Results: Two tiers of SR support are offered: Tier 1 includes basic consultations on methodology and search strategy development at no charge, and Tier 2 includes serving as a member of a review team and co-authorship of the resulting SR. A SR service request form and online resource guide are available to the university community. 13 requests for SR support have been received via the service request form, 6 of which were received in January and February 2017, showing a marked increase in uptake in recent months. Requests for SR support are also received via department library liaisons and direct contact with SR team members. 4 requests for SR support have resulted in Tier 2 support and are in the fields of Human Development, Ornithology, Public Health, and Population Medicine.
Conclusion: The systematic review service has expanded to include related methodologies such as scoping reviews and rapid reviews to meet the needs of a diverse patron base. Librarians supporting the service have taken a leadership role in conducting SRs and related studies, including educating scholars and peer librarians about SR methodologies. The SR service is quickly becoming popular, and 2.5 FTE librarians are maxed out on their capacity to offer support for incoming SRs and related requests. Implementation of this service has identified clear need for library support of SRs in a non-medical university setting.
Keywords: Systematic reviews, Scoping reviews, Library services, Research methodologies
Applied Health Sciences Librarian
Cornell University, Albert R. Mann Library
Kate Ghezzi-Kopel is the Applied Health Sciences Librarian at Cornell University's Albert R. Mann Library. She serves as liaison to the Department of Human Development and the Division of Nutritional Sciences and is Coordinator of the Cornell University Library Systematic Review Service. Kate holds a B.A. in English from Ithaca College and a M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from Syracuse University. Her interests include health information literacy, interdisciplinary systematic reviews, and promotion of evidence-based research practices. Prior to joining Mann Library, Kate was Research Assistant at The Center for Bioethics and Humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Intern at the SUNY Upstate Health Sciences Library. She also spent several years in academic publishing developing and acquiring content in the fields of biology, communication studies, mathematics, and clinical medicine.
Tuesday, May 30
3:50 PM – 3:55 PM
Head, Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library
Cornell University Veterinary Library
Before becoming a librarian, Erin Eldermire primarily lived in a tent while studying a variety of animals as a wildlife field biologist in locations from the Alaskan tundra to the Costa Rican dry forest. After focusing on wildlife research for a decade, she felt a pull to focus more on the research process and on supporting the scientific community in general, which is when she turned to librarianship. In 2014 she received her MLIS from Syracuse University, and shortly melded her animal past with her librarian present when she accepted a position as a librarian at Cornell's Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library.
Erin's professional interests lie in interdisciplinary connections, breaking down barriers for scholarship and research, and finding the story behind every research project. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, birding, and The Great Outdoors. She currently lives near Ithaca, NY with her husband, their two young children, and their flock of backyard chickens.
Tuesday, May 30
3:50 PM – 3:55 PM
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