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Poster Presentations 1: Uneven numbers
Wednesday, 01/June/2022:
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: Willem Burgerfoyer

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ID: 199 / Poster Presentations 1: 1
Topics: Education

Identification of research methods used in literature review-based theses in health sciences

Muharrem YILMAZ

Kristiania University College, Norway


It is important to develop skills to search and critically review scientific literature for health students since the health science literature is growing enormously and evidence-based knowledge is essential in students’ future occupational profession. Therefore, there is a need for further research in the development of search strategies in literature-based work within health programs.

The School of Health Sciences (ScHS) at Kristiania University College consists of the two institutions; Public Health & Training and Psychology, Pedagogy & Law. It offers research-based education at both bachelor's and master's level in addition to several further education programmes, subjects including Applied psychology, Pedagogy, Biomedicine, Physical activity and nutrition, Health and sports management, Lifestyle change and public health, Osteopathy, Training and coaching.

In the ScHS students are required to choose one research method for their Bachelor (BA) thesis from a variety of options i.e., qualitative, quantitative, case study or literature study (LS).

In the recent years, GDPR rules provides strict consideration to privacy. As a result, data collection has become challenging. Students now mostly prefer literature study to other complex research methodologies. This methodology is popular among health researchers, yet it is new for BA students in the School of Health Sciences.

The library offers a 3-hour course in information literacy and provides induvial guidance to support them.

Understanding their information seeking patterns will help the library to provide suitable support.


The purpose of the study is to identify the information seeking patterns for undergraduate students undertaking a literature review based thesis.

RQ1: How did the students select the databases for the literature review?
RQ2: How did the students justify their methods for doing literature searches?
RQ3: What criteria do students use to select a sample for their literature?

Method/ Program Description

This study is a qualitative review of the published thesis at the undergraduate level which analyzes a number of graduate theses in the ScHS at Kristiania University College.

A retrospective observational study was conducted to identify literature studies indexed in Kristiania Open Archive (KOA) from 2019 to 2021.

Results & Conclusion

The study shows that most theses were based on literature study as methodology between 2019 -2021 (17/27).

The findings demonstrate that research skills of students are adequate to implement literature studies. However, they should be enhanced. The support by librarians to students proved to be important. Systematic library-faculty collaboration for research methods courses is crucial and should be maintained. The action the library will consider is to integrate the Evidence Based Practice into the curriculum in ScHS, to give focus to literature study as method and develop services accordingly, to enhance hands on teaching interventions, workshops and supervision.

The result of this research will inform the development of an information literacy curriculum for educators and librarians targeted for this group. Further, it may create a cooperation with educators and health librarians at the undergraduate level in health sciences.

Human Touch (Recommended)

This research will create an effective dioalog and strong bridge between librarians and teachers for students knowlodge skills.

ID: 135 / Poster Presentations 1: 2
Topics: Information retrieval and evidence syntheses

The Emtree term “diagnostic test accuracy study” retrieved less than half of the diagnostic accuracy studies in Embase

Pema Gurung1,2, Sahile Makineli2, René Spijker2, Mariska.M.G. Leeflang2

1Walaeus Library, Albinusdreef 2 2333 ZA Leiden 071 526 38 90; 2Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Amsterdam Public Health, Meibergdreef 9, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Embase is a biomedical and pharmacological bibliographic database of published literature, produced by Elsevier. In 2011, Embase introduced the Emtree term “diagnostic test accuracy study,” after discussion with the diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) community of Cochrane.
The aim of this study is to investigate the performance of this Emtree term when used to retrieve diagnostic accuracy studies.
Method/ Program Description
We first piloted a random selection of 1,000 titles from Embase and then repeated the process with 1,223 studies specifically limited to humans. Two researchers independently screened those for eligibility. From titles that were indicated as being relevant or potentially relevant by at least one assessor, the full texts were retrieved and screened. A third researcher retrieved the Emtree terms for each title and checked whether "diagnostic test accuracy study" was one of the attached Emtree terms. The results of both exercises were then cross-classified, and sensitivity and specificity of the Emtree term were estimated.
Results/ Evaluation
Our pilot set consisted of 1,000 studies, of which 20 (2.0%) were studies from which DTA data could be extracted. Thirteen studies had the label DTA study, of which five were indeed DTA studies. The final set consisted of 1,223 studies, of which 33 (2.7%) were DTA studies. Twenty studies were labeled as DTA study, of which fourteen indeed were DTA studies. This resulted in a sensitivity of 42.4% (95% CI: 25.5% to 60.8%) and a specificity of 99.5% (95% CI: 98.9% to 99.8%).

Although we planned to include a more focused set of studies in our second attempt, the percentage of DTA studies was similar in both attempts. The DTA label failed to retrieve most of the DTA studies and 30% of the studies labeled as being DTA study were in fact not DTA studies. The Emtree term DTA study does not meet the requirements to be useful for retrieving DTA studies accurately.

Human Touch (Recommended)

"your beliefs become your thoughts"

"your thoughts become your words"

"your words become your actions"

"your actions become your habits"

"your habits become your value"

"your value become your distiny"

Biography and Bibliography
I am from Nepal.
I have done my bachelor in health sciences at VU Amsterdam and i have done a master in global health at Maastricht University.
I have a few years of research background.
Now I am working as a medical information specialist at Leiden University.

ID: 129 / Poster Presentations 1: 3
Topics: Information retrieval and evidence syntheses

Turning student assignments into publications: Benefits for students and librarians

Heather MacDonald

Carleton University, Canada


As the Health and Biosciences Librarian at <our country> , introducing graduate Health Science students to evidence synthesis is a significant part of information literacy training. Last year during the winter 2021 semester I collaborated with a faculty member on a student assignment that involved conducting evidence synthesis.


The faculty member approached me with the suggestion to have small groups conduct rapid scoping reviews with the option to publish the review after the assignment was completed. Her rationale was a TED talk entitled Don’t Waste Student Work – making student assignments valuable beyond the classroom.

Method/ Program Description

My contribution involved vetting the topics to make sure the amount of literature was manageable. I made recommendations on how to narrow/broaden certain topics to make them feasible in a 4-month timeframe. At the beginning of the semester each group met with me to get an initial search started and receive an overview of the scoping review process. I checked the group searches during the semester and met with some of the groups about the data extraction phase as well.

Results/ Evaluation

Because of my involvement in the process the faculty member offered authorship on any publications. Two of four groups opted to publish. The professor, teaching assistant and I met with both groups during the summer to discuss publication options. The students wrote draft publications and the three of us proofread and edited the publications. My focus was predominantly on the methods section.


This was a unique way, as a librarian, to participate in the classroom, but also to publish. Critical to the success was a solid relationship with the faculty member, established over the course of several years of teaching. Also essential was adequate time to review topics before the semester. Meeting students during the semester is a standard part of my role, but summer meetings and time to proofread and edit was required for this project as well.

Human Touch (Recommended)

For the students this was an excellent opportunity to make their assignment count beyond the classroom. Participating in the projects allowed me to see the final product the students produced, not something I always get to see, and to gain authorship.

Biography and Bibliography
Heather MacDonald has a background in biology and health. After working for 15 years in research laboratories, she switched gears completing her MLIS in 2010. She worked at University of Ottawa before arriving at Carleton University. Heather also works with the Knowledge Translation program at St Mikes Hospital.

Research Interests
Heather's research interests include the application of knowledge synthesis methodologies in different disciplines, active learning using systematic reviews, research data management and data sharing.

ID: 137 / Poster Presentations 1: 4
Topics: Professionals Connected

Health librarians: what’s so important about professional library associations?

Mary Dunne

Health Research Board, Ireland


Professional library associations bring together information professionals who share interest in a subject, type of service, or geographical location. Their role in controlling entry, setting standards, and representing the interests of our profession means they have an impact on everyone involved in library and information services. It is important, therefore, that associations remain relevant and of value to our profession.


As a specialist group of the Library Association of Ireland, the Health Sciences Libraries Group (HSLG) aims to represent the professional needs of health librarians in Ireland. The committee, who guide the group’s direction and service provision, wanted to hear our members’ views on membership and to understand their expectations and priorities.


In November 2021 we conducted an anonymous online survey of group members. To gain insight from a diverse cohort, we also invited other librarians based in Ireland, including those who were not members of a library association, to participate. We sent a survey link to our membership list, our email discussion list, the association’s e-newsletter, and via Twitter. The survey allowed skip logic so respondents could answer questions of relevance to them.


We received 49 valid completed surveys. There were 21 responses from group members, giving a response rate of 46% for our group. The remaining 28 responses were from other members of the national association or another professional library association (21), former association members (6) and one person who had never joined an association. Although numbers are small, responses provide a useful guide to what is wanted and needed. For HSLG respondents, 95% agreed or strongly agreed that group membership was important for, and had improved, their practice; that the group fulfilled their expectations, and offered sufficient opportunities to contribute. All members agreed or strongly agreed that the HSLG provides community support. We also learned about the reasons librarians join library associations, and their valuable role in providing continuing professional development, progressing the interests of our profession, and supporting collegiality by connecting us as a community.


The responses from our survey provide a strong indication of priorities and will guide the direction and future services of the HSLG. Our findings will be of interest to those working on the governing bodies of library associations and groups. They are also relevant to members of these organisations who may wish to reflect on the benefits of membership and how they can communicate their needs to those making decisions on their behalf.

Human Touch

Our survey revealed the importance of belonging to a professional group which can provide tangible support but also a network of colleagues with whom we can engage, share and collaborate. In times when we are more isolated at work, we should all have access to a strong professional community.

Biography and Bibliography
Mary Dunne is a Chartered Information Specialist working in the HRB National Drugs Library, Dublin. Mary is Vice Chair and Research Officer of the Health Sciences Libraries Group of the Library Association of Ireland. Mary’s qualifications include a Masters in Psychology and a Masters in Information and Library Studies (Distinction). She was elected to the Register of Chartered Members of CILIP in 2015 and Register of Associate Members of the LAI in 2016. She has presented at numerous conferences, and authored articles for library and drug-related publications.

Some recent publications:
• Motorways to boreens: the story of the Irish Health Sciences Libraries Group virtual journal club, Journal of Health Information and Libraries Australasia, 2021, 2(3)
• Health Research Board information specialists: adapting our practice to meet stakeholder needs duing a pandemic, An Leabharlann, Issue 1, 2021
• Enhancing social capital in our stakeholder networks, Insights: the UKSG journal. DOI:
• Poster presentation: The HRB national drugs library: breaking boundaries by bridging and bonding, Jul 9, 2019, BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine
• Regular contributor to the HSLG newsletter HINT (Health Information News & Thinking)

ID: 207 / Poster Presentations 1: 5
Topics: Professionals Connected

Information services and COVID-19 pandemics : 20 months later...

Patrice X. Chalon, Luc Hourlay, Nicolas Fairon

KCE, Belgium

In March 2020, Belgium was subject to a containment measure in order to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in its territory. Permanent teleworking for all staff was imposed, at the risk of impacting the continuity of services, including the library and information retrieval services. While the limitations on access to scientific research results have generally been exacerbated by this confinement, in the case of the KCE, the usual library services were ultimately only marginally affected. However, new services were requested to help researchers identify resources needed for their work.
To describe the situation 20 months after the containment measures. To evaluate changes in library services, specific COVID-19 services that were implemented on an emergency basis, and the impact on information retrieval procedures.
The experiences of librarian and information specialists were summarized. The Long COVID example is used to illustrate the changes in procedures.
Twenty months after the onset of the pandemic, working from home is still the rule for all KCE employees; therefore, the “temporary” adaptations to library services are still in place. COVID-19 specific services have been discontinued; international resources, such as the WHO COVID-19 Database, have been prioritized. Preprints are now a “standard” source of information for emerging or rapidly changing topics such as COVID-19; tools and procedures have been updated accordingly.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, KCE librarian and information specialists succeeded into delivering the usual services to their users: researchers could access all sources of information (bibliographical databases, journal articles and books) and conduct their research “as usual”. The lessons learned were integrated into the standard working method, to the benefit of the delivered advices and recommendations to decision makers. Adversity does not kill librarians, it makes them stronger!

Human Touch (Recommended)

Biography and Bibliography
Chalon PX, Hourlay L, Fairon N. La continuité des services dans le contexte de la pandémie covid-19 : retour d’expérience du KCE. Cahiers de la documentation - Bladen voor Documentatie. 2020;3-4(décembre 2020):66-72. [Journal article]

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