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5.2: Oral Presentations - Resources and Metrics (2)
Friday, 03/June/2022:
10:30am - 12:00pm

Session Chair: Witold Kozakiewicz
Location: Van Beuningen

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10:30am - 10:45am
ID: 194 / 5.2: 1
Oral Presentation
Topics: Resources and metrics


Moriam Taiwo Chibuzor

Cochrane Nigeria, Nigeria


The Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has had tremendous impact on various aspects of human life since its emergence in 2020, including education, economic activities, commerce and health care. These impacts have been felt globally including Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC). In LMICs, the impact of COVID-19 is complicated by poor health systems and inadequate resources to adequately finance infection prevention and control. COVID 19 has, therefore, placed an additional burden on already overburdened health systems of LMICs.

COVID-19 research is a vital part of public health emergency response as it provides evidence for the rapid development of strategies to control and prevent future epidemics. Due to the peculiarities facing LMICs there is need for research to be conducted in LMICs to ensure that proffered solutions adequately address the unique issues faced by these countries and also to ensure applicability of research results to these areas. There is currently no bibliometric analysis summarizing the types and patterns of research that has been conducted in our country.


This research aims to explore the trends in COVID-19 healthcare research in a lower middle income country by conducting a Bibliometric analysis of the literature.


We will search for healthcare COVID-19 research articles published in our country between 1 December 2019 to 31 December 2021 in PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science and Google Scholar and the Cochrane Library. These databases will be searched using controlled vocabulary (e.g. Medical subject Headings) and text words for COVID-19 and the name of our country. Only articles published in English language will be included. No limitations will be placed on article type or study design. We will extract data on document type, year of publication, study design, authors, author institutions, journals, international collaborations, funding agencies, and research focus/theme of the study.


We will report the results of the bibliometric analysis of COVID-19 health care research in the LMIC, namely.

• Publication output (Number of publications and timeline)

• Trends in research themes

• Top ranking authors, and institutions/agencies

• Types of publications/research designs

• National and international collaborations

• Funding agencies

• Sources (Top ranking Journals of publication; published or preprints)


This research has not yet been carried out and as such we cannot give final conclusions. We expect, however, that the research will provide empirical evidence on trends in COVID-19 health care research in a LMIC which will be valuable to researchers, policy makers and other decision makers. It has the potential to assist researchers in identifying gaps for future research. It may also help to highlight national research priorities for infection, prevention and control of COVID-19; potential areas for allocation of funding; and collaborations for research. In the area of research productivity, it will identify institutional contributions to research.

Human Touch (Recommended)

The COVID situation affects us all, but firsthand experience from LMICs is not heard much in high income countries. This presentation will provide a unique insight to differences and challenges librarians face in other parts of the world.

10:45am - 11:00am
ID: 151 / 5.2: 2
Oral Presentation
Topics: Resources and metrics

Computational assistance in the analysis of cited references in biomedical literature: a case study from two institutions

Teresa Lee1, Pablo Iriarte2, Floriane Sophie Muller2, Ramon Cierco Jimenez1

1International Agency for Research on Cancer, France; 2Library of the University of Geneva

At Institution A, a building move in 2022 requires a 40% reduction of its physical collection and a weeding strategy for the library’s print journals. From this scenario a question emerges: how old, on average, is the literature cited by in-house scientists in their own publications? According to Kaplan et al.1 recent materials are accessed more frequently than older ones, with a significant drop for anything older than 15 years. In this project, we empirically test this assertion using computational assistance. Institution A’s librarian teamed up with a doctoral student in bioinformatics to parse citations retrieved from Web of Science based on an OG (enhanced organization) field search. University of B collaborators joined the experimental effort to test not only Kaplan et al.’s rule1, but to interrogate the dataset in ways that may shed light on historic citation trends, open-access and the electronic availability of research literature, the lasting prominence of super-cited references, and more.
1. To build a librarian-friendly utility for the parsing of Web of Science records that allows analysis of the cited items associated with the primary set of records.
2. To see whether the 15-year rule for cited literature holds true of the article outputs of Institution A and the University of B’s biomedical faculty.
3. To ascertain what other findings regarding historical citation trends, open-access and the electronic availability of literature arise from an experimental parsing and interrogation of the dataset resulting from Web of Science affiliation-based searches.
Sets of records based on OG (enhanced organization) field searches for the University of B and for Institution A will be retrieved and parsed using Python2 or R3. A methodology for cleaning up the parsed set of records will be determined, implemented, and reported. Parsed and cleaned data from this initial process will be correlated with data from other sources of information (for e.g., CrossRef) to find answers to questions that go beyond what analysing Web of Science records alone can provide
1. Kaplan R, Steinberg M, Doucette J. Retention of retrospective print journals in the digital age: trends and analysis. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94(4):387-e200.
2. Van Rossum, G., & Drake Jr, F. L. (1995). Python reference manual. Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica Amsterdam.
3. R Core Team (2021). R: A language and environment for statistical computing. R Foundation for Statistical Computing, Vienna, Austria. URL
Human Touch (Recommended)
Multidisciplinary collaboration; experimentation

Biography and Bibliography
Teresa Lee is the Knowledge Manager at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (UARC/WHO), where she leads the central publications programme, library and web services.

Pablo Iriarte is the IT coordinator of the University of Geneva Library since 2017. He studied physics and worked for several years at the Lausanne University Hospital as IT manager for the Medical Library and the Documentation and Data unit of the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine.

Floriane Muller works as a full-time scientific librarian for the medical and pharmaceutical unit of the University of Geneva Library since 2015. Initially responsible of the interlibrary loan and document delivery service, she is now in charge of Open Access, Publishing and Research Data Management support. She has a master’s degree in Information Science from the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland.

Ramon Cierco Jimenez is a PhD student in bioinformatics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) doing his project at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon (France). He has a master’s degree in Omics data analysis, and a univeristiy degree in Biotechnology, both from the Univeristat de Vic - Universitat Central de Catalunya (UVIC-UCC)

11:00am - 11:15am
ID: 186 / 5.2: 3
Oral Presentation
Topics: Resources and metrics

Analysis of training delivered and literature search requests. What are we doing right - or wrong?

Anne Madden, Niamh Lucey, Gerry McManus

St. Vincent's University Hospital, Ireland

As a teaching hospital, a new group of junior doctors arrives each year on rotation through different specialties. To maintain the professional competencies which are required for their Irish Medical Council registration, they must complete a certain amount of CPD in addition to completing a Clinical Audit and taking part in research. During their rotation through the hospital, they have been very regular users of library training and services such as literature search requests. In addition to the medical/surgical staff, we support an on-site School of Nursing and a range of Allied Health specialties who are also frequent visitors to the Library.

Using our statistics we want to examine our activities and the profile of our users over time and identify any trends or changes to either demand for services or user profile, with a specific focus on outcomes from our clients' interactions with us.

Method/ Program Description
Over the years, we have built up a database of services provided by the Library. We will break these down and analyse them for correlational activity, trends or inconsistencies. We will also try to trace any outcomes of the services we have provided and where possible, the rationale behind these outcomes.

Results/ Evaluation
The main purpose is to see whether we can identify a rationale behind any identified trends so we can use them to inform or adjust future Library services planning. Ideally, we would be able to infer a causal relationship between the services we provide and outputs by clients. If this doesn't exist, then we must try to determine why not and what we can do to improve it.


Data collection is an important activity but loses effectiveness if it is not used to underpin and develop the service. Through this analysis, we hope to provide a solid evidence base to plan for the services we provide including identifying any challenges or benefits that may arise from working from home, both on the part of the user and of ourselves, should this become standard practice.

Human Touch (Recommended)

Working in a hospital over the last two years, we are witnessing a lot of exhausted and traumatised frontline staff. The best help that the Library can provide is to ensure that we respond quickly and thoroughly to their information needs. By analysing our interactions with our colleagues on the frontline, we can identify gaps, trends or opportunities to improve on the service we provide.

Finally, as I retire next year I wanted to leave a "legacy" to my colleagues and so I came up with this project which I hope will be of use to both the Library and to its clients into the future!

Biography and Bibliography
Anne Madden, St. Vincent’s University Hospital. Orcid ID: Anne is Assistant Librarian at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. She has a BA (Languages), BSc (Mgt), Dip Mgt Law, HDIp in Library & Information Science, and is an Associate Member of the Library Association of Ireland. Latest publication: Dunne, M., Halton, L., Herlihy, B., Madden, A. and O'Sullivan, N., 2021. Motorways to boreens: the story of the Irish Health Sciences Libraries Group virtual journal club. Journal of Health Information and Libraries Australasia, 2(3), pp.71-80. Earlier publications are available on her ORCID account.
Niamh Lucey has a Masters in Library & Information Studies from University College Dublin. Since 2001, she has been Head of Library & Information Services in St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin. She is currently Chair of the Irish Health Sciences Group of the Library Association of Ireland and her professional interests include measuring impact, library promotion and EBLIP.
Gerry McManus has a Masters Degree in Anglo-Irish Literature/Drama, a BA in English & Philosophy, and a HDip in Library & Information Science. He currently works part-time as Information Specialist for the National Disability Authority and the Mental Health Commission, and in Reader Services for St. Vincent's University Hospital Library. He has previously worked as Head of Library Services for the LauraLynn Hospice Foundation, and for Our Lady's Hospice in Dublin.

11:15am - 11:30am
ID: 220 / 5.2: 4
Oral Presentation
Topics: Resources and metrics

Statistical Reading in Evaluation of Electronic Resources

Gussun Gunes

Marmara University, Turkey


With the advancement of technology, diversity in the source of information and differences in transformation are increasing day by day in the digital world. In this context users who want to continue their research regardless of the concept of time and space. Libraries can provide these request through many electronic resources. Information retrieval of these requests are progressing in direct proportion to the diversity in the library collections. Connected electronic resources which are offered to users by their institutions through various publisher. The rate of use of resources show us usage of users with information and digital literacy skils.


Electronic resources such as books, journals, articles and videos are formats of electronic parts of publications with many different disciplines. Information presentations and views could be change in each formats. Some databases that provide information especially on e-book, e-journals content in the field. Some databases who give content on video lessons with 3D or virtual simulation content such as anatomy, clinical skills, etc. or evidence base resources. Libraries and librarians need to track usage statistics for identify user needs and to develop library collections and services. Usage statistics modules are unit these digital sources and supported by various softwares. Usage statistics modules and statistics retrieval processes differ according to electronic resources.

Method/ Program Description

Librarians mostly use vendor provided data for electronic resources usage and used the standart data for their reports. Usage data to show cost per use of various products and to inform decisions about subscriptions and their licenses.This study is based on statistical data reading that obtained from electronic resource usage statistics modules and examines the methods of reading data through examples for librarians.

Results/ Evaluation

Each publisher obtains, presents and makes available different statistics for libraries according to their own policies interface and statistical standards. Librarians needs more digital literacy component to acquire the data and this presentation will introduce how to collect and read statistical data from electronic resources.


Libraries and librarians need reliable usage statistics for the electronic resources to evaluate, manage, present them for consideration in decision making and planning to apply usage data effectively.

Human Touch (Recommended)

Obtaining statistics for electronic resources is mainly done by librarians.

Biography and Bibliography
Al, U., & Al, P. (2003). Elektronik Bilgi Kaynaklarının Seçimi. Bilgi Dünyası, 1-14.
ANKOS. (2021).
Clinical Skills. (2021). Elsevier Clinical Skills Web site:
EBSCO. (2021). EBSCO Web sitesi:
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EKUAL. (2021).
İspir, Z., & Markuş, H. (2017). E-kaynak yönetimi ve e-kaynak yönetiminde kullanıcı eğitimlerininönemi: Özyeğin Üniversitesi Kütüphanesi örneği. Akademik Kütüphanelerde Kaynak Yönetimi Sempozyumu, 91-101.
Polat, C. (2017). Teknolojilerinin Bilgi Merkezlerine ve Hizmetlerine Etkileri. HiperLink.
Süzer, R. (2020). Üniversite kütüphanesi kullanıcılarının bilgi kaynağı tercihi. Yüksek Lisan Tezi. AnkaraÜniversitesi, Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü.

11:30am - 11:45am
ID: 111 / 5.2: 5
Oral Presentation
Topics: Resources and metrics

How Health Education England and NHS Librarians collaborated to share and peer review COVID-19 literature searches during the pandemic

Helene Gorring1, Lindsay Snell2

1Health Education England, United Kingdom; 2University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom


In response to the evident need to enable more sharing and reduce duplication during the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Education England (HEE) mobilised a group of expert searchers from across the NHS in England. With many NHS library staff redeployed in the first wave of the pandemic, HEE was keen to make a shared bank of literature searches relating to COVID-19 available to NHS staff who had limited access to library services and expert searchers.

The group worked at speed to develop a database and health librarians were invited to submit searches and strategies they had completed on Covid topics. The expert searchers conducted light touch peer review before making content available on the Knowledge for Healthcare website.


The aim of our study was to document the origins of the Covid-19 search bank, evaluate attitudes of the NHS health library community towards it, and capture learning from the expert searchers about their experiences project.


Structured interviews with the peer reviewers were conducted, and a survey of the NHS library community using the search bank was undertaken.


A total of 258 searches were submitted to the group between mid-March and beginning of December 2020, of which 209 were included in the search bank. 85 health librarians responded to the survey and interviews yielded valuable qualitative data.

Both the survey and interview responses demonstrated the strong ethos of collaboration in the NHS library community and a desire to contribute to the disaster response to the pandemic by sharing, saving others time and effort.

Discussion and Conclusion

Peer review is a sensitive topic, but important for quality assurance and valuable professional development. We found that a buddy system is particularly beneficial for peer reviewers, but that a clearer structure for a peer review process is needed.

The project identified that the quality of searches is variable, and that even competent searchers displayed a lack of confidence in their abilities. It was clear that in any future search bank initiatives feedback on searches and strategies submitted should be provided to critique work and provide suggestions.

Neither the survey or interviews validated the need or appetite for a non-topic-specific search bank. It was identified that any future search banks need a clear purpose as searches are otherwise too diverse. Search strategies were considered more useful as a resource than the searches themselves which quickly go out of date.

The main weakness of the project was found to be the lack of clearer guidance for contributors. Whilst this was due to the evolving nature of the initiative, the limited research available at the start of the pandemic, and that the group sought to take a pragmatic and responsive approach, clearer parameters would need to be in place for any future search bank.

All the peer reviewers involved in this initiative clearly felt it to have been a personally and professionally rewarding process with positive impacts on their practice and other benefits such as wider networking with health librarians.

Biography and Bibliography
Hélène Gorring

Helene has worked at Health Education England since 2018, working at a national and regional level (London & the South East) level to provide professional support to NHS librarians on resource discovery.
Prior to this she was Library Manager for a mental health NHS Trust in Birmingham for 12 years.
Helene was International Officer for CILIP’s Health Libraries Group for many years, working with Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) to run a bursary for health librarians from Low and Middle Income Countries and also managing the Core Collections series of books.

Lindsay Snell

Lindsay is a Clinical Librarian, providing knowledge and evidence support to a number of teams and groups within University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust. She previously worked in outreach roles supporting primary care and community based staff. She is an experienced searcher, with a particular interest in literature searches provided to clinical and managerial staff to support their day to day work.

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