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Session Overview
3.3: Workshop Information Retrieval
Thursday, 02/June/2022:
10:30am - 12:15pm

Location: Zeelenberg

Session Abstract

As most relevant research information is found online nowadays, the tools for information specialists have become digital and are often freely available. Besides having benefits, these tools are also associated with many challenges. Which tools should be used? How are these tools applied? What skill sets do information specialists and librarians need? We are information specialists from an HTA agency and librarians from the academic field who would like to provide an overview of open access software tools in evidence synthesis. We propose a workshop designed to share knowledge on and experiences with open acess software tools for the development of search strategies, including the development and optimization of text-mining approaches . We will present an example R package (e.g. litsearchr) and discuss the advantages and challenges of open access software tools with participants (e.g. user friendliness, accessibility via graphic user interfaces, technology literacy, durability of free software). Furthermore, we will present free training concepts for librarians (e.g. library carpentry), which offer freely available training resources on open source software tools. Our workshop is targeted towards information specialists, librarians and other researchers who would like to acquire specific knowledge on the search optimization tools available. At the end of the workshop, we will invite participants to join an open discussion, where we will collect ideas on promoting the applicability of software tools within the librarian and information specialist communities. Only a few training resources for open access tools are available. One way to solve this problem could be the promotion of networks of librarians and information specialists, who both face the same challenges when applying software tools for evidence synthesis. One of the outcomes of the workshop will be the collection of resources supporting librarians and information specialists who work with open access software tools.

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Interactive Workshop
Topics: Information retrieval and evidence syntheses

Search Strategy Optimization with open access tools: Is R user-friendly enough for information specialists?

Claudia Kapp1, Sarah Young2, Elke Hausner1

1IQWiG (Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care), Germany; 2Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, USA

Biography and Bibliography
We are information specialists from an HTA Agency and librarians working in the academic setting offering perspectives on the scope of open access tools in evidence synthesis.

Claudia Kapp:
I work at the German HTA agency IQWiG as a information specialist and focus on the implementation of open access tools in information retrieval.

Sarah Young:
As a social sciences librarian, I am broadly interested in the use and synthesis of information and data toward the improvement and evaluation of policy, programs and practice. As a former health sciences librarian, I developed expertise in literature searching for systematic reviews and evidence syntheses. I currently serve as a liaison to public policy, politics, information systems, statistics and data science programs at Carnegie Mellon University and lead our evidence synthesis service. I am a co-organizer of our Carpentries training program, am a certified Carpentries instructor and helped to co-develop a Library Carpentry lesson on the R package litsearchr.

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