LIBR534: Health Information Sources and Services, Sept 2015, Term I

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LIBR534: Health Information Sources and Services - September to December 2015, Term I
School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS)
at The University of British Columbia



Dean Giustini Health sciences librarian & faculty
Office phone: (604) 875-4505
E-mail address:
Class location: Buchanan Room B304
Wednesday evenings 6-9pm

Interested in becoming a health librarian?

SLAIS - CHLA/ABSC Student Interest Group (SIG)

LIBR534: Health Information Sources and Services, 2016-2017, Term II

Goals and objectives

Class II learning materials

Class III learning materials

Class IV learning materials

Websites for consultation
*Core Titles in Medical Reference
*Top Information Sources in Biomedical Reference Services

Class V learning materials Yanicke J. A suggested book list for hospital libraries. J Hosp Librarianship. 2013;13(3).

Class VI learning materials

*Dhammi IK, Kumar S. Medical subject headings (MeSH) terms. Indian J Orthop. 2014 Sep;48(5):443-4.
*Classic article: Coletti MH, Bleich HL. Medical subject headings used to search the biomedical literature. JAMIA 2001; 8(4): 317–323.
*Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
*MEDLINE®/PubMed® Resources

Class VII learning materials

*Hjørland B. Classical databases and knowledge organization: a case for boolean retrieval and human decision‐making during searches. J Assoc Info Sci Tech. 2014.
*Medline - Coverage, Interfaces, Searchability

Class VIII learning materials

October 28th

*McGowan J, Sampson M. Systematic reviews need systematic searchers. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93(1):44–80.
*Systematic review searching
See Gordon Guyatt speak about the annual EBM conference at McMaster University'

Class IX learning materials

November 4th
  • Guest speakers:

No class Nov 11th Remembrance Day

Class X


November 18th

  • Guest speakers:

Class XI

November 25th
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  • Guest speakers:
  • Fiona Chiu graduated from SLAIS in 2012. She is the Clinical Librarian & Member Services Manager at the Physiotherapy Association of BC. She also works as a Librarian in Children and Adult Services at the Richmond Public Library. Fiona enjoys finding innovative ways to engage her members and deliver information by incorporating her work experiences from both special and public library settings.
  • Elisheba Muturi Kihara, MSc, MLIS, MAS (see HLWIKI entry Elisheba Muturi)
Program Analyst, Policy Outcomes Evaluation and Research | Medical Beneficiary and Pharmaceutical Division | BC Ministry of Health
303-960 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, BC V3M 6G2 | T: 604-660-1615 | F: 604-660-2108 | E-mail:

Class XII

Dec 2nd Final class

  • Share your final paper idea (due Dec 9th) with your peers.
  • Consider presenting your paper idea in a structured way "Intro-Aims-Method-Discussion-Conclusion". This is not formal, and meant to provide a chance to share your hard work without pressure.
  • Dean will bring in his "top tips" in applying for health library jobs. Also, will discuss top ten (10) trends (as I see them) in medical libraries based on the term (and course) 2015.
  • I will provide 20 minutes for course evaluations. If you want to do yours during class, bring your laptop. If you have already done it, you can leave early. In the past, I have used course evaluations to modify course content, reduce emphasis on marks, and brought in practical speakers who are recent grads.
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