UBC MLIS students win 2014 Login Paper Prize (CHLA/ABSC)

This year’s winner of the Login Paper Prize, an award sponsored by Login Canada and administered through the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC), is the following paper by three UBC MLIS students. The paper will be published in the fall edition of the JCHLA/JABSC. Congratulations to Mary, Ariel & Iris!

Emerging roles for health librarians in electronic medical records (EMRs) and data management

Mary Corbett, MA, MLIS Candidate
University of British Columbia

Ariel Deardorff, BA, MLIS Candidate
University of British Columbia

Iris Kovar-Gough, MA, MLIS Candidate
University of British Columbia


To examine current and developing roles for health librarians in electronic medical record (EMR) initiatives in British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada.

Searches were conducted in the library and information science databases (LISTA, LISA), biomedical databases (MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE) and on the web for grey literature.

Canadian health librarians can draw on their core competencies and experience in e-science librarianship to contribute to EMR initiatives.

EMRs are growing more popular in Canada. Health librarians have previously participated in EMR implementation and data management and have demonstrated that opportunities are available to be involved in these areas. Examples from e-science librarianship, such as building data dictionaries and data management plans and infrastructure, give further direction to health librarians’ involvement in EMRs. Overall, Canadian health librarians have a unique set of skills to play key roles in developing EMR initiatives.


To become involved in EMR projects, health librarians must develop their core competencies and informatics skills to be partners with clinical researchers. Health librarians can learn from e-science librarianship about curating, managing, aggregating and disseminating data (with the appropriate information security) in research. In consideration of the current roles of librarians in EMRs and the emerging roles and practices identified by e-science librarianship, we urge librarians to consider how they can contribute to EMR initiatives across Canada.



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Scientists are calling it “libricide”

What a way to start the year.

In the Huffington Post, Jan. 3, 2104 this quotation:  “Scientists are calling it “libricide.” Seven of the nine world-famous Department of Fisheries and Oceans [DFO] libraries were closed by autumn 2013, ostensibly to digitize the materials and reduce costs. But sources told the independent Tyee in December that a fraction of the 600,000-volume collection had been digitized. And, a secret federal document notes that a paltry $443,000 a year will be saved.” http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/capt-trevor-greene/science-cuts-canada_b_4534729.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008

Watch for the Fifth Estate on CBC who is doing a piece on January 10th regarding the funding and support of science (or lack thereof) entitled Silence of the Labs. (Not sure I like the play on words but…)


“…In the past few years, the federal government has cut funding to hundreds of renowned research institutes and programs. Ottawa has dismissed more than 2,000 federal scientists and researchers and has drastically cut or ended programs that monitored smoke stack emissions, food inspections, oil spills, water quality and climate change.Now some scientists have become unlikely radicals, denouncing what they call is a politically-driven war on knowledge.

In Silence of the Labs, Linden MacIntyre tells the story of scientists – and what is at stake for Canadians – from Nova Scotia to the B.C. Pacific Coast to the far Arctic Circle.”

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