Research by Design

Research by Design handout
Class Handout

Merge & Converge started off early Saturday morning with a coffee from the lobby Starbucks and then onto Lorie Kloda’s CE class – Research by Design: Proposing, planning, and carrying out a research project for the practicing librarian. The class delivered on everything the title promised. Having no prior research experience, I was happy to walk out of the class with a direction for a research project and feel more comfortable taking the first steps to starting that project.

It was a great way to start off the conference and get some library ideas flowing. The class was broken up with some lecture and then group activities, which worked extremely well for newbies just getting into the research arena. Being able to brainstorm with other librarians from across the Midwest was a great way to get multiple perspectives, focus ideas, and make the whole process seem much more attainable and less of an overwhelming, impossible goal.

The class started out with identifying a “burning question”; what had we been wondering and wanting to learn more about? From this burning question, in later activites we went on to hash out some of the finer details of creating a research proposal.

Having only taken one research course during my MLIS education, this class served to refresh some previously stowed away knowledge and stir up some motivation to take on completing some original research of my own.

Lorie also let the class know about the MLA Research Institute and provided attendees with additional resources to support their research goals.

The class made for a perfect fit with the conference theme Merge and Converge and I am looking forward to more as the conference continues on.

CE Classes at Merge & Converge in Des Moines

What are you doing on Saturday, October 22nd?
Why not Merge & Converge in Des Moines, Iowa for a CE class (or two)?
The Joint Meeting of the Midwest and Midcontinental Chapters of MLA is going to Merge & Converge in Des Moines on October 22-24, 2016.
The Continuing Education Committee has lined up six classes, with nine great instructors, on six topics requested by you!

Research by Design: Proposing, Planning, and Carrying Out a Research Project for the Practicing Librarian
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 8:00-Noon
Cost: $150
MLA CE credit: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructor: Lorie Kloda, Associate University Librarian for Planning and Community Relations at Concordia University in Montreal.

Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 8:00-Noon
Cost: $150
MLA CE Credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructor: Tony Nguyen, NN/LM SE/A, University of Maryland, Medical Library, Baltimore, MD

Beyond the list: Unpacking the Predatory Publisher
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 8:00-Noon
Cost: $150
MLA CE credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructor: Catherine Arnott Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library & Information Studies

Building Partnerships with Faculty, Clinicians and Other Stakeholders
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 1:00-5:00
Cost: $150
MLA CE credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructors: Gwen Wilson, Washburn University, Mabee Library, Topeka, KS and Kristen DeSanto, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus Library, Aurora CO

Financial Advocacy: Turning Your Data into Ammunition!
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 1:00-4:00
Cost: Free
MLA CE credits: Approved for 3 Contact Hours
Instructors: Betsy Kelly, NN/LM-MCR and Barb Jones, NN/LM-MCR

Innovative Instruction
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 1:00-5:00
Cost: $150
MLA CE credits: Approved for 4 Contact Hours
Instructors: Amy Blevins, Indiana University Ruth Lilly Medical Library and Xiaomei Gu, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa.
Full class descriptions are available on the conference website:
View complete conference information here:

CE: EBM to EBL workshop at OSU Sept. 30-Oct. 1

The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library, with generous support from the Barbara Van Brimmer Academic Awards Endowment, will be hosting the two-day workshop, Evidence-Based Medicine to Evidence-Based Librarianship, providing up to 12 hours of MLA contact hours on September 30 and October 1 at the Fawcett Center on the campus of Ohio State University. Course instructors will be Connie Schardt, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, and Lorie Kloda, MLIS, PhD. More details about the workshop including the scope of each day are available at

Registration deadline is September 23 and is limited to 30 participants. Cost is a very reasonable $110 for both days (including lite breakfast, lunch and snacks), or $75 for one day. Parking is free and convenient at the Fawcett Center.

This workshop has been coordinated by Lynda Hartel, Fern Cheek, and Stephanie Schulte. Questions about the program may be directed to Lynda Hartel, Lynda dot hartel at osumc dot edu, or 614-292-4892.

ND is ready for you, are you ready for us!?

Hello Mid-westerners!

Just a reminder…early bird registration ends next Friday, August 29th.  Get registered for Midwest MLA in Bismarck.

Bring your boots and your cowboy hat (or jeans and plaid shirt whatever works for you) for our Western themed party and exhibitor event on Saturday night.  Sunday we will be enjoying the ND Heritage Center. – Come see the Geologic Times and Early Peoples exhibits, shop in the gift store and enjoy some great food and company with our fellow librarians.

We have fabulous speakers: Betsy Humphreys, Sally Gore and Dr. Mark Graber as well as a panel of experts on the effect of the oil boom on healthcare.  Don’t forget your colleagues will be presenting their papers and as posters too and we are for the first time having Campfire Conversations (minus the fire of course unless you count our “hot” topics).  Plus some great CE classes.

And while you are here, take some time to enjoy ND!

We are ready for you to visit ND, are you ready for us?  Register today and we’ll see you soon!

Wouldn’t you like to experience The Badlands?




Webinar: Librarians Collaborating to Produce Systematic Reviews: Project Launch to Publication

Webinar: Librarians Collaborating to Produce Systematic Reviews: Project Launch to Publication.  April 16, 2014 1-2:30pm Central

What is a systematic review? What are the practice guidelines? How do I negotiate my contribution? Join our panel of speakers as they discuss what is really needed and resources for improving your skills. They will tackle these issues and discuss opportunities for librarians to be part of the team.

Register here for this MLA webcast or visit one of the webcast viewing sites in your state sponsored by the NNLM GMR.

IL: University of Illinois at Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences, Chicago – Registration Link:

IL: University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences Peoria, Peoria – Registration: Contact Emily Johnson at emj11 at uic dot edu

IN: Indiana University School of Medicine, Ruth Lilly Library, Indianapolis – Registration Link:

IN: Indiana University School of Medicine Northwest, Center for Medical Education, Gary – Registration: Contact Corona Wiley at cwiley at iun dot edu

IA: Des Moines University Library, Des Moines – Registration: Contact Natalie Hutchinson at Natalie dot hutchinson at dmu dot edu

IA: University of Iowa, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, Iowa City – Registration link:

KY: University of Kentucky, Medical Center Library, Lexington – Registration: Contact Susan Foster-Harper at smfost1 at email dot uky dot edu

KY: University of Louisville, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, Louisville – Registration: Contact Vida Vaughn at vida dot vaughn at louisville dot edu

MI: Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Health Sciences Library, Grand Rapids – Registration: Contact Mary Hanson at hansonm at mercyhealth dot com

MI: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Shiffman Medical Library, Detroit  – Registration: Contact Wendy Wu at wendywu at med dot wayne dot edu, or Toni Janik at toni dot janik at wrh dot on dot ca

MN: University of Minnesota, Bio-Medical Library, Minneapolis – Registration: Contact Anne Beschnett at besch015 at umn dot edu 

ND: University of North Dakota, Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences, Fargo – Registration: Contact Mary Markland at mary dot markland at med dot und dot edu

ND: University of North Dakota, Library of the Health Sciences, Grand Forks – Registration: Contact Theresa Norton at theresa dot norton at med dot und dot edu

OH: Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library, Cleveland – Registration: Contact: Gretchen Hallerberg
OH: Ohio State University, Health Sciences Library, Columbus – Registration: Contact Lynda Hartel at lynda dot hartel at osumc dot edu

SD: Wegner Health Science Information Center, Sioux Falls – Registration: Contact Molly Youngkin at molly dot youngkin at usd dot edu

WI: Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries, Milwaukee – Registration: Contact Karen Hanus at khanus at mcw dot edu

WI: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ebling Library for the Health Sciences Health Sciences, Madison – Registration link:

Midwest CE: Systematic Review Course at UMich

Systematic Review Course

Are you interested in participating in systematic reviews – but just don’t feel like you have the right skills or know how to get involved? Or do you want to teach systematic reviews at your institution but you don’t know where to get started? This course is for librarians interested in systematic reviews!

Location: University of Michigan – North Campus Research Complex, Ann Arbor MI 48109

What’s required:

  • Your full participation in the 2-week online course, which includes 8 learning modules and related activities (14-25 April 2014)
  • Your attendance at and participation in a 2-day workshop at U-M (28-29 April 2014)


Nandita Mani PhD, – Assistant Director of Enabling Technologies, Taubman Health Sciences Library

Mark MacEachern MLIS, Health Sciences Informationist, Taubman Health Sciences Library

Chase Masters MEd, Instructional Designer, Taubman Health Sciences Library

Whitney Townsend MLIS, Health Sciences Informationist, Taubman Health Sciences Library

About the course:

We’ve developed a hybrid course to teach you how to do systematic reviews, and to give you a way to apply what you learn at your home institution. Featured content includes:

  • The basics of a systematic review – study types and methodologies
  • Selecting databases and developing search strategies
  • Data management and writing for publication
  • Strategies to establish your presence and expertise
  • 20 MLA CE credits

The course runs on a flipped classroom model where didactic material is presented in an asynchronous online format over a period of 2 weeks. Online content includes lectures, learning activities, and interactive features including a discussion board, virtual office hours, and more. Following the 2-week online module, you’ll join us at U-M’s North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) for a 2-day intensive workshop. The in-person workshop is an incubator for implementation – through hands-on experience with resources, activities, and discussions, you’ll develop a toolkit of useful tips and resources and an action plan to take back to your home institutions to get involved in systematic reviews.


  • The course registration fee is $100.  This fee covers all course content, parking, and breakfast and lunch on 28-29 April.
  • Participants are responsible for their own travel costs, including overnight accommodations and other expenses.  Travel and lodging information will be available to registrants on the course site.
  • Registration will be capped at 15 participants
  • Please register no later than March 24, 2014
  • Questions?  Please contact Mark MacEachern (markmac at umich dot edu)

To register, please download and fill out the registration form ( and mail or fax to:

University of Michigan Library Finance
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
913 S. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
(734) 763-1281 (p)
(734) 763-7082 (f)

Free CE: Keeping Up with PubMed

Keeping Up with PubMed
This four-week course is designed for the experienced PubMed searcher and builds on the information covered in Making PubMed Work for You. This class will focus on the effective use of advanced PubMed features including MeSH headings and subheadings, subset and filter options including My NCBI Filters,saving search strategies, creating journal searches, and linking to libraries and full text sources.
Earn: 6 MLA CE.
Dates: February 24, 2014 – March 21, 2014

There is no cost to take our asynchronous courses.  Take it at your own pace, spending about and one to two hours a week at the time of your convenience via our our Moodle system. Register online with the GMR registration system at:

See the NNLM GMR’s education page for more details.

Free CE: Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines

Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines is a five week course that focuses on ways librarians can become more involved in patient safety processes and activities. This includes both within their institutions and organizations and in providing patient safety resources for health professionals, for administration and staff, and for patients and families. Topics include understanding the definitions and issues of patient safety; locating where patient safety practices and contacts exist within an institution; identifying appropriate resources; and library advocacy in the area of patient safety. 6 MLA CE. CHIS Level II approved.
Dates: Monday March 17, 2014 – April 18, 2014

FREE CE! Chemicals, Drugs and Genetics Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond

Chemicals, Drugs and Genetics Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond

This four-week specialized class will help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and related NLM and NIH databases for literature on chemicals, drugs and genetics. Topics include searching PubMed with Supplementary Concept Records (SCR) and Pharmacologic Actions (PA), using related databases for drug and chemical information (e.g., TOXNET, and PubChem Compound), and locating genetic literature (e.g. NCBI Gene and Genetics Home Reference). This course assumes a strong working knowledge of PubMed.
Earn 6 MLA CE.
Dates: February 10 – March 7, 2014

There is no cost to take our asynchronous courses.  Take it at your own pace, spending about and one to two hours a week at the time of your convenience via our our Moodle system. Register online with the GMR registration system at:

Contact Holly Burt with any questions! haburt at uic dot edu.

Continuing Education: Opportunities at MidwestMLA ’13

Looking for some cheap and convenient continuing education?  Sign up for sessions at MidwestMLA ’13!  Midwest Chapter members and HSLI members only pay $75 per course (students only pay $50!), and we have some great offerings this year!  Sign up when you register for the conference at .  Space is limited, so sign up early!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Planning, Conducting, & Publishing Research (4 hours)
Instructors: Nancy Allee & Jo Dorsch
This 4-hour course will provide an introduction to the research process with an emphasis on health sciences library settings. Participants will build their research skills by gaining an understanding of the processes involved in taking a project from initial idea creation to final publication. We will discuss identifying research design types and methodologies, generating ideas and formulating research questions, conducting literature reviews, evaluating research articles, gathering and analyzing data, and reporting of results. The course will also provide practical advice on how to get published in library science journals. Participants will leave with a proposal for planning, conducting, and publishing a research project at their own institution.

PubMed and the Evidence-Based Universe (4 hours)
Instructor: Holly Burt & Cleo Pappas (GMR)
This four-hour course will provide an overview of evidence based research and practice. We will cover definitions of terms, hierarchies of quantitative and qualitative evidence, and the critical appraisal of the evidence. Exercises include formulating an evidence-based question, developing effective search strategies in PubMed to identify appropriate citations, and understanding literature related to different types of studies.

Promoting Health Literacy through Easy-to-Read Materials (4 hours)
Instructor: Samanthi Hewakapuge (GMR)
Health literacy includes not only finding and understanding health information, but acting on that information to make appropriate health decisions. For many who struggle with basic literacy, health-related tasks such as understanding patient care instructions, reading prescription labels, keeping appointments, and signing consent forms become extremely difficult. In addition, low health literacy has very tangible associated costs, including poor disease management, increased percentage of repeat hospital visits, and incorrect medication use.
This hands-on class will discuss the frequent disconnect between information providers and information seekers. The success of “plain language” initiatives and the importance of text, type, graphics, “white” space, and layout for maximum readability will be covered. Several tools used to evaluate the readability of print materials and patient literacy levels (e.g., Fry, SMOG, REALM, TOFHLA) will be introduced. Participants will have the opportunity to review print materials and websites for their adherence to easy-to-read principles. Websites developed by the National Library of Medicine and other reputable organizations will be introduced. Participants will be motivated to use health information materials to promote increased levels of health literacy in the populations they serve.

Emerging Technologies (4 hours)
Instructors: Gabe Rios & Melissa DeSantis
This four-hour class is designed to increase your knowledge of new and emerging technologies impacting our profession by discussing mobile devices and social media services. Some of the topics include smartphones, tablets, e-book readers, mobile apps, and collaboration tools. Popular social media services applicable to the libraries will also be discussed as well as technology-enabled instruction models like “flipped classrooms” and “MOOCS”.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Supporting Systematic Reviews: The Basics (4 hours)
Instructor: Janis Glover
Have you been asked to participate in the development of a systematic review?  This is not for the faint of heart; it’s an elaborate process.  This four-hour workshop is designed for medical librarians who want to explore the systematic review process in general and the librarian’s role in that process in particular.  Through informal discussion and case-based learning, you will acquire these skills needed to support systematic reviews in your institution:

  • Identify the steps in the systematic review process.
  • Explore protocols for systematic review development [e.g., PRISMA; Cochrane].
  • Identify the roles of the librarian within this process:
    • Select databases and other resources appropriate for the topic.
    • Utilize project management tools to keep track of search strategies [e.g., concept tables] and citations [e.g., RefWorks; EndNote].
    • Draft the search methodology for publication.