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Are All Systematic Reviews Created Equal?

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Join us at the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA to view this MLA webinar.

Date: August 10th, 2-3:30 PM eastern time
Register now!

Webinar Description:

The number of published systematic reviews has increased dramatically over the last fifteen years. Are they all good? Like any other study, a systematic review needs to be read with a critical eye. There are specific criteria for critically appraising a published systematic review. Understanding these criteria and applying them to a systematic review will give you more confidence in the conclusions you draw from a review.

After participating in this webinar, you will be able to:

identify the criteria for critically appraising a published systematic review;
identify the tools and resources that are available to help readers with this task; and
understand the layout of a forest plot, the graphical representation of the conclusions of a systematic review or meta analysis.
We will evaluate several systematic reviews to put into practice the guidance presented in this webinar.


Connie Schardt, AHIP, FMLA, retired as the associate director for research & education for the Medical Center Library & Archives at Duke University in 2013. She is currently adjunct faculty at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, where she teaches an online course: “Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and the Medical Librarian.” Since 2008, she has been codirector of the three-day workshop, “Supporting Clinical Care: An Institute in Evidence-Based Practice for Medical Librarians,” which is held annually in Denver, CO. Schardt also codirects the Australian Evidence Based Practice Librarians’ Institute, a three-day workshop for medical librarians held in different locations in Australia.

NER Consortia Viewing at a Later Date:

We purchased a site license. NER consortia can request access to the recording of the webinar to view at a later date. Contact Michelle Eberle for more information.

MLA Webinar: Clinical E-Resources and EHR System Integration (12/16/15)

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Join us at UMass Medical School in Worcester on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 2-3:30pm  for this MLA webinar.


This webinar offers an overview of Medicare & Medicaid Stage 2 electronic health record (EHR) Meaningful Use certification requirements, explores key elements of core measure #5 that drives institutional implementation, and discusses how major library publishers are serving their clients’ adoption of Stage 2 requirements. Participants will be inspired to work with their clinical decision-making team to provide research support on the data subsets that best meets patients’ needs and will know exactly which publisher resources meet those needs in the EHR.

Recommended for participants with basic knowledge of EHR Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements.


PJ Grier is the associate director at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Previously, he gained EHR exposure during his time at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region, where he was instrumental in developing educational programs on EHRs, including published articles, webinars, and classes. Grier received a certificate in clinical informatics from Johns Hopkins University and monitors EHR developments through various channels and events.

Previously, he served as library and information services director at the Delaware Academy of Medicine–Newark and as a senior consultant in information delivery at Johnson & Johnson pharmaceuticals in Spring House, PA. Before libraries, he held positions at Verizon Communications. He is a Jesse Ball duPont Fund Executive Institute graduate and a current member of the Medical Informatics Section of MLA. Grier holds master’s degrees in public administration and library and information science.

MLA Webinar: Precision Medicine: What Is It and Why Should I Care?

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Join us at UMass Medical School for this engaging webinar on Precision Medicine.


  • Date/Time: Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., eastern time
  • Length: 1.5 hour webinar


We are living in an era of amazing scientific progress. Advances in computing capabilities have decreased both the time and cost of sequencing genomes, resulting in the possibility of harnessing this technology to improve health and treat disease. There is a lot of talk about genomic medicine these days, but how much is hope and how much is hype? The Precision Medicine Initiative is underway in the United States. What is THAT about, and how does it relate to personal genomics and personalized medicine? Does pharmacogenomics have anything to do with this? And what exactly IS pharmacogenomics? This webinar will address these questions and provide an overview of the basic concepts and ethical concerns surrounding precision medicine. Participants will come away with information and resources they can use personally as well as professionally.


Carrie Iwema, AHIP, is in her ninth year as an information specialist in molecular biology for the Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh. In this role, she provides bioinformatics support and training for researchers, helping them to access and use specialized analytical tools and databases. She is also a member of the data management team and teaches classes on how to craft a data management plan, which led to her receiving a secondary faculty appointment with the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Also, Iwema created and runs a workshop series, “How-To Talks by Postdocs,” that provides postdoctoral researchers an opportunity teach classes in the library. In addition to her library degree, Iwema has a doctorate in neuroscience and is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. She is actively involved in MLA and is currently the chair-designate for the Continuing Education Committee as well as a member of the Joint Planning Committee for Mosaic ’16 in Toronto. She is specifically in charge of the lightning talks, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask her! Iwema has been teaching continuing education classes on genetics for librarians as well as personal genomics and personalized medicine since 2012.

Recording: MLA-NLM-RML update

Monday, September 28th, 2015

The recording for the MLA-NLM-RML update is now available.

You can listen, by going to

We also hope this update will generate conversation at the annual NAHSL conference.  Both our MLA president and Executive Director along with the RML staff will be exhibiting at NAHSL so come by, say hello and let us know what you think!

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