At Journal Club, MAHIP members meet to discuss and explore the current literature in our field. It is an excellent way to keep up with the literature, socialize with colleagues and brainstorm about new trends. For each meeting, a volunteer facilitator is responsible for choosing the article and encouraging discussion. MAHIP’s Journal Club is accredited by the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA/ABSC).

For more information on the Journal Club:

Please help to make journal club a positive educational opportunity by attending and prior to the meeting:

  • Read the paper
  • Critically appraise the paper using the tool facilitator identified
  • Optional: be prepared to identify at least 1 take home point that would be actionable from the paper

2019 – 2020 Journal Club

DATE: Thursday February 13, 2019 | LEADER: Janice Winkler

    LOCATION: Kerr Boardroom, 225 NJM Health Sciences Library
    TIME: 12h00 – 13h00
    ARTICLE: Bakker, C. J., McBurney, J., Chew, K. V., Aho, M., & Reed, D. (2019). Implementing and assessing a service to demonstrate public impact of faculty research in news and policy sources. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 107(4).
    APPRAISAL TOOL: An appraisal tool will not be used for this article.

DATE: Friday December 6, 2019 | LEADER: Christine Neilson

        • LOCATION: Kerr Boardroom, NJM Health Sciences Library
        • TIME: 12h00 – 13h00
        • ARTICLE: Fiske A, Buyx A, Prainsack B.

Health Information Counselors: A New Profession for the Age of Big Data

        • . Acad Med. 2019 Jan;94(1):37-41. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002395.
      • APPRAISAL TOOL: An appraisal tool will not be used for this article.

DATE: Tuesday October 29, 2019 | LEADER: Carol Cooke

        • LOCATION: Kerr Boardroom, NJM Health Sciences Library
        • TIME: 12h00 – 13h00
        • ARTICLE: Sikora L, Fournier K, Rebner J.

Exploring the Impact of Individualized Research Consultations Using Pre and Post-testing in an Academic Library: A Mixed Methods Study

        • . EBLIP. 14(1):2-21. APPRAISAL TOOL: Glynn, L.

A critical appraisal tool for library and information research

        • . Library Hi Tech. 24(3): 387-399.
        • Check list:

2018 – 2019 Journal Club

DATE: Thursday May 9, 2019 | LEADER: Justin Fuhr

        • LOCATION: Online using GoToWebinar
        • TIME: 12h00 – 13h00
        • ARTICLE:

Federer L. Defining data librarianship: A survey of competencies, skills, and training. JMLA. 2018; 106 (3).


NCBI’s Critical Appraisal Checklist for a Questionnaire Study

DATE: Tuesday April 2, 2019 | LEADER: Nicole Askin

        • LOCATION: Online using GoToWebinar TIME: 13h00 – 14h00 ARTICLE: Monge, R. & Frisicaro-Pawlowski, E. Redefining information literacy to prepare students for the 21st century workforce. Innov High Educ (2014) 39: 59.

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Joanna Briggs Institute

DATE: Thursday February 28, 2019 | LEADER: Angela Osterreicher

        • LOCATION: NJM, Kerr Boardroom
        • TIME: 14h00 – 15h00
        • ARTICLE: Bullini Orlandi L, Ricciardi F, Rossignoli C, De Marco M.

Scholarly work in the Internet age: Co-evolving technologies, institutions and workflows

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Journal of Innovation & Knowledge

        • . 2019; 4 (1): 55–61.

DATE: Wednesday December 19, 2018 | LEADER: Maureen Babb

        • LOCATION: NJM 339
        • TIME: 14h00 – 15h00
        • ARTICLE: Bashir R, Surian D, Dunn AG. Time-to-update of systematic reviews relative to the availability of new evidence.

Systematic Reviews

        • . 2018: 7; 195.

2017 – 2018 Journal Club

DATE: Thursday May 31, 2018 | LEADER: Janet Rothney

        • LOCATION: In person at Manitoba Libraries Conference, as part of the session Journal Club for Library Workers, presented by Janet Rothney, Grace Romund and Andrea Szwajcer
        • TIME: 14h00 – 15h00
        • ARTICLE: Schroeder K, Ashton-Hart N, Owen I.

IFLA Trend Report 2017 Update

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DATE: Friday April 20, 2018 | LEADER: Angela Osterreicher

        • LOCATION: Online session using GoToMeeting
        • TIME: 12h00 – 13h00
        • ARTICLE: Piwowar H, Priem J, Larivière V, Alperin J, Matthias L, Norlander B, et al.

The state of OA: A large-scale analysis of the prevalence and impact of Open Access articles

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      • . 2018; 6. DOI 10.7717/peerj.4375

DATE: Wednesday February 14, 2018 | LEADER: Justin Fuhr

        • LOCATION: Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library, Kerr Boardroom, Room 225
        • TIME: 12h00 – 13h00
        • ARTICLE: Ganshorn H, Giustini D. New directions in health sciences libraries in Canada: Research and evidence based practice are key.

Health Information & Libraries Journal

      • . 2017; 34 (3): 252-257. doi: 10.1111/hir.12190
        • COOKIE SWAP: Owing to the success of last year’s cookie swap, we will be holding a Valentine’s Day cookie swap at this journal club. For details visit

the journal club page

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DATE: Wednesday November 8, 2017 | LEADER: Andrea Szwajcer

        • LOCATION: Virtual using GoToWebinar
        • ARTICLE: Reed RB, Butkovich NJ.

Comparison of data and informatics responsibilities and job titles between academic STEM and Medical librariansIssues in Science and Technology Librarianship

        • . 2017; Summer. doi: 10.5062/F4V40SFK.
        • APPRAISAL TOOL: Stay tuned for more information

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          • If you need help using GoToMeeting you can

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COST: Our first journal club meeting is free for all participants. Future meetings will be free for MAHIP members, $5 for non-members.

2016 – 2017 Journal Club

DATE: Thursday June 8, 2017 | LEADER: Janet Rothney

        • ARTICLE:

Social networks and relational capital in library service assessment

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      • APPRAISAL TOOL: No appraisal tool for this event, but please come with your ideas to share with the group about the article.

DATE: April 5, 2017 | LEADER: Orvie Dingwall

        • ARTICLE: Winner of the

Medical Library Association’s 2015 Ida and George Eliot’s Prize

        • ,

Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systematic review.

        • J am Med Inform Assoc. 2014; 21 (6): 1118-112. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2014-002825.
            • Note that the appendices for the article are at the very bottom of the PMC page, and that the appendix link on the Oxford/JAMIA’s page is not working.

        APPRAISAL TOOL: As part of the appraisal, we will use the

PRESS: Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies

      • to review the search strategy.

DATE: February 8, 2017 | LEADER: Andrea Szwajcer

        • ARTICLE:

Urquhart, C. Reflections on the value and impact of library and information services. Part 1: Value identification and value creation. Performance Measurement and Metrics

      • . 2016; 16 (1): 86 – 102.

DATE: October 4, 2016 | LEADER: Grace Romund

        • ARTICLE: Blevins AE, DeBerg J, Kiscaden E. Assessment of service desk quality at an academic health sciences library.

Medical Reference Services Quarterly

        • . 2016; 35(3): 285-293. DOI: 10.1080/02763869.2016.1189782

Glynn Appraisal Tool

2015 – 2016 Journal Club

DATE: March 6, 2016 | LEADER: Grace Romund

        • ARTICLE:Archibald MM, Caine V, Ali S, Hartling L, Scott SD.

What is left unsaid: an interpretive description of the information needs of parents of children with asthma

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Research in Nursing & Health

        • . 2015; 38 (1): 19-28.

Glynn Appraisal Tool

DATE: February 5, 2016 | LEADER: Orvie Dingwall

        • MAHIP’s first virtual journal club utilized the teleconferencing software VSee. You can

download the software at VSee’s website

        • ARTICLE:Elliott JH, turner T, Clabisi O, Thomas J, Higgins JPT, Mavergames C, Gruen RL.

Living systematic reviews: an emerging opportunity to narrow the evidence-practice gap

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PLOS Medicine

      • . 2014. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001603

DATE: October 20, 2015 | LEADER: Mê-Linh Lê

        • ARTICLE:Saleh, A., Ratajeski, M., Bertolet, M.

Grey literature searching for health sciences systematic reviews: a prospective study of time spent and resources utilized.Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

      • . 2014; 9 (3): 28-50.

2014 – 2015 Journal Club

DATE: November 14, 2014 | LEADER: Judy Inglis

        • ARTICLE: Cook DA, Sorensen KJ, Wilkinson JM, Berger RA.

Barriers and decisions when answering clinical questions at the point of care: A grounded theory study

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JAMA Internal Medicine

      • . 2013; 173 (21): 1962-1969. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.10103.

DATE: June 6, 2014 | LEADER: Laura Hochheim

        • ARTICLE: Dennett L, Chatterley T, Greyson D, Surette S.

Embedded health librarianship: The Canadian Landscape

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        • . 2013; 34(02): 61-68. doi:10.5596/c13-024
          • Greyson D, Surette S, Dennett L, Chatterley T.

“You’re just one of the group when you’re embedded”: Report from a mixed-method investigation of the research-embedded health librarian experience

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        • . 2013; 101(4): 287-297. doi:10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.010; 10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.010

2013 – 2014 Journal Club

DATE: January 9, 2014 | LEADER: Caroline Monnin

      • Giuse NB, Kusnoor SV, Koonce TY, Ryland CR, Walden RR, Naylor HM, et al. Strategically aligning a mandala of competencies to advance a transformative vision. J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 Oct;101(4):261-7.

DATE: October 29, 2013 | LEADER: Andrea Szwajcer

      • Marshall JG, Sollenberger J, Easterby-Gannett S, Morgan LK, Klem ML, Cavanaugh SK, et al. The value of library and information services in patient care: Results of a multisite study. J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 Jan;101(1):38-46.

2012 – 2013 Journal Club

DATE: April 3, 2013 |LEADER: Melissa Raynard

      • Lorenzetti, DL and Rutherford, G. Information professionals’ participation in interdisciplinary research: a preliminary study of factors affecting successful collaborations. Health information and libraries journal. 2012; 29(4):274-284.

DATE: Feb 1, 2013 | LEADER: Kerry Macdonald

      • Sampson M, McGowan J, Cogo E, Grimshaw J, Moher D, Lefebvre C. An evidence-based practice guideline for the peer review of electronic search strategies. J Clin Epidemiol. 2009 Sep;62(9):944-52. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2008.10.012. PMID: 19230612.

DATE: December 7, 2012 | LEADER: Christine Shaw-Daigle

    • Powelson SE, Reaume RD. Using the results of a satisfaction survey to demonstrate the impact of a new library service model. Health Info Libr J. 2012 Sep;29(3):223-32. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2012.00988.x. Epub 2012 Apr 23.