Leading Edge Workshops

The Leading Edge workshops are a series of professional development opportunities organized by NAHLA each year.

Upcoming Leading Edge Workshop

Putting the “Evidence” in “Evidence-Based Medicine”: The Role of LIS Professionals in Health Care

Thursday November 8, 2018 5:00-6:30 pm
Kaye Edmonton Clinic. Attendees are to meet  the Knowledge Resource Service (Library) (1.C107) on the first floor for 5:00 pm. All attendees need to be at the Knowledge Resource Service (Library) NO later than 5:15 pm to attend this event–NO EXCEPTIONS.


Want to learn more about the opportunities available to LIS graduates in health care? This session will include a presentation from Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Covenant Health Librarians and Library Technicians all about the work they do in serving clinicians and health care professionals across the province. There will also be a panel discussion with the Librarians and Library Technicians to answer questions about their unique experiences, as well as what skills they think are necessary to be employable within the industry. Light refreshments will be served.

Previous Leading Edge Workshops:

Presenters: Laura Hamonic & Maria Tan
Description: Are you living in fear of statistics and looking for help demystifying them or a statistics whiz looking for a quick refresher? Join us for this primer on basic statistics that health librarians can apply or consider when doing survey research and instructing students. We will cover variables, levels of measurement, descriptive statistics, introduce the concept of inferential statistics, and include hands-on activities to help you practically apply these concepts.
Date: February 2018

Searching Tips, Tricks and Hacks with Expert Searchers
Presenters: Various
Description: Improve your searching skills by learning from the experts! Come to this round-table session, where expert searchers will share their favourite tricks, tips or hacks for searching electronic databases. There will be lots of time for discussion and questions, so bring your own tricks and your search questions.
Date: November 2017

Best practices in searching for Health Economics Literature: The good, the bad, and the ugly
Dagmara Chojecki & Lisa Tjosvold
Description: Health economics is a specialized area within health services research that has an important role in health care decision and policy making. Finding health economics research often presents its own set of challenges because of the specialized terminology and literature sources that need to be used.  This session will focus on exploring some basic health economics concepts and resources but will also present best practices that have been developed by information specialists to retrieve studies in this domain.
Date: February 2017

Cochrane Librarians Workshop
Presenter: Dr. Jessie McGowan
Description: This is a special Leading Edge event, co-sponsored by the CHLA/ABSC Chapter and Interest Group Initiatives Fund, the Edmonton Public Library, and NAHLA. This accredited full-day, hands-on workshop will provide an overview of the steps required in searching to support Cochrane systematic reviews. This course will provide an overview of Cochrane searching methods needed in systematic reviews, including how to work with research questions, plan a multi-database, multi-modal search strategy, apply search filters, document the search strategy and manage a database of references. It will also include an introduction to PRESS to peer review literature searches.
Date: October 2016