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Evidence-Based Medicine to Evidence-Based Librarianship: A 2-Day Workshop for Librarians

The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library, with support from the Barbara Van Brimmer Academic Awards Endowment, is sponsoring a two-day workshop providing up to 12 hours of MLA CE credits, focused on evidence based practice for the librarian, September 30 and October 1. Participants may attend both days or choose just one. This workshop is open to any interested librarian and will be held at the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, Ohio. Free and convenient parking is available adjacent to the Center. Lunch and snacks are included in workshop fees.

Day 1

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) - Study Designs, Randomized Controlled Trials and Systematic Reviews: This course, taught by Connie Schardt, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, is designed to give learners an introduction to evidence-based practice (EBP) concepts and proesses and provide an opportunity to explore study designs and validity issues related to reducing bias in randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews. The will include a focus on undertanding the basic study designs in medicine (case-control, cohort, randomized controlled clinical trial, systematic review, and meta-analysis); understanding the criteria for critically appraising the methodology of a randomized controlled trial and a systematic review; understanding the terminology for reporting the results of these studies; and understanding how this information can help enhance library services and the support of EBP within your institution. Teaching methods will include discussion, case studies, group exercises, and practice in appraising studies. 6 MLA contact hours.

Day 2

After exploring the principles of evidence-based medicine, Lorie Kloda, MLIS, PhD, will lead the second day with a session designed to demonstrate tools and strategies for applying evidence in library practice. The course will look beyond the formal EBP model and place evidence within the context of real-world decision making. The course will consist of a lecture introducing the purpose and process of evidence-based library and information practice followed by structured activities designed to demonstrate this process. Participants will engage in a large group discussion of barriers and enablers to evidence-based practice as well as small group activities analyzing case studies. The course will also draw on published literature, including the “Using Evidence in Practice” series in the journal, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, as models of real-world successful implementation of the EBP process. 6 MLA contact hours.

Registration Costs

Thanks to the support of the Barbara Van Brimmer Academic Awards Endowment, participants will receive substantial MLA continuing education credit at a very reasonable cost. Registration is only $110 for both days, and includes lunch and snacks both days. Participants may opt to attend one day only at a cost of $75, with lunch and snacks also included. Deadline to register is September 23, 2014. Registration is limited to the first 30 people who register.

To register, please print the registration form, complete, and mail a check for the total amount made payable to The Ohio State University to Health Sciences Library, The Ohio State University, ATTN: Barbara Roberts, 280F Prior Hall, 376 W. 10th Ave., Columbus, OH, 43210.

Due to the nature of the event, cancellation requests must be made in writing and will incur a $50 processing fee.


The Fawcett Center is a conference center conveniently located on the perimeter of the Ohio State Univerity Campus. It provides free parking and Wi-Fi throughout for attendees. Directions to the Center are found on their web site.

Daily Schedule

9:00 to 9:30 am  Registration/Coffee and Tea Available

9:30 am to 12:30 pm  First half of session

12:30 to 1:30 pm  Lunch

1:30 to 4:30 pm  Second half of session


The University provides an excellent Visitor's Guide. Included in the guide is information detailing area accommondations.


About the Instructors 

Connie Schardt, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, recently retired as the Associate Director for Research & Education at the Medical Center Library at Duke University.  At the Medical Center Library her main focus was to support the teaching of evidence-based practice. Some of her activities included: Co-Director for the EBM Course offered for academic credit to third and fourth year medical students; serving as a Co-Director for the Teaching and Leading EBM: A Workshop for Teachers and Champions of Evidence-Based Medicine, an annual weeklong workshop for clinicians held at Duke University since 2003; and developer of the EBM Tutorial, a web-based tutorial used by health professionals across the country to introduce the concepts of evidence-based medicine (http://guides.mclibrary.duke.edu/ebmtutorial).  Connie is currently adjunct faculty at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is teaching a distance education course, EBM and the Medical Librarian.

Lorie Kloda, MLIS, PhD,  is the Assessment Librarian at McGill University Library in Montreal. She has collaborated with several research teams in designing and producing systematic reviews in healthcare and is a member of the Medical Library Association’s Academy of Health Information Professionals. She is also the Associate Editor for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, an open access, peer reviewed journal that is published quarterly, hosted by the University of Alberta Learning Services, and supported by an international team of editorial advisers.


Any questions about this program may be directed to Lynda Hartel.