https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/issue/feed Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Journal de l'Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada 2022-08-04T00:00:00-06:00 Colleen Pawliuck, Editor-in-Chief editor@chla-absc.ca Open Journal Systems A forum for the provision of increased communication among health libraries and health sciences librarians. https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29625 CHLA/ABSC 2022 Conference Abstracts 2022-05-14T07:11:02-06:00 Stephanie Sanger sangers@mcmaster.ca Ashley Farrell Ashley.Farrell@uhn.ca 2022-08-04T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2022 https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29616 Responding to Rapid Change in Libraries 2022-03-30T07:46:26-06:00 Jessica McEwan jmcewan@uottawa.ca 2022-08-04T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2022 https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29636 Editor's Message 2022-07-26T13:45:13-06:00 Alanna Campbell alcampbell@nosm.ca 2022-08-04T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2022 https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29596 Canadian academic nursing librarians: Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on librarianship practice 2022-03-02T11:27:32-07:00 Katherine Miller katherine.miller@ubc.ca Robert Janke robert.janke@ubc.ca <p><strong>Objective:</strong> This study explored changes in the practice of academic nursing librarianship during the COVID-19 pandemic with a particular focus on academic nursing librarians’ work with nursing graduate students and nursing faculty.</p> <p><strong>Methods:</strong> Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eleven academic nursing librarians about changes to their librarianship practice during the Covid-19 global pandemic. Interviews were conducted between April 20 and May 14, 2021, discussing experiences during the study period March 2020 to May 2021.</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>Canadian academic nursing librarians experienced 1) the adoption of the completely virtual library; 2) changes to the type and prevalence of online instruction; 3) the discovery that online consults work well; 4) the discovery of the extent to which relationships are valued and intentional; 5) an increase in requests for instruction and co-authorship of knowledge syntheses; and 6) the benefits and challenges of remote work</p> <p><strong>Discussion: </strong>Experiences were divergent, shaped in part by the institutions’ pre-pandemic practices. The temporary transition to the completely virtual library revealed benefits of online consults, opportunities for reaching more students through asynchronous learning, the importance of relationships to nursing liaison work, and value to the flexibility of working remotely.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>The Covid-19 global pandemic continues to evolve. With a return to in-person classes at Canadian universities there is much to learn from the experiences during the first 18 months.</p> 2022-08-04T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2022 https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/jchla/index.php/jchla/article/view/29617 Survey of bioinformatics courses and concentrations in ALA-accredited master’s programs 2022-04-01T10:18:44-06:00 Leah Graham leah.graham@mail.mcgill.ca Melissa Moleirinho melissa.moleirinho@mail.mcgill.ca <p><strong>Introduction:</strong> The interdisciplinary field of Bioinformatics is considered an information-based discipline by many. Yet, it is unclear how MLIS degrees prepare librarians to apply their expertise in this unique, often non-textual information environment. The goal of this study is to identify the availability of LIS-based bioinformatics educational opportunities to provide an update to the current bioinformatics landscape in North American LIS/iSchools.</p> <p><strong>Methods: </strong>We conducted a survey of available bioinformatics courses and program concentrations within 69 ALA-accredited master’s programs. Using course catalogues and program descriptions on department websites, we identified the existence of courses and concentrations specific or related to the field of bioinformatics. We also surveyed the availability of associated certificate programs or degree alternatives.</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>Only two LIS-based bioinformatics courses are currently offered to MLIS students in ALA-accredited programs. There are no bioinformatics concentrations offered in the programs surveyed, however two graduate certificates could be applied towards an ALA-accredited master’s degree. Students interested in related fields can pursue degree alternatives, including 8 dual degree options.</p> <p><strong>Discussion: </strong>The scarcity of LIS-based bioinformatics courses and program concentrations may suggest that LIS has not adopted bioinformatics into their field nor curricula. As a result, students interested in pursuing careers in bioinformatics and related disciplines must actively seek out opportunities for education and professional development. Bioinformatics degree options within LIS/iSchools points towards an increased dialogue and acceptance of the connection between bioinformatics and information science, but the lack of ALA-accreditation limits possibilities for emerging librarians.</p> 2022-08-04T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2022