HLA Annual Conference – Save the Date / Call for Abstracts (Sydney, Nov 10-11)

HLA Annual Conference – Save the Date / Call for Abstracts (Sydney, Nov 10-11)

ALIA HLA are excited to be holding a face to face conference at Westmead Hospital, Sydney.  

Theme: Transformations

The health sector moves rapidly and libraries must embrace the challenges, continuously reinventing models of service delivery to meet ever-changing needs.

The Conference will combine keynote presentations with 20 minute presentations and meetings and/or hands on workshops. This is a great opportunity for first time presenters to come along and present amongst peers.

We are calling for abstracts that address one or more of the following topics:

  1. Transforming our service delivery models.

How are health libraries integrating with the evolving digital health environment and ‘telehealth’ models of care?

  1. Transforming our relationships.

How do we work with consumers, clinicians, academics and students in codesigning our services and creating innovative ways to work together for shared outcomes?

  1. Transforming our profession.

How do we plan for our NextGen health librarians and library technicians? And how do we continually improve our professional knowledge and skills as integral members of health teams?

  1. Transforming our spaces.

How are libraries adapting to changing physical requirements and reimagining what library spaces might look like in the future?

  1. Transforming our technology.

What digital tools are we creating, adapting and leveraging across the health library sector?

  1. Transforming scholarly communications.

How are libraries supporting evidence-based practice and capitalising on evolving open models of access to research knowledge and publishing?


We invite you to submit abstracts addressing one or more of the above themes in 150 – 300 words using the following headings:

  1. Title
  2. Name of presenter/s (contact details, affiliation, referee)
  3. Background/introduction
  4. Aim of the presentation
  5. Findings
  6. Conclusions or lessons learned

Please include a brief biography of the presenter/s.

Presentations will be 20 minutes long with up to 15 slides, or you may wish to use other technologies for your presentation.


We invite you to submit workshop proposals.

NOTE: workshops will be held in lecture theatres seating up to 60 people.

The aim of the workshops should be to provide hands-on opportunities to develop skills in areas addressing the above themes.

Priority will be given to proposals that are creative, topical and offer opportunity for professional development.

Workshop (or meeting) proposals must include:

  1. Title
  2. Description of the topic covered
  3. Workshop outcomes
  4. Format
  5. Duration (max 1.5hr)
  6. Brief biography of the facilitator (name, contact details, affiliation, referee)
  7. Details of past presentations of the workshop.


Proposals for abstracts and workshop (or meeting) should be sent to Angela Smith, HLA Conference Convenor at angela.smith@health.nsw.gov.au (cc HLA@alia.org.au) by 5.00pm (AEST) Monday 5 September 2022.

All abstract and workshop (or meeting) proposals will be reviewed by the conference committee.

Proposers will be notified of acceptance by end of September, before the registrations will be opened.

So save the date, submit an abstract and meet with your peers face to face this November!

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Digital tools – supporting systematic reviews and evidence synthesis (12 Aug)

Digital tools – supporting systematic reviews and evidence synthesis (12 Aug)

ALIA HLA Lunchtime Seminar: Digital tools – Supporting systematic reviews and evidence synthesis. Where are we now and what might the future look like?  

There has been an explosion in discovery and digital tools in recent years. Some of it can be attributed to the rising availability of free open scholarly metadata (particularly citations) and to a lesser extent availability of open full text due to the rise of Open Access. Though use of these newer tools (2020 and after) are not often used for evidence synthesis, Aaron will show results of a quick and dirty analysis on how many of these new tools are already mentioned as being in use in reviews and even more rigorous systematic reviews.

In this talk Aaron will try to provide an overview of:

•             The general types of discovery tools that are out there e.g. Science mapping tools, citation based literature mapping tools, semantic citation tools, research graphs etc (see https://twitter.com/aarontay/status/1532312835534991360)

•             Things to look out for when considering use of them e.g. limitations in coverage, transparency/reproducibility of methodology, business model

•             What we might expect in the future.

Aaron Tay has been an academic librarian for over 10 years. A generalist who has worked in different areas of academic librarianship from  library analytics, bibliometrics support and library discovery as well as liaison work in finance areas. He is currently Data Lead at Singapore Management University Libraries. Some honours he has received in the past includes “Professional Service Award” (Library Association of Singapore), CONSAL Outstanding Librarian – Silver/Merit (Congress of South East Asian Librarian), Library Journal -Mover & Shaker 2011. His main interests revolve around library discovery and delivery and bibliometrics and his blog Musings About Librarianship (https://musingsaboutlibrarianship.blogspot.com/?m=1) has been tracking trends around emerging tools in these areas since 2009. From the earliest days of “Web Scale Discovery”/Discovery layers in the 2010s to the emergence of what he dubs “Citation based literature mapping services” due to the availability of open scholarly metadata in the 2020s (https://musingsaboutlibrarianship.blogspot.com/p/list-of-innovative-literature-mapping.html?m=1) and the possible impact of the availability of open full text on digital tools, he enjoys tracking , studying and writing on these issues. In recent years, he has become interested in the area of evidence synthesis. He is also avid on twitter – @aarontay.

When: August 12 2022

Time: 1:00pm -2:00pm (Vic, NSW, ACT, TAS, QLD); 12:30pm – 1:30pm (SA, NT); 11:00am – 12:00am (WA); 3:00pm – 4:00pm (NZ)

Where: On Zoom – a link will be sent the day prior

Cost: ALIA Members: FREE; Non-Members – $15 (another reason to consider HLA membership)

Registration: https://www.alia.org.au/EventDetail?EventKey=HLA0014A

Please note this event will be recorded and distributed to attendees following the event

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Winner 2022 HLA/MedicalDirector Innovation Award is …

Winner 2022 HLA/MedicalDirector Innovation Award is …

John Prentice, Library Manager, ANZCA

For his project –  Automated interlibrary loan/document delivery (ILL/DD) database for health libraries 

Using MS Access, John Prentice has created a low-cost interlibrary loan/document delivery database that automates both the typical article search, request, and communication process for a health library, and the requesting mechanism for most ILL/DD networks/systems.

Using the example of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Library as a case study, this database has enabled the automation of a previously almost entirely manual process. With a volume of over 1640 article requests from a user base of approximately 7500 fellows and trainees, the ANZCA Library has significantly reduced the turnaround time to the requestor, saving staff time and providing quality clinical information in a timely manner.

Benefits include:

  • Articles submitted by the requestor through an online form (separate to the database) are ingested directly into the ILL/DD database. Requests are predominantly pre-populated from the library’s discovery service, avoiding errors and retyping by the requestor as well as for staff.
  • Articles requested through the most common ILL/DD network databases via direct linking.
  • Checklist of ILL/DD suppliers ensuring all avenues are used according to preference and enabling easy tracking of difficult requests, especially if handled by more than one library staff member.
  • Patron database with key user details.
  • Journal list with key identification information.
  • Automated email notifications throughout all stages of the request process, including article delivery to requestor.
  • Built-in statistical reporting on turnaround time, requestor types, and costs.
  • Copyright compliance.
  • Automated notes, which can be manually edited/added to.

     The greatest benefit has been the saving in staff time spent on repetitive tasks; tasks such as copying and pasting article details into the various requesting platforms for searching/request purposes have been massively reduced. This has freed up library staff resourcing so that more time can be spent harnessing their specialised skills, both on sourcing harder to find articles and for work on other projects, new initiatives and continuous improvement of the library services.

The award monies would be used to further enhance the ILLS manager application with regards to hosting the application in Office 365 and scaling it for use, whilst also retaining its low cost benefits and in-house customisability.

Congratulations John! and thanks to MedicalDirector

Next year you could also be featured as a dictionary reading duck. Fly here for more information on HLA Awards. And remember to need to be a member (personal or organisational) to participate

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Shoosh – Health Library Podcast

JoHILA & HLA Alerts

HLA Social Media 

Community of Practice for New Health Librarians