HSLS Systematic Review Team

The Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians started out as an in-house training session at the Health Sciences Library System, but grew into a successful 2.5 day training course for librarians from across the U.S. and Canada.

The workshop is team taught by five HSLS faculty librarians with various health-related backgrounds and expertise:

Linda M. Hartman, MLS, reference librarian and liaison to the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, teaches the Choosing Databases and Publication Bias sections of the workshop. Hartman has worked with the Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Center, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (ERC), to build a knowledge base of quality of life technology information.

Mary Lou Klem, MLS, PhD, reference librarian and liaison to the School of Nursing, teaches the Study Design, Librarian as Collaborator, Methodology Filters, and Writing the Methods sections of the workshop. Klem is one of three HSLS librarians conducting comprehensive literature searches for an NIH Roadmap Initiative (PROMIS) charged with the development of computerized measures of patient-reported health outcomes.

Melissa Ratajeski, MLIS, RLAT, reference librarian and the liaison to the University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), teaches the Introduction to Systematic Reviews, Grey Literature, and Hand Searching sections of the workshop. Ratajeski assisted in the completion of a systematic review on the treatment of children in distributive shock for the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation.

Ahlam A. Saleh, MD, MLS, reference librarian and liaison to the School of Pharmacy, teaches the Grey Literature section of the workshop. Saleh has participated in several systematic review projects, and is a regular guest lecturer for classes on literature searching to support systematic reviews.

Charles B. Wessel, MLS, head of Hospital Services and chair of the HSLS Systematic Review Group, teaches the Reference Interview, Harvesting Search Terms, and Project Management sections of the workshop. Wessel recently provided literature searches and consultation for numerous systematic reviews and is a co-author on a Cochrane systematic review.

If you are working on a systematic review or another comprehensive search and would like a librarian on your team, contact the Falk Library main desk at 412-648-8866 or send an email to Ask A Librarian.

~ Melissa Ratajeski