E4GDH webinar 2021: Evidence-Based Librarianship - Building the Base as We Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic / Infodemic


The webinar is 55 minutes long.

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In our E4GDH webinar on evidence-based librarianship during the COVID-19 pandemic, we heard about the work of Librarian Reserve Corps.

The Librarian Reserve Corps is an international volunteer network of over 140 medical and public health librarians from 14 countries, working in partnership with the World Health Organization in response to public health emergencies.

The COVID-19 pandemic sparked a dramatic increase in publishing, including the dissemination of scientific research in preprints, press releases and news stories, as well as the creation of new and specialised databases and search portals. This challenged traditional systems and standards for organization and searching.

This webinar describes the primary initiatives undertaken by the Librarian Reserve Corps to streamline efforts and encourage sharing and collaboration among partners to inform the evidence-base health information response to COVID-19, focusing on the evolution and preliminary results of two key projects

  1. The development of best practices for searching during public health emergencies.
  2. A database validation study of specialized COVID-19 literature databases, jointly led with the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health.

Further Information

Featured resources

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Presenter Biographies

Sara Loree, MSLS, AHIP is the Medical Library Manager at St. Luke’s Health System (Idaho, US) and Co-Director of the Librarian Reserve Corps.

Robyn Butcher is a MLIS-research information specialist at Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH).

Stacy Brody, MI, is a reference and instruction librarian at the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC. She has a bachelor’s degree from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and a Master of Information from the School of Communication and Information, both from Rutgers University. She was a 2018-2019 US National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow. 

Maria Cotera, BA, MCLIP. Maria is Programme Lead, IFLA Evidence for Global and Disaster Health SIG.

Webinars, Evidence for Global and Disaster Health

Last update: 7 July 2021