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Spring 2019 Meeting Speakers

Ed Sperr, MLIS

A native of Augusta, Ed earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. He has worked in libraries in the Southeast, New England and the Caribbean.

Since developing the interactive tool PubVenn in 2015, Ed has explored the use the of data visualization techniques in several contexts and has presented his work at both regional and national meetings. As the Partnership’s Clinical Information Librarian, Ed provides point-of-care information to the Residents in the Graduate Medical Education program and works with them to develop the skills needed to find and evaluate the information necessary for clinical decision-making.

CE Instructor
Christine Willis, MLIS, AHIP

Christine is the Director of Knowledge Management & Learning Resources at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. She oversees the Noble Learning Resource Center and provides research assistance to clinicians as well as consumer health information for patients and families. Her research interests include health literacy, library services for people with disabilities, and teaching clinicians how to access and evaluate evidence-based research to be applied in their practice.

Christine has been published in multiple library journals. She has taught CE courses for local, regional, and national library associations and at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine annual meetings. Christine is involved with the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy, Georgia Health Sciences Library Association, Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association, the Medical Library Association, and several MLA Sections. She is on the Advisory Board of the Georgia Audible Universal Information Access Service. Christine is a column editor for the Journal of Hospital Librarianship and is the current Editor of MLAConnect.

Emily Lawson, MSLIS, AHIP

Emily is a clinical librarian at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She has worked in academic and special libraries for 23 years and has found a meaningful and challenging career in hospital librarianship. Her areas of interest include expanding the clinical informationist services at Children’s, supporting the nursing research/EBP initiative, and using blogs to foster evidence-based medicine.

Kate Daniels, MLIS, AHIP

Kate is a clinical librarian at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She has worked in medical libraries for 19 years. Areas of interest include supporting the nursing research initiative and electronic resource management and collection development.

For more information and to register for the GHSLA Spring 2019 Annual Meeting, please visit the meeting page here.

Virtual Meeting on January 10, 2019

Thursday, January 10, 2019 – Virtual Meeting
Noon – 1:15 pm

Article Presentation
Grinstead C, et al. ProjectShare: Partnering With Nursing Professionals to Track Local Research. J Hosp Librarianship. 2018; 18(3):254-258.

Hear a presentation of this article and a discussion of how our member libraries support the dissemination of resesarch by practitioners and/or students and faculty at our respective institutions

Journal Club Discussion
Rapchak ME, et al. Implementing an interprofessional information literacy course: impact on student abilities and attitudes. JMLA. 2018; 106(4).

MLA members can apply for credit under the Independent Reading Program.

Read the article and join our discussion of:

  • Appropriateness of the method used to execute and evaluate the project
  • Potential application of the project and/or lessons learned in your setting

Information on how to join the virtual meeting will be posted to the GHSLA listserv soon.

Register Now: Annual Spring Meeting on March 11-12, 2019

Reserve your hotel room by Feb 9, 2019, to get the meeting rate of $156-$175/night. Call 706-342-7040 or email and indicate you are attending the GHSLA meeting.

Register for the meeting online here!

After registering, you can pay via the instructions on the registration form or via the PayPal link below.

2019 GHSLA Registration Fees


GHSLA Nov. 9th Meeting and Systematic Review Workshop Registration Open

Click here to register for the November meeting

The Fall 2018 GHSLA meeting will be held at Mercer University School of Medicine on Friday, November 9th in Macon, GA. The meeting will feature a 6-hour Systematic Review Workshop and is free to all GHSLA members. Those who aren’t current members can join GHSLA online for $20.

Meeting Schedule:

Mingle and Coffee—————————————- 9:00am – 9:30am
Pieces of the Systematic Review: Part I———– 9:30am – 12:30pm
Lunch Dine Arounds———————————– 12:30pm – 1:45pm
GHSLA Business Meeting—————————— 1:45pm – 2:00pm
Pieces of the Systematic Review: Part II———- 2:00pm – 5:00pm


Attendees may park in the Mercer University School of Medicine lot located directly adjacent to the School of Medicine (#34). Click here for a campus map. Preferred parking locations are highlighted in yellow. Please display the linked parking pass on your vehicle dashboard to ensure your car is not ticketed.

Directions to Campus and Parking Lots

From I-75, take Exit 163 (Mercer University Drive) toward campus. To get to the School of Medicine parking lot, take a left onto College Street. At the 4-way stop on Prince Street, take a right. At the next stop sign you will be at the School of Medicine lot. If there is no parking available in the School of Medicine lot, overflow parking is available in the Engineering Lots (#37 & #38).

Pieces of the Systematic Review Workshop Details:

Thanks to a Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)’s Southeastern Atlantic (SEA) Region, we are happy to be able to host instructor Margaret Foster, AHIP. Margaret is the associate professor at Texas A&M University–College Station and serves as the systematic reviews coordinator at the Medical Sciences Library.

Full Course Description

It is estimated that at least 25 health-related systematic reviews are published daily and with the requirement from several standards to have a librarian collaborate on the search process, medical librarians are invited more than ever before to join in these endeavors. This course will detail the processes librarians are most likely to be involved in- determining the feasibility of a research question for the systematic review method and designing, documenting, evaluating, and reporting a search. In addition, participants will discuss authorship issues, software selection, registering protocols as well as potential roles of librarians in other parts of the process- selecting, appraising, and coding articles.

At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

• differentiate between narrative, systematic, scoping, mapping, realist, and other review types
• list key organizations that provide standards, guides, protocols, and/or databases of systematic reviews
• determine if a research question is feasible for the systematic review method
• detail the steps involved in completing a systematic review
• list potential software to consider when collaborating on systematic reviews
• list the potential roles that librarians can collaborate on during each step of the review process
• explain how to design a systematic review search, including the selection of appropriate standards for developing the search
• describe how to document and write the search process
• critically analyze a systematic review search
• describe issues in the authorship of a systematic review and how to advocate for inclusion