Course:                       Advanced Search Strategy Design

Course Code:              2016/02

Date:                           Tuesday 3May 2016      10.30 – 16.30

 

Description: This course provides an overview of some of the more advanced approaches to search strategy design.

Objectives:

By the end of the day participants will know about:

  • The situations where advanced search strategy design is required
  • PICO and beyond PICO: more advanced conceptual approaches
  • The role of text mining in search strategy design
  • Locating and using methodological search filters (including a practical exercise)
  • The challenges of documenting and reporting advanced searches

 

Audience:This course is aimed at library and information professionals who have some experience of designing search strategies and want to become more advanced in this area.

 

Note:

The course includes an opportunity to test out some of the resources presented and demonstrated and we therefore recommend that attendees bring their own laptops or other suitable devices. Mobile phones will not be suitable for this! For those who cannot arrange access to a suitable device, we shall be proposing that you work in pairs / small groups with others who have brought a device.

 

Host Library: James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway, University Road, Galway

Course Location: Seminar Room G010, Foyer, Hardiman Research Building/James Hardiman Library.

 

Presenters: Carol Lefebvre & Julie Glanville

 

Carol is an independent information consultant and was previously the Senior Information Specialist at the UK Cochrane Centre from 1992 to 2012, where she was involved in founding The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993. She is a Co-convenor of the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group, serves on the Cochrane Methods Executive and is lead author on the searching chapter of The Cochrane Handbook.

 

She is a health sciences librarian by background and was the deputy librarian at the University of Oxford Medical School Library before joining Cochrane. She was awarded a M.Sc. in Library and Information Science from the University of Loughborough in 1985 and an Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) in 2007.

 

Since starting her own company in 2012, she now focusses on teaching and consultancy in information retrieval for evidence synthesis, such as systematic reviews, health technology assessment and guideline development.

 

She is a member of the InterTASC Information Specialists’ Sub-Group (ISSG), a group of information professionals who support research groups within England and Scotland providing technology assessments to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Carol is one of the editorial team that maintains the InterTASC ISSG Search Filter Resource. She is an Associate Editor for the journal Research Synthesis Methods. Carol’s research interests include search filter design and the efficient identification of research evidence for systematic reviews, health technology assessments and guidelines, especially in the form of randomized controlled trials (RCTs).

 

Julie is Associate Director, York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC), University of York, UK.

 

She is a qualified librarian who has been working in the field of systematic reviews for more than 20 years. Since 2008 she has co-ordinated YHEC’s information and review services to customers who require literature searches and reviews of all types. Julie manages reviews ranging from rapid reviews to systematic reviews to inform submissions to reimbursement agencies such as NICE. Julie also manages indirect and mixed treatment comparisons.

 

Before joining YHEC, Julie was Associate Director and Information Service Manager at the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) at the University of York for fourteen years. In this role Julie managed information support for systematic reviews and technology assessments within CRD and to external customers, and managed CRD’s NHS Economic Evaluation Database.

 

Julie is also a Co-convenor of the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group, a co-author of the searching chapter of The Cochrane Handbook, co-manager of the SuRe Info resource and is also one of the editorial team that maintains the InterTASC ISSG Search Filter Resource. She has contributed to the development of systematic review guidance for several organisations including the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination and the European Food Safety Authority. Julie is also an Associate Editor for the journal Research Synthesis Methods. Her research interests are in search filter design and appraisal, text mining applications in systematic reviewing and the efficient identification of research evidence for systematic reviews, economic evaluations and models and health technology assessments.

 

Fee:   €150 (Early booking essential as limited number of places available)

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