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Providence Virtual Library: Collaboration & Partnerships

Collaboration & Partnerships:

The Library Services team welcomes a variety of opportunities to collaborate and partner with teams across the organization on research projects, quality improvement initiatives, the co-creation of online resource guides, offering custom workshops, and supporting department rounds with value-added evidence-based resources. This includes staff, physicians, researchers, and students at all three sites across Unity Health Toronto.

The subpages listed in the side column are just some of the ways in which we frequently engage in collaboration and partnerships with teams across Unity Health Toronto.


Knowledge Synthesis:

Knowledge synthesis (KS) activities include systematic, scoping, realist, or rapid reviews, meta-analyses, and other types of reviews. Information Specialists (IS) from the Library Services team may contribute their expertise to KS project teams. The contributions of an IS include:

  • providing guidance on various steps in conducting a knowledge synthesis review;
  • creating and documenting comprehensive literature searches;
  • making software recommendations for citation and data management;
  • writing the literature search methods for the manuscript according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) or other appropriate guidelines.

To have an IS join your KS project team, please complete and submit the application form.

Library Services has updated its Systematic Search Services Policy and details can be found here: https://guides.hsict.library.utoronto.ca/SMH/About/Us/SR

Resources to support KS projects can be found in our Systematic Review GuideFor any questions, please contact hslibrary@smh.ca


Resource Guides:

A Resource Guide is your one-stop shop for the best resources about a particular topic, subject area, activity or emerging project. The Library Services team uses web-based content management system software to create and curate these “mini websites” which are mobile responsive, accessible, and easy to maintain and update.

Partnering with the Library to create a guide for your needs is a great way to ensure evidence supports practice, current knowledge and information sources are easily found, and overall helps teams access credible and valued information quickly. These guides harmonize information (i.e. ebooks, journal articles, RSS feeds, databases, streaming videos, and more) to get you started.

Check out the list of existing guides here and consider opportunities to partner with the Library to co-develop and co-create a new online guide for your program, department, or team initiative. Contact hslibrary@smh.ca to find out more.


Custom Workshops & Rounds:

Library Services offers virtual and in-person hands-on workshops to introduce you to the most heavily used databases, information resources, and research tools in the health sciences and other health disciplines. Workshop sessions are practical, interactive, and designed to make you a proficient user of our electronic resources. Learn more about our workshops here.

Custom Workshops:

In addition to our monthly workshop schedule, suggestions and recommendations for new and custom workshops are always welcomed! If you need a workshop on the use of a particular database for  your team (5 or more individuals), or if there’s a specific function or process you would like an Information Specialist to teach, please submit your request here. Custom workshop sessions can be entirely virtual or in-person,.

Clinical Rounds:

Information Specialists have responsibilities to support their assigned clinical, research, education and administrative program areas across the network (note: you can contact hslibrary@smh.ca to find out the Information Specialist for your program/department). In this role, they are keen to collaborate with their assigned program areas’ teams to support resource needs, information organization, respond to research questions, and conduct literature searches. They are also available to support the specific resource and information needs of your Clinical Rounds. For an example of how we support Rounds, visit our Nursing Rounds Resource Guide to see how we support the information needs of nurses and Nursing Rounds programming. Please contact hslibrary@smh.ca to inquire about support from an Information Specialist for your Rounds.