Journal Club

Join the NY-NJ Journal Club for a series of stimulating hour-long online discussions of articles selected by facilitators Helen-Ann Brown Epstein and Marie Ascher.

Upcoming Discussion:

COVID-19: We will get through this together!

Join Us  on April 17th for a sharing of our most valuable/most favorite/most asked for COVID-19 resources, and a discussion of this article.
Also, we will be ready to help members who are feeling saddened or overwhelmed.

Friday, April 17, 2020 2:00-3:00 pm
Facilitator: Helen-Ann Brown-Epstein
Article: Ali, M, Gatiti, P. The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Reflections on the Roles of Librarians and Information Professionals. Health Info Libr J. 2020 Apr 6
[Online ahead of print] DOI: 10.1111/hir.12307, PubMed PMID: 32251543.

Abstract: This preprint explores the role of health science librarians in the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has spread rapidly all over the world. All major cities around the globe are in lockdown. In Pakistan the first case was diagnosed on 26 Feb 2020 and currently there are more than 1500 diagnosed cases and 12 deaths. Across the country there are a further 12,000 suspected cases. This will undoubtedly increase if precautionary measures are not taken. Pakistani universities, colleges and schools were in lockdown. The role of university librarians in this emergency included raising awareness through public health education, providing support to medical staff, researchers and providing ongoing, traditional services to regular library patrons in Pakistan. This article also provides links to useful resources.

With Zoom meetings being hacked, please register in advance. Then you will get an email with a link and instructions to join this meeting:

This event is open exclusively to current members of NY-NJ MLA, MLA-Phil, and HSLANJ.

Previous Discussions:

  • Thursday, August 8, 2019 2:00-3:00 pm
    Facilitator: Helen-Ann Brown-Epstein
    Article: Azadbakht, Elena. Humor in library instruction: a narrative review with implications for the health sciences. J Med Libr Assoc. 2019 Jul;107(3):304-313. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2019.608. Epub 2019 Jul 1. PubMed PMID: 31258436; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6579600
  • Thursday, April 4, 2019, 2:00-3:00 pm
    Facilitator: Maria Ascher
    Article: Williamson PO, Minter CIJ. Exploring PubMed as a reliable resource for scholarly communications services. J Med Libr Assoc. 2019 Jan;107(1):16-29. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2019.433. Epub 2019 Jan 1. PubMed PMID: 30598645; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6300231.
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Facilitator: Helen-Ann Brown-Epstein
    Article: Visscher PM, Wray NR, Zhang Q, Sklar P, McCarthy MI, Brown MA, Yang J. 10 Years of GWAS Discovery: Biology, Function, and Translation. Am J Hum Genet. 2017 Jul 6;101(1):5-22. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2017.06.005. Review. PubMed PMID: 28686856; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5501872.
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018     Cancelled
    Facilitator: Helen-Ann Brown-Epstein
    Article: Perrier L, Farrell A, Ayala AP, Lightfoot D, Kenny T, Aaronson E, Allee N, Brigham T, Connor E, Constantinescu T, Muellenbach J, Epstein HA, Weiss A. Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systematic review. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Nov-Dec;21(6):1118-24. doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2014-002825.
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Facilitator: Marie Ascher
    Article: Quesenberry, A. C., Oelschlegel, S., Earl, M., Leonard, K., & Vaughn, C. J. (2016). The impact of library resources and services on the scholarly activity of medical faculty and residents. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 35(3), 259-265
  • Thursday, August 17, 2017, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Facilitator: Helen-Ann Brown Epstein
    Article: JM, Oelschlegel S, Earl M. Surveying hospital nurses to discover educational needs and preferences. J Med Libr Assoc. 2017 Jul;105(3):226-232. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2017.85.  Epub 2017 Jul 1. PubMed PMID: 28670209; PubMed Central
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Moderator: Joan B Wagner
    Article: Jamali, H. R. (2017). Copyright compliance and infringement in ResearchGate full-text journal articles. Scientometrics. doi:10.1007/s11192-017-2291-4
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Facilitator: Helen-Ann Brown Epstein
    Article: Ashrafi-rizi H, Kazempour Z. Marketing information goods and services in medical libraries and information centers. Journal of Education and Health Promotion. January 1, 2012 2012;1(1):9-9.
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 1:00pm-2:00pm
    Facilitator: Marie Ascher
    Article: Swanberg SM, Dennison CC, Farrell A, et al. Instructional methods used by health sciences librarians to teach evidence-based practice (EBP): A systematic review. J Med Libr Assoc. 2016;104(3)197-208.
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 1:00pm-2:00pm.
    Facilitator: Helen Ann Brown Epstein
    Article: Farrell A [et al]. Evaluating the impact of literature searching services on patient care through the use of a quick assessment tool. JCHLA/JABSC 2014 35:116-23
  • Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 2:00pm-3:00pm.
    Facilitator: Marie Ascher
    Article: Rethlefsen ML [ et al]. Librarian co-authors correlated with higher quality reported search strategies in general internal medicine systematic reviews. J Clin Epidemiol. 2015 Jun; 68(6): 617-26.
  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 3:00pm-3:45pm.
    Facilitator: Helen Ann Brown Epstein
    Article: Kirtley S. Impactful Librarians: Identifying Opportunities to Increase Your Impact. J EAHIL  2015;11(4):23-8

Participation in the Journal Club is free to all current members of the NY/NJ MLA chapter.  If you wish MLA CE credit for participating in the journal club, there is a $15 fee and a required appraisal sheet to complete.

Participants are welcome to suggest articles and to serve as facilitators for future sessions.

If you have any questions, please contact CE Chair Trina Keith,