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The Librarian’s Role in Reproducibility of Research Symposium

CE800 Librarian’s Role in Reproducibility of Research
Date/Time: Saturday, May 27, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Cost: $245 (nonmember: $370)
MLA CE contact hours: 4
Sponsored by the Public Health/Health Administration Section, Leadership and Management Section, Pharmacy and Drug Information Section, Medical Informatics Section, Cancer Librarians Section, Medical Library Education Section, Veterinary Medical Libraries Section, and Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)

Reproducibility of research refers to the ability to reproduce an experiment or research design in the same target population with the same outcome as the original research. Reproducible research is unbiased, reduces retractions in the scientific literature, and ensures best practices in clinical trials. Ideally, all biomedical and scientific research is inherently rigorous. However, critics argue that a majority of research conclusions are untrue or cannot be reproduced. With the rise in submissions to PubMed Central making research more publicly accessible, it is a question of “when, not if” this issue will come to the forefront. This half-day symposium will educate attendees about the important roles for librarians and information professionals at their home institutions to raise awareness about and support research reproducibility. At the conclusion of the event, attendees will better understand the basics of reproducibility and be empowered to create strategies for finding partners and getting involved in reproducibility of research at their individual institutions.

Keynote Speaker
Shona Kirtley, Senior Research Information Specialist, EQUATOR Network at the Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Shona KirtleyOxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, has wide-ranging experience in the provision of evidence-based health information, in literature searching to support systematic and other research studies, and in standards and guidelines for reporting research. She has a keen interest in accurate and transparent reporting of biomedical research studies, global health issues, and health information provision and access in low and middle income countries. Kirtley writes a monthly international column for BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has authored and coauthored papers published in a variety of journals. One of her most recognized papers, published in the Lancet, sets out her passionately held belief that biomedical librarians could and should be recognized as essential contributors to global efforts to reduce biomedical research waste. This includes librarian-led collaborations to improve conducting and reporting biomedical research, ensure research reproducibility, and improve journal publication practices.

Panel Speakers
A panel of invited speakers will provide their perspectives based on the roles they play in their institutions including:

  • Cynthia R. Hudson-Vitale, Data Services Coordinator and Research Transparency Librarian in Data & GIS Services at Washington University in St. Louis (WU) Libraries
  • Bart Ragon, Associate Director for Knowledge Integration, Research and Technology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Kristi L. Holmes, Director, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Dr. Pritsker co-founder and CEO, JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments), Cambridge, MA

Symposium LibGuide

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