This party’s going to be Spooktacular!

Back by popular demand, the Health Sciences Library invites you to the 2nd annual Halloween Spooktacular. Check out these party events that are sure to be frighteningly fun!


1) Halloween Photobooth/Costume Contest – Pam Richards, Information Specialist and our resident photographer will once again lead this year’s photobooth. Strike a pose and automatically enter our contest for a chance to win prizes for the best single, best group, and best medically related costume. Don’t have a costume? We’ll have some on hand.

2) House of Horrors – Are you afraid of the dark? Then you’ll want to steer clear of our House of Horrors. This year prepare to be truly terrified.

3) Trick-or-Treat! Go door-to-door collecting candy as you learn about what’s new in library and information services.

4) Cake, candy, prizes, & games - Test your knowledge of medically related horrors, load up on sugary treats, and enter our trivia contest for a chance to win a fully loaded Halloween gift basket.

Date: October 31st (Halloween)

Time: 11am – 1pm

Where: LKS 353 Information Commons & Library


Respected Canadian cardiology journal now suspect

The Ottawa Citizen recently published a story exposing the predatory practises of the journal: “Experimental and clinical cardiology”.  Until 2013, this very respected journal was published in Canada.  However, it was sold last year and according to the Citizen is now a ‘predatory’ publication.  Predatory journals will publish anything for a fee.  According to this article, anything published in this journal after 2013 is highly suspect.

Library to host Walk-in Webinars: First screening July 30th!

Keep your eyes peeled on the SMH Intranet Events page as the Health Sciences Library will now be hosting a series of Walk-in Webinars.

Our first Walk-in Webinar screening will be held on July 30th, from 2:00-3:15pm in collaboration with the Patient and Family Education Program.

The Current State of Patient and Family Engagement Strategies in American Hospitals will be held in the LKSKI 353 Computer Lab. Popcorn will be provided.

For more information, click on the PDF below.

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BMJ Quality Improvement Reports: a unique repository worth checking out

Scholarly literature is not always a good fit for sharing the results of quality improvement (QI) projects. For example, QI methods – while useful and valid in their own way – may not meet the methodological requirements for scholarly publication. In addition the publishing process can take a long time, delaying the spread of information.

Since 2012 BMJ Publishing has published BMJ Quality Improvement Reports, a searchable repository of QI reports on a variety of topics that undergo a “light touch” peer review process¹. The most recent reports include:

If you are curious about QI projects that have been completed at other hospitals around the world, try out BMJ Quality Improvement Reports!



¹All reports are available online at no cost, but publication is limited to subscribers of BMJ’s product “BMJ Quality”.