Congratulations to our costume contest winners! Halloween Spooktacular 2014

The judges have spoken, and we are pleased to announce the winners of the Halloween Costume Competition at the 2014 Library Spooktacular. Congratulations go out to:

Best Individual Costume:

Lucy Borges,  Patient Transport Assistant, Environmental Services – for Princess Devil


Best Medically Related Costume:

Joyce Grandy, Clinical Nurse Educator, Perioperative Services – for Bad Bug – Ebola

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Best Group Costume:

Carol Flewelling and the Telemedicine team –  for Telemedicine Teletubbies


Check out more great costumes on Flickr!

Health Canada publishing research and regulatory documents through a controversial publisher

The Ottawa Citizen recently reported that Health Canada has been publishing research in in the International Food Risk Analysis Journal.  This journal, and its publisher appear to have a very close relationship with Health Canada.  Two of the editors-in-chief are from Health Canada and over 75% of the articles published in the journal are written partly or entirely by Health Canada staff.  In addition, the journal seems to avoid true peer review by allowing Health Canada to review some of its own articles.  The publisher, InTech, has been labeled as a “predatory publisher” or “vanity press” and is highly suspect in academic publishing circles.  For more information please see the full article here:

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.