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Alison Bethel and Becca Abbott engaging with a range of informationists and health science librarians from across US and Canada

Alison Bethel (an Information Specialist from the Information Specialist Team) and Becca Abbott (a Systematic Reviewer from the Evidence Synthesis Team) have recently returned from a highly informative and engaging week in Ann Arbor and New York visiting and chatting with a whole range of informationists and health science librarians from across US and Canada. The trip was made possible by Alison securing funding from the University of Exeter Medical School Internationalisation Fund to help initiate collaboration with colleagues at the Taubman Health Science Library at the University of Michigan (UMTHSL) in Ann Arbor.

One of the specified aims of the collaboration was to observe and participate in their ‘Systematic Review: Opportunities for Librarians’ workshop. The UMTHSL course is taught using a flipped classroom model, which involves 9 hours of online training prior to the face-to-face two day workshop. Alison and Becca, who have both been involved in the development and delivery of the comparable ‘Searching and Beyond’ course here within ESMI, were interested in whether aspects of the UMTHSL model could be employed in the UEMS course. After seeing aspects of the course in action, they are keen to initiate several changes to their course. They are also hopeful of continuing collaboration with the informationists from UMTHSL, and are working towards facilitating their attendance at a Searching and Beyond course here in Exeter and a future joint presentation/paper related to systematic review training.

En route to Ann Arbor, Alison and Becca made arrangements to stop over in New York to visit the rare book collection at the New York Academy of Medicine and speak with the Grey Literature Report people at the same place.

You can find out more about their thoughts and learnings on the workshop and library visits, on their blog.