Available Until 6/30/2027

Developing a Systematic Review Service


For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Amanda Ross-White <amanda.ross-white@queensu.ca>.

This face-to-face course explores strategies for developing or formalizing library activities that support systematic review research into a deliberate systematic review service. Drawing from the library literature and case studies, topics covered will include estimating service needs and potential uptake, planning and designing your service, developing content and tools to facilitate service delivery, and marketing and evaluating the service. This course is designed to be highly interactive, utilizing hands-on exercises, brainstorming activities and group discussions that allow participants to problem-solve and share some of their own experiences. Previous or current library involvement in supporting systematic reviews is not required, although a general understanding of literature searching practices and library roles in supporting systematic reviews will be of benefit to participants.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, participants will have a better understanding of how to:

Conduct an institutional environmental scan to gauge the potential need and uptake of a systematic review service

Identify your library’s strengths and weaknesses for offering a systematic review service as well as opportunities and challenges

Adapt systematic review services (the library’s role and service expectations) to different institutional settings, as appropriate

Apply best practices and recommendations for a high-quality service

Negotiate librarian acknowledgement or authorship with the systematic review team

Create and utilize content and tools to facilitate service uptake (policy, forms, website content etc.)

Market and promote systematic review services

Evaluate systematic review services from the perspective of both the users and the library


15 min Welcome, Introductions and Objectives (Sharing/Self-disclosure, Discussion)
Part One: Preparing and Planning Your Service
45 min	1) How and Why to Conduct an Institutional Environmental Scan (Hands-on Exercise, Brainstorming, Discussion, Slides)
15 min	Break
75 min 2) Defining the Library’s Role and Service Expectations (Brainstorming, Discussion, Slides, Case study, Role playing) 
45 min	3) Ensuring a High-Quality Service (Slides, Discussion)
60 min	Break for Lunch
Part Two: Launching, Evaluating and Monitoring Your Service
30 min	4) Marketing and Promoting Your Service (Brainstorming, Case study, Slides)
45 min	5) Measuring Success and Service Evaluation (Slides, Discussion)
15 min	Break
30 min	6) Monitoring Your Service and On-going Maintenance (Slides, Discussion)
30 min	Final Thoughts and Wrap Up (Discussion, Sharing)

Facility Requirements

Projector to connect to laptop for slides, whiteboard/paper for recording group discussion, tables should be placed to encourage small group discussion

MLA CE Credits: 4