IFLA Evidence for Global and Disaster Health Special Interest Group (E4GDH) are pleased to invite you to this webinar in our 2021 webinar series.

NEW webinar recording:

The Librarian Reserve Corps is an international volunteer network of over 140 medical and public health librarians from 14 countries, working in partnership with the World Health Organization in response to public health emergencies.

The COVID-19 pandemic sparked a dramatic increase in publishing, including the dissemination of scientific research in preprints, press releases and news stories, as well as the creation of new and specialised databases and search portals. This challenged traditional systems and standards for organization and searching.

This webinar will describe the primary initiatives undertaken by the Librarian Reserve Corps to streamline efforts and encourage sharing and collaboration among partners to inform the evidence-base health information response to COVID-19, focusing on the evolution and preliminary results of two key projects

  1. The development of best practices for searching during public health emergencies.
  2. A database validation study of specialized COVID-19 literature databases, jointly led with the Canadian      Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health.

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09:00-10:00 EDT (UTC-4 hours) ¦ 14:00-15:00 BST (UTC+1 hour)
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Presenter Biographies

Sara Loree, MSLS, AHIP is the Medical Library Manager at St. Luke’s Health System (Idaho, US) and Co-Director of the Librarian Reserve Corps.

Stacy Brody, MI, is a reference and instruction librarian at the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC. She has a bachelor’s degree from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and a Master of Information from the School of Communication and Information, both from Rutgers University. She was a 2018-2019 US National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow. 

Robyn Butcher is a MLIS-research information specialist at Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH).

Facilitator: Maria Cotera, BA, MCLIP. Maria is Programme Lead, IFLA Evidence for Global and Disaster Health SIG.
– Please contact Maria if you have any questions about this event:


A recording with optional English subtitles will be made available online afterwards.