SON Liaison visits TAMU College Station Medical Sciences Library for Professional Development Exchange

Emme Lopez, MLS, Liaison to the School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio, visited Texas A&M University (TAMU) College Station in early September as part of a professional development exchange opportunity funded by SCAMeL. Ms. Lopez spent a week shadowing Margaret Foster, MS, MPH, AHIP as she taught, consulted on, and performed systematic reviews. Ms. Foster, who recently visited UT Health San Antonio Libraries as part of the exchange (read more here), is an Associate Professor and the Systematic Reviews and Research Services Coordinator at TAMU.  Growing faculty interest in systematic reviews has created a need to develop librarians’ skills in managing and conducting systematic review protocols. This visit was intended to serve as a fast-track learning opportunity about the systematic review process in addition to fostering peer review in search methodologies and developing collegiality amongst medical librarians in the south central region. Lessons learned include the many ways a systematic review service may be structured, techniques for moving patrons along in the review process, and leveraging existing skillsets to develop confidence in the process.