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Bond Library Services & IEBH collaboration wins HLA Digital Health Innovation Award

July 24, 2019

A collaborative project between Bond University Library Services and the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare (IEBH) won the ALIA Health Libraries Australia Digital Health Innovation Award 2019. 

The winning project is a system which automates batch requests for document delivery of journal articles. The system for automatically requesting articles (SARA) is a component in the Systematic Review Accelerator

Bond University researchers using the Systematic Review Accelerator can submit requests in batches to the Library’s management system (Alma) using an API service, saving hours of time and with no repetitive data entry. 

Systematic reviews are produced more efficiently, contributing to the use of highest quality evidence sources to inform patient care.  

The winning team is: 

  • David Honeyman, Faculty Librarian for Health Sciences & Medicine (Bond University Library) 
  • Peta Hopkins, Manager Digital Library Services (Bond University Library) 
  • Jessie Donaghey, Digital Services Librarian (Bond University Library) 
  • Justin Clark, Senior Research Information Specialist (IEBH) 

On the award, David Honeyman, Faculty Librarian said “The HLA/MedicalDirector Award is a really valuable initiative. It’s a fantastic acknowledgement that health librarians make a difference with the work they do. For the SARA project the funding will help us keep improving the system, and the publicity from the award really helps us to grow the user base which is one of the key goals”. 
Justin Clark, described the advantages of using the system, “I am involved in many systematic reviews every year. Occasionally due to fast approaching deadlines I help with obtaining full text of articles. Once I had to submit 300 document delivery requests – it only took me 30 minutes, rather than - I dread to guess how many - hours” 

 “The implementation was an excellent collaboration between the Library and the Institute,” said Peta Hopkins. “Working with the Institute’s automation team on the API integration was just one part of the project. We appreciated the expertise of other Library staff to understand how this project would impact existing business processes and to ensure copyright compliance of the requesting process.” 

The award is funded by MedicalDirector. 

The IEBH, was formerly known as the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice (CREBP). 

Alma is a cloud-based library system from the Ex Libris Group, providing a platform of open standards and APIs. 

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