The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) Library supports patients, staff and physicians across the province in accessing evidence-based health resources. A range of services are available through the Library’s
website, which can also be accessed through the SHA Intranet under Quick Links. The library site recently passed the one year mark for providing provincial services and has been visited 113, 290 times since its launch.
One of the main services that library staff provides is evidence searching for physicians, clinicians and SHA staff. In the last year since the website was launched, the librarians have performed approximately 4,242 searches to answer 957 questions from SHA physicians and staff. Over 36 per cent of the searches supported patient care.
“I’d like to thank our amazing library team for the time and effort that they put into creating this provincial resource,” said Brandy Winquist, Executive Director of Academics and Learning for the SHA. “Having this service available for our staff, physicians and patients is a great accomplishment.”
Last fall, with the support of a grant from the Saskatchewan Library Association, the SHA Library celebrated Library Week with a contest which led to an increase in search requests by 550 per cent and article requests by 61 per cent. Contest winners included: runner-up winner Brittany Donohue, RN Saskatoon (Kindle Fire donated by PEPID); runner-up winner Michelle MacAuley, LPN, Prince Albert (Kindle Fire donated by PEPID); and grand prize winner Johnmark Opondo, Medical Health Officer, Saskatoon (iPad Mini donated by Ex Libris).
Courtney Ellsworth (left), Librarian, Prince Albert with Michelle MacAuley, one of the winners of the Saskatchewan Library Week contest.
Dr. Johnmark Opondo, Medical Health Officer, Saskatoon, with the iPad Mini he won as part of the SHA Library’s Library Week contest last fall.
The Library team welcomed some new faces on January 21: Courtney Ellsworth, Librarian, Prince Albert; Brianna Howell-Spooner, Librarian, Saskatoon; and Scott Frick, Library Technician, Regina.
Through the SHA Library, you can access databases, point of care tools, electronic journals and books, practitioner-specific guides with collected resources by profession or specialty.
Have a question? Use the Chat Reference to get it answered or email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need to check some references at home? Get a library bar code. Remember, SHIRP (Saskatchewan Health Information Resources Program) resources are integrated into the SHA Library website so you only need to use one site.