When: Thursday, Jan 31 | 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Location: ICTC Haliburton

Days: Thursday. Event Types: Session. Sectors: Technology,. Subjects: Academic and Health.


In this session participants will be introduced to the rapid evolution in news monitoring and timely research that have been adopted by the OMA Research Group. This evolution in procedures and products has been driven by rapid changes in the needs of OMA library users.

Karen Lee, Manager, Research & Environmental Scanning and Brett Williams, Research Analyst of the OMA will cover the challenges of monitoring and distributing news content, government documents and academic research inside an advocacy organization. This session will introduce participants to the daily monitoring workflow, cover finding government and think-tank grey literature and demonstrate some of the guides and reports produced by the research group.

Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with two custom tools created by the OMA to creatively solve unique research problems; a highly customized health grey-lit search engine built with Google Custom Search and a Scan Frame generator used to speed up the daily scan of sites without RSS feeds.

This session will appeal to special librarians, health librarians and academic librarians who are working with grey literature and government documents.