Information Services

Immersion Session

Harness the Power of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Change the Way You Approach Large, Complex Research Questions

Tuesday, May 7
4:30 PM - 5:55 PM
Room: Regency Ballroom D (West Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

In this session, we will uncover how machine learning algorithms can be used to transform the way information professionals approach large, complex searches. When faced with a research question that requires a comprehensive search likely to generate thousands or tens of thousands of results, machine learning can be used as a tool in place of limiters that are often artificially imposed simply to limit results (e.g., date limits, additional keyword sets). After providing an overview of basic concepts, we will demonstrate how we have used machine learning to refine search strategies, deduplicate search results, and reduce the volume of search results that must be screened manually. We will also facilitate small-group discussions of barriers to implementing AI-enabled searches at participants’ institutions and provide validation data that demonstrates the efficacy and efficiency of these approaches

Michelle Cawley

Head of Clinical, Academic, and Research Engagement
UNC Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Michelle Cawley, MA, MLS is the Head of Clinical, Academic, and Research Engagement (CARE) with the Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this role, she leads a team of librarians who engage and partner with the University’s schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health as well as multiple clinical departments within UNC Medical Center. She supports innovation, outreach, and curriculum engagement and has deep experience in the application of machine learning solutions to improve the efficiency of completing scoping reviews, systematic reviews, and other large-scale literature reviews. In her previous role as project manager and senior librarian with ICF – a management consulting firm – Ms. Cawley supported clients from U.S. EPA’s National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA), U.S. EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). At ICF, Ms. Cawley was on the development team for a machine learning application for reducing manual burden of reviewing literature search results, managed multiple projects including the development of the IRIS Toxicological Review for hexavalent chromium, and created several courses for EPA’s Risk Assessment and Training Experience (RATE) program.

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Nandita S. Mani, AHIP

Associate University Librarian & Director, Health Sciences Library
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Nandita S. Mani, PhD
Associate University Librarian for Health Sciences & Director, Health Sciences Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nandita S. Mani is the Associate University Librarian for Health Sciences and Director of the Health Sciences Library
As AUL & Director, Mani oversees one of the nation’s leading health affairs libraries. The UNC Health Sciences Library (HSL) is the primary library for the University’s schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. It also serves the UNC Medical Center and the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC), a statewide program for clinical education and health services.

She provides leadership and general administration of the HSL, which includes leading a workforce of over 55 FTE, oversight of a budget with annual expenditures of approximately $8 million, planning and policy formulation around collection development programs, facilities, infrastructure, technology innovation, cooperative activities, and outreach to the five Health Affairs schools and the hospital. She participates in fundraising and revenue development including contracts, grants, and other sources. In addition, participates in university-wide programs and committees and represents the library system regionally, nationally, and internationally. She is also an active member of the UNC International Affairs Advisory Committee.

Mani is also serving a 10 yr term as Managing Editor for Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease, is an Assistant Editor for Consumer Health on the Internet, and has published in the areas of information science and instructional design and technology. Her grants participation spans the areas of chronic kidney disease, technological innovation integration, and online learning.

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Arun Varghese

Technical Director
ICF
Durham, NC

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Jamie L. Conklin

Health Sciences Librarian / Liaison to the School of Nursing
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Jamie Conklin, MSLIS, is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library and the liaison librarian to the School of Nursing. Her current interests include interprofessional education, scholarly communication, expert searching, and the use of evidence to inform instruction and practice.

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Rebecca C. McCall, phd, AHIP

Clinical Librarian
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Rebecca McCall, MLS, AHIP is a Clinical Librarian in the Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She works with research and patient care teams in UNC Health Care, supporting interprofessional practice, evidence based medicine, graduate medical education, quality improvement, and local, national, and international research. Rebecca is a member of the UNC-Chapel Hill Interprofessional Education and Practice steering committee and a co-convener of the MLA Interprofessional Education SIG.

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Elizabeth Moreton

Clinical Librarian
UNC Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Elizabeth Moreton, MLS is a Clinical Librarian supporting nursing and several specialties in the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC. Beth’s previous publications & presentations include works on information literacy in nursing students, process improvement for reference services, instructional effectiveness, systematic review tool evaluation, and now, process improvement for systematic reviews. She is an advocate for student-centered librarianship, reducing library anxiety, and having a little fun.

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