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Managing Expectations: Lessons Learned from My First Scoping Review

Monday, May 6
5:00 PM - 5:05 PM
Room: Columbus KL (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : Scoping reviews, like systematic reviews, are increasingly popular across multiple disciplines and research fields. A librarian’s unique skill set positions them to add significant value to a research team, but many librarians lack the experience to fully manage researcher expectations. Recognizing and planning for potential pain points along the evidence synthesis timeline allows a librarian to protect the bounds of their participation while maintaining positive team dynamics. This presentation aims to introduce librarians to some of the smaller unanticipated issues associated with working on a SR team, and ways to avoid them.

Description : As a new systematic review service team member, I joined a research group in conceptualizing and executing my first scoping review. Good training prepared me to navigate the project successfully, but inexperience precluded anticipation of some smaller complications that slowed progress and negatively affected team dynamics. Here I present some of the less obvious frustrations a librarian may experience as they first participate in systematic or scoping reviews, and suggest ways to avoid them.

Conclusion : Along with advice from others, lessons learned from participating on my first scoping review have prepared me to better communicate the role (and the limits of that role) I expect to play on a research team. For example, I now explicitly address expectations related to team meetings, full-text retrieval, manuscript preparation, and author lines at the beginning of the review.


Kelly Johnson

Veterinary Outreach and Information Resources Librarian
Cornell University Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library
Freeville, New York

Kelly Johnson, MS, DVM, MLIS is a veterinarian-cum-librarian whose midlife career change shifted her professional focus from spay/neuter and shelter medicine to (ultimately) serving as Cornell University’s Veterinary Outreach and Information Resources Librarian. She serves as liaison to the Veterinary College and the Master of Public Health program, is a member of Cornell’s Systematic Review Service, and manages the Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library collection. Her interests include scoping reviews, student wellness, and library as space.


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