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MLA Webinar: Systematic Review Protocols: Collaborating to Develop the Foundation of a Review

  • October 14, 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • MLA Zoom
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  • Any staff member of a LILRC Institutional Member or a LILRC Retired Member
  • For staff and members of any other councils.


A quality systematic review begins with a solid protocol--the rationale, hypothesis, and planned methods of a review. The work of a librarian on a systematic review team begins with collaborating on developing this foundation.

In this webinar, you’ll learn why a good protocol is essential to a high-quality systematic review and how you can engage and collaborate with systematic review teams to develop a protocol.

You’ll be introduced to the elements of a protocol, frameworks for developing protocols, options for registering and publishing protocols, and strategies for effectively collaborating with research teams throughout the protocol development process.

If you are new to doing reviews, this webinar offers essential knowledge about protocols and guidance in working with teams to ensure the librarian role is clear and recognized.

If you have experience working on review teams, this webinar will help you develop skills in effectively collaborating with research teams on developing protocols.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the webinar, you will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics of a high-quality systematic review protocol Contribute to the development of a systematic review protocol
  • Negotiate involvement in systematic review projects
  • Collaborate with teams on developing systematic review protocols


Librarians, novice and experienced in working on systematic reviews, and non-librarians who work on review teams.


Stephanie Roth, AHIP is a Biomedical & Research Services Librarian at Temple University Health Sciences Library in Philadelphia, PA. She has over 10 years of experience in systematic reviews. She has co-authored numerous systematic reviews, authored Transforming the Systematic Review Service, which describes a team-based systematic review service model she designed and implemented. She has taught systematic review courses for MLA and teaches one for Library Juice Academy.

Gregory Laynor is Senior Librarian for Information Services at Thomas Jefferson University’s Scott Memorial Library in Philadelphia, PA. He provides library instruction on systematic reviews and other types of evidence synthesis and serves on evidence synthesis research teams. He co-designed an online Introduction to Health Sciences Librarianship course for Library Juice Academy and an NNLM virtual mentoring program for LIS students and early-career librarians interested in health sciences librarianship.

Note: This registration is for the Livestream only and does not offer MLA contact hours.

If you are a LILRC member health sciences/hospital librarian, please email Sally Stieglitz, at, to arrange to view with a unique access code for MLA contact hours. MLA contact hours are not applicable to the MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization

This program is not being recorded. 

Code of Conduct

For questions, please email Eliscia Cirrone,

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