2020 Spring Forum: Nia Wyn Roberts

The 2020 UHMLG Spring Forum is focusing on getting involved with systematic reviews. With six presentations, it promises to be an interesting and informative day. With the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the HE and NHS sectors, it’s a great value event for all health and medical librarians.

Shifting sands: maintaining library support for evidence syntheses at Bodleian Health Care Libraries

Over the last 20 years the demands for library support for systematic reviews within the Medical Sciences Division at the University of Oxford has increased, both in terms of volume and complexity of requests. We have changed from a traditional library based service to an outreach model where librarians are increasingly embedded within research groups. However, this transition hasn’t followed a consistent path and individual librarians work very differently within research groups.

In this talk, Nia will outline the different service models in use across the library and expand on how her working relationships have developed with individual researchers and research groups. She will give an overview of the training programmes delivered by library staff and address how the team themselves are keeping up with developments in the evidence synthesis landscape.


Nia Wyn Roberts is an outreach librarian and information specialist at Bodleian Health Care Libraries. She collaborates with researchers in primary care and population health on a range of systematic reviews, evidence syntheses and rapid reviews. She also teaches information skills for systematic review within Masters programmes within the University.