Unity Health Toronto Library Hours


in line with the public health measures in the City of Toronto and Unity Health Toronto, library spaces and in-person service points are closed for the time being. Library services will continue to be offered virtually; for more information on our virtual services or if you have any questions please contact us at: hslibrary@smh.ca or by using our contacts page. Be sure to check our workshop calendar for upcoming virtual instructional sessions, and follow our blog for library news and updates.

Library spaces across Unity Health Toronto are all open for staff-use. As we navigate changing needs and pandemic safety precautions, our space and service hours may change with sudden or little notice. Please consult this page (updated frequently) for our most current space and service hours.

There are two separate times listed below each site: “Open Hours” and “Staffed Hours”. Open Hours indicates the days and hours when Unity Health staff may use the Library space. Staffed Hours refers to the hours when there is a Library staff member present to assist with any services, questions, or issues. If you have any questions about these hours, please feel free to reach out to hslibrary@smhlibrary.ca.

PLEASE NOTE: Library staff are available virtually to assist you every weekday by email or by booking an appointment with an Information Specialist. The hours below refer to our in-person library spaces and service points only.

St. Joseph’s Library: library@stjoestoronto.ca
St. Michael’s Library: hslibrary@smh.ca
Providence: library@providence.on.ca

St. Michael’s Library Open Hours10am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
St. Michael’s Library Staffed Hours10am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Providence Library Open Hours8am-6pm Monday- Friday
Providence Library Staffed Hours9am-5pm Monday & Wednesday
St. Joseph’s Library Open Hours8am-6pm Monday-Friday
St. Joseph’s Library Staffed Hours10am-6pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Library Link: October 2020

Hello Library Linkers!

Happy spooky season and welcome to our October Newsletter! This edition covers service updates including our new Collaboration & Partnerships webpage, an update to our collection development work for new anti-BIPOC racism and EDI titles, new service hours for library spaces across the network, and much more. Click on the newsletter below to view a PDF version of the newsletter for more details.

Anti-BIPOC Racism Collection

In our August Library Link Newsletter we shared preliminary details about our work to develop and add titles to our collection related to anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Black racism, dismantling systemic racism, white supremacy, oppression and discrimination. Our primary objectives for acquiring these works for our collection are to provide resources for all Unity Health Toronto staff, physicians, researchers, students and volunteers to support and facilitate access to self-directed learning, amplify BIPOC experiences and narratives, promote dialogue and self-reflection. Library Services has ordered the list of books below which will be available at each of Unity Health Toronto’s sites in mid-late October. Thank you to everyone who shared their suggestions for the new collection using our Recommend a Resource form. This will be an ongoing effort, so please consider any titles you’d like to see added to the collection and share your suggestion here: bit.ly/uhtrecommend

Bob Joseph

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality (2018)

Damon Tweedy

Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine (2015)

Jennifer L, Eberhardt

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do (2019)


John Hoberman

Black and Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism (2012)

Isabel Wilkerson

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (2020)

John E. Charlton, Herman J. Michell, & Sharon L. Acoose

DECOLONIZING MENTAL HEALTH: Embracing Indigenous Multi-Dimensional Balance (2020)

C. Riley Snorton

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity (2017)

Margo Greenwood,
 Sarah de Leeuw,
 Nicole & Marie Lindsay 

Determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ Health: Beyond the Social (2018)

Series of authors

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race (2016)

Ibram X. Kendi 

How to Be an Antiracist (2019)

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (2016)

Barrington Walker

The History of Immigration and Racism in Canada: Essential Readings (2008)

Rebecca Skloot 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010)

Layla F. Saad

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor (2020)

Crystal Marie Fleming 

How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide (2018)

Anne Pollock

Medicating Race: Heart Disease and Durable Preoccupations with Difference (2012)

Cheryl Foggo 

Pourin’ Down Rain: A Black Woman Claims Her Place in the Canadian West (2020)

Desmond Cole

The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power (2020)

Carrie A. Bourassa 

Metis Health: The Invisible Problem (2011)

Dána-Ain Davis

Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth (2019)

Hilary N. Weaver

Social Issues in Contemporary Native America (2014)

Ingrid R.G. Waldron

There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous & Black Communities (2018)

Ijeoma Oluo

So You Want to Talk About Race (2018)

 Cyndy Baskin

Strong Helpers’ Teachings: The Value Of Indigenous Knowledges In The Helping Professions (2016)

Rodney Diverlus,
Sandy Hudson,
Syrus Marcus Ware

Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada (2020)

 Reni Eddo-Lodge

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (2017)

Cecil Foster

They Call Me George: The Untold Story of The Black Train Porters (2019)

Robin DiAngelo

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (2018)

Library Link: September 2020

Hello Library Linkers!

Welcome to our September Newsletter! Library Services has lots of BIG news this edition, including our anti-Racism & oppression resource collection development, and re-opening library spaces! Please click on the newsletter or the link below to view all or the additional links!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to hslibrary@smh.ca

Harmonizing library collections & resources across Unity Health Toronto

by Zack Osborne, Manager of Health Information & Knowledge Mobilization

Picture this…

You work at Providence as a nurse and want to search the CINAHL database to find articles supporting a new initiative on your ward, but hold on a second – Providence doesn’t have a subscription to CINAHL. You think, “but CINAHL is available at St. Mike’s and St. Joe’s, why not here? I thought we were now part of the same health network?” Or this: you’re a researcher at St. Mike’s and urgently need access to a VERY expensive scientific text available in electronic format, but due to licensing restrictions, it’s only available to staff at St. Joe’s. Or imagine this: you’re a physician at St. Joe’s with a patient inquiring about herbal alternatives for their treatment and you want to consult the Natural Medicines database, but alas, it’s only available at St. Mike’s!

Do any of these circumstances sound familiar? They’re flat-out frustrating! However, here’s the good news: these unwanted and unfair scenarios are currently being addressed and will be resolved through a Library Services initiative to harmonize library collections.

Harmonization & Equity

A foundational objective of unifying Library Services across Providence, St. Michael’s, and St. Joseph’s is to establish a single, harmonized library collection for all staff, physicians, researchers, students, and volunteers at Unity Health. The three legacy library sites each bring their own unique journal subscriptions, database licenses, eBook packages, print journals and books, clinical point of care tools, and more. A harmonized Library Service for Unity Health means improved resource equity and access across our three sites.

What’s involved?

Phase 1: Data collection (summer 2020)
Perform a comprehensive collection and systematic organization of all subscription resources (databases, singularly subscribed electronic journals, eBook and eJournal packages, online point-of-care tools, etc.) from each of the legacy library sites. Accompanying each resource is the publisher, Unity Health site(s) where it’s subscribed, the current cost, along with usage statistics, and other details.

Phase 2: Analysis (fall 2020)
Investigate and analyze usage of all resources at each site over the course of four years. Identify cost-per-use details and trends for each resource to help inform decision-making for expansion or cancellation. We will also consult input from the 2019 Needs Assessment Project conducted by Library Services, as well as historical data from interlibrary loan requests for journals not held in the collections at our sites.

Phase 3: License (re)negotiation & Enabling Access (fall 2020/winter 2021)
Work with third-party content and service vendors to request and obtain quotes for expanded access to resources, and negotiate or re-negotiate license terms for multiple sites and their users. We will also leverage consortial pricing of some resources through the Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto (of which Unity Health Toronto is a member). Ultimately, once finalized, resources will be made available and accessible to staff across Unity Health Toronto.

What else?

Future phases will include communications and promotion of new resources and collections at sites where they were previously unavailable, integrating our three legacy search catalogues for improved discoverability of print materials plus lending/borrowing of print items across the three sites, as well as work to evaluate new resources and continuous efforts to expand equitable access however appropriate and necessary.

There’s still much, more information to come! Please stay tuned, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, and suggestions related to our collections harmonization initiative.

New! Knowledge Synthesis Support Tools

Looking to write a review paper? Library Services is excited to introduce new tools for emerging knowledge synthesis (KS) projects (e.g. systematic reviews). These tools are designed to educate research teams and students about the major types of reviews, help them choose the KS methodology that best suits their project, aid in the proper planning of projects to help ensure that they result in successful publication, and test their readiness.  

Comparison chart
The comparison chart defines and compares key elements of major KS methodologies and assists in understanding the key attributes of each review type. It is meant to be used with the decision tool. 
Decision tool
This tool assists in making a decision about what type of review is right for you based on your research question(s) and the required parameters of each type of review. It is meant to be used with the comparison chart. 
Knowledge Synthesis Readiness Checklist
A detailed checklist to help research teams determine their readiness to conduct a knowledge synthesis project to completion.
This tool describes requirements for attribution of authorship, expectations for collaboration, and publication etiquette. It might be particularly helpful for junior scientists or those who have never worked with an information specialist in the conduct of a knowledge synthesis project.

If you have any questions about these tools, please don’t hesitate to contact Zack Osborne, Manager of Health Information & Knowledge Mobilization at zachary.osborne@unityhealth.to.


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Library Link: August 2020

Hello, Library Linkers!

Happy August! Library Services has dedicated this issue of our newsletter to highlight the resources Library Services provides to support learning whether you’re working on-site or off-site. Please check out all of our resources in this pdf august-newsletter-2020 or click on the image below!