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Bilingual Information Specialist, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Fall Prevention Community of Practice Library Service

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline June 27, 2016

Our Fall Prevention Community of Practice (CoP) strives to create supportive communities in Ontario (and beyond) where adults enjoy quality of life and maintain their independence through the prevention of falls. We support our members to build capacity in the prevention of falls and fall-related injuries.

A CoP is a group of people who come together to exchange information on a topic. We bring together practitioners, caregivers, researchers, older adult groups and policy planners working for the health and care of older adults. Community members make a commitment to support and learn from one another and to develop new knowledge to advance the field of practice.

The Bilingual Information Specialist (IS) facilitates access to current evidence-based information in French and English and supports the transfer of research knowledge into practice to the Fall Prevention CoP members (

Position Summary

The Bilingual IS can be situated in the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation’s Toronto office, a partnering organization’s office or a home office (to be discussed). The Bilingual IS does need their own access to relevant databases, academic journals and other periodicals in French and English, recognizing that the majority of requests are likely to be in English.


The Bilingual IS provides the following services to the Fall Prevention Community of Practice (CoP) members in French and/or English:

Reference Services:

  • Complete literature searches for CoP members
  • Deliver full-text academic articles (and possibly other resources) by email, mail or fax to CoP members, on request
  • Provide evidence to help answer clinical or practice-based questions from CoP members
  • Provide reference services for the CoP Core Team, as required

Awareness Services:

  • Prepare reading lists to contribute for newsletters, webinars and/or discussion summaries in collaboration with CoP Core Team
  • Alert CoP members to important new fall prevention research, resources, trends and/or events


  • Promote Library Services to CoP members through active participation in the Loop discussion forums

Connection and Collaboration:

  • Attendance at two teleconference CoP meetings per month
  • Attendance at approximately two in-person (Toronto) CoP meetings per year
  • Connect Loop members with similar interests
  • Post information from member requests to Loop discussion forums for others to use
  • Add links to evidence-based information in Loop discussion forums with low traction


  • Use the back end of the Loop website (we will provide training) to archive responses to requests
  • Track time spent per request
  • Analyze topic trends and report regularly to the CoP Core Team
  • Contract discussions will occur with the Program Director, Prevention at the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation

The Bilingual Information Specialist is expected to support the knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) activities of the CoP based on their ability and availability. Partial knowledge product development may be involved.


  • An undergraduate degree, preferably in the Health Sciences
  • Master of Library and Information Science degree or Information Techniques diploma
  • 3 years work experience in a health care information resource centre or equivalent
  • Knowledge of injury prevention or older adult health issues would be an asset
  • Competency with Microsoft Office suite software
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and access to health databases such as Medline, CINAHL, PsycINFO
  • Demonstrated ability to assess, problem solve, and prioritize
  • Outstanding communication and relationship building skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and meet tight deadlines
  • Creative, proactive, innovative approach to information work
  • Bilingual (French and English)

This is a part-time contract position for 16 hours per week starting July 1st, 2016 until March 31, 2017. There is the potential to negotiate number of hours based on demand. The contract may be extended depending on funding and demand.

The Bilingual IS should be available during regular scheduled working hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Please send your resume to Hélène Gagné at