ALIA HLA Lunchtime Seminar: Digital tools

ALIA HLA Lunchtime Seminar: Digital tools

Event Description

ALIA HLA Lunchtime Seminar: Digital tools - Supporting systematic reviews and evidence synthesis. Where are we now and what might the future look like?

There has been an explosion in discovery and digital tools in recent years. Some of it can be attributed to the rising availability of free open scholarly metadata (particularly citations) and to a lesser extent availability of open full text due to the rise of Open Access. Though use of these newer tools (2020 and after) are not often used for evidence synthesis, Aaron will show results of a quick and dirty analysis on how many of these new tools are already mentioned as being in use in reviews and even more rigorous systematic reviews.

In this talk Aaron will try to provide an overview of:

  • The general types of discovery tools that are out there e.g. Science mapping tools, citation based literature mapping tools, semantic citation tools, research graphs etc (see
  • Thing to look out for when considering use of them e.g. limitations in coverage, transparency/reproducibility of methodology, business model
  • What we might expect in the future

Aaron Tay has been an academic librarian for over 10 years. A generalist who has worked in different areas of academic librarianship from library analytics, bibliometrics support and library discover as well as liaison work in finance areas. He is currently Data Lead at Singapore Management University Libraries. Some honours he has received in the past includes ''Professional Service Award'' (Library Association of Singapore), CONSAL Outstanding Librarian - Silver/Merit (Congress of South East Asian Librarian), Library Journal - Mover & Shaker 2011. His main interests revolve around library discover and delivery and bibliometrics and his blog Musings About Librarianship ( been tracking trends around emerging tools in these areas since 2009. From the earliest days of "Web Scale Discovery"/Discovery layers in the 2010s to the emergence of what he dubs ''Citation based literature mapping services'' due to the availability of open scholarly metadata in the 2020s ( and the possible impact of the availability of open full text on digital tools, he enjoys tracking, studying and writing on these issues. In recent years, he has become interested in the area of evidence synthesis. He is also avid on twitter - @aarontay.


Friday, 12 August   1:00pm - 2:00pm (Vic, NSW, ACT, TAS, QLD);

                                 12:30pm - 1:30pm (SA, NT);

                                 11:00am - 12:00am (WA);

                                 3:00pm - 4:00pm (NZ)


On Zoom - a link will be sent the day prior.

Please note this event will be recorded and distributed to attendees following the event.


ALIA Members - FREE

Non-Members - $15


More information

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Friday, 12 August 2022
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm AEST
FREE (Members) - $15 (Non-Members)
1.00 CPD Hours