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We are five librarians (and one publisher) who came together through Twitter! Between us, we have a novel skill set which we believe is well suited to the task ahead.

One of us is a career librarian who morphed into a freelance journalist and consultant; our second member is an expert in evidence-based health information and systematic reviews; we have a publisher who became a librarian (which isn’t very common!); two librarians who wish to survey views and understanding of systematic reviews by Early Career researchers and finally a scholarly publishing professional from a largely nonprofit background.

@marcusabanks; Marcus Banks – advocate for transformation of scholarly publishing, in order to take full advantage of the potential of the internet. Believer that librarians, publishers, authors and readers are all mired in alarming cognitive ruts which can be overcome through pluck and creativity. Most recently, Head, Blaisdell Medical Library, UC Davis, CA, USA.

  • Role in Collective: Project Lead (Independent Contractor to Annual Reviews) and Content Development.

@EQUATORNetwork; Shona Kirtley – Knowledge and Information Manager | Senior Research Information Specialist for Equator Network, Shona has wide-ranging experience in the provision of evidence-based health information to a variety of different stakeholder groups and in devising and conducting comprehensive literature searches to support systematic reviews and other research studies.

  • Role in Collective: Content Development.

@yvonnenobis; Yvonne Nobis – Yvonne is the Head of Science Information Services at Cambridge University, overseeing the Central Science Library and the Betty and Gordon Moore Library. Prior to joining Cambridge, Yvonne worked in development at ProQuest and LexisNexis Butterworths, and was IT Training and Development Officer at the University of Oxford. She was awarded a Postgraduate MSc in Library and Information Studies by City University in 2008.

  • Role in Collective: Content Development.

Ana Patricia Ayala: Ana is Instruction and Faculty Liaison Librarian at Gerstein Science Information Centre at the University of Toronto Libraries, @uoftlibraries. Education that leads to proper reporting, the use of transparent methods, and all evidence syntheses studies are her passion.

  • Role in Collective: Early Career Researcher Survey on Systematic Reviews

Lindsey Sikora: Lindsey is Acting Head Geographic, Statistical, and Government Info Centre/Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Ottawa,@uOttawaBiblio.

  • Role in Collective: Early Career Researcher Survey on Systematic Reviews

@LizAllenAR; Liz Allen – Director of MarCom and Strategic Development at nonprofit publisher @AnnualReviews.

Role in Collective: Annual Reviews is providing support for the project in this our 85th year of service to the research community.