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Rapport de la Société royale du Canada sur l'avenir des bibliothèques et des centres d'archives au Canada

La Société royale du Canada a effectué une consultation à travers le pays l'année dernière sur l'avenir des bibliothèques et des archives. Nos collègues de l'ASTED3S, chapitre québécois de l'ABSC, y avaient d'ailleurs participé en présentant comment les bibliothèques du milieu de la santé se concertent pour offrir des services de qualité malgré des ressources souvent limitées.

Call for Continuing Education Course and Symposia Ideas for the 2016 MLA/CHLA/ABSC/ICLC Joint Meeting

In May 2016, Toronto will be home to the joint annual meetings of the Medical Library Association (MLA), the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothéques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC), and the International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC)

MLA is now accepting ideas for thought-provoking and innovative courses and symposia to offer at this meeting. 

Value Propositions (Post Board meeting reflections)

I had never planned to sit on the CHLA/ABSC Board.  I also never planned to be a librarian but it turns out things happen even if you don't plan them.  When the (then) Past President Miriam Ticoll phoned to convince me to throw my hat in the ring for a 3 year commitment as VP, President and Past-President I paused.  More meetings, more work....a volunteer position on top of all the other demands on my time.  I thought about how great it is to see everyone at the conference every year and figured it was my turn to do the work.  But I must admit that the value proposition eluded me...

CHLA/ABSC eNews October 2014

The Next CHLA/ABSC Board meeting
CHLA/ABSC Funding opportunity deadline extended
CHLA/ABSC is recruiting for a Web Manager to manage the association's website


ABSC/CHLA Nouvelles électroniques – Octobre 2014

Prochaines réunions du conseil d’administration de l’ABSC
Les dates limites pour les demandes de financement auprès de l’ABSC / CHLA sont reportées
L’ABSC/CHLA recrute un ou une webmestre pour la gestion du site Web de l’association


CHLA/ABSC is recruiting for a Web Manager to manage the association's website

CHLA/ABSC is recruiting for a Web Manager to manage the association's website and digital presence with the goal of creating enhancements where possible.  The association's website is a key communication vehicle for the association and its membership, as well as an important public relations tool for issues important to health libraries and librarianship in Canada.  It also provides a web hosting and mailing list platform for the association's chapters and interest groups.

L’ABSC/CHLA recrute un ou une webmestre pour la gestion du site Web de l’association

L’ABSC/CHLA recrute un ou une webmestre pour la gestion du site Web de l’association, ainsi que de sa présence virtuelle, dans le but de créer des améliorations là où c’est possible.  Le site Web de l’association est au cœur de la communication entre l’ABSC et ses membres, de même qu’un outil important de relations publiques concernant les thématiques pertinentes aux bibliothèques de santé et à la bibliothéconomie au Canada. Le site Web fournit également un service d’hébergement et une plateforme de listes de diffusion pour les sections et les groupes d’intérêt de l’association.

Library Value Toolkit Launch

October is Canadian Library Month (and National Medical Librarians Month in the U.S).  This is a time for us to celebrate and promote the value of the work we do.

 The Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto (HSICT) is therefore very pleased to be launching their Library Value Toolkit  on October 2nd, 2014.

A Week in the Life of an Outreach Librarian: Day Four

Thursday was my fourth day in Northern Manitoba and I was excited about my first day in The Pas.  However, the day didn’t get off to the greatest start.  The Super 8 Hotel doesn’t have a gym, and it was too dark first thing in the morning to go for a run in a strange place.  I didn’t think that I was experiencing any adverse effects from travelling to three communities in four days, but after realizing that there wasn’t a shower curtain in my bathroom (at a time too late for the front desk to bring me one), I then mixed up my toiletries bottles and accidently used lotion in my hair

A Week in the Life of an Outreach Librarian: Day Three

Day three of my tour of Manitoba’s Northern Health Region started in the gym of the Victoria Inn.  For breakfast I was invited to the Executive Leadership Council of the region.  Unfortunately there was some miscommunication about what and when the food was arriving, so one of the executives went to the McDonald’s drive through for egg McMuffin’s for the group.  She was there and back in less than 13 minutes.  This is one of the extreme advantages of small town living – it does NOT take a long time to get around!


A Week in the Life of an Outreach Librarian: Day Two

Day two of my travelling road show to Northern Manitoba started with some time in the hotel’s fitness facility, then a lovely hot breakfast which was included in the stay of the hotel.  Casey, from the Office of Continuing Professional Development, joined our entourage and is travelling with us to do training sessions throughout the region on oral-systemic health for non-dental healthcare professionals.


A Week in the Life of an Outreach Librarian: Day One

This week I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to four communities in northern Manitoba where I will be promoting Manitoba’s Health Information and Knowledge Network (MHIKNET)(pronounced “my net”).


First Month as your President

It is now just over a month after the 2014 CHLA Conference and earlier today I found myself still going to look at the photos on flickr  to remember the many great moments delivered to us (in two languages!) by the most excellent planning committee for Montréal 2014.   This year’s conference was busy for me but I still got to enjoy what I love most about our annual conference—getting to see so many friends from across Canada and always managing to meet a few new

Passing of Audrey Kerr

Audrey Kerr passed away on Monday June 23, 2014. For thirty years Audrey headed the Medical Library of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba. Her dedication and service to the Faculty of Medicine, to the University, to her staff and to the medical and health community at large, provincially and nationally, were widely acknowledged and earned her the highest esteem.

Posters Promoting Health Librarians 2014

Here are three newly-branded posters a collaboration between the Medical Library Association (MLA) & the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA/ABSC). Note the TWO logos at the bottom of each poster. As your CHLA/ASBC Public Relations Director, I am currently looking into printing these posters professionally. Would you be interested in buying one and how much would you be willing to pay?

Alternatively, you can copy the poster yourself locally. Stay tuned. ~Dean

Le rapport annuel de l'ABSC 2013-2014 est disponible en ligne!

La version plus récente du Rapport annuel 2013-2014 de l'ABSC est maintenant disponible en ligne pour nos membres. Il est un excellent moyen de voir en un coup d'oeil (seulement 20 pages!) ce qui s'est passé avec votre association durant l'année écoulée.  Une partie du document est traduit en français.

Un peu de lecture agréable à lire pendant que vous voyagez au congrès cette semaine ou une excellente façon de commencer votre semaine de travail si vous ne parvenez pas à vous joindre à nous à Montréal.

CHLA Annual Report 2013-2014 now available online!

The most current draft of the 2013-2014 CHLA Annual Report is now available online for our members. It is a great way to see at a glance (just 20 pages!) what has happened with your association over the past year.

A bit of light reading as you travel to the conference or a great way to start off your week at work if you are unable to join us in Montréal.

The page you are looking for is here .  



Googling the Grey Literature MLA Online CE Course

OHLA and the Partnership are co-sponsoring an online CE opportunity worth 4.0 Medical Library Association CE credits. Any member of a provincial or territorial can attend at the member rate.

When: July 15, 17, 22 & 24 @ 10:30 am ET

Googling the Grey Literature: Resources to augment your health research Four-session online course accredited by MLA

Individuals: $150 for OLA members/$180 for non-OLA members

4 MLA (Medical Library Association) CE credits. (Need to attend all 4 sessions for credit)

NAHLA Chapter Report May 2014

Our Spring report.


Chapters, are you ready for Canada's Anti-Spam Laws

On July 1, 2014, the Federal Government will proclaim new Anti-Spam legislation affecting anyone who sends "commercial" electronic messages. This includes non-profits like CHLA/ABSC and you, our Chapters.

This is not a very easy piece of legislation to interpret, but, it is very likely all chapters will be affected by this new law. 

For more infomation on how and when you have to comply try these sites:


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