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

ABSC/CHLA Nouvelles électroniques – Avril 2014

ABSC/CHLA Nouvelles électroniques – Avril 2014

  • Présentation des nouveaux membres du conseil d’administration
  • Congrès de l’ABSC / CHLA 2014 – Montréal
  • Assemblée générale annuelle 2014
  • Date limite pour les demandes de bourses – Vendredi 6 juin 2013
  • Prochaine réunion du conseil d’administration – 17 juin 2014
  • Postes à pourvoir et opportunités
  • Rédacteur adjoint ou rédactrice adjointe pour le JABSC / JCHLA.

Présentation des nouveaux membres du conseil d’administration


eNews April 2014

CHLA/ABSC eNews – April 2014

  • Introduction to new Board members
  • CHLA/ABSC Conference, Montreal 2014
  • 2014 Annual General Meeting
  • Grant Application Deadline – Friday June 6th, 2014
  • Next Meeting of the Board of Directors – June 17th, 2014
  • Positions and opportunities
  • Upcoming JCHLA/JABSC Deadlines

 Introduction to new Board members


IFLA Marketing Award Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) Health Sciences Library

Congratulations to the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) Health Sciences Library who won the second place prize in  IFLA's International Marketing Awards (2014) for their innovative YouTube program, Standby…Action! Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region’s Experience Using Commercials to Market the Hospital Library.

2014 Login Student Paper Prize Winner Announced

On behalf of the Board and the Editors of the JCHLA/JABSC, I am pleased to announce this year's winners of the Login Paper Prize. The Login award is sponsored by Login Canada and administered through the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC). The winning paper was co-authored by three UBC MLIS students.

Résultats de l’élection et annonce des nouveaux membres du conseil d’administration pour l’exercice 2014-2015

J’ai le plaisir de dévoiler les résultats de l’élection de 2014 au poste de secrétaire de l’ABSC / CHLA.

75 bulletins de vote ont été reçus. Avec 48 % des votes, Natalie Clairoux a été élue secrétaire pour le mandat de 2014-2016. Félicitations Natalie !

Maintenant que l’élection est terminée, je peux souhaiter officiellement la bienvenue aux membres suivants du conseil d’administration qui entreront en fonction en juin 2014 :

  • Vice-présidente / présidente élue – Jeanna Hough, Halton Healthcare Services, Oakville, Ontario
  • Trésorière – Linda Slater, Université de l’Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Secrétaire – Natalie Clairoux, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec
  • Directeur, et coordonnateur de la formation professionnelle continue – M’hamed Belkhodja, Hôpital régional Dr Georges-L-Dumont, Moncton, Nouveau-Brunswick.

Merci à Patrick Ellis et Penka Stoyanova pour leur participation au comité de cette année des mises en candidature et des élections ; à Kathryn Ranjit et Tim Tripp pour avoir organisé le processus d’élection et de scrutin ; ainsi qu’à tous les membres qui ont voté lors de l’élection au poste de secrétaire.  

Election Results & New Board Members for 2014-2015

I am pleased to announce the results of the 2014 CHLA/ABSC Election for Secretary:

A total of 75 votes were cast. With 48% of the vote, Natalie Clairoux has been elected Secretary for 2014-2016. Congratulations Natalie!

With the election now closed I can officially welcome the following members to the Board of Directors starting in June 2014:

  • Vice-President/President Elect – Jeanna Hough, Halton Healthcare Services, Oakville, ON
  • Treasurer – Linda Slater, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
  • Secretary – Natalie Clairoux, Université de Montréal, Montréal, PQ
  • Director, Continuing Education Co-ordinator – M’hamed Belkhodja, Hôpital Régional Dr Georges-L-Dumont, Moncton, NB

Thank you to: Patrick Ellis and Penka Stoyanova for serving on this year’s Nominations & Elections Committee; Kathryn Ranjit and Tim Tripp for organizing the ballot and voting process; and all the members who voted in the election for Secretary.

2014 CHLA/ABSC Election Candidates Announced

The CHLA/ABSC Nominating Committee, chaired by CHLA/ABSC Past President, Jeff Mason, is pleased to announce that there will be an election to the 2014 Board of Directors for the position of Secretary for a two year term, 2014-2016. New Board members will be announced at the AGM during the annual CHLA/ABSC conference in Montréal in June. CHLA/ABSC members will be able to cast their votes electronically from March 17-April 4, 2014. Watch for the call and please vote!

Candidates are presented in alphabetical order:


Prochaine réunion du conseil d’administration de l’ABSC / CHLA


CHLA/ABSC eNews - February 2014

Next CHLA/ABSC Board of Directors meeting

Nominations for awards and applications for funding extended to March 1st

Renew your membership (or join) for 2014

Upcoming election for Board position

Advocacy toolkit is available to protest the closure of Canadian Science and Health libraries

Closing date for JCHLA August 2014 issue is April 4

Make plans for the CHLA/ABSC Annual Conference in Montreal


Next CHLA/ABSC Board of Directors meeting


Nouvelles électroniques – Hiver 2013 (précédemment envoyée 20 December 2013)

Vœux des Fêtes des membres du conseil d’administration de l’ABSC / CHLA

Au nom des membres du conseil d’administration de l’ABSC / CHLA, je souhaite à tous nos membres ainsi qu’à leurs êtres chers une période des Fêtes des plus joyeuses, et santé et prospérité pour l’année 2014 !

Suggestions de résolutions pour la nouvelle année

À court d’idées de résolutions pour la nouvelle année ? En voici quelques-unes :

Renouveler votre adhésion à l’ABSC / CHLA

Winter 2013 eNews (distributed Dec 20, 2013)

Seasons greetings from your CHLA/ABSC Board of Directors

On behalf of the CHLA/ABSC Board of Directors I would like to wish all our members and their families a safe and happy holiday season and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2014.

Suggested new years’ resolutions:

If you are wondering what resolutions to make, why not consider a few of these?

Renew your membership to CHLA/ABSC.  Renewal now available


L’ABSC / CHLA dénonce les compressions et les fermetures de bibliothèques de recherche fédérales


Les bibliothécaires en santé décrient la perte de bibliothèques de recherche fédérales   

Library Closures - The Health Librarian's Perspective

CHLA/ABSC was recently contacted by Erika Thorkelson, a freelance journalist with, to help provide a librarian's perspective on closures to Federal Government science libraries in Canada. You can read her piece here.

CHLA/ABSC members' study on

Don't feel like reading Jill Boruff and Dale Storie's new article in JMLA? has provided a brief summary for all you lazy readers out there.

Great to see our members (and emerging leaders) getting some press.

Incomplete trial results and the role of the medical librarian

Ben Goldacre (physician, blogger, speaker, author) recently co-authored a BMJ editorial discussing the path to improving access to clinical trial results. While this is not new information, it is something that can have a huge impact of the practice of evidence-based healthcare.

And then there were none...

Though government library closures are nothing new they certainly seem all the rage the past few weeks.


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