The National Network of Libraries for Health (NNLH) will ensure that
all health care providers in Canada will have equal access to the best
information for patient care. It is designed to fit the Canadian health
care model and fill in the information gaps inherent in a complex health
These are just a few of the many questions that exist around access to
health information. Because Canada does not have a national library of
medicine, it is proposed that the National Network of Libraries for Health
be created to address health information issues. With coordination and
partnership among Canada's existing health libraries and the development
of a coordinated, integrated approach, we can provide equitable access to
the best health information. This will take advantage of Internet and
- Why is it so difficult to provide equitable access to quality
health care information in Canada?
Why do some health professionals have several layers of library services
and other health professionals have none?
The National Network of Libraries for Health will provide
infrastructure and content both through partnerships and on its own.
The infrastructure will bring together the many initiatives that
provincial health departments, universities, associations and regional
partners have made to deliver health care information to health care
It will provide highly trained library personnel who can:
- Train end users to locate the best information
Plan for the future
The content will ensure that Canadian health literature is collected,
preserved and made available. Canadian health care providers will have
access to the most appropriate databases, journals, books, reports, and
The Canadian Health Libraries Association /
Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada
(CHLA/ABSC) is the sponsor of the proposed NNLH. The association is a
non-profit organization of libraries and library professionals.