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Mission, Vision & History

Established in 1976, CHLA/ABSC grew out of the efforts of the Canadian Group of the Medical Library Association and the Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services. Today, CHLA/ABSC is a professional organization of approximately 350 individuals in the health sciences library field in Canada. Through its programs and publications CHLA/ABSC encourages the professional development of its members.


To lead health librarians and information specialists towards excellence through professional development, networking and advocacy.


To improve health care and the quality of health research in Canada with the best information. Together we will realize this Vision by building on our Mission and focusing on our Goals.

Histoire / History

An article by David S. Crawford,"CHLA/ABSC 25 Years On," reproduced from the Winter 2000 issue of Bibliotheca Medica Canadiana, gives a historical look at the formation and first 25 years of the association.