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Mission, Vision & History

Corresponding page in the Governance Manual


It is the mission of the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada 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.

Past and Present

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. The original mission statement was, "to improve health and health care by promoting excellence in access to information". Today, CHLA/ABSC is a professional organization of approximately 400 individuals in the health sciences library field in Canada.

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. You may also check out the Association's page on the HLWIKI for more on the history of CHLA/ABSC.

CHLA/ABSC regulary surveys its membership in order to shape the future direction of the association (see results for 2002; 2008; 2010; and 2013.

Through its programs and publications CHLA/ABSC encourages the professional development of its members whose foremost concern is the dissemination of health sciences information to those in research, education and patient care.