Advocacy and Campaigns

Current Campaigns

  • Read CHLA's letter to the College registrar, BC Health Minister and Shadow Health Minister
  • Sign and share CHLA's petition at
  • In BC? Find your MLA to send a letter of your own

Other Activities

Letter to CMA regarding recently announced changes to Canadian Medical Association (CMA) programs and services. CHLA/ABSC with Support from SAHLA, OVHLA, THLA, SHLA, HLABC, NAHLA, MAHIP, and WWDHLN. (03/2023)

Recognizing Librarians and Information Professionals as Authors on Evidence Synthesis Publications. Joint MLA & CHLA/ABSC Statement. (11/2022)

MLA Statement Calling on Hospital and Health System Executives to Support Libraries and Library Staff. Co-signed by CHLA/ABSC, American Nurses Credentialing Center, AAHSL, and SLA. (01/2022)

La contribution des professionnelles de l’information du milieu de la santé et des services sociaux à la gestion de la crise sanitaire saluée par la CBPQ, La FMD, la FMD 3S et l’ABSC. (05/2021)

Statement on the Importance of Hospital Libraries: A statement by CHLA/ABSC with support from MLA, ACMQ, CBPQ, HLABC, MAHIP, NAHLA, OVHLA, SHLA, SAHLA, and THLA.  (05/2021)

International health library associations urge the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) to seek information specialists as peer reviewers for knowledge synthesis publications: Joint letter by CHLA/ABSC, EAHIL, ALIA HLA, and MLA. (06/2020)

NAHLA Land Acknowledgement, Template for Personalization, Definitions, and Speaker Protocol: Courtesy of Northern Alberta Health Libraries Association. (06/2019)

Letters of Support and Endorsements:

CHLA/ABSC funded the study Results of a Survey to Benchmark Canadian Health Facility Libraries (01/2015), which aimed to determine the status of hospital libraries in Canada and evaluate whether libraries met the 2006 CHLA/ABSC Standards for Library and Information Services in Canadian Healthcare Facilities.

Past Activities 

A summary for each group is available in the Governance Manual
  • Pan Canadian Cochrane Task Force (2009-2010)
  • National Network of Libraries for Health / Réseau national des bibliothèques pour la santé (2000-2008)
  • Task Force on Hospital Library Standards/ Normes pour les bibliothèques et les services dinformation au sein des établissements de soins de santé au Canada (2005-2006) (see the Publications section)
  • Professional Librarian Recruitment Letter Writing Campaign (2003-2004)
  • Volunteers in Libraries (2003-2004)
  • Resource Sharing II (1997-1999)
  • Benchmarking (1997-1998)
  • Resource Sharing (1994-1997)
  • Oral History Committee (1982-1983)