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CHLA / ABSC Canadian Health Libraries Association / Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada Fonds

CHLA / ABSC Canadian Health Libraries Association / Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada Fonds

Physical Description

9.8 m of textual records

Dates

1959-2013

Biographical Sketch / Administrative History

Before the formation of the CHLA/ABSC, Canadian health science librarians belonged to the Canadian Group of the Medical Library Association, CG MLA an official group of the Medical Library Association. The Group’s annual meeting was held during the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association. Its purpose was to permit Canadian members of the MLA to meet on an annual basis to discuss issues unique to Canadian health science librarians and to be listed in the MLA programme of Canadian Health Librarians. In June of 1975, the Ad-Hoc Committee to Study the Organizational Status of Canadian Health Librarians was established to review the organization of Canadian health science librarians and to recommend a system to improve communication between such libraries and to provide a means of communication with Provincial and Federal governments. The committee was chaired by David S. Crawford of McGill University and had the following members : Philippe Lemay, Head of the Health Sciences Resource Centre at the Canada Institute for Science and Technological Information, CISTI, Alan Macdonald, Head of the of the Kellog Health Sciences Library at Dalhousie University, Richard Fredericksen, Head of the Health Sciences Library at Memorial University and Chair of the Canadian Group of the Medical Libraries Association, Dorothy Sirois, Head of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Library and a member of L’Association pour l’avancement des sciences et des techniques de la documentation, ASTED, Section de la santé, Martha Stone, Head of the Library of Health and Welfare Canada and Sheila Swanson, President of the health sciences section of the Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services, CASLIS. In 1976, the Canadian Group of the MLA accepted the report resulting from a survey which underlined the need for a separate Canadian organization. The report was also accepted by the meeting of the Health Sciences Section of CASLIS at its 1976 meeting where members voted for the dissolution of the section. The CG MLA agreed to dissolve in 1980 as a bi-lateral Agreement had just been signed between CHLA and the MLA. The first constitution of the CHLA/ABSC came into effect in October 1976. The Osler Library is the official repository of the CHLA/ABSC archives.

Scope and Content

The fonds is divided into series, following the provenance and arrangement of the depositor as much as possible. Among the principal series are: President’s binders or files, Secretary’s binders or files, CHLA/ABSC special reports, and CHLA/ABSC publications. Within the series are found sub-series, i.e. President’s binder, correspondence. The organization of the binders revolves around the Board Meetings, which occur three times a year, in June, October and February. At this time, reports are presented and decisions acted upon. Addenda to the Board Minutes frequently exceed 10 items. The fiscal year is from June 1 to May 31.

Finding Aids

Inventory list available online. Last updated July 2013 for accruals.

Custodial History

Old accession numbers 831 and 882.

Language

The documents are in English

Source of Supplied Title Proper

Title based on documents in the fonds

Retrieval Number

P131

Series

Subjects

CHLA / ABSC Canadian Health Libraries Association / Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada