CHLA/ABSC Conference Invitation: June 15 – 18, 2018

Registration is now open for CHLA/ABSC 2018. This year’s conference will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in historic St. John’s, Newfoundland from June 15-18. Inspired by the title of a Newfoundland folk song, we invite participants to “rant and roar” about innovation, emerging roles, research, collaborations, and more.

For more information, please visit the conference website:

We hope to see you there!

CHLA-ABSC 2018 Conference Logo

Pre-conference details

Hello, Everyone!

We’re just a few days before the conference, and we’re looking forward to seeing you all. Remember, your parking is free if you choose Lot 18, the non-metered lot just behind the QEII Library.  Check it out on the map: MUN CampusMap NLHLA 2017 You don’t need to display a permit.

We’re also very pleased to have some additional sponsors this year.  Our heartfelt thanks goes out to:

Remember to register, and get in touch if you have any concerns/questions/feedback.


Register for NLHLA 2017

Registration is now open for the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Libraries Association 2017 Conference and AGM, which will be held at Memorial University of Newfoundland on Friday, May 5, 2017. Part of this year’s conference will be a tour of Memorial University’s Clinical Learning and Simulation Centre (CLSC), which is a state-of-the-art clinical learning space. Check out the virtual tour to see a preview.

Are you still considering submitting an abstract?  Please submit your presentation ideas to the NLHLA executive for consideration.  We look forward to your input!


MLA and CHLA / ABSC Joint Statement

MLA and CHLA/ABSC Joint Statement

By Teresa L. Knott, AHIP, President, Medical Library Association (MLA), and Lindsay Alcock, President, Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC)

CHLA/ABSC and MLA have a long history of shared values and joint initiatives, deeply rooted in our respective missions, values, diversity, openness, and transparency. We unite in our commitment to transcend borders and support an open and transparent environment of international cooperation that allows us to freely share health sciences information and professional collegiality in person and virtually.

History has an unfortunate habit of repeating itself. In her February 14, 2017, New York Times op-ed piece, Wendy Palen, associate professor of biology at Simon Fraser University, and the board chair of the nonprofit Evidence for Democracy, reminds us of the time When Canadian Scientists Were Muzzled by Their Government. Palen paints a chilling picture of the dark times that Canadians experienced ten years ago under Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

When the Canadian scientific community experienced government efforts to censor the sharing of scientific information, to close research libraries, and to destroy environmental historical data and reports, Canadian scientists and librarians forged a bond to take on the establishment, speaking up and speaking out. Their successful efforts helped overturn the Canadian government’s anti-science agenda.

Ten years later in the United States, we have legitimate concerns about an assault on open science and full access to research under the current administration. US librarians can learn a great deal from their Canadian colleagues. More than ever, we need to remain united, between our two countries and with other nations that value open communication and the free flow of scientific discourse.

ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education refers to “scholarship as communication.” The very nature of information or research is iterative and its value is defined through discourse, dissemination, and debate. In light of current political uncertainty and its effect on our professional activities, MLA and CHLA/ABSC extend support to all our members and encourage continued participation – in person or virtually – in conferences, annual meetings, and other collaborations.

Your association is your advocate. We invite you to share any concerns you may have with your association’s leadership so that we may advocate on your behalf as appropriate. We look forward to participating as part of an international movement to protect the integrity of research, scholarship, and the freedom of information.

Call for Presentations NLHLA 2017

The executive of NLHLA are welcoming your submissions to present at our annual NLHLA Conference which will be held on Friday May 5, 2017 at the QE II Library at Memorial University.

As the saying goes” we are living in interesting times” and we would love to hear your perspective on the challenges and opportunities these interesting times bring to our various library environments and services.  What impact are local and global events having on your library?  How do we rise to the challenges and opportunities that face us day to day?

Please submit your presentation ideas to the NLHLA executive by March 31, 2017 for consideration.  We look forward to your input!

NLHLA Executive

Shannon McAlorum, President
Kim Hancock, Vice President
Alison Farrell, Treasurer

Call for Submissions CHLA / ABSC 2017 Edmonton Alberta

On behalf of the NLHLA executive we would like to encourage our members to submit their contributions as either a presented paper, poster presentation of a lightening talk for the upcoming 2107 CHLA / ABSC conference to be held in Edmonton Alberta.  The  information regarding how to submit for work is provided below:

Call for Submissions    CHLA/ABSC 2017 Annual Conference Northern Illumination/Lumières du Nord May 16-19, 2017, Edmonton, Alberta

Veuillez prendre note que la version française fait suite au texte anglais.

The 2017 CHLA/ABSC Planning Committee invites submissions for the Annual Conference of the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC), to be held in Edmonton. The theme of the conference is “Northern Illumination/Lumières du Nord”.

The online abstract submission site is now available via the CHLA/ABSC conference website. To be considered, submissions must be received by December 1, 2016, 9:59 pm MST.

Authors are asked to rank how they would prefer to present their work: as a paper, poster, or lightning talk. Abstracts not accepted to a first choice will be considered for second and third choices.

When submitting structured abstracts, authors will note whether their abstract is a research abstract or program description abstract:

  • Research abstracts report on designing, conducting, and analyzing a research project.
  • Program Description abstracts describe the creation and improvement of products, programs, technologies, administrative practices, or services conducted by librarians and information professionals.

Refer to the FAQ page for additional information.

For more information, contact:

Janice Kung Sandy Campbell

NLHLA Executive

Shannon, Kim and Alison


NLHLA protest against NLPL funding cuts and review process

Dear Members,

This morning, on behalf on NLHLA, I sent Minister Dale Kirby the attached message.  We have also created a Twitter account for our organization’s advocacy efforts; if you are Tweeting regarding the NLPL review system and proposed cuts, please be sure to include @NL_HLA in your message.

If you are able, please be a presence at tonight’s Public Roundtable with EY.  It will be 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the St. John’s Comfort Inn on Airport Road.


Best, Shannon


Have Your Say: review of NL’s Public Library System

Dear Members,

A new public roundtable consultation session has been added for Tuesday, November 8 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at the Comfort Inn on Airport Road. Please consider taking part if you are able.

In addition, you can inform the government of your professional insight by filling out this survey and by submitting a written response to these three questions.

Feedback from the public consultations, stakeholder consultations, surveys, written responses, letters, and independent research will be synthesized into a report for the guidance of the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board (PILRB) and our provincial government in deciding the future of the NLPL system.

As information professionals, we are uniquely situated to stand as a bastion against  systemic dissolution of not only our profession but the educational system that promotes our citizens’ ability to engage with research. To help ensure we can facilitate our citizens’ access to and understanding of the health-related information they need, and help them towards positive health outcomes, we must speak out.  For more information, see the NLPL page, the Review of the Provincial Public Library System and the blog for Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association (NLLA).

Shannon McAlorum

President, NLHLA


Canadian Library Workers Day

Good afternoon and Happy Canadian Library Workers Day!!

 The Canadian Federation of Library Associations has proclaimed today, October 21, 2016 as Canadian Library Workers Day.

 “Canadian Library Workers Day is recognized during Canadian Library Month which is an annual celebration of libraries, library workers and the services they provide to their communities.”  Please take a moment out of your day today to express your appreciations to all of your co-workers for what they contribute to the integral services that we provide day to day for our Library users.

 Shannon, Kim, and Alison