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Liza Chan

University of Alberta Libraries

John W. Scott Health Sciences Library
2K4.09 Walter C. McKenzie Health Sciences Centre

  • AIHS Research Librarian

Subject areas and related deposits

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

    • Reporting your Chapter History: the Process

      CHLA/ABSC recognizes the value of its many Chapters, and their contributions toward building the capacity of the Association, its members, and Canadian health librarianship. Local Chapters are encouraged and supported in their efforts to document the history of their development and activities. The following guidelines will assist Chapters in documenting their history.

  • Health research data

  • Northern Alberta Health Libraries Association (NAHLA)

    • Harnessing history: Highlighting CHLA / ABSC capacity building through the Northern Alberta Health Libraries Association (NAHLA), 1985-2007

      Objective - The purpose of the Northern Alberta Health Libraries Association (NAHLA) History Project was to capture, collect, and document the history of NAHLA, record and share the process with other Canadian Health Libraries Association / Association des bibliotheques de la sante du Canada (CHLA / ABSC) chapters, and systematically organize NAHLA documents for delivery to the Provincial Archive of Alberta. Methods - The methodology employed for this project is described in detail in the CHLA / ABSC Fact Sheet "Reporting Your Chapter History: The Process", available at the CHLA/ABSC Web site ( Results - During the course of the project, the History Group uncovered the very active and successful 23-year history of NAHLA. The History Group captured the story of the chapter's origins, identified political actions and educational offerings, and learned of members' perspectives about what NAHLA meant to them personally and professionally. Reviewing the Association chronology revealed changes in the focus of NAHLA over the years; those trends are also discussed. Discussion - The process of compiling and documenting a local association history can be a rewarding and enlightening experience. It leads to the long term preservation of knowledge of the association's origins and development. The authors hope the present article will inspire other chapters to initiate similar projects to preserve their own local histories.