HLABC is an organization dedicated to supporting health libraries, their staff, and anyone interested in the search and discovery of health information.

CHLA/ABSC 2015: Call for Conference Volunteers

Volunteer to help us host Canada’s national health library conference in Vancouver this year! Welcome your peers from across the country, reunite with far-flung colleagues, and exchange ideas with new friends.

Whatever your interests, we have glamourous library-conference volunteering opportunities at Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada 2015. Help us set up posters, facilitate sessions, or direct arriving delegates. Love early mornings? Guide a seawall walk or Robson Street saunter! More of an evening person? Help us set up for a reception, then mingle, chat, and troubleshoot. Just like to hang out? Take responsibility for a conference session room, and assist with whatever comes up.

To thank you for your help, we invite you to attend a half-day of conference sessions for free, on the same day as your volunteer shift(s). This excludes ticketed events like continuing education and the banquet. The conference planning committee will do our best to accommodate preferences, but cannot guarantee that all requested shifts will be assigned.

Friday, June 19

Registration desk (Morning or afternoon shifts)

Continuing education: Guide delegates to workshop locales, and convene sessions (Morning or afternoon shifts)

Receptions: Help us set up the rooms, or greet and direct delegates (evening shifts)

Posters: Assist with poster setup (late afternoon shifts)

Saturday, June 20

Morning seawall walk guide (Early morning shift)

Registration desk (Morning or afternoon shifts)

Conference sessions: Direct delegates, facilitate, and assist (Morning or afternoon shifts)

Posters (late afternoon shifts)

Hospitality: Coordinate and accompany delegates to local restaurants (evening shifts)

Saturday volunteers are welcome to attend conference sessions when not volunteering.

Sunday, June 21

Morning seawall walk guide (Early morning shift)

Registration desk (Morning or afternoon shifts)

Conference sessions: Direct delegates, facilitate, and assist (Morning or afternoon shifts)

Posters (early evening shift)

Hospitality: Help us set up the rooms, or greet and direct delegates (evening shifts)

Sunday volunteers are welcome to attend conference sessions when not volunteering.

Monday, June 22

Morning seawall walk guide (Morning shift)

Registration desk (Morning shifts)

Conference sessions: Direct delegates, facilitate, and assist (Morning shift)

Please let me know when you’re available, and your preferred volunteer activity. If you wish to facilitate or convene a session, please indicate your experience or comfort with public speaking. We will do our best to accomodate. We unfortunately cannot refund registration fees to volunteers who have already registered.

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CHLA/ABSC Conference: Riding the Wave of Change

Date: Friday, June 19, 2015 (All day)Monday, June 22, 2015 (All day)
Location: Sheraton Wall Centre

Contact: CHLA/ABSC Conference Committee

Contact Email:  2015.CE@chla-absc.ca

Join us in Vancouver for innovative programs, educational opportunities, and networking events. Hang ten with Canadian and international librarians discussing new initiatives, cool tools, and personal bests.

Opening Keynote speaker: Julie Angus (MSc Molecular Biology), the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean, knows more than most about succeeding in a changing environment.

Closing Keynote speaker: Jesse Hirsch’s address will focus on the challenges we face to protect personal information while sharing knowledge via eHealth.

Included in CHLA/ABSC’s Annual Conference are continuing education courses. The conference provides a forum for participants from across the country to share ideas and address issues of relevance to the health sciences information field. In addition to a varied program of panel discussions, lectures and informal meetings, CHLA/ABSC hosts an exhibit of products and services of particular interest to health science librarians.

For more information and registration, stay tuned here: http://www.chla-absc.ca/conference/


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HLABC Winter CE & Lunch – January 30, 2015

Date: Fri, 2015/01/30 – 8:30am1:00pm

Event Type: CE Events

Address: Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC

HLABC’s Winter CE and Lunch


8:30am Welcome & Networking – Bring your own coffee of choice and connect with fellow library professionals

9:00am HLABC and Student Joint Speed Networking & Mentoring – This mentoring event is back by popular demand. The format of the event will be based on a speed dating format where an HLABC librarian/information specialist will be paired with a student for 5 minutes at a time on a rotating circuit. It will allow student information professionals an opportunity to ask questions of a group of practicing librarian/information specialists but in a one-on-one situation.

10:00am Coffee Break

10:30am CE Workshop: Ebook Panel Discussion*


Heather-Ann Laird, Systems Librarian, Health & Human Services Library, BC Ministry of Health
Christian Patrick, Director of Sales, EBSCO Publishing
Sandra Wong, Electronic Resources Librarian, SFU Library

* [NEW] Webconferencing option (for the CE 10:30-noon) is now available for HLABC members. Please RSVP below and indicate you are joining us via video. Instructions will be emailed to you on how to join the videoconference. 

12:00pm Lunch (Catered by UBC)

CE with Lunch $30
CE without Lunch $20
CE by Webconference $10

We would like to invite SLAIS, Langara, and UFV Library and Information students (attending independently) to join us for the day free of cost. Please register and indicate your student status.

If you are a student attending with your class, we invite you to join us for our morning networking and CE workshop free of cost. Lunch will be $10 and we do hope you can stay and lunch with us. Please register and indicate you are attending with a class, and follow the steps for payment via paypal.

Please email: hlabc.exec@gmail.com if you need to complete payment for your existing registration via Paypal.

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HLABC Continuing Education Day on Demonstrating the Value of Libraries & AGM

Date: Friday, June 6, 2014 – 9:30am3:00pm

Location: UBC, Irving K Barber Centre, Lillooet Room

Contact: Linda Howard

Webinar option available, please register indicating the webinar choice, and instructions will be sent to you on how to connect. 

You are invited to attend:

The HLABC Annual CE and AGM Day on Friday, June 6th from 9:30am to 3:00pm.

CE EVENT 9:30-12:00 

Demonstrating the Value of Libraries through evaluation, assessment and other measures” an interactive panel

Speakers: Dean Giustini (UBC.VGH), Jeremy Buhler (Assessment Librarian, UBC), Antje Helmuth ( Manager and Librarian, Ministry of Health & Human Services Library), Leah Hopton (Coordinator, BC Electronic Library Network)

Libraries have been under attack in recent times.  Several science and government libraries have closed.  This panel will look at how some libraries are fighing back using evaluation and assessment tools to demonstrate their value to the larger organization. Join us for stimulating presentations by BC librarians who are actively involved in evaluation and assessment of library services.

Learning Objectives:

1. learn about various ways of assessing and evaluating library services (Dean)

2. learn about key BC academic library initiatives in evaluation (Jeremy)

3. Learn about evaluation in small health libraries (Antje)

3. Learn about assessment tools, such as surveys and qualitative measures to demonstrate the value of electronic library consortiums. (Leah)

4. Participate in a discussion about creative ways we can demonstrate our value

Lunch and AGM will follow the CE event.  Event and lunch are free.

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BCLA Meet and Eat – April 2, 2014

Date: Wed, 2014/04/02 – 5:30pm9:00pm

Address: Elephant & Castle Pub | 385 Burrard Street

City: Vancouver

Email: hlabc.exec@gmail.com

Come join us at the Elephant and Castle Pub on Wednesday evening, April 2 following the BCLA Conference.

The pub is walking distance of the conference hotel.

Come & mingle with your colleagues whether you are attending BCLA or not!

More details to come.

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