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Who We Are

HLABC is an organization comprising health libraries, their staff, and others interested in health information.

HLABC was formed in 1978, with an initial membership of 45. It has grown to over 90 members, representing health libraries in hospitals, academic and government environments, non-profit organisations, public libraries and research corporations.

We hold four meetings a year; the AGM traditionally takes place in May, and continuing educational seminars are typically offered on that same day. Our other meetings have topical discussions in addition to attending to HLABC business.

We host a email discussion list, which members are encouraged to join, and which provides up-do-date information pertaining to the and connects members.


  • To promote effective library service in the health sciences within British Columbia;
  • To bring together people from health libraries;
  • To encourage cooperation, communication, and mutual assistance between health libraries and health libraries staff;
  • To provide educational programs relating to the health library field; and To act as an informed organization on issues of concern to health libraries and staff in British Columbia.


The Health Libraries Association of British Columbia (HLABC) was founded in 1978 by W. (Bill) Colin Fraser – one of the pioneers in health librarianship in the province. Some of HLABC’s prominent members over the years have included Sue Abzinger, Jim Henderson, David Noble and Cathy Rayment. It is the provincial association for hospital and health librarians as well as health library assistants. HLABC is also the provincial chapter of the CHLA/ABSC (Canada).

Like most chapters of CHLA/ABSC (Canada), HLABC maintains its own bylaws and membership lists. The Association represents the views of BC health libraries, advocates for library and information professionals locally, provincially and nationally, and hosts regular lectures and continuing education events. It holds an annual general meeting in the late spring, publishes a regular newsletter and brings professional colleagues together to plan annual conferences.

For more information about health libraries and health information in Canada, see HLWIKI Canada.

More Information

  • If you are interested in learning more about HLABC, please see our About page.
  • If you would like to join HLABC, please go to our Membership section.
  • If you are looking for resources on health librarianship or information consultancy, please see the Resources page.
  • Finally, if you are interested in how HLABC members are participating in social media, please see the HLABC 2.0 page.