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WIMTER 1977 


Most of you receiving this Issue will recall a similar oublication, almost identical in 
format, CAN GROUP NEWS , which published its first and last issue way back in April of 
1976. Upon formation of the Canadian Health Libraries Association, it was decided to 
merge CAN GROUP NEWS into CHLA/ABSC NEWSLETTER . Reason? CAN GROUP NEWS was purply an 
experimental issue designed to fill an informational void until the TeeTing of Canadian 
health librarians about a separate and distincf library organization could be tested. 
The earlier publication, since the Canadian Group of MLA, its sponsor, lacks a treasury, 
was printed and distributed solely as an act of charity. Also, it was felt that a CHLA 
NEWSLETTER could address itself to a wider readership than just Canadian members of"M[J, 
while the existance of two such newsletters, with overlapping interests, could not be 
justified. Now that the CHLA is in the process of being established, presumably as hordes 
of Canadian health librarians send in their dues for charter membership, we hope to out 
this newsletter on a regular publishing basis--probably quarterly for the first year, with 
the second issue planned for April or May. While the first mailing of the newsletter will 
go out to any potential member of CHLA, subsequent issues will be sent only to those who 
have paid their dues. To make the Newsletter successful, the editor, based in a lonely 
outpost in the Atlantic Ocean, solicits and invites your contributions to future issues. 
Announcements regarding meetings, continuing education opportunities, descriptions of new 
library facilities or libraries in the planning stages, changes in assignment or jobs, job 
opportunities in health science librarianship, and similar material, would be of interest. 
Feature articles on libraries or special library services would also be welcomed. Please 
send your news contributions to: Richard B. Fredericksen, Editor, CHLA/ABSC NEWSLETTER, 
Health Sciences Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland. 
AlB 3V6. 




EE: David Crawford 

Conine vous savez deja, un comite, compost de moi-mlme conme president, 
Richard Fredericksen, Philippe Lemay, Alan MacDonald, Dorothy Sirois, 
Mcirtha Stone et Sheila Swanson fut ^tabli durant l'6t^, 1975 afin d'examiner 
I'organisation des biblioth^aires canadiens(nes) des sciences dc la sant^. 

Notre comit^ pr^senta son rapport final au mois de mai 1976 et il fut 
discute^aux assembles du M.L.A. et de C.A.S.L.I.S., Section de la sant^ 
au mois de juin. Vu I'agr^ment donn^ au rapport par ces deux grouses et les 
reactions positives revues lors du sondage I'an dernier, le comity s'est 
r^ifii a Vancouver en octobre 1976, et discuta 1' execution des cinq recoimendations 
presentees dans notre rapport final. 

Nous avons pris les d^isions suivantes: 

1. Que les membres du comit^ devrait constituer le premier ex^utif du 
ABSC. Notre terme finira lors de 1 'assemble annuelle au mois de juin 
1977. Nous organiserons des Elections par courier pour choisir in noxjvel 
ex^utif durant ce tenps. J'ai ^te" noirme president, Alan MacDonald a 4t6 
noam^ secretaire/ tr^sorier et Richard Fredericksen a ^te nonn^ r^dacteur des 

2. Ufie constitution provisoire fut r^dig^e. Cette constitution sera 
revis^e avant le mois de d^cembre 1978 et sera mise aux voix de touts les 

3. Nous avons decide que la premiere assemblee annuelle aurait lieu b 
Montr^ial au mois de juin 1977 juste avast I'asscmbl^e du C.L.A.. Mne 

Babs Flower a tres gentillement accepte' de s'occuper des arrangements locaux. 

4. On a decide de publier le premier fascicule des "Nouvelles" du 
ABSC t^t en 1977 et de publier le deuxieme avant 1 'assemblee annuelle. 

5. Conine vous verrez dans la constitution, la cotisation sera de $15.00 
par ann^e. Toutefois pour la p^riode se terminant en juin 1977, le 
paiement au prorata sera de J7.50. Si vous desirez etre membre de la 
ABSC et si vous desirez encourager son development, enjoyez votre 
cotisation au tresorier aussitot que possible. Une formule d'application 
est incluse. Puisque nos fonds sont 'k sec, nous ne pouvons pas vous envoycz 
d'autres avis d'abonnement. Alors nous vous prions, de nous envoyez votre 
ch^ue d^s aujourd'hui. 

L'ex^cutif fera son possible pour contribuer au developpement de^la ABSC 
mais 1 'Association ne peut rnissir sans votre appui. 

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FROM: David Crawford 

As you are aware, an ad-hoc committee consisting of myself, as Chairman, 
Richard Fredericksen, Philippe Lemay, Alan MacDonald, Dorothy Sirois, 
Kbrtha Stone and Sheila Swanson was established in the suimer of 1975 to 
investigate the organizational needs of Canadian Health Librarians. 

Our conmittee presented its final report in May 1976 and it was discussed at 
both the M.L.A. and C.A.S.L.I.S. Health Sciences Section meetings in June. 
Following the acceptance of the report by both these groijps and bearing in 
mind the strong positive response we received by mail, the Committee met in 
Vancouver in October 1976 and discussed the inf^lementation of the five 
recoonendations in our final report. 

We decided on the following points :- 

1. That the members of the ad-hoc Comnittee should form the first 
Executive of the C.H.L.A.. We will serve only through the annual meeting in 
June of 1977 and will organize mail elections for an executive during this 
time. I was appointed President, Alan MacDonald was appointed Secretary/ 
Treasurer and Richard Fredericksen was appointed Editor of Pi^lications. 

2. An interim constitution was written and appears elsewhere. This 
constitution will be revised before December 1978 by the elected executive 
and then be voted on by all members. 

3. It was agreed to hold the first annual meeting in Montreal in 
June 1977 iust before the C.L.A. meeting. Mrs. Babs Flower has very kindly 
accepted the post of local arrangements organizer. 

4. It was agreed to issue the first nurber of the C.H.L.A. Newsletter 
early in 1977 and to issue the second before the Annual meeting. 

5. As you will sec from the Constitution, the membership fee will be 
$15 per annton; however, for the period ending in June 1977 this will be pro- 
rated to $7.50. If you wish to be a member of the C.H.L.A. and help to 
foster its growth now is the time to send your membership fee to the 
Treasurer. A form is attached for this purpose. As we presently have no 
funding we will be inable to send out subscription reminders so I would ask 
you to, please, put your cheque in the mail today. 

Though the Executive will do all it can to assist in the development 
of the C.H.L.A. the Association can only succeed if you join and assist us 
in this inportant task. 

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Constitution and By-Laws (Noveirber 1976) 

Article 1. The name of the association shall be the Canadian Health Libraries 

Article 2. The purpose of the Canadian Health Libraries Association 

shall be to promote the provision of quality library service 
to the health coimuiity in Canada by comounication and 
mutiial assistance. 

Article 3. Membership shall be open to all persons or institutions interested 
in the aims of the Association. 

Article 4. The business of the Association shall be conducted and managed by an 
Executive Connittee. 

Article 5. The Executive shall consist of a President and six additional elected 
members. The first Executive shall hold office from 4 October 1976 
until the conclusion of the Annual Meeting in 1977, but future 
Presidents and Executive Members shall be elected for two year terms 
of office. 

Article 6. In order to properly phase in the tenns of office of future 

Executives, the President take office at the conclusion of the 
Anniial Meeting in 1977 shall be elected for a full two year term. 
The three Executive mevbers receiving the highest nunber of votes shall 
also serve a full two year tem but the remaining three Executive 
members elected shall serve intil the conclusion of the Annual Meeting 
in 1978. 

Article 7. The Executive shall appoint an Editor of Publications who, if not an 
elected member of the Executive, shall be a non-voting meniber of the 

Article 8. The Executive shall select one of its members to be Secretary/Treasurer. 

Article 9. , The Executive shall have the power to appoint Connittees. 

Article 10. The fiscal year of the Association shall be Jme 1 through May 31 
except that the initial fiscal year shall be October 4, 1976 
through May 31, 1977. 

Article 11. The annual membership fee of the Association shall be $15. If 
laipaid three months after the beginning of the fiscal year 
the dues shall be considered in arrears and the member shall 
be suspended from membership. For the fiscal year October 1976 
through May 31, 1977 the dues payable shall be $7.50. 

Article 12. The Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held in the 

same city and at approximately the same time as the Annual Conference 
of the Canadian Library Association. 

Article 13. All elections for officers of the Association shall be conducted by 
mail ballot of all members of the Association. Each meirber of the 
Association shall have one vote for each vacant position and the 
candidate (s) with the hi^est nunber of votes shall be declared elected 
intil all vacancies are filled. 

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Article 14. Proposals to ajrmend this constitution or by-laws or to 

decide on other matters determined by the Executive shall be 
conducted by mail ballot of all members. A majority of those voting 
shall be required to carry any proposal. 

Article 15. This constitution and by-laws shall remain in force from October 4, 
1976 intil not later than December 31, 1978 when a constitution and 
by-laws approved by a majority of members voting by mail ballot 
shall take effect. 

Article 16. The conduct of the meetings of the Association shall follow 
Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, in the latest edition. 


Statuts et reglements (Novembre 1976) 

Article 1. L'Association sera connue sous le nom "Association des biblio- 
th^ues de la sant^ du Canada". 

Article 2. Le but de 1 'Association des bibliothi^ues de l\ sant^ du Canada 
sera de voir \ la promotion de la quality des services de biblio- 
th^ue of ferts ^ la conmnaut^ de la sant^ du Canada et ce par la 
comnunication et I'aide mutuelle. 

Article 3. Toutes les personnes ou institutions int^ress^es aux object if s 
de 1 'Association pourront devenir mcmbre de 1 'Association. 

Article 4. Les affairs de 1 'Association seront menees et administr^s par 
un Comit/ ex^:utif . 

Article 5. L'Ex^utif sera coiifws^ d'un President et de six membres addition- 
nels llus. Le premier Ex&utif devra singer de 4 octobre 1976 
jusqu'^ la cloture de I'Assembl^e annuelle de 1977. Toutefois, 
les Presidents et les membres de I'Ex&utif \ venir seront €lus 
pour un mandat de deux ans. 

Article 6. Dans le but d'^tablir la p^riode d'activit^ des Ex^utifs "Sl venir, 
le President choisi ^ la clOture de 1 'Assemble annuelle de 1977 
sera ^lu pour une p^riode de deux ans. Les trois membres de 
I'Executif qui auront reju le plus grand nombre de votes devront 
aussi remplir un mandat de deux ans, mais les trois autre membres 
^lus de I'Ex&utif devront ttre en place jusqu'i la cloture de 
1 'Assemble annuelle de 1978. 

Article 7. L'Ex^cutif devra nonmer in Editeur de publication qui, s'il n'est 
pas m membre ^lu de I'Executif, sera in membre non votant de 

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Article 8. L'Ex^cutif devra choisir in de ses membres conme secr^taire- 

Article 9. L'Executif aura le pouvoir de nonmer des Comites, 

Article 10. L'ann^ budg^taire de 1 ^Association ira du ler juin au 31 mai, sauf 
pour la premier aimee^ ou elle ira du 4 octobre 1976 au 31 mai 1977. 

Article 11. La cotisation annuelle de I'Association sera de $15.00. Si non 

paye dans les trois premiers mois de I'ann^e budg6taire, le montant 
dO sera considrfr^ conme arrrfrage et le menbre sera suspendu conme 
menbre de I'Association. Pour I'aim^ budgetaire d 'octobre 1976 
au 31 nai 1977, la cotisation denand^ sera de $7.50. 

Article 12. L'assenbl^ g6i^rale de I'Association se tiendra dans la m^ ville 
et environ & la vihie date q\je la Conference annuelle de I'Association 
canadienne des biblioth^ues. 

Article IS. Toute Election de nembre du bureau de I'Association devra se faire 
Par courrier par tous les mewbres de I'Association. Tous les man- 
bres de I'Association auront droit a i»i vote pour chaque poste 
vacant et le(s) caiKlidat(s) ayant recu le plus grand nonbre de 
votes sera (seront) d&lar«r(s) elu(sj jusqu'i ce que tous les postes 
vacants soient reinplis. 

Article 14. Toute denande d'anendeaent aux presents statuts ou r^glements ou 
pour examiner toute autre d^ is ion prise par I'Ex^cutif devra se 
faire par courrier par tous les membres. Un nombre majoritaire 
de votes sera n^essaire pour 1 'approbation de toute demande. 

Article 15. Les presents statuts et reglenents seront en vigueur du 4 octobre 
1976 au 31 decembre 1978 au plus tard, et alors des statuts et 
r^glements approuv^s par la majority des membres votants par cour- 
rier entreront en vigueur. 

Article 16. La conduite des reunions de I'Association devra se faire selon la 
demiere Edition du "Robert's Rules of Order, Revised". 

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The Canadian Council on Hospital Accreditation has recently published the 1977 Guide to 
Hospital Accreditation . The expanded section on "Staff Library Services" will 
undoubtedly be of interest to Canadian health librarians. The edito r invites conments 
on the standards for publication in the next issue of the NEKSLETTER. The price is 
$7.50 plus postage and handling. Inquiries regarding the new Guide should be sent 

Canadian Council on Hospital Accreditation 
25 Imperial Street 
Torxjnto, Ontario 
MSP la . 


May 30-June 4th, 1977 
June 9th, 1977 

Juie 11 -16th, 1977 

Jvne 14th, 1977 

August 8-12, 1977 
October 2 7- 29th. 1977 
September 1979 

Special Libraries Association, Annual Meeting, 
New York, New York. 

Canadian Health Library Association, Queen Elizabeth 
Hotel, Montreal, Quebec. (See preliminary program 
annomcement elsewhere in this issue). 

Medical Library Association, Annual Meeting, Olympic 
Hotel, Seattle, Washington (See MIA Housing Form and 
Special Low Cost Travel Information elsewhere in this 
issue) . 

Canadian Group of HA (same place as Annual Meeting of 
MA). Canadian Group Breakfast and Annual Business 
Meeting, June 14, 0700-0830. Also, informal cocktail 
party will be annoinced later. 

^CDINPO 77, Toronto, Ontario. For more information 
write MCDINFO 77 Organizing Coinnittee, Dr. Jan 
Brandejs, P.O. Box 8650, Ottawa, Ontario, KIC 0G8. 

North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries, A Regional 
Grotf) of the Medical Library Association, Annual 
Meeting, Montreal, Quebec. 

International Congress on Medical Librarianship, 
4th, Belgrade, Yugoslavia. 

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8:45 - 9; 20 
9:20 - 9:30 
9:30 - 10:30 

10:30 - 10:50 
10:50 - 11:15 
11:15 - noon 

-Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel. June 9. 1977. 
In association with the annual meeting of the CANADIAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION. 

-Library personnel In Canadian health facilities, gathered for the first 
formal annual meeting of the newly-formed CANADIAN HEALTH LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION. 

-(a) To provide an opportunity for formal and Informal exchange among health 
sciences library personnel on common problems and possible solutions 

(b) To provide Information on human and material resources available In our 
field In Canada. 

(c) To conduct the business of the Association. 

Registration, with coffee and buns 

Chairman's Remarks: Welcome, The Association, and Atelier 1977 


A presentation of not more than 10 minutes. Including opportunity for brief 
questioning, given by a representative of each of the following In turn, who 
will describe something of Its activities and Information resources: 

1. Health Sciences Resource Centre, CISTI 

2. Health and Welfare Canada 

3. Canadian Nurses Association 

4. Canadian Hospital Association 

5. Canada's Own Health Sciences Resources 

6. Universities In Quebec 

Questions and discussion with and among the WHERE'S WHAT PANELISTS. 
Business meeting of the CHLA * 


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ATELILR 1977; WiLRE'S KHAT (Cont'd.) 

2:00-3:15 Major address vrith general discussion delivered by a Canadian medical 

General topic area: the role of the hospital library as a resource for 
continuing education of health sciences personnel 

Possible title: Relay Points for Continuing Education 

Formal adjournment by 3:30 p.m. For those who may be interested, however, a short fila 
can be shown at that time, such as MLA's Rx Infonnation (if that has not been overdone 
for such an audience) 

Also^ there is the possibility that CISTI's Health Science Resource Centre may offer a 
>EDLINE refresher course in Montreal just prior to the meeting. More infonnation on this 
will follow in the next issue. Infoxnation sii^iplied by M.A. Flower 

Program Organizer 

f i T :? • 5 ■'.*»:= tfv: / t{/ 

380 Olivier Avenue 
Westmovnt, Quebec 
H3Z 2C9 


The QUA Treasurer, the amazing Alan MacDonald, reports that meirbershlp in the fledgling 
Association now nunbers 60 and is growing daily. This will be the first and last 
"free" issue of the Newsletter . If you wish to receive future issues, you had 
better join today. Two applications for membership have been thoughtfully included 
as unnvmbered pages at the end of this issue. Forthcoming issues will have many more 
special features such as: a review of the effects of the Simon Report, 25 years after; 
listing of valuable publications of interest to Canadian health librarians; a special 
message from the President of CHLA; an article describing the library and services of 
a Canadian health library; final plans for the first annual meeting of QUA; other 
choice items of news. Send in your dues today!!' Personal and institutional 
memberships, gladly accepted. 

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• HOTEL RF.SF.RVATIONS hWST BF. RFCF.IVFD'RY ftlAY ». 1*77. to asMirc avaibhilily of arcomniodationii. 
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The Medical Library Association has made available a special reduced group travel rate 
for those Canadian medical librarians who wish to attend the annual meeting in Seattle. 
A block of reservations has been booked for Canadians from Toronto to Seattle on Saturday* 
June 11th, with a return on Friday, June 17th. The special rate will be $250.00 round 
trip Toronto/Seattle, a savings of $106.40 over the normal $346.50 fare. In order to 
take advantage of this plan and conform to CAB requirements, members will need to prepay 
U.S. $65.00, before May 1, 1977. This amount will be credited to the Seattle hotel where 
you have made reservations (see facing form for making hotel reservations). In addition* 
the following requirements must be met: 

-Reservation for group rate must be made prior to Hay 1, 1977. 

-A minimum stay of two nights in a hotel Is required If a Saturday 
night is included. 

-If a Saturday night Is not Included, six nights in a hotel are re- 
quired. The six nights would not have to be restricted to one 
hotel, but would have to be restricted to hotels on the West Coast. " 

-Person must use same airline for going and return portion of the trip. 

-These rates will apply even If a person wishes to leave for Seattle 
before June 11th. 

-No travel 1$ allowed between 2:00 p.m. and midnight on Friday or Sunday. 

-Must go through Toronto to take advantage of this fare. 

lose who wish to take advantage of this fare should complete the form below and send It 
to Conventus. Suite 203. 1518 K. Street, N.M..^ Washington. O.C, 20005, U. S. A. A cheque 
lor money order for $U.S. 65.00 should accompany the form. Confirmation and further 
Vinformation regarding air tickets will be sent by Conventus. 

Street Address 


)te1 for MLA Seattle Meeting; 
ite Leaving Toronto 


Postal Code 

Date Leaving Seattle 

Send To:. 


Suite 203 

1518 K Street. N.W, 

Washington, D.C. 20005 

U. S. A. 



A Group of Manitoba health librarians recently organized to form the Manitoba Health Science 
Libraries Association. The group made the decision to organize on October 21, 1976. 

jffhe M.H.S.L.A. Is composed of some twenty people who serve health workers from libraries In 
jlthe hospitals, government agencies, private organizations and the universities of Winnipeg. 
lit was felt tha H.H.S.L.A. would facilitate better use of existing medical resources and 
'Hmprove service to health clientele In Manitoba and praticularly Winnipeg. Their first pro- 
ject Is to prepare a union list of periodicals located in the participating libraries. 

Any correspondence should be directed to: Mrs. R. Kroeker, Librarian, M.A.R.N. 647 Broadway 
Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0X2. 


Is there a Health Science Libraries Group in your area? 

Two years ago as I was labouring in the jungle outpost of a small Ottawa hospital, I was 
approached by a runner with a message In a forked stick (mall strike again). Deciphering 
the message, I discovered that I was being Invited by Miss MabeV Brown, Chief Librarian of 
the Ottawa Civic, a large teaching hospital, to attend a meeting of area librarians. Object: 
the formation of a "Group" for exchange of information and relief parcels. Being abjectly 
in need of both, I presented nyself at this first meeting. 

A disparate group gathered around the table at the Dr. George Williamson Library in the 
Civic. Our intrepid leader, Miss Brown, ably assisted by CISTI's Health Resources Librarian, 
Mrs. Ann Nevill, In charge of mobile coffee urn, formed the knowledgeable nucleus. Clustered 
around in various states of bewilderment, were representatives o^ the large national libraries, 
'WHO are these odd people?' the large educational Institutes, "WHAT are these odd people?* 
and the odd people - namely librarians from the tiny out-ports of the science network. We 
have met every two months and In a different library each time, since then. 

We have never become an homogenous group, and never will - but we have learned to appreciate 
the tofinon denominator that links us, large and small: our effort to deliver scientific infor- 
mation quickly and accurately wherever needed. We representatives of small libraries have 
benefited from the warm personal contacts with librarians from the larger libraries. They 
have gained an appreciation of our problems while tactfully guiding us toward useful solutions. 
Such matters as interlibrary costs and copyright laws have been discussed in a very helpful 
way. This willingness to communicate and cooperate has been our Intangible reward. A union 
,^st of serials held In local hospitals is our tangible result. 

After two years and nine meetings we find the efforts increasingly worthwhile. Mrs. Nevill 
has moved away from our area and we will miss her enthusiasm and diligence. Fortunately, we 
still have Miss Brown, our Chairman and can look forward to a year of growth. We would be 
very Interested to hear from other such groups in Canada. 

Mrs. E. Whyte, Librarian 
Riverside Hospital, Ottawa 





Each year since 1968 Canadian medical librarians who are administrators of Canadian medical 
school libraries have enjoyed the opportunity of meeting together to discuss matters of 
corrmon concern. A number of opportunities for comnunication and Joint problem solving are 
offered to Canadian medical librarians by various organizations. The Canadian Library 
Association and Its various special groups, the Medical Library Association and Its regional 
sections, a variety of provincial associations and, most recently and excitingly, the 
Canadian Association of Research Libraries or its analog in the United States, the Associa- 
tion of Research Libraries, of the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges Special Resource 
Corimittee on Medical Libraries provides a unique ooportunity, since such a forum brings to- 
gether those who hold administrative responsibility for their particular libraries. By 
their active participation in the Special Resource Comnittee of ACMC, medical library ad- 
ministrators have been able to assure that quality library service exists in support of the 
teaching and research carried on In the medical colleges in Canada. The primary objective 
of this grouD remains the furtherance of conimjnl cation of its members in order to assist In 
the development of solutions to individual as well as collective problems. 

One of the stated goals of the group Is to advise the Health Sciences Resource Center of 
the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information of actions which Canadian 
Medical School libraries would find of assistance. To this end the Head of the Health 
Sciences Resource Center holds ex-officio membership In the Special Resource Conmlttee. 
More recently. In 1975, the Director of the Health and Welfare Library was invited to 
participate on the same basis. While the primary mandate of the Health and Welfare Li- 
brarian is to serve the needs of the federal department, the collections and services of 
this library are an Important national resource for all Canadian medical school libraries. 
The membership of the Comnittee consists in the main of the administrative librarians of 
each of the sixteen medical school libraries in Canada plus an additional librarian in any 
medical school If requested to attend by the administrative librarian In charge. Librarians 
in charge of special services related to Health Sciences programs which are relevant to the 
comnittee's regional or national activities are also Included. 

The comnittee has not been an Idle one. The years since Its inception have seen the com- 
pletion of a number of worthwhile programs on the part of the group. Prominent amongst 
these are the development of "Standards for Libraries in Canadian Hosoitals" a joint oroject 
carried on by representatives of the Ontario Medical Association, the Special Resource 
Comnittee on Medical Libraries and the CASLIS section of CLA. These standards were unani- 
jmously endorsed by the Comnittee in 1974 and subsequently published. A Joint Prooosal for 
Federal Funding of National Research Libraries in Science and Technology has also been pre- 
pared. Building upon collections which supported the medical teaching and research programs* 
this comnittee has continued to conrile and co-ordinate statistical gathering as an aid In 
planning. These are only a few of the programs In which the committee has co-operated In 
the past. 

Turning to the 1976 Vancouver meeting, comnittee members enjoyed the opportunity of oar- 
ticipating in the plenary sessions which were especially rewarding this year with their 
emphasis upon the teaching of health sciences students and the training of the cost con- 
scious physician However, the primary purpose in attending the meeting was to participate 
in the deliberations of the Special Resource Comnittee. The agenda prepared by Mrs. Beatrix 



Robinow, out-going chairman of the Committee, was extensive and highly relevant. The 
discussion included a review of the Medline charging policies which vary dramatically 
throughout Canadian Medline centers both in terms of actual dollars as well as the philo- 
sophy of charging; charging for inter-library loans; a national catalogue for audio-visual 
materials and statistical compilation and comparison for all medical school libraries in 
Canada. Canadian medical librarians are constantly vigilant of development at the U.S. 
National Library of Medicine. To this end a resource committee unanimously endorsed the 
recommendation that Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information make every 
possible effort to make available additional data bases to Canadian centers very soon 
after they are available to U. S. Medline stations. 

Two invited guests enlivened the discussion this year. Mr. William Fraser, Head of the 
British Columbia Medical Library Service, reported on the development of the service, its 
prospects and Its problems. In his capacity as chairman of the Program Committee for the 
Medical Library Association meeting In Seattle, he also described infonnally some of the 
plans for the 1977 meeting. Mr. Alan Soroka of the University of British Columbia discussed 
the possible development of the revised Canadian copyright legislation in the light of 
recent developments In the U. S. courts. Doubtlessly extra-territorial laws will have an 
Indirect effect upon Canadian libraries in the form of Increased requests for material from 
Canadian libraries. Soroka, a lawyer, a librarian, and a government consultant on revising 
copyright legislation in Canada, personally predicted that Canadian legislation will pro- 
bably proceed in the direction of a "collective copyright society" to which various educa- 
tional and other Institutions would pay a copyright licencing fee. He did not wish to 
speculate on the size of the fee. The Canadian copyright situation remains at this stage 

Another matter that received considerable attention of the Medical Librarians in attendance 
was the announced major review of the objectives, services and organization of the National 
Library. Mindful that various user groups as well as the National Library Advisory Board 
had been asked to participate in the review, the Special Resource Committee charged the 
Incoming chairman with the responsibility of investigating and making input on behalf of 
Canadian medical college libraries to the National Library review. 

This year's meeting was well attended by administrative librarians from Vancouver to St. 
John's. All Canadian medical school libraries except two were represented during the 
deliberations. The Incoming Chairman of the Group is Frances Groen, McGIll University, 
ind the Secretary of the Group is Henrietta Schmidt, University de Ottawa. 



^In the summer of 1975, an evaluation study of the MEDLINE service was undertaken by the 
Computer Services Librarian of the Medical Library. Because the system had been operating 
for over two years, it was felt that a formal aporaisal of the service was appropriate. 
A questionnaire was sent to 248 MEDLINE users of whom 50 were S.D.I, subscribers. A total 
of 160 completed questionnaires were returned. I.e. 64.5% response. 

The prime objective of our survey was to find out how satisfied our users were with the 
MEDLINE service. We also wanted to know who the users were, how they oaid for their 
searches, and how much they were willing to pay should there be any future Increase in 
price. As secondary objectives, we wished to find out how effective our publicity program 
Mas, what other bibliographic services our clients consulted, and how they felt about the 

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appointment system which we had adopted since the Inception of the MEDLINE service. Some 
of the most interesting findings of our study are described in the following paragraph. 

In general, our MEDLINE users appeared to be people with a great variety of educational 
and professional backgrounds in the fields of medicine and allied health sciences. Over 
40X respondents were affiliates of the McGill Medical Faculty. The second biggest user 
group was the hospital staff (18. IX). Most of the respondents (72. 5X) considered them- 
selves researchers, compared to 12. St who considered themselves clinicians. It turned out 
that over 90? of the users found MEDLINE either of major or moderate value to them. The 
small percentage (6.2%) who found MEDLINE to be of minor or no value mainly had topics 
outside the subject scope of the MEDLINE data base. The study also shows that most of 
our users (over 90%) felt that their presence during the search session was either necessary 
or useful in getting the best results. It was encouraging to note that there was a great 
number of positive comments from our users. On-line bibliographic services has Indeed 
established its place in the Medical Library. 

To conclude, we were quite satisfied with the MEDLINE study. Since the time of our study, 

we have added a number of new data bases and are still constantly reviewing on-line data 

bases that are of potential use to our clientele. Also, we plan to conduct similar evalua- 
tion studies on these new on-line services. 

Those who are Interested In getting a detailed report of the study should contact: 

Mrs. Maureen Hong, Computer Services Librarian, Medical Library, 
McGin University, 3655 Drutnnond Street, Montreal, H3G 1Y6 


Verla Empey has been appointed the Librarian of the Wellesley Hospital in Toronto, reolacing 
Elizabeth Marsland. Ms. Empey was formerly the Reference Librarian with the William Boyd 
Library of the Acadeiny of Medicine of Toronto. 

Patricia Goddard has Joined the staff of the H.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library of 
Dalhousie University and will serve as its Dental Librarian. She replaces David Noble 
who moved west to become the Librarian of the Cancer Control Agency of British Columbia. 

Berti LeSieur has been appointed Head of Technical Services of the McGill University 
Medical Library. Mrs. LeSieur has been head of Cataloging at the McGill Medical Library 
since 1972 and assumed her new duties In October of 1976. She replaces Mrs. Jeanette 
Rudolph who retired In late 1976. 

Larry Lewis has been appointed Librarian in Charge, Health Sciences Library of the University 
of Western Ontario. Larry was formerly the Music Librarian at U.W.O. 

Elizabeth Marsland recently retired as the Librarian of the Wellesley Hospital in Toronto. 

Marjorie Morphy has been appointed the Reference Librarian of the William Boyd Library of 
the Academy of Medicine of Toronto. 

Dr. M. S. Smith was appointed Reference Librarian of Dalhousie's W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences 

Hanna Waluzyniec was appointed Head of Cataloging of the McGill University Medical Library. 
Ms. Waluzyniec Is a graduate of the McGill University Graduate School of Library Science 
and has been Assistant Medical Librarian at the Montreal Children's Hospital since 1973. 

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The B.C. Medical Library Service became an operational MEDLINE Centre In late 1976. 

The Kellogg Health Sciences Library of Dalhousie has recently established a weekly two 
hour in-service training seminar for professional staff, reference assistants, student 
library assistants and staff of local hospital libraries. Topics will Include reference 
tools, summaries of current research, briefings on various teaching programs in the health 
sciences and activities of other libraries In the Halifax area. 

Dorothy Fitzgerald of the Canadian Library of Family Medicine has recently published an 
article "Library Services for Family Physicians" (Canadian Family Physician 22: 101-116, 
July 1976). Contained in the article is a "Suggested Core List for Family Medical Centres." 
Intended as an aid to hospital libraries and family practice medical centre libraries, re- 
prints of the article may be obtained from: Ms. Dorothy Fitzgerald, Canadian Library of 
Family Medicine, Medical Library, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, N6A 5C1 . 

The Hi! 11 am Boyd Library of the Toronto Academy of Medicine was recently expanded as part 
of a general renovation project of the Academy. Included In the remodeling will be new 
facilities for the Canadian Society of Aviation Medicine Library and the Arthur Kelley 
Rare Book Room, both scheduled to formally open in April of 1977. The William Boyd Library, 
reported In the Canadian Medical Association Journal (116: 98, 8 Januaryt 1977) as being 
the largest privately owned medical library on the continent, is headed by the ebullient 
Sheila Swanson. 

The Medical Library of Memorial University of Newfoundland recently purchased a computer 
terminal which will permit it to join the MUN University Library's CLSI circulation system. 
The system features a light pen for reading bar-coded labels combined with a keyboard/ 
display station and performs the functions of checkout, check-in, renewals, holds, overdue 
notices and similar circulation functions. The Medical Library expects to have the system 
operational sometime In the sunmer of 1977. * 


The McGin Medical and Hospital Librarians' Association is pleased to announce the forth- 
coming publication of the second edition of the Union List of Serials in Montreal Hospital 
Libraries/Catalogue collectif des periodiques dans les biblioth^ues medlcales d'hopitaux 
de Montreal. The first edition came out in 1973 and has been out of print for some time. 

The new edition is 25X larger and has over 500 new titles, bringing the total number of 
titles to about 2400. About half the old holdings statements have been changed. Three 
more hospitals are participating, making 40 in all. 

The master file on magnetic tape, when updated, will be processed by a special program to 
produce the list in a photocomposed format which will be far more attractive and compact 
than the standard computer printout. 


Subjects covered by the journals listed are: all branches of medicine, administration, 
criminology, dentistry, dietetics, education, hospital management, nursing, physiotherapy, 
preclinical sciences, psychology, rehabilitation, social work, sociology, and others. 

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Announcements with order forms will be sent to Quebec and Ontario hospital libraries, 
CEGEPs, Canadian medical school libraries, and all purchasers fo the first edition. 
Others wishing to receive announcements should write to: Elaine Waddington, Chairman* 
Union List Conmittee, Women's Pavilion Library, Royal Victoria Hospital, 687 Pine Ave. 
West, Montreal, Que. H3A lAl. ^ 


La McGill et Hospital Librarians' Association a 1e plaisir d'annoncer la parutlon 
imminente de la deuxi&me Edition de Union List of Serials in Montreal Hospital Libraries/ 
Catalogue collectif des P§riodiques dans les Biblioth^ques m^dicales d'HOpitaux de Montri^al. 
La premidre Edition, parue en 1973, est dpuis^e depuis quelque temps. 

La nouvelle Edition accuse une augmentation de 25S par rapport I la pr^c^dente et contient 
plus de 500 nouveaux titres, ce qui porte le nontre de titres repertories I 2,400. Environ 
la moitie des entries on subi des modifications. Les collections de quarante hOpitaux 
figurent S ce catalogue collectif, soit 3 de plus que dans la premldre Edition. 

Lorsqu'il sera mis i jour, le fichier principal sera enreqistr§ sur bande magnfitique. Un 
proc^de de photocomposition permettra la publication d'un catalogue beaucoup plus concis et 
de presentation plus agriable qu celle d'un print-out traditionnel. 

Parml les sujets repr^sentes dansce catalogue collectif se trouvent toutes les special ites 
■ledicales, 1 'administration, la criminologie, I'art dentaire, la diet^tique, I'Mucation, 
la gestion d'hOpitaux, les soins informiers, la physiotherapie, les sciences para-cllniques, 
la psychologie, la reeducation, le service social et la sociologie. 

Des avis de publication ainsi que des bon de connandes seront envoyes aux blblioth^ues 
d'hOpitaux du Quebec et de I'Ontario, aux CEGEPs, aux bibliothdques des facultes de 
medicine du Canada et ) tous ceux qui ont achete un exemplaire de la premi&re edition. Toute 
autre personne desirant recevoir un avis est priee de s'adresser I: Elaine Waddington, 
Chairman, Union List Committee, Women's Pavilion Library, Royal Victoria Hospital, 687 Pine 
Avenue West, Montreal, P. Que., H3A lAl. 

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ISSN 0700-5474 

SPRING 1977 


The putbtnt [ntm] Uttex li a vvty long one., 
6imf>ly because I had no texAuAe. to makz it t^honttK 

-Bioae PoacjoI 

Thanks are due to all of you for your help, advice, contributions, encouragement and 
comnents. Special thanks are due to Alan MacDonald who Is our publisher, proof-reader, 
and mentor. As far as could be determined from the editor's location In Newfoundland, 
the first Issue enjoyed a moderate success. It Is hoped that Its receipt prompted at 

least a few of you to join our fledgling ranks Issue number two Is replete with 

many good things. Including a Directory of CHLA/ ABSC membership. With this In hand 
you can all proceed to contact your neighbor members and organize local chapters. Also 

featured a letter from our President, an article on the BC Medical Library Service, 

a review of CISTI's Health Sciences Resource Centre and its services, a list of CISTI 
publications, a potpourri of other choice items PLUS a sprinkling of Inspirational 
quotations throughout the text. Not Included in this issue Is the promised twenty- 
five year review of the Simon Report (Simon, Beatrice, Library Support of Medical 
Education and Research in Canada, Association of Canadian Medical Colleges, 1964). 
Unfortunately, due to yet another Newfoundland power failure, my calculator malfunc- 
tioned at a critical time in determining the anniversary date for this landmark paper. 
Laborious manual calculations caught the error, but only after the lights went on and 
the Newsletter was on Its way to the printer. The Simon Report is only thirteen... 
The next issue, providing contributions are received during the surmer months, will 
probably be published by the end of August. This will need to be determined or reviewed 
by the newly elected executive of CHLA/ABSC who will also appoint a new editor--possibly 
a person who knows both Canadian languages (the present editor knows neither). Assuming 
you will all renew your membership for 1977 (see handy form later in this issue) and that 


many of you will want to make contributions to the next issue, your articles and 
news items should still be sent to me who will forward them on to the appropriate 
person: Richard B, Fredericksen/Medical Library/Health Sciences Centre/Memorial 
University of Newfoundland/St. John's, Newfoundland/AIB 3V6. 




Secretary /Treasurer: 

Editor: CHLA/ABSC Newsletter: 

Members at Large; 

David Crawford 
Medical Library 
McGill University 

Alan MacDonald 

Health Sciences Library 

Dalhousie University 

Richard Fredericksen 
Medical Library 
Memorial University 

r hil ippe Lemay 

Canada Institute for Scientific 
and Technical Information 


Dorothy Sirois 

Montreal Children's Hospital 

Martha Stone 

Department of National Health 
and Welfare Library, Ottawa 

Sheila Swanson 

Toronto Academy of Medicine Library 


Since, a mean* had bz^n ^ound to monitot photoztemeXAy and taieA xeAX)gxaphy, 
dttzcting violation& o^ tht 2005 toM, iJUtQal xeAoghapky mwa dom on a ^ew 
ancitnt photocopizfu , Kunning on tonzfi and guXA. It vooi dangafiouA, but a 
im tibKOKLayiet, thexJi LicznAdA ti^tzd, had &uccumbzd to thz glamouA 0)$ zcay 
minimum wage, and tuAnzd Thz ni&k vma high--gztting caught viith 
h ounce o^ tonzK meant automatic zxputiion to a time uwip bzyond bibliogfiaphic 
contAol—but Phlox and othzAA tiJkz him continuzd to play thz gamz, Mhich couZd 
only end in thz inzvitablz duz datz ujith living dzath. 

-Rzvolting LibAXLHianA 



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May 30 - June 4. 1977 
June 9. 1977 

June 11 - 16, 1977 

June 15, 1977 

August 8 - 12, 1977 

October 13 - 15, 1977 

October 27-29. 1977 

September, 1979 

Special Libraries Association, 
Annual Meeting, New York, N.Y. 

Canadian Health Library Association 
Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, 
Quebec (Programs and Registration 
Information being mailed separately) 

Medical Library Association, 77th 
Annual Meeting, Olympic Hotel, 
Seattle, Washington. For further 
Information contact MLA Headquarters. 

Canadian Group of the Medical Library 
Association. See announcement 
elsewhere in this issue for Annual 
Meeting details. 

MEDINFO 77, Toronto, Ontario. For 
further information write MEDINFO 77 
Organizing Conriittee, Dr. Jan 
Brandejs, P. 0. Box 8650, Ottawa, 
Ontario, KIG 0G8 

Upstate New York and Ontario Regional 
Group of the Medical Library Associa- 
tion. Hamilton, Ontario. For further 
information: Beatrix Robinow, Health 
Sciences Library, McMaster University, 
Hamilton, Ont. L8S 4J9 

North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries, 
A Regional Group of the Medical 
Library Association. Annual Meeting 
In Montreal, Quebec. Further Infor- 
mation: Fran Groen, Medical Library, 
McGill University, 3655 Drummond St., 
Montreal, P. Que. H3G 1Y6 

International Congress on Medical 
LibrarianshiD, 4th, Belgrade, Yugo- 
slavia (Advance Notice will enable 
you to budget for it). 


Get up to &hou) a pcutAon uihtfie. a book -tA loavtzd. Kiovz youA. uholt body and not juiit 
youA indtx {fLnQZA. 

-HzvotXing LLbfuifU.ani> 


Though the Canadian Health Libraries Association has been in existence for only a 
few months, our Membership has oassed the 140 mark and covers most areas of Canada and 
most types of library. As we approach our first Annual General Meeting, it seems 
appropriate to describe how I see our Association developing over the next few years. 


The present Constitution is only valid until December 31, 1978 and was designed only 
as a framework to allow us to function. With a comparatively large membership and 
with many members in certain cities or regions, thought should be given to establish- 
ing Chapters across Canada and possibly to having the Executive elected, at least in 
part, by these Chapters. The new Executive will be preparing proposals for our re- 
vised consitituion within the next year and will submit these to all members for 
approval in due course. 


Thought, too, must be given to searching for outside funding to allow us to serve our 
members properly. Membership fees - even at $15 per annum - will really only fund a 
quarterly Newsletter, some additional mailings and the necessary teleohone calls. Up 
until now,many expenses of the Association, and all those of its predecessor the ad- 
hoc Committee, have been met by the members of the Executive or their institutions. 
This is an unfair imposition and would, if allowed to continue, tend to restrict 
membership in the Executive to those coming from large libraries. 


For many years, Canadian health librarians have been divided into several groups and 
have thus lacked a unified voice on important topics. The existing organizations 
have certainly tried to co-operate but differences in membership and in emphasis 
made these efforts clumsy and often not well co-ordinated. It is hoped that CHLA 
will work closely with other library organizations in the health field in Canada 
and with this In mind the present Executive was pleased to be asked to comment on 
a brief being sent by the ACMC Special Resource Committee on Medical School Libraries 
to the National Library Objectives Survey. Our comments will, we hope, be incorporated 
in this brief and I hope that the Executive will be able to add the weight of Its 
support of the brief in due course. 

Though it is hard to look into the future, I anticipate that such co-operative efforts 
will increase and that as the CHLA gains in membership, expertise, and stature, we 
win be able to take the initiative in such matters. 

There are many problems common to all health librarians in Canada on which a national 
association could and should comment. One is the lack of a users' advisory committee 
for the Health Sciences Resource Centre and another is the perennial problem of hospital 
library standards. In the latter case, the standards proposed in 1975 and recently 
published in an amended form by the Canadian Council on Hospital Accreditation should 
be followed up on a regular basis. Certain library problems do, of course, exist at 
a local and/or provincial level but it is my view that these are best solved by local 
librarians or Associations like the Section de la Sante of ASTED in Quebec. We hope 

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Ta jioqqiJ^ 

however, that the expertise of the CHLA will be called upon in aporopriate cases. 


While forming the Association, it was clearly realised that only a small number of 
our members would be able to attend the Annual Meetings and for this reason the 
Constitution allows for mail ballots on important proposals. The Constitution alsd 
brings out the importance of our Newsletter as it is through this publication that we 
can have a useful exchange of information. The Association owes much to Dick 
Fredericksen who has set such a high standard as the first Editor. 

The CHLA is your Association whether you come from a large university library or a 
one person hospital library. Not everything in the Newsletter or everything discussed 
at annual meetings will directly concern you, but it is important to remember that 
health libraries of all sizes and orientations do form an information network and 
that a network, like a chain, is only as strong as its weakest link. Membership in 
the CHLA should not only involve sending in a membership cheque. Write to the 
Executive, write for the Newsletter (articles are published in either French or 
English), volunteer to serve on Committees. You do have something to contribute and 
without your contribution the CHLA will die. 

David S. Crawford 


Quoique n'existant deouis quelques mois seulement, 1 'Association des Biblioth$ques de 
la Sant6 du Canada compte au-delJ de 140 membres venant des diffSrentes regions 
canadlenne et regroupant divers types de bibliotheques. Comme notre premilre reunion 
anuelle aura lieu prochainement, 11 me paratt opportun de d§crire comment J'entrevois 
I'avenir de notre Association durant les prochaines ann^es. 


La constitution actuelle expire le 31 dficembre 1978, et n'avait pour but que de 
nous foumir un cadre op6rationel. Le nombre de membre s'accroissant, et ggalement 
un grand nombre se trouvant dans certaines villes ou regions, I'on devrait songer 2l 
la creation de chapttres 3 travers le pays. Possiblement, une partie du Bureau de 
direction pourrait fitre 61u par ces chapttres. Le prochain Bureau de direction aura 
pour tache de preparer durant I'ann^e une revision de la constitution et de la pr6sent6e 
aux membres pour approbation. 


On se doit de 
lui permettre 
par ann§e, ne 
envois postaux. 

trouver des sources de financement ext6rieures h 1 'Association afin de 
d'offrir des services adSquats aux membres. La cotisation, mgme Jl $15. 
permet que le financement d'un Bulletin de Nouvelles trimestriel , quelques 
et les appels t§l§phoniques essentiels. Jusqu'a maintenant, certaines 

dgpenses de 1 'Association, et celles de son pr^d^cesseur, le Comit§ ad hoc, ont 6t^ 
d§fray6es par les membres du Bureau de direction ou leur institution. Cette anomalie 
aura poureffet de restreindre les membres du Bureau de direction I ceux qui oeuvrent 
i I'intgrieur de grandes institutions. 




Depuis plusieurs ann^es, les biblioth^caires du secteur de la sant$ ont 6t6 r^partis 
en divers groupements et ainsi ratant les avantages d'une voix unique sur des sujets 
importants. Les organismes existant ont certes tent§ un effort de collaboration, mais 
les buts diff^rents n'ont pas permis une cooperation efficace. Nous esp§rons que 
1 'Association des Biblioth&ques de la Sant^ du Canada collaborera Stroitement avec 
les autres organismes du secteur de la sant§ au Canada. On a sollicit^ des conmentaires 
de I'actuel Bureau de Direction pour le m^moire pr§sent§ par la Comit§ consultatif sur 
les biblioth$ques des facult^s de m§decine de I'AFMC soumis 3i la Biblioth&que Nationale 
dans le cadre de son Etude des Objectifs. Nos commentaires, nous Tesp^rons, seront 
int§gr$s i ce memoire et j'ose esp$r$ de le Bureau de direction pourra apporter son 
appui d ce memoire en temps opportun. 

Bien qu'11 soit difficile de pr#dire Tavenir, j'estime que de tels efforts cooperatifs 
vont s'intensifier et i mesure que 1 'Association gagnera en expertise et en maturity, 
elle pourra prendre I'inltltive dans I'avenlr. 

II y a plusieucsprobldmes qui sont commons aux biblioth^caires oeuvrant dans le secteur 
de la sante au Canada sur lesquels une association nationale peut et devrait se faire 
entendre. Ainsi la carence d'un Comity consultatif au Centre bibliographique des Sciences 
de la Sant§, le probl&me des normes pour les biblioth&ques d'hOpitaux en sont des exemples. 
Dans le cas des nornes, eel les propos6es en 1975 et pub1i§es r§cemment dans leur forme 
revis6e par le Consell canadien pour 1 'accreditation des hOpitaux, devraient fitre re- 
vis6es r6guli6rement. Certes, il y a des problfemes qui existent soit au niveau local, 
soit au niveau provincial ou regional. Ceux-ci sont, selon moi , mieux r6sous par les 
b1b11oth§caires sur place ou encore par les groupements tel celui des sciences de la 
sante de VASTED pour le Quebec. Nous esp6rons, n^anmoins, que Ton fera appel dans 
les cas pertinents i 1 'expertise de TAssociation des Bibliothdques de la Sante du 

Bulletin de Nouvelles 

Lors de la creation de TAssoclation, il §tait apparent au'un petit nombre de nos membres 
pourralt assister aux reunions annuelles. Pour cette raison, la constitution permet 
une consultation par courrler sur des sujets imoortants. La constitution souligne 
fgalement 1' importance du Bulletin de Nouyelles comme v^hicule d 1 'information. 
L'Association doit beaucoup, en ce sens, i Richard Fredericksen, qui comme premier 
Sditeur du Bulletin de Nouvelles a sQ donner une haute norme d' excellence. 

L'Association des Biblioth&ques de la Sant§ du Canada est votre association, que vous 
soyez employe dans une grande bibliothfeque universitaire, ou 1 'unique employe d'une 
biblioth&que d'hOpital. Tout ce qui est discut§ dans le Bulletin de Nouvelles ou lors 
de I'Assembiee annuel le ne vous concerne probablement pas directement, mais il est 
Important de souligner que les biblioth&ques du secteur de la sante de toutes dimensions 
ou orientations forment un r^seau d'information et un r§seau, Jl I'instar d'une chaine, 
a la force de son plus faible maillon. Appartenir d 1 'Association des Biblioth&ques 
de la Sante du Canada ne devrait pas uniquement se limiter Si faire parvenir son ch&que 
de cotisation. Ecrivez au Bureau de direction, faites parvenir vos commentaires et 
articles au Bulletin de Nouvelles soit en francais ou en anglais, offrez vous comme 
volontaires pour oeuvrer au sein des diffgrents comitSs, vous avez tous quel que chose a 
offrir et sans votre contribution 1 'Association des Biblioth&ques de la Sante du Canada 
va mourir. 

David S. Crawford, President 


...tfuit'A pfLobabty wheAe the ph/uwe "^faAiwx/ science" got httvittd. SoTK.ont iold, 
"Let'A Atott a. idioot o^ tibfiaAy silence.," and he. taa& ml&htoAA. Hou) aJUz Mould 
thz Moid "Acience" hiivt gottejn. mixtd up vUXh tht tibKoAy Shtick.? 

-Htvotting LibfuvUani 


In my iowinal, anyone. 

con make a ^ool oi Ivim6eti. 

-Rudolf VVichouJ 

"Complacencies of the peignoir" or matutinal madness? Richard Fredericksen, Chairman 
of the Canadian Group of the Medical Library Association was luckyenough to get the 
Group's meeting time announced once again in the Official Program for the MLA Annual 
Meeting. Lucfcytoo, for any of you attending the MLA Meeting, Is the fact that you will 
be able to start the day (yawn) on Wednesday, June 15th, by breakfastinn with your 
Canadian colleagues. It is to be held in the Colonial Room of the Olympic Hotel 
(meeting headquarters), but re-check for final location when you receive your official 
program in the MLA registration packet. The all Important starting time will be 0700 
with the necessity to adjourn at approximately 0830. Breakfast will be "continental" 
featuring coffee/tea and juice, a danlsh or other roll, plus lots of sleepy camaraderie. 
For all this you will only have to fork over some $3.50 for breakfast, tax and gratuity. 
The amount will be collected at the meeting. 

The agenda for this meeting will need to be kept brief, but there are a few important 
things that will need to be covered: 

1. Chairman's Introductory remarks. 

2. Review of CHLA activities and Its annual meeting by David 


3. Adoption of By-Laws for the Group (draft follows, please bring 

this to the meeting. Hal I'll be lucky if you remember to come 
yourself 1). Although constitutional matters are frequently boring 
and time-consuming, quick passage of this one should be assured by 
its harmless contents combined with the early morning meeting time. 

4. Election of a) Chairman-Elect, b) Nominee for the MLA Nominating 

Coirml ttee 

Note: an Informal Canadian cocktail party is also under consideration— an announcement 
regarding this will have to be made sometime at the Seattle meeting. 

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Since a separate mailing of this announcement to Canadian MLA members will not be 
possible, please share the above information with any Canadian MLA'er who you know 
is not a member of CHLA and therefore not a recipient of this issue. Hope to see 
you all in Seattlel 

-Richard B. Fredericksen 


Article I - Name: 

The name of this organization shall be the Canadian Group of 
the Medical Library Association 

Article II - Purpose: 

The Canadian Group is a special interest group whose purpose 

Is to provide a forum for the discussion of matters of particular 

Importance to Canadian health libraries and librarians. 

Article III - Membership: 

Membership In the Canadian Group shall be open to anyone who is 
interested in the unique conditions of health librarianship which 
prevail in Canada. 

Article IV - Meetings: 

There shall be at least one annual business meeting during each 
calendar year. Normally, this meeting will be held concurrently 
with, and in the same location as, the Annual Meeting of the 
1^ Medical Library Association. In view of the multiple commitments 

of the membership, the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Group shall 
be scheduled at a time which does not conflict with general sessions 
of the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association. 

Article V - Officers: 

Section 1. Two officers of the Canadian Group shall be elected. 
The officers shall be a Chairman and a Chairman Elect. 

Section 2. Upon election, the Chairman Elect shall serve for 
two years, the first commencing at the close of the Annual Meeting 
at which the election is announced. The second year in office the 
Chairman Elect shall become Chairman at the end of the Annual Meeting, 
and continue in that capacity through the next Annual Meeting. The 
term of office of the Chairman shall be for one year from the assumption 
of office. In the event that a vacancy should arise in the office of 
Chairman, the Chairman Elect shall serve out the unexpired term and 
continue on as Chairman for the full succeeding term. 

Article V - Officers (Cont'd.) 

Section 3. The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Canadian 
Group, and shall perform such other duties as appear necessary to the 
benefit of the Group. The Chairman shall appoint a Committee Chairman 
to assist in forming any non-elective committee which may be required 
from time to time, and shall be an ex-officio member of all such committees. 

Section 4. The Chairman Elect, at the request of the Chairman, or in 
the Chairman's absence or during an inability to act, shall perform the 
duties and exercise the functions of the Chairman, and shall automatically 
succeed as Chairman. 

Section 5. In the absence of both the Chairman and the Chairman Elect, 
the Immediate Past Chairman shall act as Chairman. 

Section 6. There shall be a Secretary appointed by the Chairman to be 
responsible for the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Group. 
In the event of additional meetings in the course of a year, a Secretary 
who is able to attend shall be designated by the Chairman. 

Article VI - Elections: 

Election to office shall be by a plurality vote of those attending the 

Annual Meeting of the Canadian Group. In addition to the two officers, 

the Canadian Group shall elect a candidate for the MLA Nominating Committee 
by this method. 

Article VII - Amendments: 

Bylaws shall be amended by a two-thirds majority vote of the membership 
present at the business meeting of the Canadian Group. An announcement 
accomoanied by any proposed amendments shall be sent to the menfeershio 
by mail at least three weeks before the meeting where the Bvlaws will be 

Article VIII - Rules of Conduct: 

The conduct of all meetings of the Canadian Group shall follow Robert's 
Rules of Order, Revised, in the latest edition. 

draft by M. A. Flower and 
R. B. Fredericksen 
19 February, 1977 


We env-u-toited 24-houA AeAu-tce, utith tibAaxiani tivlng fUght in the. building 
ii thty ioanttd to. 

-Rzvotting libfuwicuMt 
• « • * • 

—SEE PP. 27 - 28 
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The third edition of the "Handbook of Medical Library Practice," by Gertrude K. Annan 
and Jacqueline W. Felter, 1973, will not be reprinted when the current stock is de- 

The first volume of the revised edition will not be available until 1979. Those who 
want a copy of the oresent edition of the Handbook should order it before the current 
stock of 750 copies is exhausted. Send orders to the Medical Library Association, 
919 North Michigan, Suite 3208, Chicago, Illinois 60611. The cost is $5.95. Prepayment 
must accompany all orders. 


kcXuaXXii ownoig hoo\Ui Aeem6 a pointlt&6 txeAcUe.: to them l& a uxutz oi time, 
not to KeJiead them -u chuKJLuh, and to u&e them oa meKe decoKoZion -u heKA6y. 

JameJ) (^n VKc^e 

8MJ 23 ApKU 1977 p. £077 


In today's Inflationary world, the need to share resources has become a very imoortant 
issue for all librarians in Canada and the health sciences are no exception to the 
present situtation. 

As one of the national, biomedical information centres, the Health Sciences Resource 
Centre (HSRC) is your point of access to an organization, the Canada Institute for 
Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI), which is a central node in the Canadian 
scientific, technical and medical network. 

Under the umbrella of Information Services since 1973, the HSRC's main role has been to 
coordinate information services for the health sciences both within CISTI and on a 
national basis, in other words cooperating with other sections to provide back-up 
library services to medical, pharmaceutical, hospital, dental and nursing libraries 
throughout Canada, and to individuals needing assistance beyond the scope of local 

The HSRC has been handling quick and extensive reference queries, and performing manual 
and mechanical searches by consulting all available bibliographic sources held by CISTI, 
such as the MEDLINE/TOXLINE files, and Biological Abstracts and Chemical Abstracts 
from CISTI' s CAN/OLE System. We are now charging $20.00 oer tonic for literature 
searches, but there are no fees for all other tyoes of Questions received. If we are 
unable to supoly the information, we will find a source to answer the question. The 
HSRC also acts as a consultant, providing advice and assistance in the organization 
of library collections, in the set-up of workshoos and other tonics, and is an active 
member of different local, national, and international organizations. 

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In November 1975, the HSRC was made responsible for the administration of the Canadian 
MEDLINE Network, and this involves the training of new centres, the updating of the 
established centres, and the MEDLINE Coordinator must keep all centres informed of all 
possible changes in the MEDLARS system or at CISTI which could affect their operations. 
According to our quid-pro-quo agreement with the National Library of Medicine, we are 
given only eight new codes per fiscal year and because of this, we are becoming more 
selective in the allocation of new codes. Some of the basic criteria for this selection 
are: (1) the apolicant's staff should have a biomedical background and some experience 
in using the printed indexing/abstracting journals for searching; (2) the type and the 
size of the library collection are very Important for document support within the re- 
questing Institution. If this second criterion cannot be filled, we recommend to the 
new centre to come to CISTI first for documents. 

Several publications of Interest to the Canadian health science community have been the 
responsibility of the HSRC since 1969: the Canadian Locations of Journals Indexed in 
Index Medlcus, the monthly Health Sciences Libraries in Canada, and the Conference 
Proceedings in the Health Sciences held by CISTI. You will find a descriptive list of 
these publications at the end of this article. This last publication - Conference 
Proceedings - is now available on CISTI 's CAN/OLE System (Canadian On-Line Enquiry 
System) . 

With a collection of nearly 1,000,000 volumes and appruAimately 20,000 Journal titles, 
CISTI acts as the focus of the Canadian interlibrary loan network in science, technology 
and medicine. You may come to us for locations of monographs and for journal articles 
In the fields of science, technology and medicine. The minimum charge for ohotocopies 
is $2.20 for up to ten pages and $0.22 for each additional oage. We also have a col- 
lection of more than 400,000 NTIS microfiche on scientific, technical and medical sub- 
jects; these microfiche can be reproduced at $2.20 minimum per request for hard copies 
up to ten pages and $0.22 for each additional page. Duolicate fiche can be made at $2.20 
per microfiche title duplicated (consisting of one or more fiche). 

Finally, I would like to bring to your attention other services offered by CISTI which 
could be useful to you. These are the Union List of Scientific Serials in Canadian 
Libraries, reporting the holdings of 247 university, federal, provincial and industrial 
libraries, the CAN/OLE System , consisting of an on-line retrospective searching of large 
bibliographic files, sucn as Biological Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts, Engineering 
Index, INSPEC, NTIS and some of CISTI's publications (Directory of Federally Supported 
Research in Universities, Union List, Conference Proceedings), and CAN/SDI (Canadian 
Selective Dissemination of Information Program) consisting of matching interest profiles 
against fourteen data bases for current awareness information. 

The Canada Institute is offering all of these services to you and you are welcome to 
use them. If you need more information on any of them, olease write to me or call me at 
(613) 993-2013. 

Philippe Lemay 
Head, Health Sciences 
Resource Centre 

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m isq 


Dans ce monde oD 1' Inflation se fait de plus en plus sentir, 11 est devenu n^cessaire 
de partager nos connalssances et nos ressources, et les b1blioth§caires des sciences 
de la sant$ ne font pas exception. 

Le Centre bibllographlque des sciences de la sant§, qui est un des centres d' Informa- 
tion biomfdlcale natlonale, est votre point d'acc&s I un organisme, I'Institut canadlen 
de 1 'information scientifique et technique (ICIST), qui est un membre important du 
rCseausclentlflque, technique et mgdical canadlen. 

En tant que membre des Services d'infonnatiqn depuls 1973, la responsabiHtS premiere 
du Centre a §t§ de coordonner les services d' Information pour les sciences de la sant§ 
tant I I'int^rieur de T ICIST que sur une base natlonale, et cela en coopSrant avec 
les autres sections afin de seconder les efforts des biblioth$ques m§dicales, oharma- 
ceutiques, hospital iferes, dentaires et Infirmiferes stabiles ^ travers le Canada, et les 
Individus ayant Spuis^ leurs ressources locales. 

Le Centre r^pond aussi i toutes les questions de rCf^rence recues et nous pouvons faire 
pour vous une recherche manuelle et m^canique en utilisant toutes les ressources biblio- 
graphiques disponibles ) 1' ICIST, par example les fichiers MEDLINE/TOXLINE et Biological 
Abstracts/Chemical Abstracts du systfeme CAN/OLE. Pour une recherche bibllographlque, 
nous demandons $20.00 par sujet, mais 11 n'y a aucun frais pour toute autre question 
recue. SI nous ne pouvons vous alder, nous vous trouverons une autre source d' informa- 
tion. De plus, le Centre est parfols consults pour offrir de I'lnformation de de I'aide 
dans 1 'organisation de collections de livres et d'ateliers et sur differents sujets. 
Ses membres sont des membres actifs de diffgrentes associations locales, nationales et 

Depuls novembre 1975, le Centre est responsable de 1 'implantation du r§seau canadlen 
MEDLINE et cela suppose la formation des membres des nouveaux centres, la formation 
continue de ceux qui sont d^j) ^tablis, et nous devons aussi les informer de tout 
changement dans le syst&me MEDLINE, ou I 1' ICIST, qui pourrait avoir des repercussions 
dans leur travail. Selon notre entente quid-pro-quo avec la National Library of 
Medicine, nous ne pouvons offrir au Canada que huit nouveaux codes par ann$e, et I 
cause de cela, nous devenons de plus en plus sSlectifs dans le choix des futurs centres. 
Parmi les principaux crit&res de selection, 11 y a ceux-ci : (1) le personnel du 
demandeur doit avoir une formation biom§dicale et une experience dans 1 'utilisation des 
Index et resumes pour la recherche; (2) le genre et Tampleur de la collection de la 
biblioth&que sont importants et ce afin de pouvoir fournir la documentation sur place. 
Si ce n'est pas le cas, nous demandons au nouveau centre de s'adresser d T ICIST 
d'abord pour tout document. 

Nous sonmes aussi responsables de la preparation de certaines publications intSressant 
le milieu canadlen des sciences de la sant6 et ce depuls 1969, dont void la liste: 
Biblioth&ques canadiennes d^tenant les periodiques rgpertoirgs dans 1' Index Medicus , 
le mensuel Biblioth^ques canadiennes des sciences de la sante - Periodiques, NouveTles, 
Informations et les Comptes rendus des conferences sur les sciences de la sante qui se 
trouvent a 1 'ICIST. Une liste plus detainee de celles-ci se trouve I la fin du present 
article. La publication Comptes rendus des conferences est maintenant accessible sur 
CAN/OLE (Canadian On-Line Enquiry). 

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Avec une collection de prds de 1,000,000 de volumes et environ 20,000 titres de 
p^riodiques, I'lCIST est le coeur du rgseau de prets interbibliothdques pour les 
sciences, la technologie et la mgdecine. Vous pouvez done vous adresser 3i nous pour 
des localisations de monographie et pour des photocopies d'articles de p§riodique 
dans le domaine scientifique, technologique et medical. Notre tarif pour les photo- 
copies est de $2.20 par demande de dix pages ou moins et de 22 cents par page suppl6- 
mentaire. Nous avons aussi une collection de plus de 400,000 microfiches du NTIS 
sur des sujets scientifiques, techniques et m§dicaux, qui peuvent Stre reproduites 
au prix de $2.20 par demande de dix pages ou moins pour le texte imorim^ et de 22 
cents par page suppl Omenta ire. Un duplicata vous coQtera $2.20 par titre du micro- 
fiche (une ou plusieurs fiches). 

Pour terminer, j'aimerais vous signaler d'autres services offerts par I'ICIST qui 
pourraient vous §tre utiles, dont: (1) le Catalogue collectif des pgriodiques 
scientifiques dans les biblioth^ques canadiennes , qui signale r§tat des collections 
de 247 biblioth$ques universitaires, f^d^rales, provinciales et industrielles; (2) 
CAN/OLE , une service de recherche retrospective en direct dans un vaste fichier biblio- 
graphique qui englobe Biological Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts, Engineering Index, 
INSPEC, NTIS et certaines publications de I'ICIST (Repertoire de la recherche dans les 
universit^s subventionn§e par le gouvernement f§deral , Catalogue collectif, Comptes 
rendus des conferences sur les sciences de la sant6); (3) CAN/SDI (Diffusion selective 
de r information), qui permet de puiser une information courante dans quatorze fichiers 
) la fois avec un seul profile d'int6r6t. 

L'Institut canadien vous offre ces services et vous Invite 3i les utiliser. Pour plus 
de renseignements sur quelque service que ce soit, il suffit de m'§crire ou de me 
rejoindre a (613) 993-2013. 

Philippe Lemay 

Chef, Centre bibliographique 
des sciences de la sante 


Gteet -t^e patAon {youK ^fUtnd and taxpayer] uuMi a hmiti. look dztp into kU [heA] 
tyti. &iofe ku [heA] peASon. 

-Htvotting Libnjcuu.cun& 

■k * * -k * 


Garfield, Eugene. Le Nouveau Defi Americain. I. Is French Science too Provincial? 
Current Contents. Clinical Practice V,5, no. 16, April 11, 1977, pp. 6-11. 

Garfield writes about the frequency with which scientific articles written in French 
are cited in the literature. The article above is actually an English translation of 
the original which was published for the French in French (La Science francaise est 
elle trop provinciale? La Recherche 7: 757-60, 1976). The author reports that the 
original unleashed an outraged storm of protest and that it has been denounced by one 
as 'pernicious,' as 'linguistic imperialism' by another, and that it even 'questions 

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the existence of a civilization ' Conclusions of Garland's study were that "the 

French were primarily cited by the French," and "the insistence of French scientists 
to publish in French denies the world scientific community the opportunity to read 
their work casually." The major French scientists published in English and in journals 
outside of France to assure that their work reached the widest possible readership. 
While French language Canadian scientific Journals are not mentioned specifically, 
the same observations might conceivably apply. What with the language controversy 
in Canada, this article should be of interest to our health library readership. 
Garland plans further comments on the French question in future issues of Current 
Contents . 

ed. note: your monolingual editor was 
unable to secure a French translation of 
this article In time for publication. 


The Can&da Institute for Scientific and 
Technical InformatioD (ClbPl) produces 
the following publications to publicize 
its resources and services, and to fa- 
cilitate the use of Canada's resources 
in the fields of science and technology. 
Additional information can be obtained 
by contacting the CISTI Publications 
Section. Tel: (6l3) 993-3736. 

L'Institut canadien de 1' information 
scientifiqu- -t technique (ICIST) prepare 
les publications enumerees cl-apr^s afln 
de falre connattre ses ressources et ses 
services et de faclliter 1' utilisation des 
ressources du Canada dans le domaine des 
sciences et des techniques. Pour plus de 
renseignements, s'adresser au Service des 

publications de 1' ICIST. 
(613) 993-3736. 

N de tel. 

I97U, HRC. No. I37U7, $2.00 

197l«, CNRC n° 137UT, $2.00 


(Replaces Annual Report) 
Available on request. 


(Remplace le Rapport annuel) 
Diffuse sur demande. 


A listing of Journals in the health 
sciences as covered by the MEDLARS 
system and their location in Canadian 
libraries. 1976, 6th edition, NRC. 
No. 15?57, $10.00 


1976, 1st edition, NRC No. I5169 


Une llste de perlodiques des sciences de 
la sauite recenses par MEDLARS, Indlquant 
dans quelles blbllotheques du Canada lis 
sont consei-ves. 1976, 6e edition, CNRC 
n° 15?57, $10.00. 


1976, CNRC nO 15170, $20.00 



1975, 5th edition, NRC Ho. lU675, 


An index to proceedings of conferences, 
symposia, workshops and other meetings 
since 1925. Annuid. supplements. 1973, 
1st edition, NRC No. I388I, $35.00 
(Cumulative Vol.) 1975, Supplement, 
NRC No. I52U7, $15.00. 


An annual listing of university based 
research projects funded toy federal 
agencies and. a computer produced sutoject 
index. 1976, Uth edition, NRC No. 15300, 


197'*, NRC No. 137'»9, $2.00. 


I97U, NRC Ho. IU082, $2.50 Anne 

1975. CHRC n9 IU676, $10.00 


Un index des comptes rendus de conferences , 
symposiums, seminaires et autres revinions 
depuis 1925. Supplements annuels. 1973, 
CNRC nO 13881, $35.00. (volume recapitula- 
tif). Supplement de 1975, CNRC n° I52U7, 


Une llste annuelle des programmes de 
recherche universitaire finajices par 
des organismes federaux; 1' index des 
matieres zzt prepare par ordinatexir. 
1976, Ue edition, CNRC n° 15300, $50.00. 


197'*, CNRC nO 1371*9 , $2.00 


197'«, CNRC n° IU082, $2.50 Anne Pitemick. 


A monthly listing of health science 
serials on order at 25 health science 
libraries in Canada. Annual sub- 
scription, $6.00. 


A guide to obtaining loans, photo- 
copies or microcopies. 1973, NRC No. 
13513, $2.00 Anne Pitemick 


Published at irregular intervals, to 
provide up-to-date information on 
CISTI's activities and services to 
iisers of scientific and technical in- 
formation. Available on request. 


Une llste mensuelle des revues des sciences 
de la sante commandees par 25 bibliotheques 
camadiennes des sciences de la sante. 
Abonnement d'un an: $6. 


Un guide d'obtentlon de prets, de photo- 
copies et de microcopies. 1973, CNRC n° 
13513, $2.00. Anne Pitemick. 


Public I, intervalles Irregullers, ce 
bulletin fait le point des actlvltes et 
s'addresse aux utllisateurs de I'information 
sclentiflque et technique. Diffuse sur 

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English trsuislation of Russian 
Journal "Probleny Severa". 1973, 
No. 18, $35.00 


A cumulative listing of scientific 
and technical papers of experimental 
works carried out in the Council's 
laboratories since I916. Annual 
supplements. 1976, 2nd Cumulative 
edition 197?-1976, NRC no. 15502, 


A semi-monthly listing, by broad 
subjects, of major acquisitions to 
the Library. Annual subscription 


1971*, NRC No. I37U8, $2.00 


1971*, NRC No. IU58O, $5.00 


1975, NRC No. IU9U9, $3.00 J.D. 


1975, edition, NRC No. IU687, $3.00 


A list of titles, holdings and loca- 
tion of over U8,000 scientific, tech- 
nlc«a and medical Journals held by 2U7 
Canadian libraries. 1975, 6th edition, 
NRC No. IU87O, $80.00 

Une traduction anglaise de la revue 
russe Problemy Severa. 1973, n° I8, 


Une liste recapitulative des articles 
scientifiques et techniques traitant 
des travaux effectues dans les labora- 
toires du Conseil depuis I916. Supple- 
ments annuels. 1976, 2e edition 
recapitulative 1970-1976, CNRC n° 155?2, 


Une liste bimensuelle , par grands domaines , 
des princlpales acquisitions de la 
Bibliotheque. Abonnement d*un an: $10.00. 


I97U, CNRC n° I37U8, $2.00. 


197'», CNRC nO IU58O, $5.00. 


1975, CNRC nO 1U9U9, $3. J.D. Babbitt 


1975, CNRC nO 1U687, $3.00 


Une liste de titres donnant I'etat de 
plus de U8,000 revues scientifiques, 
techniques et medicales conservees dans 
2U7 bibliotheques canadlennes. 1975, 
6e edition, CNRC n° IU870, $80.00 


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The decennial Index of the "Bulletin of the Medical Library Association" for vol, 51-60 
(1963-1972) will be available in July. A limited quantity will be produced and avail- 
able to those who have prepaid orders through June 30. After that time cooies will be 
available only until the limited supply is depleted. 

To reserve a copy, please send your order today to MLA Headouarters, 919 North Michigan 
Avenue, Suite 3208, Chicago, Illinois 60611. Preoayment must accompany all orders. 
($10 for non-members, $5.00 for members.) 



It'i one. b-ig noom. We'>ie buKi^tinq now. LoAt toeefe uK. had ^i^^ty-eyiaht iUds thzKt and 
thfu OAe only i^o^ ^^i/-^even. It' 6 a txibutQ. that thzy tikz to come thzit. 
It'i an agonizing night, though, ujhzn you have, to go aAound Ahu^hing. It' 6 fuAt too 
much. I'm old- ^aAhionzd. I -t/vatk iX ha& to be. a quiet place. 

"The LibfLaAyian" ^fiom 
Stud& TeJikeZ, Wofiklng 


A report has recently been forwarded to the Ontario Medical Association and the Ontario 
Hospital Association summarizing a survey of hospital libraries in the Province of 
Ontario which was conducted in 1975. A small committee of the Toronto Medical Libraries 
Group put together the data from that survey, and the reoort was presented formally 
to a joint meeting of the Ontario Medical Association and the Ontario Hospital Association 
in Toronto on April 20th. Once the report has been accepted, it will be duplicated and 
made available to the hospital and medical library communities by the Ontario Hospital 
Association. Title of the report is 1975 Survey of Hospital Libraries in Ontario : 
s urmiary and assessment . It is dated February 1977, and there are 87 pages. 

The survey was sponsored jointly by the OMA and the OHA, and drew a return of 81%. The 
questionnaire used was designed and tested by a Liaison Committee of the Toronto Medical 

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Libraries Group in collaboration with the Committee on Medical Library Services of 
the Ontario Medical Association, and with members of the Executive of the Ontario 
Hospital Association. It was sent out in two separate mailings by the Ontario 
Hospital Association. 

Data in the returns were compared by the Liaison Conmittee with the minimum guide- 
lines set forth in the Appendixes to the Canadian Hosoital Library Standards as 
published in Canad. Med. Assoc. J. 112:10:1271-74, 17 May 1975 . Generally soeaking, 
and in spite of some notable exceptions, two basic ooints were established by this 
comparison: a) an alarmingly high percentage of hosoital libraries in Ontario failed 
to meet even the minimums established for collections; b) personnel and organizational 
arrangements in these libraries were also far from adeouate. Eight recommendations 
were oresented to the Ontario Medical Association and the Ontario Hospital Association 
for action. 

Members of the Liaison Committee of the Toronto Medical Libraries Group which designed 
the questionnaire and compiled the summary of the returns were: Marianne Brett, 
Librarian, North York General Hospital, Toronto; Elizabeth Marsland, Librarian (now 
retired), Wellesley Hospital, Toronto; Sheila Swanson, Librarian, Academy of Medicine, 
(Toronto); and M.A. Flower, formerly Librarian, Ontario Medical Association, Toronto, 

(Mrs.) M. A. Flower 
Atelier ) votre sant§ 


The. main point i& thiM tibiajUu weM t66e.ntiatiy cfiypti {^ok the. u)ofdi6 o(( dead men, 
and the gfiavefiobbeA^ wc^e ba&icaUbj gentlemen o^ tei^vuie vnith no gfieattfi information 

pfu>blem& than how to the gout The mo6t aggfiavating thing about iX alt i6 

that, actuatty, wc tAoditionatty have been 6huiheAA, and mo6t tLbfiaAieJ> aA.e &till 
into 6iUnce. 

-Revolting Libfuuiiani 


Doreen Fraser , Assistant Professor, School of Library Service, Dalhousie University, 
has been granted twelve months sabbatical leave from September 1977 to August 1978, 
to study the basic elements of gerontology and geriatrics, and to investigate the 
Information and library service needs of persons involved with olanning, organizing, 
and working in these fields. Her Interest soans the prevention of disablement, acute 
and chronic institutional care, rehabilitation, maintenance of daily living, and 
terminal care, and she is concerned with both the elderly and their families, and the 
volunteer and professional health workers involved with team care. 

She has been greatly helped by the World Health Organization, the King Edward Fund's 
Hospital Centre in London, the Scottish Health Services Centre in Edinburgh, the 
College of Family Physicians of Canada, and members of the Canadian Association of 
Gerontology and the Canadian Institute of Religion and Gerontology in the olanning 
of five months in Britain, three months in Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Geneva 
and Grenoble, two months in the United States of America, and three months in Canada 
from coast to coast. Upon return to Nova Scotia, she will be involved with planning 

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and organizational programmes for gerontology and geriatrics, in addition to augmenting 
her teaching programme, and her work with Medical School's Division of Continuing 
Medical Education which is interested in geriatrics and gerontological oroqranmes in 
Camp Hill Hospital, the Federal Department of Veterans' Affairs Hospital in Halifax. 

Interspersed with leave activities. Professor Fraser plans to attend the 50th Anniversary 
Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations in Brussels, the 
Library Association Medical Section's Meeting in Bath, and the Library Association's 
Centennial Conference in London. 

Claire Turnbull has been apoointed to the position of Head of Public Services in the 
Medical Library of McGill University, succeeding Bonita Jehu. Miss Turnbull holds an 
undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa and a degree in library science 
from the University of British Columbia. She soent three years at the National Library 
of Canada before being appointed Head of Reference in the Medical Library in 1973. 



Regional medical library services in most Canadian orovinces are being develooed 
through universities. B. C. is an exceotion. It is the only one in which a separately 
organized orovince-wide regional service has been develooed. In 1962, the B. C. Medical 
Library Service was established by the College of Phvsicians and Surgeons to serve all 
of the registered doctors in the province. In the ensuing years, the Service has become 
a vital and accessible continuing medical education resource. (1) (2) 


The first institutional medical library in British Columbia was established by the 
newly formed Vancouver Medical Association in 1906. It numbered among its early bene- 
factors Sir William Osier who, in 1908, wrote from Oxford to the head of the V.M.A, 

library cormittee. Dr. John Pearson " tell some of the members from me, olease, 

that money invested in a library gives much better return than mining stock. In con- 
clusion, as precept Is not nearly so satisfactory as example, I enclose you a small 
subscription as practical evidence of my good will and good wishes." The Library's 
Archives file contains an answer from Dr. Pearson thanking Dr. Osier for his letter, 
but mentioning that there was no enclosure. Dr. Osier's reply is swift and peremptory 
"Herewith my cheque for $25.00." 

During its earlier years, the library was housed in locations which are now considered 
the choicest of downtown real estate. It began at the corner of Granville and Hastings, 
moved to the corner of Granville and Georgia and then to Georgia and Hornby before its 
move in 1951 to the present Academy of Medicine building at Burrard Street and Tenth 

During the 1950's there were some important developments. U.B.C.'s medical school, 
begun in 1950, necessitated the growth of the university's medical library under the 
direction of Doreen Fraser. At the same time, the Vancouver Medical Association was 

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finding it increasingly expensive to support a library which was now being utilized 
by physicians throughout the province. 

An obvious solution was for the V.M.A. library to amalgamate with the UBC library, 
but many of the Association's most influential members were not in favour. In 1956 
Doreen Fraser produced a survey of the Vancouver Medical Association Library (3), a 
fifty page document with seven appendices and an extensive bibliography. One of Miss 
Fraser' s far-seeing recommendations was that the V.M.A. library be established as a 
province-wide service with possible support from the College of Physicians and Surgeons. 
Two further surveys resulted in a report by Dr. John Dick (4), chairman of the V.M.A. 
Library Conmittee, which prepared the way for a proposal to the College of Physicians 
and Surgeons. Miss Isobel McDonald, the first professional librarian hired by the 
V.M.A. was active in developing the surveys and the proposals. 

In 1959 two referendums were put to the profession. The first referendum establishing 
the regional service for a two-year trial period was passed by a 72% majority. (5) A 
second referendum in 1961 giving the College authority to establish the service on a 
permanent basis passed with a majority of 65%. (6) Terms of the final referendum 
allowed the College to assess each member $25 for the library service, $10 of which 
would go back to support hospital libraries outside the City of Vancouver. 

Miss McDonald left the library in 1961 and the author began his duties as director in 
March of 1962. In the next year, the library collection w^s named the Keith Memorial 
Library in honour of one of the original founders of the V.M.A. library. Dr. William D. 
Keith. By 1964 the library had expanded its floor area to take in 5400 square feet on 
the main floor plus storage space at the basement level. 


The collection of 7,000 books, 530 journal subscriptions, 50,000 Journal volumes and 
1,000 audio tapes serves a physician population of nearly 4,600. A survey done three 
years ago found that 43. 7X of the province's doctors used the library over a one year 
period. Since the clientele is largely made up of practising doctors, the collections' 
content is primarily clinical. Research materials, when they are needed, are often 
borrowed from U.B.C. However, more than 80% of requests can be met by the existing 
collection. Relationships with the Woodward Biomedical Library at U.B.C. are amiable 
and cooperative. The College Library loans to Woodward and its branch at Vancouver 
General Hospital about one quarter of the number of items it borrows from them. Al- 
though there is as yet no formal cooperative acquisitioning, B.C.M.L.S. makes a ooint 
of picking up subscriptions to journals such as the U.S. state journals not obtained 
by U.B.C. An on-going archives collection of material relating to medicine in British 
Columbia is maintained. The library does have a small collection of old and rare books 
but this is not being increased. 


An attempt is made to meet quickly and efficiently any information needs of doctors-- 
questions relating to their practices, talks they are giving to professional or lay 
groups, papers they are writing and research they are doing, health education of 
patients, information about meetings, etc. The library staff of four professionals 
(two part-time) and six support personnel are kept busy throughout the year. 

Telephone questions from outside the medical profession, particularly from the public, 
are frequent. These are most often handled at the time and occasionally referred to 

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other sources such as the public library. 

One of the strengths of the library is the personalized service it is able to offer 
individual doctors. A good ranoort has been built uo between library staff and 
physicians, many of whom have a sense of oride in the quality of the services. As 
a working relationship this cannot be discounted and is orobably the reason that 
medical society libraries remain alive and vigorous in North America and the U.K. 

While the majority of reference requests come by teleohone and by mail, doctors 
often come to the library "in person", while others use the telex. One of the diffi- 
culties of doing reference by long distance is the problem of clarifying questions. 
One solution to this problem may be the installation of a Zenith teleohone line. 

The library will loan journals for a brief period within Vancouver, but does not 
generally circulate journals outside the city. The policy of offering one hundred 
pages of photocopy per year without charge seems to meet most oractiti oners' needs. 

The installation of a Medline service in November of 1976 is a great asset. To date 
no charge is being made for Medline searches although this policy is under review. 


From the inception of the provincial service one of the major objectives has been the 
development of medical libraries In the hospitals of B. C. To this end, the $10 - oer - 
doctor arant for books has, in most cases, served as an incentive for hosoitals to 
build their own collections. It is unfortunate that in a few stituations the hospital 
has, because of the grant, ooted out from responslbllltv for its library. The ore- 
dictable results are inadequate libraries and disinterested staffs. One of the services 
Instituted for hospital libraries in 1963 was the centralized ordering, cataloguing 
and processing of books. There are now seventy hospitals receiving this service. The 
advantage to the local hospital is that staff is relieved of much of the work of loca- 
ting and ordering books, the books can be easilv arranged on the shelves and the col- 
lections, as they grow, are comoletely catalogued by a professional librarian. The 
disadvantage for the hospital is that it takes longer for books to arrive. Another 
more fundamental disadvantage to the system is that with a strong central reference 
service and professional cataloguing supplied, the need for librarians or library 
technicians in hospitals is not so apparent to administrators. With budgets tight, 
staff for the library is not a high priority consideration when it often ought to be. 

The large hospital libraries within Vancouver do not receive financial grants but do 
benefit from extensive inter-library loan services. More than 3400 items were loaned 
to the four largest hosoitals in 1976. There were 718 loans to eleven other health 
institution libraries within Vancouver. 

Both Vanvouver hospitals and those outside the city receive extensive consultant 
services from the chief librarian. The larger hosoitals seek advice on facility 
planning, layout, staffing, etc. All hosoitals outside the Vancouver area are 
visited by the chief librarian every two years. These are trouble-shooting visits 
where a variety of local needs are met: collections are weeded and evaluated, recom- 
mendations for Purchases are discussed, new books from the central library collection 
are displayed and new facilities are planned. Whenever possible, the librarian soeaks 
to the medical staff - either formally or informally - to the administrator and to the 

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staff person in charge of the library. This field work is the ESSENCE of regional 
service and its most effective public relations. 


Since most of the hosoital libraries in B.C. are not managed by librarians but most 
often by medical records personnel. It is an important oart of the service's function 
to provide guidance and trainina for the hospital staff people responsible for the 
library. This is done formally through workshops held at the library in Vancouver and 
informally during the librarian's visit to the local hosnital. 

Other educational and public relations efforts include a monthly library page in the 
8. C. Medical Journal, exhibits at medical conferences, oarticularly the B. C. Medical 
Association's annual meeting, and talks aiven periodically to the medical staff of a 
hospital during the librarian's visit. 


In these Inflationary times, the Medical Library Service has managed to have a budget 
surolus for the last two years. The current budget of $217,000 will seem small to 
many, but it is a sizeable amount for a nrivate institutional library to raise. Because 
the library budget must go up each year, there is some uneasiness on the part of members 
of the B. C. College Council. The question is asked, "How long can the medical profes- 
sion in this province continue to support such an exoensive service?" 

When there seemed some chance of the Library Service being absorbed by the B. C. Medical 
Centre during the NDP provincial government years (1976-75), many physicians at the 
1975 Annual Meeting of the College spoke out in favour of retaining the service no 
matter what it cost. It seems likely that this attitude is still prevalent - doctors 
In B. C. are willing to pay for the library service they receive. A direction for the 
future Is the encouragement of regional library services to a wider clientele, including 
all of the health professions. That a need for such service exists is apparent. It is 
partially being met by the B. C. Health Association and the Registered Nurses Association 
of B. C. Both associations, from their libraries in Vancouver, will send materials to 
outlying regions. However, many health professionals - dentists, oharmacists, lab tech- 
nicians, social workers and others do not have ready access to library materials. 
Regional health library services in B. C. need to be coordinated and expanded to provide 
rapid access for all groups. 

In B. C. there is a particular need to devise an overall plan to assure the development 
of adequate hospital libraries. Administrators and health facility planners must be 
made to see that useful hospital libraries are those that are well-located, well-stocked, 
and well-staffed. As the pioneer in the establishment of libraries in B. C. hospitals, 
the B. C. Medical Library Service must take a leading role in their continuing develop- 


The development of Canada's only province-wide regional medical library separate from a 
university is described. The B. C. Medical Library Service offers direct access to 
medical information for every doctor registered with the province's College of Physicians 

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and Surgeons. In addition it provides financial support and consultant services for 
hospital libraries, extending this to centralized ordering and cataloguing for seventy 
hospitals outside the Vancouver area. The need to consolidate and extend regional 
library service to all the health professions is recognized. 

C. William Fraser 
Chief Librarian 
Vancouver, B. C. 


1. DICK, John, et al. 

"The Medical Library Service of the College of Phvsicians and Surgeons of 
British Columbia." Canadian Medical Association Journal 88: 741-744, April 6, 

2. HARRISON, W. Elliott, et. al. 

"The Medical Library Service - Review of a College Project," B. C. Medical 
Journal 10: 41-42, February, 1968. 

3. FRASER, M. Doreen E. 

Vancouver Medical Association Library Survey, July - September, 1956 . V.M.A. 

4. DICK, John 

The Provincial Library Service of the Vancou ver Medical Association Reoort. 
V.H.A., February, 1955. 

5. COLLEGE of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia Newsletter No. 20, November, 
1959 p. 7. ^ 

6. COLLEGE of Physicians and Surgeons of British Colum bia Newsletter No. 24, November, 
1961 p. 12. 



Due to the efforts of Program Chairman Mrs. M. A. (Babs) Flower and our President, 
the Program for the Annual Meeting has now been finalized and is being mailed under 
separate cover. You should have received a copy orior to receiving this Newsletter . 
If you haven't, please write or call David Crawford/Medical Library/McGill University/ 
3655 Drummond Street, Montreal, nuebec/H3G 1Y6. 514 392-3059. The meeting is 
scheduled for June 9th and will be held at the Queen Elizabeth/Le Reine Elizabeth Hotel 
in Montreal. Don't miss the opportunity to attend the 1st meeting of your Association-- 
one that promises to be very stimulating, indeed 1 


Imagine. youA&ali In tht ctnteA^otd oi LJ. 

-Rtvo£ LLbnanlan^ 
nd. notz: on tht CHLA/ABSC 

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After identifying the location of the first 140, or so, members of the CHLA, 
it becomes clear that we are dealing with two kinds of membership. There are those 
who are carrying on their library duties in communities where there are few or no 
other CHLA members and there are those who are working in cities where there are clusters 
of six or more members (Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton). 

In drafting a Constitution and programne for CHLA/ABSC the new executive must 
concern itself with these communities. The Newslettpr will be the obvious vehicle 
for the isolated member. In the six or so communities where there are groups of 
members, it would seem realistic to form chapters of some sort so additional members 
can be attracted in these areas. 

I realize that some of these cities already have such groups. Hopefully they 
would wish to convert their local organizations to CHLA/ABSC Chapters and thus assure 
that our Association has a firm basis at the grass roots level. To encourage this 
kind of local organization we might rebate a portion of fees to the local chapters to 
at least cover some of their basic expenses. 

I would hope that members who have views on the concept of chapters or on 
other aspects of our new organization would convey them to the Executive so that we 
can continue to accurately reflect the interests of the membership. 

P.S.: In our first year of operations we have attracted three kinds of members: 

a) individuals paying their own membership 

b Individuals with membership paid by their institutions 

c) members who are in fact institutional subscribers 

I think we should view CHLA/ABSC as an organization of individuals rather 
than of organizations as this seems most aporopriate for the variety of members we 
now have. When the new constitution is drafted this Individuality of members can 
be permitted by allowing the institution paying the fees to designate their member. 
But when an institution for their collection also wanted a copy of the Newsletter, 
they could then enter a subscription rather than hold another membership^ We could 
then stipulate that no member could have more than one vote. 

Comments should be sent to the President or the editor. 

Yours sincerely, 

Alan H. MacDonald 
Treasurer, CHLA/ABSC 


The Guide to Hospital Accreditation has endeavored to include standards affecting 
staff library development. Although the Canadian Standards for Hospital Libraries 

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were used as a departure point, the Guide fails to include the complete Standards . 

This omission will account for much of the confusion which must be exoerienced by the 
accreditation team. For instance. Standard I states that, 

certain hospital libraries should be 
capable of providing information 
in supoort of clinical research 

What aopears in the Guide gives no indication as to which of these libraries should 
develop to this leveT"! Ts that not the whole point of developing standards and guide- 
lines? If the Appendixes to the Standards had been included in the Guide, it would 
become obvious that Category 1 and 2 hospitals would establish libraries supportive 
of clinical research. 

Standard II presents a good deal of difficulty for interpretation if only the Guide 
version is consulted. As it is, few people outside of our profession are aware of 
the differences in training and qualifications between the librarian and library 
technician. Indeed, a good many administrators in hospitals are not aware of the 
differences between the medical records librarian and the medical librarian! The 
interpretation in the Guide certainly does not enlighten the "lay" person. Only the 
addition of the appropriate apoendix from the original Standards wi 1 1 accurately 
clarify the manpower requirements. The Appendix will also specify the necessary 
staff according to the Category of the hospital. This will certainly be more useful 
Information for the Council. 

These are only two examples of what ambiguities can exist if only the Guide to 
Accreditation is consulted by the accreditation team in examining library facilities 
instead of the complete Standards . 

What should concern health science librarians in hospitals is whether or not the 
Standards , complete or incomplete, are ever really looked at when the accreditation 
team visits. 

It has been my experience when visiting small hospital libraries in Ontario that 
upon accreditation, only a few of the libraries were ever visited. What may be 
more detrimental, however, is the situation where members of the accreditation team 
enter the library, notice the books on the shelves, then walk out I This incidence 
has been recounted to me more than once. 

It Is highly unlikely that the accreditation of a hospital will ever depend on the 
existence of a hospital library. However, if it is to be visited by an accreditation 
team, an evaluation should be done properly, A room with a shelf of books is no 
Indication of quality! 

One must wonder at the number of guidelines, standards etc. that the accreditation 
team has to read before going into a hospital. Many of these standards are directly 
related to the main functions of the hospital. Although provision of information 
services is important, it is not a too priority item. Therefore, there is a strong 
possibility that the Canadian Standards for Hospital Libraries may not be completely 


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In what way then, can we orovlde the accreditation team with the elements we think 
are important without risking the chance that the Standards may never be read or 
interpreted accurately? Perhaos an abridged but comolete checklist could be drawn 
UP which would accomoany the accreditation team. Of course, the comolete set of 
Standards would be available with the list, but the checklist may cut down the amount 
of material which must be gone through. By virtue of its format the checklist will 
not only give a true oicture of the oractical elements necessary for the day by day 
operations of the library but it cannot fail to reveal obvious deficiencies such as 
the absence of Index Medicus or the non-existence of library staff! 

Margaret Y. Walshe 
Consulting Librarian 
Ontario Medical Association 

In the new edition of their Guide, the Canadian Council on Hosoital Accreditation 
has seen fit to use the Standards evolved by the Joint Working Party and aoproved 
by Canadian medical librarians and other bodies. The broad outline has been accepted 
with some minor variations in wording. This in Itself constitutes a steo in the 
right direction. Unfortunatelv, the numerical aooendixes have been left out. These 
contain the figures which give some significance to the outline and were meant to 
serve as a yardstick by which the individual hospital, and the Accreditation inspectors, 
could measure library facilities and practices in comparison with those of similar 

There Is still a great variation in the services offered from one hosoital to the 
next--even among teaching hospitals: regional systems, with one or two exceptions 
are non-existent and it is obvious that hospital personnel --administrators, physicians, 
educators are in many areas quite unaware of the resources that may be at their dis- 
posal and how to reach them. 

It Is to be hoped that this Association will continue the effort to have the full 
Standards, or some up-dated version there-of, accepted by the Council on Accreditation. 

The full text of the Standards including the Appendixes was published in Canadian 
Medical Association Journal V. 112: 12^1-1274, May 17, 1975. 

Sheila Swanson 


The staff of the William Boyd Library wish to dissociate themselves from the extrava- 
gant claims made by the publicity department of the Academy of Medicine as quoted in 
the first Newsletter . Although we believe quality to be superior to quantity--and 
we wonder about the meaning of "private", nevertheless, the desire for informational 
exactitude inherent in all medical librarians imoels us to modestv. Maybe the largest 
(private) in Canada -? 

Sheila (ebullient = boiling) Swanson 

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The interim Executive of CHLA/ABSC has recently formed a Find Raising Committee vrtiose 
mandate is to investigate additional sources of funding for Association activities 
and to report back to the Executive by January of 1978. The Conmittee will be 
chaired by Frances Groen of McGill Ihiversity. The inmediate Past President (David 
Crawford) and the soon-to-be-elected new President will be the two additional 
members of the Committee. 


As of May 16, there were 147 paid memberships in CHLA/ABSC. Seven have 
already renewed for 1977/78 and 12 new menfcers have joined effective the start of 
the 1977/78 year. These 159 members are distributed as follows: 



Nova Scotia 



New Bnmswick 












British Colunbia 


All members of record are listed on the following pages. 


Please note that meirbership renewal or application for the period ending June 1978 
is now due. The Treasurer suggests that registration at the annual meeting in 
Montreal (scheduled for Jine 9, 1977) will be sinplified if members have renewed 
by that date. 

Membership forms are at the back. Renew now! 

Help your association by giving a membership form to a potential 

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Medical Library 

Centre Hospital ier Jewish General 

3755 Cote Ste. Catherine 

Mantreal, Quebec 

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Baisarowicz, Shan 
1580 Dublin Ave. 
Winnipeg, Manitoba 
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Boski, Marina M. 
4132 Melrose Ave. 
Montreal, Quebec 


Bran ton, Sharon (Ms.) 
418 Whitney Ave., Apt. 
Hajnilton, Ontario 
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Kvdecinska, Joan (Mrs.) 
1808 Sherbrooke St. West 
Apt. 606 
Montreal, P.Q. H3H IBS 

Sprague, Mary (Mrs.) 

The Library 

The Carleton Memorial Hospital 

P.O. Box 400 

Woodstock, N.B. 

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Steednan, Isobel M. (Miss) 
Manitoba Cancer Fouidation Library 
700 Bannatyne Avenue 
Winnipeg, Manitoba 
R3E 0V9 

Vitek, E. 

199 Roehanpton #906 
Toronto, Ontario 
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Health Sciences Library (HX1064593) 
Canp Hill Hospital 
Halifax, Nova Scotia 
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Dartmouth General Hospital 

P.O. Box 1016 

Dartmouth, N.S. 

B2Y 3Z7 

The George Williamson Medical Library 
Ottawa Civic Hospital 
1053 Carling Ave. 
Ottawa, Ontario JQY 4E9 

Medical Librarian 
Provincial Hospital 
P.O. Box 10 
Caii|)bellton, N.B. 
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Voelker, Linda (Ms.) 
Health Sciences Library 
IJhiversity of Western Ontario 
London, Ontario N6A 5C1 

Monbership ^plication 



Postal code. 

I enclose $15.00 (made payable to Canadian Health Libraries Association) as 
mf menibership fee for the period ending Juie 1978. 


Alan H. MacOonald 

Treasurer, CHLA/ABSC 

W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library 

Dalhousie University 

Halifax, Nova Scotia 

B3H 4H7 

Formule d' Application 



Code postale 

J' inclus $15.00 (payable a Canadian Health Libraries Association) comme 
cotisation pour la periode qui se termine en juin 1978. 


Alan H. MacOonald | 

Treasurer, CHLA/ABSC 
W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library 
Dalhousie University 
Halifax, Nova Scotia 

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C H L A 


ISSN 0700-5474 

FALL 1977 


After considerable soul-searching along with some persuasion by friends, your Editor 

has decided to stay on for at least one year After a long summer away from home 

and the office, during which time I was unable to actively solicit material, I was 
delighted to find that there were enough contributions to make a very Interesting 

Fall Issue Obviously your contributions and Interest are vital to our continuing 

success--keep them coming... As you will read In the Minutes of the CHLA/ABSC Execu- 
tive meeting, an Editorial Conmlttee was established to assist and advise the Editor 
of the Newsletter . Membership on the Committee presently Includes the Editor and 
David Crawford with the latter as Chairman. One or two additional members may be 
added In October when this Committee will hold Its first meeting. At that time, 
policies with regard to frequency of publication, deadlines, blllngualism, features 

and similar items will be discussed The Editor would like to hear from persons who 

are willing to volunteer as correspondents or stringers for the Newsletter . Their 
role would be to gather news at local and regional levels for submission to the Edi- 
tor. We already have one correspondent for Manitoba. Others are needed for the fol- 
lowing regions: the West, (or Alberta and B.C. separately), the Yukon and Northwest 
Territories, Ontario, Quebec, and the Marltlmes. Someone willing to gather news from 
our Francophone members would also seem to be essential, as would those who would be 
willing to gather news along topical lines (developments In hospital libraries, media 

services, etc.). If there are any volunteers out there, contact your editor The 

next meeting of the CHLA/ABSC Executive will be in Montreal In early October, as most 
of the members of the Executive will be In Montreal at that time to attend the meeting 

of the Special Resource Conmlttee on Medical School Libraries of ACMC Next Issue 

scheduled for December. 





October 13 - 15, 1977 

October 27-19. 1977 

Upstate New York and Ontario Regional 
Group of the Medical Library Associa- 
tion. Annual Meeting at the Holiday 
Inn, 150 King Street East, Hamilton, 
Ontario. Continuing Education Course 
offered on Thursday, Oct. 13. Furthe 
Information: Beatrix Robinow, Health 
Sciences Library, McMaster University 
Hamilton, Ont. L8S 409 

North Atlantic Health Sciences Li- 
braries, A Regional Group of the 
Hedical Library Association. Annual 
Meeting in Montreal, Quebec. Further 
Information: Mrs. Claire Tumbull, 
Medical Library, McGill University, 
3655 Drummond Street, Montreal, 
H36 1Y6 

June 10 - 15, 1978 
■Id- June, 1978 

Medical Library Association, Annual 
Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. 

Canadian Health Library Association/ 
Association des Bibliotheques de la 
SantS du Canada, 2nd Annual Meeting, 
Edmonton, Alberta (specific date(s) 
to be announced, but CLA dates are 
June 15 - 20. 

September, 1980 

4th International Congress on Medical 
Librarianship, Yugoslavia. 


The first Annual Meeting of the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des 
Biblioth^ues de la Santi du Canada Mas held June 9, 1977, at the Queen Elizabeth 
Hotel. David S. Crawford of McGill University, presided over the inaugural meeting 
as President of the organization. The morning program featured a panel "Where's 
What?" with panel members discussing the features and services of some of Canada's 
key health library organizations. The panel included Philippe Lemay (Health Sciences 
Resource Centre, CISTI), Martha Stone (Health and Welfare) Margaret Parkin (Canadian 
Nurses Association), Jane Wachna (Canadian Hospital Association), Dorothy Fitzgerald 
(College of Family Physicians of Canada), and Elaine Waddington (ASTED). Following the 
panel session, Frances Groen reported on briefs recently submitted to the National 
Library Objectives Survey and to the Director of CISTI/ICIST. The business session of 
the meeting saw reports delivered by the President, the Secretary Treasurer and by the 
Editor of Publications. The afternoon session featured an amusing and informative 

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talk by Dr. Eleanor McGarry, Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Life Sciences 
Area Library Committee of McGill University, entitled "The Role of Hospital Libraries 
in Continuing Education." Post meeting activities included visits to various health 
libraries in the Montreal area. The Association owes its thanks to M. A. "Babs" 
Flower, Local Arrangements Organizer, for a well -organized and interesting meeting. 

Next year's meeting will be held in Edmonton, Alberta. While the meeting will be 
held to dovetail with the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Library Association, the 
exact date(s) of the CHLA/ABSC 2nd Annual Meeting will be announced in a later issue 
of your CHLA/ABSC Newsletter. 

4 Oct. 1976 - 31 May 1977 



146 Memberships @ $7.50 

1 Partial Membership 9 $7.00 

2 Donations @ $7.50 
Exchange on U.S. Funds 





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16 New Memberships (? $15.00 

1 Partial new membership (? $7.50 
8 Renewed memberships @ 15.00 

2 Partial renewals (? $7.50 

1 Renewed membership @ $15.00 






$ 382.50 


$ 15.00 


Secretary - Postage, printing, photocopy, etc. 

Mailing of Newsletter No. 1 


Membership records and labels 

Printing (letterhead, program) 



Balance on hand, 31 May 1977 


$ 284.55 

Alan H. MacDonald 

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As of 6 June, 166 persons and Institutions have registered for membership In the 
C.H.L.A. The geographic breakdown Is as follows: 

Newfoundland 6 

Nova Scotia 22 

New Brunswick 6 

Quebec 40 

Ontario 66 



Hami 1 ton 



Manitoba 13 

Saskatchewan 3 

Alberta f 

BHtlsh Colunbia 1 

Alan H. MacOonald 

Zkoiq in'utti, ctte.bfuvU. It' a aJbaayA a. hotiday 6omeu)heAt 
...¥lnd a gcuideji to lunch in. SomttLmtk ha\fz a de.paAXjne.ntaZ picnic, 
iftzad, cheese and Mine.. 

'Ke.votting libnoLKijanA 


147 ballots were mailed on 12 May 1977 to those members who had paid their 1976/77 
dues before 11 May 1977. 

108 ballots (73. 5X) were received and were counted on 3 June 1977 by the ad hoc 
Elections Cointtittee of Barbara Prince, Muriel Smith and Helen Branny, all 
members In good standing. 

The following are declared elected: 

M. A. Flower, Montreal, President by acclamation 


David Crawford, Montreal for two year term 
Alan MacDonald, Halifax for two year term 
William Fraser, Vancouver for two year term 

Philippe LeMay, Ottawa for one year term 
Martha Stone, Ottawa for one year term 
Sheila Swanson, Toronto for one year term 


Eileen Bradley 


Alan MacDonald 


David Crawford 


Linda MacFarlane 


Kathleen Eagleton 


Frank Oram 


Dorothy Fitzgerald 


Margaret Parkin 


William Fraser 


Phyllis Russell 


Barbara Henwood 


Martha Stone 


Sandra Langlands 


Sheila Swanson 


Philippe Lemay 


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Hou} many cormzKciciii> , hou) many movA.t6, how many i>tofu.z& about 
6hai>hing tibHaxian& and hiHthzd wp tibfuvUzA can be pfie/>e.nte.d 
until no om mJUi fae ablz to peAcexve onytlfvinQ oJUz, no matt&K 
what tkz Vuxtk may fae?... Even on Seicune Stfizzt xzczntly a 
JULbfuxJu-on moppzZ madz thz 6cznz - and Sz&amz St^zzt -cA whzAz 
kJidt, IzoAn thz tAuth and 6ouZ o^ thz mattzn. and not thz aiual . 
6tzAzotypzd buZZAhAJt, fUght? So what did thz libfLOAian do thz 
wholz timz on 6tagz? 

He 4>hai,hzd. 

-Rzvotting LibAOJiioM 

Ed. Notz: Rzm&mbeA thz Vynamint TzZzvi&ion Commztciatl 

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qui se trouvent i 
Tlnstitut canadien de T information scientifique et technique 

Supplement de 1976 Ottawa, 1977 

Prix: $15 (CNRC nO 16013) 

L'Institut canadien de 1 'information scientifique et technique 

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est heureux d'annoncer que la publication cl-dessus est malntenant en vente. 

Le Supplement de 1976 accompagne le volume 1 de 1973 et les Supplements de 1974 et 
1975, qui signalent les coroptes rendus de conferences monographiques conserves Si 
I'ICIST I compter de 1925, puis les comptes rendus de conferences monographiques et 
perlodlques I compter de 1970. Le present Supplement signale 1,200 comptes rendus 
de conferences recus de decembre 1975 ) la fin de decembre 1976. 

II n'y aura pas de cumulation pour les annees 1974 ) ,1976. et un supplement annuel 
sera publie seulement. 

Pridre d'adresser les cotnnandes I la 

Section des publications 

Instltut canadlen de 1' Information sclentlflque 

•t technique 
Consell national de recherches du Canada 
Ottawa, Canada 
K1A 0S2 


held by 
The Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information 

SUPPLEMENT 1976 Ottawa, 1977 

Price $15.00 (NRC No. 16013) 

The Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information Is pleased to 
announce that the above publication Is available for sale. 

This 1976 supplement Is a companion to Volume 1, 1973, and the 1974 and 1975 
SupplefRents, which, together, contain monographic conference proceedings held 
by CISTI from 1925, and both monographs and serials from 1970. The present 
supplement contains 1,200 proceedings of conferences received from December 
1975 through December 1976. 

There will be no cumulative voluw for the year 1974 to 1976 and we will con- 
tinue to publish annual suppltaents only. 

Orders may be addressed to: 

Publications Section 

Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical 

National Research Council of Canada 
Ottawa, Canada 
KIA 0S2 

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Bien que la biblioth^que Osier ait §tg nonmSe en I'honneur de sir William Osier 
(1849-1919), I'un des m6decins les plus rlput^s au Canada, sa collection d'histoire 
de la m§decine s'est constitute au cours des cinquante derniSres annles, S parti r 
de divers fonds complSmentaires au nombre desquels, gvidemment, la bibliothfeque 
personnel le de Sir William. 

La biblioth&que a $t§ fondge en 1929, lorsque la faculty de mgdecine de 1 'university 
McGill h§rita de la collection d'Osler. Au fil des annSes vinrent s'y ajouter les 
monographies et revues scientifiques pgrim6es provenant de la bibliothfeque de la 
faculty de mgdecine. Ces deux collections ont form6 le noyau de la bibliothfeque 
Osier telle que nous la connaissons maintenant. 

La collection personnelle d'Osler 6tait marquee de plusieurs traits caractgristiques 
qui se retrouvent chez celles qui s'y sont jointes. En premier lieu, environ la 
moitig de la collection de 8,000 livres et manuscrits se composait de documents 
servant 2l 1' interpretation ("secondaires"), soit biographies et histoires de la 
mgdecine. La seconde moiti§ consistait en documentation proprement dite ("primaire") 
c'est-Si-dire r§dig§e en autres par des mgdecins pour utilisation en m^decine au 
cours des si&cles. En deuxi&me lieu, alors que les ouvrages d' interpretation pro- 
venaient de toutes les p§riodes de I'histoire de la m^decine, les ouvrages de docu- 
mentation etaient axgs sur les d6buts de la mgdecine modeme, parti culi&rememt aux 
15e, 16e, 17e et 18e si&cles. Enfin, cette collection §tait gquilibr^e, dans le 
sens oD elle comprenait non seulement des livres de m^decins et chirurgiens cSl&bres, 
tels que Vesalius, Harvey et Boerhaave, mais encore d'auteurs moins connus - mais de 
valeur historique comparable, dont Symphorien Champier, Robert Fludd et Sir William 

La bibliothfeque de la faculty de medicine de McGill, fond§e on 1823, a aussi apportg 
sa contribution, sous forme de transfert, d' environ 8,000 volumes ^ la biblioth&que 
Osier. Gr3ce ^ sa longue existence et I son orientation pendant le 19e si&cle, 
cette seconde source a ggalement dote la biblioth&que Osier d'un ensemble de carac- 
teristiques. D'abord, elle §tait riche en documentation du 18e et du 19e si Seles, 
parti culiferement en revues mgdicales. Elle §tait aussi riche en documentation de 
langue anglaise publiSe au Canada, en Grande-Bretagne et aux Etats-Unis. Ensuite, 
cette biblioth^que desservant une faculty orientee vers la recherche, ses collections 
etaient abondantes dans le domaine des sciences et des special it6s medical es. Enfin, 
elle ne comprenait quasi aucune documentation secondaire. 

En bref, les transferts de volume de la biblioth&que de mSdecine de McGill et le 
legs de la collection personnelle de Sir William Osier se compiementaient, composant 
une nouvelle collection, diversifi6e et §quilibr6e, de materiel de recherche en 
histoire de la medecine. I 

Maintenir et amplifier cet equilibre incombe maintenant aux responsables des dons 
et acquisitions de la biblioth&que. En pratique cela s'effectue par la recherche i 
et la collecte de documents de toutes les peri odes et de toutes les regions geo- 
graphiques aussi bien que de tous les niveaux de la theorie et de la pratique ^ 
medicales. De plus, on fait 1 'acquisition de documents destines 3i alimenter la * 
client&le particuli&re de la biblioth&que: medecins, etudiants en medecine, 
etudiants de tous les cycles en histoire et historians de carri&re, dont les int6rgts 
s'etendent 5 une vaste gamme de points de vue historiques: intellectuel , social, 
biographique, economique. 

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Plusieurs dons r4cents de documents en hooieopathie lllustrent la faron dont la 
blblloth^ue peut §tendre le champ des collections. 11 n'y a pas longtemps, 
ThOpital Reine-Elizabeth de Montreal, fonde en 189* comme hfipital hom^opathlque, 
a fait don i la biblioth^ue Osier de sa collection de documents en hom^ooathie 
remontant au 19e sifecle. Plus ricemment encore, le docteur Harold Griffith, dont 
la famille oeuvrait pour I'hOpital Reine-EHzabeth depuis deux q§ngrat1ons, a fait 
don de livres, de revues et d'une considerable collection de manuscrits sur I'histoire 
de rhomiopathle I Montreal et ) qu§bec. Chacun de ces dons repr$sentait un type de 
docuMents qui ne figuraient ni dans la collection d'Osler n1 dans celle provenant de 
la facult§ de medicine. 

Dans un autre sens, l'universit§ Laval a contribuS S flargir le fonds de la biblio- 
th^ue par le don de plusieurs milliers de monographies francaises du 19e silcle. 
Dans un autre domaine, toujours, la biblioth^que du pavillon'des femmes de ThOpital 
Royal Victoria de Montreal a donn# ) la biblioth^ue une collection de manuscrits 
relatifs J son histoire au cours du 19e siicle ainsi qu'un bon nombre de monographies 
et revues du 19e slide en ob$t§tr1que et gynCcologle. Indivlduellement, ces dons 
et les autres peuvent ne pas sembler impressionnants, mais si I'on considire qu'ils 
se sont multiplies au cours des quelque cinquante annies de I'existence de la biblio- 
th&que Osier, ces apports d'lrchives et de livres, aujourd'hui p§rim§s sur les plans 
medical et admini strati f, constituent une partie importante du fonds de la bibliothfeque 
que est du plus haut intir^t pour I'histoire de la mgdecine. 

En plus de benfficler de dons, la blblloth^ue a un programme syst^matique d'achat 
de livres et m&ne de manuscrits. Ce programne cholsit un domaine particulier de 
I'histoire de la mideclne et, pour un temps, y consacre une certaine somme avant de 
passer ) d' autres domaines. A I'heure actuelle, par example, les quatre domaines 
dans lesquels la biblioth^ue concentre ses achats de livres et de manuscrits sont 
Its suivants: a)documentat1on secondaire en histoire de la midecine et domaines 
connexes; b) livres et manuscrits traitant de I'histoire de la m^decine au Canada; 
c) documents portant sur le domaine oi) sant§ at midecine sont en interaction avec 
la soci§t§; d) livres et manuscrits dont les auteurs sont practiciens de systfimes 
m^dicaux non orthodoxes, tels que la phrftnologie, 1 'homCopathie, la chiropractie. 

Le grand principe qui a permis d'unlfier 1 'expansion de la collection de la biblio- 
theque Osier au cours de son demi-siicle ou presque d'existence a 6t6 une politique 
d' acquisition equilibr6e suivant la chronologie, le giograohie et le domaine, de mfime 
que r intention de rassembler une documentation pouvant servir les intfirfits d'une 
clientele d'§tud1ants et de chercheurs ax§s sur I'histoire de la m^decine. 

-Philip Tel gen 
Bibllotheque Osier 


Although the Osier Library is named after Sir William Osier (1849-1919), one of 
Canada's best known physicians, its history of medicine collection has been built-up 
over the past fifty years from a number of complementary sources, including, of 
course, Sir William's own library. 

The Library was founded in 1929, when Osier's private collection came to the Medical 

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Faculty of McGill University. Here, over the years, it was joined by the out-dated 
monographs and journals transferred from the library of the Medical Faculty. The 
union of these two collections has shaped the Osier Library as it exists today. 

Osier's private collection had several salient features which it passed to its off- 
spring. First, about one-half of the collection of 8,000 printed books and manuscriptj 
consisted of interpretive (secondary) literature, that is to say, biographies and 
histories of medicine. The other half was documentary (primary) literature, that is, 
materials written by doctors and others for use in the medical enterprise over the 
centuries. Secondly, while the interpretive literature ranged over all chronological 
periods of medical history, the documentary literature was oriented to early modern 
medicine, particularly of the fifteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth 

Finally, it was an evenly developed collection in that it included not only books by 
famous physicians and surgeons, such as Vesalius, Harvey, and Boerhaave; but also 
the less well-known— but historically no less important— figures, such as Symphorien 
Champier, Robert Fludd, and Sir William Petty. 

The library of the McGill Faculty of Medicine, founded in 1823, has also contributed, 
by way of transfer, about 8,000 volumes to the Osier Library. Because of its vener- 
able age and its direction during the nineteenth century, this second source also 
imparted a set of characteristics to tha Osier Library. First, it was strong in 
eighteenth- and nineteenth-century materials, particularly medical journals. 
Secondly, it was strong in English language materials published in Canada, Great 
Britain, and the United States. Thirdly, being the library of a research-oriented 
faculty, it leaned heavily towards the medical sciences and medical specialities. 
Fourthly, it included virtually no secondary literature. 

In short, the tranfers from the McGill Medical Library and the gift of Sir William 
Osier's private collection complemented each other, making a new, versatile, and 
generally well-rounded collection of research materials in the history of medicine. 

To maintain and expand this well-roundedness is the task of the gift and book-pur- 
chasing Dolicy of the Library today. This is done by collecting materials from all 
chronological periods and all geographical areas as well as from all levels of 
medical theory and medical practice. In addition, it is achieved by collecting 
materials useful to the Library's constituency: physicians, medical students, 
graduate and undergraduate students in history, and professional historians whose 
interests may range over intellectual , social, biographical, and economic aspects 
of history. 

Several recent gifts of homeopathic materials illustrate one way in which the Library 
is able to expand its comprehensiveness. A short time ago, the Queen Elizabeth 
Hospital in Montreal, founded in 1894 as a homeopathic hospital, gave to the Osier 
Library their collection of nineteenth-century homeopathic literature. More recently, 
Dr, Harold Griffith, the second generation of his family connected with the Queen 
Elizabeth, contributed books, journals, and a particularly important collection of 
manuscripts relating to the history of homeopathy in Montreal and Quebec. Each of 
these gifts consisted of a type of material not found in either Osier's donation or 

in medical library transfers. 


Strengthening the Library's holdings in quite a different area was the gift of 4 
several thousand nineteenth-century French monographs from Laval University. In 

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still another area, the Women's Pavilion Library of the Royal Victoria Hospital in 
Montreal gave the Library a collection of manuscripts relating to its history during 
the nineteenth century and a goodly number of nineteenth-century monographs and 
journals in obstetrics and gynecology. 

In themselves, these and other similar gifts may not seem large. But when multiplied 
over the nearly fifty years the Osier Library has existed, these contributions of 
archives and printed books, now medically and administratively obsolete, are a major 
part of the Library's collection, and of the utmost value for the history of medicine. 

Besides receiving gifts, the Library systematically purchases books and, occasionally, 
manuscripts. This is done by identifying a particular area of medical history and 
then concentrating financial resources on them for a period of time, before shifting 
to other areas. At the present time, for example, these are the four areas in which 
the Library is buying books and manuscripts: a) secondary literature in the history 
of medicine and allied sciences; b) books and manuscripts dealing with the history of 
Canada; c) materials produced in the area where health and medicine interact with 
society; d) books and manuscripts produced by practitioners of phrenology, homeopathy, 
chiropractic, and other unorthodox medical systems. 

Unifying the collection development of the Osier Library during the nearly fifty 
years of existence has been the desire to collect comprehensively by chronology, 
geography, by subject matter, together with the Intention to hold materials useful to 
the interests of the wide range of students and scholars who study the history of 

-Philip Tel gen 
Osier Library 


The Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services abolished 
its Health Sciences Section at the recent Annual Meeting of the Canadian Library 
Association held in Montreal. Reason: it was felt that the newly fortned Canadian 
Health Library Association would play a more vital and active role in serving 
Canadian health librarians and that the new organization would have a broader base 
of support. Approximately fifteen people attended the funeral services, presided 
over by Alan (Big Mac) MacDonald. 


The B. C. Health Association Library came on the scene about three and a half years 
ago. Up to this time there had been a haphazard book, journal and cassette collection, 
but no plan or organization to it. In May of 1974 a librarian was taken on to develop 
a library for the B.C. Health Association, which has as its membership the publicly- 
owned hospitals in the province of British Columbia, and is the counterpart of other 
provincial hospital organizations. 

As British Columbia already had two special libraries at this time to service the 
physicians (B.C. Medical Library Service, Librarian C.W. Fraser) and nurses (Regis- 
tered Nurses' Association of B.C. Library, Librarian Mrs. Jean Molson), the B.C. 
Health Association Library saw itself as meeting the needs of other hospital-and- 

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health institution workers, both professional and otherwise. In addition, the main 
emphases of development were to be hospital administration and staff education. 

The library is now manned by a librarian. Sue Abzinger and a library technician, 
Ruth Paterson. It has a collection of books, journals and various formats of 
audiovisual material: 16 mm. film, audiocassettes, filmstrip-cassette programs, 
slide- tape programs, and videotape in three formats with dubbing facilities (to 
accommodate borrowers with different types of hardware). The library is the only 
health-science one in the province with an audiovisual collection in multiple formats; 
B.C. still tends to be very much print-oriented. 

To give you some idea of the rate of expansion, between January and June, 1977, 
the library purchased the following materials: 158 books, 3 new journal subscriptions, 
7 films, 6 video programs, 9 filmstrip-cassette and slide-cassette programs, and 
some 48 audiocassettes. As the collection grows, borrowing is correspondingly heavy. 
Since this is a province-wide service, most requests come in by mail, phone, or telex. 

The library has been lucky during its gradual development to be located in Vancouver 
near the B.C. Medical Library Service and Woodward Biomedical Library at U.B.C., 
from whom it borrows heavily. Despite growth, the B.C. Health Association Library 
is not intended to become large, nor will it ever be able completely to meet user 
needs solely from its own collection, diverse as its clientele is, ranging from 
hospital medical director to maintenance supervisor. It must rely on an adequate 
core collection in its main areas of interest, and gratefully turn to other libraries 
for more unusual needs. It is intended at the same time that the library provide a 
solid choice of educational A-V resources to health-care workers in member insitutitio 
in the province. 

-Sue Abzinger 


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Hzij, viho woA that lady I 4 aw yoa (*uMi Zcat night? 
Thcut woA no tody, that woi thz Sen^uooi ILbKonlaxi. 

-Jlzvolting LibKaAlan^ 


The Canadian Group of the Medical Library Association held its Annual Meeting 
during the MLA Annual Meeting in Seattle last June. The breakfast meeting was 
attended by an overflow crowd of more than forty Canadian medical and health 
librarians. First, David Crawford, immediate past president of the Canadian 
Health Libraries Association reported on the first Annual Meeting of CHLA held in 
Montreal. The attendees then considered a draft of the By-Laws for the Can Group. 
Next, a report on the planned program for the Chicago Annual Meeting of MLA was 
discussed. The group expressed some concern at the program outlines regarding I 

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group meetings and instructed the Officers of the Group to investigate possible 
alternatives. The meeting closed with Anna Leith from the University of British 
Columbia being elected Chairman-Elect and Babs Flower of Montreal being introduced 
as the incoming Chairman, Babs now has the honour of Chairing the Group, while also 
serving as 1977/78 President of CHLA/ABSC. Dick Fredericksen, as immediate Past 
Chairman, will serve as the Group's nominee to the MLA Nominating Conriittee for 
the 1978 election. Considering the early morning hour— It convened at 0700 hours, 
and the fact that not enough breakfasts were supplied, the meeting proceeded quite 
cordially, with little scorn heaped on the outgoing Chairman, Dick Fredericksen. 

Ed. note: for a slightly different view of the W.A meeting be sure to read the 
following account by Patrick (Fearless) Fawcett. 



The MLA saga actually began with my decision to drive to Seattle Instead of flying 
there like normal people. With another librarian. I left Winnipeg on Thursday, 9 
June and headed west In high spirits. Despite almost drowning in a Saskatchewan 
swimming pool and nearly colliding with a deer in Idaho, the trio was pleasant not- 
withstanding B^ conpanion's knack for ' '.^ing through my constant stream of knock- 
knock jokes. We arrived in Seattle on Saturday evening and checked into the Olympic 
and I found I had a gorgeous view of the roof of the adjacent hotel. 

On Monday evening, when most people were on Blake Island stuffing themselves with 
salnon, I elected to go bar-hopping with a trio and stuff myself with something 
■Oft palatable. Since wy wife was at CHLA in Montreal, I had neither my waistline 
nor my manners to worry about and was all set for a great time. Our second sanctuary 
was a dimly lit club into which were crowded an Incredible number of little tables 
and dimly lit people. Unfortunately, the couple at the table beside me were having 
a difference of opinion which the fellow seemed to express by periodically belting 
his date across the face. I took a disliking to this and told him to stop and he 
took a dislike to me and told me to go forth and propagate. To shorten a long story, 
with no bouncer in sight the dispute escalated and I soon Jumped to my feet which 
the other chap took to be a challenge. Given the choice between hitting someone 
or being hit, my pacifist tendencies go right out the window so I belted him as 
hard as I could. 

Fear is a great source of strength. 

He went flying backwards and never got off the floor. I got pitched out onto the 
street (yes, they did Indeed have bouncers therel), and discovered my hand was an 
awful mess. I was beginning a Jacksonian tremble (sort of like Wile E. Coyote 
and his earthquake pills) so I grabbed a taxi and was taken to the nearest hospital 
for 3 hours of treatment and good advice. From one lousy punch I managed to fracture 
my wrist, damage two tendons, innervate one finger, and rearrange two knuckles. The 
knuckles were stitched back into place, a steel brace attached to my hand and wrist, 
and everything was taoed to excess. And that was the extent of the barroom brawl. 

Fortunately, it was too late to phone my wife that night. When I did call on Tuesday 

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afternoon, I gave a full account of myself and received absolution, along with some 
of Big Al's newest Newfie jokes. Then with spirits buoyed, I set out with my colleague 
to drive around Seattle and see something other than the downtown core. I won't 
belabour with more copious details. Suffice to say that after a pleasant tour of 
Mercerlsland, we were headed north to the U of W campus when someone plowed into the 
rear of my car. And nothing looks more mournful than a Rabbit with its rear-end 
smashed in while some three days away from home. Fortunately, despite the hatchback 
being crumped shut and the lights smashed, the car was still driveable. 

I phoned my wife again. She wasn't very pleased. 

Amazingly enough, nothing untoward happened on Wednesday night. I sulked off to 
the shade of the Space Needle and saw "Star Wars" without the theatre collapsing 
around me. And on Thursday afternoon we left Seattle and made the three day drive 
home (about 1,300 miles as the screaming lunar bat flies) quite safely. 

Back in Winnipeg, time has healed all wounds. My car is as good as new after $720 
worth of repairs. My hand, a little scarred and very weak, has no permanent damage 
after weeks of Medlining with just one hand. My staff has wisely refrained from 
commenting on the cast on my hand, other than a paper tag affixed to iny office 
door on my first afternoon back. It read: Killer Fawcett. 

And, to answer the most obvious question no doubt now in your mind: no, I am NOT 
attending MLA in Chicago. I think I'll go to CHLA in Edmonton instead/ 

My mummy lives in Edmonton. 



Patrick J. Fawcett 
Public Services Librarian 
Faculty of Medicine Library 
University of Manitoba 


On a more serious side, Canadian participation in the June MLA meeting was certainly 
substantial. First and foremost, of course, was the work of the Program Chairman, 
Bill Fraser of the B.C. Medical Library Service. Bill's many months of long, hard 
work were clearly evident throughout the excellent program for the meeting. The 
Canadian Group meeting was listed in the Annual Meeting Program - highlights of »■ 
that meeting are reported elsewhere in this issue. Eileen Bradley of the University 
of Toronto served as the moderator for the Concurrent Panel Session on Academic 
Emphasis. Richard Fredericksen was a member of that panel, presenting an audio- 
visual travelogue entitled "Ohl Canadal Canadian Health Libraries in 1977." Mrs, 
M. A. "Babs" Flower was a panel member for Concurrent Session II, Clinical Emphasis, 
presenting an interesting paper "Toward Hospital Library Standards. in Canada." In , 
addition to his normal duties as Program Chairman, Bill Fraser also "moderated the I 
General Session on Social and Humanistic Issues in Medicine. Frances Groen of McGill 
and Doreen Fraser of Dalhousie served as discussion leaders for the informal sharing 

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sessions. Their discussion group focused on "Canadian Comparisons." In addition to 
this involvement in the Program, there was, of course, also a great deal of Canadian 
participation on various MLA Committees. Finally, toward the close of the 1977 Annual 
Meeting, the Nominating Committee announced that Beatrix Robinow of McMaster University 
was one of its choices as a candidate for the MLA Board of Directors for the 1978 elec- 
tion. There was, indeed, Canadian content at the MLA Meeting in Seattle. 

A&k tkz pcuOioni ^ofi 6uggutlon&. Who knoiM, thzy may euen 
cone up wUXh 6ome. good idzau^. 

-Xevottotg LLbHWuxmA 


The Medical Library of the McGill University in Montreal, Canada is hosting the 
20th Annual Meeting of the North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries, Regional Group 
of the Medical Library Association, to b? held in Montreal, Sheraton-Mount Royal 
Hotel, October 27-29, 1977. The theme is "International Connections". 

For further information please contact: Ms. Claire Tumbull , Medical Library, 
McGill University, 3655 Drummond Street, Montreal, H36 1Y6, Canada. 


Lloyd, Hazel. The Information Needs of Physiotherapists in the Atlantic Provinces 

With Suggested Working Collections for Small Hospitals . Halifax, N. S. Dalhousie 
University Libraries/Dal housie School of Library Service, 1977. Occasional Paper 
no. 13. 

This is a welcome publication and Indeed a great aid In filling a long recognized 
gap in providing information concerning physiotherapy collections. It is, as stated, 
a "starter" collection for small hospitals under 300 beds and must be regularly re- 
vised and expanded to meet the demands of each particular situation. A number of 
guidelines are set forth for the successful establishment of hospital library service. 
The list is arranged by broad subject field of interest for easy use. In addition to 
the basic list, this work Drovldes a good Introduction to the field of physiotherapy 
and discusses the needs and facilities in the Atlantic region. While there are 
general lists available, providing guidelines for the development of hospital library 
collections, this publication will prove useful to hospital libraries, especially In 

To order: Dr. Norman Horrocks, Series Editor 

School of Library Service 
Dalhousie University 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4H8 

$2.50 + .50 mailing -Shelagh Wotherspoon 

Medical Library, Memorial Universit. 

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Jean Benson has recently been appointed Head of Reference of the McGill University 
Medical Library. Mrs. Benson has a B. Sc. from the University of London, and 
a B.L.S. from the University of Alberta. During her career she has served as 
a Scientific Information Officer at the Defence Research Board, a school lib- 
rarian and, most recently, as lecturer in Library Technology. 

CHLA/ABSC Received brief mention in two recent library publications: first, in 
Emergency Librarian (v. 4, no. 6, July/ August 1977) attention is drawn to our 
new "journal" in "Notes from the Other Side of the Irony Curtain;" secondly, in 
Library Journal (v. 102, no. 15, September 1, 1977, p. 1735) establishment of 
CHLA is noted by Norman Horrocks in his report of the Annual Meeting of CLA in 
Montreal . 

C. William Fraser , Director of the British Columbia Medical Library Service, will 
be participating in a seminar on October 8, 1977, as part of the dedication 
ceremonies for the new Medical Center Library at the University of New Mexico 
in Albuquerque. Bill's paper is entitled "Library Service to Physicians: A 
Canadian Experience." Bill should be congratulated on timing his visit to 
coincide with Albuquerque's famous Pal lorn Festival. 

Helen Michael has resigned as Head of Technical Services of Memorial University's 
Medical Library in order to take up residence in Toronto, where Helen's husband, 
David Michael, a singer and entertainer (co-star of CBC;s "Kinda Country") will 
pursue his musical career. 

Newfoundland has recently acquired one of North America's newest and most modem 
MacDonald's hamburger stands, thereby joining the "have" provinces. The 
restaurant has already taken its place among St. John's better eating spots. 
One more reason to visit Memorial University's Medical Library which has recently 
assumed responsibility for services to the MUN School of Nursing. 

Claire Turnbull , formerly head of Reference in McGill 's Medical Library, has recently 
been appointed Head of Public Services in that Library. Claire was recently a 
participant in the CACUL workshop on the Reference Interview at the CLA Meeting 
in Montreal. 

Jane Wachna has been busy with the relocation of the Canadian Hospital Association 
Library from Toronto to Ottawa. Miss Linda Solomon will be assuming the position 
of Librarian in the Ottawa location on September 12, 1977. Linda was formerly 
a librarian for Centraide in Montreal. The new address for the CHA Library is: 

The Library 

Canadian Hospital Association 

Suite 800 

410 Laurier Avenue West 


KIR 7T6 

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Book Review 14 


Annual Meeting Report 2 

Executive 1 

Executive Meeting Report 18 

financial Statement 3 

Membership Application last page 

Membership Report 4 

Report of Elections ConiRlttee 4 

CLA Health Sciences Section of CASUS 10 

Feature Articles 

British Columbia Health Association Library 10 

Constitution de la bibliotheque Osier 7 

The Shape of the Osier Library 8 

Future Meeting Dates 2 

Job Market U 

HA Annual Meeting Highlights. A Personal View 12 

MLA Annual Meeting, Canadian Content 13 

P^LA Canadian Group Meeting 11 

MLA Scholarship Committee 17 

Message from the Editor cover 

Potpourri - Colleagues, Libraries, Etc 15 

Publications Available 5 


See handy-unpaged-tear-out membership form at back of this issue. Join or 
give to a non-member to join. 



Mrs. M. A. Flower 

L' Atelier a votre santS 

The Workshop - A Health Resource 

101 Chemin Amherst Road 

Beacons field, P. 0. 

H9W 5Y7 

Secretary-Treasurer ; 

Alan MacDonald (two year term) 
Health Sciences Library 
Dalhousie University 

Editor, CHLA/ABSC Newsletter: 

Richard B. Fredericksen 

(Non voting member) 
Medical Library 
Memorial University 

Members at Large: 

David Crawford (two year term) 
Medical Library 
McGill University 

C. William Fraser (two year term) 
B. C. Medical Library Service 

Philiope LeMay (one year term) 
Health Sciences Resource Center 


Martha Stone (one year term) 
Health and Welfare Library 

Sheila Swanson (one year term) 
Toronto Academy of Medicine Library 


Gnow 6omztking gizzn on. youA dz&k and plant &uApAAj,u in thz cataZogi [i&zd 
packtt6, happy tkouglvt6 - peAhxipA even a &mall bottlz o^ ScAzzch] . 

-adwpttd {^nom RzvoJLting UJbn/Viiajn^ 

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Head of Technical Services —Work In Canada's newest medical school llbraryl 
This position carries responsibiltty for all Technical Services operations 
in the Medical Library Including cataloging, serials, acquisitions and binding. 
Supervises a staff of nine FTE composed of para-professional and clerical staff. 
Considerable day-to-day involvement In cataloging operations. Some participation 
in reference services also required. Candidates must have substantial cataloging 
experience with the National Library of Medicine scheme. Knowledge of serials, 
acquisitions and binding operations extremely desirable. Salary and level of 
appointment commensurate with training and experience. Memorial University 
offers liberal fringe benefits including provision for Special Leave after 
three years and Sabbatical Leave after seven. Generous moving allowance. 
Interested, qualified persons should submit a curriculum vitae along with the 
names of three persons as references. Send to: Richard B. Fredericksen, 
Medical Librarian, Health Sciences Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, A1B 3V6. 


The Health Sciences Library of Dalhousle University invites applications for 
the position of Reference Librarian. Responsibilities: Information Desk and 
related activities. Selection and liaison responsibilities with several 
departments and schools in the Health Sciences. Assist in provision of 
service to hospital and other health care libraries in Maritimes. Qualifica- 
tions: Degree from accredited library school. Degree in chemistry, biology 
or related basic science preferred. Experience: 1-3 years, preferably in 
reference work. The successful candidate will, under the supervision of the 
Head, Information Services, perform all the reference duties associated with an 
academic health sciences library serving schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, 
physiotherapy, pharmacy, human connunicatlon disorders and physical education 
including orientation, selection, support of active continuing education pro- 
graime, mounting displays and operation of bibliographic retrieval service. 
Library uses Medline, CAN/OLE and Dialog. The candidate will be expected to 
travel In the Maritime Provinces as part of the Regional Library Service. 
Salary: $10,880 - S12,160. Apply to: Alan H. MacDonald, Health Sciences 
Librarian, W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library, Sir Charles Tupper Building, 
Dalhousle University, Halifax. N. S. B3H 4H7 


The Medical Library of McGill University is presently looking for a Computer 
Services Librarian . This position is classified as a Librarian 2 and the 
starting salary is $14,290 per annum. The position reports directly to the 
Head of Public Services and the person aooointed will have primary responsi- 
bility for the provision of comouter-based bibliograohic services to all users 
of the Medical Library. The services offered at the present are those from 
the U.S. National Library of Medicine (Medline and its associated data bases), 
CAN/OLE and CAN/SDI from the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical 

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QUEBEC (Cont'd.) 

Information and several of the data bases offered by the Systems Develooment 
Corporation and Lockheed such as CAIN, Psychological Abstracts, Biosis Previews 
and CA Condensates. The position requires a knowledge of spoken French, a 
library science degree from an accredited Library School and at least one of 
the following: Two years of experience in a Medical Library, Completion of a 
one year post-graduate medical librarianship intern program, two years of 
library experience, at least one of which involved on-line searching or 
subject specialization in the field of life sciences. This position will 
open on September 1, 1977 and applications or requests for further information 
should be addressed to: Claire Turnbull, Head of Public Services, Medical 
Library, McGill University, 3655 Drummond Street, Montreal, H3G 1Y6. 


At the June meeting of the MLA Scholarship Committee, a proposal based on the sugges- 
tions of both regional groups and individuals for the awarding of one of the two 
MLA scholarships for career development was discussed. The Committee is seeking 
additional ideas and suggestions on this subject and has prepared the discussion 
questions which follow for distribution to the various groups of MLA. 

In a letter to all regional grouo chairmen dated August 24, 1977, Elizabeth Petgen, 
Chairman of the MLA Scholarship Committee stated that: 

"This communication is a search for ideas; the scholarship policy for 
1978 will not be affected as any proposal for change in the committee's 
charge must be approved at the Midwinter Board meeting and could not be 
'implemented before the fall of 1978. Publicity describing the MLA scholar- 
ships is sent to appropriate institutions in October with the application 
deadline being March 1. The awarding of the minority scholarshio will 
continue under the current committee charge. 

A proposed change in the awarding of one of the scholarships is based 
upon the assumption that there are a decreasing number of positions in 
health sciences libraries for entry level librarians and that there are 
practicing health sciences librarians who could benefit from financial 
support of special education or research which could ultimately benefit 
health sciences librarianship as a whole." 

Any Canadians who would like to express their opinion of this subject, should 
complete the form which follows and return it to Mrs. M. A. Flower, Chairman of 
the Canadian Group for 1977/78. 





I MLA Scholarship Committee 

I Discussion Questions Regarding the Awarding of One of the MLA Scholarships 


I 1. The present shcolarship supporting an ¥i,S candidate should be suspended. 

j Agree 

} Disagree 

2. The award should be made for mid-career continuing education. 

j ^Disagree 

I 3. The award should be made for suoport of small research projects in 

j health sciences librarianship. 



4. Support of both mid-career education and research projects is aoprooriate. 



5. If either a mid-career continuing education or a research project award is 
given, check the criteria essential to the selection of a recipient. 

Five years In professional health sciences librarianship 
^MLA Membership 

Certified HA member 

A combined five years of non-professional/professional 
"health sciences library experience 

_F1ve years of professional librarianship plus y ears 

"in a health sciences library 

Other (you may wish to address yourself to the question 
"of Canadian eligibility) 

Cofflolete and Return this form to: 

Mrs. M. A. Flower 

Chairman: Canadian Group of MLA 

L' Atelier a votre sante 

101 Chemin Amberst Road 

Beaconsfield, P. 0. 

H9W 5Y7 

JUNE 14. 1977 

Present: M. A. Flower Absent: Alan MacDonald 

David Crawford 
Bill Fraser 
Philippe Lemay 
Martha Stone 
Sheila Swanson 

The Committee met at 3:00 p.m. in MAF's quarters at the Olympic Hotel, 
Seattle. The following three points were put forward by the Chairman for 
discussion as key goals for the CHLA in the next two years: 

1) regional izati on 

2 financing 

3 Newsletter 

1) Regional ization 

Although memberships and renewaU are coming In at a gratifying rate. 
Increased membershio all across the country is essential. Especially 
in the western provinces the response has been low, and this ooses a 
problem for the next Annual Meeting of the CHLA. Since the Constitution 
cownits the Association to holding its Annual Meeting at the same time 
and in the same place as the CLA, our next meeting should be in Edmonton. 
We must have enough members out there to mount such a program. We also 
need enough membership in each province so that local groups can be 

Bill Fraser was established as Chairman of a Membership Committee, therefore, 
which was to recruit new members. Because of the western imperative, it 
was suggested that Phyllis Russell might become a member of this Conmittee, 
and because H i W Canada provides some travel opportunities to get around 
the country, Martha Stone consented to join the recruitment team also. 

Bin suggested that he would develop a form letter with a personal touch, 
which could be used by contact people in each province for recruiting new 
members. The primary thrust would be in B.C. and Alberta, and goal no. 1 
would be 300 members. 

2) Financing 

Since it was announced at the Annual Meeting in Montreal, and in the 
Spring issue of the CHLA/ABSC Newsletter that a Fund Raising Committee had 
been formed under the chairmanship of Fran Groen, the question was raised 
in the Executive Meeting, "Just what are we financing?" Discussion boiled 
down to the basic requirement that the CHLA must become self-supporting 
as much as possible. Following are some of the suggestions that were put 


- financial support from members in the larger institutions should not be 
more than temporary, or for special purposes 

- travel expenses to get to meetings, for members of the Executive without 
travel funds 

- costs of producing and mailing the Newsletter, and other mailings 

- sponsoring particular publications, for example, re-editing Phyllis 
Russell's publication 

- office space or secretarial support 

- CE workshops 

3) Newsletter 

Since the Newsletter is crucial to the life of the CHLA, and its quality 
is equally important, the need for a committee to support the Editor was 
discussed. David Crawford accepted the Cahirmanship of this Editorial 
Committee, and its composition was left to his discretion, although the 
Editor of the Newsletter would obviously be a key member. 

Although Dick Fredericksen had let it be understood that he did not wish 
to continue as Editor, David understood that he could perhaps be persua- 
ded to change his mind. It vas suggested the MAF write Dick a note 
formally asking him to continue as Editor for another year. 

A general discussion developed concerning some of the features that the 
Newsletter might contain while building on what Dick has already accom- 
plished. The concensus was that it should attempt to publish quarterly. 
The bilingual content remains a problem. The concensus here was that at 
least the official documents of the Association should appear in both 
languages. Philippe was asked to explore ways in which such documents 
could be translated. A number of possible features were suggested, such 

- an Editor's or President's page 

- occasional bibliographies or sources 

- reviews of Canadian publications 

All these ideas were left to the discretion of the Editorial Committee. 

4. Other Business 

The Executive Committee was unanimous in reappointing Alan MacDonald as 
the Secretary-Treasurer. 

Affiliation with CLA has been accomplished through Alan's prompt action, 
but affiliation with other organizations such as MLA remain to be explored. 

The next meeting of the Executive was set for the time of the ACMC meeting 

in Montreal in October, when most members would be in one place. Each of 

the three committee chairman will make some form of interim report in 

The meeting ended at 4:30 p.m. 

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Membership Application 

Naflie ..••.•••••>■.....•....••••...........«• 


Postal Code 

I enclose $15.00 (made payable to Canadian Health Libraries Association) 
as toy membership fee for the period ending June 1978. 


Alan H. MacOonald 

Trttsurer, CHLA/ABSC 

W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library 

Dalhousic Ihlverslty 

Halifax, Nova Scotia 

B3H 4H7 

Fomult d' Application 


Code Postale. 

J'inclus $15.00 (payable a Canadian Health Libraries Association) comme 
cotlsation pour la perfode qu se termine en Juin 1978. 


Alan H. MacDonald 

Treasurer, CHLA/ABSC 

W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library 

Dalhousie University 

Halifax, Nova Scotia 

B3H 4H7 



JO. 4 

ISSN 0700-5174 

WINTER 1977 


That time o^ yeai thou mayit in me behold 

When yejUow leaver, ok none, ok ^ei*) do hang 

Upon tho6e boughi uthich 6hake agcUnst the cold, 

BoAe itUn'd cholu, uiheAe late the hweeX bindA iang. 

UUZiain Shakespeare 
Sonnet LXXIII 

In sharp contrast to the barren imagery of Shakespeare, I am pleased to present an 
Issue that has not been defoliated by the grim visage of Canadian Winter. Nor, 
apparently, has the membership fled to warmer climates, as we have several "birds" 
who have "chirped in" to make this a leafy, verdant, if not warbling, issue. Our 
President, Babs Flower, has wanned to the task of doing a regular President's Page, 
this time offering us a virtual address ... an inspiring one that reports on the 
many activities of the CHLA/ABSC Executive since the last issue of the Newsletter . 
Alan MacDonald, CHLA Secretary, has prepared a proposal relating to the organization 
of local chapters of CHLA. Read it and respond. Anna Leith has prepared a feature 
article wherein she shares some very interesting observations about her recent trip 
to China. Statistics Canada has submitted some material that should be of interest 
and assistance to us all. It is hoped they will be a regular contributor to the 
Newsletter . I am disappointed to report lack of response to my call for corres- 
pondents to the Newsletter . I will have to actively recruit people to serve in this 
capacity. It is vital that we build up a network of news "stringers" throughout the 
land and I shall do this by using persuasive powers, or, this failing, cajolery, arm 
twisting, trickery and veiled threats. You still have time to volunteer. Our next 
ssue is scheduled for March, 1978. Serials catalogers please note: I have finally 
earned the correct name of our Association (my Head of Serials tells me we are 

/:anadian health libraries association 
association des bibliotheques de la sante du canada 


CHLA/ABSC Business 

Executive 1 

Membership Application last page 

Membership Report 9 

Newsletter 2 

Should CHLA have Chapters? 7 

The President Reports 3 

Canadian Medical School Library 

Administrators Meet 29 

Clinical Librarians - Who are You? 22 

Clinical Librarians Survey 22a 

Feature Article 

Report of a Trip to Mainland China 11 

From the Editor front cover 

Future Meeting Dates 3 

Job Market 32 

Manitoba Health Libraries Association 29 

MLA Canadian Group Meeting Planned 20 

NLM Card Sets Available 21 

Noted in the Literature 33 

Pot Pourri -Col leagues. Libraries, etc 31 

Publications 10 

Statistics Canada 

National Health Data 27 

Regional User Advisory Services 25 

User Services 23 




Mrs. M. A. Flower 

L' Atelier a votre sant$ 

The Workshop - A Health Resource 

101 Chemin Amherst Road 

Beaconsfield, P. Q. 

H9W 5Y7 


Philippe Lemay (1 year) 

Health Sciences Resource Center 


National Research Council of Canada 

Building M-55 

Ottawa, Ontario 

KIA 0S2 


Alan HacOonald (2 years) 
Health Sciences Library 
Dalhousie University 
Halifax, Nova Scotia 
B3H 4H7 


Richard B. Fredericksen 
(Non-voting member) 
Health Sciences Library 
Health Sciences Center 
Memorial University of Newfoundland 
St. John's, Newfoundland 
AlB 3V6 

Members at Large: 

David Crawford (1 year) 
Medical Library 
McGill University 
3655 Drumnond Street 
Montreal, P. Q. 
H3G 1Y6 

Martha Stone (1 year) 

Departmental Library 

Oept. of National Health & Welfare 

Ottawa, Ontario 

KIA 0K9 

C. William Fraser (2 years) 
B. C. Medical Library Service 
1807 West Tenth Avenue 
Vancouver, British Colifnbia 
V6J 2A9 

Sheila Swanson (1 year) 
Toronto Academy of Medicine 
288 Bloor Street West 
Toronto, Ontario 
M5S 1V8 


The CHLA/ABSC Newsletter is published four times a year by the Canadian Health 
Libraries Association/Association des BibliothSques de la Sant6 du Canada. Sub- 
scriptions are available with membership in CHLA for $15.00 per year. Corres- 
pondence regarding membership and subscriptions should be addressed to: 
MacDonald, Treasurer, CHLA/ABSC, W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library, 
University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4H7. 

Alan H. 

The CHLA/ABSC Newsletter is a vehicle for providing increased comnuni cations among 
all Canadian health libraries and librarians, but has a special commitment to 
reach and assist the smaller, isolated, health library. Feature length articles 
are accepted describing a wide range of health library topics: organizations, 
services, networks and consortia, surveys, state-of-the-art reviews. Brief, news- 
length items accepted include: how-we-did-it reports, news about workshops and 
continuing education opportunities (forthcoming or recently held), job announce- 
ments, new publications, news about colleagues and libraries, miscellaneous items. 
Contributors should consult recent issues for examples of types of material and 
general style. Bibliographic references should conform to the format used in the 
Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, whenever possible. Submissions in 
French or English are welcome, preferably in both languages. Contributions should 
be addressed to: Richard B. Fredericksen, Editor, CHLA/''3SC Newsletter, Health 
Sciences Library, Health Sciences Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 
St. John's, Newfoundland, AlB 3V6. 

Deadline for the Spring issue is March 1, 1978. 


Le CHLA/ABSC Newsletter est public quatre fois par ann^e par la Canadian Health 
Libraries Association/Association des Biblioth&ques de la Sant^ du Canada. Un 
abonnement cl cette publication fait partie de votre cotisation annuelle de 15.00 
dollars en tant que membre de 1 'ABSC. Pour devenir membre et, pour recevoir cette 
publication il faut ^crire 3: Alan H. MacDonald, Tr^sorier, CHLA/ABSC, W. K. 
Kellogg Health Sciences Library, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 
B3H 4H7. 

Le but du CHLA/ABSC Newsletter est de rend re la communication entre toutes les 
biblioth^ques Canadiennes de la sant^ et les bibliothecaires plus grande mais il 
veut spdcialement rejoindre et aider les bibliothfeques isol^es et de moins 
d'envergures. Nous acceptons tout article traitant de tous les aspects 
bibliotheconomiques du domaine de la sant6: organisations services reseau et 
consortium, enqu&tes exposes de synth&se. En risumd les articles nouvelles 
accept^s peuvent comprendre: des r^sumSs sur la fa9on dont on est arrive 3 trouver 
une solution a un project, nouvelles sur des ateliers et des cours d'^ducation 
permanente (?l venir ou passes) postes vacants, nouvelles publications, nouvelles 
sur des coll&ques et biblioth&ques, et tout autre sujet. Pour les int^r$sses, le 
genre d' article et le sujet public \ians les derniers num^ros peuvent vous servir 
d'exemples. II serait pr^fdrable de suivre si possible le format utilise dans le 
Bulletin of the Medical Library Association lorsque vous avez des r^f^rences 
bibliographiques 3i citer a la fin de votre article. Des articles Fran^ais ou 


Anglais seront les bienvenus mais il serait souhaitable de les ^crire dans les 
deux langues. Vous devez faire parvenir vos articles 8: Richard B. Fredericksen, 
Editeur, CHLA/ABSC Newsletter, Health Sciences Library, Health Sciences Center, 
Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, AlB 3V6. 

La date limits pour le prochain num^ro est: Mars 1, 1978. 


June 10 - 15, 1978 Medical Library Association, Annual 

Meeting, Palmer House, Chicago, 

June n - 15, 1978 Special Libraries Association, Annual 

Conference, Radisson Muehlebach Hotel, 
Kansas City, Mo. 

June 13, 1978 Canadian Group of the Medical Library 

Association. Breakfast meeting from 
0700-0900 hours. Mrs. M. A. Flower, 
Chairman, presiding. Palmer House, 
Chicago. Details to be announced. 

June 16, 1978 Canadian Health Library Association/ 

Association des Bibliothdques de 1a 
Sant^ du Canada, 2nd Annual Meeting, 
Edmonton, Alberta. 

September, 1980 4th International Congress on Medical 

Librarianship, Yugoslavia. 


That long-nosed old New Englander, Ralph Waldo Emerson, had a maxim that "the 
value of life lies in its inscrutable possibilities". Inscrutable possibilities 
are an alluring prospect for the young, and a good one to grow on. Perhaps they 
should provide the same impetus for an organization that is young also. 

Canadian health sciences librarians have talked among themselves for a long time 
about their problems as a small specialty within a not-so-large profession in a 
wide sparsely settled country. That is, when they have had a chance to talk to 
each other. This tends to happen mostly in urban centres, sometimes exclusively 
at conferences. But there are many medium-sized to small hospitals scattered 
through smallish Canadian communities, where not even the public library can 
provide intellectual resources to any great extent, and where an effort to 
provide information, medical or not, for professional people is isolated from all 
the modern computer technology, and all the interpersonal know-how that we tend 
to assume is available to us all. Even in the communities where these things are 

actually reachable, a great many information people find them obscure or difficult 
to tap. And still all that medical and social science literature comes pouring 
out of the hopper in a great heap, like a dock pile of sulphur gleaming in the sun. 

We have now, in the CHLA/ABSC, an organization that we hope will manage to 
provide the contacts which will help us move in and take command of that stream of 
literature, and make it work for the health of the community. An organization 
which should promote individual contacts among us; exchange of knowledge about how 
and where to do our jobs; links between the larger communities with the sophisti- 
cated expertise and the smaller communities with no expertise at all. 

Where there is information that is pertinent to the health problem in hand, our 
job is to provide the access. One of the tools we have lacked has been a medium 
through which we can all work together to do this. Now we have the CHLA/ABSC— the 
linkage. We hope the possibilities are going to be limitless, the prospects 

Since the inaugural meeting of CHLA/ABSC in Montreal in June 1977, the Executive 
Committee has been working through a series of ideas for the administration and 
extension of the Association. There was so much ground to cover that the mid-term 
meeting of the Committee occurred in Montreal in two parts: first, on October 4th, 
when most members were in Montreal for the meeting of the Special Resources 
Committee on Medical School Libraries of ACMC, and again on October 29th, when 
members were back in town for a regional meeting of the North Atlantic Health 
Sciences Libraries of MLA. 


A brochure has been developed and printed, which will be distributed to individuals 
in each province to be used in a membership drive. Hopefully all CHLA/ABSC ad- 
herents will become aware of these campaigns, and will do their share. Additional 
copies of the brochures are available from David S. Crawford, at McGill University, 
for those who are enthusiastic enough to carry the flag. As of the last report, 
fully paid-up membership in CHLA/ABSC stood at 208; our first target is 300. 

The Membership Committee consists of Bill Fraser, B.C. Medical Library Service; 
Phyllis Russell, Alberta University; and Martha Stone, Health & Welfare. Bill and 
Phyllis, assisted by Pam Griffith, Calgary University, have also accepted respon- 
sibility for mounting the second Annual Meeting of CHLA/ABSC in Edmonton on June 
16th, 1978, with all the problems of program and logistics that that entails. You 
will hear the drums beating in future issues of the NEWSLETTER . 

Another menbership issue which has engaged the attention of your Executive 
Committee is that of the relationship of local groups of library people with the 
National Association. Under the leadership of Alan MacDonald a position paper has 
been developed on the affiliation of Chapters with the CHLA/ABSC. This statement 
will appear elsewhere in this issue of the NEWSLETTER . There are several active 
groups of library personnel across^ Canada, especially in the major cities. We are 
looking forward to a dialogue with these groups--and to the establishment of the 
first Chapter of CHLA/ABSC. The interaction between the national point of view 
and the local points of view will inevitably become the basis of all our activities. 

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This issue is so important to the Association that the Executive Committee will 
probably recommend a delay in the revision of the CHLA/ABSC Interim Constitution. 
According to Article 15, the deadline for a new Constitution is December 31, 1978. 
This may be too soon to sort out the policy on Chapters. 

External Affiliations 

CHLA/ABSC must also consider its working relationships with other organizations. 
Primary among these are CLA, MLA, ASTED and CISTI/ICIST. Currently we hold our 
Annual Meeting at the same time and in the same place as CLA, and we take part in 
CLA activities as an Institutional Member, but there are many more levels of 
Interaction possible. 

The International Cooperation Committee of MLA has a long history of dialogue 
with Canadian members of MLA, and currently two CHLA/ABSC members are active on 
that Committee. Our Association has undertaken a dialogue with the Committee on 
their position paper on MLA's affiliation with other national library groups. 
Out of this dialogue our own affiliate relationship will emerge. 

With ASTED we have a more direct tie. At the September 1977 meeting of the 
Executive Conmlttee of the Section des bibliothdques sp(?rial1s6es de la sant^, 
Ginette Boyer-Caya, de I'HOtel-Dieu de Montreal, was appointed as their liason 
with CHLA/ABSC. She will be a great asset to us as we work through an affiliation 
policy for our Association. 

Our last and most exciting venture Into the field of relationships has been a most 
successful one. The CHLA/ABSC has been in a position to support the initiative of 
the Special Resource Group of ACMC In their efforts to establish an Advisory 
Conmittee which will meet in Ottawa and make reconnendations to the Director of 
the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI/ICIST) on the 
role of the Health Sciences Resource Centre. 

Because our support Indicated a concern which was national in scope, the principle 
was accepted by Dr. Jack Brown, and the Advisory Committee has been named. 
Representatives of CHLA/ABSC are: Bill Fraser, Medical Library Service, Vancouver; 
Linda McFarlane, Sunnybrook Medical Centre, Toronto; and Alan MacDonald, Medical 
Library, Dalhousie University, Halifax. Representative of the Special Resource 
Committee of ACMC is Frances Groen, Medical Library, McGill University, Montreal. 
Representative of ASTED Is Pierrette Dubuc, I'HOpital Sainte-Justine, Montreal. 
It is hoped that this Advisory Committee will be convened for its first meeting 
before the end of 1977, and our aspirations for it know no bounds. 


The Editorial Conmittee also met in October to lay down its ground rules. Members 
are David Crawford, Chairman; Alan MacDonald, Production Manager; and Dick 
Fredericksen, Editor. The decisions they made will be apparent throughout this 
issue of the NEWSLETTER , but two should perhaps be mentioned: the NEWSLETTER will 
definitely appear quarterly; and Dick Fredericksen will definitely stay around to 
edit for two years, instead of one. Both good decisions. 

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Financial Committee 

An Interim Report was presented to the Executive Committee by Frances Groen, 
Chairman of the Financial Committee, which has been given the task of fund 
raising on behalf of the CHLA/ABSC. Other members of the Committee are David 
Crawford, immediate Past President; and Babs Flower, President. 

Having established that the primary purpose in seeking funding was to support the 
educational goals of the Association, the Interim Report suggested two alternative 
approaches. One included modest support for activities the CHLA/ABSC has already 
started, such as the NEWSLETTER , the membership drive, and an active publications 
program. The second posed the possibility of developing a substantial project 
toward raising the general level of information services across Canada. Such a 
project could include: 

— Institutes of continuing education for health librarians 

--A demonstration health library centre, or centres 

—Education in the realities of library service for 
hospital administrators, chiefs of medical services, 
and head nurses 

—Preparation and dissemination of resource materials. 

The more modest educational goals of CHLA/ABSC could also be embedded in such a 

The decision was made to explore the larger possibilities, and a Committee was 
established, under the chairmanship of the President, to develop an inter- 
disciplinary advisory group which would include physicians, nurses, hospital 
administrators and health librarians. The Advisory Group would be asked to work 
together to mount an invitational seminar in the Spring of 1979, which would 
explore the real information needs of their colleagues, and would refine program 
plans to meet those needs. 

For want of a better name, the project has been called A Canadian Health Libraries 
Project- -CANHELP. A series of specific proposals for funding will be reported 
back to the Funding Committee of CHLA/ABSC. The first set of interviews has 
already been undertaken in Toronto, and the response has been universally 
favorable. The "value of life" lies here. You will hear more about CANHELP. 

Since this is the season to be jolly, may I wish you all a happy holiday season. 

(Mrs.) M. A. Flower 


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On behalf of your executive I am pleased to place before you our first proposal 
on the subject of chapters. We would welcome your comments before the middle of 

Purpose of CHLA 

To promote the provision of quality library service to the health community in 
Canada by communication and mutual assistance. 

Functions of a national association 

In addition to the usual acini ni strati ve matters (such as membership, organization, 
etc.) which a national association undertakes, there are many important issues 
which can best be dealt with by a national body representing all health librarians 
in Canada and all types of health libraries. Issues such as Copyright reform, 
advice to CISTI on HSRC, the National Library review, meetings, colloquia, etc. 
on topics of general interest, exchange of Information by Newsletter, the annual 
meeting, relations with other National and Internat1on>i1 organizations, etc. 

Functions of local associations 

The primary centre for conmunication and mutual assistance must be at the local 
level. Only a local body can facilitate regular contacts of all colleagues who 
work in the same area. While there are many instances where exchange of 
experience between locales can be useful, each locality has its own economic, 
political, social characteristics and staffing which dictate local solutions to 
local problems. The existence of this need is demonstrated by the present 
functioning of at least five localized groups of health librarians in Canada 
(Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa-Hull, Toronto, and Manitoba). 


Why should local groups of health library personnel, either those which are 
already in operation, or those which may develop in the future, be encouraged to 
create formal links with CHLA? Both national and local groups are necessary for 
the exchange of ideas and the support of continuing education programs. Each 
serves different needs. Neither Is capable of undertaking the function of the 
other in an effective way. A group representing one city, region or province 
cannot speak for all health libraries in Canada. A national group cannot 
effectively organize the resources to solve local problems of information exchange 
and assure development of services. Both groups CAN reinforce and assist each 

A local group can provide more effective support for its projects, if It has 
access to the broader experience represented by other local groups with which it 
may be associated through a national affiliation. 

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A iational group which is firmly based on strong, active local groups, can give 
mr -3 vital leadership based on input from a wide variety of health librarians 
(r.v.t just chiefs), when the need for national action requires it. 

For these reasons CHLA should make every effort to encourage the creation of 
strong local groups among health librarians and their staffs, wherever they may 
form naturally. 

Where these groups are prepared to accept the aims and objectives of the 
Association, and when such groups so request, the CHLA should formally recognize 
them as Chapters of the Association. 

Constitutional Matters 

While the Interim Constitution does not mention Chapters per se. Chapters nay be 
created under the Committees Section (Sec. 9) until the Constitution is revised. 

Requirements for proposed chapters 

1. The group should be organized before requesting Chapter status. 

2. The group should represent a single geographic area (city, county, 
region, province) small enough to allow the large majority of 
members to attend its activities regularly. 

3. There should be no limitations to membership based on the type of 
service or library in which the member works. 

4. The group must have members from at least five different institutions. 

5. All officers must be elected by the chapter members and must be paid- 
up members of CHLA. Chapter membership need not necessarily include 
membership in CHLA but it would be desirable. 

6. The local group should have a Constitution which is compatible with 
that of the CHLA. (It may be a very simple one). 

7. The local group may request chapter status in writing in a letter to 
the President of CHLA. 


1. Chapter presidents will be ex-officio corresponding members of the CHLA 
Executive. They will receive all Executive Committee documentation and 
will be expected to report to the Executive on Chapter activities. 

2. Any chapter may place an item on the agenda of the Executive Committee 
and may ask a member to sp^ak to that item. (No funding is available 
at this point for such activities). 

3. Chapters should appoint a correspondent to assist the Editor of the 



1. Each chapter will be expected to cover their basic costs (e.g. coffee, 
meeting space, etc.) from local resources. 

2. Where proposed programs and activities merit, development grants may be 
made by the Executive up to a maximum of $5.00 per active CHLA member 
in the Chapter. 

3. Chapters may also request loans as bridging funds to facilitate the 
organization of workshops, etc. 

Send your coinments to: Allan H. MacDonald 


W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library 
Sir Charles Tupper Building 
Oalhousie University 
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H7 



Canada : 



British Columbia: 




New Brunswick: 




Nova Scotia: 






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Quebec : 







Other Countries: 





United States: 


Grand Total: 


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The above represents the membership report as of mid-November, 1977. This 
represents a net gain of 42 members since the Fall Issue where we reported 
the membership at 166 persons and institutions. Twelve persons/institutions 
who were members through June, 1977, allowed their memberships to lapse. 

Alan H. MacDonald 
• - -^^ ' Treasurer 


The Second Progress Report of the Interdepartmental Committee on Health 
Statistics. Statistics Canada, February, 1977. 

This report contains reconinendations for improving the development of health 
statistics at the Federal level and also reviews progress concerning problems 
in the collection, analysis and dissemination of National Health Statistics. 
A number of important health statistical activities of special interest are 
described. An appendix gives an overall picture of federal health statistical 

Copies are limited, but reference copies are available in the regional User 
Advisory Services Office, who would be able to photocopy selected portions of 
the Report, on demand. 

R. B. Fredericksen 

■ !muro3 

Our apologies to Doreen Fraser and the Dalhousie School of Library Service for 
omitting her name as the co-author of the book that was reviev/ed in our last 
issue. The entry should have read: 

Lloyd, Hazel and Doreen Fraser. The Information Needs of Physio- 
therapists in the Atlantic Provinces With Suggested Working 
Collections for Small HospitalT ! Halifax, N.S., Dalhousie 
University Libraries, Dalhousie School of Library Service, 
1977. Occasional Paper No. 13. 

To order: Dr. Norman Horrocks, Series Editor r,.i.:i,Kt, 
School of Library Service 
Dalhousie University 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4H8 

jiitl I3i 

Price: $2.50 + .50 mailing. 

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September, 1976 

As I look upon my trip to the People's Republic of China almost a year ago I am 
confused by rny Impressions; I have difficulty believing that during each minute 
of every day there are eight hundred million persons living a life so different 
from ours-yet one that appeared just as satisfactory for them in spite of many 
limitations from our North American point of view. 

In August of 1975 I visited San Francisco primarily to attend an exhibit of 
archaeological treasures from the People's Republic. The artifacts were un- 
believably intriguing; from that time I hoped to visit Mainland China to find 
out whether today's developments were as fascinating as those of thousands of 
years ago; and I hoped to see more treasures. The second aspiration was to be 
somewhat limited because, I understand, many treasures were spirited off by the 
Nationalists to Taiwan. 

In April of 1976, when I learned that I might be allowed to join a group of 
twenty B.C. Registered Nurses who vvould be travelling to China in late September, 
obviously not a good time for a medical school librarian, I hesitated briefly, 
but decided that opportunities like this might never occur again, and would 
certainly be well worth the two thousand dollars (roughly) that the trip would 
cost. Until the day before departure, when our visas were actually In hand, we 
were not certain of acceptance; and the disastrous earthquake at Tangshan near 
Peking as well as the recent death of Chairman Mao were threatening our itinerary. 
On September 21, however, we climbed aboard a Japan Air Lines plane bound for 
Tokyo, In a state of shock and slight disbelief. 

After two days In Tokyo which were crammed with sights and sounds of Infinite 
variety, we boarded a China Air Lines plan, immediately impressed with the 
sobriety, lack of artifice, and somber demeanor of staff and Chinese travellers 
alike; this was especially noticeable after the atmosphere of Tokyo. Our 
inauspicious landing at an almost darkened airport near Shanghai was anticlimactic 
to the four-hour flight of fantastic anticipation. The dimly lit interior was 
clean, and almost bare of decoration, except for some banner-like calligraphy in 
Chinese which we understood proclaimed sorrow at Chairman Mao's death. 

After cursory customs and inmigration examination, we were welcomed by approxi- 
mately ten young women who, in spite of their petite size, were strangely 
determined to carry our overloaded baggage to a bus. These friendly young women 
were guides (two had travelled from Peking to meet us), translators, language 
students, a Revolutionary Cormittee member, and a supervisory nurse. 

Arrival in Shanghai 

In spite of the welcome, the trip to our hotel was somewhat forbidding. I, for 
one, hated iT\yself for missing the bright lights and gaudy advertising visible 
along almost every approach to any city in other parts of the world. Our bus 
bumped along a macadamized highway lined with large trees through which we glimpsed 

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poorly lit buildings which we surmised might be factories on evening shift (some, 
we heard later, were apartments). When we actually reached the city we were 
alerted by the bus driver's honking which was his way of clearing a pathway 
through multitudes of pedestrians and cyclists who seemed undaunted by relentless 
noise. Every dimly lit, or unlit, doorway which was an entrance to upstairs 
living quarters or small, crumbling, or impoverished-looking shops was festooned 
with black and white bunting or banners, and magnificent hollow papier-mach6 pom- 
poms proclaiming deep mourning for Chairman Mao. In the daylight we were to find 
that every Shanghai^ resident, including children, wore a black arm-band— but this 
was not to be the case as we travelled north--less than half would wear it in 
Peking. Most women in Shanghai, where Mao's earliest significant political 
activities began, were wearing a white flower pinned in their hair as well--a 
lovely gesture. 

We were promptly to experience, in spite of hope for an immediate meal and sleep, 
our first of perhaps thirty "brief introductions" which included a formal welcome, 
an introduction to a program planned for us, history, idealism, politics, or 
statistics (the latter not always consistent). It was to be at least two days 
before we arranged an appropriately formal type of reply, since our briefing by 
our Vancouver travel bureau had been woefully inadequate. Although we understand 
that the Luxingshe Travel Bureau staff privately referred to "b.i.'s" we were 
also made aware, at that time, that certain conventions nf behavior were expected 
from us in response to our treatment as honoured guests with special privileges 
and an invisible red carpet laid out. 

The food which was eventually served was varied, and probably extravagant. There 
was an emphasis on seafood and meat based on a premise, no doubt, that Westerners 
expected little in the way of a Chinese diet which is preponderantly vegetables, 
rice, and noodles. We were to be catered to, and were afforded a number of 
adjustments in this respect, as in many others. The Chinese provide?" hotel 
attendants on each floor who were available at most hours for miscellaneous 
supplies, including thermos bottles of boiling water and tea caddies, and laundry 
services for charges reckoned in pennies. No task was too much trouble if 
sufficient notice was given. 

When we were left free to investigate the hustle and bustle of Shanghai near our 
hotel, or taken to visit neighbourhoods and communes, we were aware of our 
complete misconception concerning grim factory-like buildings or crumbling doorways. 
The atmosphere was gay and even abandoned. Families lived close to each other in 
noisy confusion; and carried on a great deal of their living in the fresh air near 
doorsteps. Washing was stretched along poles protruding from balconies or tree 
branches which presented a multi-coloured background to children at play, to 
housewives gossiping, or men and youths intrigued by table-top games. In the 
light of dawn we ventured down to the Bund park area, barely awake, where we were 
welcomed to the friendly exercise routine, teased a bit, and then given special 
assistance in moving our creaking joints. 

We were free to travel in buses or taxis; we could take photographs of all except 
military personnel or establishments. We could investigate anywhere, but were 
seriously limited by a language barrier. Street signs and maps were easiest to 
follow in Peking but it was less fun because of a more orderly, almost Western, 

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The Nurses' Group 

When yye visited communes, hospitals, libraries, museums, villages, neighbourhoods, 
factories, parks, or historical sites, we had opportunities to ask questions 
during the "briefing" and "debriefing" sessions. As might be expected from a 
group of nurses, our hosts, and the travelling nurses, emphasized matters of 
health and medical care which had advantages in rr\y participation as a member of 
this group. To my embarrassment, however, a number of "liberated" women asked 
repetitive queries related to certain areas of Western hang-up which included 
pre-marital sex, abortion, contraception, nutrition, and divorce. Answers were 
polite, perhaps occasionally amused, and varied little in response no matter who 
the respondent might be. It was explained that China had been busy developing a 
basic system of medical care, not previously or universally available, which was 
extended to include all of its citizens even in far-flung and isolated areas. Her 
"Ministry" had not had time to collect countless numbers of statistics, although 
our informants often told us what diseases were most frequently encountered or 
were responsible for high mortality rates. 

China's socialistic and puritanical approach to attitudes of personal behaviour 
had probably depressed the Incidence of many problems which are rampant in North 
/werica and European countries. The replies appearc' 'im eal istic, perhaps evasive, 
but In China's terms were essentially honest: "No preiiidrital sex! Abortions 
available upon medical recommendation! Contraceptive information available only 
to married couples! Zero population growth is an immediate aim; two children 
families are the most usual! Most persons get an adequate diet!" Repetition 
of this line of enquiry may have bored and amazed the translators, although we 
were told that Western travellers were unusually persistent about this type of 
enquiry. The replies were amazingly consistent and patient. 

Acupuncture Anaesthesia 

It was assumed, and rightfully so, that we had come hoping to see a demonstration 
of acupuncture anaesthesia, and no time was lost. On our first day in Shanghai, 
shortly after 8:00 a.m. (every bit of our tour was prompt unless we delayed 
progress), we were driven to a large general hospital, the Luihua, and taken to a 
changing area where we donned suitable hospital garb. We were then served boiling 
cups of tea (which was an unvarying precedent--along with cigarettes and 
occasionally fruit) during our usual "brief introduction", or informational 
briefing, and given the opportunity to watch an operation in progress through a 
glass observation dome. The operation was for removal of a fist-size thyroid 
tumour. Everything was very absorbing: the simplicity of equipment and 
monitoring; and the dexterity and obvious professionalism of all staff as far as 
the actual surgery and anaesthesia were concerned. By far the most whimsical part 
of the whole procedure was a large grey granite kettle with a metal cup over the 
spout which was passed into the operating theatre to supply sterile water for 
rinsing and cleaning. Equipment was adequate but somewhat outdated in design - 
e.g. the lighting was only partially adequate since some of the staff were 
working in their own shadows. 

The patient was a particularly attractive woman who waved to us during her 
operation, and walked into our briefing room about five minutes after she stood 
up from the operating table. She spoke with us and replied to questions with 
charm, smiles, and self-possession. She reported neither pain nor discomfort of 


any kind. We were astounded, and incredulous. No recovery room procedures! We 
were told that a prospective patient must be a suitable candidate on a psycho- 
logical basis who agreed to the procedure; he/she must have a satisfactory 
physiological response to acupuncture, and must have a surgical problem for which 
acupuncture is the anaesthesia of choice. Most of us felt that we might fail on 
any number of counts, although at least three of our group requested acupuncture 
therapy in Peking and reported that some success v/as experienced. 

Implications of the Revolution 

This initial dramatic operation was an introduction to a variety of experiences- 
many exciting or moving emotionally, but also medical, academic, informative, 
historical, political, or merely pleasurable. None of the travellers in our 
group rejected the experiences as misleading or dishonest, regardless of any 
propaganda or difference in attitude from our own. We were there to listen, 
learn, and experience all that was available, although there was a considerable 
amount of healthy skepticism which we could express to our hosts without raising 
any extreme hostility. 

In order to appreciate the present, it was helpful to relate it to the past— i.e. 
where was China now in terms of where it had been? I pictured the past in terms 
of a number of things that I had read, but particularly Hans Suyin's Crippled Tree 
which so eloquently described her life in China as a child years before the 
Revolution. The misery experienced by the poor and the peasant was unspeakable. 
Modern China seemed to have progressed centuries since those days of excessive 
greed, inhumanity, and blind adherence to tradition. 

Mao's efforts after the 1946 Revolution, and more intensively after the Cultural 
Revolution, were extended, amongst other programs, toward providing medical care 
for everyone, particularly for those who might not have received it before. 
Obviously it was impossible to provide immediately what we might consider as 
acceptable according to Western standards with a need for different approaches and 
substitutes for Western organization and methods. One avenue of investigation and 
application was the exploitation of Chines traditional medicine and herbs which 
led to the use of acupuncture for anaesthesia. In some instances we were shown 
therapeutic uses of moxibustion, cupping, and acupuncture. In the same treatment 
areas as where Chinese medicine was being practiced, ultrasound and diathermy 
machines were being used. Whole areas of medical schools and hospitals were 
devoted to the preparation of both traditional Chinese drugs, and Western (including 
antibiotics) for injection or oral administration. Ginseng was undergoing intensive 
use and examination, although many of our group were as skeptical there, as they 
probably are here, concerning the eventual value of such a universal cure. 

Medical Programs 

Some of the hospitals which we visited had up to two thousand outpatients per day. 
We saw many who sat patiently and quietly in dark, crowded, uncomfortable corridors 
without complaining; children rarely cried. 

Within hospitals, roles of nurses and doctors appeared to be traditional, although 
a number of male doctors assured us that doctors could, and did, assume the duties 
of nurses. The high percentage of female doctors did not stress this interchange 

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of roles; many of them were department heads and medical directors of institutions. 
The team concept was stressed, and these teams often spent a portion of their 
year's work in the country on agricultural comnunes, in factories, or meeting 
special needs as in the Tangshan earthquake area. We met at least one nurse who 
had become a physician because of her knowledge, skill and experience. 

The most obvious shortage in medical care after the Revolution was amongst the 
workers and peasants who had not previously received any. In order to bridge this 
gap--and expecially after the Cultural Revolution in 1968--there has been a 
tremendous program to train "barefoot doctors" who could provide basic medical 
services in city clinics, factories or country infirmaries. They would serve, 
then, much as do our public health nurses, or nurse practitioners in public health 
centres or medical outposts. They are selected from fellow workers, and think of 
themselves as peasants or workers who perform medical duties. Besides diagnosing 
and treating simple diseases, or referring elsewhere, their duties include health 
education, sanitation, preventive medicine such as immunization, and antenatal 
care and family planning. Their training is short (a few months) and recurrent. 
Estimates report their number as one million which means a ratio of 1:800. 

In great contrast to this was the sophistication of other developments such as 
cryogenic medical instruments displayed at a Shanghai trade fair; but some of the 
simple developments were most impressive— e.g. a roUino wooden frame including a 
seat used for short resting periods which was used by an earthquake victim who 
was attempting to learn to walk after severe spinal injury. This frame was 
constructed In the carpenter shop of a general hospital as a simple solution to 
special needs suddenly thrust upon a hospital which had four hundred unanticipated 

Co-operative medical services were available in agricultural communes with both 
professionals and barefoot doctors working in teams. Each work brigade was provided 
with a clinic. Seventy per cent of the medical care is free in the city or paid 
for by comnune funds in the country. Preventive medicine is placed ahead of other 
programs so that it appears that the general health of all citizens is constantly 
improving. In the area of a large commune which we visited there had been six 
doctors located in pre-revolutionary days ministering only to the wealthy. It 
was explained that in the same area there were now 52 professional health workers, 
and 50 barefoot doctors available for the whole population. 

After the 1968 Cultural Revolution, medical programs were promoted as a part of 
the general social consciousness with the following guidelines: 

1. All aspects of medical work were to be enhanced 

2. Dispersal of information was to be the foremost consideration 

3. Western and Chinese medical practices were to be combined 

4. Health workers were to be part of a general mass workers' movement 

5. Education of health workers was to be shortened and revolutionized. 

We could only accept the words of professional and Revolutionary Committee 
Chairmen that these principles were in effect. There was much evidence of ground 
roots medical care provided by medical teams and barefoot doctors. "Barefoot" 
establishments such as small hospitals, examining and treatment rooms, and 
dispensaries were shown with gr^at pride and a visitor could only be impressed 
with this evidence of progress. 

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Rumour has It that libraries in China are inaccessible to visitors because 
material of questionable nature (Western presumably) is available only for 
privileged persons, and this information is witheld from the masses. We were, 
as a matter of fact, never encouraged to visit libraries, but opportunities were 
arranged although not enthusiastically; my suspicions were that libraries were 
not necessarily amongst resources to be shown with pride--because they were not 
yet heavily supported. I might have been mistaken in this supposition, since a 
natural history museum at Wuhan University was shown with pride, although it 
mostly contained materials dating back at least as far as pre-revolutionary 

At Shanghai #2 Medical College Hospital which had 500 to 600 medical students 
enrolled in a three year program we did visit a medical library—but not all 
divisions of that. Four hospitals were involved in the training program, and we 
visited only one. Extensive numbers of other health workers used these facilities; 
and correspondence courses for 5,000 barefoot doctors emanated from this hospital. 

Emphasis was placed on the friendly relationship between faculty and students 
which was promoted after the Cultural Revolution. Examinations were often of 
the open-book variety— students often worked in pairs which no doubt indicated 
a trend to down-grading competition. In every way China was attempting to over- 
come the elite aspects of the medical profession which were traditional. Yet, 
paradoxically, the library was separated into two divisions, one for faculty and 
another for students. 

The faculty facility housed 75 to 100 journals in European languages— there were 
obvious gaps— no signs of the J.A.M.A. or the CM. A. J.! A half bay housed 
English language texts published in the last ten years. We could not assess 
Chinese publications but they were available in approximately a dozen bays. The 
catalogue reflected conversion of a subject arrangement of materials to the LC 
"R" although we were unable to determine whether an author- title approach or 
shelf-list were to be considered. A small technical services room was situated 
nearby. In my attempt to find out if many books were circulating, I was informed 
that the faculty was fined for late returns. (Hurrah for the Revolution! The 
same practice at U.B.C. nearly caused one). There were no users evident during 
our morning visit. 

There was a buzz and hubbub down the hall in the student division, but since the 
entrance was physically barred by a sullen employee, we shall never know what the 
facilities included. Our amazement was complete, and an explanation was not 

When we visited Wuhan University which is an old establishment overlooking a large 
Industrial city on the Yangtze, we climbed up over two hundred steps so that we 
might visit the fair-sized library; library science was one of the subjects 
available there. There were reading rooms crammed with students utterly absorbed 
1n study, but not necessarily using the many floors of book stacks surrounding 
the study rooms in tier arrangement. The attendants, or staff, appeared to be 
receptive, although perhaps more custodial than public service oriented. European 
zoology literature was carefully examined, and although it was not necessarily 


current there was an obvious attempt to have a working collection, if not one 
totally adequate for the extensive research described during the "brief 
introduction" of at least one hpur. The classification was L.C. 

Bethune Influences 

It is well for Canadians to realize that If It were not for Dr. Norman Bethune, 
there would not be the universal welcome extended to Canadians as is the case. 
Every child of school age, and every adult whom we met, knew of Bethune's 
contribution to the Revolutionary forces following the Long March and during the 
Sino-Japanese battles in World War II which led to the establishment of the 
People's Republic. Every Canadian tour group visits Shichiachuang where Bethune's 
tomb may be visited. It lies in a Martyrs Park which pays homage to Bethune, 
five hundred Chinese martyrs, and two East Indian doctors, who all contributed 
their lives in an outstanding fashion to the revolutionary cause. 

In the Norman Bethune Menwrial Hospital in Shichiachuang there is a splendid 
museum depicting Dr. Bethune's activities in China and elsewhere, but especially 
during his assistance and guidance to the military forces from 1937 until his 
untimely death in China in 1939. The hospital was established in a mountainous 
region in 1940; it was moved to its present site in 194/ after the Revolution 
when the city was liberated. During the U.S. War against Korea the Bethune 
Hospital sent a team to North Korea in 1950. So go the chances of war! A few 
months before our visit to China, Dr. Lee, the petite woman who is the adminis- 
trator of the Bethune Hospital, had visited the Woodward Library to examine a 
recently commissioned tapestry depicting Bethune operating upon a Chinese soldier 
in a small temple shortly before his death. She had been returning from Gravenhurst, 
Ontario, where she had attended the dedication of Bethune's family home as a 
historical site. Our welcome at the Bethune Hospital, which is a military hospital 
serving the general population, was particularly warm. 

Concluding Comments 

It is impossible to remain within reasonable limits of space and provide even a 
list of all the factories, museums, shops, parks, or other tourist sights and 
sounds which we experienced on this trip, f^ description does little to relay 
much of the fascination experienced, or the myriad impressions gathered as we 
travelled. We could not always clearly sort out our Impressions, nor determine 
why the motivations of the Chinese people seemed to stem from an impetus so 
different from our own. Yet we shared so many attitudes--especially of warmth, 
hunour, and response to sadness. .^ , 

We were unutterably depressed by certain things which we saw— e.g. the Inhuman 
loads pulled by men— and even women and their children. Ironically we saw the 
worst of this in Changsha which is just miles from where we visited Mao's birth- 

We cried along with the director of a deaf-mute school in Shanghai as she told us 
of the care and attention to the problems of these children which had occurred 
under Mao's special interest and attention, and undoubtedly the sorrow at his 
death was heartfelt. 

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We were amused to notice that opposite our rather elegant Russo-French-style 
hotel in Wuhan we could see five families at a third floor level living a \/ery 
complete existence on top of a factory building; their arrangement offered them 
little privacy (we had elaborate screened verandahs) and so gave us a full view 
of all comings and goings including that of the family chickens who were obviously 
living every aspect of their existence at that exalted level. 

We were bemused concerning telephones which were consistently coloured, and 
television programs which were usually in colour—surely not essential for 
traveller or citizen in a socialist country. 

We were amazed at the availability of medicine of Western or Chinese formula 
dispensed so readily by pharmacist, nurse, physician, or barefoot doctor. Often, 
in our own cases, diagnosis and therapy were relayed by a guide although we 
presume that some of the ease we experienced in receiving treatment arose from 
the fact that we v/ere a Nurses' Group. Some of these medications were astoun- 
dingly effective. Eighteen of our group of twenty-one developed severe "colds"— 
endemic to all Canadian visitors our guides wearily told us. Other than tea and 
sympathy, which was generously levied, the Chinese were unable to produce anything 
more effective— an international problem shared with the world. 

Most of the treasures which we saw »■ »" in the Forbidden City in Peking--the 
preservation of those during the occupation by the Japam se was a miracle in 
itself. We were, in addition, treated to a view of a 2100-year-old female corpse 
in a remarkable state of preservation. She was estimated to be 50 years of age, 
and had probably died from an acute heart attack as a result of severe obstructive 
disease of her left coronary artery— still a prevalent disease of modern Chinese 
civilization. This corpse is housed in Changsha along with a collection of other 
treasures of the Han Dynasty which was unearthed near that city in 1972. 

Return to the West 

Reluctantly we left for the Peking airport at 5:00 a.m. along a cold, dark, unlit 
road on an unheated bus on October 12. This time we were warmed by the few lights, 
and noticed early workers cycling for miles to destinations which we better 
understood. Perhaps we would never feel the same about North America again as we 
remembered that life could be just as pleasant and challenging on a much simpler 
scale in a country lying on the opposite shore of the Pacific rim from Vancouver. 
It had been as different as it was possible to imagine, and yet it reflected many 
concepts which faced us daily, but applied in different ways. j 

As we deplaned at Tokyo we were met by a delegation of anxious reporters who hoped 
to glean comments on the election of Chairman Hua, and the deposition of the Gang 
of Four. Alas, we had failed to pick up the few clues dropped along the way— and 
we were unaware of the world-shaking events! We avidly read the teletype reports 
in the lobby of our Tokyo hotel, as we marvelled at the facilities and sumptuous 
quarters which we had eyed critically just about three weeks before. Soon we 
would be adjusted to our previous habits of conspicuous consumption with infrequent 
twinges of conscience, but we would, often reflect on our experiences and wonder if 
we would absorb more on our next visit. We were determined to see more of the 
amazing country that had accomplished miracles in less than thirty years. 

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Special thanks to Barbara Gibson, a travelling companion and former nurse, who 
is presently the History Librarian at the Woodward Library; she provided 
critical assistance and accuracy concerning certain details. 

Anna R. Leith 

Woodward Biomedical Library 

September, 1977 


ALLAN, Ted and Sydney Gordon. The Scalpel, The Sword; The Story of Dr. Norman 
Bethune . London, Hale, 1954. 

BAREFOOT Doctor's Manual . U.S. Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare. 1974 
(DHEW publication. No. (NIH) 75-695). Translation of Ch'ch chiao i 
sheng shere t'se. 

BLOODWORTH, Dennis. Chinese Looking Glass . Hamnondsworth, Penguin, 1969. 

CHA60T, H. T. J. "The Chinese system of health care". Trop. Geogr. Med . 28(2): 
S87-S134; June, 1976. Bibl. p. S130-S134. 

CHINA medicine as we saw it . ed. by Joseph R. Quinn. Bethesda, Md. Nat. Inst, 
of Health, 1974. 

DeBAKEY, Michael E. A Surgeon's Diary of a Visit to China . Phoenix, Arizona, 
Phoenix Newspapers Inc., 1974. 

DE BEAUVOIR, Simone. The Long March . Cleveland, World, 1958. 

DIMOND, E. Grey. More than Herbs and Acupuncture . N.Y., Norton, 1975. 

FITZGERALD, Charles P. Revolution in China . London, Cresset, 1952. (Also rev. 
ed. as Birth of Conwunist China , Penguin). 

GALSTON. Arthur W. and Jean S. Savage. Daily Life in People's China . N.Y., 
Washington Sq. Press, 1975. (Pocket Books). 

HAN, Suyin. The Crippled Tree; China: Biography. History, Autobiography . 
London, J. Cape, 1965. (also Bantam or Panther). 

HAN, Suyin. A Many-Splendoured Thing. London, J. Cape, 1952. (also Panther). 

HEALTH Care in China: An Introduction , ed. by E. H. Paterson and Susan B. Rifkin. 
Geneva Christian Medical Commission, 1974. 

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HINTON, William. Fanshen; a Documentary of Revolution in a Chinese Village . 
N.Y., Random, 1966. (Vintage). 

LAMPTON, David M. H6alth. Conflict, and the Chinese •Political System . Ann Arbor, 
U. of Mich. Center for Chinese Studies, 1974. (Michigan paers in Chinese 
studies No. 18). Bibl. p. 131-146. 

MacLAINE, Shirley. You Can Get There From Here . Des Plaines, 111., Bantam, 1976. 

MYDRAL, Jan. Report from a Chinese Village . Michael M. tr. Pantheon, 1965. 
(also Signet). 

PUBLIC Health in the People's Republic of China; Report of a Conference , ed. by 
Myron E. Wegman, Tsung-Li Lin and Elizabeth R. Puree!!. N.Y., Josiah Macy, 
Jr. Foundation, 1973. 

SI DEL, Ruth. Families of Fengsheng: the Urban Life in China . Hammondsworth , 
Penguin, 1974. 

SNOW, Edgar. Red Star Over China . N.Y., Grove, 1968. 

STEWART, Roderick. Norman Bethune Don Mills, Ont., Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1974. 

TOURIST Guide to China . Edited by China International Travel Service and Foreign 
Language Press. Peking, 1974. 

TUCHMAN, Barbara W. Stillwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 . 
■ N.Y., McMillan, 1971. 

China Reconstructs , China Pictorial and Peking Review (editions in several languages) 
are serials which are published in Peking. Examination of recent issues 
of China Reconstructs or Peking Review provides the latest proclamations 
and news for foreigners visiting China or living elsewhere. China 
Pictorial is a handsome, coloured presentation of many aspects of life 
in China. 

September, 1977. 


The Canadian Group of the f^dical Library Association will again be meeting during 
the MLA Annual Meeting. It has been scheduled as a breakfast meeting, June 13, 
1978, 0700 - 0900 hours. Unfortunately, this information was inadvertently 
omitted from the preliminary program which will be published in the February issue ■ 
of the MLA News . Notice of the time, date and place of the meeting will appear in |j 
the registration packet and final program. 



The Manitoba Health Organizations, a co-operative of hospital and health care 
institutions, holds a health conference in November of ewery year. The annual 
conference is a three day continuing education event for health workers in 
Manitoba which consists of v/orkshops and lectures on a wide variety of topics. 
This year, in response to a growing Interest in, and a need for, libraries in 
small, rural facilities, the conference Included a workshop on the development 
of hospital libraries. It was co-ordinated by Mrs. R. Kroeker, Consultant 
Librarian for Grace and Concordia Hospitals in Winnipeg and Ms. S. Langlands, 
Extension Librarian, University of Manitoba Medical Library. 

The daylong workshop, which covered only the rudiments of library organization 
and development, was quite successful, tlineteen people, from medical records 
technicians to inservice officers and hospital adninistrators participated. 
Almost all indicated an interest in a follow-up workshop as part of next year's 
conferences . 

Sandra Langlands 
University of Manitoba 


A firm in Connecticut is in the business of producing complete sets of NLM 
catalog cards. The sets come with MeSH and are available for $1.49 per set, 
$2.49 per set when the set Includes continuation cards. Orders can be 
submitted in card or list form. They claim that orders are shipped within 
two weeks. Invoicing upon shipment, with payment in thirty days. For more 
information, call or write: Medical Library Service, Inc. 

364 Green Hill Road 

Madison, Ct. 06443 

Telephone: (203) 245-1388 

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At sharing sessions on clinical librarianship at the MLA Annual Meeting in Seattle 
in June 1977 and the NAHSL Meeting in Montreal in October 1977 a need was expressed 
by those interested in clinical librarianship to know about each other. Since 
clinical librarianship is a new field, particularly in Canada, it was felt that 
the sharing of interests and experiences would be valuable to all of us. 

If you are interested in clinical librarianship or if you have had experience in 
the field, you are asked to fill out the form below. The responses will be used 
to set up a list of resource people in clinical librarianship. The listing will 
allow librarians who enquire in the future to be alerted to resource people in 
their own geographical area and will serve as the basis for future communication 
between clinical librarians in Canada. 

Thank you and I will look forward to hearing from you. A selective listing of 
references on clinical librarianship follows. 

Algermissen, Virginia. Biomedical librarians in a patient care setting at the 
University of Missouri -Kansas City School of Medicine. Bulletin of the 
Medical Library Assoc . 62(4): 354-8, Oct. K<7'^. 

And now "clinical librarians" on rounds. Journal of the American Medical Assoc . 
230(4): 521, Oct. 28, 1974. 

Clinical librarians now accompany physicians on rounds. National Library of 
Medicine News . No. 11, p. 3, 1974. 

Colianni, Lois A. Clinical medical librarians in a private teaching hospital 

setting. Bulletin of the Medical Library Assoc . 63: 410-11, Oct. 1975. 

Librarians on rounds. American Libraries . Dec. 1974. p. 593. 

Medical librarians accompany physicians on medical rounds. News and Features 
from N.I.H . Oct. 25, 1974. p. 11-12. 

Marshall, Joanne G. A Proposal to Establish a Clinical Librarian Program at 
McMaster University Medical Centre. Health Sciences Libraries in 
Canada . 7(7): 1-5, 1976. 

New roles for health sciences librarians - 4; clinical librarians at Hartford, 
MLA News No. 60, p. 5, Nov. 1974. 

Roach, A. A. and Addington, W. W. The effects of an information specialist on I 
patient care and medical education. Journal of Medical Education ¥ 
50: 176-80, Feb. 1975. 

Staudt, C. Clinical Librarians program; an attempt at evaluation. Bulletin of 
the Medical Library Association 64: 236-8, April 1976. 


Joanne Marshall 

Health Sciences Library 

McMaster University 

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The concept of a "national statistical 
system" in Canada includes the statis- 
tical activities of all levels of 
Government (federal, provincial and 
municipal), the private sector and the 
academic world. Statistics Canada plays 
the central role in this system and 
produces most of the country's statis- 
tical information. 

Originally created as the Dominion 
Bureau of Statistics in 1918, the man- 
date is to "collect, compile, analyze, 
abstract and publish statistical Infor- 
mation on all aspects of Canada's 
economy and society". The name of the 
organization was changed In 1971 to 
"Statistics Canada", but the mandate 
has remained the same. 

The structure of Statistics Canada was 
re-organizaed in 1973 to strengthen the 
organization and to make the Bureau more 
sensitive'to the needs of data users. 
One of the most important aspects of the 
re-organization was the creation of a 
Marketing Services Field headed by an 
Assistant Chief Statistician. This 
Field is the focus of the Bureau's 
marketing activities in the dissemination 
of information and the explaining of 
Statistics Canada's role to the public. 

The User Advisory Services Division is 
part of the Marketing Services Field and 
Is charged with several responsibilities: 

1. To provide inquiry services for 
statistical users across Canada. 

2. To encourage the use of statistical 
Information in Canada. 

3. To develop feedback mechanisms from 
statistical users to the Bureau. 

4. To serve as the focal point for co- 
operative programs and discussions 
between the Provincial Governments 
and Statistics Canada. 

Le concept d'un "syst&me statistique 
national" au Canada s'^tend J I'activit^ 
statistique de tous les niveaux de gou- 
vernement (f^d^ral , provincial et 
municipal), du secteur priv6 et des 
milieux universitaires. Statistique 
Canada occupe la place centrale dans ce 
systfime et produit la plupart des ren- 
seignements statistique du pays. 

Statistique Canada, qui s'appelait Bureau 
f^d^ral de la statistique au moment de sa 
creation en 1918, a pour mandat de 
"recueillir, 6tablir, analyser, rfisumer 
et publier des renseignements statistiques" 
sur tous les aspects de I'economie et de la 
socl^t^ canadienne. L'organisme est devenu 
"Statistique Canada" en 1971, mais son 
mandat n'a pas change. 

Une restructuration de Statistique Canada 
en 1973 a renforc6 1 'organisation et a 
rendu le bureau plus sensible aux besoins 
des utilisateurs de donn^es. L'un des 
aspects les plus importants de cette re- 
organisation a 6x£ la creation d'un Secteur 
des services de promotion et de diffusion, 
dirig6 par un statisticien en chef adjoint. 
Ce Secteur est au centre du travail de 
promotion du bureau en ce qui concerne la 
diffusion de renseignements et I'explication 
du rOle de Statistique Canada. 

La Division de 1 'Assistance-utilisateurs fait 
partie du Secteur des services de promotion 
et de diffusion et est charg^e de plusieurs 

1. Assurer un service de renseignements aux 
utilisateurs de statistiques dans tout 
le Canada. 

2. Encourager 1 'utilisation de renseignements 
statistiques au Canada. 

3. Etablir des m^canismes de retour d' infor- 
mation de la part des utilisateures de 

4. Servir de point de contact pour les 
programmes de collaboration et les 
entretiens entre les gouvernements pro- 
vinciaux et Statistique Canada. 

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5. To undertake market research to better 
understand and meet the needs of data 

The User Advisory Services Division main- 
tains Regional Offices in eight cities 
across the country. Each Regional Office 
maintains a library of Statistics Canada 
and related material in addition to a 
knowledgeable inquiries staff who respond 
to requests for statistical data, and 
offer advice on the meaning and uses of 
the data. Over 100,000 requests for 
information are answered each year, 
mostly by telephone. 

Each Regional Office also has Regional 
Advisors who perform local liaison 
activities between Statistics Canada and 
provincial and local government, the 
business conmunity and academic insti- 
tutions. The Regional Advisors promote 
the use of statistical data through 
visits, talks and meetings, as well as 
helping people get in touch with the 
proper subject matter experts in Ottawa. 
Other features, of a Regional Office of 
User Advisory Services, include the 
development and implementation of feed- 
back programs to keep the Bureau 
informed of data users' needs and 
problems, and direct terminal access to 
the bureau's computer database - CANSIM. 

See below. 

5. Faire des Etudes de marchd pour 
comprendre les besoins des utili- 
sateurs de donn^es et mieux y r^pondre. 

La Division de I'Assistance-utilisateurs 
a des bureaux rigionaux dans huit villes 
du pays. Chaque bureau regional est dot6 
d'une biblioth&que de publications de 
Statistique Canada et de textes semblables 
et dispose d'un personnel competent charg§ 
de donner suite aux demandes de renseigne- 
ments statistiques et de donner des conseil^ 
sur la signification et les utilisations 
des donn^es. Ce personnel r^pond ^ plus de 
100,000 demandes de renseignements par an, 
le plus souvent par t^l^phone. 

Chaque bureau regional a dgalement ses con- 
seillers regionaux, qui font du travail dc 
liaison localement entre Statistique Canada 
et les gouvernements provinciaux et les 
administrations locales, le monde des 
affaires et les ^tablissements d'enseigne- 
ment. Des conseillers regionaux font la 
promotion des donn^es statistiques au moyen 
de visites, de causeries et de reunions et 
aident les gens cl entrer en contact avec 
les fonctionnaires comp6tents el Ottawa. 
Parmi les autres traits caract6ristiques 
d'un bureau regional des Services d'Assis- 
tance-utilisateurs, il faut mentionner 
1 '^tablissement et la mise en oeuvre de 
programmes de retour d' information pour 
tenir le bureau au courant des besoins et 
des probl^mes des utilisateurs de donnfies 
et la possibilite d'acc^s direct par 
terminal I la base des donn^es m^cano- 
graphiques de Statistique Canada: CANSIM. 

Voir au verso. 




Central Inquiries 


Statistics Canada, 

Ottawa, Ontario. 

KIA 0T6 

(613) 992-2959; 992-4734 

St. John's 

Statistics Canada 

P.O. Box 8556, 

3rd Floor, 

Viking Building, 

Crosbie Road, 

St. John's, Newfoundland. 

AlB 3P2 

(709) 726-0713. 


Statistics Canada 
1256 Barrington Street, 
Halifax, Nova Scotia. 
B3J 1Y6. 
(902) 426-5331 


Statistics Canada, 
Alexis Nihon Plaza, 
1500 Atwater Avenue, 
Montreal , P.Q. 
H3Z 1Y2. 

Toll-free access to the Halifax Office 
is available from Charlottetown, Moncton, 
Saint John and Sydney by calling the 
operator and asking for ZENITH 22066. 
Throughout Saskatchewan the Regina office 
can be reached by dialing 1-800-667-3524 
and in Alberta the Edmonton office can be 
reached at 1-800-222-6400. 


Statistics Canada 

25 St. Clair Avenue East, 

Toronto, Ontario. 

M4T 1M4 

(416) 966-6586. 


Statistics Canada, 
Room 500, 

General Post Office, 
266 Graham Avenue, 
Winnipeg, Manitoba. 
R3C 0K4 
(204) 985-4020. 

Regi na 

Statistics Canada, 

530 Midtown Centre, 



S4P 2B6. 

(306) 569-5405. 


Statistics Canada, 

10th Floor, Baker Centre Building, 

10025 - 106th Street, 

Edmonton, Alberta. 

T5J 169. 

(403) 425-5052. 

Statistics Canada, 
1145 Robson Street, 
Vancouver, B.C. 
V6E 1B8. 
(604) 666-3695. 

To subscribe to publications, please 
write to: 

Statistics Canada, 
Room 1405, Statistics 
Canada Building 
Tunney's Pasture, 
Ottawa, Ontario. 
KIA 0T6. 

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Service central de 


Statistique Canada 

Ottawa (Ontario) 

KIA 0T6 

(613) 992-2959; 


St. -Jean (T.-N.) 

Statistique Canada 

Case postal e 8556 

3^ 6tage, 

Edifice Viking 

Chen in Crosbie 

St. -Jean (Terre-Neuve) 

AlB 3P2 

(709) 726-0713. 


Statistique Canada 

25 est, avenue St. Clair 

Toronto (Ontario) 

M4T 1M4 

(416) 966-6586. 


Statistique Canada 
530, centre Midtown 
R^gina (Saskatchewan) 
S4P 2B6 
(306) 569-5405. 

Statistique Canada 
1145, rue Robson 
Vancouver (C.-B.) 
V6E 1B8. 
(604) 666-3695. 

On peut obtenir une cormiunication 
gratuite au bureau d' Halifax Ji partir 
de Charlottetown, Moncton, Saint John 
et de Sydney en demandant 3 
I'op^ratrice le num^ro ZENITH 22066. 
En Saskatchewan on communique avec le 
bureau regional de R^gina en signalant 
1-800-667-3524 et en Alberta, on peut^ 
atteindre le bureau regional d' Edmonton 
en signalant 1-800-222-6400. 


Statistique Canada 

1256, rue Barrington 



B3J 1Y6 

(902) 426-5331. 


Statistique Canada 
Place Alexis Nihon 
1500, avenue Atwater 
Montreal (Quebec) 
H3Z 1Y2 
(514) 283-5725. 


Statistique Canada 
Pi&ce 500, Bureau de 
266, avenue Graham 
Winnipeg (Manitoba) 
R3C 0K4 
(204) 985-4020. 


Statistique Canada 
IQiSme gtage, 
Edifice Baker Centre 
10025 — 1066 rue 
Edmonton (Alberta) 
T5J 169 
(403) 425-5052 

poste g^n^ral 

Pour vous abonner aux publications, 
veuillez ^crire 3: 

Distribution des publications, 

Statistique Canada, 

PiSce 1405, Edifice 

Statistique Canada, 

Pare Tunney, 

Ottawa, Ontario. 

KIA 0T6. 


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The Health Division of Statistics Canada 
is responsible for the preparation and 
maintenance of numerous national health 
data series. Data are obtained from a 
variety of sources including individual 
respondents, health care institutions, 
provincial governments, voluntary 
agencies and national associations. 
Data elements within the series cover a 
wide range of health related information 
as well as basic socio-economic and 
demographic data. The health related 
components include such areas as vital 
statistics (births, deaths, marriages 
and divorces), patient hospitalization 
Information, special disease registries 
(e.g., cancer, TB, etc.), health man- 
power occupation groups, as well as an 
extensive series on the functional and 
financial characteristics of insti- 
tutions operating within the health care 
delivery system. For more details on 
the type of data available consult the 
Statistics Canada Catalogue. The Health 
series are described in catalogue 
numbers 82-000 to 84-000 inclusive. 

Data are obtained in, or converted to 
machine-readable form by Statistics 
Canada, which performs rigorous edits 
and adjustments to establish statistical 
reliability. The series, some dating 
as far back as 1961, are stored and 
maintained on magnetic tape. 

Statistics Canada has, from the 
outset, followed the policy of making 
copies of their edited tapes 
available to provincial suppliers of 
data. Many provinces have taken 
advantage of this policy to secure 
copies of their data for subsequent 
manipulation. Similarly, researchers 
and others with interest in the health 
field have been provided access to 
certain of these tape files, subject 
to the secrecy provisions of the 
Statistics Act. In cases where 
potential individual disclosure exists, 
tape copies are carefully stripped of 
identifying information before being 

La Division de la Sant^ de Statistique 
Canada est charg^e d'^tablir et de tenir 
i jour plusieurs series de donn^es sur la 
sant6 dans 1 'ensemble du pays. Ces 
donn^es proviennent de di verses sources 
notariment du r^pondant individuel, des 
^tablisements de soins m^dicaux, des 
gouvernements provlnciaux, des organismes 
b^n^voles et des associations nationales. 
Les ^16nents des donn^es d'une m&iie sfirie 
couvrent une vaste gamme de renseignements 
relatifs I la sant^ et comprennent 
^galernent des donn^es socio-^conomiques 
et d6mographiques fondamentales. Les 
composantes ayant trait 21 la sant6 
couvrent des domaines comnie les statis- 
tiques d'etat civil (naissances, d^cfes, 
marl ages et divorces), les renseignements 
sur les patients hospitalises, les 
registres o^ s'inscrivent certaines 
maladies (corime le cancer, la tuberculose, 
etc.), les groupes de professions du 
domaine de la sant^ de m§me qu'une s^rie 
exhaustive de caract^ristlaues d'exploi- 
tation et financi&res des etablissements 
qui fonctionment a I'lnterieur de regime 
de presentation des soins m^dicaux. Pour 
ob tenir plus de details concernant le type 
de donn^es disponibles, consulter le 
catalogue de Statistique Canada. Les 
series sur la sant^ se trouvent dans les 
publications portant les num^ros 82-000 
i 84-000 incliisivement. 

Les donn^es s'obtiennent ou sont con- 
verties sous forme ordinolingue par 
Statistique Canada qui procSde 3 des veri- 
fications et i des rajustements rigoureux 
visant i etablir une bonne fiabilite 
statistique. Les series, dont certaines 
datent de 1961, sont emmagasinees et 
conserv^es sur bandes magnetoscopiques. 

Depuis le debut, Statistique Canada ^ 
respecte une politique de cooperation en 
remettant aux fournisseurs des donnees, 
dans les provinces, les copies verifiees 
de leurs bandes d'ordinateur. Bon nombre 
de provinces ont profite de cette politique 
pour en obtenir des exemplaires en vue 
d'une eventuelle utilisation ulterieure. 
Les chercheurs et autres personnes qui 


Machine readable files are supplied 
on a high speed magnetic tape 
provided by the user. Detailed 
documentation is provided for each 
tape and in certain instances 
existing Statistics Canada extraction 
soft-ware can also be supplied. 

Special requests for data files 
requiring additional manipulation or 
non-standard outputs may require that 
the work be performed on a cost 
recovery basis. These requests are 
subject to the resource limitations 
within the ongoing Health Division 

With many years of data already in 
machine-readable form, enquiries 
regarding access to these files by 
researchers and others with 
legitimate interests are welcome. 
For further details, contact Dr. J. 
Hauser, Director, Health Division, 
Statistics Canada, R. H. Coats 
Building, Ottawa, telephone 
(613) 995-0780. 

s'int^ressent au domaine de la sant^ ont 
^galement acc&s ^ certain de ces fichiers 
tl condition qu'ils se conforment aux 
dispositions de la Loi sur la statistique 
portant sur le secret. Pour ^viter toute 
divulgation de renseignements individuels, 
les reproductions de bandes magn^tiques 
sont soigneusement d^pouill^es de tout 
renseignement pouvant permettre d'identi- 
fier qui que ce soit avant d'§tre mises 
en circulation. 

Les fichiers ordinolingues sont 
transcrits sur des bandes magn^tiques 5 
haute Vitesse fournies par 1 'utilisateur. 
Chaque bande est accompagn^e d'une 
documentation detail 16e et dans certains 
cas on peut offrir le logiciel 
d'extraction d^j2l en place 5 Statistique 

Dans certain: "as le travail devra §tre 
effectue contre remboursement des frais, 
lorsqu'il s'agit de demandes speciales 
de fichiers de donnees qui exigent des 
operations supplementaires ou des sorties 
non normal i sees. Ces demandes sont 
remplies dans les li mites des resources 
disponibles dans le cadre des operations 
courantes de la Division de la sant§. 

Etant donne I'abondance des donnees qui 
sont conserv^es sous forme ordinolingue 
depuis quelques temps d§j3i, c'est avec 
plaisir que nous accueillerons les 
demandes de tout chercheur ou toute 
personne dont les int^r§ts dans ce domaine 
sont fond^s. Pri&re de contacter M. J. 
Hauser, directeur de la Division de la 
sant6, Statistique Canada, Immeuble R. H. 
Coats, Ottawa, Ontario, t^l^phone 
(613) 995-0780. 





The Manitoba Health Libraries Association has been in existence just one year. 
In that short time MHLA members have recognized the benefits of co-operating 
closely with other libraries and as a result have initiated a number of 
important projects that will affect the health library scene in Manitoba. At 
the October 17th meeting a number of these projects were discussed. 

First and foremost was the decision of the Association to establish a union 
list of periodicals held by health libraries in Manitoba. Early in 1976 each 
MHLA library drew up a list of its journal titles, sans holdings, and dis- 
tributed it to member libraries. These lists, although helpful, have pointed 
out the need for a more complete listing of health related periodicals. The 
Association has therefore struck a committee to develop guidelines and a format 
for a union list. Provincial funding is being sought to support the clerical 
functions which the task will entail. 

In response to the Interest of MHLA members past president Mrs. R. Kroeker 
approached Red River Community College teaching staff about establishing a 
course on health libraries. "Itorking in Health Libraries", a diploma course, 
will be offered in the new year to graduate technicians and those that have 
health library experience. 

The membership also agreed that further information should be sought with 
regards to becoming a group or regional member of CHLA/ABSC. 

Finally, the Association decided that in the future a series of workshops 
geared to the needs and interests of the membership will be prepared. 

Sandra Langlands 
University of Manitoba 


The Annual Meeting of the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges was held from 
October 1 - 4, 1977 in Montreal, Canada. This group is representative of the 
medical schools of Canada and their teaching hospitals. Representatives from 
federal and provincial governments as well as from the American analog, the 
Association of American Medical Colleges, also participate in this annual meeting, 
The Association has a number of Standing and Special Resource Committees. One of 
the Special Resource Committees is the Committee on Medical School Libraries, 
consisting of the administrative libraries of Canada's sixteen medical colleges 
and librarian representatives from Canada's Department of Health and Welfare 
Library and from the Health Sciences Resources Centre of the Canada Institute for 
Scientific and Technical information. 


Over the past year the activities of this committee of medical library adminis- 
trators have focussed upon the National Library of Canada and the current review 
of its goals and objectives by the National Librarian of Canada. The Canada 
Institute for Scientific and Technical Information functions on the federal 
level as Canada's national science library, and the Director of the Canada 
Institute was also involved in this current review of priorities by the Nationc 
Librarian. The Special Resource Committee on Medical School Libraries prepared 
two sets of comments and recommendations for this review: one to the National 
Librarian of Canada, Dr. Guy Sylvestre, and one to Dr. Jack Brown, Director of 
the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information. The Committee 
felt especially involved with the statement regarding the Canada Institute for 
Scientific and Technical Information as we were the only group preparing a 
statement concerned solely with the services and role of the Canada Institute. 

The Committee submitted seven recommendations to the Director of the Canada 
Institute for Scientific and Technical Information. Among these were the 
development of a Canadian biomedical library network supported by regional 
improvement grants, the accelerated development of scientific collections at the 
national level, the more rapid availability of the full array of services offered 
by the U.S. National Library of Medicine to foreign consumers of NLM's services, 
and the establishment of an advisory committee. During the recent Montreal 
meeting Dr. Jack Brown accepted the Invitation to meet and discuss these recommen- 
dations. During the course of Sunday afternoon's sessi» ' , Dr. Brown delineated 
the priorities and restrictions under which the Canada Institute operates. He 
reviewed the positive and negative aspects of the federal library situation and 
emphasized the ongoing concern with collections development and the adeiquacy of 
the budget in support of collections. He discussed the monitoring of Canadian 
journals indexed in Index Medicus . (Canada is in a unique situation here. The 
indexing of Canadian medical periodicals for Index Medicus and MEDLINE is done 
at the National Library of Medicine rather than in Canada, unlike most "foreign" 
MEDLINE users who provide their own indexing). Dr. Brown also discussed the 
"make or buy" philosophy of library services and operations at the federal level. 

The Committee had also recommended the establishment of an Advisory Committee to 
the Health Sciences Resources Centre to guarantee the continuation of the rapport 
established between the Centre and the community of health sciences librarians. 
Dr. Brown accepted this recommendation and is acting immediately to establish 
such an advisory committee. The Chairman of the Committee was charged with 
obtaining names from the appropriate bodies representing health science libraries 
in Canada: The Canadian Health Libraries Association, the Canadian Group of the 
Medical Library Association, L'Association pour 1 'Avancement des Sciences et des 
Techniques de la Documentation, Section de la Sant^, and the originator of these 
recommendations, the Special Resource Committee on Medical School Libraires of 
the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges. 

During the course of its two day meeting the Committee also received reports from 
the Head of the Health Sciences Resources Centre, Mr. Philippe Lemay and from Mrs. 
Valerie Monkhouse, representing Mrs. Martha Stone who is Chief of Departmental 
Library Services, Health and Welfare, Canada. The annual library statistical 
compilations were also reviewed and considerable discussion revolved around the 
ranking of libraries by size in publishing the annual statistics relating to 
medical school libraries in Canada. 

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The Committee also enjoyed two further presentations. Dr. Philip Teigen, History 
of Medicine Librarian, Osier Library, discussed the rationalization and adminis- 
tration of historical medical collections. The present status, contents and 
concerns surrounding the Working Paper on copyright were reviewed by Mr. Alan 
MacDonald, Health Sciences Librarian, Dalhousie University. Mr. MacDonald is 
the Special Resource Cormittee's representative on the Copyright Liaison Group of 
the Canadian Library Association. 

One of the additional benefits to medical library administrators who have parti- 
cipated in the annual meeting has been the opportunity to visit medical libraries 
in a variety of Canadian locations. This year, the Association of Canadian 
Medical Colleges determined, largely for reasons of econorny, partly for travel 
convenience, to limit the meeting sites to the central part of Canada. Meetings 
will henceforth be limited to Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg. Some regret was 
expressed by participating librarians on the loss of this opportunity to become 
familiar with Canadian medical libraries throughout the country. 

Frances Groen 

Chairman, Special Resources Committee 

on Medical School Libraries 

Association of Canadian Medical Colleges 


Life Sciences Area Librarian 

McGill University 


Linda Harvey has recently returned to the Kellogg Health Sciences Library of 
Dalhousie after a twelve month study leave and leave of absence. Her leave was 
spent in London, England where she investigated the services provided by libraries 
serving the Royal College of Nurses, the Queen's Institute of District Nursing, the 
Royal College of Midwives, the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, and the 
King's Fund Centre. In addition, she visited several hospital -based drug infor- 
mation centres to learn about the provision of drug information from such centres 
as well as other practical problems. She brings this valuable experience back to 
Kellogg where she has assumed the duties of Head, Information Services. 

Joe Lavery has been appointed Head of Technical Services at the Health Sciences 
Library, Memorial University of Nev/foundland. He comes to Memorial from the Main 
Library of Agriculture Canada in Ottawa where he has been serving as Assistant Head 
of Acquisitions. Prior to his Ottawa appointment, he was a Research Station 
Librarian with the sane department in Summerland, B.C. Joe's undergraduate 
training was in the biological sciences at the University of Alberta. He earned a 
B.L.S. from the University of Toronto. He brings with him some ten years of varied 
professional experience and will make a valuable contribution to the Library which 
he plans to join in early January of 1978. 

Joanne Marshall has been on leave from the Health Sciences Library of McMaster 
University and plans to return to her position on January 1, 1978. She has been 
living in Montreal with her husband who is on sabbatical leave. Her own project has 
involved a clinical study as part of the requirement for a Master of Health Sciences 

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Memorial University of Newfourtdland reports that a new section of its Health 
Sciences Library has recently been opened. The Library, formerly called the 
Medical Library, was recently renamed as it assumed responsibility for serving 
the M.U.N. School of Nursing in late summer. The new wing forms the second 
portion of a plan that will see the Library completed in three stages. This 
second stage adds 54 reader stations with 75 double face stack sections. 
Ultimately, the Library will feature some 316 sears for users with stacking for 
approximately 110,000 volumes. 



The Medical Library of McGill University is presently looking for a Computer 
Services Librarian . This position is classified as Librarian 2 and the starting 
salary is $14,560 per annum. The position reports directly to the Head of Public 
Services and the person appointed will have primary responsibility for the pro- 
vision of computer-based bibliographic services to all users of the Medical 
Library. The services offered at the tr^esent are those from the U.S. National 
Library of Medicine (Medicine and its associated data Im-'^s), CAN/OLE and CAN/SDI 
from the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information and several of 
the data bases offered by the Systems Development Corporation and Lockheed such 
as CAIN, Psychological Abstracts , Bio.n's Previews , and CA Condensates . The 
position requires a knowledge of spoken French, a library science degree from an 
accredited Library School and at least one of the following: Two years of 
experience in a Medical Library, completion of a one year post-graduate medical 
librarianship intern program, two years of library experience, at least one of 
which involved on-line searching or subject specialization in the field of life 
sciences. This position will open on September 1, 1977 and applications or 
requests for further information should be addressed to: Claire Turnbull, Head 
of Public Services, Medical Library, McGill University, 3655 Drummond Street, 
Montreal, H3G 1Y6. Starting date for this position is as soon as possible. 

The Macdonald College Library of McGill University is looking for a Public Services 
Librarian , Librarian II level. This position is responsible for Public Services, 
performs reference tasks, including orientation and user education and computer 
based bibliographic searches. Assists in the selection of reference books and A/V 
materials. Qualifications for this position are: Undergraduate degree in a life 
science preferred. BLS/MLS from ALA accredited library school. Minimum 3 years 
experience, one at least in reference, some in supervisory capacity. On-line 
searching expertise preferred. Conversational and reading knowledge of French an 
asset. Other European languages useful. Apply to: Mrs. M. M. Wright, Librarian, 
Macdonald College Library, Macdonald College, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Que. Tel.: 
457-6580 loc. 211. Salary: $14,290 per annum. 

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McGill University, Life Sciences Library invites applications for the position 
of Head . Nursing Library , at the Librarian III level in the Life Sciences 
Library. Full tine position. Nature of duties: Under the general supervision 
of the Life Sciences Area Librarian, the Nursing Librarian is responsible for 
the organization, operation, and administration of the Nursing Library. Areas 
of responsibility include circulation, reference, audio-visual services and 
collections development as well as budget preparation and monitoring. Close 
working relations with the School of Nursing are an essential aspect of the work 
of the Nursing Librarian. Qualifications: BLS or MLS plus three years pro- 
fessional librarian experience in either public or technical services, at least 
one year to include supervisory experience. Salary: $16,040. Apply in writing 
to: Mrs. Frances Groen, Life Sciences Area Librarian, 3655 Drummond Street, 
Montreal, Que. H36 1Y6. 


Bulletin of the 

Kamenoff, Lovisa 

Retention of Journals in a Community Hospital Library. 
Medical Library Association . 65: 446-447, October, 1977. 

This is a brief article of primary interest to hospital libraries and librarians. 
The author reports on an in-house study which evaluated use of a hospital journal 
collection in order to arrive at rational decisions regarding retention policies. 
The library under study found that there were some twenty journals in its col- 
lection where use warranted retention policies of fifteen years or longer. The 
author argues against accepting the arbitrary standard of five or ten years and 
suggests that each hospital library must define its own use pattern before estab- 
lishing a retention policy. 

- R. B. Fredericksen 





Joanne Marshall 
Clinical Librarian 
Health Sciences Library 
McMaster University 
Hamilton, Ontario LBS 4J9 


Name Address 

Library Telephone 

Please explain your interest and/or experience in clinical librarianship: 

Additional Comments: 










fold here 

fold and staple 
addressee on reverse side 

Membership Application 



Postal code. 

I enclose $15.00 (made payable to Canadian Health Libraries Association) 
as my membership fee for the period ending June 1978. 


Alan H. MacOonald 

Treasurer, CHLV^BSC 

W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Libi ry 

Dalhousie University 

Halifax, Nova Scotia 

B3H 4H7 

Formule d'Application 



Code postal e 

J' inclus $15.00 (payable a Canadian Health Libraries Association) comma 
cotisation pour la periode qui se termine en juin 1978. 


Alan H. MacDonald 

Treasurer, CHLA/ABSC 

W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library 

Dalhousie University 

Halifax, Nova Scotia 

B3H 4H7 

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No. 5 


ISSN 0700-5474 

SPRING 197^ 


Several more people have volunteered to serve as correspondents to the Newsletter 
since our last issue. Their substantial contributions are reflected in the cages 
that follow. A list of the correspondents appears with the listing of the CHLA/ 
ABSC Executive. You will note that there are still some geographic and topical 
"vacancies." Any more volunteers? I am sure there are still a lot of interesting 
activities "out there" that are just not being reported. Our new "Form for Sub- 
mission of Copy" is included in the back of this issue and should provide a pain- 
less way for individuals to submit copy. The "Form" will appear in subsequent 

issues, and frequently accompany CHLA/ABSC mailings The "President Reports" 

feature in this issue focuses on the new Checklist for Staff Library Service 
developed and adopted by the Ontario Medical AssocirtTbnT Riead and study it as 
President Flower suggests, then write to either the Editor or Mrs. Flower with 

your views and coiments Manitoba is the only group or region to respond to 

Alan MacDonald's proposal for chapters which appeared in the last issue. The 

Executive would be interested in hearing from other groups, as well The 2nd 

Annual Meeting Program has now been finalized and appears elsewhere in this 
issue. We hope for a big, enthusiastic turn-out for our first western meeting 
In Edmonton. 






CHLA/ABSC Business 

Checklist for Staff Library Services 6 

CHLA/ABSC: 2nd Annual Meeting 11 

Hotel Information back of issue 

Pre-registration back of issue 

Executive and Correspondents 1 

Form for Submission of Copy back of issue 

Membership Application last page 

Membership Report 4 

Newsletter 2 

Should CHLA Have Chapters? Manitoba Responds 3 

The President Reports 4 

Book Review 18 

Cancer Information News from B.C 13 

aA Conference 1978 12 

From the Editor front cover 

Future Meeting Dates 12 

Hamilton-Wentworth District Health Library Network 15 

Job Market 20 

Pot Pourri - Colleagues, Libraries, etc 18 

U.W.O. Marks Centenary 17 

Workshop on Aging, Gerontology, Geriatrics 13 

Workshop on Patent Literature 17 



Mrs. M. A. Flower 
Nursing Library 
McGill University 
3506 University Street 
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2A7 


Alan MacDonald (2 years) 
Health Sciences Library 
Dalhousie University 
Halifax, Nova Scotia 
B3H 4H7 


Philippe Lemay (1 year) 
Biblioth$que Scientifique 
University Laval 
Cit6 Universitaire 
Quebec, GIK 7P4 


Richard B. Fredericksen (Non-voting 

Health Sciences Library 
Health Sciences Centre 
Memorial University of Newfoundland 
St. John's, Newfoundland, AlB 3V6 

Members at Large: 

David Crawford (1 year) 
Medical Library 
McGill University 
3655 Drummond Street 
Montreal, P.Q. H3G 1Y6 

C. William Fraser (2 years) 

B. C. Medical Library Service 

1807 West Tenth Avenue 

Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 2A9 

Martha Stone (1 year) 

Departmental Library 

Dept. of National Health & Welfare 

Ottawa, Ontario 

KIA 0K9 

Sheila Swanson (1 year) 
Toronto Academy of Medicine 
288 Bloor Street West 
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1V8 





Sylvia Chetner 

Medical Sciences Library 

University of Alberta 

Edmonton, Alberta, T66 2J8 

Pam Griffith 
Medical Library 
University of Calgary 
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 2T9 

Donna Signori 
514-425 Simcoe Street 
Victoria, B.C., V8V 4T3 


Jean Fensom 
Dentistry Library 
3640 University Street 
Montreal, P.Q., H3A 2B2 


Sandra A. Langlands 
Medical Library 
University of Manitoba 
770 Bannatyne Avenue 
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 


Barbara Prince 
Health Sciences Library 
Dalhousie University 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 



Dorothy Fitzgerald 

Canadian Library of Family Medicine 

Health Sciences Library 

Univ. of Western Ontario 

London, Ontario, N6A 5C1 


The CHLA/ABSC Newsletter is published four times a year by the Canadian Health 
Libraries Association/Association des Bibl iotheques de la Sant^ du Canada. Sub- 
scriptions are available with membership in CHLA for $15.00 per year. Corres- 
pondence regarding membership and subscriptions should be addressed to: Alan H. 
MacDonald, Treasurer, CHLA/ABSC, W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library, Dalhousie 
University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4H7. 

The CHLA/ABSC Newsletter is a vehicle for providing increased communications among 
all Canadian health libraries and librarians, but has a special commitment to 
reach and assist the smaller, isolated, health library. Feature length articles 
are accepted describing a wide range of health library topics: organizations, 
services, networks and consortia, surveys, state-of-the-art reviews. Brief, news- 
length items accepted include: how-we-did-it reports, news about workshops and 
continuing education opportunities (forthcoming or recently held), job announce- 
ments, new publications, news about colleagues and libraries, miscellaneous items. 
Contributors should consult recent issues for examples of types of material and 
general style. Bibliographic references should conform to the format used in the 
Bulletin of the Medical Library Association , whenever possible. Submissions in 
French or English are welcome, preferably in both languages. Contributions should 
be addressed to: Richard B. Fredericksen, Editor, CHLA/ABSC Newsletter, Health 
Sciences Library, Health Sciences Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 
St. John's, Newfoundland, AlB 3V6. 

Deadline for the Spring issue is April 27, 1978. 


Le CHLA/ABSC Newsletter est public quatre fois par ann^e par la Canadian Health 
Libraries Association/Association des Bibl ioth&ques de la Sant6 du Canada. Un 
abonnement et cette publication fait partie de votre cotisation annuelle de 15.00 
dollars en tant que membre de I'ABSC. Pour devenir membre et, pour recevoir cette 
publication il faut 6crire ci: Alan H. MacDonald, Tr^sorier, CHLA/ABSC, W. K. 
Kellogg Health Sciences Library, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4H7, 

Le but du CHLA/ABSC Newsletter est de rendre la communication entre toutes les 
biblioth^ques Canadiennes de la sant6 et les bibliothecaires plus grande mais il 
veut sp^cialement rejoindre et aider les bibl iotheques isolees et de moins 
d'envergures. Nous acceptons tout article traitant de tous les aspects 
bibliotheconomiques du domaine de la sant6: organisations services reseau et 
consortium, enquetes exposes de synthese. En resume les articles nouvelles 
acceptes peuvent comprendre: des resumes sur la fafon dont on est arrivl a trouver 
une solution^a un project, nouvelles sur des ateliers et des cours d'education 
permanente (a venir ou passes] postes vacants, nouvelles publications, ^nouvelles 
sur des colleques et bibl iotheques, et tout autre sujet.^ Pour les interesses, le 
genre d' article et le sujet public dans les derniers numeros peuvent vous servir 
d'exemples. II serait preferable de suivre si possible le format util^ise dans le 
Bulletin of the Medical Library Association lorsque vous avez des references 
bibliographiques a citer a la fin de votre article. Des articles Frangais ou 
Anglais seront les bienvenus mais il serait souhaitable de les ^crire dans les 
deux langues. Vous devez faire parvenir vos articles a: Richard B. Fredericksen, 
Editeur, CHLA/ABSC Newsletter, Health Sciences Library, Health Sciences Centre, 
Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, AlB 3V6. 

La date limite pour le prochain numero est: April 27, 1978. 

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Alan H. MacDonald ' 

Treasurer CHLA/ABSC 

W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library 

Sir Charles Tupper Building 

Dalhousie University 

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H7 

Dear Alan: 

The Ides of February has come and gone and Manitoba is just now responding to 
your first proposal on CHLA chapters. Sorry for the delay. At the regular 
meeting of the Manitoba Health Libraries Association on February 13, the 
proposal was reviewed and discussed in detail. 

We agree completely with your statements on the function of national and local 
associations and the statement on affiliation. It seems, by the list of local 
organizations, that the MHLA is the only group presumptuous enough to try to 
cover an entire province. 

In review of the requirements for proposed chapters, as published: 

1. The MHLA has been organized in its present form for almost a year. Prior ; 
to the approval of our present constitution, "unorganized" meetings had 

taken place since 1973. 

2. Manitoba is a rather large geographic area to allow regular attendance of 
MHLA activities. Preliminary reports from Sandra Langlands, the U. of M. 
Extension Librarian, would indicate that there are very few organized health 
libraries outside Winnipeg and those that do exist are geographically extremely ■■ 
isolated. If government funding for health institutions improves and if we % 
hone our survey and recruitment techniques, we hope to find more health libraries 
throughout the province. To be optimistic, in future there may be sufficient 

members in various communities to support subdivisions of a Manitoba chapter. 

3. The reading aloud of this requirement brought a variety of strongly positive 
reactions: applause, profuse nodding of heads and even one shout of "Right 
On!". We really liked number three! 

(Ed. Note. The requirement referred to states that "there 
should be no limitations to membership based on the type of 
service or library in which the member works"). 

4. To date there are 31 active members representing 27 health libraries in Winnipeg, 
Brandon and Selkirk. 

5. Of the 31 MHLA members, 16 are already members of CHLA. The remaining 15 
have been given CHLA membership applications, the brochure and much encourage- 
ment to sign up as soon as possible. Failing total CHLA membership: "It 

was moved that if the intent of point 5 is approved by the CHLA, that the 
MHLA subsidize, if necessary, members who are elected to the executive." 

6. The constitution of the MHLA, approved in May 1977, was patterned after 
the CHLA constitution by a yery forward-looking constitution committee. 

The representation outlined in your proposal should encourage communication 
between the CHLA and the chapters. The MHLA already has a correspondent to the 
Newsletter; Sandra Langlands was volunteered at the MLA Yawn-In in June, 1977. 

Re finances: The MHLA can cover costs of regular meetings and mailings with 
little or no difficulty. However financial support will definitely be requested 
to allow the production of our union list of serials. An outline of our project 
will be submitted to the CHLA executive at a later date. This type of support would 
be extremely beneficial to a smaller chapter, as would the offer of loans to facili- 
tate workshops. 

In brief, the MHLA has approved the first proposal and will officially apply for 
chapter status in the near future. 

I hope our comments will be of use despite their tardiness. 


Barbara Henwood 

Manitoba Health Libraries 


As of 24 February 1978, we have 252 members, an increase of 44 since the last 
issue of the Newsletter . 


There has been a very interesting development concerning hospital libraries in 
Canada. One of our problems in fostering good library services in hospitals 
has been the difficulty in developing norms by which these services can be judged 
by non-librarians along with other services in the hospitals which have more drama- 
tic outcomes. An intensive care unit which does not rally patients can be easily 
assessed as being inadequate, but an information service which does not reach 
more than a quarter of the hospital personnel is not so obviously defective. 
People simply find other sources of information. This whole problem of efficiency 
and productivity is, of course, exactly what hospital accreditation is all about. 
And hospital libraries have traditionally had a curious role as bystanders in this 
process. Now that situation may be changing. 

In 1975 a survey of hospital libraries in Ontario was conducted through the coopera- 
tion of three separate organizations: the Toronto Medical Libraries Group, the 
Ontario Hospital Association and the Ontario Medical Association. The summary 
report of that survey, put together by a committee of the Toronto Medical Libraries 
Group, established that there were basically two varieties of libraries in Ontario 


hospitals, which applied to all kinds of hospitals and all sizes of libraries. 
There were functional libraries that worked, and there were non-functional li- 
braries that were merely nominal. Unfortunately, there seemed to be more of 
the non-functional libraries. 

The report offered eight recommendations designed to redress that balance. The 
recommendations were directed at four levels of administration. The first level 
was, of course, the management of the library in the individual hospital. The 
second level was regional, where interaction among libraries in hospitals and 
other institutions is a valid concern. The third level was provincial, where 
continuing education for health sciences library personnel should be addressed. 
And the fourth level was national, where the whole matter of standards and accre- 
ditation comes to rest. As reported in the CHLA/ABSC Newsletter for Spring 1977, 
this summary report was presented to the Ontario Medical Association and the 
Ontario Hospital Association last winter, in the hope that some action might be 

The Committee on Medical Library Services of the Ontario Medical Association has 
been concerned with hospital libraries for over ten years. It was gratified to 
have, for the first time in those years, some reasonably accurate data on the 
current number of hospital libraries which are operating in the Province of Ontario, 
and on their potential for delivering patient care and continuing education infor- 
mation. In reviewing its options for acting on these data, the Committee has 
chosen the national level as its first line of approach. It has developed a 
Checklist for Staff Library Services , which It has offered to the Canadian Council 
on Hospital Accreditation as an option to be used by their accreditation teams, 
either In addition to, or Instead of, the section on libraries in their regular 
hospital accreditation forms. 

To develop this Checklist the OMA Coranittee used two sources right at hand. The 
new Checklist is grounded on the questionnaire which was used in the Ontario survey, 
and the suggested norms are based on the Appendixes published with the Canadian 
Hospital Library Standards in CMAJ, 17 May 1975. These Standards were the ones 
used as a background paper in the revision of the library section of the new Guide 
to Hospital Accreditation published in 1977 by the Canadian Council on Hospital 
Accreditation, although they did not incorporate the Appendixes. 

It is exhilarating to be able to report that the Canadian Council on Hospital 
Accreditation has accepted the OMA Checklist as a useful document which they will 
add to their present form and test. This means that the principle has been estab- 
lished, that the CCHA is willing to judge hospital libraries in all the provinces 
on the basis of norms established by librarians and others, who understand the 
dynamics of information services. Surely we must all applaud this turn of events. 
It brings much closer to reality the hope that the calibre of the library may 
ultimately bear directly on the accreditation or non-accreditation of the hospital 
which houses it. 

Now our turn has come. The OMA Committee on Medical Library Services has forwarded 
their Checklist for Staff Library Services to the Canadian Health Libraries Associa- 
tion "for comments." Since their next meeting is on March 8th, your Executive 
Committee has contributed to a report which can be returned to the Committee for 

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that meeting. That report begins by accepting the principle of basic norms set 
by knowledgeable people, which the Checklist represents. It goes on to suggest 
some clarification in wording, some emphasis on library training, and on the 
services a library should be offering. Inevitably, it tries to come to terms 
with the minimum quality of the norms. 

In the discussion throughout the health library community which surrounded the 
acceptance of the Appendixes which accompanied the original Canadian Hospital 
Library Standards , it became very apparent that the minimum concept was a difficult 
one for many people. It is based on the thorny realism that only minimums can be 
legislated. Growth and expansion need a structure which will provide support, and 
minimums can put a floor under that structure. Below that floor, the library will 
not work at all--and for this very reason, it is a crucial landmark for a non- 
functional oneration. However, figures seem very concrete, and it is difficult 
to convey that they are free to expand upward, AND SHOULD DO SO. They tend to 
be looked upon as the top as well as the bottom. In her comments on the Checklist , 
our ASTED liaison person has brought this out in connection with the minimum 
acquisition budgets assigned to each hospital Category. And it applies equally 
to the balance of materials in the collections themselves. 

Two aspects of a hospital library are particularly difficult to annotate in a 
checklist of this sort: the interactive quality of good library service, which 
derives some of its most pertinent materials from other collections; and the 
cumulative nature of collections and acquisition budgets, which normally increase 
by percentage increments annually. In the case of a budget which is adequate for 
starting a collection, for instance, the same number of dollars ten years later 
would mean stultification. In the case of a service to a research project, 
borrowing from other collections would often provide the only possibility for good 
service. The problem is to state these characteristics in a periodic checklist. 

We are publishing the Checklist for Staff Library Services which was developed 
by the Ontario Medical Association elsewhere in this Newsletter. We hope you 
will study it, and offer your own comments. These will be compiled and forwarded 
to the Committee on Medical Library Services as an addendum to our current report. 
We would like to hear from any hospital librarian who has watched an accreditation 
team wander into the library, look vaguely at the books, ask a few desultory 
questions, and drift out again. This new Checklist may actually be the beginning 
of a new era. 

M. A. Flower 


1. Is there an identifiable library? Yes No_ 


2. Is the library in a central, easily accessible, clearly identified 
location? Yes No 

CHECKLIST (Cont'd.) 

3. Is it used only for library purposes? Yes No 

If no, do these other activities interfere with the library functions? 
(i.e. if the room is used for meetings, does this mean that the library 
functions are not available during these meetings?) Yes ^No 

4. Who may use the library? 

All the staff? Yes No 

Doctors only? Yes Uo 

Nurses? Yes No 

Administration? Yes ^lo 

Allied Health 

Staff? Yes ^No 

5. Is there space and seating for library users to study library materials? 

Yes ^No 

6. Is there space for the library staff to work? Yes No 

7. (In conjunction with questionnaire #2,3,4) 

Does the library committee meet regularly? (i.e. minimum of quarterly) 
Yes ^No How often? 

8. (In conjunction with #11) 

Is there a regular budget? Yes No 

a) How much is budgeted? per year (Category 1 $8000 

Category 2 4500 

Category 3 2500 

(not Including salaries) Category 4 1500 

Category 5) 1000 
see below for an explanation of categories. 

b) Where does this money come from? 

Hospital global budget? Yes Ho 

Doctors' donations? Yes No 

Nurses' donations? Yes No 

Other (specify) 


9. (In conjunction with #8) 

Is the library accessible at times when the library staff are not there? 
Yes ^No 

10. (In conjunction with #9,10) 

Are library materials easily accessed? (i.e. catalogued or indexed in some 
manner?) Yes Ho 


CHECKLIST (cont'd.) 

The rest of the questions deal with the 5 categories of hospitals individually. 
Use only the appropriate section. See below for an explanation of categories. 

11 . Category 1 

a) Library personnel 

Is there a librarian available? Degree? Yes No 

Other staff? Number and kind? 

(library technician, 2 clerks) 

b) Number of courses, workshops, seminars etc., attended within the past 
12 months? (1 ) 

c) Number of current book titles? (1000) 

d) How many purchases within past 12 months? (50) 

e) Number of journals? Medical (200+) 

Nursing (20) ' 

Administration (10) 

Other allied (15) ; 

f) Reference sources? Index Medicus? 

Cumulative Index to Nursing Literature 

or International Nursing Index? 

Hospital Literature Index? 

g) Audio-visual resources? Catalogues? 

Equipment for playback? 

12. Category 2 

a) Library personnel 

Is there a librarian available? Degree? Yes No 

Other staff? Number and kind? 

(library assistant, 1 clerk) 

b) Number of courses, workshops, seminars etc., attended within the past 
12 months? (1) 

c) Number of current book titles? (750) 


d) How many purchased within past 12 months? (37) 

e) Number of journals? Medical (75) 

Nursing (10) 

Administration (10) 

Other allied (10) 

f) Reference sources? Index Medicus? 

Cumulative Index to Nursing Literature 

or International Nursing Index? 

Hospital Literature Index? 

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g) Audio-visual resources? Catalogues? 

Equipment for playback?_ 

13. Category 3 

a) Library personnel 

Is there a librarian available? Degree? Yes No 

Other staff? Number and kind? 


b) Number of courses, workshops, seminars etc., attended within the 

past 12 months? (1) 

c) Number of current books? (500) 

d) Number purchased within past 12 months? (25) 

e) Number of journals? Medical (35) 

Nursing (5) __,,,__ 
Administration (5) 
Other allied (5) 

f) Reference sources? Abridged Index Medicus or Index Medicus? 

Cunulated Index to Nursing Literature or 

International Nursing Index? 

Hospital Literature Index? 

g) Audio-visual resources? Catalogues? __^_^ 

Equipment for playback? 

14. Category 4 

a) Library personnel 

Is there a library assistant or technician? 
Diploma? Yes ^No 

b) Number of courses, workshops, seminars etc., attended In the past 12 
months? (1) 

c) Number of current books? (200) 

d) Number of purchases within past 12 months? (10) 

e) Number of journals? Medical (20) 

Nursing (3) 

Administration (3) 

Other allied (3) 

f) Reference sources? Abridged Index Medicus? 

Cumulated Index to Nursing Literature qr_ 

International Nursing Index? 

Hospital Literature index? 

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g) Audio-visual resources? Catalogues? 

Equipment for playback? 

15. Category 5 

a) Library personnel 

Is there a part-time assistant? (minimum of 15 hours per week) Yes no_ 

b) Number of courses, workshops, seminars etc., attended in the past 
12 months? (1) 

c) Number of current books? (50) 

d) How many were purchased in the past 12 months? (3) 

e) Number of journals? Medical (15) 

Nursing (3) 

Administration (27 
Other allied (2) 

f) Reference sources? Abridged Index Medicus? 

Cumulated Index to Nursing Literature or. 

International Nursing Index? 

Hospital Literature Index? 

g) Audio-visual resources? Catalogues? 

Equipment for playback? 

These 5 categories of hospitals were established for use in the Canadian Standards 
for Hospital Libraries , and are roughly based on the ACBLF* standards. 

The categories have the following characteristics: 

Category 1 : 

a) The hospital is affiliated with a Faculty of Medicine of a University. 

b) It is accredited for internship and residency in various specialties. 

c) It maintains research projects. 

d) It has a medical staff of at least 200 physicians, residents and interns, 
and appropriate supporting staff. 

Category 2: 

a) The hospital has two of the characteristics a, b, or c, of Category 1. 

b) It has a medical staff of at least 100 persons, and appropriate supporting 

Category 3: 

a) The hospital does not qualify for Category 1 or 2, but has 300-499 beds. 

Category 4: 

a) The hospital does not qualify for Categories 1, 2, or 3, but has 100-299 bed^ 

Category 5: 

a) The hospital does not qualify for Categories 1, 2, 3 or 4, and has less thaj 
100 beds. 


♦Association Canadienne des Bibliothecaires de la Langue Francaise. 

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A program of interest to all workers in health libraries has been planned for 
the second annual meeting in Edmonton of the Canadian Health Libraries Association/ 
Association des Bibliothfeques de la Sant§ du Canada. In addition to some interesting 
local speakers the program promises a business meeting full of lively ideas and 
livelier discussion. 

Time: June 16, 1978, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Place: Drayton-Turner Valley Room 

Edmonton Plaza Hotel 


9:00-9:30 Welcome and introduction of the executive 

9:30-10:30 Dr. T. Shnitka, Department of Pathology, 
University of Alberta. Trends in Journal 
Literature Based on New Medical Developments. 

10:30-11:00 Coffee. 

11:00-12:00 Second annual business meeting conducted by 
Mrs. M. A. Flower. 

12:00-1:30 Lunch 

1:30-2:30 Miss K. Dier, Faculty of Nursing, University of 

Alberta. The Nurse Practitioner, New Concepts in 
Health Care Delivery. 

1:30-2:30 A mini-workshop on reference services in health 

libraries. This workshop is geared to persons 
working in small hospital libraries and will be a 
concurrent session with Miss K. Dier's presentation. 
Location: The Director Room, Edmonton Plaza Hotel. 

2:30-3:00 Coffee. 

3:00-3:30 Report from the Health Science Resource Centre, 

Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Info. 

3:30-4:00 Report from the Librarian, Department of National 
Health and Welfare. 

4:15-6:00 An Informal social gathering. Location to be 

Add to your continuing education and meet others working in the health 
library field. Support the CHLA/ABSC at Edmonton, June 16th: 


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June 10 - 15, 1978 Medical Library Association, Annual Meeting, 

Palmer House, Chicago, Illinois. 

June 11 - 15, 1978 Special Libraries Association, Annual 

Conference, Radisson Muehlebach Hotel 
Kansas City, Mo. 

June 13, 1978 Canadian Group of the Medical Library 

Association. Breakfast meeting from 
0700-0900 hours. Mrs. M. A. Flower, 
Chairman, presiding. Palmer House, 
Chicago. Details to be announced. 

June 16, 1978 Canadian Health Library Association/ 

Association des Bibliotheques de la 
Sante du Canada, 2nd Annual Meeting, 
Edmonton, Alberta. 

September, 1980 4th International Congress on Medical 

Librarianship, Yugoslavia. 


Edmonton, Alberta - June 15 - 20, 1978 

Theme: "Strategies for Change: Developing Support for Growth" 

For the first time CLA is hosting an Association-wide conference, with sessions 
open to all members regardless of division affiliation. 

Among the speakers at the Plenary Sessions will be Herbert S. White, Director, 
Research Center for Library and Information Science, Indiana University, who 
will deal with Management, and Paul Audley, who serves with the Department of 
the Secretary of State as a consultant on publishing policy who will speak on 
Publicity and Outreach. 

As well as the usual division-sponsored workshops and publisher/suppliers displays, 
two special features of this year's conference will be the "Corridor of 1001 Ideas" 
a swap shop of materials and services to enhance and promote services, and the 
"Library Marketplace," a consultants' forum for experts from all fields of library 
service who will share their experience with individual members on request and 
at no fee. 

The Local Arrangements Coimiittee, chaired by Rod Banks of the University of 
Alberta Library, has provided for your enjoyment with a Klondike Breakfast, 
Pub Night, Casino, Banquet and dance, Inaugural Luncheon featuring Ukrainian 
food and entertainment, as well as local bus tours and hikes for the exercise- 
conscious. In addition, special performances of Shelagh Delaney's "A Taste of 
Honey" will be featured nightly at Edmonton's magnificent new Citadel Theatre, 
and a film series with librarians as principal characters will also take place 

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in the Citadel complex. 

The registration booklet with detailed information about all conference matters 
is now in process and you can be assured of a warm welcome from your Edmonton 


David Noble, Librarian at CCABC, reports that the Cancer Control Agency of B. C. 
Library will soon be receiving its own MEDLINE code because of their heavy use 
of the MEDLARS Files. Prior to this they shared a code with B. C. Medical Library 
Service. This will bring the number of MEDLINE centres in B. C. to five.* 

Of greater interest, a Patient Information Library for cancer patients and their 
families has been in operation at CCABC for six months. The Cancer Control Agency 
of B. C. Library from its Patient Information Library provides pamphlets, books 
and journal articles relating to cancer for patients and families upon request. 
The Library's information service is also made available to outpatients, in- 
patients and their families. 

A list of the material in the Patient Information Library is available upon re- 

*Also under way on Vancouver Island are d1scussions--more like loud whispers— 
for Installing a second MEDLINE terminal. The first has been operational at 
University of Victoria, McPherson Library since last year. 

Donna Signori 
Collections Librarian 
University of Victoria 


The University of Calgary sponsored a one-day workshop. February 8th. on aging, 
gerontology and geriatrics. In promoting this gathering. President W. A. 
Cochrane was primarily concerned with the role of the University of Calgary. In 
the University's provision of expertise and programs which would most benefit the 
elderly, of ensuring awareness within the University and the community of what was 
being done, or should be done in this area. 

The Ad Hoc Committee chaired by Dr. W. L. Zwerman of the Sociology Department 
was able to bring together a varied group of concerned participants. More than 
twelve of the University faculties were represented, as well as librarians. These, 
along with provincial, municipal officials and senior citizen group representatives, 
provided lively and sometimes controversial input at the morning and afternoon 
working sessions. 

Dr. D. E. Berghofer, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Alberta Department of 
Advanced Education and Manpower, Program Services Division, spoke of the resources 
and funds available to senior citizens from the government. The government, he 
said, looked to the University to conduct research, to provide leadership and 

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train students preferably without undue narrow specialization. His main concern 
was with the segmentation of responsibilities within a technological rather than 
a humane society. 

Professor A. E. D. Schonfield, of the Psychology Department and an internationally 
recognized author on the subject of aging, spoke of the teaching role of the 
university. He questioned the qualifications of those teaching gerontology, and 
the proliferation of courses available on this continent on this 'in' subject 
such that the branches appeared before the trunk. 

Dr. W. R. N. Blair, Associate Vice-President (Academic) outlined the research 
presently underway at the University and what assistance was available for further 
research. David L. 6. Yule, of Continuing Education, reviewed the University pro- 
grams available not only to the over-65's but also pre-retirement programs for 
those 30 years and over. With this background the first set of working groups 
went into voluble sessions to consider the current status of programs and activities 
in the area of aging. 

The situation was viewed from the inside and outside, along with the status of 
external programs as they related to the University and its potentials, and the 
relations between the activities of the University of Calgary and those in the 
larger community. Particular reference was made to the work of the unique Kerby 
Centre, a senior citizen's information and housing group, with which the University 
is involved. 


At the afternoon session the government and community groups set the stage for 
the second set of working groups. Ms. Mary Engelman, Director, Senior Citizens 
Bureau, Alberta Department of Social Services and Community Health reviewed the 
objectives and function of the Bureau. She commented on its advisory role to 
five provincial departments in matters concerning the over-65's. The Bureau 
supplies staff, and together with the Senior Citizens Council, whose members 
represent some 27 community organizations, endeavour to establish priorities 
and co-ordinate programs and other assistance as may be required by the elderly 
in Alberta. 

Ms. Hazel McDonald, President of the Alberta Council on Aging, urged the impor- 
tance of consulting with and obtaining the participation of senior citizens in 
all matters affecting them. Help, she said, was needed by custodians as well 
as by the elderly. Senior citizens needed control of their own lives for the 
maintenance of self-respect and dignity. She concluded with the remark that 
it is the senior citizens who have the Ph.D's in living. 

Mr. Sid Grimsby, President of the Calgary Council on Aging and member of the 
Central Council of Calgary at Kerby Centre, spoke of the work of his group in 
ensuring that the needs of the elderly are publicized and brought to the atten- 
tion of authorities for action. Once again, objections were voiced about the 
negative images held of the elderly, and to the warehousing of the aged. Health 
care designed to restore independence, choice of living arrangements, fraternal - 
ization with all age groups, and participation within their local community 
were seen as key factors in preserving the dignity of the elderly and recog- 
nizing them as still valuable members of society. 

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In essence people's attitudes toward aging and the aged need to be changed. 
Otherwise, as Margaret Mead pointed out in her autobiography 'Blackberry Winter,' 
"a society that has ceased to care about its older people and cuts them off from 
meaningful contact, a society that segregates them, is greatly endangered." 

After a final wrap-up with reports and comments from the working groups the 
Honourable MS. Helen Hunley, Minister of the Alberta Department of Social 
Services and Community Health addressed the gathering. She had anticipated 
much of the concerns expressed and commented on the useful report just received 
from the Senior Citizens Advisory Council. She acknowledged the government's 
role in planning, the need for the elderly person to be consulted, and for more 
research in the area. To this end, she announced that a feasibility study would 
be made into the possibility of establishing an Institute of Gerontology, possibly 
in Calgary. 

In conclusion. President Cochrane announced that the University's Ad Hoc Committee 
would become a Standing Committee on Aging, Gerontology and Geriatrics. Its purpose 
would be to follow up on the findings of the meeting and to develop resources and 
research in this vital area. 

The workshop was considered a fruitful one. Not only did It bring together an 
unexpected variety of persons Interested and working in the area, but it also 
made participants more aware of what could be done both Individually and co- 
operatively to make for more fulfilling later years for all, including themselves. 

Pamela B. Griffin 
Medical Library 
University of Calgary 


Soon after the establishment of a new Medical Faculty at McMaster University, 
early in 1967, the Librarian of the new School was asked by the Hamilton District 
Hospital Council (later Health Council) to form a Library Corrmittee, with repre- 
sentation from all health science libraries in the area. These were the terms 
of reference: 

The Library Comnittee of the Hamilton District Hospital Council consists of 
single representatives from the member hospitals and the Academy of Medicine, 
and the Health Sciences Librarian at McMaster University, with the opportunity 
of inviting further representatives for advice or to join the Committee as the 
need arises. 

The aims of the Committee are to promote library cooperation and establish a 
system of communication, with the object of giving good library service to 
medical, nursing, and paramedical personnel. 


A questionnaire was designed and a survey of the library facilities in 
the area was completed and the results tabulated, showing strengths .and 
weaknesses in resources and personnel. 

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2. A union list of periodicals was completed and distributed by March 1969. 
Since that time the List has been converted to computer format and reissued 
several times. This remains one of the most valuable of the achievements 
of the Committee. 

3. Transport and document delivery . A vehicle leaves several times daily from 
McMaster and calls at all the main institutions. One telephone line at the 
McMaster Library is dedicated to the service. 

4. Regional Coordinator . In September 1968 the Library Committee recommended 
to the Council the appointment of a regional coordinator for the libraries 
in the hospitals and similar institutions, such a person being a trained 
medical librarian working under the direction of the McMaster University 
Health Sciences Librarian, and stationed at McMaster. In January 1970 a 
clerk-typist was appointed, and in June 1970 Miss Linda Woods ide (now Mrs. 
Panton) started as the coordinating librarian. Since that time the salaries 
of the Librarian and her assistant have been paid on a pro-rated basis by 
the seven main hospitals, and an annual amount for travel has also been | 
allowed. For the rest the University Health Sciences Library absorbs tele- 
phone, stationery, office costs as well as supplying the material resources 
and any further staff support required for the operation. Functions of 
this unit include advice and consultation with the hospitals on policy, 
planning and personnel, help with cataloging, reference questions (including 
MEDLINE searches) and inter-library loans, and the circulation of and help 
with periodical exchange lists. Workshops have been held on specific topics, 
like Medical Subject Headings. In-service training is provided both at 
McMaster and in the individual libraries. Monthly meetings of the committee 
serve to keep library workers in touch and provide opportunities for dis- 
cussion of common problems. By now the group includes the Mohawk College of 
Applied Arts and Technology with its own Health Sciences Library, and its 
four Nursing Libraries, the Cancer Clinic, the Addiction Research Foundation 
branch, and the VON unit, as well as all the hospitals and the Academy of 

In no way does this network offer an alternative to the "primary contact" library. 
The hospital and other libraries do all the circulation, reference work, purchasing, 
cataloging which they can possibly do, but the network supplies help beyond the 
local level. The Union List of periodicals makes it possible also for the con- 
stituent libraries to borrow from one another where feasible and there is a con- 
siderable traffic to and fro. There is also a combined list of new books kept 
in card form at the University and member libraries can refer to this by telephone. 
A few statistics illustrate the extent of the University involvement: 

(Averages per annum, calculated over the last five years) 

805 books lent from the McMaster library, 3,578 articles sent (24,888p.) 
437 items borrowed on Inter-library Loan from outside the area. 
427 reference questions/literature searches attended to. 

Northwest Ontario 

The McMaster Medical School has been involved with the Northwestern Ontario 
area for some years, and in line with this the Library has tried to help to 
provide information and communication between libraries and hospitals in the area. 

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A half-time Library worker at McKellar General Hospital in Thunder Bay has put 
together a Union List of periodicals on cards, representing the holdings of the 
four hospitals, and the two schools of nursing, and the biomedical material in 
Lakehead University Library. She has also been able to visit many of the small 
hospitals in the outlying areas and given guidance in the organization of the 
libraries. In this way health professionals can find access to periodicals and 
articles anywhere in the area before having to obtain them from the Health Sciences 
Library at McMaster University, saving time and trouble. 

Beatrix Robinow 

Health Sciences Librarian 

McMaster University 


An interesting and informative overview of the subject of patents was presented 
at a one day workshop held in Edmonton recently. Ably organized by two local 
library science students, Evelyn Piush and Keith McLaughlin, and sponsored by 
Edmonton branch of CASLIS and the Faculty of Library Science, University of 
Alberta, the workshop presented a glimpse into the fascinating world of the 
Bureau of Intellectual Property. The Bureau handles copyright, trade marks. 
Industrial designs and patents. The main emphasis was, of course, on patents; 
their nature, form, content and their use as a source of technological information. 
Speakers included Don Campbell of the Canadian Patent Office, Peter Johnson, 
attorney and patent agent, and Dr. Carl Reich, a Calgary internist, who spoke 
on behalf of CIPAC, the Copyright Inventions and Patents Association of Canada. 
Georg Mauerhoff, of Infomart, discussed on-line computer searching of the patent 
literature, while the subject of manual searching was covered in a videotape 
from the Barker Engineering Library, M.I.T. The workshop also included a panel 
discussion on the acquisition and organization of patents and on the problems 
of service in this area in both public and special library situations. Panel 
members were Dr. Sheila Bertram, Faculty of Library Science, University of 
Alberta, Alan Waugh, head of the Science and Technology Division, Calgary 
Public Library and Barbara Jordan, librarian for Syncrude. 

Sylvia Chetner 

Medical Sciences Library 

University of Alberta 


The University of Western Ontario is celebrating its centenary during 1978. 
To mark the celebration, the University has published a book on the history 
of its Faculty of Medicine. The book was written by Dr. Murray L. Barr, 
entitled A Century of Medicine at Western . The ISBN is 0-919534-00-7, with 
the book priced at 515.00 per copy. It is available from: 

The Book Store 
University Community Centre 
University of Western Ontario 
London, Ontario, N6A 3K7 

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LAMKIN, Coleen C. 

Cataloging policies and procedures for the hospital library. 
Revised; 69 pp. Biomedical Library, University of California, 
Los Angeles, 1977. $2.00 (U.S.) 

From out of the hills of Westwood comes this practical manual which should be 
of interest and assistance to individuals who are responsible for cataloging 
in the smaller, one-person health libraries. Written for a person with little 
or no cataloging experience, the book contains chapters on the cataloging 
process, card sets, sources of cataloging information, catalog card reproduction, 
labeling, filing and statistics. An appendix supplies ordering information for 
most of the medical cataloging tools. Although it lacks an index, most things 
could be located through the table of contents. The book is clearly written 
with many examples and is published in a format that permits the addition of 
notes and other supplementary material. I have not seen the earlier edition, 
and cannot advise as to whether this revision adds significant new material. 
For two American dollars, it is recommended as a good buy. 

Order from: The Biomedical Library 

Center for the Health Sciences 
University of California, Los Angeles 
Los Angeles 
California, 90024 

Price: $2.00 (U.S. )--postage may be extra. 

Richard B. Fredericksen 
Health Sciences Librarian 
Memorial University of 



Marjorie Cox , Librarian at the Nova Scotia Hospital (Psychiatric) in Dartmouth, 
reports that her "libraries" have been successfully moved to their new quarters. 
The windows look out over the harbour. The patients recreational reading library 
is taking shape although funds are scarce. A new Health Sciences Library Committee 
has been formed and Mrs. Cox is busy sorting and cataloguing existing materials 
and organizing new titles. 


The Dentistry Library of McGill University reports that it will soon be joining 
other McGill libraries in adding the 3M "Spartan" Book Detection System. Dentistry 
Librarian, Jean Fensom . reports that their book losses have grown to an unaccept- 
able level, with the equivalent of half a year's book acquisitions disappearing 

Mrs . Babs Flower has accepted the position of Nursing Librarian, Life Sciences 
Area, McGill University Libraries commencing April 1, 1978. Mrs. Flower obtained 
her graduate degree in Librarianship from the University of Toronto, and was 
certified by the Medical Library Association in 1975. She has previously worked 
as a Librarian with the Ontario Medical Association and the Canadian Arthritis 
and Rheumatism Society. Her most recent position was that of Information Co- 
ordinator, the Workshop, School of Nursing Research Unit, McGill University. 

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Mrs. Flower is presently President of the Canadian Health Libraries Association 
and Chairman of the Canadian Group of the Medical Library Association. 

In Newfoundland, Richard Fredericksen recently visited hospitals in Grand Falls 
and Gander to advise on ways they might upgrade their library services. The 
Central Newfoundland Hospital in Grand Falls now has a full-time library techni- 
cian, Sandra Lanning, who is busily trying to catalog the various hospital col- 
lections. Sandra recently spent several days at the Health Sciences Library of 
Memorial University learning cataloging routines. The Grand Falls hospital 
recently became affiliated with Memorial's School of Medicine. In Gander's 
Paton Memorial Hospital, there is presently no one assigned to look after library 
services, but the Library Committee there plans to upgrade the Library in the 
near future. 

Richard Fredericksen . Health Sciences Librarian, Memorial University of 
Newfoundland, has been appointed Director, Lister Hill Library of the Health 
Sciences, University of Alabama in Birmingham and will be assuming his duties 
there later this summer. 

Philippe Lemay , formerly Head of the Health Sciences Resource Centre of CISTI, 

is now a Specialist Librarian with the Bibliothfeque Scientifique of Laval University 

On February 7, 1978, Alan MacDonald and Barbara Prince visited Prince Edward 
Island at the invitation of Dr Marvin Clarke , the Deputy Minister of Health. 
Jean McKay , recently appcintedT Library Technician at the Research, Planning 
and Evaluation Unit Library of the Department of Health, organized a meeting 
of librarians involved with health information in the Charlottetown area. 
Alan MacDonald addressed the meeting on the theme of co-operation and maximum 
utilization of existing resources and emphasized the support services available 
through the W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library. The future direction and 
organization of the Research, Planning and Evaluation Unit Library was also 
reviewed. Jean McKav only works part-time at present. Besides the Unit Library 
she is also responsible for co-ordinating library services within the Department. 
She finds her time well-filled as there are 12 library locations, which include 
the Hillsborough Hospital and the Rehabilitation Centre, for which Jean has 
already produced a union list of serials. 

The new Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre in Halifax has appointed Christine 
MacLellan, as part-time Librarian. This new facility is within easy reach of 
the W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library and so the need is for a basic working 

In the Halifax area a group consisting of all librarians involved in health care 
or education for health care has been meeting to discuss mutual problems, and 
mutual aid for the past 2 years. The meetings have been informal and arranged 
as soon as sufficient items for discussion were identified. Each meeting 
has been been held at a different hospital. At the last meeting in November 
it was decided that a more formal structure would be in order. Frank Oram 
of the Victoria General Hospital was elected President, and Pat Goddard of the 
W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library was elected Secretary. The group has 

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produced a newsletter (irregular) and the third issue is planned for March 1978. 

Donalda Putnam , who has been active in library circles for many years, attended 
the meeting with the librarians from the W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library. 
She was formerly Librarian at the Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown. Now 
"retired" she is working part-time organizing a small library at the Prince Edward 
Island Hospital. She is also on the Planning Committee for the new hospital, 
the Queen Elizabeth which will replace the two existing general hospitals. Let's 
hope she will persuade the Committee to provide a good, central location for the 
new health sciences libraryl 

Many small hospitals in the Maritime area are developing information resources. 
In February Beverly Smith (Health Records Administrator) and Peggy Owen (Secretary) 
came in from the Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital (35 beds) in Sheet Harbour, 
Nova Scotia, for 2 days of orientation into library procedures at the W.K. Kellogg 
Health Sciences Library and the Halifax Infirmary Library in Halifax. 

Ruth StiUman , Librarian at the Institute of Community & Family Psychiatry, Jewish 
General Hospital, Montreal, is new Anchor Chairman of MMHLA (McGill Medical & 
Hospital Libraries Association) starting March, 1978. 

Isobel Wallace . Librarian at the Moncton Hospital in New Brunswick, expresses the 
isolation of many hospital librarians in the Maritime area as in a recent letter 
she wrote: "I have become a member of CHLA and would love to have some communica- 
tion with other members in the Atlantic area. Anybody out there got any money- 
making ideas? - I am open to all suggestions (short of my own printing press). 
I would also appreciate any help members can give on time-saving techniques which 
could be applied to help out a one-man-band librarian." 

Angela Webb is the new part-time Librarian at the Abbie J. Lane Hospital in 
Halifax. Angela comes to this job from the library of the Coast-Guard College 
in Cape Breton where she worked for 3 years. She says she is finding a health 
sciences library "a whole new picture." 

Anne Worrell has recently been appointed as Librarian at Camp Hill Hospital in 
Halifax. This position combines general duties with those of Drug Information 
Centre Assistant. Anne reports that one of the tasks to be completed is the 
cataloguing of the book collection. 



Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Library (Librarian I or II). 

The University of Saskatchewan Library invites applications for the position of 
Health Sciences Reference Librarian. The individual holding this position will 
be responsible to the Health Sciences Librarian, Duties will include general 
reference, user education, computer-assisted bibliographic searching, and 
selection in specified subject areas. The successful candidate will have a 
degree from an accredited library school. Public service experience, including 
on-line bibliographic searching, is desirable. Candidates with a degree in the 
life sciences will be given preference. Salary and rank will be commensurate 

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with qualifications and experience. Salary scales are presently under review. 
Position available: May 1, 1978. Applicants are requested to send curriculum 
vitae and to arrange for a minumum of three letters of reference (sent directly 
by the referee) to be received no later than April 15, 1978. Apply to: J. D. 
Teskey, Assistant to the University Librarian (Administration), Library, 
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N OWO. 







WHEN: 16 June 1978 

WHERE: Edmonton, Alberta 



PLEASE RETURN TO: Phyllis Russell, Medical Sciences Library 

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alta. T6G 2J8 





(S.V.P. make checks payable to the CANADIAN HEALTH LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION) 




16 June 1978 
Edmonton, Alberta 


While the Ednronton Plaza Hotel will be the headquarters site for our annual 
meeting, there are two additional hotels in its iimediate area which are in 
easy walking distance from the Plaza. The names and addresses for all three 
hotels are given below. For those attending the CHLA meeting, it is suggested 
that you write directly to book your reservations. Since these three hotels 
will be holding their rooms for CLA members, it is suggested that you state 
you will be attending the CHLA meeting held 1n conjunction with CLA in order 
to obtain reservations. 

Chateau Lacombe 

101 St. at Bellamy Hill 

Edmonton, Alberta T3J 0T5 

Edmonton Plaza 
10135 100 St. 
Edmonton, Alberta 
T5J 0N7 

Hotel MacDonald 

100 St. and Jasper Ave. 



T5J 0N7 

The Editor regrets that he is unable to furnish information regarding room 
rates in time for publication of this issue. 




1. Name of Individual/Library Reporting (give mailing address) 

2. Personnel Appointments, Activities: 

3. Notable Library News, New Programs, Acquisitions, Grants, Buildings, Services; 

4. Workshops, Continuing Education Activities in your area: 

5. Brief Description of Article You are Writing for Future Submission (give 
estimated completion date): 

Full length articles and news items contributed on this form should be sub- 
mitted to: 

Richard B. Fredericksen 


CHLA/ABSC Newsletter 

Health Sciences Library 

Health Sciences Centre 

Memorial University of Newfoundland 

St. John's, Newfoundland, AlB 3V6 

Deadlines for 1978 copy: Spring issue, March 1; Summer issue, April 27; Fall 
issue, September 5. 

Membership Application 



Postal code. 

I enclose $15.00 (made payable to Canadian Health Libraries Association) 
as my membership fee for the period ending June 1979. 


Alan H. MacDonald 

Treasurer, CHLA/ABSC 

W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library 

Dalhousie University 

Hal ifax. Nova Scotia 

B3H 4H7 

Formule d'Applicatlon 



Code postal e 

J' inclus $15.00 (payable a Canadian Health Libraries Association) comme 
cotisation pour la periode qui se termine en juin 1979. 


Alan H. MacDonald 

Treasurer, CHLA/ABSC 

W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library 

Dalhousie University 

Halifax, Nova Scotia 

B3H 4H7 

Na 6 




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ISSN 0700-5474 

SUMMER 1978 



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I have recently accepted a position that will take me to the United States and since 
Alabama seems like an unlikely spot from which to edit a Canadian publication, I 
have resigned as Editor of the CHLA/ABSC Newsletter . This will be my final Issue. 
It has been a lot of fun to be your first ed1tor--also a great challenge and honour. 
Thanks are due to all of you who contributed news over the past six Issues. I am 
particularly Indebted to Alan MacDonald, David Crawford, Babs Flower and our corres- 
pondents for their assistance and input during this time. David Crawford will be 
assuming the duties of Editor, and the Association is fortunate to have him take on 
this responsibility. Having served as the Chairman of the Editorial Committee for 
the past year, he is ably suited for the task. His central location, too, should 
make production and distribution somewhat easier, while French translations should 
also be less of a problem than they were In Newfoundland. David will be attending 
the CHLA/ABSC Annual Meeting in Edmonton, where he will, among other things, be 
presenting my annual report for 1977/78. I am sure he would be glad to talk with 
any of you about the Newsletter there, should you have any questions or suggestions. 
News submissions for the next issue should be sent to: David Crawford/ Medical 
Library/ McGill University/ 3655 Orumnond Street/ Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1Y6. 





Annual Meeting Program 4 

Hotel Information back of issue 

Pre-regl strati on back of issue 

Membership Application last page 

Membership Report 5 

Report on CHLA Elections 6 

The President Reports 7 

Courses in Biomedical Bibliography and 

Biomedical Librarlanship 14 

Dental Developments at Dalhousle . . . .- 21 

Future Meeting Dates 3 

Job Market 25 

McMaster Goes to COM 23 

MEDLINE News Release 13 

Patient Cancer Library 9 

Pot Pourri - Colleagues, Libraries 23 

Technician Workshop Offered 23 

Toronto Medical Libraries Group Meets 23 

Sager's Book Service 20 

Single Daily Dosing 15 

Updates to Guide 9 


Mrs. M 

A. Flower 
Nursing Library 
McGill University 
3506 University Street 
Montreal , Quebec H3A 2A7 


Alan MacDonald (2 years) 
Health Sciences Library 
Dalhousie University 
Halifax, Nova Scotia 
B3H 4H7 


Philippe Lemay (1 year) 
Bibliothegue Scientifique 
Universite Laval 
Cite Universitaire 
Quebec, GIK 7P4 


David Crawford (1 year) 
Medical Library 
McGill University 
3655 Drummond Street 
Montreal, P.Q. H36 1Y6 

Members at Large: 

David Crawford (1 year) 
Medical Library 
McGill University 
3655 Drunmond Street 
Montreal, P.Q. H36 1Y6 

C. William Fraser (2 years) 
B. C. Medical Library Service 
1807 West Tenth Avenue 
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 2A9 

Martha Stone (1 year) 

Departmental Library 

Dept. of National Health & Welfare 

Ottawa, Ontario 

KIA 0K9 

Sheila Swanson (1 year) 
Toronto Academy of Medicine 
288 Bloor Street West 
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1V8 




Sylvia Chetner 

Medical Sciences Library 

University of Alberta 

Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2J8 

Pam Griffin 
Medical Library 
University of Calgary 
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 2T9 

Donna Signori 
514-425 Simcoe Street 
Victoria, B.C., V8V 4T3 


Sandra A. Langlands 
Medical Library 
University of Manitoba 
770 Bannatyne Avenue 
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 1E5 

Barbara Prince 
Health Sciences Library 
Dalhousie University 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 



Dorothy Fitzgerald 

Canadian Library of Family Medicine 

Health Sciences Library 

University of Western Ontario 

London, Ontario, N6A 5C1 


Jean Fensom 
Dentistry Library 
3640 University Street 
Montreal, P.Q., H3A 2B2 

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The CHLA/ABSC Newsletter is published four times a year by the Canadian Health 
Libraries Association/Association des BibliothSques de la Sant^ du Canada. Sub- 
scriptions are available with membership in CHLA for $15.00 per year. Correspondence 
regarding membership and subscriptions should be addressed to: Alan H. MacDonald, 
Treasurer, CHLA/ABSC, W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library, Dalhousie University, 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4H7. 

The CHLA/ABSC Newsletter is a vehicle for providing increased communications among 
all Canadian health libraries and librarians, but has a special commitment to reach 
and assist the smaller, isolated, health library. Feature length articles are 
accepted describing a wide range of health library topics: organizations, services, 
networks and consortia, surveys, state-of-the art reviews. Brief, news-length items 
accepted include: how-we-did-it reports, news about workshops and continuing educa- 
tion opportunities (forthcoming or recently held), job announcements, new publications, 
news about colleagues and libraries, miscellaneous items. Contributors should consult 
recent issues for examples of types of material and general style. Bibliographic 
references should conform to the format used in the Bulletin of the Medical Library 
Association , whenever possible. Submissions in French or English are welcome, pre- 
ferably in both languages. Contributions should be addressed to: Mr. David Crawford, 
Editor, CHLA/ABSC Newsletter, Medical Library, McGill University, 3655 Drummond Street, 
Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1Y6. 

Deadline for the Fall Issue is September 5, 1978. 


Le CHLA/ABSC Newsletter est public quatre fois par ann^e par la Canadian Health 
Libraries Association/Association des Bibliothlques de la Sant6 du Canada. Un 
abonnement S cette publication fait partie de votre cotisation annuelle de 15.00 
dollars en tant que membre de I'ABSC. Pour devenir membre et, pour recevoir cette 
publication il faut Scrire 2t: Alan H. MacDonald, Trgsorier, CHLA/ABSC, W. K. 
Kellogg Health Sciences Library, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4H7. 

Le but du CHLA/ABSC Newsletter est de rendre la communication entre toutes les 
bibliothSques Canadiennes de la santi et les bibliothecaires plus grande mais il 
veut specialement rejoindre et aider les bibliotheques isolees et de moins d'envergures. 
Nous acceptons tout article traitant de tous les aspects bibliotheconomiques du domaine 
de la sante: organisations services reseau et consortium, enquetes exposes de synthase, 
En resume les articles nouvelles acceptes peuvent comprendre: des resumes sur la fa^on 
dont on est arrive a trouver une solution a un project, nouvelles sur des ateliers et 
des cours d' education permanente (a venir ou passes) postes vacants, nouvelles publi- 
cations, nouvelles sur des colleques et bibliotheques, et tout autre sujet. Pour les 
int^r^sses, le genre d' article et le sujet publie dans les derniers numeros peuvent 
vous servir d'exemples. 11 serait preferable de suivre si possible le format utilisi 
dans le Bulletin of thg. Medical Library Association lorsque vous avez des references 
bibliographiques a~citer a la fin de votre article. Des articles Frangais ou Anglais 
seront les bienvenus mais il serait souhai table de les $crire dans les deux langues. 
Vous devez faire parvenir vos articles a: Mr. David Crawford, Editeur, CHLA/ABSC 
Newsletter, Medical Library, McGill University, 3655 Drummond Street, Montreal, Quebec, 
H3G 1Y6. 

La date limite pour le prochain numero est: Septembre 5, 1978. 


Medical Library Association, Annua 
Meeting, Palmer House, Chicago, 

June 10 - 15, 1978 Medical Library Association, Annual 


June n - 15, 1978 Special Libraries Association, Annual 

Conference, Radisson Muehlebach Hotel, 
Kansas City 

June 13, 1978 Canadian Group of the Medical Library 

Association. Breakfast meeting from 
0700 - 0900 hours. Mrs. M. A. Flower, 
Chairman, presiding. Palmer House, 

June 13, 1978 Association of Academic Health Sciences 

Library Directors. Parlour A, Palmer 
House, Chicago, 6:30 p.m. In conjunction 
with the Annual Meeting of the Medical 
Library Association. 

June 15 - 20, 1978 Canadian Library Association Annual 

Meeting. Hotel MacDonald, Edmonton, 

June 16, 1978 Canadian Health Library Association/ 

Association des Bibliotheques de la 
Sant^ du Canada, 2nd Annual Meeting, 
Four Seasons Hotel Edmonton, Alberta, 
Details elsewhere in this issue. 

June 20 - July 13, 1978 Special Courses in Biomedical Bibliography 

and Biomedical Librarianship sponsored 
by Graduate School of Library Science, 
McGill University. More information 
given elsewhere in this issue. 

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A program of interest to all workers in health libraries has been planned for 
the second annual meeting in Edmonton of the Canadian Health Libraries Association/ 
Association des Biblioth&ques de la Sante du Canada. In addition to some interesting 
local speakers the program promises a business meeting full of lively ideas and 
livelier discussion. 

Time: June 16, 1978, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Place: Northcote Room 

Four Seasons Hotel 


9:00-9:30 Welcome and introduction of the executive 

9:30-10:30 Dr. T. Shnitka, Department of Pathology, 
University of Alberta. Trends in Journal 
Literature Based on New Medical Developments. 

10:30-11:00 Coffee. . • 

11:00-12:00 Second annual business meeting conducted by 
Mrs. M. A. Flower. 

12:00-1:30 Lunch 

1:30-2:30 Miss K. Dier, Faculty of Nursing, University of 

Alberta. The Nurse Practitioner, New Concepts 1n 
Health Care Delivery. 

1:30-2:30 A mini-workshop on reference services in health 

libraries. This workshop is geared to persons 
working in small hospital libraries and will be 
a concurrent session with Miss K. Dier's presenta- 
tion. Location: The Director Room, Edmonton Plaza 
Hotel . 

2:30-3:00 Coffee. 

3:00-3:30 Report from the Health Science Resource Centre, 

Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Info. 

3:30-4:00 Report from the Librarian, Department of National 
Health and Welfare. 

4:15-6:00 An informal social gathering. Location to be 

Add to your continuing education and meet others working in the health library 
field. Support the CHLA/ABSC at Edmonton, June 16th! 

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19 May 


1976/77 Members: 147 (Non-Renewals - 9) 

1977/78 Menfcers: 2S5 



Nova Scotia 




New Bruiswick 












British Colinbia 






1978/79 NfeiAers: 110 



" — 



Alan H. MacDonald 



Ballots distributed 
Ballots received 
Ballots counted 
Ballots spoiled 





**** Bradley, Eileen M. , Toronto 
Wallace, Isabel W. , ^4^ncton 
Oram, Frank, Halifax 

**** Henwood, Barbara E. , Winnipeg 
Sinclair, Toni, Windsor 
Fensom, Jean, Montreal 
Sager, Loma, Vancouver 
McFarlane, Linda, Toronto 
Solomon, Linda, Ottawa 
Fitzgerald, Dorothy, London 

**** Lemay, Philippe, Quebec 
Parkin, Margaret, Ottawa 
Lacroix, Eve-Marie, Ottawa 
Patrick, Wendy, Montreal 































































Alan H. MacDonald 

E. Christine Hayward 

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This is a report of probabilities delivered In the off-season from between 
stools. Everything on the agenda of the CHLA/ABSC is currently in the file 
marked "pending", and "winter lingering chills the lap of spring." (Goldsmith: 
The Travellers) It has been a long year— a very long, cold, wintery year. And 
outside the window tonight it is snowing and blowing again, with the thermometer 
(S.I. of course!) registering minus 3. Clearly, however, spring must be due, 
for last night was the night when all of us dutifully set our alarm clocks for 
0230, so that we could wake up and set our watches and clocks ahead one hour for 
Daylight Saving Time. Spring is, at least, one of the surest of our probabilities. 

Perhaps, therefore, a rather short note from the President this time will encourage 
a bit of vernal euphoria. Let us begin with the anecdote about a recent contest. 

Persons were asked to submit their completion for the phrase "As Canadian as ", 

the grand prize, in typically Canadian fashion, to be an all-expense tour for two 
to someplace outside Canada. The entries came thick and fast: several versions of 

" as a maple leaf, as maple sugar, as a beaver, as hockey, etc." 

But the judges finally selected the following entries as winners: 

Fourth prize: "As Canadian as a Royal Commission" 

Third Prize: "As Canadian as John Diefenbaker's French" 

Second Prize: "As Canadian as seasonally-adjusted unemployment" 

The grand prize, be$t-of-show, was "As Canadian as possible under the circumstances". 

That may represent a pretty good philosophy for these days. And In reality the 
CHLA/ABSC has been moving ahead as well as possible under the circumstances of new- 
ness and distance, with a good deal for us to be pleased about, and most of our 
plans for the year on the edge of fruition. Which brings us to the immediate future. 

We are looking forward to the Annual Meeting in Edmonton, and we hope to see a great 
many more CHLA/ABSC members there from the western half of the country, than we 
usually meet. We also hope that a good percentage of travellers will join us in 
the trek from MLA in Chicago to CHLA/ABSC in Edmonton, even though the spring air- 
line schedule has not yet been issued, and the current route seems to go via Robin 
Hood's Bam. 

The meeting will be held In the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, the 16th of June, 
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. . . . and then some. A good program is being developed under 
Phyllis Russell's leadership around the topic of Today's Trends in the Health Field . 
Dynamic speakers from the Edmonton comrajnity will Inform us about current develop- 
ments in medicine and in nursing. There will also be a short workshop available 
on library concepts for the smaller hospitals. And there will be plenty of time 
left over for the informal exchanges that are the real value of any such gathering. 
What we must all remember is that today's trend in health sciences libraries in 
Canada is us_. The Canadian Health Libraries Association is the vanguard for the 
future progress of all kinds of health sciences libraries in Canada, and the 

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decisions we make at our Annual Meeting this year, and for the next few years in 
particular, will actually affect the working lives of all of us. So it is impor- 
tant to be there and to give us your views. 

What is on the agenda? Our own members will report to us from Ottawa. In addition, 
a report on the progress of our overtures for affiliation with MLA and CLA; a bulleti 
on the advancement of at least three local groups toward Chapter status within CHLA/ 
ABSC, as well as the discussion of Association by-laws which will facilitate such a 
development; an update on the OMA checklist and its approach to hospital library 
standards, plus an addendum on the activities of librarians in the psychiatric hos- 
pitals in Ontario; a report on the developing CANHELP project, which is gaining 
enthusiastic support from a number of people; and, of course, a regular accounting 
from committees, the treasury, and the membership drive— which is beginning to 
approach our first target of 300. The election results of our mailed ballot will 
be in by then too . . . and perhaps even the name of our new Editor. 

For we must remind you that Dick Fredericksen, Health Sciences Librarian at Memorial 
University, has accepted a post as Director of the Lister Hill Library of the Health 
Sciences at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. The May issue of the CHLA/ABSC 
Newsletter will be his last editorial effort for the Canadian community which he 
has graced so well. We wish him well, but we are sorry to see him go, because we 
are very much aware that we have a newsletter at all only because of his initiative 
and persistence. He leaves behind a publication which is well designed for our 
needs, broadening in scope and increasing in interest. We do admit, however, that 
a Canadian winter like this last one could persuade almost anyone to yearn to live 
down south. 

Those of you who manage to reach Chicago for the meetings of the Medical Library 
Association can perhaps help send Dick off with a flair by checking in at the 
Canadian hospitality night he is organizing. Keep in mind, too, the Canadian 
Group breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 13th, when Canadian members of MLA 
will gather for news and companionship. We look forward to seeing you in June: 
Edmonton Chicago or somewhere along the highroad. 

M. A. Flower 


Addendum 3 to the Index of Canadian Nursing Studies , 1974 cumulation, has just 
been released and may be purchased at $1.00 a copy from: 

The Canadian Nurses Association 
50 The Driveway 
Ottawa, Ontario 
K2P 1E2 

This Index lists studies by Canadian nurses or about nursing in Canada, by author/ 
source and by subject. The last cumulation was in 1974 and there have been addenda 
for 1975, 1976 and 1977. The complete set, i.e. the 1974 Cumulation and the three 
addenda, may be purchased for $8.00 from the same address. 

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L' Addendum n° 3 du Rgpertolre des gtudes canadiennes sur les so1ns infirmiers. 
recapitulation de 1974, vient d'etre publie et se vend $1 Texemplaire. 

S'adresser a: 

L 'Association des infirmieres et infinniers du Canada 
50, The Driveway 
Ottawa (Ontario) 
K2P 1E2 

Ce repertoire donne une liste, classfie par auteur/source et par sujets, des 
etudes canadiennes sur les sciences infirmieres ou faites par des membres de 
la profession. La derniere recapitulation date de 1974 et 11 y a eu des addenda 
en 1975, 1976 et 1977. Ces quatre documents (edition 1974 et les trois addenda) 
se vendent $8 (mane adresse que ci-dessus). 


Requests for lists of patient-related cancer pamphlets and books used by the 
Cancer Control Agency of B.C.. announced in our last issue, should be sent to: 

David Noble, Librarian 
Cancer Control Agency of B.C. 
2656 Heather Street 
Vancouver, B.C. 
V5Z 3J3 


The following Items have been received as updates and additions to the Guide to 
Canadian Health Science Information, Services and Sources booklet which was 
recently mailed to the CHLA menbership: 

Section III. Library and Health Science Organizations 


The French language name of the Canadian Nurses Association has 
been revised to Canadian Nurses Association/Association des infirmiSres 
et infirmiers du Canada (applies to all sections of the Guide where the 
name appears). 


Canadian Health Libraries Association 
President: Mrs. M. A. Flower 
Nursing Library 
McGin University 
3506 University Street 
Montreal , Quebec 
H3A 2A7 

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Manitoba Health Libraries Association 
President: Ms. Barbara Henwood 

Health Sciences Centre, 6H 103 

700 William Avenue 

Winnipeg, Manitoba 

R3E 0Z3 

Section VI. Selection Sources 


Core list of Medical and Nursing Material Suitable for Rural 
Hospitals ln Manitoba, txtension :>ervice. Medical Library, 
University of Manitoba, 770 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg, 
Manitoba R3E 0W3 

-10 p. $1.00 

Re Canadian Nurses Association Publications: 

Canadian Nurse . Monthly. Lists new accessions to the Canadian 
Nurses' Association library. 

Similar listings are covered in our French language journal as 

L'infirmi$re canadienne . Monthly. Lists new accessions to the 
Canadian Nurses Association library, with emphasis on French 
language material . 

If the publication is made bilingual then the item in respect 
to Canadian Nurses Association should be similarly covered. 
The bibliography service tries very hard to find as much material 
as possible in the French language for listing. 

Section VII. Reference Sources 

Changes/Additions as follows: 

The Canadian Nurses Association no longer publishes Countdown . 

From a historical point of view, Countdown Canadian nursing statistics, 
Ottawa, Canadian Nurses Association. Annual 1967-1974. 

From 1975 to 1978 these statistics were published by Statistics 
Canada under the title Nursing in Canada . 

From 1979 forward selected statistics on nursing will be included, 
we understand, in a new publication from the Health Manpower Statistics' 
Section with the title The Compendium of Selected Health Manpower 

The item on the Index of Canadian Nursing Studies should be revised 
as follows: 

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Canadian Nurses Association. 

Index of Canadian Nursing Studies/Repertoire des etudes 
canadiennes sur les spins infinniers. 1974 cumulation. 
Annual Addenda 1975-1978; next cumulation 1979. 

Section IX. Canadian Health Science Serials 

The Alberta Association of Registered Nurses Newsletter, AARN 
Newsletter is not irregular but is monthly. Similarly there are 
journals of the other ten of our eleven provincial/territorial 
member associations as shown below: 


Title (All Free) 

R.N. A. B.C. News 

M.A.R.N. News 

N.B.A.R.N. News/Circulaire de 


A. R.N.N News Bulletin 

N.W.T.R.N.A. News 

R.N.A.N-.S. Bulletin 

R.N.A.O. News 

Available from/Pi sponible chez 

Alberta Association of Registered 

10256 - 112th Street 
Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 1M6 

Registered Nurses' Association of 

British Columbia 
2130 West 12th Avenue 
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 2N3 

Manitoba Association of Registered 

647 Broadway Avenue 
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 0X2 

New Brunswick Association of 

Registered Nurses 
231 Saunders Street 
Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 1N6 

Association of Registered Nurses of 

67 LeMarchant Road 
St. John's, Newfoundland, AlC 2G9 

Northwest Territories Registered 

Nurses' Association 
Box 2757 
Yellowknlfe, N.W.T., XOE IHO 

Registered Nurses' Association of 

Nova Scotia 
6035 Coburg Road 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 1Y8 

Registered Nurses' Association 

of Ontario 
33 Price Street 
Toronto, Ontario, M4W 1Z2 

n - 

O.N.Q. News and Notes/Notes et 
Nouvelles O.I.I.Q . 

S.R.N. A. News Bulletin 

A.N.P.E.I. Newsletter 

Order of Nurses of Quebec 
4200 Dorchester Blvd. West 
Montreal, Quebec, H3Z 1V4 

Saskatchewan Registered 

Nurses' Association 
2066 Retallack Street 
Regina, Saskatchewan, S4T 2K2 

Association of Nurses of 

Prince Edward Island 
188 Prince Street 
Charlottetown, P.E.I. 

The C.N. A. French language journal should be listed as 

L'infirmiere canadienne. Monthly. $8.00 
50 The Driveway 
Ottawa, Ontario 
K2P 1E2 

Canadian Nutrition Notes— no longer published. 

MMA Reports . No longer published. 
Manitoba. Medical Association 
201 Kennedy Street 
Winnipeg, Manitoba 
R3C 1S8 

Replaced by montly newsletter Intercom 

University of Manitoba Medical Journal . 3 issues per year plus 

supplements. $8.00. " 

Dr. Marion Ferguson 

Dean's Office 

Faculty of Medicine 

University of Manitoba 

770 Bannatyne Avenue 

Winnipeg, Manitoba 

R3E 0W3 

Section X. Canadian Book Dealers: 

Wilson & Lafleur 
39 Notre Dame St. West 
Montreal , Quebec 
H2Y 1S5 

Section XII. Library Book Binders: 

Add: Smith, Irwin & Conley Ltd. 

P. 0. Box 456 
50 Lome Street 
Smiths Falls, Ontario 
K7A 4T4 

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Section XII: (Cont'd.) 

Universal Bindery (Manitoba) Ltd. 

1338 Clifton Street 



-will provide catalogue of supplies on request. 


La bibliothdque m^icale ^i I'hSpital Royal Victoria, Montreal, est devenue la 
premiere bibliotheque d'hopltal au Canada qui offre MEDLINE, le systeme automatise 
qui donne acces a la banque de donnees d' Index Medicus . Ce project a ete finance 
par le Postgraduate Board de I'hopltal. 

Les negociations ont ete falts avec 1 'Institution canadlen d Tlnfonration scienti- 
fique et technique (ICIST), la liaison officielle entre les bibliotheques canadiennes 
et la National Library of Medicine a Washington. Sandra Duchow, la bibliothecaire 
medlcale, et Elaine Waddington, la bibliothecaire de la Women's Pavilion Library, 
sont allees en Janvier a 1 ' ICIST a Ottawa suivre un cours d'entratnement. 

Le terminal est maintenant install^ I la bibliothdque medlcale, et le service a 
usagers a comnence le 1 fevrier. La reponse a ete chaleureuse; 20 recherches ont 
ete faites le premier mois, meme avant que la publicite officielle soit faite. 



The Medical Library at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, has become the first 
hospital library in Canada to acquire MEDLINE, the automated system giving access to 
the data base of Index Medicus . The project was made possible by funds contributed 
through the Postgraduate Board of the hospital. 

Arrangements to acquire MEDLINE were made through the Canada Institute for Scientific 
and Technical Information (CISTI), the official liaison between Canadian libraries 
and the National Library of Medicine In Washington. Sandra Duchow, the Medical 
Librarian, and Elaine Waddington, the librarian of the Women's Pavilion Library, 
recently went to CISTI in Ottawa to attend a three-day training course in search 

The terminal is now installed in the Medical Library. Service started on February 
1. The response has been enthusiastic, with 20 searches being done the first month, 
even before any official publicity was given to the project. 

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June 20 - July 13, 1978 

The two courses together help prepare students for the accreditation examination 
of the (U.S.) Medical Library Association; however, either course may be taken 
independently. (Each course is valued at 3 academic credits). 

BIOMEDICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY covers the history and scope of the biomedical sciences; 
patterns of conmuni cation in the health science disciplines; manual and machine- 
assisted reference services, with special emphasis on and experience with MEDLINE; 
the role of major national and international institutions in the area of biomedical 

BIOMEDICAL LIBRARIANSHIP examines different types of health science libraries; 
medical schools and organizations in health-related fileds; the application of 
modern library techniques to the management of such libraries; special service 
problems; current trends. 

Both courses will be given in English; some discussion will take place in French. 

FEES: Biomedical Bibliography: $57 course fee 

$30 laboratory fee (computer connect time) 

Biomedical Librarianship: $57 course fee 

Dormitory accommodation is available on a first-register, first-serve basis. 

For further information and registration forms, please write or telephone: 

Vivian S. Sessions, Director 
Graduate School of Library Science 
McGill University 
3459 McTavish Street 
Montreal, P.Q., H3A lYl 
(514) 392-5947 


20 juin - 13 juillet 1978 

Le fait de suivre ces deux cours aide 2t preparer les ^tudiants S I'examen 
d'agr^ment de I'Association des bibliothSques de medicine des Etats-Unis; il 
est toutefois possible de suivre ces cours indgpendamment I'un de 1 'autre. 

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Le cours de BIBLIOGRAPHIE BIOMEDICALE traite de Thistorique et de Tetendue des 
sciences biomedicales, des schemas de communication en sciences de la sante, des 
services bibliographiques manuels et mecaniques (une partie de cours sera consacree 
I I'efliploi du systeme MEDLINE) aisni que du role des princigales institutions 
nationales et internationales en fait de bibliographic biomedicale. 

Le cours de BIBLIOTH^CARIAT BIOMEDICAL examine dlff^rents types de bibliothlques 
de sciences de la sant6, diffgrents types d'§coles de medicine et d'organismes 
touchant a la sante; ce cours traite aussi de 1 'application de bibliotechniques 
modernes a la gestion de ces bibliotheques, de probl ernes de service particuliers 
et des courants actuels dans ces domaines. 

Ces deux cours seront donnes en anglais; certaines discussions pourront avoir lieu 
en frangais. 

COOtS: Bibliographie biomldicale: $57 droits de scolarite 

$30 frais de laboratoire (duree de 
connexion de 1 'ordinateur) 

Blbllothecariat biomedical $57 droits de scolarite 

Pour obtenir de plus amples renselgnements ainsl que des fortnules d' inscription, 
veulllez vous adresser ou t^lfiphoner I: 

Vivian S. Sessions, directrlce 

Ecole sup6r1eure de b1bl1oth6conom1e 

University McGIll 

3459 rue Mc lavish 

Montreal, P.Q. 

H3A lYl 

(514) 392-5947 


Single-dally dosing or once-daily administration of drugs has been increasingly 
reported in the pharmacy-medical journal literature. This is the concept of 
administering one high dose of a drug instead of multiple smaller doses to a 
patient each day. It has been found that with certain drugs, single-daily dosing 
is safe and efficacious and increases patient con^l lance with drug therapy 

When requested to compile a bibliography on this topic for one of our faculty 
members, we found that single-daily dosing was a topic that could not be easily 
searched in the traditional reference sources available in our pharmacy-medical 
library (e.g. in International Pharmaceutical Abstracts and in Index MedJcus ). 
Having explored the possibility of text-word searching of MEDLINE, we eventually 
found our greatest number of references by text-word searching of Science Citation 
Index. • 

We continually updated our bibliography by scanning the new journals received 
daily in our library and also by scanning the clinical pages of Current Contents . 
Life Sciences as each new issue was received. We also scanned issues of Inpharma , 

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a relatively new (1975) drug information source which presents critical .abstracts 
of the drug therapy literature and which is received by air mail each week. 
Inpharma highlights the latest drug therapy trends, so we found many references 
to single-daily dosing through this source. Although Inpharma is indexed quarterly, 
the single-daily dosing concept is not listed which is a disadvantage for retro- 
spective searching of this source. 

Our bibliography is presented in the hope that it will be useful to other health 
librarians asked to find information on once-daily administration of drugs. 


Bezchilbnyk, K. Z., and Bredin, S.B. Once-a-day drug therapy. Can . J_. Hos 
Pharm . 30: 157-158, Sept. -Oct. 1977. 

Thomas, J., and Ausburn, L. Simplification of dosage regimens and patient 
compliance of drug therapy. Aust . J_. Pharm . 58: 685-690, Nov. 1977. 

Weber, C. E., Sather, M.R., and Mace, D.J. Improving patient compliance through 
use of single daily dosages. Hosp . Pharm. 12: 508-510, Oct. 1977. 

Antacids and Absorbents 

Smith, D.R., Chang, B.S., and Johnson, C.E. Aluminum hydroxide: Evaluation 
of two dosage forms and two dosing schedules in reducing intestinal 
phosphate absorption. Am. J_. Hosp . Pharm . 35: 58-61, Jan. 1978. 


Klastersky, J., Prgvost, J.-M., Meunier-Carpentier, F. et al . Comparative 
trial of single-dose versus twice-daily sisomicin in bacteriuric 
patients. J_. Clin . Pharmacol . 17: 520-528, Aug. -Sept. 1977. 

Landes, R.R. Single daily doses of tobramycin in therapy of urinary tract 
infections. J_. Infect . Pis . 134 (suppl.): 142-145, Aug. 1976. 



Buchanan, R.A., Kinkel, A.W., Turner, J.L. et al . Ethosuximide dosage 
regimens. Clin . Pharmacol . Ther. 19: 143-147, Feb. 1976. 

Cocks, D.A., Critchley, E.M.R., Hayward, H.W. et al . Control of epilepsy 
with a single daily dose of phenytoin sodium. Br. J.- Clin . Pharmacol . 
2: 449-453, Oct. 1975. 

Livingston, S., Pauli, L.L., and Pruce, I. Single or multiple daily doses 
of anticonvulsant drugs (letter). J_. Pediatr . 90: 853-855, May, 1977. 


Heel, R.C., Brogden, R.N., Speight, T.M., et al . Loperamide: A review of its 
pharmacological properties and therapeutic efficacy in diarrhoea. Drugs 
15: 33-52, Jan. 1978. 

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Anti- Inflammatory Agents 

Lawless, J.F., and Stubbs, S.S. Comparative efficacy of once-a-day 

diflorasone diacetate and t.i.d. hydrocortisone, in treating eczematous 
dermatitis. Curr . Ther. Res . 23: 159-165, Feb. 1978. 

Myles, A.B., Schiller, L.F.G., Glass, D. et al . Single daily dose cortico- 
steriod treatment. Ann . Rheum . Dis. 35: 73-76, Feb. 1976. 

Ronn, H.H. Fluocinonide compared with betamethasone in the treatment of 
eczema and psoriasis. Practitioner 216: 704-706. June 1976. 


Hunter, K.R., and Underwood, P.N. Evaluation of once-daily versus twice- 
daily bumetanide in heart failure. Postgrad . Med . J^. 51(suppl.6): 
91-95. 1975. 

Hypotensive Agents 

Besterman, E. Once-daily atenoTol for hypertension (letter). Br. Med . J^. 1: 
1403, June 5, 1976. 

Buhler, F.R., Lutold, B.E., Kung, M. et al . Once daily dosage B- blockade: 
Antihypertensive efficacy of slow release oxprenolol as related to 
renin and age. Aust . N.Z.J^. Med. 6 (suppl. 3): 37-43, Aug. 1976. 

Douglas-Jones, A. P., and Crulckshank, J.M. Once-daily dosing with atenolol 
In patients with mild or moderate hypertension. Br. Med. J_. 1: 990-991, 
Apr. 24. 1976. 

Frithz, G. Initiation of once-daily pindolol treatment (letter). Br. Med. J. 
1: 302. Feb. 4, 1978. 

Frithz, G. Pindolol once daily in the treatment of hypertension. Ups . J. Med . 
Sci . 81: 151-154. 1976. 

Gabriel. R. Control of hypertension with single dally doses of sotalol 
hydrochloride. Curr . Med. Res_. Opin . 4: 739-742. 1976-1977. 

Gordon, R.D. Initial treatment of the young hypertensive: Thiazide diuretic 
or 0-adrenoreceptor-block1ng agent in a single daily dose? Clin . Sci. Mol 
Med . 51 (suppl. 3): 631S-633S. Dec. 1976 

Hamilton, S., and Kelly, D. A placebo controlled single blind cross over 

trial to evaluate the antihypertensive activity of indapamide. Irish Med . 
J. 70: 462-465, Oct. 21. 1977. 

Harris. A.M., Wollard. K.V.. and Tweed, J. A. A study of once daily Tenormin 
(atenolol) in hypertension: Some Implications in patient compliance. 
J,. Int. Med. Res.. 4(5): 347- . 1976. 

Harry, J.D. and Young, J. The duration of action of atenolol in man. Br. J^. 
Clin . Pharmacol . 4: 387P-388P, June 1977. 

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Hypotensive Agents 

Jain, A.K., Ryan, J.R., Vargas, R. et al . Efficacy and acceptability of 
different dosage schedules of clonidine. Clin . Pharmacol . Ther . 21: 
382-387, Apr. 1977. 

Jeffers, T.A., Webster, J., Petrie, J.C. et al . Atenolol once-daily in 
hypertension. Br. J.. Clin . Pharmacol . 4: 523-527, Oct. 1977. 

Lehtonen, A., and Sundquist, H. Comparison of antihypertensive activity 
of sotalol and metoprolol administered once daily and every other 
day. Curr . Ther . Res . 23: 131-135, Feb. 1978. 

Marshall, A., and Barritt, D.W. Drug compliance in hypertensive patients 
(letter). Br. Med. J.. 1: 1278-1279, May 14, 1977. 

O'Brien, K.P., and Stephens, E.J.W. Comparison of a slow release formulation 
of oxoprenolol with conventional oxprenolol in the treatment of hyper- 
tension. N^. Med. J_. 84: 142-144, Aug. 1976. 

Persoff, D. and Mason, E. Drug Compliance in hypertensive patients (letter). 
Br. Med. J_. 2: 125, July 9, 1977. 

Rosenberg, J., John, T.M., Raina, M.K. et al . Can methyl dopa be effectively 
utilized in a once-per-day dosage regimen? Apothecary 89: 50 July-Aug. 

Rosenberg. J.M., Raina, M.K. , Sangkachand, P. et al . Dosage of methyl dopa. 
HosD. Pharm. 12: 593, Dec. 1977. 

Toivonen, S.I., Mattila, S., Tarpila, S. et al . The efficacy of single 

dose of pindolol in hypertension. Ann . Clin . Res . 9: 93-96, Apr. 1977. 

Tuomilehto, J., Arstila, M., Savilahti, R. et al . Sotalol and a combination 
of hydrochlorthiazide and spironolactone in the treatment of hypertension 
with a single daily dose. Curr . Ther. Res . 21: 668-675, May, 1977. 

Weber, J.C. P., Bird, H., Cosh, J. et al . Once daily treatment of mild to 
moderate hypertension with xipamid: A controlled study. Br. J_. CI i n . 
Pharmacol . 4: 283-288, June, 1977. 

West, M.J., Kendall, M.J., Mitchard, M. et al . A comparison of slow release 
with conventional oxprenolol: Plasma concentrations and clinical effects. 
Br. J^. Clin . Pharmacol . 3: 439-443, June, 1976. 

Westerlund, A., and Hansson, L. Once-daily treatment of hypertension (letter). 
Br. Med. J. 2: 877, Oct. 9, 1976. 

Wilson, M., Morgan, G., and Morgan, T. Effect on blood pressure of beta- 
adrenoreceptor-blocking drugs given once daily. Clin . Sci . Mol . Med . 
51 (suppl. 3): 527S-528S, Dec. 1976. 

Wilson, M., Morgan, 6. and Morgan, T. The effect of blood pressure of S-adreno- 
receptor blocking drugs administered once daily and their duration of 
action when therapy is ceased. Br. J. Clin . Pharmacol . 3: 857-861. Oct. 

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Hypotensive Agents (Cont'd.) 

Wright, J.M., McLeod, P.J., and McCullough, W. Antihypertensive efficacy 
of single bedtime dose of methyl dopa. Clin . Pharmacol . Ther . 20: 
733-737. Dec. 1976. 

Wright, J.M., McLeod, P.J., and Ruedy, J. Antihypertensive efficacy of 

single daily dose of raethyldopa. Pharmacologist 18: 187, Fall, 1976. 

Yajnik, V.H., Nandi , J.S., Patel , S.C. et al . Penbutolol in hypertension: 
A pilot study with single daily doses. J_. Int . Med . Res . 5 (4): 
236-242, 1977. 

Psychotherapeutic Agents 

Anon. Dothiepin for depression: Single nightly dosage. Drug . Ther . Bull . 
15: 92, Nov. 11, 1977. 

Brodie, N.H., McGhie, R.L., O'Hara, H. et al . Once daily administration 
of fluphenazine/ nortriptyline preparation in the treatment of mixed 
anxiety/ depressive states. Curr. Med . Res . Opin . 4(5): 346-352, 1976. 

Callahan, E.J., Alevizos, P.N. , Teigen, J.R. et al . Behavioral effects of 

reducing the dally frequency of phenothiazine administration. Arch . Gen . 
Psychiatry 32: 1285-1290, Oct. 1975. 

Cohen, I.M. The case for once-a-day dosage of tricyclics. Curr. Prescrib . 
3: 54-58. Oct. 1977. 

Davis, J.M. Comparative doses and costs of antipsychotic medication. Arch . 
Gen . Psychiatry 33; 858-861, July 1976. 

E11e, R., Duguay, R., Panisset, J.C. et al . Single and divided doses of imipramine. 
Curr . Ther . Res . 21: 725-735, May 1977. 

Kline, F., Burgoyne, R.W. , and Yamamoto, J. Comparison of pimozide and tri- 
fluoperazine as once-daily therapy in chronic schizophrenic outpatients. 
Curr. Ther. Res . 21: 768-778, June, 1977. 

Low, N.C. An interim report of a double-blind study comparing a once daily 
dosage of maprotiline (Ludomir) with ami tri pty 1 1 ne thrice daily. 
J,. Int. Med. Res. 3 (suppl. 2): 114- . 1975. 

Magnus, R.V., Dean, B.C., and Curry, S.H. Clorazepate: Double blind crossover 
comparison of a single nightly dose woth diazepam thrice daily in anxiety. 
DIs. Nerv. Sept . 38: 819-821, Oct. 1977. 

Magnus, R.V., and Schiff, A. A. Once-daily treatment for mixed anxiety/ 
depressive states: A comparison of slow release amltriptyline and 
fluphenazine with nortriptyline. J,. Int . Med. Res . 5 (2): 109- , 1977. 

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Psychotherapeutic Agents (Cont'd.) 

Mendel s, J., and Schless, A. A controlled comparison of doxepin h.s. and 
doxepin q.l.d. J^. Clin . Pharmacol . 15: 534-539, July, 1975. 

Mendels, J., and Schless, A. P. Antidepressant effects of desipramine administere 
in two dosage schedules. Dis. Nerv. Syst . 38: 249-251, Apr. 1977. 

Post, C, Lindgren, S., Bertler, A. et al . Pharmacokinetics of N-desmethyl- 
diazepam in healthy volunteers after single daily doses of dipotassium 
chlorazepate. Psychopharmacology 53: 105-109, July 18, 1977. 

Rees, J. A., and Cryer, P.C. A single-blind comparative study of once daily 
dothiepin ('Prothiaden' ) and divided daily doses of ami tripty line. 
Curr. Med. Res,. Opin . 4 (6): 416-421, 1976. 

Rees, J. A., and Risdall, P.C. An evaluation of a once daily dosage regime 
of dothiepin hydrochloride (Prothiaden). J. Int. Med. Res. 4 (5): 
319- , 1976. " 

Rosenberg, J., Raina, M.K., Sangkachand, P. et al . Is it feasible to administer 
diazepam on a once daily basis for maintenance therapy? Apothecary 89: 
40, Nov. -Dec. 1977. 

Snowdon, J. A. Double-blind comparison of 3-times daily and single night « 
dosage of amitriptyline, with special reference to side-effects. I 
Curr . Med. Res_. Opin . 4 (6): 381-387, 1976. 

Stevenson, I.H., and Schiff, A. A. Plasma drug levels on once-daily dosage 
(letter). Br. Med. J_. 2: 579,- Aug. 27, 1977. 

Uricosuric Agents 

Brewis, I., Ellis, R.M., and Scott, J-.T. Single daily dose of allopurinol. 
Ann . Rheum . Dis . 34: 256-259, June 1975. 

Brewis, I.D.L., Loebl . W.Y., and Scott, J.T. Single daily dose of allopurinol 
Ann . Rheum . Dis . 34: 201-202, Apr. 1975. 

Heel, R.C., Brogden, R.N., Speight, T.M. et al . Benzbromanone: A review 

of its pharmacological properties and therapeutic use in gout and hyper- 
uricaemia. Drugs 14: 349-366, Nov. 1977. 

Alexander Wong 

Elizabeth Foy 

College of Pharmacy Library 

Dalhousie University 


For one librarian one job is not enough. Lorna Sager, medical librarian at St. 
Paul's Hospital (Vancouver), is a splendid example of a supporter of libraries 
and librarians' need. She recently (within the last year and a half) started a 

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book service because, as she so directly put it, "I felt there was a place for a 
bookseller who understood the philosophy and needs of libraries, . . . particularly 
special libraries." Her current enterprise is not without prior related experience 
for between the years of 1975 and 1976 she inanaged a large bookstore in the Okanagan. 

Sager's Book Service is not limited to the supply of health or medical materials 
but covers all subject areas and is extended to major customers such as hospitals, 
colleges, school districts, government departments, etc. One doesn't have to be 
an institution to order a book, because this Service claims to offer fast and 
efficient service to individuals as well. Lorna Sager maintains direct liaison 
with publishers on an international basis, while bank accounts established in the 
United Kingdon and the United States help to facilitate immediate action on her 
orders . 

Sager's Book Service is a fitting example of the saying "wherever there is a need, 
there is a job." The service operates from 931 Baycrest Drive, North Vancouver, 
B.C. V7G 1N7. 

Donna Signori (Miss) 
Collections Librarian 
University of Victoria 


Dalhousie University w11l soon be starting construction of a new Dental building 
to be completed by 1980. Enrollment in dentistry and dental hygiene will be 
considerably increased. Since the new building will be adjacent to the W.K^ 
Kellogg Health Sciences Library in the Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building it 
has been decided to leave the Dental Collection In Its present location in 
the Kellogg Library. This arrangement makes it possible to give more efficient 
and economic service since it is possible to draw on the collection, services 
and technical resources of the Kellogg. Of course there will be a need for more 
seating and audio-visual carrels and for more duplication in the collection to 
acconmodate the increased numbers of students. 

This year the Dental Librarian has begun preparing library displays for Continuing 
Dental Education courses in order to promote Kellogg Library's Regional Loan 
Service. The recent Prosthodontics Canada 1978 saw Clinicians from each Faculty 
of Dentistry in Canada as speakers. Each submitted three references which were 
copied and put on display. Those attending could request photocopies of the 
articles which were done during the course. This seemed quite popular. 

Our Regional Loan Service makes it possible for dentists and hyglenists in the 
Atlantic Provinces to have information searches done and borrow material by mail. 



Extended care and geriatric programs have historically been relegated to the bottom 
rung of the health care field. Without going into great lengths, we can quickly 

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conclude that the level of care, physically, emotionally, and socially has, and 
indeed is, still generally far from what it might be. Usually the acute care 
philosophy, based on a medical model, organizationally and administratively, 
has been transferred to the extended care hospitals. In this kind of model, 
meeting social and emotional needs is usually absent and neglected. Doctors 
prescribe for symptoms; para-medical and disciplines carry out orders. A 
person's total human psychological needs in this acute care environment receive 
little priority. The degenerating process created by the omissions and neglects 
within this sterile, "sick" hospital environment soon lead to depersonalization, 
loss of identity, dependency, and loss of ego. Patients soon display all the 
symptoms of senility, confusion, withdrawal, and eventually a form of social and 
psychological death develops— the patient becomes a "vegetable". The myth that 
this deterioration is inevitable is finally beginning to founder. 

There have been some exciting inroads made in Alberta and elsewhere, in reversing 
this institutional, structured deterioration of people who can no longer care for 
themselves. These changes in a few hospitals have come about by staff who are 
committed to the philosophy of adding "life to years" rather than "years to life". 
Often, these exciting and restorative approaches are taking place in Alberta in 
spite of an acute care, institutional, hospital environment. This clearly indi- 
cates to me that there is a strong desire and will to deinstitutionalize and 
humanize extended care facilities. 

There has evolved over the past several years an approach to extended care 

that not only emphasized the personal, psychological, emotional, and physical 

needs of patients, but has also structured and reorganized its delivery systems 

so that a rehabilitative, restorative program is possible. This program has 

grown out of Mrs. Vera Mclver's work at the St. Mary's Priory Hospital in 

Victoria, B.C. and has become known as The Priory Method. ^ 

I would see using this approach that is in effect in four different hospitals " 
in Victoria, as a model and guide for what might happen here in Alberta. In 
essence, the Priory Method is merely the implementation of Henderson's 14 
Principles of Nursing Care. In creating a homelike environment and placing the 
resident first, above all other considerations, good, sound nursing care does 
become a reality. 

The National Film Board has just completed a long film telling the story of the 
Priory Method. This film, along with a self-explanation kit, will soon be 
available for distribution. The Faculty of Continuing Education, The University 
of Calgary has co-produced this film and is actively involved in working with a 
number of nursing homes and hospitals in introducing this approach to Alberta 
caring facilities. ^.. 

As one ninety-four year old resident of one of thei-Priory Hospitals said, 
"Before I came here I just wanted to die, now I look forward to everyday in 
life." This attitude should be prevalent in all extended care facilities— we 
know it's not, but there are changes on the way. 

A. J. Karch 

Division of Continuing 

University of Calgary 

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MEDICAT Is an extension of the cooperative on-line cataloging system known 
as UNICAT-TELECAT of the OULCS. Using the NLM data base as well as data already 
present in the OUCLS base, the Health Sciences Library of McMaster University will 
be converting its entire catalog to Computer Output Microfiche. The project has 
been supported by a grant from the Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine 
and Related Sciences. The final aim will be to have a union list of all materials 
in the five medical school libraries in Ontario, along with that of the Academy of 
Medicine Library and the Ontario Department of Health Library. 


The Ontario Association of Library Technicians is holding a workshop at Erindale 
College in Mississauga May 25 - 28, 1978. Peter Wolters, Head of Information 
Services of CISTI and Claire Callaghan, Circulation and Reference Library at 
McMaster's Health Sciences Library will be program participants. 


The Toronto Medical Libraries Group met on Monday evening. May 8, 1978, at the 
Sciences and Medicine Library of the University of Toronto. Highlights of the 
meeting Included Linda MacFarlane's report on the formation of an Advisory Committee 
to CISTI's Health Sciences Resource Centre and Shelagh Swanson's report on CHLA 
and also a proposed union list of serials. L. Gibson sunmarized results of a 
survey on working conditions in metropolitan Toronto Health Libraries. M. Morphy 
explained some of the features of the Medlcat system, while P. Avis reported on 
the OHA-RNAO workshop for health library personnel. 


EVA BORDA, reference librarian at the Health Sciences Library, University of 
tfestern Ontario in London, attended the "Teaching Techniques for Medical 
Librarians" program held at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine in 
Boston on May 1-5, 1978. The program Included a series of Interrelated con- 
secutive teaching presentations and practice sessions. We hope Eva will 
share her experiences from this workshop in the next Issue of the CHLA 
Newsletter . 

DOROTHY FITZGERALD . Librarian, Canadian Library of Family Medicine In London, 
has been invited to Richmond, Virginia for June 2, 1978, by the Medical College 
of Virginia. Dorothy will be advising the College on ways of establishing an' 
information service for researchers in family medicine during her visit. In 
addition, Dorothy will soon publish a "Suggested Core Library List for Family 
Medical Centres" in the July, 1978, issue of Canadian Family Physician . This 
list is an update of the version which last appeared in the July, 1976 issue of 
Canadian Fami 1 y Physician . 

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ERIC J. FREEMAN , Librarian of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 
London, England, carried out an inspection of library resources in the history 
of medicine on behalf of Associated Medical Services at the Universities of 
Ottawa, Toronto, Western Ontario, McMaster University and Queen's University 
during the month of April, 1978. 

JUDY HODGSON , formerly OHA Librarian and Research Assistant, is now working for ^ 
the Metric Conversion Workshop of the Toronto General Hospital. Judy will 
initially work only at T.G.H. but then will travel around to various hospitals, 
running the workshop. 

EVE-MARIE LACROIX has been appointed Head of the Health Sciences Resource Centre, 
replacing Philippe Lemay, who recently returned to the Province of Quebec. Ms. 
Lacroix comes to this position after three years in CISTI's Research and Planning 
Division. She was previously employed in the Ames Division of Miles Labroaton'es. 
In addition to her undergraduate degree, she holds an M.S. in Science Information 
from the Illinois Institute of Technology. 

JOANNE MARSHALL . Reference Librarian with the McMaster Health Sciences Library in 
Hamilton, Ontario, will be presenting a paper on clinical librarianship related 
to the patient at the forthcoming MLA meeting in Chicago. Her presentation is 
scheduled for Wednesday, June 14th, at 0945 hours. Joanne recently attended a 
symposium on the Clinical librarian held in Hartford, Connecticut, in early May. 
In addition, she has recently had a paper accepted for publication in the Bulletin 
of the Medical Library Association . Entitled "The Clinical Librarian and the 
Patient,: it is scheduled for publication in the October, 1978 issue. Joanne 
recently received a Master of Health Sciences (Health Care Practice) degree in 
May of 1978. She is the first librarian to graduate from the McMaster program. 
Information about the program is available from Joanne upon request. 



SR. JULIETTE MERCIER has recently retired as Librarian of the Hotel-Dieu d'Arthabaska, 
i n Arthabaska, Quebec . 

The ONTARIO MEDICAL ASSOCIATION LIBRARY has issued December, 1977, updates to the 
three booklists they compile. There is a suggested list of basic books and journals 
for a community active treatment hospital plus two supplementary lists, one for 
medical books and journals, and one for health sciences books and journals. The 
lists are revised biennially and are available through the OMA Library. 

Congrats are due BEATRIX ROBINOW , Librarian of the McMaster Health Sciences Library, 

on her election to the Board of Directors of the Medical Library Association. 

Beatrix will commence her three year term of office at the close of this year's 

.Annual Meeting of MLA. Mrs. Robinow is one of the few Canadians to hold such an 
office in recent years. 

MARGIE TAYLOR has accepted the position of manager of library services for the 
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa. She will be assuming her 
duties in mid-May. Margie was formerly the Health Sciences Education Centre 
Librarian, of the Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. 

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Health Sciences Librarian—Health Sciences Library of Memorial University of 
Newfoundland. Administers health sciences library serving Schools of Medicine 
and Nursing and General Hospital. This is a new library facility within the 
new Health Sciences Centre. The Health Sciences Librarian is responsible to 
the University Librarian for cooperation and coordination within the University 
Library system. The Health Sciences Librarian is responsible to the Dean of 
Medicine for preparation of the budget, planning for effective library services, 
supervision of a library staff of 21 FTE, provision for province-wide health 
library services. Qualifications Include a degree in librarianship; admini- 
strative experience in an academic health library preferred; ability to relate 
effectively to staff, students and faculty; innovative potential. Salary 
negotiable and commensurate with past training and experience. Applicants should 
send their curriculum vitae and the names of at least three referees to: 
Dr. J. Tomlinson/ Chairman, Health Sciences Librarian Search Committee/ Faculty 
of Medicine/ Memorial University of Newfoundland/ St. John's, Newfoundland, 
AlB 3V6. Deadline for applications is June 30, 1978. Appointment available 
August. 1978. 

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16 June 1978 

WHERE: Edffloncon, Alberta 


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Editor: CHLA/ABSC Newsletter 

Medical Library 

McGill University 

3655 Drunriond Street 

Montreal, P.Q. H3G 1Y6 

Deadlines for 1978 copy: Spring Issue, March 1; Summer Issue, April 27, Fall 
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16 June 1978 
Edmonton, Alberta 


While the Four Seasons Hotel will be the headquarters site for our annual 
meeting, there are two additional hotels in its immediate area which are in 
easy walking distance from the hotel. The names and addresses for all three 
hotels are given below. For those attending the CHLA meeting, it is suggested 
that you write directly to book your reservations. Since these three hotels 
will be holding their rooms for CLA members, it is suggested that you state 
you will be attending the CHLA meeting held in conjunction with CLA in order 
to obtain reservations. 

Chateau Lacombe 

101 St. at Bellamy Hill 

Edmonton, Alberta T3J 0T5 

Edmonton Plaza 
10135 100 St. 
Edmonton, Alberta 
T5J 0N7 

Hotel MacDonald 

100 St. and Jasper Ave. 



T5J 0N7 

The Editor regrets that he is unable to furnish information regarding room 
rates in time for publication of this issue. 


No. 7 

ISSN 0700-5474 

Fall 1978 

is issue of the Newsletter is the first to be edited outside Newfoundland and cones to 
you froa Montreal. The next and succeeding issues will be edited in Winnipeg as we are 
happy to announce that Patrick ("P.J.") Fawcett has been appointed editor with effect 
froa issue No. 8. 

It has been our pleasure to edit issue No. 7 and this task has been made much easier by 
the excellent contributions sent in by the Correspondents. The Newsletter is the only 
contact that many CHLA members have with the organisation and it is our hope that the 
news and information which follows is both interesting and useful to you. 

Contributions to issue No. 8 should reach the Editor before October 28 and should be 
addressed to P.J. Fawcett, University of Manitoba, Medical Library, 770 Bannatyne Ave. 
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 0M3. 

Cette publication du bulletin est la premiere qui a iti (dit6e i I'extirieur de Terre- 
Neuve. En effet, elle vous parvient de Montreal. Les publications suivant celle-ci 
seront d6sormais 6dities i Winnipeg par M. Patrick ("P. J.") Fawcett, dont il nous fait 
plaisir d'annoncer la nomination au poste d'iditeur. II exercera ce poste dis la 8e 

Ce fut un plaisir d'iditer la 7e publication du bulletin et notre tfiche a iti facilitfie 
grace aux noabreuses contributions envoyies par nos correspondents. Ce bulletin est le 
seul contact que plusieurs membres de I'ABSC ont avec notre organisation. Nous souhaitons 
que les nouvelles et les infoxmations suivantes sauront vous intiresser et vous 8tre utiles, 

Les contributions i la 8e publication devraient ttre envoy6es ^ I'^diteur avant le 28 
octobre prochain et adress6es i M. P. J. Fawcett, University of Manitoba, Medical Library, 
770 Bannatyne Ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 0W3. 

David S. Crawford/Hanna Waluzyniec 





Executive 2 

Chapters of CHLA 21 

Editorial front cover 

Formule d' application derniere page 

Guide aux sciences de la sante 12 

Guide to Canadian . . . sources 18 

Membership Application last page 

Membership Report 5 

Newsletter Correspondents 2 

President Reports 13 

Rapport du Pre'sident 7 

Secteurs de I'ABSC 19 

Treasurer ' s Report 6 

ASTED Joum^e d' etude 44,45 

Advisory Committee on HSRC 33 

B. C. Health Libraries Association 42 

Bibliotheque de 1 ' Universite' Laval 40 

CBSS 38 

Colleagues 48 

Comite' consul tatlf sur le CBSS 29 

Consumer Health Education 25 

Evaluation of the Librarians educational 

role in a patient care setting 24 

Forthcoming meetings 4 

HSRC 39 

Manitoba Health Libraries Association 43 

News Items 47 

Publication News 41,46,49 





Eileen Bradley (1978-1980) 
Science and Medicine Library 
University of Toronto 
7 King's College Circle 
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5 

David S. Crawford (1977-1979) 
Medical Library 
McGill University 
3655 Drxunmond Street 
Montreal H3G 1Y6 

Patrick Fawcett (Editor of the 

Medical Library 
University of Manitoba 
770 Banna tyne Avenue 
Winnipeg, Man. R3E 1E5 

Mrs. M.A. Flower (President) 

Nursing Library 
McGill University 
3506 University Street 
Montreal H3A 2A7 

Bill Fraser (1977-1979) 
B.C. Medical Library Service 
1807 West 10th Street 
Vancouver. B.C. V6J 2A9 

Barbara Kenwood (1978-1980) 
General Centre Medical Library 
Health Sciences Centre 
700 William Avenue 
Winnipeg, Man. R3E 0Z3 

Philippe Lemay 
Bibliothe^ue Scientifique 
Universite Laval 
Cite' Universitaire 
Quibec GIK 7PA 

Alan MacDonald (Treasurer) 

Health Sciences Library 
Dalhousie University 
Halifax, Nova Scotia 
B3H 4H7 




Sylvia Chetner 

Medical Sciences Library 

University of Alberta 

Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2J8 

Pam Griffin 
Medical Library 
University of Calgary 
Calgary, Alberta. T2N 2T9 

Donna Signori 
514-425 Simcoe Street 
Victoria. B.C. , V8V 4T3 


Denise Poirier 

Medical Library 

St. Boniface Hospital 

409 Tache Avenue 

Winnipeg , Man . , R2H 2A6 


Barbara Prince 

Health Sciences Library 

Dalhousie University 

Halifax. Nova Scotia, B3H 4H7 


Dorothy Fitzgerald 

Canadian Library of Family 

Health Sciences Library 
University of Western Ontario 
London, Ontario. N6A 5C1 

Jean Fensom 
Dentistry Library 
3640 University Street 
Montreal, PQ, H3A 2B2 



The CHLA/ABSC Newsletter is published four times a year by the Canadian Health 
Libraries Association/Association des Bibliotheques de la Sante du Canada. Sub- 
scriptions are available with membership in CHLA for $15.00 per year. Correspondence 
regarding membership and subscriptions should be addressed to: Alan H. MacDonald, 
Treasurer, CHLA/ABSC, W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library, Dalhousie University, 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4H7. 

The CHLA/ABSC Newsletter is a vehicle for providing increased communications among 
all Canadian health libraries and librarians, but has a special commitment to reach 
and assist the smaller, isolated, health library. Feature length articles are 
accepted describing a wide range of health library topics: organizations, services, 
networks and consortia, surveys, state-of-the art reviews. Brief, news-length items 
accepted include: how-we-did-it reports, news about workshops and continuing educa- 
tion opportunities (forthcoming or recently held), job announcements, new publications, 
news about colleagues and libraries, miscellaneous items. Contributors should consult 
recent issues for examples of types of material and general style. Bibliographic 
references should conform to the format used in the Bulletin of the Medical Library 
Association , whenever possible. Submissions in French or English are welcome, pre- 
ferably in both languages. Contributions should be addressed to: Patrick Fawcett, 
Editor, CHLA/ABSC Newsletter, Medical Library, University of Manitoba, 770 Bannatyne 
Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 1E5. 

Deadline for the next issue is October 28, 1978. 


Le CHLA/ABSC Newsletter est public quatre fois par annee pa la Canadian Health 
Libraries Association/Association des Bibliotheques de la Sante du Canada. Un 

abonnement a cette publication fait partie de votre cotisation annuelle de 15.00 
dollars en tant que membre de I'ABSC. Pour devenir membre et, pour recevoir cette 
publication il faut ecrire S: Alan H. MacDonald, Tresorier, CHLA/ABSC, W.K. 
Kellogg Health Sciences Library, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4H7. 

Le but du CHLA/ABSC Newsletter est de rendre la communication entre toutes les 
bibliotheques Canadiennes de la sante et les biblioth^caires plus grande mais il 
veut specialement rejoindre et aider les bibliotheques isolees et de moins d'envergures 
Nous acceptons tout article traitant de tous les aspects biblioth^conomiques du domaine 
de la sante: organisations services reseau et consortium, enquetes exposes de synthese. 
En resume les articles nouvelles acceptes peuvent comprendre: des resumes sur la fa§on 
dont on est arrive 5 trouver une solution a un project, nouvelles sur des ateliers et 
des cours d'education permanente (& venir ou passes) postes vacants, nouvelles publi- 
cations, nouvelles sur des colleques et bibliotheques, et tout autre sujet. Pour les 
interesses, le genre d'article et le suject public dans les demiers numeros peuvent 
vous servir d'exemples. II serait preferable de suivre si possible le format utilise 
dans le Bulletin of the Medical Library Association lorsque vous avez des references 
bibliographiques a citer a la fin de votre article. Des articles Frangais ou Anglais 
seront les bienvenus mais il serait souhaitable de les ecrire dans les deux langues. 
Vous devez faire parvenir vos articles a: Patrick Fawcett, Editeur, CHLA/ABSC Newslette 
Medical Library, University of Manitoba, 770 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 1 

La date limite pour le prochain numero est: Octobre 28, 1978. 





September 22 - 25, 1978 

Annual meeting of the Library 
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Nothingham, England 

September 27 - 29, 1978 

North Atlantic Health Science 
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Wakefield, Mass. Information from 
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Library of Medicine, 10 Shattuck St 
Boston, Mass. 02113 

October 15 - 16. 1978 

Association of Canadian Medical 
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de Medecine du Canada. Special 
Resource Committee on Medical School 
Libraries/Comite Consultatif des 
Bibliotheques des Facultes de Medecine 
Toronto, Ontario 

October 19 - 21, 1978 

Upstate New York and Ontario Regional 
Group of the MLA meeting. Albany, 
New York. Information from Dorothy 
Bross, New York State Department of 
Health Library. Empire State Plaza. 
New York, 12201 

October 25 - 28, 1978 

ASTED Annual Meeting. Quebec 

June 2- 7. 1979 

Medical Library Association, Honolulu 

June 8-13, 1979 

June 1979 

Special Libraries Association, 
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S'il y a un conseil precieux que nous pouvons offrir aux membres 
de I'ABSC qui n'ont pas pu se rendre a la deuxieme assemblee 
annuelle tenue a Edmonton, c'est bien celui-ci: "N'essayez jamais 
de vous rendre a Edmonton a partir de Chicagol". Certains s'y sont 
rendus a partir de Minneapolis, d'autre a partir de Toronto. Mais, 
de toute fagon, c'est toujours la meme histoir* attente aux escales, 
valises perdues, les declarations routini"bres aux douanes. Tout cela 
fait parti du prestige de voyager, c'est 3 la fois la source d' anecdotes 
spirituelles et de revenu de certains ecrivains a succes qui s'achetent 
une lie deserte ou ils se rendront pour finir leurs jours. 


La deuxieme assemblee annuelle de I'ABSC s'est tenue, tel que pr§vu, 
a la salle Northcote du nouvel hStel Four Seasons a Edmonton. Le 
sujet etait des plus appropries: Les nouvel les tendances dans le 
domaine de la sante . Les conferenciers et les rapporteurs de Sante 
et Bien-Stre Social et de I'ICIST se sont adresses aux membres dans 
cette veine. Le premier conferencier, le docteur Theodor Shnitka, 
est president du comite dc la biblTOtlu'qnc de la faculte de medecine de 
I'universite de 1 'Alberta. II est venu nous parler de son passe- 
temps favori et comme c'est toujours le cas dans les exposes de ce ' 
genre, sa connaissance de la publication de revues professionnelles 
dans le domaine de la medecine est absolument phenomenale. Les 
courbes de publications qu'il nous a exposees, grSce a une serie de 
diapositives des plus interessantes, n'ont laisse aucun doute dans 
1' esprit de chacun que la tendance actuelle se repetera indefiniment, 
malgre la baisse constante de fonds accordes aux bibliotheques pour 
1' achat de revues professionnelles. En effet, les nouvel les revues 
ne pouront pas cesser d'etre publiees, a la lumiere des nouvel les \ 
decouvertes medicales, en depit de la situation economique actuelle, 
car en regroupant le nombre de periodiques publics, on augmentera 
par le fait meme la qualite des travaux qu'on y retrouve. C'est 
1 'expression de la communaute scientifique, qui ne cesse de s'evaluer 
et de repandre ses nouvel les. 

I. e deuxi eme conferencier etait egalement membre du personnel de 
I'Universitc d 1 'Alberta. En tant que professeur adjoint de la 
faculte des infirmieres, Kay Dier a passe les cinq dernieres annees 
dans un des nouveaux programmes offert dans le domaine. II s'agit 
du programme d' infirmieres cliniciennes de I'Universite de 1 'Alberta. 
EUe nous a decrit le developpement de ce concept et le besoin 
pressant d' infirmieres cliniciennes autonomes dans le Grand Nord 
canadien, oQ les soins medicaux sont rares, et dans les pays tels 
la Thailand, ou les soins medicaux sont rares, mais pour des 
raisons diverses. Elle nous a decrit les problemes legaux et 
fiscaux qui ont empeches 1 'acceptation des infirmieres cliniciennes 
au Canada et qui ont encourages les collegues du domaine medical, 
qui doutent peut-etre vraiement de I'autonomie des infirmieres, 3 
les rejeter parce que leur statut legal est ambigu dans plusieurs 
juridictions et parce que leur salaire en tant que personnel para- 
medical n'est pas couvert directement par le regime d' assurance maladie. 

Deux de nos membres 3 Ottawa nous ont expos§ les tendences actuelles 
dans le domaine des bibliotheques des sciences de la sante. Martha 
Stone, Chef de la bibliotheque du Ministere de Sante et Bien-Etre 
Social Canada nous a parle des changements entrepris et projetes 
dans sa bibliotheque. Certains de ces changements ont ete instituSs 
en reponse aux coupures de budget et de personnel qui ont suivis les 
mesures que le Premier ministre Trudeau a annonce lors de son discours 
diffuse en juillet dernier. On a par la suite effectue une verification 
interne, entralnant tout d'abord une definition du rOle de la biblio- 
theque face au Ministere et 3 la communaut? des sciences de la sante, et 
ensuite au developpement d'une politique sur laquelle on baserait 1 'organi- 
sation rationnelle de l'6ntendue de la collection. 

Martha nous a §galeiiient expliqu§ que la bibliothdque est en train de 
■ettre sur pied une s#rie de lignes de conduites voulant qu'on impose 
d^sormais des fraispour les services rendus. Ce concept 6tait jusqu'5 
present inacceptable, car les bibliothdques gouvememen tales sont 
financ6es par les taxes. Mais I'aust^ritf fconomique actuelle tend d 
i changer cette fa^on de penser et il semble que le Conseil du Tr^sor 
acceptera cette faqon de proc6der 6tant donn6 les circonstances. 

Une autre entreprise qui r6pond 3 un». lacune dans le service, 

est la nise sur pied d'un catalogue des publications du Ministre de 

la Sante et du Bien-Etre Social Canada. Ce catalogue sera en circulation 

des la fin de I'annJe 1978 et comprendra une liste de tous les titres 

des publications qui pourront 8tre denich^es, sur une p^riode d'environs 

60 ans. soit de 1917 3 1978. 

Jusqu'l date, les tentatives d'offre d' informations de toutes sortes 
entreprises par un gouvemement federal monolithique et dirig6es 3 un 
public de plus en plus conscient de ses droits en tant que consonmateur, 
n'ont gudre €t€ un succ^s ^clatant. II est toutefois survenu un 
ev§nement 3 Ottawa qui pourrait changer les choses. En effet, les 
directeurs des bibliothdques ont forne un Conseil des bibliotheques 
f6d6rales qui est en train d'^tablir une s^rie de comites permanents 
pour traiter des responsabi litis f6d§rales envers les usagers de 
I'extirieur. C'est peut-8tre ce qu'il nous faut pour combler enfin ce 
vide qu'est le aanque d' information provenant d'Ottawa. 

L'autre confirencier d'Ottawa itait Eve-Marie Lacroix, Chef, Centre 
bibliographique des sciences de la santi I I'ICIST. Elle a ecrit un 
article, qui paratt dans ce bulletin, sur les relations qu'aura le 
centre bibliographique avec les autres organismes des sciences de la 
sant§ i travers le Canada. Nous recevrons des rapports du comity 
consultatif, compost en partie par des deiiguis de I'ABSC, qui parraine 
ces nouvelles relations, de la part de Frances Groen, presidente du 



L'ordre du jour de 1 'Association a ete lu par le groupe assemble a 
Edmonton et 1 'atmosphere etait a la discussion. Le proces-verbal 
de la premiere assemblee annuelle a ete lu et adopte. Le rapport 
sur les elections de 1978, qui a paru dans le bulletin nO 6 de I'ete 
1978, le rapport du tresorier et les rapports portant sur le statut 
de membre et, sur les publications ont tous ete lus et adoptes. 

La question de premiere importance concemait les secteurs. Le 
premier avant-projet publie a ce sujet paru dans le bulletin n° 4, 
de I'hiver 1977 et s'intitulait ABSC devrait-elle avoir des secteurs ? 
A Chicago, lors d'une reunion du MLA le comite executif de I'ABSC a 
revise cet article d'apres les commentaires et les mises en application 
regues par le courrier. Le second avant-projet a ete lu par M. Alan 
MacDonald devant les membres de la deuxieme assemblee annuelle de 
I'ABSC, qui se tenait a Edmonton. La proposition qu'on accepte 
1 ' introduction de secteurs a I'interieur de I'ABSC a ete seconde par 
M. David Crawford et adoptee a I'unanimite par les membres presents. 
L' avant-projet et la proposition sont publics dans ce bulletin. 

La question des secteurs a encore ete soulevee par le comite executif 
lors d'une autre reunion tenue a Edmonton, au cours de laquelle on en 
est arrive a certaines decisions. Etant donnee que les membres de 
I'ABSC ont adopte la politique concemant 1' introduction des secteurs, 
telle qu'on en avait discute et suite aux developpement qui s'en sont 
suivis, cette politique devra desormais etre incorporee a I'acte 
constitutif de 1 'Association. Cela devrait se faire assez facilement, 
puisque I'acte constitutif interimaire, institue a I'origine par le 

omite pecial d' inauguration, specific qu'un acte constitutif permanent 
doit etre ratifie avant la fin de I'annee 1978. Lors de la reunion 
tenue a Edmonton, le comite executif a done fonde un comite en charge 
de la redaction finale de I'acte constitutif. Les membres du comite 
sont Eileen Bradley, Science and Medical Library, University of Toronto; 
Hanna Waluzyniec, Medical Library, McGill University; et Alan MacDonald, 
W. K. Kellog Health Sciences Library, Dalhousie University, president 
du comite. De par ses fonctions, le president de I'ABSC sera egalement 
membre du comite. 

Ces membres etablieront un nouvel acte constitutif, qui comprendra la 
politique adoptee sur les secteurs. lis developperont la mise sur pied 
de reglements et elaboreront les rouages permettant a notre organisme 
d'etre constitue en corporation, lorsque le besoin s'en fera sentir. 
lis presenteront leur avant-projet au comite executif de I'ABSC lorsqu'il 
se recontrera a Toronto en octobre prochain. Le projet final, de meme 
ques les revisions que I'on aura jugees necessaires, sera present! a 
tous les membres vers la fin du mois de novembre. II sera ratifie grSce 
a un vote effectue par le courrier. Comme vous le constatez, notre 
calendrier est tres serre. Nous souhaitons que les personnes concemees 
seront presentes jusqu'au bout. 

A part la question de reviser I'acte constitutif d'ici la fin de 
I'annee, il ya un autre projet en vue. En effet , le comite executif 
a pris une seconde decision lors de la reunion 3 Edmonton. II s'agit 
dc conferer au president de I'ABSC, durant la periode de revision de 
I'acte constitutif, le pouvoir d'accepter provi soirement conune secteurs 
les groupes qui satisfont les exigences etabliesdans la politique 
adoptee 5 Edmonton. II y a presentemment quatre demandes de statut de 
secteurs qui nous sont parvenues. El les seront done accept 6es 
provi so i rement , afin ques les groupes concerncs puisscr.t planifier leur 
activitees en accord avec I'ABSC et selon la marche 5 suivre adoptee, 
jusqu'au debut de 1979, Icrsqu'on entamera le processus dans les for- 
amilit^s 6tablies officiel lement par I'ABSC. C'est done avec enthousiasme 
que nous accueillons ces premiers secteurs. Nous envisageons une longue 
association et surtout une association stimulante. 

Relations ext^rieures 

En plus de nos relations internes avec les secteurs, la preoccupation 
majeure du Comit6 Exfcutif durant son sfjour I Chicago ftait la question 
d'affiliation avec la Medical Library Associatioa Durant les demiers mois, 
il y a eu beaucoup dc correspondance A ce sujet et cette entreprise devait 
atteindre une conclusion sat isfaisante h I'assemblee annuel le de la Medical 
Library Association, alors ques les membres concemfs des deux associations 
ftaient presents pour une s6rie de reunions. On a choisi de former un 
cofflite special coapos6 de trois membres du International Cooperation 
Committee of MLA, et de d#l(gu6s de I'ABSC. Martha Stone, Bill Fraser, 
Alan MacDonald, Sheila Swanson et Babs Flower part iciperent tous i un 
moment ou 1 'autre. Le comite special ne s'est recontre qu'^ une seule 
reprise, laais les deux factions se rencontrirent S plusieurs reprises 
pour discuter du protocole. 

La proposition d'affiliation de I'ABSC est tout un 6venement marquant 
pour MLA et coane toute autre innovation elle est sujette 3 vives 
controverses. La question 2 definir demeurait essent iel lement celle-ci: 
•Que signifie le terme affiliation?" Serait-ce une relation plutOt 
officielle, ou s'agirait-il au contraire d'un ^change plus anime? 
Etant donne que le MLA tenait i ce que la proposition de I'ABSC devienne 
le noddle pour les futures associations cooperatives avec d'autres 
soci6t6s rationales de bibl iothdques cette question etait, en effet, des 
plus import antes. Le MLA off rait une accreditation alors que I'ABSC 
proposait une cooperation. Finalement, mSme si les details rcstent 
encore il ?tre J i scutes, on a opt§ pour I'idee dc la cooperation. 
L'association des bibliothdques medicales a accepte le concept d'une 
association mutuelle et active. 

Va pour Chicago. Nous devons maintenant porter not re attention 3 
Ottawa et chercher d'obtenir une entente semblable avec la Canadian 
Library Association. Dans ce cas-ci, nous sommes encore une fois des 
innovateurs, puisque nous proposons une nouvelle forme d'association. 


Le pro jet CANHELP 

Nous avons dej& discutS du projet CANHELP par le passe. II s'agit du 
premier projet d'envergure mis sur pied par I'ABSC. Le comite executif 
et le comite des finances ont etudie les objectifs de I'ABSC et ont conclu 
que les priorites auxquelles nous n'avons pas encore trouve de solution 
sont dans le domaine de 1 'education permanente. II ne s'agit pas seule- 
ment d'un probleme de ressources canadiennes dont nos membres ont besoin 
pour exploiter les bibliotheques, car il nous semble evident que les 
usagers des services d' information offert par nos membres ont beaucoup 
& apprendre sur la fagon qu'ils peuvent profiter du service offert par 
les bibliotheques. Le personnel qui semble avoir le plus besoin de 
contacts exterieurs avec des gens du mgme domaine, en plus de materiel 
specialise pour resoudre certains problemes semblent Stre situe dans 
les hopitaux. Les bibliotheques medicales sont done devenues notre 
point de mise pour ce projet. 

Durant les derniers mois, la presidente, exer^ant ses fonctions de 
presidente du projet CANHELP, a peu a peu mis sur pied un service 
consultatif regroupant les principaux professionnels canadiens qui 
utilisent les bibliotheques hospitalieres ou qui sont en charge de 
celles-ci. Le medecin, 1 ' infirmiere, 1 'administrateur de I'hSpital 
et les bibliothecaire en sciences de la sante peuvent tous etre choisis 
comme conseillers. Au fur et £l mesure que le service consultatif prend 
de I'envergure, les grandes lignes du programme, qui doit §tre mis au 
pied pour appuyer les activites des bibliotheques hospitalieres et pour 
leur foumir tout un reseau de ressources, de catalogue collectifs, de 
manuels et d'ateliers, se transforment en un programme de discussions 
collectives qui devrait avoir lieu, si possible, le printemps de 1979. 
Le service consultatif nous aidera a decider du moment, du lieu, ainsi 
que des institutions avec lesquelles ce devrait §tre organise et des 
sujets possibles a discuter. Le comite des finances se charge de 
trouver les fonds pour financer le projet et nous souhaitons que 
1 'Association entiere se joindra a nous en un effort national pour 
creer les elements necessaires a 1 'etablissement d'une cooperation 
regionale qui saura durer. 

On invitera a ces discussions collectives, des "equipes" de quatre 
personnes provenant d'hSpitaux de grandeur moyenne choisis dans chaque 
province. II s'agira de 1 'administrateur de I'hSpital, les membres 
du corps medical et infirmier du comite de biblioth§que et le 
bibliothecaire de I'hSpital. On retrouvera egalement des representants 
de bibliotheques et des ministeres federaux et provinciaux concemes, 
qui se joindront aux representants regionaux de I'ABSC. 

Les discussions traiteront de documentation generale qui a deja ete 
circulee. L'ABSC, conseillee par le service consultatif, sera 
responsable du suivi et de 1 'implentation des recommendations faitcs 
durant la discussion. Ainsi, les resultats emanant de ces discussions 
pourront decider du r51e que jouera I'ABSC dans les mois et les ^ 

annees ^ venir. C'est un projet qui s'annonce des plus interessants. f 



Le comit^ exScutif a travail 16 trSs fort durant 1977 et 1978 pour 
delimiter la direction que prendra I'ABSC au cours des prochaines 
annees et pour etablir les fondements d'une organisation solide 
ayant un regard sur la collaboration nationale tout en demeurant 
tr&s presente sur le plan regional. GrSce au bulletin de I'ABSC 
nous cherchons ^ creer des liens avec chaque membre. Les assemblies 
annuelles, tenues dans plusieurs villes 3 travers le pays, et les 
recontres anicales, telles que nous avons eues dans le bureau de 
Bill Fraser aprds la reunion tenue ^ Edmonton, nous permettront de 
connattre 6ventuellement tous nos membres. Le cadre administratif 
I I'intSrieur duquel nous travaillons, nous permettra d'etablir 
certaines relations avec les groupes de gens traillant dans les 
bibliothdques des sciences de la sante au niveau provincial ou autre. 
GrSce au projet CAfWELP, nous esperons pouvoir exposer certains 
probl^nes de base que doivent affronter les diverses bibl ioth^ques 
des sciences de la sant^ du Canada. Les reactions retentissantes 
que nous recevons de la part des membres de I'ABSC nous font grand 
plaisir et c'est avec optiaisae que nous affronterons l'ann$e 1978 
et 1979, qui s'annonce difficile mais des plus int^ressantes. 

M. A. Flower 

Guide aux sciences de la santt canadiennes 
Services d' information et sources 

Lors de la reunion du coinit6 ex^cutif de I'ABSC, tenue ^ Chicago en 
juin dernier, nous avons discut# du guide et decide qu'il serait 
pr€f6rable d'en publier dans les plus courts d§lais une version r§vis#e 
et plus comprehensive. Ainsi , nous ne publierons aucune mise 3 jour 
du guide dans ce bulletin et nous esperons en publier une nouvelle 
Mition dis le printemps 1979. 

II nous fait plaisir de vous annoncer la nomination de Martha Stone, 
Chef, Bibliothlque du Ministdre de Sant$ et Bien-Etre Social Canada, 
Ottawa KIA 0K9, au poste d'gditeur. Le comit§ ex§cutif a egalement 
d6cid6 que le guide serait plus utiles aux membres s'il §tait publi§ 
dans les deux langues officielles et s'il comprenait plus d'information 
sur le Quebec. Ainsi, nous avons demand^ conseil ^ la Section de la 
Sante d'ASTED, qui nous a suggere de nominer Dorothy Sirois, biblio- 
th^caire au Montreal Children's Hospital, 2300 Tupper Street, Montreal 
H3H 1P3, au poste de co^diteur. 

Nous tenons ^ remercier >toe. Stone et >tee. Sirois d' avoir accepter 
cette tache. Dorenavant, toutes corrections, tous ajouts et toutes 
suggestions devront 8tre adresses ii I'une ou 1' autre de ces dames. 

David S. Crawford 


There is one ^)it of priceless information which we can provide 
for all CHLA/ABSC members who did not make it to the Second 
Annual Meeting in Edmonton - never try to get to Edmonton from 
Chicago I Some hardy souls traveled by way of Minneapolis, 
some by way of Toronto. Either way there was much waiting 
between flights, lost luggage. Customs routine. But this is 
the glamour of travel, the basis of witty anecdotes, the source 
of the income with which successful writers buy up remote 
tropical islands where they can spend their reclining years. . 


The Second Annual Meeting of the CHLA/ABSC took place as 
scheduled in the Northcote Room of the brand new Four Seasons 
Hotel in Edmonton. The topic was appropriate: Today ' s 
Trends in the Health Field . Both the guest speakers and the 
reporters from Health and Welfare and CISTI spoke in this 
vein. The speaker of the morning, Dr. Theodor Shnitka, was 
the Chairman of the Faculty of Medicine Library Committee at 
the University of Alberta. He was sharing with us his hobby, 
and in the tradition of that genre his knowledge of professional 
journal publication in the medical field was phenomenal. The 
publication curves he traced with the aid of an exceptional 
set of slides left little doubt that, even though library funds 
to buy professional journals continue to shrink further every 
year, the probabilities are that the present pattern will 
repeat itself indefinitely, and new journals will not cease 
to break out in the wake of every medical break-through, 
founder on economic realities, combine and recombine, while 
each amalgamation refines further the calibre of work which 
is seen in print. This is the scientific community expressing 
itself, judging itself, spreading the word. 

The speaker of the afternoon was also a member of the staff 
of the University of Alberta. An Associate Professor in the 
Faculty of Nursing, Kay Dier has spent the last five years 
immersed in one of the recent innovations in the nursing field, 
the Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Alberta. 
She described the development of the concept and the need for 
self-reliant nurse clinicians in the Canadian North, where 
medical aid is scarce, and in countries such as Thailand, where 
it is scarce for different reasons. She outlined the legal 
and fiscal problems which have impeded acceptance of nurse 
practitioners in Canada, and have encouraged medical colleagues, 
who may really be doubtful of the nurses' independence, to 
reject them on the grounds that their legal status is ambiguous 
in many jurisdictions, and their salaries as part of a clinical 
staff are not directly recoverable from medicare. 


Current trends in the health sciences library field were 
reported by two of our own members from Ottawa. Martha 
Stone. Head of the Departmental Library at Health & Welfare 
Canada, told us of changes underway and projected in her own 
library. Some of these changes had been inaugurated in response 
to budget and staff cuts which had been instituted in line 
with the kind of restraints outlined in the fireside chat 
delivered by Prime Minister Trudeau at the end of July. These 
responses included an internal audit of the library which led, 
first, to a definition of the library's role vis-^-vis both 
the Department and the health community ; and second, to the 
development of a policy on which to base rationalization of the 
scope of the collection. 

Martha reported another set of guidelines being developed in 
the never-never- land of fees-for-service . Until very recently 
this has been an idea unacceptable for a government library 
which is financed by public taxes. But economic stringencies 
alter even such situations, and indications are that Treasury 
Board may well acquiesce to such a philosophy under current 
circumstances . 

An additional response to a well-known gap in service has been 
the development of a catalogue of the publications of Health 
& Welfare Canada. This will be available by the end of 1978, 
and it will include every title that can possibly be unearthed, 
which was produced between the years 1917 - 1978 

A final development in Ottawa augurs well for the future 
flexibility of a monolithic federal government in its attempts 
to serve a public, increasingly aware of its rights as a 
consumer, with information in its many forms. To date this 
has not been accomplished with spectacular success. Now 
the library Directors have formed a Council of Federal 
Libraries, which is establishing a series of standing committees 
to deal with federal responsibilities to external users. 
Perhaps this is the mechanism we have been looking for to 
overcome Ottawa's information gap, so frustrating to us all. 

The other speaker from Ottawa was Eve-Marie Lacroix, Head of 
the Health Sciences Resource Centre at CISTI . She herself is 
reporting elsewhere in this issue on the changes she anticipates 
in the relationships of the HSRC with the health sciences 
communities across Canada. The Advisory Committee, manned in 
part by delegates from CHLA/ABSC, which is becoming the agent 
sponsoring these new relationships, will be reported upon by 
Frances Groen, its Chairman. 


The Business of the Association was addressed by the group 
assembled in Edmonton just before lunch, and the room was hot. 
The Minutes of the First Annual Meeting in Montreal were read 
and accepted. The 1978 Election Report, which appeared in the 


CHLA/ABSC NEWSLETTER 6:6, Summer 1978, and the 1978 
Membership, Publications and Treasurer's Reports were all 
read and accepted. 

The important issue before the meeting was the matter of 
Chapters. The first policy paper, entitled Should CHLA Have 
Chapters? , appeared in the CHLA/ABSC NEWSLETTER 4:7-9, Winter 
197/ . At a meeting in Chicago during the MLA Annual Meeting, 
the Executive Committee of CHLA/ABSC revised this draft in the 
light of the comments and the applications which had been 
received. This second draft was read to the members attending 
the Second Annual Meeting of CHLA/ABSC in Edmonton by Alan 
MacDonald, and the motion for adoption was seconded by David 
Crawford. The draft was accepted unanimously by those present, 
and appears elsewhere in this issue, along with the Motion to 
implement it. ,j 

The issue of Chapters was addressed again by the Executive 
Committee at a meeting in Edmonton afterwards, and a group of 
decisions were made. The fact that the policy on Chapters, 
as it has been discussed and evolved, is now formally accepted 
by the membership of CHLA/ABSC means that this policy must now 
be incorporated into the Constitution of the Association. 
This is relatively easy to manage, since the Interim Constitution 
set up originally by the inauguration Ad Hoc Committee specifies 
that a permanent Constitution must be ratified by the end of 
1978. The Executive Committee, when it met in Edmonton, there- 
fore established a Constitution Committee to draft the final 
form. This Committee consists of Eileen Bradley, Science & 
Medicine Library, University of Toronto; Hanna Waluzyniec, 
Medical Library, McGill University ; and Alan H. MacDonald, 
W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library, Dalhousie University, who 
is Chairman. The President is also involved, ex officio. 

These members will put together a new Constitution, including 
the policy on Chapters. They will work out the mechanisms 
necessary for establishing by-laws, and for becoming an 
incorporated body, when that is necessary. They will present 
their draft to the Executive Committee of CHLA/ABSC when it 
meets in Toronto in October. The final draft, incorporating 
any revisions deemed necessary, will be presented to the total 
membership around the end of November for ratification by 
mail vote. This is a tight schedule, and we hope no one goes 
missing, or otherwise falls apart before it is done. 

Quite apart from the imperative for getting the Constitution 
revised by the end of the year, another incentive is operating. 
The second decision taken by the Executive Committee in 
Edmonton was to empower the President during the interim covered 
by this process, to accept provisionally those groups as Chapters 
which meet the criteria laid down in the Chapters policy in 
Edmonton. There are four applications for Chapter status now 
outstanding, and these are being dealt with in this manner, so 
that the groups can carry on their activities in conjunction 
with CHLA/ABSC in normal fashion between now and the beginning 


of 1979, when the official formalities can commence. We 
welcome our first Chapters enthusiastically, and look 
forward to a long and stimulating association. 

Outside Relationships 

Besides our internal relationships with Chapters, the major 
preoccupation of the Executive Committee during its 
activities in Chicago was the issue of affiliation with the 
Medical Library Association There has been considerable 
correspondence over a period of months on this topic , and the 
endeavor was to effect a satisfactory conclusion during the 
Annual Meeting of MLA, when the involved members of both 
Associations were available for a series of meetings. The 
mechanism chosen was an Ad Hoc Connittee composed of three 
members of the Sub-comnittee on Affiliation of the International 
Co-operation Coinnittee of MLA, and delegates from CHLA/ABSC. 
Martha Stone, Bill Fraser, Alan MacDonald, Sheila Swanson and 
Babs Flower all participated in one way or another. The Ad 
Hoc Conanittee met only once, but the two factions met separately 
several times to clarify protocol. 

The CHLA/ABSC proposal of affiliation is a landmark for the 
Medical Library Association, and like all innovations, it is 
subject to considerable controversy. The point at issue has 
been essentially the meaning of "affiliation". Was it to be 
a formal, rather dry, tip of the hat? or was it to be a lively 
interchange? Since the MLA expects the CHLA/ABSC proposal 
to become the prototype for all future cooperative associations 
with other national library societies, this became a crucial 
issue. The MLA was offering recognition; the CHLA/ABSC was 
proposing cooperation. Although the details still remain to 
be negotiated, cooperation won the day. The Medical Library 
Association has accepted the concept of a two-way active 

That was in Chicago. Now we must turn our attention to 
Ottawa, and work out way through to a similar understanding 
with the Canadian Library Association. For them, too. we are 
a test case, proposing a new form of relationship. 

CANHELP Project 

We have talked about CANHELP before. It is the first major 
project which is to be mounted by the CHLA/ABSC. Your 
Executive Connittee and your Finance Committee have both looked 
at the objectives of the CHLA/ABSC, and have come to the con- 
clusion that our outstanding priorities lie in the area of 
continuing education. Not only does our own membership need 
Canada-oriented resources in order to rxm their libraries, but 
it seems apparent that the users of the information services 
offered by our membership have a great deal to learn about the 
way libraries can benefit them. The personnel who are most in 


need of both contacts with others in the same field and 
specialized materials to help resolve their problems, 
tend to be in the hospitals. We have therefore made 
hospital libraries the focus of our project. 

During the last few months your President, acting in her 
capacity as Chairman of the CANHELP project, has been 
gradually recruiting an Advisory Group from among the chief 
Canadian professionals who use and/or are responsible for 
hospital libraries. Physicians, nurses, hospital adminis- 
trators, and health sciences librarians are all possible 
advisors. As the Advisory Group takes shape, the broad 
general outline of the program that is needed to support 
hospital library activities and provide them with networks of 
resources, union lists, manuals and workshops, is being 
refined into a plan for an invitational seminar, to be mounted, 
if possible, in the spring of 1979. The Advisory Group will 
help us decide when, where, in conjunction with what 
institutions, and presenting which of the possible contents. 
The Finance Committee will undertake to find funds to under- 
write the project, and before we are done, we hope the whole 
Association will become involved in a national effort to create 
out of the grassroots the tools to build regional cooperation, 
and the links to make it work. 

Those invited to the seminar will be "teams" of four from a 
medium-sized hospital selected out of each province: the 
hospital administrator, medical and nursing members of the 
library committee, and the hospital librarian. In addition, 
responsible representatives from university medical libraries 
across Canada, and from professional associations, and relevant 
federal and provincial departments, will join regional 
representatives of CHLA/ABSC. 

It will be a "working" seminar, basing its discussions on back- 
ground papers which have been circulated previously. The 
follow-up and implementation of the recommendations coming out 
of this seminar will be the responsibility of CHLA/ABSC guided 
by the Advisory Group. Indeed, the outcome of this projected 
seminar could outline the role of CHLA/ABSC for some time to 
come. It is an exciting prospect. 


Your Executive Committee has worked very hard during 1977/78 
to outline the shape which the CHLA/ABSC will take in future 
years, and to lay the groundwork for a sound organization with 
a national outlook and a regional presence. Through the CHLA/ABSC 
NEWSLETTER we are endeavoring to forge links with individual 
members. Through our Annual Meetings stakedaround the country, 
and through such friedly encounters as the one staged in 


Bill Eraser's room after the Edmonton meeting, we will 
gradually meet you all. Through our administrative frame- 
work we expect to develop working relationships with 
groups of health sciences library people in each of the 
provinces, and in other jurisdictions as well. Through 
our CANHELP project we hope to address some of the basic 
problems confronting health sciences libraires in Canada. 
We are grateful for the resounding response we are receiving 
from the members of CHLA/ABSC, and we look forward to another 
strenuous year of working together with you all in 1978/79. 

M.A. Flower 
August. 1978 


At the CHLA Executive Conmittee meeting held in Chicago in 
June the Guide was discussed and it was decided that it would 
be better if a revised and expanded edition could be issued as 
soon as possible. For this reason no further updates will be 
published in this Newsletter and it is hoped to issue the new 
edition in the Spring of 1979. 

We are pleased to announce that Martha Stone, Chief, Departmental 
Library Services. National Health and Welfare Ottawa KIS 0K9 has 
been appointed Editor. The Executive Committee also decided 
that the Guide would be more useful to members if it were 
bilingual and if it contained more information relevant to Quebec 
For this reason we approached the Section de la Sante of ASTED 
who suggested that Dorothy Sirois, Librarian of the Montreal 
Children's Hospital, 2300 Tupper Street, Montre'al H3H 1P3 be 
appointed Co-Editor. 

We are grateful to Mrs. Stone and Mme Sirois for undertaking 
this task and any corrections, additions or suggestions should 
be addressed to either of them. 

David S. Crawford - Chairman, Publications Committee 



On a adopte une proposition lors de I'assemblee generale annuelle qui, 
comme vous le constaterez dans les prochaines pages, permet au comite 
executif d'implanter un programme de secteurs. Nous avons dej& regu 
des demandes officielles de quatre secteurs possibles et nous les 
autoriserons probablement sous peu. Vous trouverez ci-apres de 1' infor- 
mation concemant la formation des secteurs. Pour de plus amples 
informations a ce sujet, veuillez vous adresser au President lui-m6me. 

i« ^ 

11 est propose que I'ABSC approuve, en principe, d'accorder le statu 

de secteur aux groupes locaux qui satisfoit les criteres de 1 'Association 

et qu'elle conseille aux comite executif non seulement implenter un 

programme de secteurs, conformement aux criteres enonces ci-dessous, 

mais aussi d'inclure ces memes criteres dans toute proposition voulant 

un nouvel acte constitutif et de nouveaux reglements." 


1. Tout groupe demandant le statut de secteur a I'interieur de 

1 'Association des bibliotheques de la sante du Canada (designee 
ci-apres par 1 'abbreviations ABSC) doit gtre officiellement forme 
avant de faire la demande. 

2. Le groupe demandeur ne doit representer qu'une aire geographique 
bien determinee (soit une ville, un comte, une region ou une 
province) dont la grandeur permettra a la majorite de ces membres 
d'assister regulierement aux activites prg^mes. 

3. Toute personne qui s'interesse aux buts que vise I'ABSC pourra 
adherer au groupe demandeur. L' adhesion au groupe ne devra en 
aucun cas etre limitee par le poste qu'occupe I'individu en question, 
la formation qu'il a regu ou 1' organisation pour laquelle il 

4. Les membres du groupe demandeur devont appartenir ^ un minimum de 
cinq institutions ou organisations. 

5. II est preferable que tous les membres du groupe demandeur appar- 
tiennent egalement a I'ABSC, mais cela n'est pas un critere absolu. 

6. Les responsables du groupe demandeur seront elus par ses membres 
et devront egalement etre des membres payes de I'ABSC. 

7. L'acte constitutif du groupe demandeur devra correspondre a celui 
de I'ABSC. 

8. Le groupe demandeur doit faire sa demande de statut de secteur par 
^crit aupres du president de I'ABSC et fournir 1 ' information suivante: 

a) nom du groupe 

b) aire geographique 

c) noms des institutions representees par ses membres 

d) acte constitutif 

e) noms des responsables actuels. 


Financement du secteur 

1. Chaque secteur devra couvrir les depenses de base encourues lors 
des reunions a partir des ressources locales (ex. lieu de reunion, 
publicite, cafe.etc). 

2. Les secteurs peuvent demander une subvention au ComitS Executif de 
I'ABSC pour financer les activites jugees valables. Les subventions 
maximales accordees par le ComitS Executif ne depasseront pas $5.00 
pour chaque membre actif de I'ABSC appartenant au secteur. 

3. Les secteurs peuvent demander des pr?ts aupres de I'ABSC pour faciliter 
les programmes d'organisat ion d'ateliers, de publications et d'autres 
activites 6ducatives. Le Comitf Executif §tudiera chaque demande 
d'apres le bien-fonde de I'activite pr€vue. 


1. Le premier responsable de chaque secteur deviendra membre non-^lecteur 
du Coait6 Executif de I'ABSC et aura droit d toute la documentation 
reque par le CoaitS. Les activites et des demande du secteur seront 
rapport§es au Coait^ Executif de I'ABSC par le reprfsentant . 

2. Les secteurs peuvent introduire une question 3 I'ordre du jour d'une 
reunion du Conit6 Executif ou de I'assembl^e g^n^rale annuel le de 
I'ABSC. Un responsable du secteur peut intervenir lorsque la question 
est en discussion. Les frais de voyages encourus ne seront pas 
n€cessaire»ent pay6s par I'ABSC. 

3. Chaque secteur devra nomner un correspondant pour assister r6gulidrement 
r§diteur du bulletin de I'ABSC dans son travail. 

Maintien du statut de secteu r 

1. Chaque secteur doit foumir un rapport annuel au ComitI Ex§cutif de 
1' ABSC d6crivant les activites de I'annfe et certifiant que les 
conditions de I'ABSC ont §ti respectees. 

2. Le Comity Exicutif de I'ABSC doit recevoir les rapports annuels de 
chaque secteur avant qu'il se rencontre, precedant I'assenblee generale 
annuel le. 

3. Si un secteur ne r6pond plus aux criteres €tablis par I'ABSC, pour 
quelque raison que ce soit, le statut de secteur lui sera retirg 
jusqu'au moment oD les conditions seront 3 nouveau respectees. 



The following motion was passed at the CHLA/ABSC 
Annual meeting and as you will note allows the 
Executive Committee to implement a program of 
Chapters. Already we have formal applications from 
four potential chapters and expect to approve these 
shortly. Information on how to become a chapter is 
explained in the following statements and further 
information can be obtained from the President. 

That the CHLA/ABSC approves in principle the granting 
of Chapter status to local groups that meet the 
criteria of the Association, and directs the Executive 
Committee of the CHLA/ABSC to implement a program 
of Chapters based on the criteria below, and further 
directs the Executive Committee to include such 
criteria in any proposals for a new Constitution and 
By-laws .* 

Requirements for Chapters 

1. A group seeking Chapter status in the Canadian Health 
Libraries Association/Association des bibioth^ques de 
la sant^ du Canada (Hereinafter referred to as the CHLA/ 
ABSC) must be formally organized before applying. 

2. The applicant group must represent a single geographic 
area (city, county, region or province) small enough 
to allow the large majority of its members to attend 
its activities regularly. 

3. Membership in the applicant group should be open to 
any person who is interested in the purposes of the 
CHLA/ABSC. Such membership may not be limited on the 
basis of the type of position or training of the 
individual, nor may it be limted by the type of 
organization in which the individual works . 

4. The applicant group must have members from at least 
five different institutions or organizations. 

5. All members of the applicant group need not necessarily 
be members of the CHLA/ABSC, although this is desirable, 

6. All officers of the applicant group must be elected 
by the membership and must also be paid up members 
of the CHLA/ABSC. 



7. The applicant group must have a constitution which is 
compatible with that of the CHLA/ABSC. 

8. The applicant group must apply for Chapter status in 
writing to the President of the CHLA/ABSC providing 
the following information: 

a) Name of group; 

b) Geographic area covered by the group; 

c) Names of the institutions currently 
represented by the membership; 

d) Constitution; 

e) Names of current Officers. 

Chapter Finances 

1. Each Chapter will be expected to cover its basic costs 
of meeting from local resources (e.g. meeting space, 
announcements, coffee, etc.) 

2. Chapters may apply to the CHLA/ABSC Executive Committee 
for development grants to support or assist proposed 
Chapter activities of merit. The Executive Committee 
may make grants to Chapters up to a maximum of $5.00 
per active CHLA/ABSC member in the Chapter. 

3. Chapters may request thatthe CHLA/ABSC provide program 
loans to facilitate the organization of workshops, 
publications, or other continuing education activities. 
The CHLA/ABSC Executive Committee will consider each 
request on its merits. 

Chapter Representation 

1. The Chief Executive Officer of each Chapter will become 
a non- voting corresponding member of the CHLA/ABSC 
Executive Committee, who receives all documentation 
provided to that Committee. Chapter activities and 
requests will be reported to the CHLA/ABSC Executive 
Committee through this representative. 

2. Any Chapter may place an item on the agenda of an 
Executive Committee Meeting or an Annual General Meeting 
of the CHLA/ABSC. An Officer of the Chapter may also 
speak to that item when it arises. However, the 
CHLA/ABSC cannot guarantee travel funding for this purpose 


Each Chapter will be expected to appoint a correspondent 
to provide regular assistance to the Editor of the 
CHLA/ABSC Newsletter. 

Maintenance of Chapter Status 

1. Each Chapter must provide an annual report to the CHLA/ 
ABSC Executive Committee outlining its activities during 
the current year, and verifying that all CHLA/ABSC 
requirements continue to be met. 

2. The annual report submitted by each Chapter must be 
received by the CHLA/ABSC Executive Committee before it 
meets immediately prior to the Annual General Meeting. 

3. Should any Chapter no longer meet the necessary CHLA/ABSC 
criteria, for whatever reason, Chapter status will be 
suspended until such time as the requirements have been 



A cause des depenses encourues, le comite de publication de 
L'ABSC a decide' qu'il nous est impossible de distribuer des 
doubles ou des listes de desiderata. On suggere aux biblio- 
theques possedant du materiel en double de 1 envoyer soit 
au Universial and Book Exchange a Washington D. C, soit au 
Canadian Book Exchange Centre a Ottawa. 


The Publications Committee of CHLA has decided that expense makes it 
impossible for us to distribute duplicate or wants lists. Vfe suggest 
that libraries having duplicate material send it to either the 
Ihiversal Serials and Book Exchange in Washington, D.C. or to the 
Canadian Book Exchange Centre in Ottawa. 



The first Canadian project to evaluate the role of the clinical 
librarian has been funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health at 
McMaster University for a one-year period. 

Beginning September 1, 1978, two Librarians based in the Health 
Sciences Library will provide an information service for patients 
and health professionals in the Rheumatology and Obstetrics 
services for a six-month period. Two other clinical settings, 
yet to be chosen, will be served for the second six-month 

By participating in selected ward rounds and clinics, the 
librarians will develop and evaluate patient education 
packages. Health professionals will also be provided with recent 
articles from the biomedical literature that have direct 
relevance to patient care, as a basis for teaching information- 
seeking skills. Measures of library use and information-seeking 
habits for treatment and control groups will assess the effect 
of the librarians' interventions on health professionals. 
Expected results include: 

(1) improved access Co educational materials 
for patients 

(2) improved information -seeking habits of 
health professionals 

(3) improved ability of librarians to accurately 
identify and meet information needs in patient 
care settings. 

This project differs from existing clinical librarian programs in 
the U.S. and Great Britain in providing an information service 
for patients and attempting to demonstrate that a clinical 
librarian can be effective on a part-time basis. 

Additional information about the project is available from the 
principal investigators, Ms. Joanne Marshall and Dr.V.R. Neufeld, 
Health Sciences Library. McMaster University. Hamilton, Ontario 
L8S 4J9. 




It is possible that several thousand years ago someone stood 
on the Mediterrean coast of Egypt, gazed upon one great 
building among the lessers and asked this question - "is 
the Library of Alexandria really relevant?" Whether or not 
our ancient predecessors had to answer charges of irrelevancy, 
and of not meeting users' needs, there is no denying the 
current trend of assessing the usefulness of any given 
institution, most especially the library. It no longer seems 
enough to defend the library's existence on vague notions such 
as preservation of civilization, public good, or the spiritual 
uplifting of the mass of hiimanity. Such claims nowadays are 
only made by public television. Whether for good or bad, 
libraries must be meeting very definite needs. However, 
library needs have a way of changing; this is a function of 
the changeable nature of society in general. It is incumbent 
upon the professional librarian to perceive shifting needs and 
creatively respond with appropriate services and programs . In 
doing so in recent times public librarians have developed 
programs for the elderly, for shut-ins and the very young. 
Medical librarians have adopted computerized bibliographic 
retrieval, S.D.I, and a host of other tools. However, an 
expanding trend has all but been ignored by both - it involves 
the need for information to support the education of the public 
about their bodies, disease, and healthful living. The 
evidence that this trend exists is strong. It stretches from 
the individual to the highest levels of federal bureaucracy. 

The empirical evidence for a revolution in the attitude of 
North Americans towards their bodies is overwhelming. The 
activities once associated only with the "health nuts" are 
now epidemic. Note the joggers in any public park, the 
bicyclists on the streets, the rash of health food stores, the 
"natural" and "organic" labelling on food. What drugstore 
doesn't carry vitamins in megadoses? What city of any size 
doesn't have a number of health clubs? Along with this very 
positive interest in the body has sprung a rather negative 
attitude toward traditional medicine. No longer content to 
be given a prescription and told to return in a week, many 
dissatisfied people are taking more personal control of their 
health care. On the extreme end of this trend are the 
proponents of medical self -care. Its advocates insist that 
much of what the public seeks the advice of health professionals] 
for could be handled by the individuals themselves. It is part 
of the do-it-yourself mentality. In some ways a call to return 
to the old days of home remedies. The literature, always a 
good signpost for any trend, is reflective of this one as well. 
Consider these titles: Man's Body: An Owner's Manual , Take Care 
of Yourself, How to be Your Own Doctor - Sometimes, 


Membership Application 



Postal code. 

I enclose $15.00 (made payable to Canadian Health Libraries Association) 
as my membership fee for the period ending June 1979. 



Alan H. MacDonald 

Treasurer, CHLA/ABSC 

W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library 

Oalhousie University 

Halifax, Nova Scotia 

B3H 4H7 

Formule d'Appllcation 




Code postale. 

J' inclus $15.00 (payable a Canadian Health Libraries Association) comme 
cotisation pour la periode qui se termine en juin 1979. 



Alan H. MacDonald 

Treasurer, CHLA/ABSC 

W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library 

Dalhousie University 

Halifax, Nova Scotia 

B3H 4H7 




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WINNIPEG, Manitoba R3E 0W3 

Dates limites pour les soumissions: Bulletins No. 8 le 28 octobre. No. 9 

le 19 Janvier, No. 10 le 2 mars 

Our Bodies - Chir Selves , these are just a few. There is more 
than just a bit of the reactionary spirit in all of this. 
There is a frustration and disappointment with the medical 
establishment. The spiralling costs and the perceived 
benefits have not jived, leaving some to strike out on their 
own, and others to be more critical and inquisitive of their 
private physicans. 

New revelation about morbidity and mortality have been 
producing some changes within traditional medicine as well. 
Life expectancy for Canadians, which increased steadily in 
the first part of this century, has not made any significant 
improvement in recent years . And whereas , at the turn of the 
century Canadians died of diseases of short duration and 
intense severity i.e. acute illness, now, more often than not, 
they die of conditions of long duration, which frequently 
incapacitate their victims for years i.e. chronic illness. 
The shocking fact in all of this is that the major causes 
of death are preventable. Within this category are lung 
cancer, emphysema, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, suicide, 
and heart disease. Confronted with this situation many 
health care providers have taken a new direction in their deal- 
ings with patients. Rather than merely repairing conditions 
which might have been prevented, they are attempting to alter 
behavior that is illness inducing and encouraging that which 
is health producing. Much of this behavior modification takes 
place through education, specifically labelled patient or 
consumer health education. The form of education varies, some 
takes place in small class settings, some within the examining 
room, some through mass communication. However, the idea is 
basically the same: educate the individual on healthy living. 

Recognizing similar morbidity and mortality statistics, the 
United States Federal government has committed itself and 
and resources to an Informed consumerate as regards health 
and health care. Through both regulations and the creation 
of agencies a national trend has been set. Major institutions, 
such as the Bureau of Health Education and the National Center 
for Health Education have been set up specifically to 
facilitate health educating the public. Perhaps the boldest 
step was the signing of P.L, 94-317, the National Consumer 
Health Information and Health Promotion Act of 1976. Among 
a variety of monumental tasks specified by the law were the 
following directives: 

Formulate national goals and a strategy to achieve 
such goals, with respect to health information 
and health promotion, preventive health services, 
and education in the appropriate use of health 

Incorporate appropriate health education components 
into our society, especially into all aspects of 
education and health care. 

Increase the application and use of health knowledge, 
skills, and practices by the general population in 
its patterns of daily living. 


The Act also ordered the creation of a new national agency, 
the Office of Health Information and Health Promotion to 
coordinate national efforts in consumer health education. It 
seems most likely that if it has not already begun to do so, 
that the Canadian government will soon follow suit. 

If we could quickly sketch a picture of this North American 
health scene it might appear something like this: a portion 
of the population clamoring for information about their bodies 
and health, the institutions of traditional medicine recogniz- 
ing and acting on the need to educate their constituents 
about their health, and the bureaucracies of the federal and 
local governments either encouraging or mandating the education 
of citizens about health and health care. What should the 
librarian make of all of this? Should s/he even be concerned 
with it? What, if anything, should s/he do in response? Might 
not part of the answer to the question of the relevancy of 
libraries be found in the way in which librarians answer these 
three questions. Of course, the question of relevancy is 
itself relative, relative to the population for which the 
library was created. Therefore, the hospital librarian might 
ask, why should I be concerned with trends within the population, 
my clientele is health care providers. The university medical 
school librarian might similarly claim that his/her users are 
students and faculty, not the public. This, however, suggests 
short-sightedness. In the end, health care providers, whether 
students, practitioners or teachers must respond to the trends 
of the public for whom they exist. In fact, many clinicians 
already are interested in health education. They want to be 
able to sit down and talk with their patients, and to be able 
to hand that person supportive literature to take home and 
keep. But, they are overwhelmed by the plethora of disorganized 
information. Also, for some time public librarians have been 
^recognizing the need for health information literature but 
have avoided plunging themselves into gathering it because of 
the technical nature of it. They feel insecure with scientific 
and health literature. Who then shall take the lead, who has 
the expertise in this area? It seems that such skills lie 
almost solely with medical librarians. 

The organization of health related information requires a 
librarian, and the subject matter of the literature demands 
that this be an individual who is familiar with the health 
sciences. Who could better accomplish this organizational 
activity better than the medical librarian? Currently there 
is no control over the mountains of health literature produced 
in pamphlet form annually. The "junky" format of the literature 
seems to defy organization. But it is precisely this format 
which is appropriate to educating the public, it serves the 
diabetic who wants to know about insulin injections, the new 
mother who wants to know about infant care, the arthritic who 
needs to know about the care of painful joints, or the newly 
diagnosed m.s. patient who wants to understand his disease. At 
the same time, audiovisual material to support health education 
has appeared in great quantity, but is equally disorganized. 



There is a desperate need for a concerted effort to bring 
to this information some kind of order that librarians 
have brought to the world of books , and to provide easy 
access and professional reference service. 

How, and if medical librarians will respond to the consiimer's 
needs obviously remains to be determined. A university 
library might cooperate with a city library to provide 
technical assistance, or it might serve as a referral place 
from the public library. Hospital libraries might have 
cooperative arrangements with public libraries that allow 
their health care providers to make referrals for specific 
audiovisual or printed information. Or the hospital 
library might itself be available to provide information 
requested by a physician's "prescription". There might also 
be a cooperative arrangement between an organized group of 
medical and public, school and medical libraries. There 
are endless possibilities. But there is an immediate need to 
make a close inspection of the whole area, to identify specific 
needs, and to begin on a course aimed at fulfilling them. 
Providing health information is a particularly satisfying 
activity for it touches people on their most human and common 
level. And the possibilities of positively affecting both 
individual and national health through the exercising of those 
skills peculiar to librarians are great. 

Ed Tawyea, a graduate of Wayne State University, presently 
working in the reference department of Northwestern University 
in Chicago, wrote the above article at the invitation of the 
Editors, we hope it will provoke conments in our next issue. 

If you are interested in reading or buyinp any of the books 
mentioned in the article bibliographic references follow :- 

Boston Women's Health Book Collective. Our Bodies, Ourselves 
Rev. 2nd ed. New York, Simon & Schuster, 1976. 

The Diagram Group. Man's Body: An Owner's Manual. New York 
Paddington Press, 1976. 

Sehnert, Keith W., and Eisenberg, Howard. How to be Your 

Own Doctor - Sometimes. New York, Grosset & Dunlop , 1976. 

Vickery. Donald M. , and Fries, James F. Take Care of 

Yourself'' A Consumer's Guide to Medical Care. Reading 
Mass., Addison - Wesley, 1976. «»"-l"S. 




En 1977, un memoire etait presente au Directeur de I'Institut canadien 
de 1 ' information scientifique et technique (ICIST) en meme temps qu'une 
revision du rSle et des objectifs de la Bibliotheque nationale. Ce 
memoire, prepare par le Comite consultatif des bibliotheques des facultes 
de medecine de 1 'Association des facultes de medecine du Canada fAFMC) 
fut approuve par le Conseil des doyens de I'AFMC, 1 'Association des 
bibliotheques de la sante du Canada (ABSC) et par la section canadienne 
de la Medical Library Association. 
Le memoire recommendait que: 

1. le role et les fonctions du Centre bibliographiques des sciences de 
la sante (CBSS) et de son personnel soient revisees et accrus; 

2. que le Directeur de la Bibliotheque nationale et le Directeur de 

1 ' Institut canadien de 1 ' information scientifique et technique (ICIST) 
etablissent un reseau canadien de bibliotheques biomedicales h partir 
des reseaux regionaux de bibliotheques biomedicales deja existants; 

3. que la qualite de la collection scientifique de 1' ICIST continue d'etre 
une prioritc; 

4. que 1' ICIST essaie d'offrir aux utilisateurs canadiens de MEDLARS les 
bases de donnees au meme moment qu'elles sont accessibles aux E.U.; 

5. que le CBSS prepare une base de donnees lisible par machine sur les 
documents audio-visuels offerts au Canada; 

6. que 1' ICIST fasse connaitre d'avantage dans les milieux canadiens ses 
efforts en matiere de cooperation Internationale; 

7. qu'un petit comite consultatif soit cree pour faire des suggestions 
specifiques au sujet des actions que le CBSS devrait entreprendre ou 

Le but de cet article est de rendre compte de la mise a execution de cette 
derniere recommandat ion, I 'etabl i ssement d'un comite consultatif sur le 


La premiere reunion du Comite consultatif a eu lieu le 10 Janvier 1978 a 
I 'ICIST. Une violente tempete de neige avait fait annuler la plupart des 
vols sur Ottawa cette journee la. Tous les membres ont cependant reussi a 
se rendre a la reunion, ce qui est assez exceptionnel considerant que certains 
venaient de Vancouver, de Halifax de Montreal et de Toronto. Cette premiere 
reunion en etait une d'organisation seulement et des points comme le mandat , 
les objectifs et la duree des nominations furent discutes. M. Jack E. Brown 
assistait a cette premiere reunion en tant que Directeur de 1' ICIST. Comme 
1' ICIST est presentement a se nommer un nouveau Directeur, nous avons decide 
de nous donner un mandat provisoire, ce dernier devant etre approuve par le 
Directeur. Des que le mandat definitif sera arr§te, il sera public dans ce 


Pour le benefice des membres de I'ABSC, voici les objectifs actuels du 
Comite consultatif: 

a) agir en tant que groupe d'utilisateur en passant en revue les 
activities du CBSS en fonction des besoins des differents 
groupements et organismes des sciences de la santS au Canada; 

b) conseiller le Directeur de I'lCIST sur les lignes de conduites 
et les decisions concemant le CBSS et permettre la discussion 
de points sp§cifiques avec le Chef du CBSS; 

c) conseiller le CBSS sur les projets ^ long tenne; 

d) conseiller le Directeur de I'lCIST sur le choix de Chef du CBSS. 

Le Comite se compose de cinq membres par mandat special recommendSs par 
I'ABSC, 1 'Association pour I'avanceraent des sciences et des techniques 
(ASTED) , Section de la sant6 et par le Comit^ consultatif des bibliothdques 
des facult§s de m^decine de I'AFMC, ainsi que de deux membres d'office, 
le Directeur de I'lCIST ou son repr^sentant et le Chef du CBSS. 


La deuxidme r6union du Comit6 consultatif a eu lieu 3 Edmonton le 19 juin 
1978. De nombreux points intfressants, que vous trouverez r§suro6s dans 
les pages suivantes, y furent discut§s. 

I. Allocation des codes MEDLINE au Canada 

Pour 1* moment, le CBSS est le seul distributeur des codes MEDLINE au 
Canada. II fut longuement discut6 de la possibility d'ftablir de 
crit&res pour la selection des centres MEDLINE comme 1 'utilisation 
minimale, 1 'emplacement g6ographique et I'ampleur des services rendus 
aux utilisateurs de I'extfirieur. Le Comit§ consultatif recommande Si 
I'lCIST de ne pas restreindre le nombre de centres MEDLINE dans la 
■esure oD le Canada n'est pas limit? par la National Library of Medicine. 
II est recommand? de plus que le CBSS dresse un tableaux des services 
que I'lCIST peut offrir aux centres MEDLINE (livraison de documents, 
recherches de localisation, etc.). 

II. Repertoire des bibliothdques des sciences de la sante au Canada 

Le besoin d'un tel repertoire futapprouv€ unanimement par le Comite 
consultatif. Le Chef du CBSS a deji commence I en amasser les donnees 
et I'ABSC, 1 'ASTED et I'AFMC ont commence 3 lui envoyer des listci de 
biblioth^ques de sciences sante locales et regionales. Le CBSS a mis 
cette activite au rang de ses priorites. 
Ill . Publications du Centre bibliographique des sciences de la sante 

Avant de donner les recommandations du Comite consultatif, il serait 
bon d' enumerer les publications actuelles de I'lCIST dans le domaine 
des sciences de la sante: Bibliotheques canadiennes detenant les 
periodiques repertoires dans 1' Index Medicus, Comptes rendus de 
conferences sur les sciences de la sante et Bibliotheques canadiennes 
des sciences de la sante. 


Le CBSS est a reviser la 7^ edition (1977) de Bibliotheques canadiennes 
detenant les periodiques repertories dans 1' Index Medicus avec 1' intention 
d'y inclure des listes speciales d'art dentaire, de science infirmiere et 
de reproduction comme dans List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus , publie 
par la U. S. National Library of Medicine. Un projet similaire vise 1 'etude 
de la disponibilite au Canada des periodiques repertories dans Excerpta Medic a. 
Le Comite consultatif aapprouveces projets. De plus le Comite s'est penche 
sur le fait que le Catalogue collectif des publications scientifiques dans 
les bibliotheques canadiennes (CCPSBC) n'est pas pleinement representatif 
des periodiques conserves dans les bibliotheques des sciences de la sante. 
Afin d' aider le CBSS a determiner quels titres de periodiques devraient 
gtreajoutes dans le CCPSBC , la Kellog Health Sciences Library de L'Universite 
de Dalhousie precede presenteraent a une comparison de sa collection avec les 
titres du Catalogue collectif . 

Le Comite s'est aussi demande s'il serait souhaitable d' employer le titre 
courant au lieu du nom d'auteur collectif dans le CCPSBC et dans Bibliotheques 
canadiennes detenant . . . 

Comptes rendus des conferences sur les sciences de la sante a ete discontinue 
la collection de I'ICIST etant desonnais accessible sur CAN/OLE, la vente de 
copies-papier etant a la baisse et 1' Institute for Scientific Information 
ayant publie recemment Index to Scientific and Technical Proceedings . 

Le Comite consultatif a aussi passe beaucoup de temps a revoir le r51e et 
la nature de Bibliotheques canadiennes des sciences de la sante (BCSS) . Le 
Comite a recommande que son contenu soit limite a 1' inclusion des nouveaux 
titres, les nouveaux titres etant ceux de periodiques de moins de 5 ans, et 
des anciens titres s'ils sont nouveaux au Canada. Le fait que cette publi- 
cation se limiterait aux "nouveaux" titres a incite le Comite § recommander 
que le titre redevienne "Periodiques des sciences de la sante en coramande" 
qui en refleterait plus fidelement le contenu. Ce changement de titre est 
aussi rendu necessaire par 1 'abandon des nouvelles, des postes vacants et 
de la bibliographie d' information courante publics auparavant dans BCSS . 

IV. Efforts pour obtenir une traduction frangaise des vedettes MESH 

Depuis plusiers annees, des efforts ont ete faits pour obtenir une 
traduction fran§aise des vedettes MESH de I'Institut National de la 
Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM) . Cette traduction serait 
utile non seulement pour les recherches en direct mais aussi pour les 
catalogueurs qui utilisent la classification de la NLM. Aussi, 
puisqu'elle a une importance considerable pour le Canada, I'ICIST 
adressera une demande officielle a 1' INSERM pour cette traduction 


II semble evident que le Comite consultatif sur le CBSS continuera a traiter 
de sujets interessant directement la communaute des bibliotheques des sciences 
de la sante du Canada. Le Comite a besoin des commentaires de tous les usagers 
des services du CBSS s'il veut pouvoir agir comme consommateur vigilant. 



Les membres du nouveau Comite consultatif recevrons avec plaisir les 
commentaires de leurs collegues. Pour toute question ayant trait aux 
services du Centre bibliographique des sciences de la sante, n'hesitez 
pas 1 ecrire J n'iraporte lequel des membres list^s ci-dessous. 

>*ne. Pierrette Dubuc 


HOpital Ste- Justine 

3175 Chemin Ste - Catherine 


H3T 1C5 

Nad. Eve-Marie Lacroix 
Chef, Centre bibliographique des 
sciences de la sant6 et Secretaire 
du Comit§ consultatif 
Institut canadien de 1 ' information 
sclent if ique et teonnique 
Conseil national de recherches du Canada 
Edifice M-SS 
OTTAWA, Ontario. KIA 0S2 

M. Nillian Fraser 


British Columbia Medical Library 


1807 West 10th Street 

VANCOUVER, British Columbia 

M. Alan MacDonald 

Health Sciences Librarian 

N. K. Kellog Health Sciences Library 

Dalhousie University 

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia 

Mie. Frances K. Groen 

Life Sciences Area Librarian 

Medical Library, McGill University 

36SS Orumnond Street 

MONTREAL, Qu6bec H3G 1Y6 

Mad. Linda McFarlane 


Sunnybrook Medical Centre 

2075 Bayview Avenue 

TORONTO, Ontario. M4N 3MS 

Le president du Comit^ consultatif continuera 1 tenir la communaute des 
bibliothdques de la santS inform#e des activit^s du Comit§ par le biais 
de ce bulletin. 

Frances Groen 


Comite consultatif sur le centre 

bibliographique des sciences de la sante 

Traduction: Institut candadien de 1' information scientifique et technique. 




In 1977, a brief was submitted to the Director of the Canada 
Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI), 
in conjunction with the review of the role and objectives of 
the National Library. This statement, prepared by the 
Special Resource Committee on Medical School Libraries of 
the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges (ACMC) was 
endorsed by the Council of Deans of the ACMC, the Canadian 
Health Libraries Association (CHLA) and the Canadian Group 
of the Medical Library Association. The brief contained the 
following recommendations: 

1. that the role and functions of the Health Sciences 
Resource Centre (HSRC) and its staff be reviewed and 

2. that the National Librarian and the Director of the 
Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information 
(CISTI) develop a Canadian biomedical library network 
based on the existing regional pattern of biomedical 
library centres. 

3. that the development of a scientific collection of 
excellence at CISTI continue to receive priority treat- 
ment . 

4. that CISTI attempt to make data bases available to 
Canadian MEDLARS users simultaneous with their 
availability in the U.S. 

5. that HSRC develop a machine-readable data base of 
audiovisual materials available in Canada. 

6. that CISTI 's efforts in the area of international co- 
operation be made more widely known to the Canadian 
library community. 

7. that a small advisory committee be established to make 
specific suggestions regarding activities which HSRC 
should carry out or promote. 



The purpose of this article is to report on the implementation 
of the final recommendation, the establishment of an advisory 
committee to HSRC. 


The first meeting of the Advisory Committee was held on 
January 10, 1978 at C.I. S.T.I. A raging blizzard cancelled 
most flights to Ottawa that day. However, all members managed 
to arrive for the meeting, quite an achievement when one 
considers that members arrived from Vancouver, Halifax, 
Montreal and Toronto. This first meeting was an organizational 
meeting only, and issues such as terms of reference, objectives, 
and length of service on the Committee had to be addressed. 
Dr. Jack Brown attended that first meeting in his capacity as 
Director of C.I. S.T.I. As C.I. S.T.I, is now awaiting the 
appointment of a new Director, we determined to live with an 
interim set of Terms of Reference, as these are subject to the 
approval of the Director. Once these are in their final form, 
they will be published in his Newsletter . 

CHLA members may be interested to know the present objectives 
of the Advisory Committee which are as follows: 

(a) to act as a user group by reviewing the 
activities of the HSRC vis-a-vis the need 
of the various health science communities 
and organizations in Canada; 

(b) to provide advice, to the Director of C.I. S.T.I, 
on policies and actions related to the HSRC and 
provide a forum for discussion of specific issues 
with the Head of the HSRC; 

(c) to provide advice on long-term planning for the 

(d) to advise the Director of C.I. S.T.I, on the 
selection of a Head of the HSRC. 

The Committee consists of five members at large and two ex-officio 
members. On the recoranendation of C.H.L.A., L'Association pour 
D'Avancement des Sciences et des Techniques de la Documentation 
CASTED) , Section de la Sante, and the ACMC Special Resource 
Committee on Medical School Libraries, the Director of C.I. S.T.I, 
appoints members for a period of two years. Initially, some 
appointments were made for a longer period of time to assure 
continuity in the Committee. Ex officio members include the 
Director of CISTI or his/her representative and the Head of HSRC. 



The second meeting of the Advisory Committee was held in 
Edmonton on June 19, 1978. A number of issues of interest 
were reviewed and are summarized on the following pages. 

I . The Location of MEDLINE codes in Canada 

At present, HSRC is the unique distributor of MEDLINE codes in 
Canada. Considerable discussion has taken place regarding the 
development of a set of criteria for the establishment of a 
MEDLINE centre, including questions of minimum use, geographic 
location and the extent of service provided to external 
users. The Advisory Committee recommended that C.I. S.T.I, 
not restrict the number of MEDLINE centres as long as Canada 
is not limited by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. It 
also suggested that HSRC prepare a detailed statement on 
C.I. S.T.I, support available to MEDLINE centres, for example, 
document delivery and location searches. 

II . Directory of Health Science Libraries in Canada 

The need for such a directory was unanimously endorsed by the 
Advisory Committee. The Head of HSRC is already beginning 
to gather data, and the CHLA, ASTED, and ACMC are forwarding 
local and regional lists of health science libraries to HSRC 
to provide the basis of the directory. This activity is receiv- 
ing priority treatment at HSRC. 

III . Publications of the Health Sciences Resource Centre 

Before discussing the recommendations of the Advisory Committee, 
it may prove useful to enumerate the present publications of 
C.I. S.T.I, in the health sciences. These include Canadian 
Locations of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus, Conference 
Proceedings in the Health Sciences . and Health Science Libraries 
in Canada . 

Canadian Locations of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus (7th 
ed., 1977) is being reviewed at HSRC with the intention of 
including special lists of dental, nursing and reproduction 
journals such as appear in List of Journals Indexed in Indexed 
Medicus, published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. 
A related project concerns the investigation of Canadian back-up 
for serials abstracted in Excerpta Medica. The Advisory 
Committee reviewed these programs with approval. In addition, 
the Committee was concerned with the problem that the Union 
List of Scientific Serials in Canadian Libraries (ULSSCL) 


is not fully representative of the full array of services held 
in health science libraries. To assist C.I. S.T.I, in 
determing which additional serial titles should be included 
in ULSSCL , the Kellogg Health Sciences Library of Dalhousie 
University is comparing its serial holding against those 
of the Union List. Discussion also included the desirability 
of employing running title rather than corporate entry in the 
ULSSCL and its spin-off, Canadian Locations . 

Conference Proceedings in the Health Science s has been 
discontinued in view of the availability of CISTI holdings on 
CAN/OLE, the decreasing sales of hard copy, and the newly 
available Index to Scientific and Technical Proceedings 
published by the Institute for Scientific Information. 

The Advisory Committee also spent considerable time in 
reviewing the scope and nature of Health Science Libraries in 
Canada (HSLC) . Concerning the content ot this publication, 
the Committee recommended that it should limit its inclusion 
to new titles, defining new titles as those no more than five 
years old and should list old titles only if they were new in 
Canada. The limitation of this publication to "new" health 
sciences serials on order prompted the Committee to recommend 
that the title revert to the original name of "Health Sciences 
Serials on Order", more reflective of the contents of the 
publication. This need for this title change is also indicated 
by the omission of new items, job vacancies, and the current 
awareness bibliography previously published in HSLC . 

IV. Efforts to obtain a French translation of MESH headings 

For several years, efforts have continued to obtain a French 
version of HESH headings from L' Inst i tut National de la Sant6 
et de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM). Such holdings are 
useful not only for on-line searching but also for cataloguers 
using the NLM classification. Thus far, efforts have not 
been successful. However, since this French translation is 
of considerable importance to Canada, C.I. S.T.I, will address 
a foraal request to INSERH for this translation. 


It seems obvious from the content of this meeting that the 
Advisory Committee on HSRC will continue to discuss issues of 
direct relevance to the community of Canadian health libraries 
If the Committee is to function as a vigilant consumer, it 
requires the comments of all users of the services of HSRC. 


Members of this newly formed Advisory Committee welcome comments 
from their colleagues. If issues related to the services of 
the Health Sciences Resource Centre arc of concern, please write 
to any of the members listed below 

Mrs. Pierette Dubuc 


H8pital St. Justine 

3175 Chemin St. Catherine 

Montreal H3T 1C5 

Mr. William Fraser 


British Columbia Medical 

Library Service 
1807 West 10th Street 
Vancouver, B.C. 

Mrs. Frances K. Groen 

Life Sciences Area Librarian 

Medical Library, McGill University 

3655 Drummond Street 

Montreal H3G 1Y6 

Mrs. Eve-Marie Lacroix 

Head, Health Sciences Resource Centre 

5 Secretary to the Advisory Committee 
Canada Institute for Scientific and 

Technical Information 
National Research Council 
Building M - 55 
Ottawa, Ontario KIA 032 

Mr. Alan MacDonald 

Health Sciences Librarian 

W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library 

Dalhousie University 

Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Ms. Linda McFarlane 


Sunnybrook Medical Center 

2075 Bayview Avenue 

Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 


The Chairperson of the Advisory Committee will continue to keep 
the health library community informed of Committee developments 
through this Newsletter. 

Frances Groen 


Advisory Committee on the 

Health Sciences Resource Centre 



Institut canadien de 1' information scientifique et technique, Conseil 
national de recherches, Ottawa. 

LeS ressouTces et les services offerts par le Centre bibliographique 
des sciences de la sante ont ete decrits dans le numSro 2 du bulletin 
de I'ABSC. M8me si le rOle du CESS demeure inchange (coordination des 
services d' information pour les sciences de la sant^ 3 I'interieur de 
I'ICIST et pour le pays) plusieurs details ont chang6 au niveau des 
services et des ressources. En contribuant r^gulidrement S ce bulletin, 
j'esp^re vous tenir au courant des operations du CESS. 

Administration de MEDLINE 

Depuis Janvier 1978, 1 'entente avcc la U. S. National Library of Medicine 
nous permet 75 codes d'acc^s et 1 'utilisation illimit^e des bases de 
donnies MEDLINE. 

II y a pr^sentement 58 centres MEDLINE canadiens et 4 demandes i l'6tude. 
Les centres les plus r6cents ont 6ti £tablis dans des hOpitaux et 11 
semblerait que le fait que MEDLINE soit accessible sur place ait rSsultS 
en un accroissement de la demande de services bibliographiques de la 
part du personnel de ces hOpitaux. 

Si vous d(sirez des inforaation sur les bases de donn6es MEDLINE, sur 
la fagon de devenir un centre MEDLINE, ou I'adresse de centres MEDLINE 
off rant des services dans votre region, veuillez coianuniquer avec 
Mary Lynne East, Coordonnatrice de MEDLINE, CBSS. 

Repertoire des bibliothdques des sciences de la sant§ au Canada 
Pour ripondre i. un besoin senti, le CBSS a entrepris de produire un 
repertoire complet des bibliothdques canadiennes de sciences sante. 
Nous avons commence k coapiler une liste d'adresses lisible par machine, 
en cooperation avec I'ABSC, I'ASTED et I'AFMC. La deuxiSme phase de 
ce projet sera une enqutte qui sera faite au debut de 1979. 

Collection d' appoint pour Excerpta Medica 

Excerpta Medica devant devenir accessible en direct ^ partir du 1®' 
aoOt, le CBSS a commence ) etudier la disponibilite des periodiques 
repertories dans Excerpta Medica I I'ICIST et au Canada. Ce projet 
est dej2 bien avance et je pourrai vous en conmuniquer les resultats 
dans le prochain numero de ce bulletin. 

Pour tout renseignement sur les programmes et services du CBSS, n'hesitez 
pas i m'ecrire ou ^ me teiephoner S (613) 993-1604. 

Eve-Marie Lacroix 

Chef. Centre bibliographique des sciences de la sante 



Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, 
National Research Council, Ottawa. 

The services and resources of the Health Sciences Resource 
Centre were described in Issue 2 (1977) of the CHLA Newsletter. 
Though the role of HSRC remains unchanged, coordinating 
information services for the health sciences within CISTI and 
nationally, many of the details of services have changed. By 
contributing regularly to the Newsletter, I hope to keep you 
up-to-date on the operation of the HSRC. 

MEDLINE Administration 

Effective January 1978, the quid-pro-quo agreement with the 
U.S. National Library of Medicine allows us 75 access codes 
and unlimited access to the MEDLINE data bases, i.e., we pay 
for what we use . 

There are now 58 Canadian MEDLINE Centres, with 4 applications 
pending. The newest centres are being established in hospitals, 
and feedback to date indicates that the on-site availability 
of MEDLINE has resulted in an increased demand for bibliograpic 
services from hospital staff. 

If you would like information on the MEDLINE data bases, how 
to become a MEDLINE centre, or the address of a MEDLINE centre 
offering service in your area please contact Mary Lynne East, 
MEDLINE Coordinator, HSRC. 

Directory of Health Sciences Libraries in Canada 

In answer to an expressed need, HSRC has begun a project to 
produce a comprehensive directory of Canadian health science 
libraries. As a first step, we have begun to compile a machine 
readable mailing list, with the cooperation of CHLA, ASTED and 
ACMC. The second phase of the project is the survey, which will 
be done in early 1979. 

Collection back-up for Excerpta Medica 

With Excerpta Medica scheduled to become available on-line 
on August 1, HSRC has undertaken a project to determine back- 
up within CISTI and in Canada for the journals abstracted by 
Excerpta Medica. This project is well underway , thus I will 
be able to report the results in the next issue of the 

For information on any of HSRC's programs and services, please 
write or phone me at (613) 993-1604. 

Eve-Marie Lacroix 

Head, Health Sciences Resource Centre 



The relationship between Laval Science Library and the 
affiliated teaching hospitals' libraries has been existing for 
several years. Studies have been made In the early seventies 
to Improve this relationship, but with little results. Still, 
the Science Library maintains its collaboration on some four 
specific aspects. 

L'hisColr* des relations d* la Blblloth2que de I'Unlver- 
■Iti Laval - tout spScialenant celles de la Bibliothique Scienti- 
fiqua - avec les blblloth^ques des hopitaux d'enselgnement afflliSs 
date diji depuis quelque temps. 

Au cours d«s annies passSes, des efforts furent exercts 
afln d'€laborcr de fa^on plus concrete les besoins et 1« rola que 
devaient jouer les deux parties en cause, ct ce, plus pr^cisSment, 
depuis le debut des annSes solxante-dix. Un premier rapport 
d'enquSte fut prisentfi en 1971 par la Blbllothique de I'UnlversltS 
Laval. Trent e-cinq rccosBandations furent soumlses au ComitS de 
liaison, formfi de reprisentants de la Facult§ de mSdecine de Laval 
et des hopitaux affiliis. Une des recoomandations demandait la 
creation d'un riseau de bibllotheques pour le secteur des sciences 
de la santi, tout en donnant i la Blbllotheque de 1 'University Laval 
la leadership dans cstte question avcc tous les pouvolrs pour agir 
en consequence. Aucune suite n'a iti donn^ i ce rapport. En 1973, 
la Rapport Bonneau et un M&aoire de I'ASTED recommaodalt encore une 
fois la mise en place d'une mellleure structure de coordination en- 
tre les bibllotheques impliquees. Malgri tous ces efforts, rien n'a 
iti fait jusqu'i aujourd'hul, et le Mlnlstere des Affaires Soclales 
ne scable pas tris int€ressi i divelopper une politique globale de 
rigionalisatlon dans le secteur des sciences de la santi. 

II en demeure toutefols que la Bibllothique Sclentifique 
continue de collaborer avec les bibllotheques des hopitaux d'ensel- 
gnement afflllSs en leur off rant les services sulvant: 

(1) prSt entre bibllotheques et localisation occa- 
sionnelle des demandea; 

(2) recherches bibliographlques 2 I'aide des banques 
automat is€es; 


(3) assistance aux blbllothecalres sur demandes; 

(4) envole gratult de la llste des perlodlques du 
secteur sclentlf Ique. 

De plus, devant la hausse constante des abonnements de 
periodique, 11 faudra surement penser a etendre cette collaboration 
au secteur du developpement des collections. 

Beaucoup a ete fait jusqu'ici, mais beaucoup reste encore 
a £alre. L'inertie du Comlte de liaison etabli en 1971 et le peu 
d'action des dlfferents minlstires provinciaux Impllques n'ont 
certe pas aider a la situation. Devant ce manque d'appui, la 
position de la Bibliotheque de I'Universite Laval est demeure stati- 
onnalre. II faudra done esperer que I'avenir nous reservera de 
mellleurs succes. 

Philippe Lemay 


Sciences de la Sante, 



A KWOC (Key Word Out of Context) Index to the over 
30,000 serials and numbered congresses held by the 
U.S. National Library of Medicine is due to be 
published in late 1978 or early 1979. This will be 
an annual publication available from the Government 
Printing Office at a cost of about $20. Details of 
the exact date of publication and of the publication 
niomber will appear in this Newsletter at a later 



B. C. Health Libraries Association 
Inaugural Meeting 1978 

At a time when many associations are coming into being it 
is not totally surprising that health sciences librarians 
in B, C. decided to organize. So on May 31, 1978 a long 
anticipated event, the formation of the B.C.H.L.A., brought 
together health librarians, technicians, and assistants from 
Vancouver and surrounding areas. Invitations were extended 
to Public librarians and representatives from the Library 
Development Commission as well. A small but enthusiastic 
contingent from Victoria received special mention from the 
Association's interim President Bill Fraser in his few but 
well-chosen words of address. The inaugural meeting held 
at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Vancouver, 
the location of the B. C. Medical Library Service, was pri- 
marily a late afternoon social gathering to acquaint fellow 
health information colleagues and enthusiasts. 

The Association's Constitution commendably extends its member- 
ship to all persons or institutions interested in the aims of 
the Association whose purpose shall be to promote effective 
library service in the Health Sciences within B. C. by communi- 
cation and mutual assistance. At present the Association 
receives its direction under an interim executive consisting 
of two persons: Bill Fraser (B .C.M.L.S .) , President and David 
Noble (B.C, Cancer Control Agency), Secretary/Treasurer. 

Of many interesting ideas discussed during the two-hour social 
function one was the concern of librarians from Public Libraries 
in being able to aid the lay public in its need for information 
in the health field. Hospital librarians have long been con- 
fronted with the problem of deciding policy for or against the 
use of their health collections by patients. Today, with the 
demand for more access to all kinds of information will fore- 
seeably become part of an even greater debate, that of assuming 
responsibility for unlimited dissemination of health information 
to the general public. 

The formation of the new Association is timely in view of the 
discussions held in Edmonton during the CLA Conference on the 
proposal of chapters for the C.H.L.A. The foregoing comments 
are speculative and may even be challenged at the next meeting, 
tentatively scheduled for October 1978, to coincide with the 
annual conference of the Pacific Northwest Regional Libraries 
Group (MLA) in Vancouver. 

I am certain the members of the Association would agree that 
the future of the B. C.H.L.A. is filled with promise, but most 

of all it is coninitted to a lot of hard work, grassroots and 

to politics I I 

(Miss) Donna Signori 
Collections Librarian 
University of Victoria Library 



Continuing Education in Manitoba 

In order to 
direct link 
of Medicine 
Sciences In 
cassettes o 
hospitals c 
for several 

provide physicians in northern Manitoba with a 
to new developments and trends in the practice 
at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, the 
of Manitoba's Northern Medical Unit (NMU) in 
with another university department, the Health 
structional Media Centre, has been sending video 
f Grand and Subspecialty Rounds to three northern 
losely associated with the NMU on a weekly basis 
months . 

As a result of interest expressed by other rural physicians 
in audiovisual continuing education aids, and enthusiasm 
expressed by some of the northern physicians who currently 
make regular use of the video cassettes, the Extension Service 
of the Medical Library is attempting to make this service 
available to other groups of rural physicians in Manitoba. 
Tapes will be mailed, along with a return label, to physicians 
that have access to a video tape player. 

Following the spring meeting, the members of the executive 
of the Manitoba Health Libraries Association are: 

President Ms . Sandra Langlands 

Extension Librarian, Medical Library 
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg 

Vice-Pres . Mrs . Jill Brown 
Grace General Hospital, Winnipeg 

Sec./Treas. Mrs. Doris Pritchard 
Head, Dental Library 
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg 

Past Pres , Ms. Barbara Henwood 
Library Technician 
General Centre Library 
Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg 



The annual "journee d' etude" of the Section de la sant^ 

of ASTED (Association pour I'Avancement des Sciences et 

Techniques de la Documentation) was held at the University 
de Montreal on Friday, May 12, 1978. 

The day was devoted to the discussion of health sciences 
library networks and of less formal structures of inter- 
library cooperation. The guest speaker, M . Germain 
Chouinard, director of the library of the Faculty of 
Medicine at the University of Sherbrooke , presented a 
paper on the feasibility of formation of hospital library 
consortia in Quebec. He presented some interesting 
figures on the percentage of total budget allotted to the 
medical library in various Quebec hospitals. 

During the lively discussion that followed, we were made 
aware of valuable health sciences collections in Quebec 
libraries. The library of the Ordre des Infirmieres et 
Infirmlers du Quebec (4200 Dorechester Blvd. W. , Montreal 
H3Z lV2)has a good collection of audiovisual materials 
on nursing which can be borrowed. The Federation des 
Medecins Omnipraticiens du Quebec (1440 St. Catherine St. 
W. , Montreal H3G 1R8) library keeps an up-to-date news- 
paper clipping file on all aspects of medicine in 
Canada . 

The process of regionalization of hospital libraries in 
Quebec is starting to get under way. The hospitals 
affiliated with McGill have had an Association for some 
years; those affiliated with the University de Montreal 
have now started one. Groups are also being formed in 
Quebec and in the Hull-Ottawa area. Reciprocal exchange 
of free photocopies of articles has been one of the first 
steps taken. 

The meeting closed with a visit to the Bibliotheque de la 
sant^ of the University de Montreal. 

Elaine Waddington, presidente 

Section de la sant6 


The annual congress of ASTED will take place at the Hotel 
Loew's-La Cite in Quebec City on October 25-28, 1978. The 
guest speaker at the luncheon given by the Section de la 
Sante' will be M. Robert Lavoie, director of the Conseil 
Regional de la Sante et des Services Sociaux of the Laurentides 
Lanaudiere region. 


Rapport de la joumee d' etude de la section 
de la sante de I'ASTED, 1978 

La journee d'etude annuelle de la section de la sante de I'ASTED a eu 
lieu a I'Universite de Montreal, vendrcdi le 12 mai, 1978. 

La journee a ete consacre a la discussion des reseaux de bibliotheques 
de sante quebecois et d' arrangements moins structures de cooperation 
entre bibliotheques . Le conferencier, M. Germain Chouinard, directeur 
de la bibliotheque de la Faculte de medecine de I'Universite de Sherbrooke, 
a presente une adresse au sujet de la possibilite de la formation de 
consortia de bibliotheques d'h5pitaux au Quebec. II a donne des chiffres 
bien interessants a propos de la proportion du budget global d'h6pital 
donnee a la bibliotheque medicale. ,'«)•■» '^<ir c*r; 

Pendant la discussion chaleureuse qui suivait, nous nous sommes faits 
conscients de ressources invalables dans certains bibliotheques de 
sante quebecois. La bibliotheque de I'Ordre des Infirmieres et Infirmiers 
du Quebec (4200 ouest Boulevard Dorchester, Montreal H3Z 1V2) a une bonne 
collection de materiaux audio-visuelles au sujet de nursing, qui est 
disponible. La bibliotheque de la Federation des Medecins Omnipraticiens 
du Quebec (1440 ouest rue Ste - Catherine, Montreal H3G 1R8) constitut un 
dossier de coupures d' articles de joumaux et de periodiques qui paraissent 
au Canada dans le domaine de la medecine. 

La conception de reseaux de bibliotheques medicales a travers le Quebec 
commence a se dessiner avec plus de precision. Les hopitaux affilies a 
I'Universite McGill sont deja formes en association depuis plusieurs 
annees, et ceux affilies a I'Universite de Montreal sont en train de 
former une association semblable. Des groupes similaires commencent a 
se reunir dans les regions de Hull et de Quebec. L'echange de photocopies 
gratuites est maintenant un fait accompli. 

La reunion s'est terminee par la visite a la bibliotheque de la sante de 
I'Universite de Montreal. 

Elaine Waddington 
Section de la sant6 
.•JS»7: ASTED 


Le congres annuel de I'ASTED aura lieu a 1 'Hotel Loew's-La Cite S 
Quebec le 25-28 octobre 1978. Le conferencier au dejeOner-causerie 
de la Section de la Sante sera M. Robert Lavoie, directeur-general du 
Conseil regional de la sante et des services sociaux de la region 
[.aurent ides-Lanaudi ere . 



Members are reminded of the services offered by the Canadian 
Book Exchange Centre of the National Library. The Centre 
accepts any duplicate or unneeded material (address for ship - 
ping is 85, Bentley Avenue, Ottawa.) The Centre also produces 
lists of serials available for the cost of shipping and will 
accept "wants lists" on 3" X 5" cards. Information on the 
Centre can be obtained from Canadian Book Exchange Centre, 
National Library of Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa 
KIA 0N4. 

Members are also reminded of the existence of the Universal 
Serials and Book Exchange based in Washington. D.C. Though 
there is a charge for publications supplied this is considerably 
less than that made by commercial dealer and USBE has a very 
large amount of health related material (In 1976 Member Libraries 
sent USBE over 300,000 medical publications). Information on 
becoming a Member of USBE ($25.00 per year) is available from 
USBE, 3335 V Street N.E., WASHINGTON, D.C. 20018. 

4th edition 197 

National Librar y of Ilcdicinc Claosif ir -t ion 

Vhc ath edition of the HLM Classification 
was published in August 1978. ^liis is an 
essential tool for all libraries using the 
NLH Classification and it has been exten- 
sively revised using IleSH subject headings 
Copies may be orr'ered from the Superinten- 
dent of Docurients, U. S. Government Printing 
Office, Vias'.iincton D. C. 20A02. The price 
outside the USA is $11.90 and the stock 
number is S/N 017-052-00193-1. Paynent must 
acconpany the order and service is inprove(/ 
if a return mnilinj: label is attached. 




On Tuesday morning, June 13th, the Somnabulist Society of Canada 
met at 7 a.m. for breakfast. Forty- two or forty-three bodies 
presented themselves (the count was a little hazy, but the con- 
versation was lively) . Each table was challenged to report the 
most exciting library event in their district during the year, 
and a niomber of news items came to the surface which have never 
before reached the ears of the CHLA/ABSC Newsletter Editor. 

For some it was MEDLINE, or a new library, or a grant; but for 
most it was the development of local library groups, sparked by 
the CHLA/ABSC. It is to be hoped that this early morning enthu- 
siasm can be sustained. 

Anna Leith, incoming Chairman, hosted. Martha Stone was elected 
the new Chairman- El ec t . M. A. Flower became the Group's nominee 
to the Nominating Committee of MLA. And there was enough coffee. 


A Checklist for Staff Library Services was published in the CHLA/ 
ABSC Newsletter 5:6-10, Spring ^978 . This Checklist was devised 
by a Committee of the Ontario Medical Association for the use of 
accreditation teams from the Canadian Council on Hospital Accredi- 
tation. We undertook to report to the OMA the reactions of our 
membership to this document . 

So which of you will speak up? We know you are out there. We 
have heard you mutter about the sideline view of accreditation 
surveys of your hospitals, as seen from the library. Now is your 

Due to an impassioned plea from the Chair at the Annual Meeting of 
CHLA/ABSC in Edmonton, we have two comments from Winnipeg. Where 
are the rumblings from Ontario? B.C. ? the Prairies? the Maritimes? 
Quebec? Dig out the Checklist and work it through. Make this your 
Labour Day resolution"! Mail before September 30th. This is called 
Participation . M. A. Flower, President, CHLA/ABSC, Nursing Library. 
McGill University, 3506 University Street, Montreal, Quebec. H3A 2A7 . 

EVA BORDA , of the Health Science Library, University of Western 
Ontario recently attended a course on "Teaching Techniques for 
Medical Librarians" (See Newsletter #6) in Boston. Further infor- 
mation on this course and details of future ones can be obtained 
from Carole Lipsitt, Education Specialist, NERMLS , Francis A. 
Countway Library of Medicine, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston, Mass. 02115. 

The Biomedical Bibliography and Biomedical Librarianship courses 

given by Dr. Pauline Vaillancourt at the McGill Graduate School of 

Library Science during June/July were a great success. They attracted 

not only library school students but also a number of hospital librarians 

and staff of the McGill University libraries. They will certainly 

have helped prepare anyone wishing to write the MLA certification 




LINDA SOLOMON , of the Canadian Hospital Association, with the help 
a sunmer student is compiling a bibliography of selected materials 
for the health administrator. The bibliography, will be supplemented 
by a list of films and cassettes, all of which will be available from 
the Canadian Hospital Association. The publication will be available 
for sale in the fall of 1978. This work was made possible by HASEPS 
(Health Activities Summer Employment Program for Students) grant from 
Health and Welfare Canada. 

MR P.J FAWCETT , has recently had an article entitled "Personal 
Filing Systems Revisited" accepted for publication in the Ear Nose 
and Throat Journal . Mr. Fawcett is the Public Services Librarian, 
Medical Library, University of Manitoba. 


In 1978, NLM has adopted the following series authority: DHEW 

(NIOSH) publication no... formerly DHEW publication no. (NIOSH) . . . , 

since the former now appears on the NIOSH publications. This 

will create some difficulty for people using the public catalogues, 

as the KIEW series will no longer all file together. 

CATALOGUES ? NLM classifies catalogues of audiovisual materials 
in the appropriate schedule using form number 18. Some of the 
titles shown in the NLM current catalog have the letter "Z" 
preceding the class number. This is Incorrect. (Memo from NLM 
April • 78) . 


MS. PATRICIA BUCZKOWSKI replaced Gail Wise as Library Technician 
(as of August 1st) at the Ontario Medical Association. 

MRS. pENISE POIRIER . Librarian Medical Library, St. Boniface Hospital 
will be the Manitoba Health Libraries Association correspondent for 
the CHLA/ABSC NEWSLETTER as of the next Issue. 

We extend best wishes to the new bride, ffllS PAMELA A. AVIS POLLOCK 
(formerly Pamela A. Avis) of the Ontario Medical Association. 

MS. SUSAN ROGERS , a graduate of the University of Minnesota School 
of Library Science, will be the volunteer coordinator of the union 
list of serials project undertaken by the Manitoba Health Libraries 
Association. She will be based at the Medical Library, University 
of Manitoba. 

MS. ELIZABETH WOODWORTH , has been appointed librarian at the British 
Colxnnbia Ministry of Health as of July 4, 1978. She was formerly 
with the Ministry of Recreation iand Conservation. 



"Health Computer Applications in Canada"/ L'Ordinateur au service de la 
sante canadienne , est un ouvrage de consultation complet sur les utilisations 
et les utilisateurs des ordinateurs dans le domaine de la sante canadienne. 
II parait chaque annee sous le patronnage de 1 'Association medicale canadienne 
et de 1 'Association canadienne pour 1 ' avancement de 1 'informatique dans le 
domaine de la santS; il est publie par le Bureau d' informatique dans le domaine 
de la sante, 410 Quest, avenue Laurier, ensemble 800, Ottawa, Ontario KIR 7T6. 
Le volume V est maintenant disponible i $75.00. 

"Health Computer Applications in Canada"/ L'Ordinateur au service de la 
sante canadienne , is a comprehensive reference guide to uses and users of 
computers in the Canadian health field. It is published annually under the 
sponsorship of the Canadian Hospital Association, the Canadian Medical Associa- 
tion and the Canadian Organization for Advancement of Computers in Health, by 
the Health Computer Information Bureau, 410 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 800, 
Ottawa, Ontario, KIR 7T6. Volume 5 is now available at $75.00. 

Nutrition of the Aged, 1978. Proceedings of a symposium held under the 
sponsorship of the Nutrition Society of Canada and the Monarch Fine Foods 
Company, in Calgary, Alberta, June 1977. Nutrition Society of Canada. 90p. 
Dr. T. K. Murray, Bureau of Nutritional Sciences, Food Directorate, Health 
Protection Branch, Health f, Welfare Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. KIA 0L2. FREE. 

McGill University has recently published a listing of Serial Holdings in 
their Botany/Genetics, Dentistry, Medical and Nursing Libraries. This listing 
contains approximately 6000 titles published since 1850 with full bibliographic 
information. Available for $20.00 (prepaid) from: Medical Library, McGill 
Unviersity, 3655 Drummond Street, Montreal, Quebec. H3G 1Y6. 

"The Women § Health/Mental Health" collection of the former Women's History 
Library has been published on microfilm by the Women's History Research Center 
of Berkeley, CA. The microfilm is 14 reels ($32/reel) of materials on women's 
physical and mental health and illnesses, sex roles, biology and the life cycle, 
sex and sexuality, birth control. Black and other Third World women, and more. 
For further information, contact the Center: Women's History Research Center, 
2325 Oak Street, Berkeley, CA. 94708. 

National Library of Medicine News . If your library wishes to receive this 
monthly publication which contains much of interest to all those involved in 
health libraries write to the following address: Office of Inquiries and 
Publications Management, National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, 
Bethesda, MD. 20014. 




MO. 8 

ISSN 0700-5 A 74 

WINTER, 1978 

This trill be Che last tlae you see this cover. 
This wuj also be the last CHLA/ ABSC Newsletter. 
The choice Is yours, beginning on page 3... 

O !-.' 






No. 8 1978 

L« CHLA/ABSC Newsletter est public 
biaestrelle par la Association des 
Blbllotheques de la Santi du Canada. 
Un abbonneaent i cette ptibllcatlon 
fait partle de votre cotlsatlon an- 
nuelle en tant que aeabre de I'ABSC. 
Pour devenlr oenbre et, pour recevolr 
cette publication 11 faut Scrlre k: 
Alan MacDonald, Tr^sorler, ABSC/CHLA, 
W.K. iCellogg Health Sciences Library, 
Dalhouse University, Halifax, Nova 
Scotia B3H 4H7. 

The CHIA/ABSC Newsletter Is published 
blaoothly by the Canadian Health 
Libraries Association. Subscriptions 
are available with neobershlp In the 
Association. Correspondence regarding 
■eabershlp or subscriptions should be 
addressed to: Alan H. MacDonald, 
Treasurer, CHLA/ABSC, U.K. Kellogg 
Health Sciences Library, Dalhousle 
University, Nova Scotia B3H 4H7. 

3 from the editor 

4 the president reports 

MA Flower 

5 le rapport du president 

HA Flower 

8 nla certification examination 
OR Pendrlll 

13 certification — some reactions 
AR Lelth 
AM Kerr 
BH Roblnow 
MDE Fraser 

18 new bnnswlck ~ seminar 

19 we bring to your attention 

21 colleagues 

22 brltlsh Columbia — mla regional group 

23 manltoba — workshop 

24 mla ce courses 

25 currently readable 

26 nova scotla — proposed workshop 

27 executive / newsletter correspondents 

28 postscript 

2 ) 


The CHLA/ABSC Newsletter Is a vehicle for providing Increased conmunlcatlons 
among all health libraries and librarians In Canada, but has a special com- 
mitment to reach and assist the smaller. Isolated, health library. Feature 
length articles are accepted describing a wide range of health library topics: 
organizations, services, networks and consortia, surveys, state-of-the-art 
reviews. Brief, news-length Items accepted Include: how-we-dld-lt reports, 
news about workshops and continuing education opportunities (forthcoming or 
recently held), job announcements, new publications, news about colleagues 
and libraries, miscellaneous Items. Contributors should consult recent Issues 
for examples of types of material and general style. Bibliographic references 
should conform to the format used In the Bulletin of the Medical Library Assoc- 
iation , whenever possible. Submissions In French or English are welcome, 
preferably In both languages. Contributions should be addressed to: P.J. 
Fawcett, Editor, CHLA/ABSC Newsletter, Medical Library, University of Manitoba, 
770 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 0W3. 

Deadline for the next Issue Is: 19 January, 1979. 


Le but du CHLA/ABSC Newsletter est de rendre la communication entre toutes 
les blblloth&ques Canadlennes de la sante et les blbllothecalres plus grande 
mals 11 veut sp§clalement rejolndre et alder les bibllotheques Isoldes et de 
molns d'envergueres. Nous acceptons tout article traltant de tous les aspects 
blblloth^conomlques du domalne de la santi: organisations services reseau et 
consortium, enquites exposis de synthese. En resume les articles nouvelles 
acceptis peuvent comprendre: des resumes sur la fagon dont on est arrive a 
trouver une solution a un project, nouvelles sur des ateliers et des cours 
d'education permanente (a venir ou passes) postes vacants, nouvelles publica- 
tions, nouvelles sur des colleques et bibllotheques, et tout autre sujet. 
Pour les interesses, le genre d' article et le suject publle dans les demiers 
numeros peuvent vous servir d'exemples. II serait preferable de suivre si 
possible le format utilise dans le Bulletin of the Medical Library Association 
lorsque vous avez des references bibliographiques a clter a la fin de votre 
article. Des articles Frangais ou Anglais seront les bienvenus mals 11 serait 
souhaitable de les ecrire dans les deux langues. Vous devez falre parvenir 
vos articles a: Patrick Fawcett, Edlteur, CHLA/ABSC Newsletter, Medical 
Library, University of Manitoba, 770 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, . 
R3E 0W3. 

La date limltS pour le prochain numero est: 19 Janvier, 1979. 

( 3 


- PJ Fawcett 

There is an excellent reason for the cheap dramatics on the cover 
of this issue. 

Assuming the editorship of a publication, especially during its 
formative years, is always a delicate situation. A new editor who adds but 
little to his Journal and leaves nearly every form eind crease unchanged is 
obviously lacking in imagination, style or ideas. A newcomer who revises 
the publication from cover to cover and even contemplates the unspeakable 
horror of changing its title is regarded with Justifiable scorn, and abuse 
is heaped upon his dynast ical tendencies. 

Yet a publication has to continually evolve and grow if it is to 
survive. What Dick Fredericksen began in April, 1976 has grown considerably 
through a title change and six dynamic issues. Issue 97 originated in Mont- 
real with Crawford and Waluzyniec and introduced the wraparound cover. And 
issue #8 is the first to come from Hanitoba and also introduces a few more 
refinements in format and style. 

As the Association continues to grow, its Journal takes on an in- 
creasing significance as the prime communication forum for the long string 
of members between our oceans. It is with growing embarassment then that 
your national publication has a unilingual, English title. It is almost as 
enbarassing as being a librarian and openly advocating a serial title change. 
The message on the cover then is two-fold: your publication will continue to 
evolve, for better or for bland, depending upon your involvement. The title 
■ay or may not change, depending upon your response. 

Are you content with the title CHLA/ABSC Newsletter or do your 
preferences lean towards a new one? If the latter, what would you suggest 
as a name for your Journal? Would you like to see a new bilingual title, and 
If so, what? Or would you prefer a lotilingual one (Acta Medica Bibliotheca 
Canadensis , exan^lia gratia) or even a non-lingual one? (For some demented 
reason, calling the publication merely 0700-5474 really appeals to me. This 
last fact alone should generate dozens of suggestions from the membership.) 

Hegardlesn of its title, the Newsletter will introduce volume num- 
bering and continuous paging in its first issue of 1979. This will also mark 
the beginning of bimonthly publication and annual indexes. And, barring acts 
of Cod or Canada Post, we will also carry a retrospective index to the first 
eight issues of the Newsletter , plus its predecessor Can Group News , in our 
next issue. 

The decision on the Journal title, retaining or changing (and to 
what) will be made by the Executive in reflection upon your responses. Ideally, 
the new Journal cover, regardless of title, will be ready for the next issue 
due in February. Since our present copy deadling is 19 January, and since I 
also entertain ambitions of having the new cover professionally designed, I 
will ask that all suggestions, rejections, negations and heated invective be 
sent to me or a member of the Executive before Christmas. Given the traditional 
exigencies in our pony express, I would urge you to reply as soon as possible. 

The face (sic) of the Newsletter is in your hands. 

-PJ Fawcett Is Public Services Librarian, Medical Library, University of Manitoba. 

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- M.A. Flower 

The Executive Conmittee of CHLA/ARSC hold its fall meeting in 
Toronto on 16 October, 1978, since the tnajoritv of the members expected to 
be in Toronto at that time. The meeting was held in conjunction with tho 
Annual Meeting of the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges, which in- 
cludes a meeting of their Special Resource Committee on Medical School Li- 
braries. Your President enjoyed the privilege of reporting to that Committee 
this year on the activities of CHLA/ABSC, as part of a series of reports on 
health library affairs across Canada. 

The chief impression which came out of the opportunity to share 
these reports was an increasing realization of the national role which CHLA/ 
ABSC can play in giving voice to the general concerns of health sciences 
library personnel everywhere in Canada. Ours is the only organization which 
speaks for all the various kinds of health libraries in this country. Concerns 
which have been mounting for a long time have gone unexpressed in any effective 
way, for lack of an adequate forum. 

Advisory Committee to CISTl/ICIST 

The Advisory Committee to CISTI/ICIST concerning the Health Sciences 
Resource Centre is a case in point. Frances Groen has provided the CHLA/ABSC 
with a report on that Committee, of which she is Chairman. The report apneared 
in the CHLA/ABSC Newsletter , No. 7, pp. 29-37, Fall, 1978, and it is important 
that the membership of CHLA//\BSC should recognize the opportunity that is 
available to us to shape the Health Sciences Resource Centre as cooperating 
users. VJe must consider what it is that such a national Centre should or 
could be doing for us in support of the services we are offering our own users. 
The CHLA/ABSC has three representatives on the Advisory Committee to CISTl/ 
ICIST. If they are to represent our needs accurately, we are the ones who must 
keep them informed. 

Consequently, we are in process of developing a questionnaire which 
addresses some of the known needs of our members, aware as we are that library 
people are addicted to questionnaires! IVhen this one reaches you, we urge you 
to mark it up and send it in. The Advisory Committee has a winter/spring 
relationship with CISTI/ICIST; it meets in January and June. Information 
gathered from the questionnaire can be forwarded to our representatives for 
consideration at one of those meetings. 

Constitutional Revision 

As is true at this time of some of our leading provincial and federal 
politicians, the uppermost concerns at the recent October meeting of the CHLA/ 
ABSC Executive Committee revolved around the current revision of the Association's, 
Constitution. In this connection, the type of organization we are developing 
came under discussion, and the kind of membership that this development Implies. 
It would seem that the CHLA/ABSC, more than most such organizations, is really 
a congregation of individuals who are looking for contacts in their own field 
of endeavour. For them, the Association tends to provide a relay point around 
which they can make contact with others in the next town, or the next province. 
The vitality of the Association comes from these individual members and their 

-M.A. Flower is the Nursing Librarian, Life Sciences Area, McGill University 

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enthusiasms. It Is a personal commitment and the Association will grow only 
in relation to the input from its individual personal members, either directly 
or as part of an active local Chapter. The CHLA/ABSC is not, and is not 
likely to become, a large Impersonal clearing house supported for its useful- 
ness by an array of institutions in the health sciences field. This distinc- 
tion has become apparent enough to become part of the new Constitution on 
which the membership will vote this fall. 

Another decision which has been made in connection with the discus- 
sion of the Constitution is an undertaking to accelerate the progress of the 
CHLA/ABSC toward formal incorporation. This will facilitate our dealings with 
other organizations, including financial institutions, and will provide an 
appropriate structure against which to develop the CANHEl.P Project. The new 
scenario of an end-of-the-year mail vote on the Constitution still holds and 
the Constitution Committee is up to its elbows in "whereas 's". 

Other Activities 

Membership is holding at the peak level reached in 1977/78, and the 
handsome new brochure designed by our Membership Chairman, Bill Fraser, can 
only enhance the stature of the Association. We now need only 50 new members 
to reach our initial membership target. Why don't YOU participate in the 
drive? One member per member! 

Our first publication, originally called Guide to Canadian Health 
Sciences and Sources , is moving steadily forward under the able editorship 
of Martha Stone of Ottawa and Dorothy Sirols of Montreal. With a change in 
format and a considerable broadening of scope, it will emerge as an entirely 
new publication. The target date is the Spring of 1979 and the appearance of 
this publication will usher in, we hope, a new era of Canadian resources for 
Canadian health libraries, imprint CHLA/ABSC. 

Toronto provided us with is most brilliant fall weather this time. 
Coupled with the warm hospitality offered by our colleagues at the University 
of Toronto, it seemed auspicious for our endeavours. 


- M.A, Flower 

Get autome , le consell de direction de I'ABSC a tenu sa reunion 
^ Toronto, le 16 octobre 1978, car la raaiorite de ses membres devait s'v 
trouber a ce moment 1^. Cette reunion se tenait en mime temps que la reunion 
annuelle de 1' Association des Facultes de Mgdecine du Canada, k I'interleur 
de laquelle se tenait une reunion de leur comite consultaif des Bibliotheques 
des Facultes de MSdecine. Cette annee, votre President a eu le privilege de 
presenter un rapport aupres de ce comite sur les activltCs de I'ABSC, un 
rapport parml tout d'autres sur la situation des bibliotheques de la sante 
a t ravers le Canada. 

La premiere impression produite, suite a cette occasion de pouvolr 
partager avec les members du comite les points de divers rapports, fut une 

Libraries et le presidente de I'ABSC. 

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forte realisation du role que peut jouer I'ABSC sur le plan national, en 
exprimant de fa^on generale les soucis du personnel du bibliotheques des 
sciences de la sante du pays. Notre organisation est la seule qui repre- 
sente toutes les bibliothSques de la sante du pays. Les doubtes, qui depuis 
quelques ann^es se font de plus en plus pressants, n'ont pas ete exprimes a 
cause d'un manque de representation. 

Comite consult at if de I'lCIST 

Le comity consultatif de I'ICIST sur le Centre bibliographic des 
sciences de la sant^ est un cas d'espere. Frances Groen, Presidente du 
Comite, a remis a I'ABSC un rapport sur ledit comite. Ce rapport a paru 
dans le bulletin de I'ABSC , n^ 7, 29-37, a I'automne, 1978. 11 est important 
que nous, les membres de I'ABSC, en tant qu'usagers en cooperation, rSalisions 
1' occasion qui nous est offerte de pouvoir former le Centre bibliographie des 
sciences de la santg. II nous faut etudier ce qu'un tel centre national peut 
ou doit faire pour appuyer les services que nous offrons a nos usagers. L'ABSC 
a trois repr§sentants au comite consultatif de I'ICIST. C'est a nous de les 
tenir au courant , si nous voulons qu'ils puissent exprimer nos besoins de 
f a^on precise . 

Ainsi, nous sommes sur le point d'etablier un questionnaire qui 

traitera des besoins commes de nos membres nous savons combien le personnel 

des bibliotheques est friand de questionnaires! Lorsque vous le recevrez, 
veuillez le remplir et le remettre au plus t3t. Le Comite consultatif de 
I'ICIST se recontre deux fois par annee , I'hiver au mois de Janvier et le 
printemps au nois de juin. L' information obtenue a la suite de ces question- 
naires pourra etre expediee a nos rep re sent ants, afin qu'ils presentent les 
faits a I'une de ces reunions. 

Revision de 1' acte constitutif 

Tout comrae certains de vos leaders provinciaux et fed§raux, le 
principal souci de I'ABSC, lors de sa reunion d'octobre, concemait la re- 
vision actuelle de son acte constitutif. Ainsi, nous avons discut^ du genre 
d' organisation que nous teutons d' exploiter et des types de membres qui y sont 
affilies. II semble que I'ABSC, contrairement a plusieurs organismes du 
genre, est constitute essentiellement d'un rassembleraent de personnes prive'es 
qui recherchent des contacts avec des gens qui travaillent dans le meme do- 
maine. L' Association represente pour eux un endroit d'ou I'on peut communi- 
quer aves des personnes qui recident dans une autre ville ou dans une autre 
province. L' Association tire sa vitalite de I'enthousiasme de chachun de ses 
membres. II s'agit la d'un engagement personnel de chacun, et 1' Association 
ne pourra continuer de grandir qu'avec la participation active de chaque 
membre, que ce soit sur le plan personnel ou encore par I'entremise des 
activites d'un secteur local. L'ABSC n'est pas et ne sera problement jamais 
un enorme bureau central d' information subventionne par une gamme d' institu- 
tions du domaine des sciences de la sante. C'est une distinction qui est 
devenue suffisamment apparente pour qu'on I'inscrive dans le nouvel acte con- 
stitutif. Les membres de 1' Association passeront au vote sur la question du 
nouvel acte des cette automne. 

Une autre decision prise lors de la discussion sur le nouvel acte 
constitutif est 1' acceleration du processus de constitution de I'ABSC en soclet^ 
commerciale. Cela facilitera nos rapports avec les autres organisations, y 
compris les institutions financieres, et nous permettra d' avoir une structure 
appropri^e pour I'elaboration du projet CANHELP. Le scenario etabli pour le 

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vote 8ur I'acte constitutlf, qui se fera par le courrier a la fin de I'ann^e, 
tlent toujours. Le Comlt^ pour I'eCabllssement de I'acte consultatlf en est 
a ses demlers "attendu que". 

Autre 9 actlvltes 

Notre affiliation tient toujours au nombre de membres que nos 
avons attenlt durant I'ann^e 77/78. La nouvelle brochure conjue par M. Bill 
Fraser, president des membres de 1' association, est des plus attrayantes et 
elle ne pourra qu'accroitre la reputation de I'ABSC. 11 ne nous manque plus 
que 30 nouveaux membres pour attelndre I'objectlf que nous nous ^tlons flx^ 
au d^but . Pourquol ne partlclperlez-vous pas? Un nouveau membre pour chaque 
membre de I'ABSC'. 

Notre premiere publication, Intltulee Guide aux sciences de J^ sante , 
service d' Information et sources , va bon train grace i 1 'expertise de nor 
fditeurs, Martha Stone d' Ottawa et Dorothy Slrols de Montreal. Etant donnS 
qu'on en change le format et qu'on touchera i beaucoup plus de sujets, 11 
s'agira en rSallt^ d'lne toute nouvelle publication. Le guide dolt paraltre 
i I'autonne 1979, et nous esp^rons que cette publication annoncera me 
nouvelle ^re en ce qui conceme les resources canadlennes pour les blbllo- 
theqoes de la sante. La rubrique de I'edlteur sera ABSC. 

Cette fols-cl, la vllle de Toronto nous a accuelllls par une 
temperature autonnale splendlde. En faits la teispcrature se marla blen a 
I'hospltallti que nous ont offert nos collegues de I'Unlverslt^ de Toronto. 
Seralt-ce in bon presage? 



The next CHLA/ABSC annual aeetlng Is currently In the planning 
stages. Venue for the meeting will be Ottawa, Ontario, site of the 1979 CLA 
Convention. This year, the Executive Committee Is considering the merits of 
a two-day meeting with the dates tentatively set as Wednesday-Thursday, 
13-14 Jime, 1978. 

The move to a two-day programnp would allow for an entire day to 
be devoted to educational/instructional pct/nseBZ workshops, seminars, con- 
tinuing education courses, etcetera. With this mln mind, the Executive is 
requesting input from the raembersr.ip as to what they would like to see in the 
way of Education Sessions. Arrangements might be made with the Medical Library 
Association for the provision of C£ courses, or the Health Sciences Resource 
Centre at CISTI could be approached to coordinate training sessions. CHLA 
itself might seek to provide specific courses if a sufficient demand exists. 

What courses would you like to see provided? What format would 
you be Interested in? The Executive would like to hear from you. 

(For information, the continuing education courses currently 
available through the Medical Library Association are listed on page 24.) 

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- Geoffrey R. Pendrlll 

since 1950, the Medical Library Association has operated a system 
for the certification of medical librarians. Originally, it provided for 
three levels of expertise, but these have now been reduced to a single cat- 
egory. The previous admission requirements also specified either the success- 
ful completion of an examination or success in medical library courses at an 
accredited library school; now an M.L.S. degree is required (without any 
specific requirement as to courses) together with successful completion of a 
certification examination, plus the additional requirement of "two years of 
post-library-degree experience in a health sciences library at the professional* 
level" (p. 16).** Once granted, certification must be maintained by re-certi- 
fication at 5-yearly intervals, either by accumulating credits through attend- 
ance at continuing education or other approved courses, or by taking the 
examination afresh. 

The examination itself Is of the multiple-choice type, containing 
100 questions to be answered in four hours. Its purpose is to test for "the 
competence require of entry-level health science librarians within the first 
two years on the job" (p. 6). Elsewhere in the Certification booklet, it is 
stated that "the examination tests for knowledge and abilities which may have 
been acquired on the job" (p. 8). 

The competencies to be tested are categorised into the three library 
functions of Public Services, Technical Services, and Administration. These 
in turn are broken down into various subfimctions, as follows: 


1. Reference: manual bibliographic searches, statistical information 
searches, historical information searches, audiovisual information 
searches, information service for research team, computerised biblio- 
graphic searches. 

2. Inter-library loan. 

3. Inter-institutional sharing. 

4. Circulation: quantitative measure of circulation records, organisa- 
tion of desk services. 

5. Library user Instruction. 


1. Ordering, typing orders, vendor relationships. 

2. Selection policy, users' needs, evaluation of materials, consulting 
with faculty. 

3. Business procedures. Invoices, budget and fiscal control. 
A. Standing orders and claiming. 

5. Backfiles and out-of-print books, replacement policies 

♦Defined as "actual participating professional experience in library duties 
of the type described as professional in the Descriptive List of Profes- 
sional and Non-professional Duties in Libraries of the American Library 
Association." (p. 17) 
**Page references in this section are to the booklet on certificaticn Issued 
by the Medical Library Association in 1978. 

6R Pendrlll 1s a professor at the School of Library and Information Science, 
University of Western Ontario. 

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6. Classification schemes. 

7. Serials cataloguing. 

8. Media materials. 

9. Analytics. 

10. Cataloguing copy, proof sheets, CIP. 

11. Subject headings. 

12. Card reproduction, ordering catalogue cards. 

13. Establishes public catalogue, shelf list, and related authority 

14. Establishes binding policy. 

15. Binding standards. 

16. Gathering of journals. 

17. Automation of technical services. 

18. Handling of donors. 

19. Serials control. 


1. Plans budget or prepares preliminary budgeting information for 

2. Prepares routine or special reports. 

3. Sets library goals within the context of the larger Institution. 

4. Formulates policies to achieve goals. 

5. Organises, coordinates, manages and evaluates the operations of 
the library. 

6. Evaluates 3pace allocations for new and/or current space. 

7. Selects, trains, evaluates employees, initiates personnel transactions 
and supervises work of employees. 

8. Communicates effectively to others in groups and committees. 

The individual fmctlonal areas contain respectively 41, 26 and 40 items under 
these subheadings, although the percentages of examination questioos allocated 
to them are respectively 36Z, 30Z and 34Z.* 

The questions %rere developed by panels for the three primary func- 
tional areas, who had to visualise them in terms of the following environments: 

a. Large academic libraries 

b. Small academic libraries 

c. Large teadiing hospital libraries 

d. Small hospital libraries 

e. Special libraries (eg: pharmaceutical companies). 

A panel would invent a 'situation' appropriate to a particular environment 
(sud) as a 500-bed teaching hospital) and then produce a scenario specifying 
the series of steps by which a competent medical librarian would respond to 
the situation. From these scenarios, it would then extract the skills needed 
for the performance of each step, after which it decided upon the proportion 
of the examination to be allocated to each area of competency. Sets of 
questions were then written and tested on two sanple populations: experienced 
medical librarians and students with library experience but without specifically 
ngdical library experience. The aim here was to assess the validity of the 
test questions to isolate competencies that were specifically related to a 
health sciences setting. The reliability figures for the tests were .83 and 
.89, which was considered good. 

Unsuitable questions were weeded out or modified as a result of 
these pre-tests and 120 of the original 300 questions were selected and then 

*In the first examination, these were actually 35%, 30Z and 35Z. 

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evaluated in order to establish the pass level. This was one by rating each 
question on a scale of 1 to 10 in respect of the importance of the knowledge 
required to answer it for competence in the field. The minimum passing level 
was based on the lowest rating. For the first examination, 100 questions 
were selected and minimum passing levels were established for each area, as 
follows : 

Area Minimum Passing Level (%) Mean Score 

Public Services 51 67 

Technical Services 54 66 

Administration 56 76 

Overall 52 70 

Of the 77 candidates who sat the first examination, 63 passed. Ten of the 
14 failures were due to inability to meet the minimum passing level in one 
or more areas, as the requirement is that a passing mark must be obtained in 
each individual area, not merely in the examination as a whole. 

The purpose of the Certification examination is to assess a 
librarian's actual performance in the field, as opposed to ability for factual 
recall, i.e. it is competency-based rather than knowledge-based. It is also 
designed to test minimum competency over all areas of the field. 

Because of the limited data bank of questions and the nature of 
the multiple-choice examination, a tight security blanket is maintained over 
the whole operation. The question papers are seen only by the Association's 
Director of Education, and by the candidates (who receive them in sealed en- 
velopes and must return them sealed at the end of the examination) . Even the 
invigilators do not see the questions, and neither does any member of the exam- 
ination panels see the whole set. It is therefore difficult to judge their 
merits from the 'outside' other than on the basis of a speciman question from 
each area, published in the Certification booklet (pp. 7-8) and reproduced at 
the end of this paper. 

Examining the first of the sample questions, one might notice im- 
mediately that the reason for the hospital librarians' dissatisfaction with 
the arrangements under which they obtain MEDLINE service are not stated. It 
might be cost, as details of costs are mentioned in the question. It might, 
however, be delays in receipt, as details of the distances involved are also 
given. As a result, there is a degree of ambivalency which does not make 
the correct answer (//4) necessarily uniquely so; one could envisage (//5) as 
being equally valid as a first consideration in the identical circumstances. 

Rather similar comments could be made about the second question. 
The correct answer (//4) might not be the least important consideration if the 
best system commercially available were not compatible with the facilities 
available to the library. (One recalls how often the original MEDLARS system 
had to be re-programmed to run on computers other th£in the NLM's Honeywelll) 
On the other hand, (//2) might be least important consideration because the 
necessary specialised personnel were already available in the university's 
computing centre. 

In the case of question 3, the problem of ambiguity does not seem 
to arise. Here the relationship between compact shelving and floor loading 
factors is a very direct one which overrides all other considerations, and 
the examinee should not be subjected to a frenzy of indecision in reaching a 

It may seem unfair to judge 300 questions on the basis of this 1% 
non- random sample, but it is the only evidence available. The necessity of 
making only a single choice when answering Implies that the examinee should not 

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be unfairly handicapped In doing so, and thla means that he should be given 
enough Information to arrive at the correct answer. On the other hand, 
there were complaints at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association 
about excessively long and detailed questions and the time required to read 
them. However, it would seem better for the Examination Committee to err 
in this direction than otherwise, if the questions are to perform their 
function effectively. Moreover, when replying to this criticism, the Director 
of Education stated that most people taking the examination finished well 
within the allowable time; this may be an Indication that the majority of 
examinees could cope with additional detail in the questions if it were 

With regard to the overall content of the examination, the 107 
specific competencies relating to the primary functions and their sub-functions 
allow it to be extremely comprehensive, and the competencies can be seen to 
be related to the general exit knowledge of the graduating M.L.S. student. 
Apart from two items that specifically mention the National Library of Medicine 
classification and Medical Subject Headings , the competencies are not specif- 
ically 'medical*, which neans that a certain orientation has to be given to 
the examination questions in order to limit the context to the health sciences. 
One might, however, query the degree of involvement in some of the stated 
activities of "entry-level health sciences librarians within the first two 
years on the job.** This applies most of all to the administrative area, %»here 
a beginning librarian might have very little opportixilty for practical ex- 
perience in such things as budgeting, personnel selection and supervision, 
and library planning. Even the keenest yoing librarian might be very depend- 
ent on the far-sightedness and goodwill of departmental heads and/or the chief 
librarian for such opportinltles. One can foresee here that the more per- 
ceptive chief librarians will set up a system resembling a rotating internship 
for new recruits tiho have a serious Intention of taking the Certification ex- 

But what of the staff member in a small hospital library? In this 
case it is true that with fewer people to do the work there is less depart- 
mentalism and greater staff flexibility, providing enhanced opportunities for 
participating in a wider range of activities. But this may in turn be offset 
by a generally lower level of activity that would deprive the candidate of 
first-hand experience of such activities as working with a research team, or 
of "consulting with the faculty", or of learning about the eccentricities of 
esoteric serial publications, or of becca^r.r. familiar with the quirks of 
automated systems. These are things that cannot readily be learnt at second 
hold, whether by visiting other libraries, listening to talks or lectures, or 
reading books and journals. 

Certainly the Examination Coamittee has an ixienviable task if it 
is to develop questions that will truly assess competency rather than book 
knowledge, and that will be equally fair to candidates from all types of in- 
stitutions. The 81Z pass rate, together with the histograms of the candidates' 
performance in the first examination, suggest that It has done a good job 
(althou^ one would need further information about the backgrounds of the 
candidates to be certain). It is to be hoped that full analyses will be made 
available by the Association for the first few years of the examination so 
that its effectiveness can be properly assessed. 

Examination questions follow. 

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Sample Examination Questions 

All questions In the examination are of the objective, multi-choice type. 
The following sample questions are illustrative of those found in the 


Sub function: Inter- institutional sharing. 

Competency: Implements systems for cooperative sharing. 

Question //I. Three hospitals within 20 miles of each other need MEDLINE 
searches to be performed for their staff. They have been requesting searches 
on an average of five a month for each institution from the medical school 
library 150 miles away. There is a charge of $20.00 for each search. This 
charge reflects the direct and indirect costs to the medical school library. 
Librarians from the three hospitals are very dissatisfied with the arrangement 
and have met together to discuss the problem. Which of the following steps 
should they take FIRST? 

1. Apply to the RML for a shared MEDLINE terminal. 

2. Request MEDLINE training at NLM. 

3. Curtail MEDLINE services at the hospitals because of cost. 

4. Analyze the possibility and financial considerations of pro- 
viding their own MEDLINE service. 

5. Arrange for a courier service to pick up and deliver MEDLINE 
searches from the medical school. 


Sub function: Automation of technical services. 

Competency: Chooses a system of automation based on the department's 

needs and advantages and disadvantages of available systems. 

Question #2. A medium-sized medical school library would like to automate 
its cataloguing operations. A choice must be made between developing its own 
computerized system or adopting a commercially available system. In making 
this choice, which is the LEAST important consideration? 

1. The ability to obtain the required products from the system. 

2. The availability of specialized computer personnel to operate 
and maintain the system. 

3. The availability of sufficient computer time during normal 
working hours . 

4. The computer hardware and software used by the system. 

5. The cost of the products obtained from the system. 

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SubfuBictlon: Evaluates space allocations for new and/or current space. 

Competency: Assesses the relative merits of alternative plans for housing 
materials based on usage requirements, growth rate, space limitations and cost 

Question #3. Your library is overcrowded and you are investigating compact 
shelving systems as a possible solution. The MOST important factorCs) which 
will Influence the decision on whether to use compact shelving is: 

1. Cost of the shelving system. 

2. Volume of use of material stored. 

3. Aesthetic considerations and user acceptance. 

4. Floor load capacity. 

5. Items 1 and 2. 


Upon receipt of Prof. Pendrlll's paper, the editor contacted a number of 
librarians across the country and solicited their views on the development 
of the MLA certification exaaination. Their responses follow. 


RESPONSE #1: Anna R. Le1th 

Considering the hard work, careful consultation and deliberation 
that members of the Examination Conmittee had expended in devising the Med- 
ical Library Association exam, it may well seem presumptious for me to make 
any coanents. My only justification is that I wrote the examination which 
was set in April, 1978. I was delighted to pass all sections and even to 
receive a reasonably good mark for the administration area. As anticipated, 
it appears to measure the ability of candidates to deal with decision-making 
or problem solving, in a modem health sciences library, rather than to 
elicit a resume of endless memorized facts. That is the good part. 

I wish that I could attribute certain feelings of confusion which 
I experienced during and immediately after the exam to the limitations of my 
own experience or knowledge; there is always the possibility that I should, 
but I do feel that would be somewhat superficial although simpler than trying 
to recall what I obviously have tried to forget. There was a definite limita- 
tion of time; one hundred queries in four hours may sound fair enough, but 
the complexity of grasping some of the problems, in a stressful situation (are 
there any non-stressed exam writers out there?) could have been attributed to 
one of the following: (Now for the bad part!) 

1. Statements in a scenario were sometimes ambiguous. Clarification 

-AR Leith 1s Head, Woodward Biomedical Library, University of British Columbia. 

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of at least one aspect of a situation was essential to 
intelligent selection of the only correct answer. 

2. A pertinent fact, or an aspect of the situation, which was 
,. essential to making a decision was missing. 

3. There did not appear to be a correct answer available from 
which to choose. Some part of the statements supplied for 
selection appeared to render it unsatisfactory. 

4. Unless more information were supplied, there appeared to 
be more than one solution to the described situation. 

Some of my confusion could well be attributed to personal experience which 
could be in a situation and background so different from the one visualized 
by the Examination Committee that comparison on the basis of previous ex- 
perience is actually not possible. Yet, I assume similarity in experience 
is the basis for requiring a minimum of two years of experience. Perhaps 
solutions used in my institution (for example, those solving personnel 
problems) are not applicable to that in other libraries. (Let me not fail 
to admit that my day-to-day exposure to technical or reference services has 
limitations in regard to detail, apart from administrative matters.) 

Aside from my personal reactions, I am anxious to know how librarians 
with only two years of experience reacted to many of the questions. On what 
basis could they have made many decisions, if either their librarianship studies, 
or limited experience had never exposed them to the problems described, and most 
certainly not the solution? Perhaps it would be possible to achieve a passing 
percentage although there were to be a certain number of questions which would 
be missed by many examinees with limited experience; results would appear to 
support this theory. 

A thorough examination of the marks achieved as related to type 
and length of the candidate's experience would be more valuble than my spec- 
ulation. Perhaps a careful review of any questions consistently missed by 
applicants would ensure a fairer chance for all in the future. After go much 
planning and preparation, undoubtedly the Examination Committee has plans to 
re-examine the questions on the basis of achievements by candidates. Most 
certainly the intent and character of the certification exam appears to be 
well met — and any criticism which I have implied is meant to point up possible 
improvements . 


RESPONSE #2: Audrey M. Kerr 

The Ad Hoc Committee for the Development of Certification Examinations 
has worked long on developing a measurement of professional competence in health 
sciences librarianship. In doing so, they have called upon the experience of 
medical education experts to devise a valid measuring instrtmient. Therefore, I 
am sure they have taken into consideration the three criteria generally used to 
examine the reliability of multiple-choice questions: difficulty (the precent- 
age of candidates who answer the item correctly), discrimination (its value in 
discriminating between the more knowledgeable and the less knowledgeable can- 
didates, based on bi-serial correlation coefficients between the item and the 

-AM Kerr Is Head, Medical Library, University of Manitoba. «' «* 




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total score) , and relevance (Its value in measuring that which is being taught 
in the 'educational system").* Nevertheless, from a position in vacuo — which 
broadly translates as "I have not sat the exam" — I shall respond to the in- 
vitation to comment. 

The problem of relevance must be examined on the basis that the 
test be considered in the context of the educational system which it attempts 
to measure. The fact that the list of competencies drawn up to cover all the 
functional areas in health sciences llbrarianship was submitted to all instruc- 
tors in that field would appear to ensure that the questions would be relevant 
to "the competence required of entry-level health science librarians within 
the first two years on the job". However, as Professor Pendrill rightly points 
out, the fact that the examination "tests for knowledge and abilities which may 
have been acquired on the job" requires that in-service training, alone or 
guided, be properly carried out. A study guide or training standard for the 
candidates and their employers would be important to ensure that on the job 
training provides a serious candidate with the ability to prepare adequately. 

One of the perennial difficulties with multiple-choice questions 
is pointed out by Professor Pendrill; it is the possibility of ambiguity. 
This is the bane of all those who devise questions, for they have been known 
to even favor the less knowledgeable candidate. However, the unquestioned 
speed of the computer makes it possible for suspect questions to be identified 
through statistical analysis showing both the difficulty of the item and its 
value In discriminating. As long as such analysis Is done and questions so 
identified are deleted from the final scoring procedures, the ambiguous question 
is not a danger (except perhaps to us candidates for whom the inability to 
justify our answer makes us emotionally unstablel). 

While the Idea that the answer to " quls custodlet ipsos custodes" 
■ight be "the computer" must be abhorrent to some, I believe that test results 
that are correlated and analyzed by It will provide a valid measurement of pro- 
fessional competence. As a permanent bank of questions that stand this analysis 
is built up, the examination will become increasingly useful in judging that 
competence. Certainly, the examination already addresses Itself to the most 
important quality of competence: a working knowledge of all areas of health 
science libraries. Successful candidates should be able to bring to their 
position a knowledge of the complex inter- relationships in a library and an 
understanding of the impingement of their particular work on the operation of 
the whole. It is the lack of this over-all view that is all too often seen in 
those not professionally con^etent. 

The Coonittee members are to be thanked for starting us on the right 
road to demand and measure professional competence; it is up to us to require 
that all health science l ibrarians set out on that road. 

*Hubbard, JP. Measuring medical education; the tests and test procedures of 
the National Board of Medical Examiners. Philadelphia, Lea, 1971. 


RESPONSE #3: Beatrix H. Roblnow 

As Chairman for the last three years of the Ad Hoc Steering Committee 
for the development of the Certification Examinations, I would find it difficult 

-BH Roblnow 1s Head, Health Sciences Library, McMaster University. 

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to give an "outsider's" point of view of the new flLA Certification ExaminaL ion . 
Here are some of the aspects of the matter which should perhaps be remembered: 

- the new Certification Code was formulated in accordance with the 
wishes of the membership of the MLA as determined by a question- 
naire, and it was agreed to by a two-thirds majority mail vote. 

- about an hundred medical libraries of all kinds spent about two 
years in developing typical and relevant situations in medical 
libraries. From these situations, scenarios were written leading 
to a definition of the competencies upon which the questions were 

- two highly-trained and experienced education specialists were 
consultants throughout this process, working together very closely 
with the librarians, and helping to test every item for relevancy 
and reliability, and working out overall priorities and scores. 

- the new Examination Review Committee is continuing the work by 
developing new questions to enlarge the pool for each succeeding 
examination and making sure that the examination is based upon 
the most up-to-date practice. 

- the examination can only be a general one since there is only one 
certificate. Employers of medical librarians are assured that a 
certified medical librarian will be able to fit into any particular 
slot, developing further special skills and knowledge as needed. 

- minimum passing levels are being critically examined and readjusted. 

- one of the objectives of the whole certification and examination 
system is to give health library workers an extra qualification 
and certificate recognized by employers throughout North America. 
This seems to be succeeding, and it should help the librarians to 
be recognized and their special skills appreciated. 


RESPONSE #4: M. Doreen E. Fraser 

Years of experience and hours of labour have gone into the evolution 
and production of MLA's second Code for Certification and the establishment of 
an examination. People in both the fields of education and health sciences 
librarlanship have con-rlbuted to it. There is no doubt that a soundly based, 
thorough and careful piece of work has been produced. In reading the MLA 
booklet which describes the Code and the examination, the influence of sizeable 
academic/research libraries and large hospitals is evident — the scale is a 
grand one . 

I believe that the Canadian two-year M. L.S. programme will provide 
a good base, I am aware of complaints by American students and graduates about 
the Inadequacy of their one-year M.L.S. programme and it will be a fortunate 
student who can take advantage of programmes such as those at Case-Western 
University in Cleveland which offers some nine courses in the field of health 

-MDE Fraser 1s a professor at the School of Library Science, Dalhousie University. 

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sciences llbrarlanship as vrell as the choice of work/study programmes. The 
examination is aimed at performance In the field, and functioning conpetency 
not academic learning, so that the two years of experience will be a crucial 
element. On this side of the border particularly, the required experience 
within a two-year period will likely be difficult to obtain and needs the 
careful selection of employment under an experienced librarian willing to 
organize necessary experience opportunities. 

An examination is certainly the only fair way to handle the Cert- 
ification Programme since there is such a variation in the types of courses 
offered and the approach of the instructors. Being a member of the MLA 
Teaching Group which has been immersed in discussions over the years, it 
eventually became inevitable for the Group to recommend that there be an 
examination since other means were unsatisfactory. Since peer review, con- 
tinuing education and re-licensure are elements which have Increasing impact 
on medicine and other health professions, it is not surprising that the li- 
brarians working with those professions find need for establishing the means 
for assuring adequate up-to-dateness and quality of performance. The Medical 
Library Association was the first library association to establish both cert- 
ification and continuing education programes In North America, and it is 
making further history with its examination. There are bound to be teething 
problems despite the care and effort for examiners and examined alike — and 
particularly for those who work In isolation and away from terminals, auto- 
mation, colleagues, sizeable budgets and sufficient staffing. Personally, I 
have always objected to multiple choice examinations although quite well aware 
of the ostensible reasons for them. They are extremely difficult to prepare 
even for a homogenous class, let along for a broad scattering of people, and 
they are difficult to answer — I frequently wish to qualifyl Of the three 
examples cited, only one has an obvious answer by reason of the presentation 
of the questions. 

The other element concerning the examination relates to foreigners 
taking the examination — and this includes Canadians. Will the American 
oriented ans%fer be expected? When the Teaching Group met with Ms. Julie 
Virgo, Director of the MLA Education PrograsBie, and the Conmittee working on 
the examination in 1976, I introduced the problem of valid foreign materials 
and sources that are used elsewhere than in the U.S.A. , and that valid Cana- 
dian responses would not necessarily be similar to valid American ones, and 
were the examiners prepared to accept such answers? There is no evidence that 
this angle has been either recognized, considered or accepted. Despite the 
fact that we now have the CHLA and a somewhat different orientation, it is 
expected that many Canadian librarians will wish to take their measure vis-a-vls 
Aaerlcan standards but hopefully will not have to 'cook' their answers to suit 
Aaerlcan examiners. 

Althou^ the examination is set for 'health sciences' librarians, one 
wonders how broadly based is the data bank of questions. Will medical librarians 
be expected to be knowledgeable about dental, pharmaceutical and nursing materials 
or will dental, pharmacy and nursing librarians be chiefly questioned about med- 
ical materials? Are these librarian- represented on the Certification Eligibility 
and Appeals Committees? There is nothing to provide this information in the 
booklet and one has to turn either to the issues of the Bulletin to find out, or 
write to the MLA Office in Chicago. 

Re-certification every five years, 35 hours (3.5 CEU courses) or 7 
hours per year, to expend on keeping up-to-date is certainly not unreasonable 
as the amount of time to be expected of the health sciences librarian who is 
interested in a personal standard of commitment. Health sciences llbrarlanship 

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changes over five year periods, as a glance over a file of the Bulletin will 
show. With the proposed affiliation of CHLA with MLA, continuing education 
programmes in various regions of Canada can be readily organized. The Medical 
Library Association's C.E. programmes have improved considerably as a result 
of review and are now for sale. I trust there can be many successful candidates 
on this side of the border. 


- Pat Goddard 

Eight hospitals and one nursing home were represented at a day 
long library seminar at Miramlchi Hospital in Newcastle, New Brunswick on 
31 May, 1978. The programme was organized by Mrs. Audrey Somers, In-Service 
Education Director at the hospital. Mrs. Somers is also responsible for 
the Miramlchi Hospital Library. A wide variety of useful materials, such 
as supply catalogues, patient education pamphlets, indexes, core lists, etc. 
were on display. Samples were also available to take away. 

The progreimme, which covered library organization, basic inter- 
library loan procedures and reference sources, patient education, community 
service and the hospital library in the accrediation procedure, was very 
ably presented by Mrs. Isobel Wallance from Moncton. She has eighteen years 
experience in hospital libraries and had very useful tips for the Inexperienced 
among us. Resource persons Included Mrs. Pat Goddard from the W.K. Kellogg 
Library at Dalhousle University representing Regional Loan Service and Ms. 
Carmellta Thompson, Education Director for the New Brunswick Hospital 

There was a great deal of lively discussion of common problems: 
how to persuade administrators to provide library staff, how to get money 
for materials, how to persuade hospital medical staff that the hospital 
library should serve all hospital personnel. A special problem is the lack 
of availability of- up-to-date French language materials suitable for use in 
the North American setting. 

Interest was expressed in following up the seminar with another, 
one perhaps going into greater depth on cataloguing materials. Tentatively 
set for late November, this next seminar will be held in Moncton. 



It seems that all major, scientific journals are susceptible to 
errors creeping into their pages. Sometimes it's a simple spelling mistake, 
sometimes a tiny error in fact, and sometimes even a sizeable segment of the 
text gets completely omitted. While the CHLA/ABSC Newsletter is neither major 

■P Goddard Is Dental Librarian, W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library, Dalhousle 

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nor scientific, it can however lay claim to also printing an article with 
part of the text omitted. 

I received a letter from Donna Signori, Collections Librarian at 
the University of Victoria Library pointing out an error in an item on 
page 47 of the last issue of the Newsletter. The article on the meeting of 
the B.C. Health Libraries Association has part of the third paragraph 
omitted. The last sentence of said paragraph should have read: 

Today, with the demand for more access to all kinds of 
information, public librarians' interest in providing 
their patrons with health information will foreseeably 
become part of an even greater debate, that of assuming 
responsibility for unlimited dissemination of health 
information to the general public. 

While I appreciate having this drawn to my attention, 1 should 
confess that I had read the item twice previously without noticing the strange 
syntax in the last sentence. With my confidence appropriately undermined, I 
hate to thnk how many more mist rakes are is this issued and haven't been seen 
or cought by the profreading. 

- Editor 


We Bring To Your Attention... 

The microfilm of the "Women and Health" collection, as reported in 
Newsletter #7 (p.A9), has been purchased by the Osier Library, McGill Univer- 
sity. This collection of fourteen reels was published by the Women's History 
Research Center of Berkeley and is available from the Osier Library through 
Interlibrary Loot. 

The Toronto Medical Libraries Group met on 10 October, 1978 at 
the Metropolitan Toronto Library Board, in Toronto. A draft constitution 
was ratified at this meeting and application will be made to CHLA for af- 
filiate men^ership. Joanne Marshall from McMaster University gave an ex- 
cellent presentation on the role of the clinical librarian as it has developed 
at McMaster. Here talk was both provocative and interesting. 

Excerpta Medica held a workshop in Ottawa at ClSTl on 18 September, 
1978, to introduce the new Excerpta Medica Database, now available to users 
of the Lockheed System. The session was well-attended by representatives 
from all over Ontario and Quebec. Principal speaker at the workshop was Dr. 
Summerfield of Excerpta Medica' s Amsterdam offices. 

The Ontario Medical Association reports that the OMA/OHA/RNAO 

Library Workshop scheduled for the spring of 1979 is now in the planning stages. 

No definite date has been set yet for the workshop, however it will be held In 
the Sudbury area. 

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Maurice Alarle, chairman of the Ottawa-Hull Health Libraries 
Group, Informs the Newsletter that the Group has recently applied to the 
CHLA/ABSC for chapter status. This Group presently has approximately forty 
members representing 25 Institutions In a geographic area which Includes 
cities and towns within a 160 kilometer radius of Ottawa-Hull. The Ottawa- 
Hull Group offers Its members opportunltes to meet other librarians in the 
health sciences field, advice on day-to-day library services and problems, 
and discussion of a wide variety of topics of current Interest to all health 
science libraries. 

On A July, 1978, the Bracken Library of Queen's University in 
Kingston, Ontario, opened its doors. The new library is very conveniently 
arranged and beautifully appointed. All users and staff are naturally quite 
delighted with it. The Library occupies two floors of Botterell Hall, a 
new building just across the street from Kingston General Hospital. There 
is shelf space for 150,000 volumes, about twice the size of the Library's 
present collection. There are more than 300 reader spaces, all of them 
comfortable and located in attractive surroundings. 



A new publication of the Canadian Hospital Association Library. 
The Health Administrator's Library . Comprehensive bibliography of the 
materials available in the Canadian Hospital Association Library. Lists 
all recent acquisitions published between 1970 and 1977, Including journals, 
films, and cassettes. In subject format. Contains author and title Indexes. 

Available from the Circulation and Sales Department of the Can- 
adian Hospital Association, Suite 800, 410 Laurier West, Ottawa, Ontario 
KIR 7T6. 

Price: $10.00. 

Nouvelle publication de la bibliotheque de I'Association des 
hopitaux du Canada. La Bibllographie de 1 ' Administ rateur de J^ Sante . 
Bibliographie complete de la documentation disponible de la bibliotheque de 
I'Association des hopitaux du Canada. Indique toutes les recentes acquisitions 
publiees entre 1970 et 1977, y compris periodiques, films et cassettes. Sujets 
groiipes par rubrique, avec index des auteurs et titres. 

A commander du Service Ventes et Tirage I'Association des hopitaux 
du Canada, 410, avenue Laurier ouest. Bureau 800, Ottawa, Ontario KlR 7T6. 

Prix: $10.00. 


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MARY ANNE TRAINOR was appointed Acquisition and Serials Librarian 
for the Health Sciences Library, McMaster University In August, 1978. After 
graduating from the Faculty of Library Science, University of Toronto In 
May, 1977, she held a position as cataloguer at the Gulf Canada Research and 
Developnent Library In Sheridan Park. 

DGNNA JENSEN has joined the staff of the W.R. Kellogg Health 
Sciences Library, Dalhousle University, as a reference librarian with special 
responsibility for nursing. She obtained her B.Sc. degree from U.B.C. and 
graduated with her Masters degree from Dalhousle School of Library Science in 
May, 1978. 

DALLAS BAGBY has been appointed as a joint clinical librarian and 
archivist, each on a half time basis, at the Health Sciences Library, McMaster 
University for a period of one year, beginning September, 1978. Dallas is on 
leave fro* the Special Collections Department of the Mills Library at the 
Hamilton university. 

AUDREY M. KERR, head of the tfedical Library, University of Manitoba 
was recently named Chairman of the Special Resource CoHftittee on Medical Li- 
braries of the Aasociation of Canadian Medical Colleges. 

The Abbie J. Lane Memorial Hospital in Halifax has a new staff 
meabcr in diarge of its library, VALERIE OWEN. 

MARGARET TAYLOR, manager of library services at Children's Hospital 
of Eaatem Ontario in Ottawa, has recently begun a pilot prograone in clin- 
ical librarlanship at the hoapital. She is presently a member of a multi- 
disciplinary health care team serving the Clinical Investigation and Dialysis 
Unit. Her pilot pvogramme %rlll be evaluated after an eight months trial 
period and the results of the evaluation will be made available to other 
clinical librarians upon request. 

VERGNA HALL is the new Library Assistant at Camp Hill Hospital, 
Nova Scotia. She has a joint appointment as the Drug Information Centre 
Assistant where she previously spent two suoners working while attending 

ALAN H. MACDONALD, presently Head, W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences 
Library, Dalhotisie University has been appointed Chief Librarian of the Uni- 
^^ersity of Calgary effective 1 January, 1979. 

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- Pamela B. Gr1ff1n 

Vancouver was at its beautiful best as host to PNG/MLA from October 
12 to 14, 1978. Health sciences librarians from universities, regional, hosp- 
ital and private organizations participated in a comprehensive program during 
the two and one half days. Members came from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, 
Montana, Oregon and Washington State, as well as representatives from Alberta. 

Three well-attended continuing education courses were given on the 
first day. These courses covered statistical resources, health care admin- 
istration and patient education. 

Allen H. Soroka, Assistant Librarian of the University of British 
Columbia Law Library spoke on the impact of the new U.S. Copyright Act on 
Canadian copyright law on Friday morning. He emphasized that the U.S. Copy- 
right Act does not have any extraterritorial effect or apply to Canada except 
insofar as networks may be concerned. The U.S. act authorizes U.S. libraries 
to engage in photocopying practices. There are restrictions regarding the 
number of copies, purpose, and a payment of twenty-five cents per page set by 
the publishers and paid to a copyright clearing house. Insofar as interlibrary 
loan is concerned, copying miist not be used as a substitute for a journal sub- 
scription, and hence the limitation to one copy for study /re search purposes. 
While the Canadian law is presently under revision, he said that the present 
act which has been in effect since 1924 is more restrictive that the U.S. law. 
No registration is required as in the United States, instead there is an auto- 
matic copyright extending for the life of the author plus fifty years as set 
by the International Copyright Convention. Canadian law provides for reciprocal 
agreements with foreign countries which do not adhere to the Berne Convention 
(eg: the U.S.). The Canadian government is now proposing copyright collectives 
similar to the American arrangement. Mr. Soroka reported that a study made at 
the University of British Columbia showed that the majority of things copied 
were found to be in the public domain. 

"Life styles, health and health care systems" was the topic of an 
illustrated talk by Dr. John Milsum, director of the Division of Health Systems 
and Professor of Health Care and Epidemiology at UBC. Faulty life styles, 
he said, were found to be a major contributing factor in premature demise. 
Poor nutritional habits, insufficient exercise were major culprits while auto- 
mobile accidents took the highest toll of life. In fact, we are all in rotten 
shape and are likely to take an unnecessarily early exit unless more attention 
is given to preventive medicine and hygiene. 

Useful and practical talks on advanced reference and data bases for 
health sciences information were given by three University of Washington li- 
brarians. Kay F. Denfield spoke about reference sources in environmental health 
which provided not only an interesting follow-up to Dr. Milsum, but also a 
useful descriptive bibliography of appropriate reference tools, indices, and 
personal contact points — the latter primarily for American librarians. 

Carole Stock spoke on a matter of considerable importance to reference 
work, but one which is all too frequently overlooked: referral as a reference 
techniqiie and an essential part of good reference service. To be able to ap- 
preciate and understand when and how to refer a query can and should increase 
the stature of the reference librarian, rather than the reverse. To consult 

-PB Griffin 1s Reference Librarian, Medical Library, University of Calgary. 

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other librarians and to use outside sources should never be constriied as being 
a sign of personal inadequacy she said. Rather it is indicative of a know- 
ledgeable, experienced reference librarian v«rho is aware of specialized materials 
and expertise available outside his/her own library which may be more efficient 
in satisfying the client's requirements. The interview techniques were elab- 
orated upon with particular emphasis being given to judgement in determining 
whether the person or the question and search data should be referred elsewhere. 
In any event, there should always be a follow-up on a referral by the initiator 
to ensure the client's satisfaction. 

Barbara Yocom, a health sciences reference librarian, described and 
compared the uses of Lockheed's DIALOG and SDC's ORBIT data bases for health 
information searches. 

The busy Friday concluded with a banquet and an address by Dr. 
Lawrence E. Ranta, Director of Research and Counselling Services, B.C. Health 
Association, Vancouver. 

On Saturday, there was an early morning breakfast meeting for MEDLINE 
search analysts. Regional roundups followed with reports from the four states 
and two Canadian provinces. Lois Ann Colaianni, president -elect of MLA, 
briefly reviewed the proposed new group structure for the Medical Library As- 
sociation and in return received the viewpoints of the assemblage concerning 
the p^roposed changes. 

The conference concluded with a business meeting and consideration 
of bylaws for PNWRC. Altogether, it was a fruitful gathering and one which 
extended and confirmed the all-important personal contacts so necessary for 
expanding the boundrles of a library's own resources and establishing the 
reference librarian's personal network. 


The Manitoba Health Libraries Association sponsored a workshop on 
health facility library services at the annual health conference of the Manitoba 
Health Organizations, Inc., held in Winnipeg, 1-3 November, 1978. The workshop 
was coordinated by Mrs. Rena Kroeker, consultant librarian to both the Grace 
Hospital and Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg, and Ms. Sandra Langlands, Extension 
Librarian, Medical Library, University of Manitoba. 

The purpose of the workshop was to assist Individuals with no library 
training in the task of organizing and maintaining a library in a small health 
facility. Emphasis was placed on basic techniques involved in setting up such 
a library, with practical sessions on such things as reference tools and search 

People attending the workshop were mainly from rural health facilities 
throu^out Manitoba. Most expressed concern over their lack of experience in 
library work and showed much Interest in more workshops and contact with library 
groups such as the MHLA. 

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The following is a current title listing of the Medical Library 
Association's continuing education courses. Some of these are advanced in- 
struction, some are designed for the novice. Of particular interest to the 
majority of hospital library staff are: CE 16, CE 22, CE 29, CE 36, and 
CE 37. Cost of taking these courses is $30 for a member of MLA and $A5 for 
non-members . 

General biomedical reference tools 

Human factors in library administration 

A review of the literature of dentistrv 

Materials for the history of the health sciences 

Drug and pharmaceutical information resources 

Interlibrary loan and copyright 

Indexing and abstracting services in the biomedical sciences 

Grant applications and management 

Planning health sciences libraries 

Literature of nursing 

Management of media in hospital libraries 

Preservation of library materials 

Systems analysis 

Application of operations research to library decision making 
(This is a two-day course. Prerequisite: CE 18) 

MEDLINE and the health sciences librarian 

Planning hospital library facilities 

CE 23: Problems in medical cataloguing and classification (Prerequisite: CE 24) 

CE 24: MeSH and NLM classification 

CE 26: Teaching skills for library educators (This is a two-day course.) 

CE 27: Literature of mental health 

CE 28: Management of reference services 

CE 29: Hospital library management 

CE 30: Basic media management — Hardware and physical facilities 

CE 31: Basic media management — Software 

CE 32: Statistical sources for health sciences librarians 

CE 33: Literature of health care administration 

CE 34: Biological Abstracts — Bioresearch Index 

CE 35: OCLC utilization in health sciences libraries 

































/ continued 

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Patient education 

Development and operation of a health sciences library consortium 

Acquisition of biomedical materials 

Women and biomedical library administration 

Grant proposal development for health sciences librarians 
(This is a two-dav course.) 

Introductory data collection and analysis 

V/urklng with groups / I^eadership skills 

Working with groups / Croup skills 

Library management / Planning 

Library management / Marketing 

Library management / Budgeting 

Audiovisual cataloguing 




Flower MA 

Toward hospital library standards in Canada. 

Bull Med Libr Assoc 66:296-301, Jul 1978 

Froa the NIH: Renote access to professionally reviewed materials provided 
by AVLINE from National Library of Medicine. 
J Ab Med Assoc 240:1231, 15 Sep 1978. 

Thornton JL 

100 years of medical libraries. 

Br J Hosp Med 19:588-592, Jun 1978. 

Rajecki AA, et al. 

An introduction to medical /nursing libraries and available resource tools. 

Nurs Forum 17:103-112, 1978. 

Christensen JB, et al. 

A role for the clinical medical librarian in continuing education. 

J Med Educ 53:514-515, Jun 1978. 

Mapel ME 

How to handle the medical library in a non-teaching hospital. 

Hosp Top 56:3,28, Mar-Apr 1978 

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Proposed Two-Week Programme 
16 - 27 July, 1979 

Continuing its triennial pattern, Dalhousie University's Division 
of Continuing Medical Education and its School of Library Service have agreed 
to offer their third jointly sponsored Workshop, 16-27 July, 1979, should 
there be sufficient response to this announcement. A minimum enrollment of 
ten would be necessary. 

The programme is designed for staff working in hospitals (admin- 
istration, medical records, medicine, nursing, therapy) or working with 
hospitals, for personnel in government health services and in community 
health service agencies. It is concerned with the basics of organizing, 
developing and using health information and/or library services, and for 
those who wish to improve their ability to use more effectively the facilities 
which are available to them. 

Former participants in the 1973 and 1976 Workshops may have need 
to update or extend their knowledge. It is possible to design specific 
elements to fit their particular situation. 

The programme with be directed by Professor M. Doreen E. Eraser, 
School of Library Service, who teaches courses in the field of health sciences 
literature, information and librarianship offered by the School, and who 
functions as a resource person for the Division of Continuing Medical Educa- 
tion. The staff of the W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library will participate 
in a variety of ways. 

Cost is estimated as follows: 

Workshop - $60.00; University accommodation - weekly rate: single 
$40.00, double C60.00; Meals - can be purchased singly or by weekly coupon - 
$35/40.00 (1978 rates). 

Should you be interested in attending the Workshop, please contact 
the address below giving: name, position, address and telephone number. The 
deadline for response is 1 February, 1979. Please also draw this announcement 
to the attention of others who may be interested. 

Prof. M. D.E. Fraser 
School of Library Service 
Dalhousie University 
Halifax, Nova Scotia 
B3H 4H8 

(Telephone - (902) 424-3656) 


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Mrs. M.A. Flower (President) 
Nursing Library 
McGlll University 
3506 University Street 
Montreal, P.Q. H3A 2A7 

Alan H. MacDonald (Tresorler) 
Health Sciences Library 
Dalhousle University 
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H7 

Eileen Bradley 

Science and Medicine Library 

University of Toronto 

7 King's College Circle 

Toronto, Ontario M5S IA5 

David S. Crawford 
Medical Library 
McGlll University 
3655 Drunnond Street 
Montreal, P.Q. H3G 1Y6 

Bill Fraser 

B.C. Medical Library Service 
1807 West 10th Street 
Vancouver, B.C. V6J 2A9 

Barbara Henwood 

General Centre Medical Library 

Health Sciences Centre 

700 William Avenue 

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0Z3 

Philippe Lemay 
Blbllotheque Sclentlflque 
Unlverslti Laval 
Cite Unlversltalre 
Quebec, P.Q. GIK 7P4 

Patrick J. Favcett (Ex-offlclo) 
Medical Library 
University of Manitoba 
770 Bannatyne Avenue 
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E lES 


- o - o - o - 


Donna Slgnorl 

514 - 425 Slmcoe Street 

Victoria, B.C. V8V 4T3 


Sylvia Chetner 
Medical Sciences Library 
University of Alberta 
Bdaaatoa, Alberta T6G 2J8 

Pan Griffin 
Medical Library 
University of Calgary 
Calgary, Alberta T2N 2T9 


Denlse Polrler 

Medical Library 

St. Boniface General Hospital 

409 Tache Avenue 

Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 2A6 


Barbara Prince 
Health Sciences Library 
Dalhousle University 
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H7 


Dorothy Fltgerald 

Canadian Library of Family Medicine 
Health Sciences Library 
University of Western Ontario 
London, Ontario N6A 5C1 


Jean Fensom 
Dentistry Library 
McGlll University 
3640 University Street 
Montreal, P.Q. H3A 2B2 

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(an informal page which proves that editors can't resist having the last word) 

The ancient Romans put great faith In the ability of worldly signs 
to predict a person's success In life. Meteor showers, decisive battles, loud 
thunderstorms all figured highly In their deliberations. 

Within six hours of my officially becoming editor of the CHLA/ABSC 
Newsletter , twenty-three thoxisand postal workers went on strike In Canada and 
the cardinals In Rome elected a new pope. There's definitely a message In 
there somewhere and It kills me not knowing what It Is. 

You have In your hands my first Issue. Late last night when 1 was 
finishing the last page (21, If you're curious) I was praying that this Issue 
could also be my last. Now that morning has come It's dawned on me (sorry...) 
that It wasn't such an ordeal after all. I'd even be looking forward to the 
next issue, now only 69 days away, if I had only something to put in it. 

In addition to a mall strike and a new pope, as neophyte editor I 
also re sived the publishing schedule for the next year. It's an interesting 
document and answers the question of what I'll be doing the evening of 22 Novem- 
ber, 1979. The schedule calls for six Issues during the next 11 months and I'm 
curious to see how we will fill them. For issue //8, I drew upon 19 people for 
contributions. At this rate, the next six issues will involve 114 people. As- 
suming a democratic spread. Inside of three years the Newsletter will have drawn 
upon almost every member of the Association for a contribution, which upon re- 
flection seems very appropriate. 

Fortunately, the success of this Newsletter does not rest with me. 
A good editor, regardless of how talented, cannot save a dying publication and 
a bad editor, now matter how lousy, cannot kill a thriving one. The life of 
this bulletin is up to you. Your contributions and interest will make it evolve 
and grow; apathy and refusal to contribute will kill is publication faster than 
anything I can do. 

On page 2, the Newsletter is described as having a special interest 
in reaching and assisting the smaller, isolated health library. There's a basic 
problem in this type of audience. The people who write articles are the large- 
library, academic types for whom publishing is, if not a way of life, at least 
a visible backgroimd to their vocation. The small-library, front-line workers 
are not as at timed to the publication habit and often shrink when the editorial 
finger points at them. (Or worse. When I recently berated a slngle-people- 
llbrary worker for never writing of her experiences, I received several acidic 
remarks to the effect that said workers are too busy struggling to survive, let 
alone create 'the leisure to write' that some academics enjoy. Something about 
"People who live in glass offices shouldn't throw typewriters...") While I 
think that the content of this issue is excellent and makes interesting reading, 
much of it lacks direct applicability to a large portion of the Newsletter's 
avowed audience. 

There's a solution to this and I'm going in search of it. You may 
be getting a letter very soon asking (id est: pleading on bended knee) you to 
contribute something for publication. But don't wait to be asked. If you've 
got an idea for an article, drop me a line — or better yet, write it out and send 
it to me. Don't worry about being embarrassed; if it's really that awful I'll 
send it back unused with a polite note. 

With your help and your interest, I can help keep the Newsletter an 
ongoing success. After all, 23,000 postal workers and a new pope can't all be