NEW - Call for New Committee Members
Since its inception in 2001, Health Libraries Inc has championed the work and achievements of health libraries and library professionals in Victoria and beyond. It has provided its members with opportunities to connect with their colleagues through events such as the annual leadership forum and conference, and given them the opportunity to expand their professional development by the awarding of grants such as the Pat Nakouz Award. It has also contributed widely to the health library profession through the scholarly publication, Health Inform, and its contribution to the HeLINS project.
These achievements and more could not have been done without the work and dedication of its committee, who freely give of their time to ensuring the events and other activities run smoothly. However in recently years it has become increasing difficult to attract new committee members and questions about the long-term sustainability of HLi were raised at the annual conference in 2017 due to a lack of volunteers. Thanks to the generosity of some willing colleagues the committee has been able to continue, but with the positions of President and Treasure becoming vacant in September this year, and another committee member recently stepping down for personal reasons, the future of HLi is once again in doubt if no one is prepared to step up. Preliminary talks with Health Libraries Australia over a possible merge have been undertaken, but this is a decision we all must make, and we ask you, the members, to help us keep HLi going as a viable professional association.
HLi is now seeking expressions of interest for new committee members, including the roles of President and Treasurer. We are looking for people who have a long-term vision for HLi and who would help it move forward as it continues to advocate for health libraries and their dedicated workforce. The workload is minimal and it would give you the chance to connect with your peers and colleagues and give you the chance to contribute more broadly to the development of libraries and librarianship within the healthcare sector. This is a wonderful opportunity for early career librarians to make those crucial professional connections, and for more experienced professionals to expand their networks.
Now more than ever Health Libraries Inc needs your support.
With kind regards