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CHLA/ABSC Denounces cuts and closures of Federal research libraries

posted Jan 31, 2014, 4:35 PM by SOS SaveOceanScience   [ updated Jan 31, 2014, 4:36 PM ]

January 29, 2014 - 3:23pm — Jeff Mason


Health Librarians Decry Loss of Federal Research Libraries

The Canadian Health Libraries Association / Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC), in response to the recent closure of the main Health Canada research library, has released an advocacy toolkit for all Canadians who care about their health and support equitable access to information for making informed decisions about our national health policy and the care we receive from healthcare providers.

“Cuts to libraries are short-sighted, costly and will have unforeseen consequences for generations of Canadians to come.” says Charlotte Beck, CHLA/ABSC President, in response to reports of layoffs and closures in Canada’s science, technology and health research libraries. CHLA/ABSC encourages Canadians to use its new toolkit, available for free at, to tell the government they support librarians and libraries and denounce the cuts. Closure of the main Health Canada research library and the loss of professional librarians was first reported on January 20, 2014. This followed news that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is closing seven of its eleven libraries and dismantling vast taxpayer funded collections. CHLA/ABSC joins scientists and researchers from across the country to decry these changes and calls on Ottawa to provide Canada’s researchers, healthcare providers and public the necessary people, resources and services to develop and improve Canada’s health care system.

Established in 1976, CHLA/ABSC is the pan-Canadian voice of health librarians and health libraries. Our vision is to facilitate and enable access to the best available health information and knowledge. Our foremost aim is the dissemination of health information to those in research, education and patient care through partnership with librarians and libraries.

Contact Information:
Charlotte Beck
Canadian Health Libraries Association / 
Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada
39 River Street
Toronto, ON
M5A 3P1
TEL: 416-646-1600
FAX: 416-646-9460

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