ALHHS (Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences) Annual Meeting

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

2013 Annual Meeting

Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS)


Dear Archivists and Librarians,

See you in Atlanta!

The ALHHS 2013 Annual Meeting programme was shaped by your direct input about the issues you wanted to learn about. As a result, there will be a panel discussion on promoting history in a scientific environment. No doubt this is a critical issue for many of us in this time of shrinking budgets and greater pressure to be visible and prove our worth to our parent institutions. This will be a chance to learn valuable lessons from your colleagues. Another important topic identified by you was the effective use of the web, so there will also be a presentation about using crowdsourcing and mobile technologies for special collections. As well, you will be given a chance to present updates about the fascinating work you are doing at your shops.

I also want to highlight the visits to the Center for Disease Control. I always enjoy our site visits to an archive, library or museum. I have vivid memories of these not only because it’s always fun to see new history of medicine locales, but also because I find them great learning opportunities. Finally, there is the camaraderie of the annual meetings. It is always great to catch up with old and new friends.  I think that the social aspect of our meeting has tremendous professional benefits as well. Besides, the meeting’s fun!

I must thank Michael North of the Program Committee, Local Arrangements Coordinators Rachel Ingold and Brooke Fox and ALHHS Treasurer Arlene Shaner for all their hard work in putting this meeting together. Without you, there’d be no meeting

Chris Lyons
ALHHS President
Head Librarian, Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University
christopher.lyons AT

ALHHS Blue Book (Guidelines for Organizers of ALHHS Annual Meetings, 2008 edition)