ALHHS (Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences) 2017 Annual Meeting

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2018 Annual Meeting, Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS) and Medical Museums Association (MeMA)

UCLA Library Conference Center
Los Angeles, California

9 - 10 May 2018

Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS) and the Medical Museums Association (MeMA) are holding their 2018 annual meeting in Los Angeles, CA from May 9-10. The meeting will be held at the UCLA Library Conference Center in the Charles E. Young Research Library; accommodations are at the brand new Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center's hotel in the middle of campus. Once you make the trek from LAX to campus, look forward to a terrific program, comfortable accommodations, lovely weather, a delightful happy hour and annual dinner, and lots of extra tours and workshops.


Call for Program Proposals

The Local Arrangements and Program Committees are busy preparing for the upcoming joint ALHHS/MeMA meeting in Los Angeles, May 9-10, 2018.

Our conference brings together archivists, librarians, museum professionals, educators, historians and representatives of allied professions and it is the place for our community to engage, network, and learn from each otherís experiences. The advent of social media, big data, and digital environments is changing the nature of the records we collect, their dissemination, as well as educational practices. The impact of this shift challenges some theoretical and methodological paradigms of our professions. The goal of this meeting is to examine critical issues in documenting, preserving, accessing, and teaching with health sciences collections in the newly emerging landscape.

The Program Committee welcomes your help in making this a thought provoking and stimulating conference. We are especially interested in proposals that feature:

  • Digital medical humanities
  • Role of health sciences collections in scholarly research
  • Changing role of health sciences libraries/archives/museums
  • How can digital methods and resources be used to engage users?
  • Collaborating with donors, students, area studies, and community archives
  • Sensitive materials and social justice -- what impacts do concepts such as radical ††empathy have on how material is represented in digital collections or exhibitions
  • Collecting and contextualizing social media, email, hardware, and software
  • Collections as data

Session Formats: The Program Committee encourages submission of proposals that may include, but are not limited to, the following formats:

  • Individual papers: Speakers should expect to give a presentation of no more than 15 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Individual papers will be combined into panels.
  • Panel Discussion: Open session with a panel of three (3) to four (4) individuals informally discussing a variety of theories or perspectives on the given topic(s). Please confirm participation with all panelists before submitting the panel proposal.
  • Traditional: Open session with two to three fully prepared papers of fifteen (15) minutes each and a comment and discussion period after the papers.
  • Special Focus Session: 50-minute session designed to highlight innovative archives or museum programs, new techniques, and research projects. Audience participation is encouraged.

Please submit your proposal (no more than 350 words) through the Session/Program Proposal Form:

The deadline for submitting session proposals is Friday, December 1st, 2017. Decisions about acceptance will be made by December 15th, 2017.

If you have any questions please contact Polina Ilieva via phone (415) 476-1024 or email polina.ilieva AT

We are looking forward to seeing you in Los Angeles!

Your Program Committee:
Polina Ilieva, University of California, San Francisco (chair)
Beth Lander, College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Jennifer Nieves, Case Western Reserve University
John Rees, National Library of Medicine (History of Medicine Division)

2017 ALHHS/MeMA Annual Meeting (Nashville, Tennessee)
2016 ALHHS/MeMA Annual Meeting (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
2015 ALHHS/MeMA Annual Meeting (New Haven, Connecticut)
2014 ALHHS Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL)
2013 ALHHS Annual Meeting (Atlanta, GA)
ALHHS Blue Book (Guidelines for Organizers of ALHHS Annual Meetings, 2008 edition)