Dear Archivists and Librarians,
These are complex times, and we need to be engaged continually with the question of how best to serve our institutions and users. This is where an organisation like Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences plays a critical role.
The upcoming annual meeting provides a great opportunity to learn about how some of your colleagues have been involved in meeting the needs of contemporary users. One notable example is the panel, “Proving your Worth,” where ways in which institutions are engaging new audiences will be discussed.
Equally informative will be the numerous informal conversations between colleagues. Many a good idea and project was initiated over a cup of coffee or a drink at our annual meetings. I speak from personal experience.
The meetings are also a great deal of fun. Indeed, I don’t know of a more collegial group.
I want to thank the Programme Committee members: Elisabeth Brander, Jack Eckert, Megan Rosenbloom, and the chair Paul Theerman, and the Local Arrangements Committee: co-chairs Scott D. Grimwood and Susan Rishworth and members Sue Sacharski, Ron Sims, Ramune Kubilius, Kevin O'Brien, and Judith Robins for all their hard work.
See you in Chicago!
Head Librarian, Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University
christopher.lyons AT mcgill.ca