Association of Academic Health Science Libraries

AAHSL DEI Statement 01/19/2021

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries refuses to condone through silence the violence, hate messages, and anti-Semitism witnessed on January 6, 2021.

The events of January 6, 2021 emphasize the importance of data driven evidence to refute the persistent and pervasive use of disinformation and misinformation that are being used to fuel distrust, manufacture doubt, and confuse the public as components of the warfare of political polarization.

The Board of Directors and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries support the statements made by our colleagues at the American Library Association (ALA) and the Medical Library Association (MLA) and join them in condemning the violent attempts to undermine our democracy on January 6, 2021.

We affirm with ALA and MLA that:

“Libraries in America defend the constitutional rights of all individuals and are cornerstones of the communities they serve. We celebrate and preserve our democratic society so that all individuals have the opportunity to become lifelong learners and engaged residents—informed, literate, educated, and culturally enriched.”

AAHSL celebrates the contributions of all of our members and recognizes the significant contributions to the advancement of the practice of medicine made by the BIPOC community; Latinx community; LGTBQ community; and all marginalized, vulnerable,  and under-represented persons committed to enhancing the health of the communities we serve. We reaffirm our commitment to the value of civil discourse and the free exploration of competing ideas and concepts with fundamental respect for the rights, dignity, and value of all persons. 


Read on for the statement issued by MLA/AAHSL Call for Transparency and Impartiality in the Dissemination of Health Information

Read on for the MLA/AAHSL joint comments on the NLM Strategic Plan, in response to an NIH Request for Information.

About AAHSL

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) supports academic health sciences libraries and directors in advancing the patient care, research, education, and community service missions of academic health centers through visionary executive leadership and expertise in health information, scholarly communication, and knowledge management.

AAHSL promotes the success of its members through relevant programming and services; benchmarking; advocacy; partnerships with like-minded organizations; and the development of a community of colleagues.

Organizational Identity

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) comprises of the libraries serving the accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools belonging to or affiliated with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

It includes other related libraries and organizations that lead in resolving information and knowledge management problems in the health care environment. 

The organization was founded in 1977 as the Association of Academic Health Sciences Library Directors (AAHSLD). Beginning in 1996, the directors of medical school libraries formed the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), a new organization with a mission similar to that of AAHSLD but with a greater scope of activities. 

AAHSL is a member of the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) of the AAMC.


AAHSL 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

Join AAHSL virtually on November 12 and November 13 for our Educational Program and Matheson Lecture. Registration has closed!
If you wish to join, please contact the AAHSL Office at [email protected] or (206) 209-5261. 

2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

Membership Renewal and Membership Dues

AAHSL’s membership year runs October 1–September 30.

Renewal for the 2020-2021 membership year will open 60 days prior to September 30. 

The 3% processing fee is waived for the 2020-2021 renewal year. If you intend to pay by credit card, please call the office once you have received your electronic invoice and we will process your payment.

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Amid the global pandemic and our country's continuing challenges related to racism and public health, your organization's voice is more important than ever. Recognizing that COVID-19 has caused financial hardship for many academic institutions, AAHSL wants to support our members during renewal season.

Should you have any questions or concerns about your invoice, please contact the AAHSL Office at (206) 209-5261 or [email protected].

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