|EAHIL Board and Council meeting 20-22 January 2000 in
On Thursday lunchtime the members of the EAHIL Executive Board
met at Hotel Westropa, Nassaukade 387-390, Amsterdam for the
half-yearly business meeting. Unfortunately our President could not
be present due to serious and sad family affairs.
The main topic of this meeting was the preparation of the Council
meeting starting the following day, which had to deal with the
revision of the Statutes.
Further on the agenda were financial business and organisation of
the secretariat at the ICP.
EAHIL is a sound financial basis, and although there were more
expenses in 1999 due to the move to the Netherlands, expenses are
within the limits of the overall budget. The costs for the EAHIL
Newsletter grew in 1999 and therefore force us to investigate
further rationalization of the production. Further attention should
be given to persuing payment of membership fees, the major source of
income for the association.
On Friday lunchtime alltogether 26 gathered for the Council meeting.
Many new Council members could be wellcomed and also we all met the
new staff member of the ICP Group responsible for the EAHIL
secretariat: Suzanne Laeven.
An extensive discussion about details of the revised Statutes took
place, chaired in an efficient, but nevertheless stimulating way by
Alice Nørhede. Dinner in the Amsterdam Academic Club with a
sightseeing walking tour afterwards, was a nice interlude; Saturday
early morning discussion about the Statutes continued.
Another important topic was the (possible) role(s) and task(s) of
the EAHIL Council and its members.
As a link to the members, Councillors can be helpful in tracing
"lost" colleagues and keeping the membership database
The Council decided upon nomination of Marta Jorda Olives (from
Spain) as official representative of EAHIL to join the editorial
board of Health Libraries Review. This journal will change title in
2001 to become the Health Information and Libraries Journal. Not
only by title will the journal become closer to EAHIL, content and
authorship will be more focussed on (continental) Europe.
Of major concern to all are the vacancies in the Board by the end of
this year. The term of office of the President and 4 (!) Board
members will end and not all will stand for re-election.
Future activities of EAHIL can and must make use of the very
powerful information dissemination via EAHIL's website. A taskforce
on this was formed for which Jarmila Potomkova and Laura Cavazza
will set plans. Françoise Pasleau hopes that EAHIL can support the
exchange and dissemination of educational material, either through
the web or otherwise.
It was noticed, however, that the role of Councillors and EAHIL
depends on the national (medical) library organisations. A strong
national association makes it easier to link many colleagues with
the activities of EAHIL.
Attention and interest for a code of ethics was renewed, Pirjo
Rajakiili and Turid Tharaldsen will make plans how to use and
implement the MLA code of ethics into European context.
But probably the most important issue is attracting more colleagues
to become EAHIL member. What arguments can be given to persuade
colleagues to join? To survive and to persue the aims and scopes
EAHIL needs not only more, but also younger members. Tamara Morcillo
will look into this subject further. The (financial) barriers that
prevent many colleagues, not only from the middle and eastern
European countries, to take part in EAHIL activities, might be
lowered by finding the right sources that can provide grants.
Elisabeth Husem, already active in the Oslo scholarship committee,
will widen the scope for funding. Especially the Councillors can be
helpful to guide colleagues in the national jungle of funding
agencies and grant commissions.
Job exchange, traineeships and library visits on an exchange basis,
are in the dreams of many. In this Council meeting we did not yet
try to materialize these dreams.
The two days of hard work were certainly worth the effort: getting
to know each other and strengthening mutual understanding are the
essentials and bare necessities on which to found the Association.
EAHIL made a good start in the new millennium!!
The next meeting of the Board and the Council will be in London on
Saturday 1st July.