Marguerite Nel and Tertia Coetsee gave a reportback on the 6th International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists (ICAHIS) which was held jointly with 10 ICML.
Marguerite then presented a paper on the important role of medical library interest groups or associations, asking whether HICSA should continue and what role it could play in future. It was agreed that HICSA should look at opportunities to become part of larger associations such as LIASA (Library and Information Association of South Africa - http://www.liasa.org.za/) and AHILA (Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa - http://www.ahila.org/).
A survey will be undertaken next year on the current situation regarding medical and related health libraries in South Africa.The photo above shows Prof Ina Fourie addressing the meeting. David Swanepoel (OVI library), John van Niekerk (MEDUNSA Library), Vimbai Hungwe (President AHILA) and Prof Ina Fourie appear on the top photo.