Honouring Our Heritage: Manitoba Association of Health Information Providers (MAHIP) Chapter History Project

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Shaw-Daigle, Christine
Demczuk, Lisa
Raynard, Melissa
Osterreicher, Angela
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Background: The Manitoba Association of Health Information Providers (MAHIP), formerly Manitoba Health Libraries Association, has been in existence since 1976. The membership has been inspired to undertake a history project to create an accessible and dynamic repository of association documents and memories, reflecting almost 35 years of chapter activity. Objective: The history project was undertaken with the goal of establishing an open-access digital repository of association documents and supplementary materials and establishing a timeline of association achievement. Methods: A working group from the association was formed to gather, sort and organize documents related to the creation, business and activities of the association. Criteria were developed for the retention of documents. Selected core documents reflecting the course of the association‟s history were digitized and posted on a wiki developed as the online platform for the repository. Personal reflections about the association were captured and added to the repository. Results: From the initial collection, sorting and organizing of association documents, the MAHIP history project has resulted in the following outcomes: a retention policy for association materials, an organized collection of documents for deposit to the Manitoba Archives and a dynamic, online repository of digitized materials and personal interviews. A timeline of achievement reflecting the highlights of association history has been developed. Discussion: This history project has resulted in an accessible and rich resource for the history of health libraries and health information provision in the province of Manitoba. The project contributes to the heritage of health librarianship in Canada.
Poster session presented at the Canadian Health Libraries Association Conference, Kingston, ON. June 9, 2010.
libraries, health libraries, manitoba, manitoba history