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Happy Anniversary, HSLIC!


On June 22, 1973, Melda Page, Chief of Library Service at the Veterans' Administration Center at Togus, arranged a meeting to discuss the formation of a library consortium for the purpose of cooperation among librarians and the sharing of their resources. The 14 librarians who attended the meeting agreed to form a steering committee, which proceeded to lay the groundwork for the organization. As a result of their work the Health Sciences Library and Information Cooperative of Maine was formed in October of 1973*.

The early years of HSLIC were mostly exploratory. Committees were established to draft by-laws for the consortium and to investigate the most pressing needs of the group. The first project taken on was interlibrary loan. A journal list was assembled and distributed among the membership and that list, together with standardized record keeping and statistics forms, led to the publication of an ILL procedure manual.

Rapid developments in the 1970's led to the creation of a central office for HSLIC with a paid coordinator, Christopher Lavin, working out of Togus and funded by Medical Care Development, the University of Maine, and the Veterans' Administration. His duties included fundraising and consortium public relations, particularly in presenting the group's goals to the administrators of member institutions.

The coordinator and the Executive Board  guided the activities of the consortium through the committee structure. They produced a union list of journal holdings which was incorporated into the Maine Union List of Serials (MULS), a union list of audiovisual materials, an interlibrary loan manual, a publicity packet for new members and a newsletter which was published on a regular basis. When the grant support ended in 1980, the coordinator's responsibilities were assumed by the Executive Board and the consortium's committees.

In 1979 HSLIC hosted a very successful annual meeting of the North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries (NAHSL) at Sebasco Estates. This was followed by other well attended and greatly enjoyed regional meetings on a 5-year rotation with the other state groups in NAHSL.

HSLIC has grown from its original 14 members to over 50, and in 1993 celebrated its 20th anniversary at Presque Isle. The Board, together with the committees, has led in building on the foundation so solidly constructed by the original members and has continued to foster cooperation and resource sharing by all who work together as vital parts of the consortium.

Excerpted and revised by Marjorie Anderson from the history of HSLIC, written by Gabrielle Kirkpatrick our first archivist.

*In 1988 HSLIC became incorporated and at that time changed the designation "cooperative" to "consortium."


Revised April 1995

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