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Minutes of the 13th Meeting of the CISTI Committee on Health Sciences Information

This meeting was held as a two-hour teleconference call. Members circulated individual reports in advance of the meeting.

October 10, 2006

Call to order
Approval of the Agenda
Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of April 10, 2006
Business Arising
NNLH Concept of Operations document and next steps
CIHR Consultation on an Open Access Policy for Outputs of Research
Next Meetings


  • Tamsin Adams-Webber (CHLA/ABSC)
  • Carole Brault (ASTED, Section santé)
  • Beverly Brown (CISTI and Committee Secretary)
  • Daphne Bruce (Industrial Library Representative)
  • Paul Clark (CHLA/ABSC)
  • John cole (AFMC)
  • Ada Ducas (Committee Chair and member of the Advisory Board for CISTI)
  • Bernard Dumouchel (Director General, CISTI)
  • Marc Valois (ASTED, Section santé)

Marc Valois se joint à la téléconférence à titre de suppléant de C. Brault.

Regrets: Merle McConnell (Santé Canada)

Call to order

Ducas called the meeting to order at 1 p.m. ET.

Approval of the Agenda

C. Brault noted that the agenda item "European Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research" was submitted for information only.

Approval of the Minutes of the Meeting of April 10, 2006

It was noted that the revised terms of reference for the Committee did not consistently use the bilingual name "Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques du Canada".  Action: B. Brown will make the correction.

The minutes were approved.

Business Arising

Action: B. Dumouchel will engage Louis Cabral, Executive Director ASTED, in a discussion of a French MedlinePlus. The discussion will draw on the work of this Committee. B. Dumouchel provided the history and background to L. Cabral who was receptive to ASTED pursuing the discussions. ASTED will provide support as long as the Section santé of ASTED is supportive and interested in pursuing discussions of a French MedlinePlus. C. Brault and M. Valois will speak with members of the section and provide feedback to this Committee.   ASTED may be able to identify funding opportunities.  Action:  B. Brown will send C. Brault and M. Valois the report submitted to this Committee that provided an analysis of resources needed to create a French MedlinePlus site.

Action: B. Brown will investigate the need for more nursing and allied health titles inCISTI's collection.   The original request and a list of target titles were received from McMaster University Health Sciences Library. In response to a request to the AFMC listserv, another three lists were sent to CISTI. The lists are now with CISTI Acquisitions for further analysis and selection decisions.

It was asked whether CISTI would purchase print copies of new titles or license the electronic versions for document delivery purposes. B. Dumouchel responded that CISTI licenses titles for the use of NRC. Once the NRC licenses are in place, CISTI may choose to negotiate a document delivery license with selected publishers. Since license negotiations may be long, CISTI prefers to offer document delivery from the print.

Action: B. Brown will report on CISTI providing PubMed and DOCLINE web training. CISTI is planning to post a librarian position that will report to the current DOCLINE Coordinator. One of the responsibilities of the position will be developing web-based training for PubMed and DOCLINE.

NNLH Concept of Operations document and next steps (T. Adams-Webber /B. Brown)

The NNLH Concept of Operations document was completed in late summer. Once the translation is completed, the document will be posted on the CHLA/ABSC web site and information about the document distributed broadly. The NNLH Project Advisory Team also prepared a communications plan that will guide the distribution of the document.

The CHLA/ABSC Board in November will be discussing a roadmap for the NNLH initiative. One of the next steps may be a meeting of current and interested funders.

During the discussion of next steps, the following points were raised:

  • A need to consider the balance between regional and central support for the NNLH. 
  • National licensing carried out by NNLH and CRKN. These two national efforts need to be managed to maximize benefits and efficiencies for libraries
  • CHLA/ABSC's long-term commitment to the initiative. There may be opportunities to involve other organizations that can actively bring support
  • Governance and "ownership" of NNLH. The reporting structure for the NNLH central office is a key component that has yet to be defined

CIHR Consultation on an Open Access Policy for Outputs of Research (B.Dumouochel/B.Brown)

The discussion began with a brief review of OA policies from various funding agencies in the U.K., the U.S. and Canada. 

In spring 2006, CIHR asked for public comment on a draft OA policy for research output funded by CIHR. CISTI met with CIHR officials in September to share information. CISTI expressed interest in providing infrastructure support to help implement any CIHR policy.

CISTI has been asked by CIHR to take on quality assurance work for French articles added to PubMed Central (PMC). French articles from the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) are not yet in PMC because NLM staff lack the language expertise. CISTI has agreed to do the work on an ongoing basis with appropriate financial support. NLM is making changes to the PMC interface and should be in a position to test with CISTI in early 2007.

CIHR is interested in providing visibility for Canadian research. Encouraging the deposit of research into the PMC repository is one means to provide this visibility. CIHR has talked with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) about depositing into institutional repositories. 

CISTI has completed an investigation of the costs and effort involved in hosting a PMC mirror site in Canada (also called PMC international) and has shared the results with CIHR. 

Next Meetings

Another teleconference will be scheduled in February or March.  Action: B. Brown will circulate possible dates.

Committee members also discussed a face-to-face meeting in early June during the CHLA/ABSC conference. It was noted that the membership will need to be broadly renewed before the next face-to-face meeting.


The meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Date Published: 2007-02-13
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