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What is DCAHSL?

District of Columbia Area Health Sciences Libraries (DCAHSL) - formerly called DOCHSIN - is the only local organization in the metropolitan D.C. area offering membership to both institutions and individuals involved in the field of health sciences information. Formed in 1973 as a cooperative effort between the three D.C. medical schools and their affiliated hospitals, its initial goal was to foster resource sharing and joint projects. That goal continues today in response to the rapidly evolving technologies and ever-cahnging economy of the health care industry. During the past 29 years membership has expanded to include librarians, libraries, organizations and individuals interested in health sciences information.


DCAHSL's purpose is

  • To exchange ideas and discuss problems and issues of concern to health science libraries and librarians.

  • To promote a more thorough knowledge of health sciences librarianship by instructive programming and sponsorship of continuing education courses.

  • To encourage and establish cooperative resource sharing projects among members.

How Does DCAHSL Serve Its Members?
  • Provides a forum for the informal exchange of ideas and experience.

  • Provides opportunities for professional growth through committee involvement.

  • Sponsors approved CE courses.

  • Holds 5 general meetings a year with informative programs.

  • Publishes membership directory.

  • Liaison with the Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC) of the Medical Library Association (MLA).

Application Form:

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