District of Columbia Area Health Sciences Libraries (DCAHSL) 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.
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 course.
- To encourage and establish cooperative resources sharing projects among members.
Formed in 1973 as a cooperative effort between three D.C. medical schools and their affiliated hospitals, the District of Columbia Health Sciences Information Network (as it was then called) aimed to foster resource sharing and joint projects. That goal continues today in response to the rapidly evolving technologies and ever-changing economy of the health care industry. During the past 40+ years membership has expanded to include librarians, libraries, organizations and individuals interested in health sciences information.