The Consortium of Independent Health Information Libraries (CHILL) is an association of libraries in the Greater London area specialising in information on health and medicine.
The goal of CHILL is to provide independent health libraries with opportunities to improve their services through mutual communications and co-operation.
Aim and Objectives
The aim of CHILL is to co-operate in enhancing members' library and information services and in doing this to help with the personal development of staff.
Our main objective is to improve the availability of and access to information resources for the benefit of members and their users.
Our other objectives are:
CHILL was founded in 1997 and currently consists of 43 members. We held our first meeting at The Library Association (now CILIP) on 10 February 1998.
An Independent London Libraries Group had existed in the 1980s but had not met for some time and it had been noted that health libraries which were not part of the NHS or university were often isolated and unaware of what was happening in the sector. A consultation was held to consider relaunching the group of independent libraries. The result of the consultation was considerable interest and enthusiasm for a relaunch based around the principles of
At its second meeting, members agreed that the group would be called The Consortium of Independent Health Information Libraries in London (CHILL); a constitution was agreed and officers elected.
Since 1998, CHILL has gone from strength to strength. It continues to update and support members, offers professional development opportunities and discounts on seriels purchasing and has representatives on other bodies.
The Consortium of Independent Health Information Libraries in London constitution defines the goals, aims and objectives by which it is governed.