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HLWIKI International has obtained the rights to the domain We endorse the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike Non-Commercial 2.5 License

HLWIKI International was created in 2006 as a tool to support LIBR 534: Health Information Sources and Services at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) at the University of British Columbia. The wiki is part of using interactive, collaborative social tools to encourage discussion with and between LIS students (ie. Mediawiki). This wiki, however, is not the exclusive domain of students taking LIS courses. In fact, we encourage all professional health librarians to participate.

Creative Commons license


The HLWIKI International Advisory supports the Creative Commons principles of sharing and collaboration (ie. copyleft). We endorse the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike Non-Commercial 2.5 License which allows others to distribute, remix, tweak and build on our work as long as they credit us for its creation. This is an accommodating license in the Creative Commons but requires attribution when quoting from the wiki.

Citing the wiki

Each article can be cited as written anonymously, by the curators, or signed:

Here's a more detailed example:

  • HLWIKI International [Internet]. [1 December 2012] - Giustini D, Clairoux N, curators. [Vancouver (BC)]: University of British Columbia. [cited 8 January 2013]. Available from:

Each article maintains a history of all revisions, accessible via the 'history' page. A history of revisions is of interest in its own right and provides a window into the living processes of peer review and the progress of wiki ideas hidden behind the scenes.

Health librarians & information retrieval

Health librarians are the acknowledged experts in information retrieval, but we need better ways to share this expertise with each other - a major reason why this wiki has come into being. Our objective is to build a health sciences librarianship wiki with an international perspective, but also to emphasize issues affecting practice in Canada. For example, we will focus on expert searching to support the development of systematic reviews in medicine, and searching for the grey literature. (Here are some other subjects covered.) The final project for our students will be to work solo, or in groups, to write a major paper for the field; we encourage the use of this wiki to brainstorm ideas. By providing a forum for best practice for health librarians, and other information professionals, more collaborative work can be initiated. LIS students are encouraged to add, create or edit entries - and, not just our students (any taking health libraries courses in other jurisdictions). We believe this open-model will more accurately reflect the "wisdom of the field" and bring significant value to the wiki's knowledge-base.

International viewpoint

This wiki is envisioned as a place where health librarians can share information in context, because we lack a coherent knowledge-base to support us in our field. Where appropriate, each article will provide a section entitled the Canadian context. All health librarian experts within CHLA/ABSC (Canada), for example, should feel free to contribute to the wiki. The forum is an ideal place to evaluate new databases; to discuss case studies in information retrieval; review health and library technologies; the latest thinking in academic and health facilities' accreditation; evidence-based practice, systematic reviews, qualitative research, teaching - so, the possibilities are infinite. Finally, Canadian perspectives are very much appreciated, but by no means the only ones needed. We hope our American, British and European colleagues in particular will provide their input to give the wiki an international perspective. For information about navigating and editing this wiki, consult the User's Guide. Before editing, please read our editing policy, about how to write a great article, and how to wiki. All wikipedians should be familiar with entries in the help section. Following these guidelines will ensure your entry will be useful. Part of wiki-ing well is reading well: do your part to read entries critically. Entries that do not come with "references" (links to books, web sites and journal articles) will be considered invalid. The nature of health librarians' work - even in the digital age - is still bibliographic.


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