2005: HKN, Canadian Health Libraries Association, and the Canadian Virtual Health Library
Throughout its entire 25 years in operation, HKN has advocated for provincial and national licensing initiatives. It engaged Lori van Rooijen from Larkspur Associates Inc. to investigate several initiatives, such as provincial licensing.
In May 2005, the HKN Partners meet with the Minister of Alberta Health and Wellness to discuss the need for health care practitioners to have seamless, cost-effective access to health information to enhance their decision-making. The HKN Partners garner support for a Canada Digital Health Library from the Presidents of all four of Alberta’s universities.
The Minister connects the HKN Partners to Canada Health Infoway (CHI) and gathers funding support for the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC) to complete an environmental scan and Feasibility Study and Readiness Assessment. This document leads to meetings with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the procurement of a grant for the Canadian Virtual Health Library/Bibliothèque virtuelle canadienne de la santé.