Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences/Medical Museum Association Annual Meeting

The upcoming ALHHS/MeMA meeting will be held in Los Angeles, May 9-10, 2018.


Our conference brings together archivists, librarians, museum professionals, educators, historians and representatives of allied professions and it is the place for our community to engage, network, and learn from each other’s experiences. The advent of social media, big data, and digital environments is changing the nature of the records we collect, their dissemination, as well as educational practices. The impact of this shift challenges some theoretical and methodological paradigms of our professions. The goal of this meeting is to examine critical issues in documenting, preserving, accessing, and teaching with health sciences collections in the newly emerging landscape.


Keynote Address: Miriam Posner, Assistant Professor of Information Studies and Digital Humanities, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)


We are especially interested in proposals that feature:

  • Digital medical humanities
  • Role of health sciences collections in scholarly research
  • Changing role of health sciences libraries/archives/museums
  • How can digital methods and resources be used to engage users?
  • Collaborating with donors, students, area studies, and community archives
  • Sensitive materials and social justice -- what impacts do concepts such as radical   empathy have on how material is represented in digital collections or exhibitions
  • Collecting and contextualizing social media, email, hardware, and software
  • Collections as data


Session Formats: The Program Committee encourages submission of proposals that may include, but are not limited to, the following formats:


Individual papers

Panel Discussion


Special Focus Session


Please submit your proposal (no more than 350 words) through the Session/Program Proposal Form:


The deadline for submitting session proposals is Friday, December 1th, 2017. Decisions about acceptance will be made by December15th, 2017.