The Southwestern Ontario Health Libraries Information Network (SOHLIN) is comprised of health libraries, their staff and all persons interested in promoting and providing access to health information and resources to health professionals and communities in Southwestern Ontario.
In 1971, the Windsor Hospital librarians began working together and formed the Windsor Hospitals Library Group. Two years later, this group evolved into the Windsor Area Health Librarians Association (WAHLA). In 1999, the group was re-named Southwestern Ontario Health Libraries & Information Network (SOHLIN).
Over the years, SOHLIN endeavored to facilitate communication and cooperation amongst members, advance continuing education and professional development, build and strengthen relationships with other groups including CHLA and OHLA. In 2007, the London Area Health Libraries Association (LAHLA) folded and several members chose to join SOHLIN. These added members strengthened the association and reduced any geographic overlap between chapters.
SOHLIN is proud of its distinction as the first official chapter of the Canadian health Libraries Association (CHLA/ABSC). Meetings are scheduled twice annually – Spring and Fall. A business meeting, with an educational component, in addition to guest speakers and topical discussions, represent a typical meeting. Networking and resource sharing are ongoing throughout the year.