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Statement of Purpose

As a group, AVSL members endeavor to:

  • foster development of individual libraries
  • encourage cooperative activities among the member libraries
  • develop mechanisms for improving access to vision information
  • develop services, particularly reference and bibliographic services, for all individuals having frequent vision information needs
  • promote standards for academic vision science libraries
  • assist new vision science librarians

AVSL History

The idea of forming an organization of vision science librarians began at the 1965 meeting of the American Academy of Optometry in Denver, where representatives from all the optometry schools, including five librarians, met to discuss the idea. The informal gathering was repeated the following December, and at the 1968 meeting of the American Academy of Optometry in Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A., the Association of Visual Science Librarians (AVSL) was officially founded. A Statement of Purpose was formalized in 1969.

AVSL is a SIG of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry and a caucus of the Medical Library Association (Vision Science).

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Last updated: 2021/01/20