The 49th meeting of the Association of Vision Science Librarians took place at NIH.
Photo: Josh Duberman
The 49th meeting of the Association of Vision Science Librarians took place Oct. 27-29 at NIH, sponsored by the National Eye Institute, with support by the NIH Library. Members from across North America, including Puerto Rico and Canada, attended; members from around the globe, including several sites in China and India, participated virtually despite the challenges of time zone differences.
The association includes 159 individual librarian and institutional library members in more than 25 countries around the world. They serve ophthalmology departments, schools and colleges of optometry, professional vision and medical societies, hospitals and eye care delivery centers with information resources and services. The association publishes standards for vision libraries, establishes core competencies for vision librarians and advocates for improved access to and standards for the vision literature.
The meeting began with a 1-day symposium, “Ocular Genetics for Optometry and Ophthalmology Librarians,” with talks by NEI researchers and clinicians, staff of the EyeGENE program and NIH Library staff, an informationist and a bioinformatics specialist. The focus was on understanding genetics and epigenetics and translational opportunities taking basic genetic findings into clinical trials of gene therapy and other therapeutic interventions for inherited blinding eye diseases.
Discussions and presentations included a range of topics, from creative use of historical material to 3D printers, preservation of slides of clinical cases to AVSL’s participation in an Elsevier Foundation “Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries” grant, which supports 8 resource centers in India, Nepal, Egypt, Guatemala and South Africa.