Posted on | January 20, 2017 | No Comments
Thank you MLGCSA for the wonderful opportunity to attend the 2016 MLA annual meeting in Toronto. It exceeded all my expectations. Because MLGSCA was able to provide me with funds to attend, I had a much easier time of requesting funds from my company, Fortis College, to cover the rest of the expenses.
Some of the highlights of my trip were:
- Exploring Toronto.
- The last time I was in Toronto was 20 years ago. What I remember most from that trip was how multicultural the city was. This time I was able to appreciate how cosmopolitan and modern the city has become. Tall glass residential high-rises squeezed between two story red brick buildings and modern architecture butting up against 1970s cement monoliths. As a tourist in Toronto I saw the musical Kinki Boots, an art film, the play The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein, and ate dim sum.
- Learning about new and existing technologies and programs which I did not know about or had not seen demos of before.
- Quetzal from Quertle, Boopsie, and Clincial key
- Sitting in on lighting sessions
- I was extremely impressed with the breadth and quality of Canadian medical librarians’ research and contributions to systematic reviews. Overall they appear to have more respect in their home institutions and as such they are motived and encouraged to peruse more complex research.
- The parties at the aquarium. I had a lovely time with Janice Hermer and Sue Espe at these parties.
- Thank you Kathleen Carlson for inviting me to sit-in on the AHIP credentialing meeting. It was great to learn about some of the inner workings and future goals of the MLA.
- The keynote talks by Ben Goldacre and Ellen Jorgensen were thought provoking and entertaining. Both of these speakers are amazing academics and conduct practical projects which improve life for all of us. I feel incredibly fortunate to know about these people and be able to share their research with students and friends. In case you are not aware of them, Ben Goldacre pushes against publication bias and all biases for that matter. Ellen Jorgensen started a DYI genetic lab which has opened research opportunities to people outside the biomedical field and does not require funding to work in a fully equipped lab. What both of these speakers have in common, is their passion to take science and evidence out of the hands of the large corporations and allow intellectuals of all disciplines to make conclusions and experiments of their own design.
- I enjoyed manning the MLGSCA poster while I was not inundated with people, I was able to talk with the other poster representatives and learn about their organizations.
- Resume clinic.
- I did not even consider this before coming to the MLA, I did take advantage of the opportunity to have another professional look at my resume. The representative gave my excellent suggestions to reorganize my resume into a more functional format trying to highlight aspects of my achievement that I would like to pursue in the future.
Thank you to the officers of MLGSCA who voted to provide me funds to attend MLA in Toronto. It is a learning experience that has improved my skills and outlook not only in my daily work at Fortis College but also my long term professional goals.
Posted on | December 8, 2016 | No Comments
- How did you become interested in medical librarianship? I kind of fell into medical librarianship. Just after getting my BA I was working part time at a public library with a job opening came up for a library tech at the county medical library. I got the job and the librarian, Amrit Paul, and I clicked and she taught me so much that I feel like I got an apprenticeship in Medical Librarianship. After working there a couple of years I went back and got my MLIS from San Jose State University.
- What is your current position? Medical Librarian at Kaweah Delta Health Care District
- What do you enjoy most about your current position? Working with the nurses who are going back to school. Most are working on their BSN via online courses and often are not given instruction in how to use the databases and find articles before being assigned the need to find articles. I sit down with them and go over the resources available to them and some of the ways to find the articles they need.
- What do you think is the most interesting or challenging issue in librarianship today? I think visibility of the work that librarians do is probably one of the big issues. With so many of the resources being provided online by libraries, it is important to make sure that people understand that the library is behind the access to those resources and that they are a managed resource and don’t just appear online by magic.
- Please provide a link that made you think (an article, video, blog post, other webpage, etc. that you found to be interesting or thought-provoking): I really love Healthcare Triage on YouTube with Dr. Aaron Carroll. https://www.youtube.com/user/thehealthcaretriage He discusses diseases, EBM, health care policy, etc. in a consumer friendly way.
Posted on | November 29, 2016 | No Comments
The UCSF Library seeks an energetic and collaborative professional to serve as Education Librarian. As the technology lead for the Education Services department, this individual will lead development of subject guides and interactive, online tutorials and promote and provide consultation services in an online environment. The successful candidate has a passion for leveraging emerging technologies to provide user-centered services and for teaching and learning. They will be a technology evangelist and identify, assess, and model examples for adoption of technologies that will enhance education and consultation services.
Salary: $60,000 minimum. For full description and to apply, visit: https://aprecruit.ucsf.edu/apply/JPF01147
Posted on | September 16, 2016 | 1 Comment
- How did you become interested in medical librarianship? It was roundabout. My first job was as a science librarian focusing in zoology (undergrad degree in biology), but I knew I wanted to be in Boston. My next position was as the liaison to the biomedical programs at an academic health sciences library, so I became a medical librarian due to my place of work. I love it now, and am happy I stumbled into the role!
- What is your current position? Health & Life Sciences librarian at San Diego State University. I serve the schools of Public Health, Exercise & Nutrition Sciences – including a doctoral of physical therapy program, Nursing, the department of biology, and the clinical psychology dual degree students and faculty.
- What do you enjoy most about your current position? As cheesy as it is, I love the graduate students and faculty that I work with the most. I feel incredibly lucky as a medical/health librarian to be seen as an expert and partner in the education of students.
- What do you think is the most interesting or challenging issue in librarianship today? This is a difficult question – I think there are many challenging issues, but I tend to really focus my musings on perception of our role. I think embracing change is really challenging for many of us, because change means effort to learn and try new things that might fail. We all KNOW librarianship is changing, but until we embrace and run towards that change, the outside perception of our role will be slow to change as well.
- Please provide a link that made you think (an article, video, blog post, other webpage, etc. that you found to be interesting or thought-provoking): If anybody doesn’t follow Humans of New York by now, I’d be surprised. I’m obsessed because it feels like the most honest and human thing on the internet today – heartbreaking and inspiring and funny. (https://www.facebook.com/humansofnewyork/)
Posted on | September 7, 2016 | No Comments
Congratulations to three MLGSCA members who have publications in the Journal of the Medical Library Association:
Sue Espe, Health Science Librarian, Banner University Medical Center, is the author of the article “Health sciences librarians off the radar,” published in the July 2016 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.
Bethany Myers, Research Informationist, and Bredny Rodriguez, Health and Life Sciences Informationist, at the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, are co-authors of the article “How do early career health sciences information professionals gain competencies?” published in the July 2016 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.
Check these articles out!
Posted on | September 2, 2016 | 1 Comment
Sydni Abrahamsen is the MLGSCA First Time AHIP Award recipient. Sydni is a recent hire to the Patient & Health Education Library at Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ. From October 2006 to July 2016, Sydni worked at the Noble Science and Engineering Library on the Tempe Campus of Arizona State University (ASU).
“The AHIP membership shows employers and colleagues that you are dedicated to professional development and continuing education. The structure of having the AHIP competencies to refer to helps me to focus my continuing education on areas that need improvement. Renewal of the AHIP membership will keep me motivated to continually grow as a professional through conference attendance and professional contribution.”
As a relatively new member we hope that Sydni will become involved with MLGSCA as our chapter is only as strong as its members.
Congratulations Sydni Abrahamsen.
Posted on | July 13, 2016 | No Comments
Do you want to join AHIP, but can’t afford the application fee? Apply now for the MLGSCA First-Time AHIP Applicant Award! The deadline is July 31, 2016.
AHIP First-Time Applicant Award
- To encourage members of the MLGSCA Chapter to apply for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).
- Participant will be reimbursed for the AHIP application fee ($200 Academy Member level or above, or $135 Provisional member level).
- Current member of MLGSCA Chapter and of MLA (National) as of AHIP application.
- First time applicant for AHIP membership at any level.
- Completed AHIP documentation and payment submitted to the Medical Library Association and AHIP membership successfully awarded.
- One award covering the application fee for AHIP membership will be available to MLGSCA members.
- AHIP membership must have been awarded within the past 12 months of the application deadline. Applications must be received by July 31, 2016.
- Submit the following via email to Kathleen Carlson (email@example.com), AHIP Chapter Credentialing Liaison. Preferably as one PDF:
- Letter of Application stating briefly why you are applying for AHIP membership and how it will assist your professional goals.
- Copy of their letter of acceptance into the Academy of Health Information Professionals.
- Proof of payment to MLA – AHIP
- Proof of MLA membership
- Proof of MLGSCA membership
- Award winners are only eligible to win the award once.
- The Awardee will be determined by a random drawing of all applications received that meet all the criteria. Each application will be numbered in order as it is received, and an Internet random number generator will be used to select the winning application.
- Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
- Award winner will be randomly selected (all applications will be numbered based on the order in which they are received).
- Award recipients will be acknowledged in the MLGSCA blog and at the Chapter’s Spring Meeting.
Posted on | July 6, 2016 | No Comments
Have you been irritable with coworkers and patrons lately? Do you find yourself running on empty and having to dredge up all your energy just to do the basics? Are you feeling critical and cynical about your job? It may just be a bad day…but it might be burnout.
The 5-Minute Librarian has an article explaining the signs of burnout and tips for combating it.
Have you ever been burnt out? How did you know? What has helped you get back on track? Share your comments below.
Posted on | July 6, 2016 | No Comments
Happy 20th anniversary to PubMed, which first appeared as an “experimental database” from the National Library of Medicine in 1996! Click here to read the initial press release about free MEDLINE or here watch the press conference where then-Vice President Al Gore first demonstrated PubMed.
Many changes and improvements have been made to the PubMed interface over the years. What’s your favorite? Your least favorite? Are there any old features you miss? Let us know in the comments.
Posted on | June 16, 2016 | No Comments
On behalf of the Awards Committee:
Nomination deadline is July 1st:
The purpose of the MLGSCA Outstanding Health Sciences Library Paraprofessional of the Year Award is to honor an outstanding library paraprofessional in a health sciences library and to recognize the critical role and important contributions library paraprofessionals make to the development and evolution of modern health sciences libraries and librarianship.
Considerations/criteria for nominating a paraprofessional for this award include, but are not limited to, a paraprofessional that:
- Provides consistently, excellent library service.
- Continually suggests improvements or innovative ideas and is willing to take the lead in making good suggestions a reality.
- Encourages and promotes the library’s mission, facilities and resources.
- Enhances the promotion and marketing endeavors of the library through facilitating productive, effective communication between users and the library.
- Is professionally curious and is willing to take risks, even if that means moving beyond their comfort zone.
- Is a lifelong learner and regularly attends training or other local or regional events to improve their skills and knowledge base.
Nominations can be made by any MLGSCA member and sent to the Awards Committee chair. Please use the available form. Nomination deadline is July 1st.
Frequency and Number of Awards
The Outstanding Health Sciences Library Paraprofessional of the Year Award is given annually to one outstanding paraprofessional in a health sciences library. If there are no suitable candidates nominated, the award is not given. The award is usually presented by the MLGSCA President during the Fall Meeting.
For more information, please contact:
Posted on | June 14, 2016 | No Comments
- How did you become interested in medical librarianship? To be honest, I came upon medical librarianship by chance. As I enrolled in library school, I knew I needed to find a position within a library to give me the real-world experience. I thankfully applied and was hired on at local hospital library as a Medical Library Technician. It is through this positon, that I began to see the importance of having medical librarians in a hospital setting. Working with two amazing librarian co-workers allowed me to see that the work we do can truly have a positive impact on patients. I was hooked after that, and got a full time position with the same library.
- What is your current position? I am the Medical Librarian at Melisa Reasner McGuire Health Sciences Library at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, CA.
- What do you enjoy most about your current position? The diversity of my job duties. No two days are the same in a week for me, as I am always doing something new or different. One day I will be conducting literature search for physicians, and then the next day I will be cataloguing new books. This variety helps prevent me from burning-out on any one specific task. I also love conducting research for our patrons, as I find it thrilling to be track down information that may positively impact someone else’s life. Lately, I have been really interested in data, and have started collecting and analyzing data regarding out patrons and usage.
- What do you think is the most interesting or challenging issue in librarianship today? Expressing the value of the work we do to our administration and non-librarian colleagues. As librarians, we understand the value of what we do, but we now must find ways to show this value to our administration. At MLA ’16, this was one of the issues brought up by other hospital librarians. While there is not a simple solution to this issue, I feel that engaging administrators and showing real world data to them can help express the value of the library. While this may be a daunting challenge and troubling at times. I believe that we can thrive in this moment, and step outside of our comfort zones to face the challenges ahead.
- Please provide a link that made you think (an article, video, blog post, other webpage, etc. that you found to be interesting or thought-provoking): http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp048190 – A fun interesting futuristic view of medical libraries written in 2005 about where they will be in 2015. Now what will medical libraries be like in 10 more years?
Posted on | May 25, 2016 | No Comments
AHIP First-Time Applicant Award
To encourage members of the MLGSCA Chapter to apply for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).
Participant will be reimbursed for the AHIP application fee ($200 Academy Member level or above, or $135 Provisional member level).
Current member of MLGSCA Chapter and of MLA (National) as of AHIP application.
First time applicant for AHIP membership at any level.
Completed AHIP documentation and payment submitted to the Medical Library Association and AHIP membership successfully awarded.
One award covering the application fee for AHIP membership will be available to MLGSCA members.
AHIP membership must have been awarded within the past 12 months of the application deadline. Applications must be received by July 31, 2016.
Submit the following via email to Kathleen Carlson (firstname.lastname@example.org), AHIP Chapter Credentialing Liaison. Preferably as one PDF:
Letter of Application stating briefly why you are applying for AHIP membership and how it will assist your professional goals.
Copy of their letter of acceptance into the Academy of Health Information Professionals.
Proof of payment to MLA – AHIP
Proof of MLA membership
Proof of MLGSCA membership
Award winners are only eligible to win the award once.
The Awardee will be determined by a random drawing of all applications received that meet all the criteria. Each application will be numbered in order as it is received, and an Internet random number generator will be used to select the winning application.
Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
The Award winner will be randomly selected (all applications will be numbered based on the order in which they are received).
Award recipients will be acknowledged in the MLGSCA blog and at the Chapter’s Spring Meeting.
Kathleen Carlson, MLS, AHIP
UA College of Medicine – Phoenix