Newsletter of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona

Congratulations to Molly Harrington

Posted on | July 8, 2020 | No Comments

Congratulations to the Following Team Members on Their Promotions ...

Molly Harrington

2020 MLGSCA Louise Darling Award Recipient

From her nomination:

As a long-time member of MLGSCA, Molly has continued to support the chapter in many ways throughout the years, most recently as the internal auditor. Molly has served as a leader locally through the Central Arizona Biomedical Librarians (CABL) and the Arizona Health Information Network (AZHIN). She has welcomed us into the field of medical librarianship and is always a joy to work with because she gets things done and has fun!

MLGSCA Library Staff Excellence Award

Posted on | June 11, 2020 | No Comments

On behalf of the Awards Committee:

Nomination deadline is July 1st.


The purpose of the MLGSCA Library Staff Excellence Award is to honor an outstanding library staff in a health sciences library and to recognize the critical role and important contributions library staff make to the development and evolution of modern health sciences libraries and librarianship.

Considerations/criteria for nominating a library staff for this award include, but are not limited to, a library staff without a Library Master’s degree that:

Nominations can be made by any MLGSCA member and sent to the Awards Committee chair. Please use the available formNomination deadline is July 1st.

Frequency and Number of Awards
The MLGSCA Library Staff Excellence Award is given annually to one outstanding library staff 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.


Congratulations to Victoria Flores!

Posted on | April 24, 2020 | No Comments


“I like to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to be selected as the recipient of the MGLSCA Student Scholarship.

I am currently attending San Jose State University, and this award will go towards my MLIS degree.

I feel that after I complete my MLIS degree, I will obtain the knowledge and skills required to be a successful medical librarian.

I focus on a wide variety of training courses geared to enhance my knowledge in subjects of technology, library information, such as data, statistics, and gathering research information.

These skills assist me in strengthening my ability to meet the academic requirements of students, staff, and faculty.

I collaborate with faculty and colleagues to design relevant library instruction intended to complement MD classroom assignments.

Thank you again for this incredible gift of the MLGSCA Student Scholarship.”


MLGSCA Election Results

Posted on | April 23, 2020 | No Comments

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 MLGSCA election:

President-Elect: Rikke Ogawa

Secretary: Adrienne Brodie

Nominating Committee: Nita Mailander and Sunny McGowan

Thanks to all the candidates who volunteered to run and helped make this a competitive race. We appreciate your service on behalf of MLGSCA.

Congratulations to Erik Valenzuela!

Posted on | April 23, 2020 | No Comments


“It is a great honor to receive the MLGSCA Student Scholarship award for my interest in pursuing librarianship in health sciences. My aspirations in becoming a health science librarian stem from my experience working with students at University of California San Diego’s Biomedical Library and from my graduate coursework in the Master’s of Management in Library and Information Science from the University of Southern California. Learning relevant research skills in an academic library environment and throughout my graduate program has taught me the importance of educating students in bridging their intellectual curiosities with valuable evidence-based resources. I find myself very fortunate to have acquired many experiences throughout my career and education that will serve me in positive ways as I navigate within the profession and throughout my roles and responsibilities as a health science librarian. Thanks again for honoring me with the MLGSCA Student Scholarship award.”


MLGSCA Research Grant Opportunity

Posted on | March 5, 2020 | No Comments

MLGSCA is pleased to be able to offer grants that support research on topics and issues in health sciences librarianship. Projects with results that may encourage practical applications in other libraries are of special interest.  Group proposals are also encouraged! Please see grant description regarding eligibility, requirements, and proposal guidelines.  For more information, contact Janene Wandersee, MLGSCA Research Chairperson.  Applications will be accepted through Monday, April 6, 2020.  MLGSCA anticipates being able to offer another research grant opportunity later in 2020.

Victoria Flores Awarded the MLGSCA Staff Excellence Award

Posted on | November 13, 2019 | No Comments

Victoria Flores of the California University of Science and Medicine is this year’s recipient of the MLGSCA staff excellence award. Victoria was nominated by her library’s director for her direct contributions that enabled her library to serve the needs of an inaugural medical school class of 101 students, as well as 35 faculty members. Particular strengths noted were Victoria’s role in overseeing daily operations, planning events, and coordinating with community organizations. In addition, Victoria has taken advantage of opportunities for professional growth and development and is planning to apply for a master’s degree program in library science.

Reminder – Nominations for an Exceptional Hospital Librarian – the Colaianni Award

Posted on | October 21, 2019 | No Comments

Do you know someone who is a dynamic and exceptional hospital librarian? Someone who is a visionary who deserves to be recognized for his or her outstanding service in hospital librarianship?  Now is the time to nominate them for MLA’s Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship.  Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations are still being accepted, but are due no later than November 1, 2019.  For details and a nomination form, see


Questions can be directed to Lisa Habegger, Jury Chair at

Congrats to MLGSCA member Carrie Grinstead for her recently published “Virtual Project” article in the Journal of the Medical Library Association!

Posted on | October 7, 2019 | No Comments



Multisite collaboration using REDCap to capture library data

Carrie Grinstead, Amanda Schwartz


In January 2018, library services at Providence St. Joseph Health merged to form a single, unified system, incorporating nine libraries and sixteen full-time staff. As a small, nonclinical team of librarians, we needed to make sure our work and value were visible to clinicians, administrators, and other nonlibrary stakeholders. Using REDCap, we developed a form to seamlessly collect statistics about our services.

Virtual Projects are published on an annual basis in the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) following an annual call for virtual projects in MLAConnect and announcements to encourage submissions from all types of libraries. An advisory committee of recognized technology experts selects project entries based on their currency, innovation, and contribution to health sciences librarianship.

MLA Louise Darling Medal

Posted on | October 3, 2019 | No Comments

The Medical Library Association (MLA) Louise Darling Medal jury is now accepting nominations. The Louise Darling Medal is presented annually to recognize distinguished achievement in collection development in the health sciences. Awards can be for specific activities (publication, teaching) or for overall leadership and achievement in this area.



** Individual nominees must be members of MLA.

** Institutions or groups of individuals may be nominated as long as at least one person in the group is a member of MLA.

** A precise description provided of the nominee’s achievements including specific comments on: professional achievements, leadership, cooperative efforts, and service.

** A current resume or curriculum vitae for individuals and appropriate background information for institutions.

** Any further information or letters of reference which may assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and the selection of the recipient(s) will be accepted.


To learn more about the criteria and nomination process, please visit


Nominations are due on November 1st.


Carolyn Schubert, Chair; Elizabeth Dyer; David Farris; Allison P. Matthews; Brandi Tuttle

MLA Louise Darling Collection Development Medal Jury

Report from our 2019 Professional Development Award Winner

Posted on | July 8, 2019 | No Comments

NCNMLG & MLGSCA Joint Meeting 2019

Critical health sciences librarianship: examining our role in social justice

Report from Jackie Davis, MLIS, AHIP

#critlib: “According to Elaine Harger, librarians that practice critical librarianship strive to communicate the ways in which libraries and librarians consciously and unconsciously support systems of oppression. Critical Librarianship seeks to be transformative, empowering and a direct challenge to power and privilege.” Kenny Garcia,

In 2014 I gave a presentation at the MLGSCA Meeting on consumer health and social justice. Everything I have published has highlighted social justice as either the main thrust or an important thread. It was important to me at this Joint Meeting to see what others are now saying on this subject to move the theme forward. I was excited (and very grateful) to attend, and due to receiving the Professional Development Award from the Awards Committee, I was allowed to hear the really extraordinary speakers and see where we can grow, become more inclusive and sensitive, from here. There is so much more to learn!

The first awareness that attendees were going to be stretched forward at our Meeting was when we went to the registration desk and were asked if we wanted a sticker for our chosen pronouns. This action was to acknowledge our trans and non-binary members, as well as sensitize us to our varied-gendered customers. There was also a Special Content Session, “Transgender Allyship in Library Instruction,” where pronouns and issues of gender diversity were discussed. About half of the attending librarians took the stickers for their badge and the folks at the registration desk were pleased that there was interest in this practice.

The next awareness-raising action was the welcome to the Meeting. We were reminded that we were on the land of the Muwekma Ohlone, This was our introduction to embracing the truth of where we were gathered and that the human story is wider, deeper and older than we often think on as we move about in our cities and countryside.



Dr. Odette Harris was the first Plenary Speaker,

Among the many roles she occupies including being the first full African-American woman tenured professors at Stanford, Dr. Harris is the Site Director and principle investigator at the Defense Veterans and Brain Injury Center (DVBIC). After the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, researchers began to look differently at blast traumas. While people survived their different wounds, there was a new signature of modern war – traumatic brain injury. Just like the first Framington Heart Study looked at commonalities of cardiac disease and the researchers focused on male, white, middle-class Euro-Americans (they are updating the study now), the research into brain trauma had not focused on the impact to African-Americans, other minorities or women. Dr. Harris pointed out that the earlier research does not become obsolete when the study becomes more inclusive, just more applicable to a wider population. Her work asked “how valid are treatment recommendations regarding traumatic brain injury/polytrauma to women?” She found that women veterans suffer more from psychiatric issues and substance abuse with TBI. There is more homelessness among the women, but interestingly, higher education status. Additionally, there are a variety of reasons for TBI such as falls, blasts; and domestic violence assaults. The comprehensive, interdisciplinary services that can be offered to brain injury patients can provide outstanding outcomes and sustained recovery. However, the various sub-populations require different approaches in order to obtain these outcomes.

Dr. Harris also addressed the issue of women in medicine, saying that though the numbers of women in medical school are higher (48-52%), only 35% are employed.  She shared her own story of who inspired her and how she is working to support other young women along the pipeline into medicine and neurosurgery. Her parting wisdom referenced the article by Roxanne Gay in the NY Times, “A Case Against Hope” where the writer offered an alternative vision to hope – one that focuses on possibility. Dr. Harris wants younger people to see her life as one of possibility for themselves as well.

Dr. Nicole Cooke was our second plenary speaker. Dr. Cooke is an associate professor and Director of the MLIS program at the University of Wisconsin at Urbana-Champagne. She authored, “Information Services to Diverse Populations: Developing Culturally Competent Library Professionals.” Dr. Cooke has had a focus in both her research and teaching in social justice and librarianship. Now a diversity and social justice course are permanent in the LIS curriculum at her university. She used the 1989 article, “Towards a Culturally Competent System of Care” to pull out elements that can lead us to cultural sensitivity, competence and humility.

She stressed that competence is a cycle of ever-increasing awareness of each other rather than a set goal and encouraged us to take risks, not be satisfied in “happy talk,” and stretch our profession towards a social justice mind-set and actions. Dr. Cooke recommended that we read the book, “White Fragility” and article, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh in order to aid in our understanding of that which we take for granted. She quoted Audre Lorde: “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

(I ran into Dr. Cooke at the airport. During her talk she spoke of her privilege on campus as a professor, but off campus she was seen, and not seen, as any other African-American with all the racial assumptions that we make about black people. Her examples of this, as we chatted, were heartbreaking and really illustrated the basic lack of respect we show people who do not look like us, as white people.)

The breakout sessions ( offered opportunities to unpack critical librarianship in how we teach students about cultural humility and cultural safety, the social determinants of health as it impacts our community programs, how we teach researchers to use appropriate language using micro-resistance, and even how we name the roles of staff within library departments. Apropos this discussion, MLGSCA voted to change the word “para-professional” to simply and inclusively, “library staff.” There was a “un-conference” for the purpose of discussing the variety of ways that we will take critlib awareness to our workplace and the communities we serve.

Recommended Reading:

1.    Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis, Editors: Shana Higgins and Lua Gregory

2.    Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook, Volume Two: Lesson Plans Paperback– by Nicole Pagowsky (Author, Editor), Kelly McElroy (Author, Editor)

 3.    Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods, by Maria Accardi (Editor), Emily Drabinski (Editor)

4.    Critical Information Literacy: Foundations, Inspiration, and Ideas, by Annie Downey, Shana Higgins (Editor), Lua Gregory (Editor)


MLGSCA Research Grant Winner to present at MLA

Posted on | April 25, 2019 | No Comments

Carrie Grinstead, winner of MLGSCA’s research grant this past winter, will share about her research experience at MLA next month.  Come learn from the Research Training Institute fellows and be inspired.  Congratulations, Carrie!


Title: Elevate Your Practice with Research: RTI Fellows and Faculty Share Their Experience Designing and Conducting Research


Time: Sunday, May 5, noon-1:55 pm


Location: Columbus AB (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)


Carrie’s study investigates hospital-based nurses’ behaviors and feeling surrounding online materials for patient and family education. The design is qualitative; with data gathered through in-depth, semi-structured, individual interviews with nurses. Questions investigate nurses’ awareness of various materials and satisfaction with content, as well as any personal and patient-, unit-, and hospital-level factors that may affect or complicate their decisions to use one source over others. This rich data can be used to inform later work, including generalizable quantitative survey studies; outreach and education to various stakeholders, including nurses, managers, and quality and safety administrators; and analysis of the effectiveness of online patient education materials.


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