Newsletter of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona

Health Sciences Librarian (Phoenix, AZ)

Posted on | August 28, 2014 | No Comments

Arizona State University is hiring for a Health Sciences Librarian. Reporting to the Director of the Downtown Phoenix campus Library, the health sciences librarian’s primary assignment is to support the schools, institutes, centers, and programs within the College of Health Solutions and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University in conjunction with the other Health Sciences Librarian. Responsibilities include: reference service, faculty liaison, and specialized public services (orientation, instruction and specialized reference) for all health sciences programs.  The Health Sciences Librarian works as member of a single, collaborative organization and serves students, faculty, and staff at Arizona State University on all four campuses, as well as online.  This is a continuing track academic professional position, and the health sciences librarian participates in professional development, contribution, and service activities in keeping with the criteria for promotion and continuing status.

For more information see:

Continuing Education at Quint Meeting

Posted on | August 27, 2014 | No Comments

October is fast approaching so start making plans – if you haven’t already – to attend the Quint*Essential 2014 conference in Denver, Colorado. The meeting will be held from Sunday, October 12, through Thursday, October 16, 2014, in the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St.

The Continuing Education Committee has scheduled a full slate of courses, with instructors who are highly acclaimed medical information professionals.  The classes are designed not only to enrich your knowledge and pique your interest but also to stimulate a lively discussion.

Sunday, 10/12 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – 6 hrs MLA CE. $140.00

Monday, 10/13 – 8 a.m. to 12 noon – 4 hrs MLA CE. $80.00

Monday, 10/13 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – 4 hrs MLA CE. $80.00

More information about the courses may be found at

Space is limited; register today!

Systematic Review and Grants Education/Research Librarian (Dallas, TX)

Posted on | August 27, 2014 | No Comments

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has an opening for a Faculty Associate position “Systematic Review and Grants Education/Research Librarian” position at the Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center.  You may review the position description and application requirements by going to Careers at UT Southwestern under “Faculty/Physician” at: Job ID 510508

Patient-Centered Care Librarian (Salt Lake City, UT)

Posted on | August 27, 2014 | No Comments

The faculty and staff of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah invite applications for a Patient-Centered Care Librarian. Applications are encouraged from energetic, creative individuals interested in collaboration, teamwork, and patient-centered care.  The Patient-Centered Care Librarian is a two-year appointment, reporting directly to the Associate Director of the Hope Fox Eccles Health Library and indirectly to the Library Director.  The Patient-Centered Care Librarian is responsible for organizing and maintaining a database of University of Utah Health Care-sponsored and branded patient education materials, and working with hospital and patient education staff to educate providers about the materials. Health literacy education and outreach is another major role of the Patient-Centered Care Librarian, and may include chairing the University’s Health Literacy Interest Group. In addition, the successful candidate will be encouraged to directly support patient care in inpatient and outpatient settings through a variety of information-based methods. The Patient-Centered Care Librarian will collaborate on ongoing and future research and translational projects in health literacy and clinical librarianship. Other duties may be assigned. This position is a full-time, two-year non-tenure track faculty appointment that may be extended dependent on funding.  All librarians are expected to contribute to the profession through service, scholarship, outreach, and mentoring.

The Hope Fox Eccles Health Library is a branch library of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library directly serving University of Utah Health Care patients in person, online, and via Skype phone to community clinics. The mission of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is to advance and transform education, research, and health care through dynamic technologies, evidence application, and collaborative partnerships. The Library contributes to the success of health professionals, students, researchers and the community. The Library is recognized locally and nationally as a leader of intellectual exploration and as a catalyst for innovative discovery and has a long tradition of clinical medical librarianship and leadership in health information literacy promotion.

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library ( serves University of Utah Health Sciences Center, the Intermountain West’s only academic health sciences center, including the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health as well as the University Hospitals and Clinics. The Library also serves as headquarters for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region and the National Library of Medicine Training Center. It is a member of the Utah Academic Library Consortium, the Medical Library Association, the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries.




Salary and Benefits:

Based on experience, starting at $47,000 minimum annually. Position is a full-time, two-year appointment at the rank of Research Assistant Librarian. The appointment may be extended dependent on funding. Faculty benefits include 200 hours of vacation, and 12 days of sick leave annually. There is a generous TIAA/ CREF retirement employer contribution. More information may be found in the University of Utah Faculty Handbook: See for a full list of benefits.


The University of Utah uses an online application system. Please complete the online application form and submit a cover letter stating how your educational background and experience match the needs and qualifications highlighted above, and how you would contribute to the Library’s reputation and leadership; a curriculum vitae; and names of three references.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please go to the University’s Careers page. Quick link for Posting is:

Review of Applications: Review of application begins September 16, 2014, and continues until the position is filled.

If you have any questions about this position announcement or on applying online, please contact:

Erica Lake
Associate Director
Hope Fox Eccles Health Library

University Hospital
50 North Medical Drive

Salt Lake City, UT 84132

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

The University of Utah Health Sciences Center is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and Respect.  The University of Utah HSC values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to the mission of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.

Registration open for free leadership skills webinar

Posted on | August 25, 2014 | No Comments

Thanks to a generous grant from the H. W. Wilson Foundation, MLA is offering a free series of webinars to its members. The final webinar, “Leadership Skills for Health Sciences Librarians,” will be offered September 3, 1:00 p.m., central time. Register now!

These webinars cover topics to support MLA’s Online Boot Camp for New Health Sciences Librarians, which makes continuing education courses on health sciences librarianship available to those who are new to the field, to those who are interested in moving to the health sciences side of librarianship, and to those who want to strengthen their current skills.

Phone System Hiccup
If you left any MLA staff member a voice mail message last week or earlier this week, and we have not yet returned your call, please contact us again! A phone system hiccup may have deleted some existing voice mail messages, and staff may not know you called.

Please call us again at 312.419.9094, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. central time, or visit the staff contact page to send us an email. Thank you!

Great plenary speakers planned for Quint Meeting!

Posted on | August 25, 2014 | No Comments

October is fast approaching so start making plans – if you haven’t already – to attend the Quint*Essential 2014 conference in Denver, Colorado. The meeting will be held from Sunday, October 12, through Thursday, October 16, 2014, at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St.

The Program Committee has prepared an engaging lineup of plenary and luncheon speakers.

Tuesday, 10/14 (8 – 9:30 a.m.): Plenary Session 1
“Creating a Healthier World by Addressing the Social Determinants of Health”
Claire Pomeroy, M.D., M.B.A., Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation

Despite consuming the majority of health dollars, clinical care delivery determines only about 10-15% of the health status of the U.S. population.  Other factors, such as education, income, housing, job security, safe neighborhoods, and access to nutritious foods, the “social determinants” of health, are much more powerful drivers of health and quality of life.  Addressing these “upstream” health factors can enhance wellness, prevent disease, and improve health more equitably and cost-effectively than our current approach of solely treating “downstream” disease manifestations.  Medical librarians can play a central role in advancing understanding of social determinants of health by providing access to and facilitating utilization of information that extends beyond traditional “medical” sources and spans multiple disciplines and sectors.  Read more about Dr. Pomeroy at

Wednesday, 10/15 (9 – 10 a.m.): Plenary Session 2
“American Indian Health Information: Challenges of Dissemination and Application”
Spero M. Manson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver

Recent advances in information technologies have improved the dissemination of and access to health information specific to American Indians. Yet, a significant portion of this work continues to be fugitive, especially for those located outside of traditional academic settings. Moreover, even when available, its form and content often frustrate translation into locally meaningful terms. This presentation highlights these challenges in the context of American Indian health. It illustrates how a community toolbox — conceptualized and brought to life by tribal community members – conveyed lessons learned through the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, enabling Native people to understand, communicate, and apply complicated data and materials to preventing diabetes.  Read more about Dr. Manson at

Wednesday, 10/15 (12 noon – 1:30 p.m.): Hospital Libraries Luncheon
“Understanding Your Genome: The Path to Personalized Medicine”
Robin Dowell, D.Sc., University of Colorado-Boulder

More information about the presentation will be coming soon, but in the meantime read more about Dr. Dowell at

Thursday, 10/16 (9 – 10 a.m.): Plenary Session 3
“Busting the Myths of Personal Health Records”
C. T. Lin, M.D., University of Colorado Health

What are Personal Health Records (PHRs)? Learn about the risks and benefits of online communication between patients and providers online, the risks and benefits of online release of test results to patients, and the impact of social media on patients and their healthcare. The speaker has over 10 years’ experience with PHR’s and research data to refute common misconceptions about PHR.  Read more about Dr. Lin at


Read on for more information about all the meeting content that we’ve actively prepared for you. And if you want to register, just go to the meeting website – – and get started.

We hope you will come, and we are looking forward to seeing you!

Ysabel Bertolucci MLA meeting grant

Posted on | August 25, 2014 | No Comments

The Ysabel Bertolucci MLA Annual Meeting Grant recognizes Ysabel’s exemplary career as a member of MLA. The grant recognizes a health sciences librarian who is involved in nursing, allied health, consumer health or international librarianship. The recipient receives a certificate at the MLA annual meeting and a stipend of up to $1000 to be used for travel and conference-related expenses. The application deadline is December 1, 2014. For complete details, visit The Tip of the Iceberg

Posted on | August 13, 2014 | No Comments

We all know that is a great resource for searching for current, completed, or recruiting trials.  The same resource, however, can provide a great deal more information to researchers. Federal law requires that interventional trials of FDA-approved drugs, biologics and devices, initiated after September 2007 with at least one site in the US must post results to within one year of completion of the trial.  Results are submitted in a series of data tables with supporting notes, but no narrative.  They include participant flow, baseline characteristics, outcome measures and statistical analyses, and adverse events.

The reason this is important is that there are a number of clinical trials that are never published.  Trials that are published may not include as much detail in the reporting of results as those submitted to   According to a recently published study, Timing and Completeness of Trial Results Posted at and Published in Journals, of the 600 completed trials included in the study’s sample about 50% had no published article.  For trials whose results were submitted and published the authors report that there was a significant difference in reporting levels between the published article and, with more complete results for flow of participants, efficacy results, adverse and serious adverse events at

When doing your research, search for the results of published and unpublished trials.

MLGSCA members publish article in MLA News

Posted on | August 13, 2014 | No Comments

Robert Johnson, Danielle Linden and Nita Mailander discuss the MLA /Majors Chapter Project of the Year Award and their poster presented at MLA 2014 Chicago.  See the article here:

Down and DiRT-y

Posted on | August 1, 2014 | No Comments

Need digital resource tools for scholarly work? Try digging through DiRT! The DiRT Directory lists a number of digital tools for brainstorming, organizing, collaborating, and more. You can search it through categories and tags and sort by platform, cost, and level of development. The UC San Diego Library has cataloged DiRT in WorldCat (OCLC: 884745740) to increase its discoverability.

MLA webinar series

Posted on | July 8, 2014 | No Comments

Thanks to a generous grant from the H. W. Wilson Foundation, MLA is offering a free series of webinars to its members. The webinars will cover topics to support MLA’s Online Boot Camp for New Health Sciences Librarians, which makes continuing education courses on health sciences librarianship available to those who are new to the field, to those who are interested in moving to the health sciences side of librarianship, and to those who want to strengthen their current skills.

To register for the webinars, please use the links below:

Your Keys to Successful Database Searching (July 15, 1:00 p.m., central time)

Instructional Skills for Health Sciences Librarians (August 21, 1:00 p.m., central time)

Leadership Skills for Health Sciences Librarians (September 3, registration coming soon)

Sewell stipend to attend APHA

Posted on | June 23, 2014 | No Comments

Librarians with an interest in public health, make this the year you attend the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.  Stipends funded by The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund for this purpose will be awarded to at least 10 librarians in 2014.  This year’s APHA meeting will take place in New Orleans, LA from November 15-19, 2014. Its theme is Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-Being. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website.

Applications are now being accepted.  The deadline for application is July 24, 2014, 5pm EST.  For the complete Call for Applicants, application forms, and FAQs, go to

For more information on the 2014 APHA meeting see .

For more information on the Sewell Fund, see

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