Newsletter of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona

Apply now for MLGSCA Student Scholarship!

Posted on | October 8, 2015 | No Comments

Submission Information and Application

The Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA) continually and vigorously supports the recruitment of outstanding candidates to the profession of health sciences librarianship. One mechanism employed by MLGSCA is through the provision of student scholarships. One scholarship of $1500 is awarded annually to an excellent library/information science student who has shown evidence of interest in pursuing the health sciences specialization in librarianship.

The scholarship is intended to provide support during a student’s course of study. The scholarship funds can be used as desired by the recipient.


Student scholarship applicants must meet all criteria to be considered.  A student must:

Past recipients of the MLGSCA Student Scholarship are not eligible for a second scholarship.

The following materials are required for application and must be received by December 15.

Scholarship payment will be made at the time of the award. The recipient will be notified in April. If there are no appropriate candidates, the association may elect not to award the scholarship in a given year.

Preferred: Please email as an attachment to:


Print one copy of the completed application and related documents and mail to:

Laura Stubblefield, Chair MLGSCA Awards Committee
Sharp Memorial Hospital Medical Library
7901 Frost Street
San Diego, CA 92123

Submit your poster or paper abstract for Joint Meeting 2016!

Posted on | September 21, 2015 | No Comments

The 2016 NCNMLG & MLGSCA Joint Chapter Meeting Planning Committee is soliciting submissions for contributed papers, lightening talks, and posters for the upcoming meeting “In Tune with the Future through Vision, Visibility and Partnership” at Stanford University, in Palo Alto, CA, January 20 – 23, 2016.

You can find more specific information on the NCNMLG website: Abstract submission deadline is November 15, 2015.

Nominations open for Ida and George Eliot Prize

Posted on | September 21, 2015 | No Comments

Help recognize MLA’s talented writer(s)! Take a moment and nominate a colleague (or yourself!) for the Ida and George Eliot Prize.

Presented annually, the Ida and George Eliot Prize is given for a work published in the preceding calendar year that has been judged most effective in furthering medical librarianship. Last year winner:

“Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systemic review”: Laure Perrier, Ann Farrell, Ana Patricia Ayala, David Lightfoot, Tim Kenny, Ellen M. Aaronson, Nancy J. Allee, Tara Brigham, Elizabeth Connor, Teodora Constantinescu, Jaonne M. Muellenbach, Helen-Ann Brown Epstein, and Ardis Weiss

The recipient receives a certificate at the association’s annual meeting and a cash award of $200.00 after the annual meeting. There have been several noteworthy publications of late, so please let us help bring attention to the great work being published this year! 

Complete information and nomination forms can be found at: Nominations are due November 1, 2015.

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Dinalo, Jury Chair, at:

Apply now for the Ysabel Bertolucci MLA Annual Meeting Grant!

Posted on | September 15, 2015 | No Comments

The Ysabel Bertolucci MLA Annual Meeting Grant recognizes Ysabel Bertolucci’s exemplary career as a members of the Medical Library Association and her many contributions to its Sections, Chapters and Board. Endowed in 2014, the Bertolucci 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 Association’s annual meeting and a stipend of up to $1000 to be used for travel and conference- related expenses for attending the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting.

For further information on criteria for eligibility and submission, please see The deadline for application is Dec 1, 2015.

Apply now for MLGSCA Professional Development Award!

Posted on | September 1, 2015 | No Comments


To support professional development activities including attendance at classes, conferences and meetings;

To provide MLGSCA members with the opportunity to increase their competence in the theoretical, administrative and/or technical aspects of librarianship.


The applicant must:

  1. Be a regular member of MLGSCA;
  2. Hold a graduate degree in library/information science;
  3. Be a practicing medical librarian with at least two years of professional experience;
  4. Be willing to write at least a 500 word summary on the event for the MLGSCA blog;
  5. Not have received this award in the past three years.

Consideration will be given to outstanding candidates who do not meet all of the eligibility criteria.


Awards range from $100 – $500.
More than one award may be granted in a year.
Awards Committee screens applications and recommends candidate(s) to the Advisory Council of MLGSCA which has authority to grant the award(s).


  1. Print out theapplication form and complete it.
    (A paper copy of the form is printed in the MLGSCA Directory)
  2. A MS Word version of the formcan be filled out online and submitted as an attachment to the Committee Chair, Laura Stubblefield (see address on form).
  3. Forms are also available from the chair of the Awards Committee, or from the Secretary of MLGSCA.
  4. Deadline: September 15th

Free CE Opportunity: Advanced PubMed Tips, Tricks, and Tools

Posted on | August 28, 2015 | No Comments

The National Library of Medicine Training Center will be offering a free, online class called Advanced PubMed(r) Tips, Tricks, and Tools: MeSH.
The class is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Follow this URL to register:

Class Description
This class covers several advanced concepts in the use of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) for searching via PubMed. Topics include annual updates to MeSH, the effective use of subheadings, free floating subheadings, and examples of commonly confused terms. This course is intended for those with at least beginning knowledge of PubMed and MeSH.

The class is worth 1.5 hours of MLA CE credit.

What happens when MeSH terms are updated?
Commonly Confused Concepts
Which Filters restrict to MEDLINE citations?
Use subheadings to build a search strategy Free Float a Subheading Commonly Confused Subheadings

Questions? Email the NTC:

Job Posting: Director of National Library of Medicine (Bethesda, MD)

Posted on | August 28, 2015 | No Comments

The National Institutes of Health has issued an announcement seeking candidates for the Director of the National Library of Medicine. Review of applications will begin October 20. For complete details, visit this posting,

Job Posting: Executive Director of Mayo Clinic Libraries (Rochester, MN)

Posted on | August 28, 2015 | No Comments

Mayo Clinic seeks an accomplished and visionary leader for the position of Executive Director of Mayo Clinic Libraries.  Reporting to the Division Chair of the Department of Education Administration, the Executive Director serves as the leader of the multi- campus Mayo Clinic Libraries. The Executive Director will work with diverse professional staff and library stakeholders to collaboratively create the vision for the Mayo Clinic Libraries of the 21st century which will continue our excellence in clinical practice, education, and research.  Expertise in introducing innovative and effective technology in library services and a record of empowering staff members through a commitment to open communication and consultative leadership is foundational to this role.  A substantial record of professional contributions as a respected library profession leader is expected.

See link below for complete job description and qualifications

Job is based in Rochester, MN

Job posting number: 56532BR

Job Posting: Associate Director (Charleston, SC)

Posted on | August 28, 2015 | No Comments

The Medical University of South Carolina Library seeks an experienced, energetic and self-motivated individual to fill the position of Associate Director. This senior position, which reports to the Director, will manage a diverse staff of librarians, technologists, and support staff in programs including reference, the learning commons, evidence-based medicine/practice, the library’s primary website and focused portals, and the integration of information resources into the electronic medical record.  The ideal candidate will bring substantial academic health sciences library knowledge and experience to the position. Building on the foundation in place, the Associate Director will be able to vision and implement new service opportunities, utilizing staff talents, interests and expertise to the best advantage and strengthening the library’s value and connections to the institution and the people we serve.

Find a complete position description, information about the MUSC Library program, and instructions for applying at

The Medical University of South Carolina is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

For more information, Contact:

Ms. Shannon D. Jones, MLS, M.Ed, AHIP
Director of Libraries
Medical University of South Carolina Library Department of Library Science and Informatics
171 Ashley Avenue
Suite 300, MSC 403
Charleston, South Carolina 29425-4030
(843) 792-8839 |

Job Posting: Medical Librarian (Palm Springs, CA)

Posted on | August 11, 2015 | No Comments

Desert Regional Medical Center (DRMC) is an acute care hospital owned and operated by the Tenet Healthcare Corporation. We have one common goal at Tenet, and that is to provide excellent care to our patients. Through our extraordinary caregivers who come to work every day and save lives, deliver babies, and take care of people when they need it most! Tenet’s hospitals aim to provide the best possible care to every patient, with a clear focus on quality and service. Focusing on quality is how we build sustainable value and growth over the long-term.

DRMC has provided a full range of quality medical care to one of the world’s most famous resort areas since 1951. Our 387-bed acute tertiary-care facility is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. We are located in Palm Springs, CA, historically renowned as a legendary celebrity getaway and resort community.

DRMC is actively recruiting to contract a full-time medical librarian for the day shift. The medical librarian has advanced knowledge of library science and medical library operations and manages the activities related to the support of departments and physicians requiring patient care information, continuing education and research at DRMC.

Position Requirements:

Required: Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Sufficient technical expertise in research and methodology and medical care to evaluate research materials and provide effective assistance to researchers.

Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in library science or equivalent. Minimum 5 years’ work experience in the field of library science.

Interested applicants need to apply at and click on “careers”.

For more information, contact Dora Miller at

Job Posting: Clinical Librarian (Louisville, KY)

Posted on | August 10, 2015 | No Comments

The University of Louisville (UofL) Korhauser Health Sciences Library invites applications from creative and self-motivated candidates for the position of clinical librarian. This outgoing individual will help the Library expand its clinical librarianship program. The library provides information and research support to the students, staff, and faculty of the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Public Health.

This is a full-time, tenure-track position reporting to the Assistant Director of the Kornhauser Health Sciences Library. Minimum salary is $42,000. The anticipated initial rank is Instructor or Assistant Professor. The entry rank and salary of the successful candidate are dependent on experience and qualifications.

• Building collaborative relationships within clinical departments to support information literacy and evidence based practice
• Engaging with users in their preferred environments, typically outside the library
• Providing evidence-based healthcare teaching sessions
• Collaborating with clinical faculty, residents or students on journal clubs, seminars, systematic literature review projects, and other clinical forums
• Providing timely information as requested using current technology and resources
• Keeping students, faculty, and staff in touch with emerging technologies and electronic information tools in the field of medicine
• Participating in the development of the Kornhauser Health Sciences Library’s clinical library services program
• Supporting KentuckyOne Virtual Library services as needed.
• Participating in the management of the library
• Providing service at library information desk
• Engaging in scholarship and activity in appropriate professional organizations

Required Qualifications
• Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or international equivalent in library or information science
• Knowledgeable about biomedical and evidence based practice literature, research, and clinical tools
• Excellent presentation and relationship building skills
• Demonstrated ability to think and react quickly in a clinical environment
• Demonstrated ability to learn and use new technologies
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in multiple formats to diverse audiences
• Demonstrated evidence of initiative and flexibility with planning and problem-solving
• Demonstrated ability to work creatively, collaboratively and effectively as both a team member and independently
• Demonstrated commitment to health sciences librarianship
• Potential to meet promotion and tenure requirements

Applications should be submitted electronically at Completed applications should include a current curriculum vitae, a letter of interest detailing your relevant experience, strengths and accomplishments, and the contact information for three references. The Search Committee will begin a confidential review of completed applications on September 8, 2015; the position is open until filled. Questions about the position or application process may be addressed to:

Vida M Vaughn
Assistant Director
Kornhauser Health Sciences Library
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
(502) 852-5763

Job Posting: Health Services Librarian (Long Beach, CA)

Posted on | July 28, 2015 | No Comments

California State University Long Beach, University Library seeks an enthusiastic, adaptable, and learner centered librarian to serve as a full-time temporary (September 1, 2015 – July 31, 2016) Health Services Librarian. This librarian is the primary liaison to the Nursing, Health Care Administration, Kinesiology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Food Science, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, and Health Sciences Departments. Primary duties include developing, designing, and delivering information literacy classes, collection development, reference, and participation in library-wide initiatives and governance.

See full responsibilities, minimum qualifications, and instructions on how to apply:

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