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Samantha Garcia Receives the 2021 Library Staff Excellence Award

Posted on | September 28, 2021 | No Comments

Samantha Garcia of the Lee Graff Medical and Scientific Library at City of Hope in Duarte, California, is this year’s recipient of the MLGSCA Library Staff Excellence Award. Samantha, who has worked at City of Hope for 16 years, was nominated by her colleague Jeanette Duffels. Samantha was recognized not only for her consistently excellent service throughout her time at City of Hope, but also for her adaptations to ensure continuity of library operations during the pandemic. Samantha’s award was announced a virtual meeting of her team, and Jeanette delivered a commemorative plaque and a $250 check from MLGSCA to her home. Congratulations to Samantha for this well-deserved recognition.

NNLM Region 5 to Support MLA Webinar on Research Data

Posted on | August 13, 2021 | No Comments

NNLM Region 5 is happy to provide access for our network members to the following Medical Library Association webinar (register here by August 23rd to ensure your spot):

Using Common Data Elements to Enhance Research Data

August 26th, 11am – 12:30pm PT | 10am – 11:30am AKST | 8am – 9:30am HST | 7am – 8:30am SST | August 27th, 4am – 5:30am ChST.

If you would like to attend live or watch the recordings later, please have each interested individual register here by August 23rd to ensure your spot. We may be able to accommodate later registrations, but we can’t guarantee it, so please register by August 23rd if at all possible!

This invitation is intended for those within Region 5 of the Network of the National Library of Medicine, so if your organization is in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, or U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific, that means you!

Contact Maddie with any questions.

Maddie Romansic | she/her/hers
Program Analyst & Communications Specialist | Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 5
http://nnlm.gov/ | nnlm@uw.edu | 206-543-8262

NNLM Region 5 to Support MLA webinar on PRISMA-S

Posted on | August 4, 2021 | No Comments

NNLM Region 5 is happy to provide access for our network members to the following Medical Library Association webinar:  (register here by August 7th to ensure your spot)

What’s Needed to Make a Literature Search Reproducible? An Introduction to PRISMA-S

August 10th, 11am – 12:30pm PT | 10am – 11:30am Alaska | 8am – 9:30am HST | 7am – 8:30am SST (American Samoa) | August 11th, 4am – 5:30am ChST (Guam).

If you would like to attend live or watch the recordings later, please have each interested individual register here by August 7th to ensure your spot. We may be able to accommodate later registrations, but we can’t guarantee it, so please register by August 7th if at all possible!

This invitation is intended for those within Region 5 of the Network of the National Library of Medicine, so if your organization is in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, or U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific, that means you!

Contact Maddie if you have any questions:

Maddie Romansic | she/her/hers

Program Analyst & Communications Specialist |Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 5

http://nnlm.gov/ | nnlm@uw.edu | 206-543-8262

Applications accepted for MLGSCA’s First Time AHIP recipients

Posted on | July 9, 2021 | No Comments

MLGSCA Awards Committee Announcement

Applications are now being accepted for MLGSCA’s award for first-time recipients of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) designation.

Please see this page for details and encourage interested members to apply before July 31:

https://mlgsca.mlanet.org/beta/index.php/awards/ahip-first-time-applicant-award

NNLM Region 5 Collection Equity Outreach Awards

Posted on | July 8, 2021 | No Comments

The Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 5 (NNLM Region 5), under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), is pleased to announce the release of its Collection Equity Outreach funding opportunity.

The funding opportunity is designed to support the Network of the National Library of Medicine’s mission to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by:

 

NNLM Region 5’s Collection Equity Outreach Awards are designed to help build collections that are reflective of voices of the communities served which may be revealed through different genres such as graphic medicine, fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, Young Adult, manuscripts (published and unpublished), oral histories and film. Expanding diverse voices in libraries (all types), public health agencies, academic programs, or community organizations ensures collection equity and supports health literacy by illuminating health issues either common, or conversely, unique to under-served populations in NNLM Region 5, including Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and the U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific.

 

Questions? Please reach out to Michele Spatz, NNLM Region 5 Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at: mspatz@uw.edu

NNLM Region 4 Invites Applicants for Awards

Posted on | July 8, 2021 | No Comments

The Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 4 (NNLM Region 4) invites applications for health information outreach, programming projects, and professional development opportunities. We want to see your application.

The mission of the Network of the National Library of Medicine is to advance the progress of medicine, improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improve individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Under a Cooperative Agreement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the University of Utah Health Sciences Library System serves as the Regional Medical Library for NNLM Region 4.

Period of Performance: September 2, 2021 – April 15, 2022

Due Date: August 7th, 2021

Notification of Awards: August 20th, 2021

Eligibility: Network-member organizations in Region 4 (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota) are eligible to apply. Membership is FREE and open to libraries, community-based organizations, clinics, public health departments and other organizations that provide or distribute health information.

Awards to NNLM Region 4 member organizations help advance the goals of the NLM Strategic Plan and help us achieve two National Network Performance Measures:

Engage Network members in carrying out the mission of NNLM.

Maintain a robust outreach and education program reaching the region’s communities and responsive to their needs.

Available awards include:

Professional Development Award

The purpose of this award is to support the professional development needs of librarians/information professionals and library/information school students* at NNLM Region 4 member institutions to improve their ability to grow and advance their skills as health information professionals.

* Supports travel awards for students and health occupation students interested in a health information, career, with a maximum amount of $2,000.

For more information about this award please visit: https://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding

Program Improvement Award

The purpose of these awards is to support short-term projects that involve program improvement to advance access to health information resources. We anticipate funding approximately four awards in our region (AZ, NM, CO, UT, WY, ID, MT, ND and SD) each consisting of approximately $5,000 dollars.

For more information about this award please visit: https://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding

Engagement and Outreach Award

The purpose of these awards is to develop new or enhance existing collaborative projects among all library types to increase awareness and use of NLM resources. We look forward to funding five awards ranging in approximately $5,000 dollars.

For more information about this award please visit: https://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding

RML staff members are available to answer questions about the awards, or to discuss potential project ideas. email us at: rml4@rml4.utha.edu .

We look forward to seeing your proposals!

 

NNLM Region 5 to Support NLM Webinar for Members

Posted on | July 7, 2021 | No Comments

NNLM Region 5 is happy to provide access for our network members to the following Medical Library Association webinar:

Getting by With a Little Help from Your (Institutional Research) Friends: Building Relationships to Advance Data Support

July 13th, 11am – 12:30pm PT (10am – 11:30am Alaska / 8am – 9:30am HST / 7am – 8:30am SST -Samoa / July 14th, 4am – 5:30am ChST -Guam)

If you would like to attend live or watch the recordings later, please have each interested individual register here by July 9th to ensure your spot.

They may be able to accommodate late registrations, but they can’t guarantee it, so please register by July 9th if at all possible!

-NNLM Region 5

Deadline Extended for MLGSCA Library Staff Excellence Award

Posted on | July 7, 2021 | No Comments

The deadline for the MLGSCA Library Staff Excellence Award has been extended until August 1.

 

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, a position I have just assumed. Please see the link below for the nomination forms:

https://mlgsca.mlanet.org/beta/index.php/awards/mlgsca-library-staff-excellence-award

 

MLGSCA Election Results

Posted on | May 10, 2021 | No Comments

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2021 MLGSCA Election.

 

President-elect: Judy Kraemer

Secretary: Ivan Portillo

Treasurer: Kevin Pardon

MLGSCA Chapter Council Representative: Danielle Linden

MLGSCA Chapter Council Representative, Alternate: Mary White

Nominating Committee: Nora Franco and Andrea Lynch

MLA Nominating Committee Candidate: Susan Lessick

 

Thank you on behalf of MLGSCA and the Nominating Committee for voting and our candidates for accepting their nominations to run.

Respectfully,

Elisa Cortez, Nominating Committee Chair

MLGSCA Immediate Past President

MLGSCA Officer Candidates

Posted on | April 19, 2021 | No Comments

MLGSCA 2021 Election – Slate of Officer Candidates
President-Elect

Judy Kraemer

MLGSCA has provided me with a professional network since 1992 when I graduated from UCLA and began my medical librarian career. My MLGSCA network has guided and supported me when working in various corporate, academic, and hospital settings. I developed my MLGSCA network by attending MLGSCA meetings and events and by serving MLGSCA in leadership positions: MLGSCA MLA Chapter Council Representative 2018-2021, Technology Symposium Co-Chair 2008-2009 and Planning Committee 2011-2012, Joint Meeting Co-Chair 2002-2005 and Planning Committee 2008-2010. I’ve served as the Chair of the Government Relations and Bylaws and the Professional Issues Committees and currently serve on the Professional Issues Committee. I am confident that I know MLGSCA and would be honored to serve as a MLGSCA President.

Statement of Aims: My leadership goal for the three-year term (President Elect, President, and Past President) is to develop and strengthen member networks. We are individually stronger when united together via professional networks that MLGSCA provides. While working with MLGSCA members, I’d like to create new ways for members to meet and truly get to know each other. One idea is to establish in-person or virtual member meet ups to cover topics of interest or just as social functions. Another idea is to pair new and student members with established members to provide instant supportive contacts and new friendships. With strong MLGSCA networks, I believe our members would experience support they need.
I have experienced the need for professional networks differently in each work setting. When at an academic library (UCI, UCLA, USC, WesternU, CSULA), I became part of an established professional network at work but when at a corporate and hospital library, I did not. I currently work solo at St. Mary Medical Center, in Long Beach, CA. I also currently benefit from MLA networks including the Hospital Librarian Caucus but know that all MLGSCA members are not MLA members. I believe MLGSCA can do more for its members! In addition to networking hospital librarians, I envision networking all academic librarians with the hospital librarians that will serve their students during intern and residency years and beyond. I see big gaps in library support throughout a life time and know MLGSCA could help fill some gaps. For example, if every hospital executive knew medical librarians came with professional networks, they would want to employ medical librarians with such connections and would support their success. The employment of more hospital librarians would help close the gaps between university library support and no library support in hospitals. Our MLGSCA networks would have the power to improve information access where it is often critical, at a patient’s bedside.
I look forward to working with you, getting to know you, and to supporting all members of MLGSCA over the next three years. Thank you!


Debra Schneider
Deb Schneider has been with HonorHealth for 16 years and is currently the Network Manager for Library Services and Continuing Medical Education. Since joining MLGSCA in 2010 she has served as a Research Committee member, chaired the MLGSCA Research Committee from 2012 – 2017, and served as co-chair of the hospitality committee for the 2018 MLGSCA and NCNMLG Joint Meeting. Deb also served as President of the Arizona Health Information Network (AzHIN) in 2018 and as a CABL officer for 7 years (Treasurer 2012-2015, Pres-Elect/President/Past President 2016-18). Prior to joining HonorHealth, Deb was the Agency Co-Director at Valley Center of the Deaf providing grant writing and overseeing the Client Services Division of the agency. Deb is a recently “retired” girlscout leader and has blended a family with five children (2 still at home) leaving her to lovingly wonder, “Will there ever be a time when they’re all out of the house before we retire?”

Statement of Aims: Our professional organizations and our librarian colleagues have been such a lifeline, especially in this tumultuous year, with sharing resources, innovations, empathy and wisdom with abundance and generosity. I would be honored to have the opportunity to give back if elected to the role of MLGSCA President-Elect. I believe we are in a time where our ability to adapt and thrive continues to be tested and a critical role of MLGSCA is to showcase practical ideas and new strategies to better enable us to respond to continuous change, complexity, uncertainty and opportunities in our hospitals, medical centers, academic organizations and other institutions. While we are all a bit “Zoom fatigued” we’ve learned that virtual networking and education has a role as an effective strategy to provide convenience, connection and access and I would like to incorporate it into some of our continuing education offerings. If used well, it can be harnessed as a tool to support and possibly even grow our membership by offering opportunities for more members to participate and take fuller advantage of their membership benefits. At my own organization, our librarians have been at the table for important conversations about strategies, resources, and actions to bring diversity, inclusion and equity to our patients and our community and I would like to share and learn from others on this important topic as well as examine opportunities for MLGSCA. I recognize with regional reorganization, that a critical role of the President will be to work with our committees and our membership to foster community as our region transitions, to acknowledge the impact these changes will have, and to explore new opportunities the changes may provide. I am excited to see what the road ahead will offer. Thank you for your consideration of my nomination to become your President-Elect.

Treasurer
Kevin Pardon


Kevin Pardon is a Health Sciences librarian at Arizona State University where he serves as a liaison to the faculty, students, and staff at ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation and College of Health Solutions. In this role, he leads instruction sessions, assists with literature searches, and develops online learning modules – among many other things. Kevin joined MLGSCA six years ago when he moved to Arizona from Michigan and is a graduate of the Library & Information Science program at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a current member of MLGSCA’s Research Committee, MLA’s Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section (NAHRS), and MLA’s Research Section. He has also previously served as president-elect and president of Central Arizona’s local group of health sciences librarians (CABL). He looks forward to the potential opportunity to become Treasurer and serve MLGSCA in this role.
Secretary
Ivan Portillo


Ivan Portillo, MLIS, AHIP, is the Health Sciences librarian and Coordinator of Rinker Campus Library Services at the Leatherby Libraries at Chapman University. He is the subject liaison for the School of Pharmacy as well as the departments of physical therapy, physician assistant, and communication sciences and disorders in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. He oversees the Health Sciences Study Commons at the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus, where he provides reference, instruction, and research services. Ivan has been a health sciences librarian since 2013 and has actively involved in MLGSCA since 2016. He has been a member of the Awards Committee since 2018 and was nominated to be a member of the Nominating Committee in 2017. In 2017 Ivan was also awarded an MLGSCA First Time AHIP Award.
MLA Chapter Representatives
Danielle Linden


Danielle Linden, MLIS, AHIP-D is the Medical Library Manager at Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA. She works with a team of library professionals serving physicians and caregivers across the Providence Health System as well as the School of Health Professions at University of Providence. Danielle received her MLIS from San Jose State University, has been a hospital librarian and MLA member since 2005 and an AHIP member since 2006. She is active in her local MLA chapter, MLGSCA, and has held various roles including President, Secretary, Annual Joint Conference Tri-Chair, and is currently the AHIP MLA Chapter Credentialing liaison. Danielle has served on several MLA awards and annual conference juries and is a current member of the Hospital Libraries and Nursing & Allied Health Resources & Services caucuses.
Mary White


Mary E. White served as the pharmacy librarian at Kaiser Permanente in the Drug Information Services Department until 2018. Previously, she worked at the Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center as well as the Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center where she managed the Libraries and Physician Education Departments. Mary has been an active member of MLGSCA and MLA since 1984, and was elected President of MLGSCA, July 2012- June 2014. She served two terms as President due to the President-Elect relocating to the east coast. Mary also served in the Past-President role in 2014-2015 and Chair of the Nominating Committee 2014-2015. In addition, Mary was Chair of the MLGSCA Government/Bylaws Committee 2009-2011. Currently, Mary is serving on the MLGSCA Nominating Committee 2019-2021. Mary has presented posters at both MLGSCA and MLA, most recently at the 2017 MLA meeting in Seattle, WA. Mary graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master of Library Science and holds a Bachelor’s degree in history.
MLGSCA Nominating Committee
Nora Franco


Thank you for your invitation to serve on the MLGSCA Nominating Committee! I hope to continue my work advocating for BIPOC representation in health sciences librarianship in this role. I’m currently the Consumer Health Librarian for the Network of the National Library of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region (NNLM PSR) at the UCLA Biomedical Library. I started in August 2018, and made it my mission to expand the Consumer Health Information Outreach Program to focus on underrepresented and underserved minority communities. Working with multiple librarians in the MLGSCA region, I’ve achieved this goal by completing the following:
• The Medical Library Association COVID-19 Resource Page
• Project Coordinator for the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library COVID-19 Information Dissemination Award to LatinX and Native American communities
• Established the first NNLM BIPOC LIS Student Professional Development Award in the MLGSCA region
• Produced first NNLM Transgender Health webinar series
Andrea Lynch


Andrea Lynch, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1631-7171, serves as the scholarly communication librarian and is a member of the Center for Informatics Division of Library Services team at City of Hope in Duarte, California. Andrea received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from UC Berkeley, and her master’s degree from the UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. She began her librarian career at the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library where she was a Health & Life Sciences Librarian and Outreach & Communication Coordinator responsible for research assistance, information literacy, and collections management, as well as coordinating exhibits, outreach events and other activities to increase health information access. Her current research interests include identifying barriers to complying with the NIH Public Access Policy. Although she has been an inactive MLGSCA member for quite some t

MLGSCA Library Staff Excellence Award

Posted on | April 19, 2021 | No Comments

On behalf of the Awards Committee

MLGSCA Library Staff Excellence Award

Nomination deadline is July 1st

 

Purpose
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.

Criteria
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
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.

Claudio Garcia wins MLGSCA Staff Scholarship

Posted on | March 31, 2021 | No Comments

On Behalf of the Awards Committee

To Claudio Garcia on being awarded the MLGSCA Staff Scholarship!

Claudio is currently a Library Science student at the University of Arizona iSchool.

From his nomination:
“Having witnessed his creativity and flexibility during this extraordinary time, I have no doubt that CJ will be able to learn,
change, and grow in a positive direction over the longer term as he continues the pursuit of his master’s degree
and begins the pursuit of his professional career in health sciences librarianship.”

“I would highly recommend Claudio for this scholarship because he represents a new generation of librarians. He is excited to learn, grow, and participate in the library world.

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