Newsletter of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona

AHIP First-TIme Applicant Award

Posted on | September 8, 2022 | No Comments

Applications for the AHIP First-time Applicant Award are being accepted through September 30, 2022.

This award is provided to encourage members of MLGSCA 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).


Applications are due September 30, 2022.

For complete details and how to apply, see the AHIP First-time Applicant Award page.

MLGSCA Library Staff Excellence Award deadline Extended

Posted on | September 8, 2022 | No Comments

MLGSCA is now accepting applications for the MLGSCA Staff Excellence Award. The deadline has been extended to September 30, 2022.

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 current Awards Committee Chair. Please use the available FORM.

NOW Accepting Applications for the MLGSCA Professional Development Award

Posted on | September 8, 2022 | No Comments

The MLGSCA Awards Committee is accepting applications for awards up to $500 to support professional development activities including attendance at classes, conferences and meetings. The MLGSCA Professional Development Award is intended to provide MLGSCA members with the opportunity to increase their competence in the theoretical, administrative and/or technical aspects of librarianship.

Get your applications in, the deadline is Sept 15th!

You can print a PDF application or complete an MS Word version of the application and send it as an attachment to the Awards Committee Chair (address on form).


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.

For full details see the Professional Development Awards page.

I Am MLA: Karen O’Grady

Posted on | September 2, 2022 | No Comments

Our very own Membership Co-Chair, Karen O’Grady, was featured on the MLA: Blog.

Submitted by Karen O’Grady; edited by Elizabeth Hinton.

Karen O’Grady, AHIP

Institution: University of San Diego

Title: Nursing Librarian

Brief description of responsibilities:

I am the embedded librarian for the Hahn School of Nursing and the Beyster Institute for Nursing Research. Our nursing school is unique in that we have no undergraduate students, only master’s and doctoral students. Most of what I do is help students and faculty with their research: database searching, APA questions, nursing measurement and instrumentation, and copyright assistance.

Why is MLA important to you?

The classes offered by MLA are just excellent! I make sure to keep up on all the class offerings. I have learned so much! Also, I am the only medical librarian on my campus, so it is nice to be part of community that understands what I’m doing.

What was your first library job or first professional position?

My very first library job was working as a page at the San Francisco Public Library. I had not even started library school yet. I loved it, but then a friend of a friend asked me if I was interested in becoming a library assistant at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, and that was it for me. I knew I wanted to become a medical librarian. I started my master’s degree at San Jose State in 2006 aiming for medical librarianship, and it has been an extremely rewarding career choice for me.

What has been the most interesting project you have worked on?

Far and away, the most fun and successful project this year has been the First Friday Forums (sponsored by ACRL’s Health Sciences Interest Group). Every other first Friday of the month, we invite academic medical librarians from all over the country to chime in on Zoom and discuss our successes, failures, tips, thoughts, and experiences. We keep it pretty loose and we don’t record it, which we think makes people more comfortable and chattier. Our participation increases every meeting, and we are receiving rave reviews.

What do you consider to be the most pressing issues or trends in librarianship?

The most pressing issue for me personally is nursing librarianship becoming its own unique thing. As library patrons, nurses and nursing students are totally different from doctors or residents. They have different needs, and they ask questions in different ways. Nursing scholarship and nursing research have exploded recently, with nursing doctoral programs popping up everywhere. I feel strongly that medical librarians should strive to understand nurses more, and to treat them as respectfully as we treat doctors. I think everyone would agree that a hospital stay would be so much worse without the amazing work that nurses do. We owe them our gratitude and respect when they come to us with information needs.

What do you do in your spare time, for fun, or to relax?

“Run, swim, yoga, repeat” is my formula for a happy life!

What is the best thing you’ve read/watched/listened to recently?

I am listening to a book called, “The Once and Future Witches” by Alix E. Harrow. One of the main characters is a librarian, and much is made of her identity as a librarian. She is neither a harsh spinster nor a one-dimensional temptress wearing glasses. The book is historical fiction set just after the Salem witch trials. It has an ultra-feminist message, superior writing, and a thrilling storyline. It is the best book I have listened to in years.

Is there anything about you that others might be surprised to know?

I served in the Peace Corps (Cambodia 2013-2015). I joined when I was 42.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of completing the Alcatraz swim in the San Francisco Bay. I made several attempts and was pulled out of the water for being too slow on many occasions. The day I finally made it to shore was one of the best days of my life.

Read the original post at MLA: Blog I Am MLA:Karen O’Grady

Free NNLM Class Aug. 18, 8 am PDT/MST

Posted on | August 16, 2022 | No Comments

NNLM Region 2 is sponsoring a free class: Team Science: Increasing the Pipeline of Black, Indigenous, People of Color and Women Conducting Clinical Research

Go to NNLM and register for the class.

In this presentation Dr. Wiley will discuss the current state of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and women conducting clinical research and will outline the value of team science as a method of increasing opportunities and fostering collaborative projects.

You must login or create an NNLM account to register.


Posted on | July 21, 2022 | No Comments

Hello everyone,

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), has created a series of consumer health classes for anyone interested in consumer health information and outreach. CHIS On Demand is comprised of 5 separate classes which cover the critical, need-to-know content related to the 5 Level 1 CHIS competencies:

1)   Know the Community

2)   Know the Health Consumer

3)   Knowledge of Subject Matter and Resources

4)   Evaluation of Health Information

5)   Communication, Reference, and Instruction

The series of classes can be completed in any order. You can take 1 or all the classes. Each is designed to take 1 hour to complete.

We also want you to know that NNLM will also help you in obtaining CHIS (Consumer Health Information Specialization) by covering the application fee for level 1 or level 2. This includes those renewing their CHIS.

Register for CHIS On Demand

Learn more about the CHIS Specialization and how to apply for NNLM to cover the application fees on the NNLM Specialization page.

Advisory Council Meetings for 2022-2023

Posted on | July 12, 2022 | No Comments

Greetings and welcome from your MLGSCA 2022-2023 Officers.

We will have our first MLGSCA Advisory Council (AC) Meeting this Thursday, July 14, from 10-11 am PT. All are encouraged to attend. The link to the meeting will be send to the email list.

Future AC meetings will be held monthly, on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 10-11 am PT. A link to the meeting and the agenda will be sent to the MLGSCA member list shortly before each meeting.

We looking forward to working with everyone this year!

From our By Laws:

Section 1. Advisory Council

The elected officers of this Chapter shall constitute the Advisory Council. The Archivist, Representative to the RML Advisory Committee, and Committee Chairs shall serve as ex- officio non-voting members of the Advisory Council.

Elected Officers of the Chapter:

Judy Kraemer, President

Angela Murrell, President-Elect

Rikke Ogawa, Past President

Janet Crum, Secretary

Kevin Pardon, Treasurer

Danielle Linden, MLA Chapter Council Rep

Mary White, MLA Chapter Council Rep-Alternative

NNLM R4 Connections: Stuck on a Cruise Ship – How to Help Aspiring Health Professionals Through HOSA

Posted on | June 29, 2022 | No Comments

The July NNLM Region 4 Connections webinar, Stuck on a Cruise Ship – How to Help Aspiring Health Professionals Through HOSA, is scheduled for July 14 from 12-1 MDT/11-12 PDT. Come hear K-12 librarians and school faculty describe their experiences as advisers to local chapters of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). This session is presented in association with the HOSA – Future Health Professionals and the National Library of Medicine to build digital medical literacy and give students NLM ambassador certification. Participants will receive access to free lesson plans and learn how to access credible, research-based online content.

NNLM R4 Connections webinars are free and open to all. Learn more/register here.

Join NNLM Region 4 for a talk on the health effects of racial microaggressions

Posted on | April 6, 2022 | No Comments

At the May 12 NNLM R4 Connections meeting (11:00 AM MST), Jaena Alabi will give a talk entitled, “Racial microaggressions: Their effects on mental and physical health.” The talk is free and open to all; register at

In this session, guest speaker Jaena Alabi will present a brief history of racial microaggressions research, focusing on the negative mental and physical health outcomes associated with experiencing subtle racism.  Strategies for mitigating the negative effects of racial microaggressions, such as incorporating cultural competence into one’s practice of librarianship, will also be shared. 

This session will be eligible for MLA CE credit (details TBD). Please join us!

NNLM Region 5 supporting MLA webinar

Posted on | April 6, 2022 | 1 Comment

This applies to the California members of MLGSCA.

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

Librarians and Systematic Review Teams: Negotiating Roles and Recognition  – April 13th, 11am – 12:30pm PDT | 10am – 11:30am AKDT | 8am – 9:30am HST | 7am – 8:30am SST | April 14th, 4am – 5:30am ChST.

If you would like to attend live or watch the recording later, please have each interested individual register here by April 12th to guarantee your spot.

Region 5 of the Network of the National Library of Medicine, includes Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, or U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific.

NNLM Region 5 MLA Virtual Conference Registration Award

Posted on | March 3, 2022 | 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 excited to announce a new award designed to support Region 5 members’ attendance at the virtual MLA Annual Meeting. Organizations in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific are eligible to apply.

MLA Virtual Conference Registration Award: Up to 20 members will receive a registration code for the virtual 2022 Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Meeting.  To apply you will complete a brief application, estimated to take 5-10 minutes. Awardees will be asked to report back on their MLA experience through participation in a future online Region 5 meeting or by writing a post on the Region 5 blog.

Application Deadline: March 18, 2022

This award supports the mission of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) which is to provide U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.

Questions? Contact Daina Dickman, Assistant Director at

Jillian Underwood-Jenkins receives MLGSCA scholarship

Posted on | February 16, 2022 | 1 Comment

Jillian Underwood-Jenkins is this year’s recipient of the MLGSCA scholarship. She is currently in the MLIS program at San Jose State University while working for the City of Oceanside in the City Clerk’s office as an information liaison between the public and the city. She is also a participant in a virtual internship with Judy Kraemer at St. Mary Hospital in Long Beach. In this role, Jillian has assisted Judy with various projects such as cataloging, and the refreshed design of the COVID-19 portal on the library website. Congratulations to Jillian on her continued studies and the advancement of her career!

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