Newsletter of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona

PubMed Turns 20

Happy 20th anniversary to PubMed, which first appeared as an “experimental database” from the National Library of Medicine in 1996! Click here to read the initial press release about free MEDLINE or here watch the press conference where then-Vice President Al Gore first demonstrated PubMed. Many changes and improvements have been made to the PubMed […]

New MLGSCA website live

After a lot of hard work from everyone on the Web/Blog committee, the new MLGSCA website is now live! We have moved the site from Dreamweaver to Joomla, which is free, open, and has a responsive template (so you’ll be able to view it on mobile devices). It also has easy links to all MLGSCA […]

NN/LM ends support for Internet Explorer 8

For people with older technology infrastructure, it is worth noting that NN/LM no longer supports Internet Explorer 8. More details can be found here:

Down and DiRT-y

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) […]

Best Bytes: Hacking the MLA Conference

Submitted by Janet Crum, Director of Library Services, City of Hope I just got back from the Medical Library Association conference in Seattle, the land of rain, coffee, rain, grunge rock, rain, Jimi Hendrix, and rain (sorry; I used to live in Seattle, and I am incapable of mentioning the Emerald City without making at […]

Best Bytes: Accessing PubMed on the Go

Contributed by Lisa Federer, Health and Life Sciences Librarian, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA As much as we’d love to see our patrons in the library every day, the reality is that we as 21st century librarians often provide services to patrons we may never actually meet in person.  Whether it’s a busy clinician […]

NLM Announces Launch of Its YouTube Channel

NLM now has a YouTube channel at By incorporating the use of YouTube, NLM has added what “most studies list as the third most popular website” to its tools for disseminating information.  According to NLM’s announcement its YouTube channel will post videos including “database training, lectures, NLM exhibitions (such as an overview of the […]

Libraries in Cuba: experiences of the MLGSCA Professional Development Award winner

I received a Professional Development Award from MLGSCA this fall to fund a trip to Havana, Cuba, sponsored by the Special Libraries Association. I deeply appreciate being selected for this award and have submitted proposals to several conferences to discuss my experiences. I also wanted to provide information to my MLGSCA colleagues, so have written […]

One University Medical Library Plans to Adapt to Change in a Major Way

The shift to digital library resources has kept accelerating.  It’s likely that some libraries now have a majority of their holdings in digital format.  This has necessitated changes in how services are provided.  Even more changes can be expected in the future. A blog post this week by Michael Kelley in Library Journal’s The Digital […]

Pecha Kucha

What is Pecha Kucha (pronounced peh-chak-cha), and what can it do for you? Pecha Kucha is a creative and fun way to present and view information.  The Pecha Kucha format is a simple 20/20; 20 slides of 20 seconds each.  That’s a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds.  If you are a bit bored […]

23 Things for Professional Development: Supercharge your CPD

There is an ongoing continuing professional development (CPD) program run by the Cambridge University Library and open to all librarians and staff across the world. Given the developer, you can expect some UK-specific information, but the majority of the program will focus on technologies and skills that can be used worldwide. As posted on Tame […]

Best Bytes: Collaboration tools to get the best from everyone

        Submitted by Amy Chatfield, University of Southern California Coordinating schedules has never been harder, but collaboration is required in our jobs and our professional relationships, and sometimes just for fun. These free online tools make it easier to work with people across town or across time zones and gather, collate, and […]

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