Newsletter of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona


Posted on March 13, 2023 by Rikke Ogawa | 1 Comment

Here are the 2023 MLGSCA slate of candidates. Thank you to all the candidates for your willingness to run!

President Elect candidate:

Janet Crum

Janet Crum is Director of the Health Sciences Library at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has held a variety of leadership and management positions in academic and health sciences libraries since 2002, including department head roles at Oregon Health & Science University (Portland, OR) and Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ) and served as Director of Library Services at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, CA. She’s currently serving as MLGSCA secretary and on the MLA Vision 2048 Task Force and formerly served on the MLGSCA Web Committee. When she’s not working, she reads, writes fiction, and tries to make plants grow in the desert.

Nominating Committee candidates:

David Bickford

David is currently the director of the Arizona Health Sciences Library in Phoenix, a position he has held since 2014. He leads a team providing library services and resources to health sciences students, faculty, and staff of both University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University at a shared campus. He has previously worked at the University of Phoenix, the Phoenix Public Library, and Duke University. He holds a master’s degree in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Brown University. He has been the Awards Committee chair for MLGSCA for the past two years and is a member of the Awards Committee for MLA. He is also currently serving as the Secretary for Central Arizona Biomedical Librarians (CABL).

Marcia Henry

I have been a Medical /Health Sciences librarian since 1968, starting as a MEDLARS Analyst at UCLA biomedical library.  I have been a Health Sciences librarian at California State University, Northridge since 1985, currently the liaison to Nursing, Physical Therapy, Assistive Technologies, Communication Disorders, and Audiology working primarily with upper division undergraduates,  graduate students and distance education students.

Secretary candidates:

David Carson

David Carson (MM, MLIS) is a Health Sciences Librarian at Chapman University’s Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, CA. He serves as the liaison librarian for Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, providing instruction, reference, and research assistance. In previous positions in Los Angeles and Orange County, David served as a distance education librarian, public services librarian, and cataloger. David joined MLGSCA in 2022 and is a member of the Research Committee. He holds a MLIS from Wayne State University (2018) and a MM in Music History from Bowling Green State University (2014).

Karina Kletscher

Karina Kletscher (she/her) is the Reference and Instruction Librarian at Creighton University’s Health Sciences Campus – Phoenix. She was first introduced to health sciences and medical librarianship after coordinating interdisciplinary events in the medical humanities through her previous career in events as well as researching librarians’ roles in adolescent sexual health literacy during her MLIS. When outside of the library, you can find Karina at the movies or strolling a museum or vintage market.

As an early-career librarian, and even newer health sciences liaison, Karina is interested in becoming more involved with MLGSCA to gain more exposure to this part of the LIS field. As a (physically) solo librarian on her campus, the secretary’s responsibilities would enable her to interface with experienced librarians in her geographic area while developing leadership skills and insight into running a professional organization. MLGSCA has been a great learning and networking resource and Karina hopes to contribute back to the organization in a more engaged role.

MLGSCA Chapter Involvement:

MLA Involvement:

MLA Section/Caucus Membership:


Treasurer candidate: Carrie Cullen

Hello, I’m Carrie Cullen, MLIS, AHIP. Since 2020, I have worked at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) as the Research Librarian for Physical Sciences. Previously, I was Graduate Medical Education Librarian at the University of South Florida (USF). I have a deep love for medical librarianship and work closely with medical librarians as part of UCI’s systematic review service. I first joined MLGSCA in 2019 and if selected, will be pleased to become more involved through service as your next Treasurer.

I have been a member of MLA and the Southern Chapter of MLA since 2015, when I started my MLIS program at USF. I served as VP, President, and Immediate Past President  (2017-19) of Suncoast Information Specialists, a professional association in the greater Tampa Bay area. I served on the Membership Committee of the Florida Health Sciences Library Association (2019), and the Membership Promotion Committee of the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable of the American Library Association (2016-18). As coordinator of the Florida Librarians of Wikipedia (2016-19), I applied for and managed the funds for a Wikimedia Rapid Grant.

The election opens March 13th and run for two weeks until March 27. Ballots will been sent out today via email from <> on behalf of Rikke Ogawa. You will see Rikke’s in the “from” field.  Please check your inbox and spam folder, then contact Rikke directly if you did not receive the email from Qualtrics. The ballot will be sent to the email you provided when renewing your MLGSCA membership.

MLGSCA Nominating Committee 2022-23
Adele Dobry, Andrea Harrow, Andrea Lynch, Lisa Marks, and Rikke Ogawa (chair)


One Response to “Time to Vote! MLGSCA 2023 SLATE OF OFFICER CANDIDATES”

  1. Andrea Harrow
    March 13th, 2023 @ 11:53 am

    Thank you to all our candidates. We appreciate your willingness to serve!

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