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I am MLGSCA: Hector R. Perez-Gilbe

Posted on September 6, 2023 by Membership | 4 Comments

Name: Hector R. Perez-Gilbe, MLIS, MPH, AHIP
Institution: University of California, Irvine
Title: Research Librarian for the Health Sciences

Brief description of what you do/your responsibilities at your institution.

I’m responsible for the collections in the areas of medicine, pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy, public health, and interim for biological sciences and nursing. I’m the library liaison to the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy, School of Public Health and interim for liaison for the School of Biological Sciences. Also, part of the Systematic Review Services Team.

Why is MLGSCA important to you?

The main reason to be part of this group is the networking part. Staying in touch with colleagues from the region keep me current in new trends in medical librarianship and informed of the state of other institutions in areas of interest like collections and research.

What was your first library job or professional position?

Head of Government Documents at CUNY City College.

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

My first research adventure as an epidemiologist.

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

Changing the stereotype perception of the general population of what a librarian do. Librarians, specially in the health sciences/medical librarianship role, have evolved into a multiskilled partner with vast knowledge of medical literature and formal training on how to find, access, retrieve, and stored that literature for future use. Medical librarians have a very important role in academic and clinical settings. The challenge has become selling your skills and knowledge on a constantly changing landscape of technology and information in the area of medical/health sciences information. Becoming partner in the areas of research, instruction, and clinical practice, has one big hurdle, getting those constituents to know you and your skills sets and how you can help them achieve their goals. The perception of the work you do by those you serve may be completely inaccurate. Other challenging issues are decreasing library collections budgets and limited contact with constituents due to time limitations.

What is something you have on your bucket list?

Visit Australia.

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

I don’t watch much tv or go to the movies, barely have time to read, but I recently watch again one of my favorite movies “Powder”. The movie was a critical piece in understanding human nature from the perspective of my believes.

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

Cooking, baking, collecting art and framing.

What are you most proud of?

All the achievements that have led me to where I am now.


4 Responses to “I am MLGSCA: Hector R. Perez-Gilbe”

  1. Angela Murrell
    September 7th, 2023 @ 7:53 am

    Hi Hector! Nice to get to know you.

  2. Penny Coppernoll-Blach
    September 7th, 2023 @ 9:56 am

    Hi Hector, Greetings from another UC Pharmacy Librarian (UCSD Pharmacy & Nursing Librarian).

  3. Hector Perez-Gilbe
    September 7th, 2023 @ 11:47 pm

    Hi Penny, thank you. Hope all is well in UCSD.


  4. Hector Perez-Gilbe
    September 7th, 2023 @ 11:48 pm

    Thanks Angela

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