Newsletter of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona

Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates

Posted on | February 18, 2014 | No Comments

The Nominating Committee is looking for eligible candidates for the 2014 election.

Although we have ideas about candidates, we would like to hear from you – either through self-nomination or sharing a member’s name for possible inclusion on the upcoming ballot.

This year we are seeking:

In addition to the above elected positions, the Nominating Committee will also be looking for MLGSCA’s nominee for the MLA Nominating Committee.

Contact us directly or via e-mail with the subject line: Nominating.

Thank you,

MLGSCA 2013-2014 Nominating Committee

Patient Experience and Engagement Symposium at MLA ’14

Posted on | February 18, 2014 | No Comments

Saturday, May 17th, 2014, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Cost: $200.00 (nonmember, $380)
MLA CE Contact Hours: 4

Libraries and librarians have long been providing services and health information to patients and their families in the healthcare setting and in the community.  With health care reform and the complexity of the entire health care system increasing, the move toward patient-centered care has reached the consciousness of almost every health care professional and institution.

The Patient Experience and Engagement: Improving Patient Centered Care One Person at a Time Symposium is designed for librarians and other information professionals working with patients, case managers, consumers and librarians on clinical care and health education teams.

Through this symposium participants will gain a better knowledge of the many definitions of patient engagement and discuss and explore new and existing methods of how to connect the public and providers with quality health information resources and tools, including the Patient Engagement Framework.

This half day long symposium will consist of:


Click here<> for additional information.

Nominate a Colleague – STAT!

Posted on | February 13, 2014 | No Comments

The Louise Darling Award deadline is coming up on February 15!

There are currently no nominations, so please nominate an awesome colleague who:

  1. Contributed significantly to the advancement of health sciences librarianship through service, publications, presentations, or projects
  2. Is a current MLGSCA member and has been a member for at least 2 years


Please submit your nomination forms by February 15.

Save the Date: QuintEssential 2014

Posted on | February 5, 2014 | No Comments

Save the date!

Quintessential 2014: Convergence & Collaboration Sunday, October 12 – Thursday, October 16, 2014 Denver Marriott Tech Center, Denver, Colorado. The convergence of five local MLA chapters (Midcontinental, Southern California/Arizona, Northern California/Nevada, Pacific Northwest, and South Central) promises to be something special.

Visit the website at:

Program outline, location information and hotel registration links are now available on the website. Check back often for more information and updates.

*** Coming soon ***

Check out the blog tab later this Spring. There will be a series of trivia questions and the grand prize will be a CE class of the winner’s choice!

President-Elect: Kathleen Carlson

Posted on | January 11, 2014 | No Comments

MLGSCA’s new President-Elect is Kathleen Carlson. Kathleen is the Education/Associate Librarian at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Her vision is that “MLGSCA will continue to assist librarians, information professionals and others understand that our organization promotes excellence in professional achievement, leadership and enhances the quality of health care, education, and research and dedicated to the support of health sciences research, and patient care.”

Thanks to everyone who voted, and our gratitude to Kathleen for stepping up to serve our organization!

MLGSCA special election

Posted on | December 10, 2013 | No Comments

The MLGSCA 2013 Special Election to fill the President-Elect position is now open through December 23, 2013 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time USA. A ballot will be sent to members soon from Ballot Bin, our online election tool.

Thank you,

The MLGSCA 2013/14 Nominating Committee
Elisa Cortez, Chair
Janet Crum
Kay Deeney
Nita Mailander
Kathy Zeblisky


Kathleen Carlson

Kathleen CarlsonBio: Kathleen Carlson is the Education/Associate Librarian at the University of Arizona College of Medicine (UACoM) Phoenix. She has completed her second year in this newly created position and is already working with the first and second year medical students as well as the clinical faculty. She is involved with assisting MSIs and MSIIs in their research on their four-year Scholarly Project. She has also given instruction in research databases, mobile technology as well as RefWorks, the bibliographic management system and created subject guides (LibGuides) for use in Outreach Clinics. The new Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) is home to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus Library-Phoenix and opened in July 2013. The 13700 square feet library is located on the third and fourth floors. Currently the Phoenix Biomedical Campus is home to 200 medical students, 50 public health students, and 20 nursing students. The 2012 fall semester began the collaboration between Northern Arizona University (located in Flagstaff, AZ) and their doctoral programs in Physical Therapy (PT) and Physician Assistant (PA) students. Prior to the UACoM Phoenix position, Kathleen was the Health Sciences Librarian at Arizona State University, downtown Phoenix campus for five years and worked as a hospital librarian at John C. Lincoln Hospital-North Mountain also in Phoenix. Her activities with MLGSCA include: Primary MLGSCA Exhibitor – Arizona Library Association Annual Conference (AZLA), 2013, Joint Meeting (San Diego) MLGSCA and Northern California Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG) – Continuing Education Co-Chair, 2012/2013, MLA Chapter Representative Alternate, 2012 /2014, Joint Meeting (Glendale, AZ) MLGSCA and Northern California Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG) – Exhibits Co-Chair, 2009 /2010, Blog Chair, 2010, Newsletter Co-Chair, 2009, Joint Meeting (Las Vegas) MLGSCA and NCNMLG – Poster Co-Chair, 2007/2008, MLGSCA Advisory Committee, 2007/2014, and MLGSCA – Interlibrary Loan Coupon Manager, 2006/2008.

Statement of Aims: I am willing to run for MLGSCA President because I have been nurtured by this organization. And with the help of its dedicated members MLGSCA will continue to assist librarians, information professionals and others understand that our organization promotes excellence in professional achievement, leadership and enhances the quality of health care, education, and research and dedicated to the support of health sciences research, and patient care. MLGSCA is one of the 13 MLA chapters that make up the larger parent organization. MLGSCA can only be valuable if its members continue to volunteer their time and expertise and contribute to the organization’s success. I understand that most MLGSCA members have positions in hospitals, universities and colleges that are their primary focus but I challenge MLGSCA’s silent majority to volunteer as chair persons, work on committees, and workgroups to continue to make MLGSCA a strong chapter.

“Research vs. research” scholarship opportunity

Posted on | November 21, 2013 | No Comments

The MLGSCA Research Committee has heard member feedback that you would like more research training opportunities!  We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with MLA and will be offering scholarships for MLGSCA members to attend MLA’s upcoming webinar Research versus research: Sometimes the Little r Is All You Need on December 11th from 1 pm to 230 pm (Central time) from the comfort of your desk!

See webinar description here:


  1. Current MLGSCA membership
  2. Complete a scholarship request form by December 2nd – funding is limited so don’t delay!
  3. Preference will be given to those applicants whose geographic distance, workload responsibilities, or financial need would deter their participation at one of the sites sponsoring this event.

If you have been kicking around a project idea or want to learn more about research techniques, data collection and/or research collaboration, this webinar is for you!!

Ready to turn in your request form?  Link here to complete and submit:

Questions?   Contact Deb Schneider, MLGSCA Research Committee Chairperson, at

Webinar link for MLA’s Addressing Hospital Needs and Goals

Posted on | November 21, 2013 | No Comments

Please find below a link to the on-demand recording of MLA’s “Addressing Hospital Needs and Goals in the Era of the Affordable Care Act and Meaningful Use: What Librarians Need to Know.” This program will be available on-demand through December 31, 2014.

Link to recorded webinar:

Job opportunity – Part-time Library Technician (Hawthorne, CA)

Posted on | October 24, 2013 | No Comments

Casa Loma College seeks a Library Technician for its Hawthorne Campus. The Library Technician shall perform daily library operations, assist in the usage of library resources and library equipment, and provide basic technical support. He or she will also assist in maintaining statistics reflecting library activities, preparing and submitting reports, and performing collection management and cataloging, as needed. This is a part-time, 24 hour per week position.

The Library Technician must:
* Demonstrate professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation
* Be well-organized with the ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously
* Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
* Interface effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization
* Be knowledgeable in modern office methods, procedures, practices, and equipment, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
* Properly use English grammar, spelling and vocabulary.

One to two years of experience working in a library (academic library preferred), including customer service.
Experience providing basic technical hardware and software assistance (preferred)

Educational Requirements
A.A. in Library Technology, or equivalent

To apply: please send a resume, cover letter and a list of 3 professional references to the Librarian, Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

MLA’s Rising Star Program

Posted on | October 3, 2013 | No Comments

Applications are now being accepted for MLA’s Rising Star Program!

The MLA Rising Star program has been developed for MLA members who are interested in attaining leadership roles in MLA but who have not yet become active at a national level. The one-year leadership development program matches each Rising Star with a mentor in a curriculum that includes:
• learning how MLA succeeds through the volunteer efforts of its members;
• the roles of the MLA Board and staff; and
• project management skills applied to an actual MLA project.

Application and information can be found online at:
Applications are due November 1, 2013.

Also, if your chapter, section, or committee is interested in submitting a project for the program, the host/mentor application can be found online at:
Host/Mentor applications are also due November 1, 2013.

The Hospital Libraries Section/MLA Professional Development Grants Facilitate Lifelong Learning Opportunities

Posted on | September 13, 2013 | No Comments

Are you working on research or an educational activity? The HLS/MLA Professional Development Grants award encourages continuing education opportunities allowing members to learn new skills or develop specializations and/or expanding the role of the medical librarian. The Hospital Libraries Section and MLA want to support you! The Professional Development Grants, sponsored by the Hospital Libraries Section and MLA, provide librarians working in hospital and similar clinical settings with the support needed for educational or research activities. This award was established in 1996, and up to two awards may be granted each year in the amount of $800 per award. It is preferred that applicants be a member of the Hospital Libraries Section/MLA. The application deadline is December 1.

A link to the grant application can be found at[].

To apply, please email the completed and signed application to MLA headquarters A signed application form must be received no later than December 1, 2013. If you are working on research or an educational activity, please consider applying.

Chapter Council Presents Sharing Round Tables

Posted on | September 9, 2013 | No Comments

Every year the Medical Library Association Chapter Council plans an event at the MLA annual meeting that facilitates communication and sharing among the chapters of MLA. The purpose of the event is to foster information exchange on chapter-related topics, as well as on subjects of general professional concern. The event is called Chapter Council Presents Sharing Roundtables.

The 2014 Chapter Council Presents Sharing Roundtables Committee needs your help to ensure that the topics for the 2014 event are useful and interesting. Please take a few minutes to complete an online survey at regarding possible topics for the roundtables event at MLA ’14 in Chicago, Illinois. Your feedback is important. Please complete this survey by September 29, 2013. For further information, please contact Karen L. Hanus at khanus at mcw dot edu.

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