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Active shooter preparedness

Posted on | January 30, 2016 | No Comments

How should medical librarians prepare to react and respond during active shooting incidents or workplace violence in general? On December 2, 2015, a massive shooting occurred at the Inland Regional Center, a health facility in San Bernardino, California. It was constituted as a terrorist act due to the presence of a backup attack plan. It was also considered a home-grown or domestic terrorist act, rather than a bigger terrorist act, because no linkages to other terrorists were yet to be detected.

It would be wise for medical librarians to be prepared to act and respond to active shooting inquiries and activities, because, believe it or not, there is a library of consumer resources at the Inland Regional Center. Most of all, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workplace violence is higher among those who “work alone or in small groups… or in community settings… where they have extensive contact with the public,” including “health-care and social service workers” (United States Department of Labor, 2015, https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3148.pdf, p. 3; United States Department of Labor, 2002, https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/factsheet-workplace-violence.pdf, p. 1).

Resources are available at:

Although encouraged to post and educate safety precautions, medical facilities, especially those which provide long-term care, must remember to respect their residents’ rights to “safe, clean, comfortable, and homelike environments” (United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2009, https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/downloads/R48SOMA.pdf, p. 13). Therefore, consult the administrators and management staff for approval before posting and educating the residents at your facilities.

Louis Darling MLGSCA Achievement Award

Posted on | January 14, 2016 | No Comments

On behalf of the Awards Committee:
Please note deadline is: February 15, 2016

Purpose of Award

The purpose of the Louise Darling MLGSCA Achievement Award is to honor significant contributions to health sciences librarianship, as well as to the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona.

Criteria for Award

1. Candidate’s contribution is significant towards the advancement of health sciences librarianship through the endeavors of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona.
2. Candidate’s contributions include, but are not limited to: service, publications, presentations, and projects.
3. Candidate must hold membership in MLGSCA at the time of election and be a member for a minimum of two years.
Award Guidelines

Nominations shall be made by the MLGSCA membership. Requests for nominations are solicited through the Awards Committee with a deadline of February 15th. Persons nominating candidates shall provide the Committee with a letter of nomination and an Application for Nomination form. (The form is also printed in the MLGSCA Directory.) Awards Committee members are not eligible for the award during their committee service. The Awards Committee reviews nominations and recommends candidates to the Advisory Council for final approval. Candidates will be excluded from discussions.

The Louise Darling MLGSCA Achievement Award is given annually. The number of candidates per year is at the discretion of the Awards Committee. If no suitable candidates are nominated, the award is not given. Discussions during the selection process of both the Awards Committee and the Advisory Council are not a matter of public record.

The award is usually presented by the President during the Spring Meeting and is announced in the Newsletter following the presentation. The recipient will receive $500.00 and a commemorative item which states:

THE LOUISE DARLING MLGSCA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

PRESENTED TO:
NAME:
DATE:
PLACE:
IN HONOR OF SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO
HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARIANSHIP

Renew your MLGSCA membership!

Posted on | January 7, 2016 | No Comments

The 2016 MLGSCA membership renewal drive is now open! Renew online at https://mlgsca.wildapricot.org/ and take time to review and update your profile!

MLGSCA membership remains a great value at only $35 per year for regular members, $17.50 for retired members, and free for student members! Some of the benefits include:

Online payment is preferred, but if paying by check please complete the online registration form, and send copy of invoice along with check (made out to MLGSCA) to:

Sue Espe, MLGSCA Treasurer
Banner Health – University Medical Center
Merril W. Brown Health Sciences Library
1111 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix AZ 85006

If you have any questions regarding MLGSCA membership please contact your Membership Co-Chairs: Lori Tagawa (ltagawa@library.ucla.edu) and Adele Dobry (adobry@library.ucla.edu).

MLGSCA Wishes You a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

Posted on | December 18, 2015 | No Comments

Ready or not, the holidays are here! Holidays can involve fun times with friends and family, but they can also entail an increased risk of fires, stress, accidents, flu, weight gain, overspending, identity theft, and food poisoning. Not exactly what the doctor ordered!

Here are some resources to help you stay safe this holiday season:

What are your tips for a healthy, safe, and sane holiday season? Share them below!

MLGSCA Paraprofessional of the Year

Posted on | December 3, 2015 | No Comments

On behalf of the Awards Committee:

Congratulations to Bethany Weinberg, Recipient of the MLGSCA Paraprofessional of the Year Award

Bethany is a Library Assistant at the West Coast University Campus Library located in Anaheim, California.

She has worked there since June 2013 where she provides consistent, excellent library service to students, faculty, and staff

Her nominator states: “She embodies the detail oriented, dedicated, and adaptable individual we actively seek in our association’s future.”

Congratulations again to Bethany!

Scholarship for Paraprofessionals in Health Sciences Libraries

Posted on | October 31, 2015 | No Comments

Submission Information and Application

The Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA) continually and vigorously supports the recruitment of outstanding candidates to the profession of health sciences librarianship. One mechanism employed by MLGSCA in order to accomplish this, is through the provision of the Scholarship for Paraprofessionals in Health Sciences Libraries. This scholarship is targeted to health sciences library paraprofessionals.  An amount of $1500 shall be given annually and is intended to provide educational support for a paraprofessional working in a health sciences library and has shown evidence of interest in pursuing the health sciences specialization in librarianship.  It is expected that the funds will be used to support the recipient’s educational goals leading to the professional degree in librarianship. Moreover, recipients will be expected to show evidence of this expectation having been met in the form of documentation, i.e., transcripts of completed coursework.

Eligibility

The following materials are required for application and must be received by December 15 .

The recipient will be notified and payment made in April. If there are no appropriate candidates, the association may elect not to award the scholarship in that year.

Preferred: Please email as an attachment tolaura.stubblefield@sharp.com 

or

Print one copy of the completed application and related documents and mail to:

Laura Stubblefield, Chair MLGSCA Awards Committee
Sharp Memorial Hospital Medical Library
7901 Frost Street
San Diego, CA 92123

MLA News Updates

Posted on | October 26, 2015 | No Comments

The October 2015 issue of MLA News features updates from the MLGSCA, highlighting the work of several members in the Chapter News section.  See the issue online here: http://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=63. You must log in as an MLA member to view.

Apply now for MLGSCA Student Scholarship!

Posted on | October 8, 2015 | No Comments

Submission Information and Application

The Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA) continually and vigorously supports the recruitment of outstanding candidates to the profession of health sciences librarianship. One mechanism employed by MLGSCA is through the provision of student scholarships. One scholarship of $1500 is awarded annually to an excellent library/information science student who has shown evidence of interest in pursuing the health sciences specialization in librarianship.

The scholarship is intended to provide support during a student’s course of study. The scholarship funds can be used as desired by the recipient.

Eligibility

Student scholarship applicants must meet all criteria to be considered.  A student must:

Past recipients of the MLGSCA Student Scholarship are not eligible for a second scholarship.

The following materials are required for application and must be received by December 15.

Scholarship payment will be made at the time of the award. The recipient will be notified in April. If there are no appropriate candidates, the association may elect not to award the scholarship in a given year.

Preferred: Please email as an attachment to: Laura.stubblefield@sharp.com

or

Print one copy of the completed application and related documents and mail to:

Laura Stubblefield, Chair MLGSCA Awards Committee
Sharp Memorial Hospital Medical Library
7901 Frost Street
San Diego, CA 92123

Submit your poster or paper abstract for Joint Meeting 2016!

Posted on | September 21, 2015 | No Comments

The 2016 NCNMLG & MLGSCA Joint Chapter Meeting Planning Committee is soliciting submissions for contributed papers, lightening talks, and posters for the upcoming meeting “In Tune with the Future through Vision, Visibility and Partnership” at Stanford University, in Palo Alto, CA, January 20 – 23, 2016.

You can find more specific information on the NCNMLG website:  http://ncnmlg.mlanet.org/joint2016/details/papers-and-posters/. Abstract submission deadline is November 15, 2015.

Nominations open for Ida and George Eliot Prize

Posted on | September 21, 2015 | No Comments

Help recognize MLA’s talented writer(s)! Take a moment and nominate a colleague (or yourself!) for the Ida and George Eliot Prize.

Presented annually, the Ida and George Eliot Prize is given for a work published in the preceding calendar year that has been judged most effective in furthering medical librarianship. Last year winner:

“Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systemic review”: Laure Perrier, Ann Farrell, Ana Patricia Ayala, David Lightfoot, Tim Kenny, Ellen M. Aaronson, Nancy J. Allee, Tara Brigham, Elizabeth Connor, Teodora Constantinescu, Jaonne M. Muellenbach, Helen-Ann Brown Epstein, and Ardis Weiss

The recipient receives a certificate at the association’s annual meeting and a cash award of $200.00 after the annual meeting. There have been several noteworthy publications of late, so please let us help bring attention to the great work being published this year! 

Complete information and nomination forms can be found at: http://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=244. Nominations are due November 1, 2015.

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Dinalo, Jury Chair, at: jennifer.dinalo@sjsu.edu

Apply now for the Ysabel Bertolucci MLA Annual Meeting Grant!

Posted on | September 15, 2015 | No Comments

The Ysabel Bertolucci MLA Annual Meeting Grant recognizes Ysabel Bertolucci’s exemplary career as a members of the Medical Library Association and her many contributions to its Sections, Chapters and Board. Endowed in 2014, the Bertolucci Grant recognizes a health sciences librarian who is involved in nursing, allied health, consumer health or international librarianship. The recipient receives a certificate at the Association’s annual meeting and a stipend of up to $1000 to be used for travel and conference- related expenses for attending the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting.

For further information on criteria for eligibility and submission, please see https://www.mlanet.org/grants/bertolucci.html. The deadline for application is Dec 1, 2015.

Apply now for MLGSCA Professional Development Award!

Posted on | September 1, 2015 | No Comments

Purpose:

To support professional development activities including attendance at classes, conferences and meetings;

To provide MLGSCA members with the opportunity to increase their competence in the theoretical, administrative and/or technical aspects of librarianship.

Eligibity:

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.

Specifics:

Awards range from $100 – $500.
More than one award may be granted in a year.
Awards Committee screens applications and recommends candidate(s) to the Advisory Council of MLGSCA which has authority to grant the award(s).

Applications:

  1. Print out theapplication form and complete it.
    (A paper copy of the form is printed in the MLGSCA Directory)
  2. A MS Word version of the formcan be filled out online and submitted as an attachment to the Committee Chair, Laura Stubblefield (see address on form).
  3. Forms are also available from the chair of the Awards Committee, or from the Secretary of MLGSCA.
  4. Deadline: September 15th
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