Newsletter of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona

A “Quint*Essential” Experience!!

Posted on | November 10, 2014 | No Comments

Ellen Aaronson, AHIP Recipient of the 2014 MLGSCA Professional Development Award

Ellen Aaronson, AHIP
Recipient of the 2014 MLGSCA Professional Development Award

Denver, Colorado was the site of the first Quint*Essential Meeting in October 2014. An MLGSCA Professional Development Award afforded me the opportunity to participate in this collaborative convergence of five MLA chapters. My interest in attending was two-fold: I served on the Planning Committee as Co-Chair of the Evaluation Committee, and was also a poster presenter!

Being part of the planning team for a meeting of this size gave me a courtside seat from which to view every intricate detail. My Co-Chair and I were charged with developing and administering evaluation tools for both attendees and vendors. We worked with an 18-member Planning Committee and our 10-member Evaluation Committee over the course of 18 months to research and select an evaluation resource, analyze past questionnaires, and create surveys for approximately 400 participants. Attending the conference gave me the opportunity to speak directly to the exhibitors as we hand-delivered and retrieved their print surveys. I was also able to get first-hand input from attendees during the course of the meeting. This will be valuable data when putting together our final report.

Much of the focus during the Quint Meeting was on systematic reviews and this past year and a half I participated on the MLA Systematic Review Project. Our team of 13 conducted a systematic review of research looking for evidence that the presence of a librarian improves patient outcomes, increases research dollars, improves student outcomes, or increases hospital intelligence. We followed research protocols under the direction of our team leader Laure Perrier and recently published our results in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. I was honored to assist in presenting our poster at the Quint Meeting.   I learned a tremendous amount about evaluating material while working with my team, and was able to take the CE class in Denver on the role of librarians in systematic reviews taught by Margaret Foster and Ahlam Saleh. Margaret and Ahlam presented the basics of evaluating the literature, explaining that a systematic review can be considered “a study of reviews”. Emphasis was placed on the differences between a narrative or literature review, a meta-analysis, and a systematic review. An overview of the steps – define the research question, develop search criteria, select the articles, assess and code the data, and synthesize and write up the results – presented a good progression of the systematic review process. The instructors prepared a workbook which included case study activities and evaluation criteria and standards. One of the handouts was an extensive resource booklet including the typology of a review, Cochrane Handbook structure of search strategies, the PRESS checklist for reporting, and The Institute of Medicine Standards for Systematic Reviews along with a variety of coding forms and consulting worksheets. This class should definitely be a prerequisite for anyone considering work on a systematic review project!!

I was a moderator for the session on systematic reviews at the Quint Meeting, one of which was on the value of qualitative research, the other two stemming from the MLA Research Project that I had worked on. This session was extremely well attended and was followed by a lot of interactive discussion between the presenters and the attendees.

Being a part of the Quint Meeting was a unique experience. I worked with a great group of professionals, networked with colleagues, and danced the night away with good friends! Many thanks again to MLGSCA for this opportunity.

Job posting: NLM Head of National Network Office (Bethesda, MD)

Posted on | November 7, 2014 | No Comments

The Head of the National Network Office (NNO) of the NN/LM,, serves as a national leader in developing collaborations among the varied types of libraries in the Network, including health sciences libraries, and academic and public institutions, to improve access to and the sharing of biomedical information resources. The NNO Head is responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and advising on all aspects of providing biomedical information, for outreach to groups experiencing health disparities, and for providing access to medical information in national and international emergency and disaster situations.  The NNO Head advises on public health information policy issues as related to programs conducted throughout the Network. This is an exciting time for an incoming Head because plans for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library contracts are underway.

The job announcement will be posted from November 7 through 21 on NLM seeks applicants from all sources. As a supervisory librarian at the GS-15 level, the position has a salary range of $124,995-$157,100, and reports to the NLM Associate Director for Library Operations, Joyce Backus. Application links are  available on the “Careers @ NLM” web page, For questions about this job, please contact Sheri Ligget, PHR, 301-402-7521, or

NAHRS Award nominations

Posted on | November 7, 2014 | No Comments

The Honors Committee of the Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section (NAHRS) seeks nominations for the NAHRS Award for Professional Excellence. This award recognizes a NAHRS member who exhibits outstanding leadership and exceptional librarianship in meeting the information needs of nursing and allied health professionals.  The nomination may be made for service and contributions to the information needs of nursing and allied health professionals as demonstrated by excellence in leadership and librarianship, a history of professional publications, conference presentations and participation in NAHRS and MLA. The nominee must be a member of MLA and a member of the NAHRS Section. For additional details, see the nomination form at  All nominations must be received no later than December 1, 2014. The recipient receives a $100 cash award and will be recognized at the 2015 NAHRS Annual Business Meeting. To view past recipients, please visit:

In addition, the Honors Committee seeks nominees for the Recognition for Lifetime Professional Contribution award. This award acknowledges a career of service at the time of retirement. To be considered for this award or to nominate a candidate, please submit a CV or letter of nomination. In addition, if you know of a NAHRS member, or are yourself reaching retirement, please contact Sarah Katz ( so that NAHRS can recognize this milestone.

Nancy Olmos wins MLGSCA Paraprofessional of the Year Award

Posted on | October 30, 2014 | No Comments


L to R: USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan, Nancy Olmos, Annie Hughes Thompson

Nancy has worked for the Wilson Dental Library (WDL) at the University of Southern California for 7 years as a Technical Services Assistant.  Nancy continually goes above and beyond her daily work to improve the service and quality of the library.  Customer service is key in any library however; Nancy has taken it to the next level.  She even presented a paper at the 2013 MLGSCA/NCNMLG Joint Meeting in La Jolla, CA titled: “Training Library Staff to Provide Excellent Customer Service: Opportunities for Collaboration and Leadership.”  At the same meeting, she also presented a poster titled: “One Wave at a Time: Embracing Change to Increase the Efficiency of Library Services.”  “She has worked very hard processing books, ordering items from Rittenhouse, processing gifts/donations, supervising students, managing over dues and manning the circulation desk.  Each of these tasks was given great attention and she still managed to go beyond and think of innovative ideas to improve the library and its services” said Annie Hughes Thompson in her nomination of Nancy.  Nancy recently completed her MSLS and will begin a new position on November 3rd with the Norris Medical Library, University of Southern California as Head, Metadata & Content Management Librarian. Congratulations Nancy on all 3 counts: your degree, your award and your new position!


Nominations due for Janet Doe Lectureship

Posted on | October 30, 2014 | No Comments

The Janet Doe Lectureship Jury invites nominations for the 2016 Janet Doe Lectureship.  One of the most prestigious awards given by the Medical Library Association, the lectureship recognizes an outstanding MLA member who has contributed to the Association in ways that reflect the vision and values of Janet Doe, and offers a unique perspective on either the history or philosophy of medical librarianship.

The recipient of this award will deliver the lecture at the 2016 Annual Conference held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  If you have an MLA colleague—or someone whose work admire—please consider submitting a nomination.  This is your opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of an outstanding MLA member, and enable their dissemination and preservation.

Nominations should address the criteria specified in the award description available at  A list of former recipients is available at the same link.  Please submit nominations to Maria Lopez – – before November 1.

2015 NLM Associate Fellowship Program

Posted on | October 25, 2014 | No Comments

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career. Applications and additional information are available at The application deadline is February 5, 2015. Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program. All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2015 are eligible for the program. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations. The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:

The Fellowship offers:

For questions, please contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435.4083 or

Veterans Affairs Librarian (Las Vegas, NV)

Posted on | October 25, 2014 | No Comments

The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS) in Las Vegas is seeking candidates for a Librarian to serve in the Education Service of the Performance, Information and Education Product Line. The purpose of this position is to select, organize, preserve, access, and disseminate information and to enhance efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity of education activities. The salary range is $47,923 to $75,376 / per year. The application deadline is October 27. For a complete job description and application information, visit

Nominations for Governmental Relations Award

Posted on | October 25, 2014 | No Comments

The Medical Library Association is seeking nominations for the annual Carla J. Funk Governmental Relations Award.  This award recognizes a librarian who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in governmental relations at the federal, state, or local level.  The nominee must have been a member of MLA at the time the governmental relations activities occurred.  The awardee is granted $500 and a certificate.

Nominations must be received by November 1, 2014.   Self-nominations are welcome. For complete information about the criteria for this award see:>Login>About>Awards and Honors>Carla J. Funk Governmental Relations Award>Nomination Details.

Email nominations to:

Discovery and Access Librarian (Duarte, CA)

Posted on | October 25, 2014 | No Comments

City of Hope Lee Graff Medical & Scientific Library has a position open for a Discovery and Access Librarian. The Discovery and Access Librarian will coordinate the acquisition, implementation, and maintenance of all Library resources, systems, and access services as well as facilitate the City of Hope community’s discovery and use of library resources and services. The Discovery and Access Librarian will also provide general information, research support services and other duties needed to ensure the City of Hope’s mission.

Please see for the job description and specifics on applying for this position.

Hospital Librarian Award nominations

Posted on | October 25, 2014 | No Comments

We want to recognize an exceptional, dynamic hospital librarian!  Is that one of your colleagues, or is it you?  Take a few minutes to recognize the person you feel is a visionary hospital librarian, and be sure to consider yourself for the Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship. Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged.

This award recognizes a member of the Association who has made significant contributions to the profession through overall distinction or leadership in hospital library administration or service; production of a definitive publication related to hospital librarianship, teaching, research, or advocacy; or development or application of innovative technology to hospital librarianship. This award was first presented in 1991, but in 1999 it was renamed in honor of Lois Ann Colaianni.

The nomination form is available on MLANET –   Direct any questions to Jennifer Walker, Jury Chair at

Nomination deadline is November 1.

NN/LM Midcontinental Region/Technology Coordinator (Kansas City, KS)

Posted on | October 25, 2014 | No Comments

The A.R. Dykes Library at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) seeks a dynamic, customer-focused individual for the position of NN/LM Midcontinental Region Kansas/Technology Coordinator. This position works as the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR) coordinator for the state of Kansas, and will provide outreach and training to medical librarians, healthcare professionals, and the public.  This position also serves as a co-coordinator of technology in collaboration with the Technology Coordinator at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah.  As a co-coordinator of technology for the NN/LM MCR, the individual in this position will be responsible for identifying emerging technologies and is responsible for promoting and supporting the use of technology throughout the region.  This position requires travel.

For a complete job announcement and application details, please visit Applications are currently being reviewed and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Measuring Your Impact by Michelle Kraft

Posted on | October 21, 2014 | No Comments

Michelle Kraft is a Senior Medical Librarian at Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library and is our Guest Blogger. She recently did a webinar on The Affordable Care Act and the Librarian’s role. Feel free to respond to and comment on Michelle’s blog.

Many librarians track the number of searches they have conducted and sometimes include the number as part of their annual report to administration. Similar to gate counts, circulation statistics, and e-journal usage, these numbers as a whole don’t tell the whole story. These statistics mean little to the non-librarian and really don’t illustrate how our professional expertise is being used. At best it tells administration that people used the library. In this era of shrinking budgets, spaces, and collections, simple usage of the library is not enough when people can also use Google.
We need to find ways to illustrate the impact of our library services, not just the numbers. The numbers are the outline of our story, we have to find ways to fill in the details. Librarians need to collect more information beyond our traditional numbers. The Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto Task Force on Evaluating Library Services has created a guide containing information and tools to help teaching and community hospitals, public health units, and other health care institutions to demonstrate the value of their library services and information knowledge to the supporting institution. The guide can be found at While the guide is not the only place to find tools and information it is another great resource for medical librarians to illustrate the impact of the library services.

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