Newsletter of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona

MLGSCA wins MLA Chapter Project of the Year Award

Posted on | April 29, 2014 | No Comments

MLGSCA is the winner of the 2014 Majors/MLA Chapter Project of the Year award for its execution of the ‘Substance over Style’ 2013 MLGSCA/NCNMLG Joint Meeting held at University of California, San Diego. Our chapter will be honored at the Awards Luncheon at MLA ‘14, Building Our Information Future on Monday May 19 from 12 – 1:30pm.

MLGSCA President Mary White and Tri-Chairs Robert Johnson, Danielle Linden, and Nita Mailander will accept the award.

Congratulations to MLGSCA and to everyone who helped make the joint meeting such a success!

MLGSCA Paraprofessional Scholarship Award winners

Posted on | April 23, 2014 | No Comments

Congratulations to the winners of the MLGSCA Paraprofessional Scholarship Award!

Juan Jamie (Paraprofessional Student) expects to complete his MLIS degree in June 2016 at UCLA.  He stated that “from a young age, libraries have always been a large part of my life, and as a library assistant at the (UCLA) Biomedical Library for the past 15 years, they continue to shape my beliefs in the impact and differences these institutions can make.” With his Master’s degree, he hopes to better serve the public, and provide information that improves the decision-making process within medicine.    His passion is to “improve the use of information within the health sciences is driven by my desire to explore and implement better ways for the health and sciences industry to acquire, disseminate and make readily available the information needed to assist patients and consumers beyond academia”.   He has a strong interest in social media (Facebook, Twitter and instant messaging) and how the library can incorporate it as a tool to connect to a new generation of customers.

Sandra Chase plans to complete her MLIS degree Dec 2015 from SJSU.  She is thrilled to begin a career as a medical librarian.  For the past 7 years, Sandra has worked as a pathology laboratory assistant for Sharp Healthcare and is excited at the chance to use her existing healthcare career experience in her chosen field of librarianship.  Sandra said that she found her niche after reading one of her old favorite books “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” (about a young girl who loves the New York  Public Library and wants to be a librarian).  She said “Librarians get to use their skills to help people, they sometimes get to teach people how to use the library’s many resources, and then they get to go home and have dinner with their families!”   Sandra loves providing both efficient and friendly service as well as helping people.   She cannot wait to begin the next chapter of career life in the library!

Job opportunity – Clinical Research Analyst (Charleston, SC)

Posted on | April 23, 2014 | No Comments

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Medical Center has an immediate opening for a Clinical Research Analyst to use evidence-based practice (EBP) to promote optimal patient care with the ultimate goal of enhanced clinical outcomes. The position entails conducting systematic literature searches, evaluating and appraising research evidence, and synthesizing evidence into summaries and guidelines for review by multidisciplinary teams of content experts. This role facilitates the transition of evidence-based clinical decision support tools (e.g., order sets) into MUSC’s electronic medical record, and coordinates with Analytics to develop reports to assess the financial and clinical impact of projects. This position serves as an EBP mentor for advanced practice clinicians and nurses, and aids in developing EBP curriculum and instruction for MUSC clinicians and potentially clinicians at affiliated South Carolina hospitals. The Clinical Research Analyst provides consultative services on developing abstracts and publications, and participates in developing research grant proposals to expand EBP integration into practice.

Master’s degree from an accredited college/university in health related field (e.g., MS, MPH, MLIS, MHA) with a minimum of three years experience in healthcare required. Clinical expertise in EBP tool development and implementation strategies, and a strong background in epidemiology/research methodology strongly preferred. Clinical background preferred.

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package in a progressive environment. All interested applicants should complete an on-line application at Please reference job # A141830.

Call for Nominations for MLA Offices

Posted on | April 9, 2014 | No Comments

The MLA Nominating Committee is identifying potential candidates for the 2014/15 election. If you would like to recommend someone to be nominated for president or the board, or would like to be considered yourself, please send a current curriculum vitae and a paragraph outlining why the recommended person would be a good candidate to one of the members of the Nominating Committee (see below) by May 12th.

The 2014 Nominating Committee members have reviewed the job descriptions for President Elect/President/Past President and Board members, and have discussed key qualifications needed for candidates, including a person who has broad experience within MLA, significant professional achievements,  a great capacity for leadership, a vision of the future of health sciences libraries, and an infectious enthusiasm for the excitement of librarianship at the present time. We also discussed the importance of diversity in selecting the slate – key issues to consider are geographic region, library or information service type, and amount of experience. The process for selecting candidates and electing the MLA president-elect and members of the MLA Board is described on pages 2–3 of the MLA Bylaws (log in to MLANET to read this document). The slate will contain at least two candidates for president-elect (president during 2016/17) and at least four candidates for the two vacant board positions (2015–2018). Job descriptions for president and board members are available on MLANET. The Nominating Committee will meet at MLA ’14 to finalize the list of potential candidates.

MLA 2014/2015 Nominating Committee:

Jane Blumenthal, Chair
Amy Blevins        
Jonathan Eldredge
Susan Fowler      
Mark E. Funk      
Sally Gore           
Heather N. Holmes
T. Scott Plutchak
James Shedlock  
Laurie L. Thompson

Ysabel Bertolucci Annual Meeting Grant Fund

Posted on | April 8, 2014 | No Comments

The MLGSCA Advisory Council recently voted to donate $500 to the Ysabel Bertolucci Annual Meeting Grant Fund. This donation has already been made, and we received a nice thank you from Carla Funk and the MLA Board of Directors for the donation.

Ysabel was a valued and loved member of NCNMLG & many MLA Sections for many years and was actively involved in many of the MLGSCA/NCNMLG Joint Meetings. If you would personally like to contribute to this grant fund, you may do so online or by making a monetary donation at the Scholarship Booth while attending MLA and designating it for this fund. More information about this grant is available at

MLA Seeks Applications for JMLA Editor

Posted on | April 3, 2014 | No Comments

Help shape the direction of and document advances in the health sciences library profession as JMLA editor. MLA’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal seeks a new volunteer editor for a three-year term starting at the May 2014 annual meeting with responsibility for issues published in 2015-2017.

JMLA is the definitive source of information about the latest technologies, innovations, and research in the health information field. The editor provides leadership to a team of volunteer associate editors and editorial board members and peer reviewers to publish the best in health sciences library research and scholarship. JMLA and its predecessor publications have been published continuously since 1898. JMLA is published quarterly with online portions published in advance of full journal content.

JMLA is an open access journal with digital archives available on PubMed Central. Health information professionals depend on this valuable forum for current research and information about biomedical library management, technology, administration, and issues of importance to health sciences librarianship. Regular features include comment and opinion, book reviews, and electronic resources reviews. Headquarters staff assists the editor in the logistics of manuscript review and oversees all copy editing, production, and mailing functions.

View the full job description for details. Applications should be emailed to Elizabeth Lund by April 21. If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Lund (312.419.9094 x23).

Message from President-Elect Kathleen Carlson

Posted on | March 31, 2014 | No Comments

Thank you all for placing your faith in me and the running of MLGSCA. I hope I can fulfill the expectations that you have in the chapter presidency. With the help of more than two hundred dedicated members MLGSCA continues to assist librarians and other, information professionals and to promote excellence in professional achievement and leadership. Our organization is dedicated to supporting health sciences research and patient care, and to enhance the quality of health care, education and research. 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, expertise and to contribute to the organization’s success. I understand that most MLGSCA members have positions in hospitals, universities and colleges and that is their primary focus, but I call on MLGSCA’s silent majority, and those new to the profession, to volunteer as chair persons, to work on committees and workgroups, and to continue to make MLGSCA a strong chapter. I look forward to working with you in the upcoming months. Please do not hesitate to contact me via email if any concerns or ideas that you may have.

*Note for clarification: Kathleen Carlson is the current President-Elect. The current election for President-Elect is for the upcoming 2014-2015 term, when Kathleen will be President of MLGSCA.

Professional Development Awards

Posted on | March 26, 2014 | No Comments

Congratulations to those awarded a Professional Development Award at yesterday’s spring Business Meeting!  Each award was for $500.

The Awards Committee would like to thank all applicants for an excellent group of submissions. The deadline for the next round of Professional Development Awards is September 15, 2014, so start thinking about your applications!

Job opportunity – Information Services Coordinator (Pomona, CA)

Posted on | March 25, 2014 | No Comments

Information Services Coordinator

Under the direction of the Associate Director of Information Services, catalogs books, serials, media, and maintains the electronic resources collection.

Education: Bachelor’s degree or any combination of education and/or experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree with emphasis in biological science and any combination of education, training or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Experience: Two – three years cataloging experience using Library of Congress/NLM classification.

Preferred Qualifications: Master of Library and Information Science degree preferred. Knowledge of medical terminology, human anatomy, and body systems is desirable. Experience with SirsiDynix ILS is preferred.

Open until filled.

View complete job description:

Election Candidates

Posted on | March 20, 2014 | No Comments

Thank you for your support for MLGSCA. Here are the candidates for the 2014 election. Remember to vote by Thursday, April 4!


Danielle Linden

Bio: Danielle Linden is currently the Manager of the Burlew Medical Library at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, CA. She has also held medical librarian positions at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospitals, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and West Coast University. She received her BA in Anthropology from UCLA, MLIS from San Jose State University and is a senior member of AHIP. Since 2005, Danielle has been involved in MLGSCA in a variety of roles such as: Advisory Council Secretary, Membership Committee Chair, ILL Committee Co-Chair, MLA Chapter Council Representative Alternate, Presenters Committee Chair of the 2009 MLGSCA Technology Symposium and Tri-Chair of the 2013 Joint MLGSCA/NCNMLG Conference. She belongs to the Hospital Libraries Section and Nursing & Allied Health Resources Section of the MLA. In her free time, Danielle is interested in running, baking, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors with her husband Chris.

Statement of Aims: Now more than ever, it is imperative that medical librarians actively advocate for the necessity of our expertise and services in the hospital and academic setting. It is also imperative that we respond to the changing times with flexibility and position ourselves to align with the mission and goals of our organizations, in addition to leveraging opportunities as they become apparent. If elected, I would strive to seek out educational opportunities for our membership to explore new roles, services and means for connecting with those in leadership positions at our respective organizations. I would like to foster a greater connection with the Hospital Libraries Section of the MLA and explore ways to best utilize recommendations from the Vital Pathways project. In addition, I would work with our committees to seek out ways to reach out to local librarians and expand our membership.


Adele Dobry

I am honored to have been nominated to run for secretary.  I work as a Nursing Informationist at the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library.  I primarily serve faculty and students within the School of Nursing as well as facilitate nursing research through participation in the UCLA Department of Nursing Clinical Practice Council.  I am also the library liaison to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Office of Animal Research and Oversight.  Currently, I am a MLGSCA Award Committee member and Membership Committee member.  I am also serving on the Registration and Evaluation Committees for the upcoming Quint Meeting.  I am a member of the Bylaws Committee Medical Library Association (MLA) Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section (NAHRS), Interagency Council on Information Resources in Nursing (ICIRN) Ad Hoc Membership Committee, and have served on the MLA Rittenhouse Award Jury.  When I first started as a Health and Life Sciences Librarian at UCLA, I fully benefitted from the educational and networking opportunities provided by MLGSCA.  I would like to give back, support, and become even more involved in the organization that has helped support me over the years!

Norma Layton

Norma currently is a librarian for West Coast University at the Vermont Campus Graduate program location in Los Angeles. Prior to the WCU position, Norma worked as a Library Assistant for the Health Science library as well as a Continuing Medical Education Assistant at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank for 6 years. She received her Masters of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. She is the recipient of the MLGSCA Health Sciences Library Paraprofessional of the Year Award for 2012. She also took part in the technology committee for the 2012 MLGSCA symposium virtual posters. She is active in her institution’s Library leadership committee. She is interested in the role that technology plays in Information and Health Information Literacy.

In addition to her full-time work at West Coast University, Norma also holds a part-time position at a local public library. She enjoys traveling, exploring new techie toys, spending time with family.

Karin Saric

Karin Saric is an Information Services Librarian at the USC Norris Medical Library.  As liaison to the Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Division, she works closely with faculty to plan and deliver online search instruction to graduate students and clinical staff.  She also provides individual instruction on searching medical databases, and performs mediated searching as required.  Her areas of interest include reference and instruction, information literacy, expert searching, systematic reviews, evidence-based practice, and international librarianship.  Prior to this, Karin worked in the fields of business and education.

I joined MLGSCA as a student in 2011, and attended various MLA/MLGSCA sponsored CE courses.  In 2013, I attended the MLA 2013 One Health Conference in Boston, MA, and the MLGSCA/NCNMLG Joint Meeting in San Diego, CA.  As a new librarian, I am looking forward to becoming more involved within the professional organization at a local level.

MLGSCA Nominating Committee

Lisa Marks

Lisa Marks has been a medical librarian for more than 20 years with increasing responsibilities for each position.  Her career began with Kaiser Permanente in Panorama City then went on to the Audio Digest Foundation in Glendale, CA and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA.  Just recently, she was offered and accepted the Director of Libraries position at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ.

MLGSCA Activities: Joint Meeting Planning Committee, CE Co-Chair, 2012-2013; Symposium Committee, Chair, Spring 2012; Professional Issues Committee, Chair 2011-2012, 2012-2013; Awards Committee, member, 2011-2012, 2012-present; Nominating Committee, Chair 2010-2011; Continuing Education Committee, Co-chair, 2010-2011; President, 2009-2010; President-Elect, 2008-2009; Continuing Education Committee, Chair, 2008-2009; Continuing Education Committee, Member, 2007-2008; Treasurer, 2005-2007; Treasure-elect, 2004-2005; Public Relations Committee, Chair, 2002-2004; Newsletter Committee, Member, 2001-2002; Continuing Education Committee, Member, 1999-2000

Lori Tagawa

Thank you for your nomination to run for the MLGSCA Nominating Committee. I am currently the Community Outreach Coordinator for the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Regional Medical Library in Los Angeles, CA. I primarily work with community-based organizations and public health professionals serving special populations. For the last four years, I have been a member of MLGSCA and am proud to serve as the current Membership Committee Co-Chair. Outside of MLGSCA, I am currently serving as a member on the Medical Library Association (MLA) Thomson Reuters/Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award Jury and the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Newsletter and Publications Committee. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to support our membership through participation on the Nominating Committee.

Outstanding Paraprofessional of the Year

Posted on | March 10, 2014 | No Comments

Rosemarie Murray

Rosemarie Murray (Left), Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Library Specialist for Cedars-Sinai Medical Library, is our Outstanding Paraprofessional of the Year for 2013.  Her manager Janet Hobbs nominated her for her excellent services to her customers. Recentl,y the library added a new service involving podcasting.  Its success is due largely to Rosemarie, who assists in the cataloging, copyright, and overall process.  Her manager stated, “Rosie is professionally curious and always has ideas for improvement, either in time or cost savings.”  The MLGSCA Awards Committee would like to congratulate Rosemarie in all her achievements and for being our Outstanding Paraprofessional for the Year!

Spring business meeting

Posted on | March 10, 2014 | No Comments

Please join us for our Spring Business Meeting  on March 25th, 9:30am – 12:30pm! It is likely we will finish early

A webex will be set up for individuals who would like to call in to the meeting.  The webex information will be distributed on March 17th.

You are also welcome to join us in person at:

Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices, conference room 2F
12254 Bellflower Blvd.
Downey, CA 90242

Please contact to RSVP and for a map of the available parking lots.

We have not yet found a location in Arizona to host the meeting, so please let us know if you have a room available.

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