Newsletter of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona

MLA 2016

Posted on | January 20, 2017 | No Comments

Amy Nadell
Recipient of MLGSCA Professional Development Award

Thank you MLGCSA for the wonderful opportunity to attend the 2016 MLA annual meeting in Toronto.  It exceeded all my expectations.  Because MLGSCA was able to provide me with funds to attend, I had a much easier time of requesting funds from my company, Fortis College, to cover the rest of the expenses.

Some of the highlights of my trip were:

Thank you to the officers of MLGSCA who voted to provide me funds to attend MLA in Toronto.  It is a learning experience that has improved my skills and outlook not only in my daily work at Fortis College but also my long term professional goals.


Amy Nadell

Featured member – Karen Bonteko

Posted on | December 8, 2016 | No Comments

Karen Bonteko

Karen Bonteko

  1. How did you become interested in medical librarianship? I kind of fell into medical librarianship. Just after getting my BA I was working part time at a public library with a job opening came up for a library tech at the county medical library. I got the job and the librarian, Amrit Paul, and I clicked and she taught me so much that I feel like I got an apprenticeship in Medical Librarianship. After working there a couple of years I went back and got my MLIS from San Jose State University.
  2. What is your current position? Medical Librarian at Kaweah Delta Health Care District
  3. What do you enjoy most about your current position? Working with the nurses who are going back to school. Most are working on their BSN via online courses and often are not given instruction in how to use the databases and find articles before being assigned the need to find articles. I sit down with them and go over the resources available to them and some of the ways to find the articles they need.
  4. What do you think is the most interesting or challenging issue in librarianship today? I think visibility of the work that librarians do is probably one of the big issues. With so many of the resources being provided online by libraries, it is important to make sure that people understand that the library is behind the access to those resources and that they are a managed resource and don’t just appear online by magic.
  5. Please provide a link that made you think (an article, video, blog post, other webpage, etc. that you found to be interesting or thought-provoking): I really love Healthcare Triage on YouTube with Dr. Aaron Carroll. He discusses diseases, EBM, health care policy, etc. in a consumer friendly way.

Job Posting: Education Librarian (San Francisco, CA)

Posted on | November 29, 2016 | No Comments

The UCSF Library seeks an energetic and collaborative professional to serve as Education Librarian. As the technology lead for the Education Services department, this individual will lead development of subject guides and interactive, online tutorials and promote and provide consultation services in an online environment.  The successful candidate has a passion for leveraging emerging technologies to provide user-centered services and for teaching and learning.  They will be a technology evangelist and identify, assess, and model examples for adoption of technologies that will enhance education and consultation services.

Salary: $60,000 minimum.  For full description and to apply, visit:

New to MLGSCA – Kathryn Houk

Posted on | September 16, 2016 | 1 Comment

Kathryn Houk

Kathryn Houk

  1. How did you become interested in medical librarianship? It was roundabout. My first job was as a science librarian focusing in zoology (undergrad degree in biology), but I knew I wanted to be in Boston. My next position was as the liaison to the biomedical programs at an academic health sciences library, so I became a medical librarian due to my place of work. I love it now, and am happy I stumbled into the role!
  1. What is your current position? Health & Life Sciences librarian at San Diego State University. I serve the schools of Public Health, Exercise & Nutrition Sciences – including a doctoral of physical therapy program, Nursing, the department of biology, and the clinical psychology dual degree students and faculty.
  1. What do you enjoy most about your current position? As cheesy as it is, I love the graduate students and faculty that I work with the most. I feel incredibly lucky as a medical/health librarian to be seen as an expert and partner in the education of students.
  1. What do you think is the most interesting or challenging issue in librarianship today? This is a difficult question – I think there are many challenging issues, but I tend to really focus my musings on perception of our role. I think embracing change is really challenging for many of us, because change means effort to learn and try new things that might fail. We all KNOW librarianship is changing, but until we embrace and run towards that change, the outside perception of our role will be slow to change as well.
  1. Please provide a link that made you think (an article, video, blog post, other webpage, etc. that you found to be interesting or thought-provoking): If anybody doesn’t follow Humans of New York by now, I’d be surprised. I’m obsessed because it feels like the most honest and human thing on the internet today – heartbreaking and inspiring and funny. (

MLGSCA member publications

Posted on | September 7, 2016 | No Comments

Congratulations to three MLGSCA members who have publications in the Journal of the Medical Library Association:

Sue Espe, Health Science Librarian, Banner University Medical Center, is the author of the article “Health sciences librarians off the radar,” published in the July 2016 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Bethany Myers, Research Informationist, and Bredny Rodriguez, Health and Life Sciences Informationist, at the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, are co-authors of the article “How do early career health sciences information professionals gain competencies?” published in the July 2016 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Check these articles out!

Congratulations Sydni!

Posted on | September 2, 2016 | 1 Comment

Sydni Abrahamsen Sydni Abrahamsen is the MLGSCA First Time AHIP Award recipient. Sydni is a recent hire to the Patient & Health Education Library at Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ. From October 2006 to July 2016, Sydni worked at the Noble Science and Engineering Library on the Tempe Campus of Arizona State University (ASU).

“The AHIP membership shows employers and colleagues that you are dedicated to professional development and continuing education. The structure of having the AHIP competencies to refer to helps me to focus my continuing education on areas that need improvement. Renewal of the AHIP membership will keep me motivated to continually grow as a professional through conference attendance and professional contribution.”

As a relatively new member we hope that Sydni will become involved with MLGSCA as our chapter is only as strong as its members.

Congratulations Sydni Abrahamsen.

Apply for the First-Time AHIP Applicant Award

Posted on | July 13, 2016 | No Comments

Do you want to join AHIP, but can’t afford the application fee? Apply now for the MLGSCA First-Time AHIP Applicant Award! The deadline is July 31, 2016.

AHIP First-Time Applicant Award





Application Process:


How to avoid burnout

Posted on | July 6, 2016 | No Comments

Have you been irritable with coworkers and patrons lately? Do you find yourself running on empty and having to dredge up all your energy just to do the basics? Are you feeling critical and cynical about your job? It may just be a bad day…but it might be burnout.

The 5-Minute Librarian has an article explaining the signs of burnout and tips for combating it.

Have you ever been burnt out? How did you know? What has helped you get back on track? Share your comments below.

PubMed Turns 20

Posted on | July 6, 2016 | No Comments

Happy 20th anniversary to PubMed, which first appeared as an “experimental database” from the National Library of Medicine in 1996! Click here to read the initial press release about free MEDLINE or here watch the press conference where then-Vice President Al Gore first demonstrated PubMed.

Many changes and improvements have been made to the PubMed interface over the years. What’s your favorite? Your least favorite? Are there any old features you miss? Let us know in the comments.

MLGSCA Outstanding Health Sciences Library Paraprofessional of the Year Award

Posted on | June 16, 2016 | No Comments

On behalf of the Awards Committee:

Nomination deadline is July 1st:

The purpose of the MLGSCA Outstanding Health Sciences Library Paraprofessional of the Year Award is to honor an outstanding library paraprofessional in a health sciences library and to recognize the critical role and important contributions library paraprofessionals make to the development and evolution of modern health sciences libraries and librarianship.

Considerations/criteria for nominating a paraprofessional for this award include, but are not limited to, a paraprofessional that:

Nominations can be made by any MLGSCA member and sent to the Awards Committee chair. Please use the available formNomination deadline is July 1st.

Frequency and Number of Awards
The Outstanding Health Sciences Library Paraprofessional of the Year Award is given annually to one outstanding paraprofessional in a health sciences library.  If there are no suitable candidates nominated, the award is not given. The award is usually presented by the MLGSCA President during the Fall Meeting.

For more information, please contact:

Lisa A. Marks, MLS, AHIP
Director of Libraries
Instructor, Medical Education
College of Medicine
Phone (480) 301-4422
Fax (480) 301-7005

New to MLGSCA – Lee Luniewski

Posted on | June 14, 2016 | No Comments

Lee Luniewski

Lee Luniewski

  1. How did you become interested in medical librarianship? To be honest, I came upon medical librarianship by chance. As I enrolled in library school, I knew I needed to find a position within a library to give me the real-world experience. I thankfully applied and was hired on at local hospital library as a Medical Library Technician. It is through this positon, that I began to see the importance of having medical librarians in a hospital setting. Working with two amazing librarian co-workers allowed me to see that the work we do can truly have a positive impact on patients. I was hooked after that, and got a full time position with the same library.
  2. What is your current position? I am the Medical Librarian at Melisa Reasner McGuire Health Sciences Library at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, CA.
  3. What do you enjoy most about your current position? The diversity of my job duties. No two days are the same in a week for me, as I am always doing something new or different. One day I will be conducting literature search for physicians, and then the next day I will be cataloguing new books. This variety helps prevent me from burning-out on any one specific task. I also love conducting research for our patrons, as I find it thrilling to be track down information that may positively impact someone else’s life. Lately, I have been really interested in data, and have started collecting and analyzing data regarding out patrons and usage.
  4. What do you think is the most interesting or challenging issue in librarianship today? Expressing the value of the work we do to our administration and non-librarian colleagues. As librarians, we understand the value of what we do, but we now must find ways to show this value to our administration. At MLA ’16, this was one of the issues brought up by other hospital librarians. While there is not a simple solution to this issue, I feel that engaging administrators and showing real world data to them can help express the value of the library. While this may be a daunting challenge and troubling at times. I believe that we can thrive in this moment, and step outside of our comfort zones to face the challenges ahead.
  5. Please provide a link that made you think (an article, video, blog post, other webpage, etc. that you found to be interesting or thought-provoking): – A fun interesting futuristic view of medical libraries written in 2005 about where they will be in 2015. Now what will medical libraries be like in 10 more years?

MLGSCA First-Time AHIP Applicant Award

Posted on | May 25, 2016 | No Comments

AHIP First-Time Applicant Award


To encourage members of the MLGSCA Chapter to apply for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).

Participant will be reimbursed for the AHIP application fee ($200 Academy Member level or above, or $135 Provisional member level).

Current member of MLGSCA Chapter and of MLA (National) as of AHIP application.

First time applicant for AHIP membership at any level.

Completed AHIP documentation and payment submitted to the Medical Library Association and AHIP membership successfully awarded.

One award covering the application fee for AHIP membership will be available to MLGSCA members.

AHIP membership must have been awarded within the past 12 months of the application deadline. Applications must be received by July 31, 2016.

Application Process:
Submit the following via email to Kathleen Carlson (, AHIP Chapter Credentialing Liaison. Preferably as one PDF:

Letter of Application stating briefly why you are applying for AHIP membership and how it will assist your professional goals.

Copy of their letter of acceptance into the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Proof of payment to MLA – AHIP

Proof of MLA membership

Proof of MLGSCA membership

Award winners are only eligible to win the award once.

The Awardee will be determined by a random drawing of all applications received that meet all the criteria. Each application will be numbered in order as it is received, and an Internet random number generator will be used to select the winning application.


Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.

The Award winner will be randomly selected (all applications will be numbered based on the order in which they are received).

Award recipients will be acknowledged in the MLGSCA blog and at the Chapter’s Spring Meeting.

Kathleen Carlson, MLS, AHIP
UA College of Medicine – Phoenix
Phone: 602-827-2340

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