Newsletter of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona

NLM launches MedPix

Posted on | February 8, 2016 | No Comments

The saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is, if anything, an understatement in the field of medicine. Many topics, including anatomy, diagnostic pathology, and more, simply can’t be described any other way. But it can be very complicated to find medical images that can be used for teaching or to confirm a diagnosis.

To that end, the National Library of Medicine has recently launched MedPix, “a free online Medical Image Database with over 53,000 indexed and curated images, from over 13,000 patients.” Try it out!

MLGSCA Professional Award

Posted on | February 5, 2016 | No Comments

On behalf of the Awards Committee:
Consider applying, deadline is Feb. 15th


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.


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.


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).


1. Print out the application form and complete it.
(A paper copy of the form is printed in the MLGSCA Directory)
2. A MS Word version of the form can 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. Deadlines: September 15th; February 15th.

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

2016 Joint Meeting Report

Posted on | January 30, 2016 | No Comments

Joint Meeting Planning Committee

The 2016 Joint Meeting Planning Committee

I want to thank the MLGSCA Awards Committee for selecting me for the Professional Development Award. It was used for the 2016 Joint Meeting at Stanford University.

Many of you may know that I was the registration co-chair of the Joint Meeting along with Nita Mailander.  I recommended using Wild Apricot for membership and conference registration and the conference co-chairs decided to use Wild Apricot as our conference registration software which created a separate website from the conference website. We also created two separate registration website, one for exhibitors and another one for attendees.

There were 110 attendees at the Joint Meeting and eight exhibitors. Since there were so few vendors the conference co-chairs revamped the conference schedule and decided to ask each exhibitor to deliver a presentation to the attendees. On Thursday Alan Carr gave the RML Update, he said UCLA has been awarded the cooperative agreement with the National Library of Medicine for 2016-2021. Data management support activities will be a new focus area of responsibility. Kelli Ham spoke about Consumer Health Toolkit, Kay Deeney gave an update on Midday at the Oasis, and Lori Tagawa spoke about the results database initiatives in as well as funding. Following the NN/LM PSR, there was a presentation by Ovid Wolters Kluwer on ‘Resources for a Flipped Classroom.’

Kevin Baliozian, Executive Director of MLA gave an update. He talked about the transition of MLA, sections, and SIGs to the new Socious platform and website. Kevin also spoke about the finances of the organization and we now currently have 2700 members and 56% of our budget comes from membership dues. He spoke about MLA’s strategic plan that encompasses four areas:

What MLA’s current international presence is and the changes at the annual conference that is combining the MLA’s Presidents reception with the Awards luncheon, and the addition of more paper sessions in the same time frame.  EBSCO, Rittenhouse, Sage and McGraw Hill each gave a presentation on ‘Supporting Evidence Based Practice: Solutions for Libraries in Clinical Practice.’

The Opening Plenary Session with Dr. Richard Kelly, clinical faculty at the University of California Irvine took a look at how Obamacare originally had been structured to provide health coverage for most Americans. Dr. Kelly explained the way the laws have been enacted by Congress and decisions by the Supreme Court have limited its scope. His presentation examined who is now being left behind, what the consequences are of maintaining such a population of uninsured, and what, if anything, is being done to remedy the situation. Dr. Kelly presentation contained a lot of data and great slides. One slide that struck me is that if the United States continues along the same path, the only things Americans will be paying for with our taxes by 2020 is Medicare and Social Security. There will not be enough money for roads, education or defense. Dr. Kelly’s slides are uploaded to the conference website under speakers and presenters.

The Closing Plenary Session with Dr. Pat Brown, Professor of Biochemistry at Stanford University encompassed three areas: freely accessible scientific papers, the peer-review publication process, and animal farming. Dr. Brown is one of the founders of the Public Library of Science ( and spoke about how he and his colleagues went to the publishers back in 2000 to ask them if they could collect pre-printed publications for a database and the publishers said ‘No.’ So they started a nonprofit open access scientific publishing project aimed at creating a library of open access journals and other scientific literature under an open content license. Currently there are seven publications that are primarily funded by payment from authors.

Dr. Brown’s second topic was on the peer-review publication process. He believes there is no effective pre-publication review and says it takes too long for an author to get published. He says there should be a post-publication review that would allow for the comparing of study results and this would identify the studies that are false. The third topic during his presentation was about animal farming and how it contributes to greenhouse gases, poor conditions for animals, sub-standard food products, impact on the environment, and global warming. Dr. Brown spoke about the ‘Impossible Cheeseburger’ and expounded on the benefits and the complex process of recreating the experience of meat using only plant based ingredients. The burger would have to be better than a regular meat burger for consumers to actually want to eat the product. He said the HEME-cell component is what gives meat its savory flavor. Although it appears that Dr. Pat Brown’s talk was unstructured he was an engaging speaker and the takeaway was you do not have to be an expert to make a difference.

There were 13 poster presentations on Thursday afternoon and three paper sessions on Thursday afternoon and two paper sessions on Friday. Please check conference website for lists of posters and papers.

Once again I would like to thank Laura Stubblefield and the MLGSCA Awards Committee for selecting me for the Professional Development Award.

Kathleen Carlson, MLS, AHIP
Associate and Education Librarian
UA College of Medicine-Phoenix
2016 Joint Meeting Registration Co-chair

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,, p. 3; United States Department of Labor, 2002,, 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,, 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:



Renew your MLGSCA membership!

Posted on | January 7, 2016 | No Comments

The 2016 MLGSCA membership renewal drive is now open! Renew online at 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 ( and Adele Dobry (

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.


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 


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: 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.


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:


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: Abstract submission deadline is November 15, 2015.

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