Newsletter of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona

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.

MLA 2015 Poster/Paper submissions due 11/3

Posted on | October 17, 2014 | No Comments

Don’t spend Halloween crafting your MLA Paper & Poster abstract –do it now!

MLA’s Research Section will award prizes for the best research-based papers and posters.  Please check your submission to ensure that you have selected the type of research that best represents your work.

Deadline for abstract submission by authors is Monday, November 3rd @ 7PM CDT.

You can find paper session themes here:

The online submission website: (This is for both papers and poster submissions)

Helpful tips for both papers and posters:

Papers FAQ:

Posters FAQ:

Abstracts for papers and posters must be submitted using the structured abstract template.

Research Librarian for the Health Sciences (Irvine, CA)

Posted on | October 17, 2014 | Comments Off

The University of California, Irvine Libraries seek a creative, knowledgeable, proactive, collaborative, and user-oriented Research Librarian for the Health Sciences to develop and manage electronic and print collections and plan and deliver innovative liaison, reference, and instruction services in the health sciences for the Ayala Science Library on the main campus and the Grunigen Medical Library at the UCI Medical Center in Orange.

The Research Librarian for the Health Sciences supports the educational, research and clinical needs for the School of Medicine and additionally works with a team to support programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nursing Science, and Public Health. Working in a collegial environment with other librarians for the health sciences, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing print and electronic collections, and will participate in a team approach to provide liaison, outreach, instruction, and reference to faculty, researchers, staff, and students.

The Research Librarian for the Health Sciences will be based in the Ayala Science Library and will be a member of the Collection Development Department, reporting to the Head of Collection Development. Further information about job duties can be found at

To Apply:  Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should submit the information requested (cover letter; complete résumé; and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references, with a statement of each reference’s professional relationship to the applicant) via UC Recruit at: Applications received by October 27, 2014 will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Knowledge Management Librarian (New York, NY)

Posted on | October 17, 2014 | Comments Off

The NYU Health Sciences Library is recruiting for a Knowledge Management Librarian with a concentration in research data management services. This faculty position will be part of a growing data management team. Refer to the online posting for more information and application instructions:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but priority will be given to those received by November 14, 2014.

Quint Meeting schedule up!

Posted on | October 7, 2014 | Comments Off

Wondering what to do at Quint*Essential? Check out the schedule of events at! Hover your mouse over event names to see brief details such as speaker names, times, and locations. Click on events to see full details like speaker biographies and abstracts. Wondering if your friend or favorite exhibitor will be there? Check the Exhibitors and Attendees tabs. The Meeting Information tab has maps and a hospitality guide to help you find where to go.

To make your own schedule, click the “Sign Up” button and create your own Sched account. You can link your Sched account with Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Foursquare, to easily find friends going to the meeting and share your schedule on those social networks. Watch this brief video to learn how to use Sched:

There will be no printed programs available, so take some time to get familiar with Sched and plan your meeting.

See you in Denver!

HLS/MLA Professional Development Grants

Posted on | October 7, 2014 | Comments Off

The purpose of the HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant is to provide librarians working in hospitals and similar clinical settings with the support needed for educational or research activities, which includes developing and acquiring the knowledge and skills delineated in Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success:The Educational Policy Statement of the Medical Library Association and The Research Imperative: The Research Policy Statement of the Medical Library Association.

The HLS/MLA Professional Development Grant may also be used to support reimbursement for expenses incurred in conducting scientific research, such as professional assistance in survey research design, statistical analyses, etc.




Send the completed application, along with supporting documents (email applications and documents will be accepted as PDF or MS Word files only) to:

Email:; OR

Fax: 312.419.8950; OR

Mail: Medical Library Association
ATTN: Grants and Scholarships
65 E. Wacker Place, Ste. 1900
Chicago, IL 60601-7246

MLA will acknowledge receipt of all applications. All applicants must receive an email notification that materials were received by MLA on or before December 1 for applications to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Now accepting applications for MLA scholarship

Posted on | October 6, 2014 | Comments Off

A scholarship of up to $5,000 will be granted to a student entering an American Library Association-accredited library school or a student with at least one-half of the requirements of the program remaining to complete in the year following the granting of the scholarship. The applications are due to MLA by December 1, 2014. The website to find additional information about the MLA Scholarship and application forms:

MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grants

Posted on | October 3, 2014 | Comments Off

Practicing health sciences librarians are encouraged to apply for the MLA Research, Development or Demonstration Project Grants.  Through grants ranging from $100.00 to $1,000.00, the Medical Library Association (MLA) aims to support projects that promote excellence in the field of health sciences librarianship and information sciences.  Grants will not be given to support an activity that is operational in nature or has only local usefulness.  More than one award may be granted in a year.

Applications must be received by December 1st.  Application form, eligibility criteria and submission details are available at:

Looking for examples?  Research, Development or Demonstration Project Grants have funded the following:

Quint is almost here!

Posted on | October 3, 2014 | Comments Off

We’re just 9 days away from the start of the Quint meeting, which is going to be great, and we want you to be there!

One CE class – Fundamentals of Data Visualization – has reached its enrollment cap so it is no longer available, but there is still plenty of space in the other classes.

If you’re wondering about specific meeting content, we will be launching an online program planner soon. But in the meantime, here are some themes that emerged:

In addition to speakers and member-contributed content, the meeting will include an update on National Library of Medicine activities, an update on Medical Library Association activities, a panel session with AHIP credentialing representatives, and an update on National Network of Libraries of Medicine activities.

So please register now!

Full conference site here:

Janet Doe Lectureship nominations

Posted on | October 3, 2014 | Comments Off

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 the 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.

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