Newsletter of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona

Job Posting: Medical Librarian (Riverside, CA)

Posted on | April 14, 2015 | No Comments

We have an opportunity in Southern California at the University of California, Riverside for a Medical Librarian.  If you are a motivated, user-orientated librarian interested in building new services and curriculum in a recently established Medical School this is the place to be.  We are interested in applicants from any area of health, medical, or academic health librarianship or those with an MLIS/MLS who also have experience in a health field or research groups. A second Masters or PhD in a health field will substitute for experience [need an accredited MLS/MLIS degree or equivalent in addition].

Don’t specifically have academic librarianship experience?  Great at online tools such as LibGuides, blackboard, videos, etc. but have limited experience in instruction?  Perhaps you’ve worked with biomedical departments but have never heard of LCME?   Not to worry, we will provide the successful candidate with tools to transition.

To apply please click on this link:   or refer to the UC, Riverside  Library Employment Website and click on the “Librarian and Other Academic Positions” link

Closing date for applications is June 10, 2015.  

Starting Salary: $51,693 – $75,215

To discuss the position please contact Tiffany Moxham [Coordinator of Medical Library Programs] or 951 827 6440.

Job Posting: Library Director (La Jolla, CA)

Posted on | March 18, 2015 | No Comments

The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), one of the world’s largest non-profit research facilities, stands at the forefront of basic biomedical science, a vital segment of the medical research that seeks to comprehend the most fundamental processes of life.

Location: La Jolla, CA

Requisition: 01814

Position Description:

The Scripps Research Institute is currently looking for a Library Director to provide leadership, policy and administration of the current library services, systems and collections, and advocate and articulate future program development for the core needs of five distinct customer groups which utilize the services at the Kresge Library in La Jolla, CA and the Elizabeth M. Fargo Library in Jupiter, FL: 1) The Scripps Research Institute, CA; 2) The Scripps Research Institute, FL; 3) Scripps Green Hospital; 4) Scripps Clinic; and 5) TSRI Graduate Program (in CA and FL).

The Library Director will:

To learn more about this opportunity and submit your application for consideration, please visit our website at

New MLGSCA website live

Posted on | February 23, 2015 | 2 Comments

After a lot of hard work from everyone on the Web/Blog committee, the new MLGSCA website is now live! We have moved the site from Dreamweaver to Joomla, which is free, open, and has a responsive template (so you’ll be able to view it on mobile devices). It also has easy links to all MLGSCA social media accounts, so please feel free to interact with MLGSCA in whatever way pleases you.

If you notice any errors or dead links, please let us know. Please also let us know if you have any suggestions for ways to make the site better.

Many thanks to our hard-working MLGSCA Web/Blog committee members:

Winner of the Majors/MLA Chapter Project of the Year

Posted on | February 21, 2015 | No Comments

It is with esteemed privilege that we announce that MLGSCA has received the 2015 Majors/MLA Chapter Project of the Year award for the second year in a row!  In November 13-15, 2013, our chapter participated in an outreach project to promote information on the Affordable Care Act to public and community college librarians attending the Arizona Library Association (AzLA) Annual Conference in Scottsdale/Fountain Hills, Arizona.  MLGSCA members collaborated with CABL volunteers to distribute a list of ACA web resources, plus MLGSCA tote bags, notepads, and pens to conference attendees.  As a result, our chapter gained exposure to about 40% of conference attendees as well as developed relationships with a the regional library chapter in Arizona.

The award will be presented at the MLA’15 Austin, Texas, “Librarians without Limits” Awards Luncheon on May 18, 2015.  Thanks to all who have participated in the success of this event!

Job Posting: Associate Director of Reference & Outreach (Pomona, CA)

Posted on | February 21, 2015 | No Comments

The Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library at Western University of Health Sciences seeks an experienced librarian to serve as Associate Director of Reference & Outreach; this position will provide vision and strategic direction for the department, which includes reference and instruction services, marketing and outreach, liaison responsibilities, and in-depth research consultation services.   Reporting to the Executive Director of the University Library, the incumbent will implement the library’s reference services goals in support of the university’s teaching and research programs and the information needs of students, faculty, and staff.  This position will also oversee the activities of librarian liaisons and provide guidance to foster and support strong working relationships between faculty and librarian liaisons.

For more details and to apply, please see:

Deadline to apply is April 10, 2015.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Run for MLGSCA office!

Posted on | February 6, 2015 | No Comments

Dear MLGSCA Members,

The Nominating Committee is tasked with finding eligible candidates for the upcoming 2015 election.  We have identified a few candidates, however, we would like to hear from you by either self-nomination (perfectly acceptable – in fact highly encouraged!) or sharing a colleagues name for possible inclusion on the upcoming ballot.

We are seeking to fill the following offices:

President-Elect/ Continuing Education Chair: 3 year term (President-elect, President, Immediate Past-President)
Secretary: 1 year term
Treasurer : 2 year term
MLA Chapter Council Representative & Alternate: 3 year term
MLGSCA Nominating Committee: 2 year term

It might seem overwhelming to run for office, but I can speak from personal experience serving as MLGSCA President for two terms .  Being an officer of the Chapter has provided me with a tremendous amount of professional growth and allowed me to make some great friends!

Please look for additional information concerning these position in the MLGSCA Manual and Bylaws on our Chapter’s web site

However, please also feel free to contact any of the members of the Nominating Committee.


Mary White Nominating Committee Chair

Nita Mailander
Lisa Marks
Lori Tagawa
Kathy Zeblisky

Membership Raffle Winner

Posted on | February 2, 2015 | No Comments

The MLGSCA Membership Committee would like to congratulate the winner of the free MLA membership certificate, Scott Johnson of Ketchum University’s Memorial Library in Fullerton!  We had 110 eligible participants for the raffle this year so thank you all for registering your membership with MLGSCA.  If you didn’t get a chance to renew your membership there is still time.  You have until March 1st to renew your status for 2015.

These are some of the benefits for joining MLGSCA:

To renew, complete all required fields using the online registration form

Report from the Quint Chapter Meeting

Posted on | January 20, 2015 | No Comments


Hella Bluhm-Stieber, MLIS, AHIP: Recipient of the 2014 MLGSCA Professional Development Award

This year’s Joint Meeting was a great success. It had excellent speakers and programs.

Dr. Claire Pomeroy was the first plenary speaker and spoke about how to create a healthier world by addressing the social determinants of health. She said that we have a value problem in health, that there is a disconnect between cost and outcome. We have persistent access problems. How can it be possible that 25% Hispanics are uninsured, a higher percentage than other groups, and that higher educated patients live longer? She said that we need to move from sick care to health care, from reactive to proactive, from acute intervention to primary care based, from hospital to population based medical model. She showed statistics about different health outcomes depending on where you live, e.g. worse outcomes in the Central Valley than in Marin County. Dr. Pomeroy also mentioned that 23.5 million Americans live in food desert. She advocates community grocery stores and gardens.

She also mentioned the US poverty rate which is 23%, and that we spend more on health care but less on social services compared to other countries. Medical respite programs for homeless are cost effective.

She recommended two articles dealing with these issues:

  1. Dumont DM, Allen SA, Rich JD.(2014). Sesame Street goes to jail: physicians should follow. Annals of Int. Medicine, 161(7), 522-3. PMID: 25285543;
  2. Sayer C1, Lee TH.(2014). Time after time–health policy implications of a three-generation case study. New England Journal of Medicine, 371, 1273-6. PMID: 25271599

She stated that we do not collect data on social determinants in the Electronic medical record, and that addressing social determinants will require new skill sets, where we as librarians can help.

She mentioned the Blue Ridge 2010 report, AAHC toolkit, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, county by county health statistics, social justice components, fiscal components…).

She told us that the University of New Mexico requires a certificate in Public Health for each medical student. Florida International University has a similar requirement.

Dr. Pomeroy ended her talk with a call for action: that health should be considered and integrated into all policies and programs, and that we need a collaborative approach to deal with these issues.


The 2nd plenary speaker was Spero M. Manson, PhD, from the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, at the University of Denver.

He talked about the major health issues for American Indians and Alaska Natives. One of them is diabetes, which was not existent in 1940s. He stated that the USDA Commodity food programs lead to the shift away from traditional foods.

This lead to an increase in chronic diseases. In 2009 the diabetes rate for American Indians was 16.1%, and the death rate 34%, double of whites. There is also an increase in cardiovascular disease.

In 1998 special diabetes programs for Indians were started: the healthy hearts program and a diabetes prevention program. The goals were to increase physical activity, healthier eating, and to grow your own gardens. Participants had lifestyle coaches and used photo voice digital stories.

There are two databases on native American health:

  1. The Native Health Database at which was developed by the University of New Mexico.
  2. The Arctic Health website at which includes grey literature, climate change, traditional healing, media.


The 3rd Plenary Speaker was Dr. CT Lin, from the University of Colorado Hospital.

He was busting the myths of personal health records.

He talked about the traditional relationships in the hospital where the doctor is in the center and has control. With internet, patients now have access. Many doctors feel threatened since the relationships are changing.

What do patients want? In 2001: 87% us adults had Internet, 90% of online patients want to email their doctor, 56% of online patients say email access would influence choice of doctor.

MYTH 1: The flood gates will open, if patients can email doctor.

Reality: patients can reach me, no telephone tag.

Dr. Lin ran a controlled trial for 6 months. The results were:

24% improvement in message sending,

19% improvement in appointments requests.

There were also improvements in prescription refills.

In the online group, most messages were sent after hours. Only 27% were sent during clinic hours.

81% patients said, that it saved them phone call.

33% said, it saved them clinic visit.

There was no e-mail flood, but there was more patient satisfaction, the volume was modest.

Myth busted.

Myth 2: Releasing test results online will confuse patients.

They did a randomized trial called SPPARO project in 2002 with 100 congestive heart failure patients.

After 12 months, there were only minor problems.

Patients felt more empowered, trusted, understood.

There was no overuse by patients or misunderstanding.

Nursing saw it as an education tool.

After 6 years of lobbying, they launched MyMedicalRecord in 2008.

They put in delays for certain test results, so that doctor can call first before the patients sees the results online. They had 2 incidents where the patients saw the test results before the physicians could contact them.

Myth busted

Myth 3: Showing patients doctor’s Notes will lead to litigation, etc.

Myth Busted

Article: Delbanco T, Walker J, Darer JD, Elmore JG, Feldman HJ, Leveille SG, Ralston JD, Ross SE, Vodicka E, Weber VD (2010). Open notes: doctors and patients signing on.

Ann Intern Med., 153(2):121-5. PMID: 20643992

Myth 4: Social media can be used as a force for better patient care

Here comes everybody, Clay Shirky ( book)

Healthvault, Google Health was discontinued.

Colorado quitline, online support to quit smoking, Web personality who was helped through this Daily strength Patientslikeme

Medicare is releasing more and more data.

Doctor ratings, patient satisfaction

Myth is plausible

Fact: there are more online transactions, but less phone calls.

At the end he showed us a Youtube video called: Hospital of the Raising Sun at:

The contributed papers and lightning talks dealt with many different issues, like “the no book at the reference desk: revisiting no-answers”, weeding a library to make room for collaborative spaces, finding open educational resources for international programs, creating info-literacy resources, embedded librarian, changing roles of librarians, creation of a digital library for public health, creating a brochure for children visiting the MICU, Information security for libraries, etc.

Many of the posters and contributed papers are available at:

(The posters are under the poster link, and then Drop box link. The paper links are at the end of each paper description.)

I really enjoyed the conference and would like to thank MLGSCA for supporting me with a grant that made it possible for me to attend.

The “Write Stuff” at the Quint

Posted on | December 1, 2014 | No Comments

The Writing Retreat at the Quint, sponsored by the South Central Chapter, was a fantastic experience! It was designed to give librarians time to work and get feedback on library research projects for future publication. The beautiful Anschutz Medical Center Library hosted the retreat from October 12-13. The library offered an array of comfy chairs, study rooms, and desks, including standing desks and even treadmill desks. SCC provided food, snacks, and coffee and tea.

treadmill desk

Jack Bullion tries out the treadmill desk. Here it goes, here it goes, here it goes again!

Four of the five MLA chapters sent representatives. Lynn Kysh, Deborah Schneider, and Kelli Hines attended from MLGSCA.

MLGSCA writing retreat

L to R: Deb Schneider, Kelli Hines, and Lynn Kysh. Also featured: beautiful autumn leaves!

First, everyone met together to discuss the expectations and then split off to go research or write for blocks of three hours at a time before regrouping. All the attendants benefited from the large chunks of dedicated and quiet writing time. It is remarkable how much you can accomplish without distractions! At the end of the first day, everyone printed a copy of what they had written and a list of questions for feedback. The next day, the rest of the group provided constructive criticism based on the questions and time was allotted to incorporate that feedback into the next draft.


Xan Goodman listens attentively to feedback from the other attendees.

I appreciated the opportunity to focus on my writing and meet wonderful people from other chapters. Thanks to SCC for your hard work in arranging this retreat! If you get a chance to attend a future writing retreat, go for it! It is well worth the time.

Call for book chapters: Librarians and translational research

Posted on | November 14, 2014 | No Comments

This is a call for authors to contribute to an MLA-published book on librarians and translational research, scheduled for publication in late 2015. The book will highlight examples of librarian involvement in various phases of the translational research enterprise, including best practices, challenges and emerging opportunities. Librarians from various institutions are contributing case studies, organized thematically around the different phases of translational research. These case studies will highlight the great work we do, and demonstrate that librarians play important roles in the research enterprise.

If you’ve been working with researchers or administrators affiliated with your institution’s Clinical and Translational Science Award, or if you’ve got experience working with or supporting any phase of translational research, please consider writing a case study for this book! Sample case studies may include descriptions of projects or experiences working with:

If you are interested in contributing a case study to the book, or have any questions about this call for contributors, please contact Marisa Conte ( by Wednesday, 26 November. Please provide a working title and a brief (~200 words) description of the topic, project or experience you would like to write about.

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

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