Newsletter of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona

MLGSCA Research Grant Opportunity

Posted on | March 5, 2020 | No Comments

MLGSCA is pleased to be able to offer grants that support research on topics and issues in health sciences librarianship. Projects with results that may encourage practical applications in other libraries are of special interest.  Group proposals are also encouraged! Please see grant description regarding eligibility, requirements, and proposal guidelines.  For more information, contact Janene Wandersee, MLGSCA Research Chairperson.  Applications will be accepted through Monday, April 6, 2020.  MLGSCA anticipates being able to offer another research grant opportunity later in 2020.

Victoria Flores Awarded the MLGSCA Staff Excellence Award

Posted on | November 13, 2019 | No Comments

Victoria Flores of the California University of Science and Medicine is this year’s recipient of the MLGSCA staff excellence award. Victoria was nominated by her library’s director for her direct contributions that enabled her library to serve the needs of an inaugural medical school class of 101 students, as well as 35 faculty members. Particular strengths noted were Victoria’s role in overseeing daily operations, planning events, and coordinating with community organizations. In addition, Victoria has taken advantage of opportunities for professional growth and development and is planning to apply for a master’s degree program in library science.

Reminder – Nominations for an Exceptional Hospital Librarian – the Colaianni Award

Posted on | October 21, 2019 | No Comments

Do you know someone who is a dynamic and exceptional hospital librarian? Someone who is a visionary who deserves to be recognized for his or her outstanding service in hospital librarianship?  Now is the time to nominate them for MLA’s Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship.  Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations are still being accepted, but are due no later than November 1, 2019.  For details and a nomination form, see


Questions can be directed to Lisa Habegger, Jury Chair at

Congrats to MLGSCA member Carrie Grinstead for her recently published “Virtual Project” article in the Journal of the Medical Library Association!

Posted on | October 7, 2019 | No Comments



Multisite collaboration using REDCap to capture library data

Carrie Grinstead, Amanda Schwartz


In January 2018, library services at Providence St. Joseph Health merged to form a single, unified system, incorporating nine libraries and sixteen full-time staff. As a small, nonclinical team of librarians, we needed to make sure our work and value were visible to clinicians, administrators, and other nonlibrary stakeholders. Using REDCap, we developed a form to seamlessly collect statistics about our services.

Virtual Projects are published on an annual basis in the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) following an annual call for virtual projects in MLAConnect and announcements to encourage submissions from all types of libraries. An advisory committee of recognized technology experts selects project entries based on their currency, innovation, and contribution to health sciences librarianship.

MLA Louise Darling Medal

Posted on | October 3, 2019 | No Comments

The Medical Library Association (MLA) Louise Darling Medal jury is now accepting nominations. The Louise Darling Medal is presented annually to recognize distinguished achievement in collection development in the health sciences. Awards can be for specific activities (publication, teaching) or for overall leadership and achievement in this area.



** Individual nominees must be members of MLA.

** Institutions or groups of individuals may be nominated as long as at least one person in the group is a member of MLA.

** A precise description provided of the nominee’s achievements including specific comments on: professional achievements, leadership, cooperative efforts, and service.

** A current resume or curriculum vitae for individuals and appropriate background information for institutions.

** Any further information or letters of reference which may assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and the selection of the recipient(s) will be accepted.


To learn more about the criteria and nomination process, please visit


Nominations are due on November 1st.


Carolyn Schubert, Chair; Elizabeth Dyer; David Farris; Allison P. Matthews; Brandi Tuttle

MLA Louise Darling Collection Development Medal Jury

Report from our 2019 Professional Development Award Winner

Posted on | July 8, 2019 | No Comments

NCNMLG & MLGSCA Joint Meeting 2019

Critical health sciences librarianship: examining our role in social justice

Report from Jackie Davis, MLIS, AHIP

#critlib: “According to Elaine Harger, librarians that practice critical librarianship strive to communicate the ways in which libraries and librarians consciously and unconsciously support systems of oppression. Critical Librarianship seeks to be transformative, empowering and a direct challenge to power and privilege.” Kenny Garcia,

In 2014 I gave a presentation at the MLGSCA Meeting on consumer health and social justice. Everything I have published has highlighted social justice as either the main thrust or an important thread. It was important to me at this Joint Meeting to see what others are now saying on this subject to move the theme forward. I was excited (and very grateful) to attend, and due to receiving the Professional Development Award from the Awards Committee, I was allowed to hear the really extraordinary speakers and see where we can grow, become more inclusive and sensitive, from here. There is so much more to learn!

The first awareness that attendees were going to be stretched forward at our Meeting was when we went to the registration desk and were asked if we wanted a sticker for our chosen pronouns. This action was to acknowledge our trans and non-binary members, as well as sensitize us to our varied-gendered customers. There was also a Special Content Session, “Transgender Allyship in Library Instruction,” where pronouns and issues of gender diversity were discussed. About half of the attending librarians took the stickers for their badge and the folks at the registration desk were pleased that there was interest in this practice.

The next awareness-raising action was the welcome to the Meeting. We were reminded that we were on the land of the Muwekma Ohlone, This was our introduction to embracing the truth of where we were gathered and that the human story is wider, deeper and older than we often think on as we move about in our cities and countryside.



Dr. Odette Harris was the first Plenary Speaker,

Among the many roles she occupies including being the first full African-American woman tenured professors at Stanford, Dr. Harris is the Site Director and principle investigator at the Defense Veterans and Brain Injury Center (DVBIC). After the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, researchers began to look differently at blast traumas. While people survived their different wounds, there was a new signature of modern war – traumatic brain injury. Just like the first Framington Heart Study looked at commonalities of cardiac disease and the researchers focused on male, white, middle-class Euro-Americans (they are updating the study now), the research into brain trauma had not focused on the impact to African-Americans, other minorities or women. Dr. Harris pointed out that the earlier research does not become obsolete when the study becomes more inclusive, just more applicable to a wider population. Her work asked “how valid are treatment recommendations regarding traumatic brain injury/polytrauma to women?” She found that women veterans suffer more from psychiatric issues and substance abuse with TBI. There is more homelessness among the women, but interestingly, higher education status. Additionally, there are a variety of reasons for TBI such as falls, blasts; and domestic violence assaults. The comprehensive, interdisciplinary services that can be offered to brain injury patients can provide outstanding outcomes and sustained recovery. However, the various sub-populations require different approaches in order to obtain these outcomes.

Dr. Harris also addressed the issue of women in medicine, saying that though the numbers of women in medical school are higher (48-52%), only 35% are employed.  She shared her own story of who inspired her and how she is working to support other young women along the pipeline into medicine and neurosurgery. Her parting wisdom referenced the article by Roxanne Gay in the NY Times, “A Case Against Hope” where the writer offered an alternative vision to hope – one that focuses on possibility. Dr. Harris wants younger people to see her life as one of possibility for themselves as well.

Dr. Nicole Cooke was our second plenary speaker. Dr. Cooke is an associate professor and Director of the MLIS program at the University of Wisconsin at Urbana-Champagne. She authored, “Information Services to Diverse Populations: Developing Culturally Competent Library Professionals.” Dr. Cooke has had a focus in both her research and teaching in social justice and librarianship. Now a diversity and social justice course are permanent in the LIS curriculum at her university. She used the 1989 article, “Towards a Culturally Competent System of Care” to pull out elements that can lead us to cultural sensitivity, competence and humility.

She stressed that competence is a cycle of ever-increasing awareness of each other rather than a set goal and encouraged us to take risks, not be satisfied in “happy talk,” and stretch our profession towards a social justice mind-set and actions. Dr. Cooke recommended that we read the book, “White Fragility” and article, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh in order to aid in our understanding of that which we take for granted. She quoted Audre Lorde: “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

(I ran into Dr. Cooke at the airport. During her talk she spoke of her privilege on campus as a professor, but off campus she was seen, and not seen, as any other African-American with all the racial assumptions that we make about black people. Her examples of this, as we chatted, were heartbreaking and really illustrated the basic lack of respect we show people who do not look like us, as white people.)

The breakout sessions ( offered opportunities to unpack critical librarianship in how we teach students about cultural humility and cultural safety, the social determinants of health as it impacts our community programs, how we teach researchers to use appropriate language using micro-resistance, and even how we name the roles of staff within library departments. Apropos this discussion, MLGSCA voted to change the word “para-professional” to simply and inclusively, “library staff.” There was a “un-conference” for the purpose of discussing the variety of ways that we will take critlib awareness to our workplace and the communities we serve.

Recommended Reading:

1.    Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis, Editors: Shana Higgins and Lua Gregory

2.    Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook, Volume Two: Lesson Plans Paperback– by Nicole Pagowsky (Author, Editor), Kelly McElroy (Author, Editor)

 3.    Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods, by Maria Accardi (Editor), Emily Drabinski (Editor)

4.    Critical Information Literacy: Foundations, Inspiration, and Ideas, by Annie Downey, Shana Higgins (Editor), Lua Gregory (Editor)


MLGSCA Research Grant Winner to present at MLA

Posted on | April 25, 2019 | No Comments

Carrie Grinstead, winner of MLGSCA’s research grant this past winter, will share about her research experience at MLA next month.  Come learn from the Research Training Institute fellows and be inspired.  Congratulations, Carrie!


Title: Elevate Your Practice with Research: RTI Fellows and Faculty Share Their Experience Designing and Conducting Research


Time: Sunday, May 5, noon-1:55 pm


Location: Columbus AB (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)


Carrie’s study investigates hospital-based nurses’ behaviors and feeling surrounding online materials for patient and family education. The design is qualitative; with data gathered through in-depth, semi-structured, individual interviews with nurses. Questions investigate nurses’ awareness of various materials and satisfaction with content, as well as any personal and patient-, unit-, and hospital-level factors that may affect or complicate their decisions to use one source over others. This rich data can be used to inform later work, including generalizable quantitative survey studies; outreach and education to various stakeholders, including nurses, managers, and quality and safety administrators; and analysis of the effectiveness of online patient education materials.


NCNMLG/MLGSCA 2019 Joint Meeting — Join us for fun, learning, and networking

Posted on | April 25, 2019 | No Comments

It’s almost here! Please join us June 12-14 at University of San Francisco. For the Northern California/Nevada Medical Library Group and the Medical Library Group of Southern California 2019 Joint Meeting, Critical Health Sciences Librarianship: Examining Our Role in Social Justice.  

We have over twenty breakout sessions and an exciting line-up of speakers, including Dr. Nicole A. Cooke MSLIS Program Director at the School of Information Sciences, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Dr. Odette Harris, Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of Brain Injury for Stanford Medical Center.

CE courses, held on June 12, are free!

Breakout Session Details

Don’t delay! Early bird registration and reservations for on-campus housing ends May 10.

Register here:

Meeting website:

Time to Vote! MLGSCA 2019 Slate of Officer Candidates

Posted on | April 8, 2019 | No Comments


Here are the 2019 MLGSCA Officer slate of candidates (see below):

The election will open April 8 and run for two weeks until April 22. Ballots will be sent out via email from on behalf of Caroline Marshall. You will see my name in the “from” field.  Please check your inbox and spam folder over the next few days and contact me directly if you do not receive the email from Election Runner.  It will be sent to the email you provided when renewing your MLGSCA membership.


Caroline Marshall 2018-2019  MLGSCA Nominating Committee Chair


President Elect 1 Position

Naomi Bishop, UA College of Medicine Phoenix, AZ

Bio: My name is Naomi Bishop and I am, Akimel O’odham/Pima, a member of the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona. I am the new health sciences librarian at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix. I am interested in being President -elect of MLGSCA because I want to engage with Medical librarians in all different settings and foster learning and collaboration across Southern California and Arizona. Here is a little more about me.

I received my Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington School in 2010. I have a Bachelors of Arts degree in German Studies from the University of Arizona.  I lived in Germany as an exchange-student in high school and studied abroad a year in college.  My work experience specializes in health, biomedical sciences, and engineering.  I  was a solo corporate librarian at Roche Tissue Diagnostics in Tucson from 2012-2015 and most recently a science and engineering librarian at Northern Arizona University.  I served as the President of the American Indian Library Association (AILA) from 2017-2018, the Special Libraries Association Arizona Chapter President from 2014-2015, and Chair of the American Indian Library Association’s Youth Literature Awards from 2014-2018. I am a member of the Medical Libraries Association, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and the American Indian Library Association.  I am a dedicated leader looking for the opportunity to be involved in MLA at a local level.  Some of my ideas for MLGSCA webinars and CME include inviting members to present/ highlight their work and research, learning more about MLA changes, and creating opportunities for new members to connect with more experienced health librarians. Thanks for this opportunity to be a part of something meaningful and fun!

Statement of Aims


Secretary: 1 Position 

Carrie Grinstead   Providence Health & Services, CA

Bio:Since 2015, I have worked as a medical librarian for the Los Angeles Region of Providence St. Joseph Health. Working with a library team that is distributed across several states, I provide extensive reference services, typically completing more than five hundred literature searches each year for physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals. I’m also heavily involved with several nursing research groups, assisting in individual research projects and in building hospital- and regional-level processes for administering nursing research.

In the summer of 2018, I participated in the first MLA Research Training Institute, and I’m currently collaborating with nurses on an original qualitative research project involving patient education and consumer health information. This project is supported by a research grant from MLGSCA.

I received my MLIS from the University of British Columbia, where I took classes in health sciences librarianship and medical informatics. I served as Co-President of our Special Libraries Association Student Interest Group and as Communications Secretary for the Canadian Health Libraries Association group. In the summer of 2017, I completed a graduate certificate in clinical informatics through an online program offered by Oregon Health & Sciences University.

I’m passionate about health information and love being part of a great library team at Providence St. Joseph. It brings me great joy to ease clinicians’ access to information that improves patient outcomes, and to support researchers in moving healthcare forward.

Hannah Schilperoort, USC Norris, CA

Bio: I am an information services and nursing liaison librarian at Norris Medical Library, University of Southern California. I am the current MLGSCA secretary and I would like the opportunity to continue serving. The experience has been very rewarding. I enjoy being involved and contributing to the ongoing success of MLGSCA.

Sydni Abrahamsen, Mayo Clinic, AZ

Bio: My name is Sydni Abrahamsen, MLS, AHIP and I am a consumer health librarian in the Patient & Health Education Library at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.  I received my library degree from the University of Arizona in 2014, and have worked at Mayo Clinic since 2016.  In addition to my work in the patient library, I am involved in various patient education activities at Mayo Clinic and am the secretary of the subcommittee for patient  and family education.  I am originally from South Dakota, but have called the Phoenix area home for many years. I’ve been a member of MLGSCA since 2014 and was involved in planning the 2018 Joint Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ.

Angela Murrell, Scripps Research Libraries. CA

Bio:Angela Murrell is the Instruction and Research Librarian at Scripps Research in La Jolla, Ca. Previously, she was Senior Librarian and manager of the library at Bastyr University, Ca campus. Angela has been a member of MLGSCA since 2005 and is currently the MLGSCA Webmaster. In the past, she has served on the MLGSCA CE Committee and Connection Committee from 2009 to 2011. Attending the MLGSCA joint meetings have helped her build and maintain connections within southern California, and eventually to her facilitating a local networking group, San Diego Health Science Librarians. Her interests also focus on instruction, and she was Vice-Chair/Chair from 2012-2014 of another southern California group, Lifelong Information Literacy interest (LILi) group, also serving on the By Laws Revision Committee 2012-2013, the Conference Planning committee 2013-2014 and serval other committees in that group. She has also been a member of MLA since 2003. In addition to her professional involvement, Angela serves on her son’s School Site Council as Chair which oversees the Title I fund allocation and student achievement.

Angela would like to continue to give back to the MLGSCA through service as the next Secretary.


Treasurer:  1 Position

Kevin Pardon, AZ State University Library

Bio.Kevin Pardon is a Health Sciences librarian at Arizona State University where he serves as a liaison to the faculty, students, and staff at ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation and College of Health Solutions.  In this role, he leads instruction sessions, assists with literature searches, and develops online learning modules – among many other things.  Kevin joined MLGSCA six years ago when he moved to Arizona from Michigan and is a graduate of the Library & Information Science program at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is a current member of MLGSCA’s Research Committee, MLA’s Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section (NAHRS), and MLA’s Research Section. He has also previously served as president-elect and president of Central Arizona’s local group of health sciences librarians (CABL). He looks forward to the potential opportunity to become Treasurer and serve MLGSCA in this role.

Robin Elizabeth Schiff, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, CA

Bio: I have been with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science for two years and am the school’s University Archivist, where I am immersed in my passion, the history of medicine on a daily basis. I received my MLIS, with an emphasis in Archival Studies, from San Jose State University in 2009. Thus far, I’ve had a very interesting career as a librarian in hospital and academic libraries, and as an archivist in pharmaceutical, academic and hospital archives. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona, where my major was Finance, Real Estate and Law.

I currently chair MLGSCA’s Finance Committee and co-chair the Professional Issues Committee. In addition to my membership in MLGSCA, I am a member of MLA and the Society of California Archivists.

I enjoy being part of MLGSCA and look forward to serving as Treasurer if elected.


Nominating Committee: 2 positions

Jackie Davis, Sharp Memorial Hospital

Bio Jackie Davis, MLIS, AHIP has been a librarian for over 15 years working in a military library, a public library, in the world of adult literacy, and found a home as a consumer health librarian for over 11 years. She has experience as a community organizer and has taken these skills into the library at Sharp Memorial Hospital. Jackie has won the CAPHIS Consumer Health Librarian of the Year, one of four Gale/Cengage Librarian Superheroes awards, and was the grateful beneficiary of the First Time AHIP Award. She has presented numerous times at the Joint Meetings and looks forward to being able to give back to MLGSCA through serving on the Nominating Committee.

Mary White

Bio: Mary E. White served as the pharmacy librarian at Kaiser Permanente in the Drug Information Services Department until 2018. Previously, she worked at the Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center as well as the Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center where she managed the Libraries and Physician Education Departments. Mary has been an active member of MLGSCA and MLA since 1984, and was elected President of MLGSCA, July 2012- June 2014. She served two terms as President due to the President-Elect relocating to the east coast. Mary also served in the Past-President role in 2014-2015 and Chair of the Nominating Committee 2014-2015. In addition, Mary was Chair of the MLGSCA Government/Bylaws Committee 2009-2011. Mary has presented posters at both MLGSCA and MLA, most recently at the 2017 MLA meeting in Seattle, WA. Mary graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master of Library Science and holds a Bachelor’s degree in history.

Janice Hermer AZ State University Library

Bio. Hello! I’m Janice Hermer. I have 28 years of experience in health sciences libraries, most of the time in Canada. London Health Sciences Centre Library, Durham Region Health Department Information Centre, the Veterinary Medicine Library at University of Saskatchewan and University of Manitoba Health Sciences Library are in my past. My present is as a Health Sciences Librarian at Arizona State University Library.

I am new to MLGSCA. My first experience was with the Annual Meeting and Conference in January of 2018. I was so impressed by the quality of the conference and with conversations with other attendees. I am still making contacts and learning the value of local professional associations in the USA and MLGSCA has risen in my estimation with both practical and professional value. I hope to serve the members of MLGSCA and support our profession as I have been supported in my growth in expertise as a librarian.

Scott Johnson  Marshall B. at Ketchum University, CA

Bio:Scott Johnson is the Director of Library Services at Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU). Scott has been a librarian since 2011, a member of MLA and MLGSCA since 2015, and a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) since 2018. He was previously the Education/Technology Librarian at MBKU and served as the liaison to the Optometry and Physician Assistant programs. Scott co-authored a peer-reviewed paper and presented a poster at the MLA conference on evaluating Physician Assistant LibGuides for collection development. He also serves as the chair of the website committee for the Association of Vision Science Librarians special interest group.


Run for MLGSCA Office!

Posted on | March 19, 2019 | No Comments

Dear MLGSCA Members,

The Nominating Committee is tasked with finding eligible candidates for the upcoming 2019 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 colleague’s 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)

Treasurer: 2-year term

It might seem overwhelming to run for office, but I can speak from personal experience serving as MLGSCA President for one term. 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 positions 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.


Caroline Marshall, Nominating Committee Chair

New Member Publications

Posted on | March 5, 2019 | No Comments

Congratulations to Past President Caroline Marshall on being a co-author of two recently published articles:

Marshall C, Fields B, Sarsozo L. Rethinking the Patient Education Council Format to Increase Efficiency. Journal of Consumer Health online. 2019

Ansyran L, RN,MSN,CNS, Marshall C, MLS, AHIP, Aronow HU, PhD, Chan A, MN, RN, CNS, CCRN, Coleman B, Ph.D, ACNP-BC, FAHA, FAAN. Inspiring Writing in Nursing (IWIN) – A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Led Program Clinical Nurse Specialist: The International Journal for Advanced Practice Nursing. 2019

JMLA Wants You! To Write a Review!

Posted on | February 14, 2019 | No Comments

Each issue of JMLA includes a Resource Review Section and we are looking for contributors!  The content scope is broad and can include electronic resources, software, and other technology tools, library specific or not, that would be of use or interest to medical librarians or in medical libraries.

We need your help in two ways:  we need your suggestions for products to review, and we need authors to write the reviews.  To inspire you to jump at this opportunity, here are the top 5 reasons to write a JMLA Resource Review:

5. Writing a review provides a great opportunity to get published in the leading peer-reviewed journal for medical librarians.

4. You can gain valuable experience as an author.  Whether this is your first time writing, or you are a highly published author, we welcome your submission!  We will provide advice, assistance, and as much editing as you need to get your review ready for publication.

3. AHIP points!

2. Get to know a product or tool in depth!

AND, the number one reason to write a JMLA Resource Review:

1. Share your expertise with your colleagues.  Busy professionals do not have time to stay up to date with every new software package, product, or new tool that comes on the market.  By exploring a resource in depth and reviewing it for JMLA, you can introduce your colleagues to something new that may help them or their users – and which they might never have known about without your review!!!

Convinced yet?  Contact the JMLA Resource Review Co-Editors, Ellen Aaronson ( or Lisa Marks (

To see what these reviews look like, please refer to the past few issues of JMLA.  We also have an instruction for authors sheet we can share with you.

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