Newsletter of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona

Make Tracks to Chicago from May 3 – 8, 2019!

Posted on | February 13, 2019 | No Comments

Make tracks to Chicago from May 3–8, 2019! The 2019 MLA National Program Committee and the 2019 Local Assistance Committee are mapping out an exciting and motivating meeting with many stops and destinations.

The theme of the meeting, “Elevate,” is derived from Chicago’s iconic elevated (the “L” or “El”) transit system. The “L” is one of the oldest, most extensive rapid transit systems in the country and was voted one of the seven wonders of Chicago. We hope that, like the “L,” MLA ’19 will elevate the profession and deliver you to the destination you seek, be it learning, service, partnership, fun, or friendship.

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I Heard It through the Grapevine – Twitter Correspondents Wanted for MLA’19

Posted on | February 13, 2019 | No Comments

I Heard It through the Grapevine – Twitter Correspondents Wanted for MLA’19

Become an #mlanet19 tweeter extraordinaire and earn AHIP points!

Official Meeting Twitter Correspondents engage attendees by promoting and live tweeting MLA ’19 Elevate activities, events, and more. As a correspondent, you provide a unique perspective about the MLA ’19 meeting and begin a larger conversation of the event. You can Tweet before and during the meeting.

Blog correspondents earn a maximum of 1 AHIP point upon completion of 3 Tweets. Join the Twitter Correspondent team to promote and live tweet MLA ’19 Elevate meeting events and to share your unique Chicago conference story.

The MLA’19 hashtag is #mlanet19 and the official MLA Twitter account can be found viewed here.

Sign up using our online application by April 1, 2018. 

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Money for Nothing and Your Trips for Free

Posted on | February 13, 2019 | No Comments

(There are book titles playing on the original catchy lyrics of that song – just like this title – but more on that at a later time)

Looking for a way to fund your MLA travel? MLA offers 10 Annual Meeting Travel Grants of up to $1,000 each for travel and meeting-related expenses. Applicants must be members of MLA, be employed as a health information professional with 2–5 years of experience at the time of the meeting, and complete an online form with a 200-word statement of intention.

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Elevate Yourself with a Continuing Education Course at MLA’19

Posted on | February 13, 2019 | No Comments

MLA ’19 ELEVATE continuing education (CE) courses in Chicago, IL, will take place on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, 2019. CE courses support health sciences librarians and other information professionals in adapting to rapidly changing environments, transforming their collections and service models, and leading important new changes in education, research, and librarianship.

Continuing Education courses at MLA’19 are now being listed under professional practice areas (just as the Immersion sessions, Papers, Posters, and Lightning Talks) – Information Services, information Management, Education, Professionalism & Leadership, Innovation & Research Practice, Clinical Support, and Global Health & Health Equity. Find the course that meets your needs. Elevate Yourself!

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Register for MLA ’19

Posted on | February 5, 2019 | No Comments

Registration and lodging reservations are open for MLA ’19, occurring May 3-8 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. This year’s conference will feature 105 papers, 52 lightning talks, over 200 posters, and four plenary speakers. Of particular interest to our chapter, MLGSCA member Jerry Perry will deliver this year’s Janet Doe lecture. Attendees should register by April 3, 2019, in order to take advantage of early bird rates with a discount of up to $100.

MLGSCA Research Grant

Posted on | November 9, 2018 | No Comments

Working on or considering a research project?  MLGSCA is proud to be able to offer grants of up to $500 that support research on topics and issues in health sciences librarianship. Of particular interest are projects that are practical in nature so that results can easily be put to use in other libraries. 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 December 7, 2018.

2019 Joint Meeting Call for Proposals

Posted on | October 16, 2018 | No Comments

The Northern California/Nevada Medical Library Group and the Medical Library Group of Southern California/Arizona are accepting proposals for our 2019 Joint Meeting, to be held June 12-14, 2019 in San Francisco, CA. Our meeting theme is “Critical health sciences librarianship: examining our role in social justice”.

All papers, posters, lightning talks and special content sessions should reflect the conference theme of critical librarianship. Critical librarianship, rooted in critical theory, is about applying principles of social justice to our work in libraries.

We challenge everyone to get creative! Critical librarianship isn’t a separate facet of librarianship; it involves ideas and principles we can all take on in our work each day.

You can incorporate the theme into your submission by….

 1. Presenting on a topic related to critical librarianship

(i.e. a project that focuses on providing library services to vulnerable populations; plus more examples here)

 2. Using a critical librarianship lens to present your work and share ideas

(i.e. discussing how to shape health sciences collections in an antiracist way; additional examples here)

 3. Using critical teaching methods in the presentation of your work

(i.e. incorporating time for discussion into your presentation or other examples here)

Submissions for papers, posters, lightning talks, and special content sessions are being accepted here: until March 4. Students and new library workers are welcome and encouraged to submit!  For more information about these presentation formats, please see the call for proposals website,


For questions regarding Papers, Lightning talks, and Special content sessions:

Please email Rebecca Bayrer:

 Rebecca Bayrer                                               


 For questions regarding POSTERS:

Please email to Hella Bluhm-Stieber or Carmen Huddleston:

Hella Bluhm-Stieber

 Carmen Huddleston



New Member Publication

Posted on | September 25, 2018 | No Comments

Current MLGSCA president Kelli Hines is a co-author of a new article in the Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy: Accuracy and Usability of Medication Identifiers for Solid Oral Medications.” Kelli collaborated with three colleagues from the College of Pharmacy at her institution, Western University of Health Sciences, in Pomona, California.

Professional Development Award

Posted on | September 12, 2018 | No Comments

On behalf of the Awards Committee:


DEADLINE TO APPLY: September 15, 2018



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.

Standards for Judging:

Criteria may include the applicant’s academic achievement, library experience, career objectives, or service to the profession.

New MLA Chapter Council Representatives

Posted on | September 2, 2018 | No Comments

Congratulations to Judy Kramer and Bethany Myers, who have been elected as our our new representative and alternate on the Medical Library Association’s Chapter Council

Judy Kraemer, MLA Chapter Council Representative

Judy Kraemer, MLIS, MBA, is the new Medical Librarian at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, CA. She worked as a Medical Librarian, Department Manager, or Library Director at UCI, UCLA, USC, WesternU, City of Hope, First Consulting Group, and Baxter Healthcare. She directed the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center library for nine years. Judy has been a MLGSCA member for years and served as a Joint Meeting Co-chair, Technology Symposium Co-chair, and on various committees including Professional Issues, Government Relations, and ILL EFTS Sub-Committee.

 Bethany Myers, MLA Chapter Council Alternate

Bethany Myers, AHIP is a Research Informationist at the Louise M. Darling Medical Library at the University of California, Los Angeles. She serves as the liaison librarian for various departments and provides training and support for researchers in systematic searching, scholarly communications, and other areas. Bethany has a BA in Digital Media from the University of Central Florida and an MSLIS from Florida State University.

New Articles from Members

Posted on | August 30, 2018 | No Comments

Congratulations to MLGSCA members Kathleen Carlson and Carrie Grinstead!  Both have articles published in the newest issue of:

Journal of Hospital Librarianship, Volume 18, Issue 3, July-September 2018

One Librarian’s Participation in the 19th International Conference on Grey Literature (GL19)

Kathleen Carlson

Pages: 223-232 | DOI: 10.1080/15323269.2018.1471907

ProjectShare: Partnering With Nursing Professionals to Track Local Research

Carrie Grinstead, Sherri Mendelson, Sarah Sumner, Laranda Yarijanian, Holly Matheny, Reese Dillon, Julius Shakari, Julie Russell & Randy Sanoff

Pages: 254-258 | DOI: 10.1080/15323269.2018.1471919

See current table of contents here

2018 MLGSCA AHIP First Time Applicant Award

Posted on | August 24, 2018 | No Comments

I am pleased to announce the 2018 MLGSCA AHIP First Time Applicant Award goes to Jackie Davis, MLIS, AHIP.Jackie Davis

Jackie is the Consumer Health Librarian at Cushman Wellness Center Community Health Library at Sharp Healthcare.  In addition to earning AHIP Senior certification in 2017, she’s earned certification through MLA’s Consumer Health Information Specialization Program and Disaster Information Specialist Program, and is an active member of MLA’s Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS).  Jackie was awarded Consumer Health Librarian of the Year in 2013 by CAPHIS and is a regular contributor to their Consumer Connections newsletter.  In 2016, she developed and presented the MLA Webinar, “The Consumer Health Library: A Site for Service, Education, and Hope”.

MLGSCA continues to support professional growth by awarding new AHIP members. Congratulations to Jackie Davis!

Submitted by Danielle Linden, MLIS, AHIP
Chapter liaison to the MLA Credentialing Committee

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