There are numerous ways to become involved with MLGSCA. Please select one of the options below to find out more:

MLGSCA Research Award
Doing research in health sciences libraries? Apply for the MLGSCA Research Award!

NN/LM Grant/Proposal Writing Tips & Tutorials
Also includes information about potential funding sources

LARKS – Librarian and Researcher Knowledge Space
American Library Association’s suggestions for grant opportunities

Recommendations for MLGSCA Honorary Life Membership may be submitted in writing to the Membership Committee by any MLGSCA member. The official recommendation form is available here. Please include a brief statement of the nominee's qualifications. The Membership Committee will bring all recommendations to the Advisory Council for consideration.

Any person who has been recommended by an MLGSCA member or the Membership Committee, and in the opinion of the Advisory Council has made outstanding contributions to medical librarianship, may be elected Honorary Life Member by majority vote of members of the Advisory Council. Honorary Life Member status may be revoked by a majority vote of the Advisory Council.

The following criteria will be used to guide the recommendation and selection of Honorary Life Members. Nominees shall not be expected to fit all criteria; any combination of the following accomplishments may be appropriate for Honorary Life Member consideration:

  1. Significant contributions to the chapter which includes but is not limited to: serving in elected or appointed offices and/or in chapter committees, planning and coordinating chapter meetings, spearheading projects that support the chapter's mission, and undertaking efforts that ensure the chapter's future;
  2. Significant contributions to the profession which includes but is not limited to: conference presentations, publications, research endeavors, instruction, and technological innovation;
  3. Outstanding achievement in the profession evidenced by: honors and awards received, recognition in the professional literature, and/or educational accomplishments;
  4. Notable leadership in the profession including: positions held, career growth and development, professional association participation on a local and national level; and
  5. Honorary Life Membership may be granted at any stage in one's career.

The following benefits will be offered to Honorary Life Members for the duration of their tenure:

  1. Complimentary lifetime MLGSCA membership;
  2. An official letter of recognition at the time of appointment from the current MLGSCA President;
  3. Participation in the MLGSCA email discussion list;
  4. The opportunity to attend MLGSCA sponsored CE events at the “member” price;
  5. Listing in the MLGSCA directory with special designation as Honorary Life Member; and
  6. Eligibility for other MLGSCA Awards and Grants as applicable.

    Honorary Life Member appointment announcements will be made at business meetings, as well as on the blog


The Chapter History document is currently available in PDF Form.

Please note, this is a 42 page document with lots of photos and graphics, and the PDF file is very large. It may be faster to download the file first and view it later - to do this, position your mouse over the link above and click with the RIGHT mouse button (or, for Mac users, click and HOLD the mouse button) to activate your browser's popup box of options. Choose the item marked "Save Link as" (or the most similar to this - wording varies by browser and version) and save the file to your local computer. This can sometimes go faster than bringing the file up in your browser.

We hope to have smaller "chunks" of this file available here in the future.

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MLGSCA would like to acknowledge and honor our members who have retired for their contributions to the profession of Medical Librarianship. 

If you would like your name added, please contact the Chair of the MLGSCA Web/Blog Committee to add a name:

  • Your full name
  • Your last position/title, company name or affiliation, city, state (and country, if outside the US)
  • Years in the profession
  • Retirement year
Name  Position/Title, Last Company Name or Affiliation, City, State Years as Professional Librarian Retirement Year
 Mary Elizabeth Kidwell Aldous Librarian
Wilkins Biomedical Library
Naval Health Research Center
San Diego, CA
45  2010

 Janis Brown

Associate Director, Systems and Information Technology
Norris Medical Library
University of Southern California, CA
42 2020

 Kathleen Carlson

Education Librarian
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Phoenix, AZ
23 2018

 Alan F. Carr

Associate Director, NNLM Pacific Southwest Region
UCLA L. Darling Biomedical Library
Los Angeles, CA
35 2020
Jacqueline Donaldson Doyle Head Librarian
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Phoenix, AZ
40 2013
 Anna Habetler Library Manager
Kaiser San Diego Library
San Diego, CA
28  2005

 Kelli Ham

Community Engagement Librarian, NNLM PSR
UCLA Biomedical Library
Los Angeles, CA
25 2020
 J. Michael Homan

 Director of Libraries
Mayo Clinic Libraries
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Mayo Medical School Consultant
Department of Health Sciences Research
Mayo Clinic

 43  2014
Joyce Clinger Loepprich Serials Librarian
Biomedical Library
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA
19 1988
Phylllis Simon Mirsky Deputy University Librarian
Biomedical Library
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA
40 2005
Marlene Nourok Health Sciences Librarian
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
Colton, CA
20 2001
Sherrill Olsen Librarian
Huntington Hospital
Pasadena, CA
37 2013
Francis Smith Arnold Medical Library
Strain Clinic & Hospital, Inc.
Honolulu, HI
38 2015
Eileen Wakiji Librarian for Health Care Administration, Health Science, Nursing, Physical Therapy & Speech-Language Pathology
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, CA 
39 2015
Penny T. Ward

Melisa Reasner McGuire Health Sciences Library
Scripps Mercy Hospital
San Diego, CA



Kay E. Wellik

Director, Library Services
Assistant Professor of Medical Informatics
Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, AZ