Who can join?

  • Anyone interested in health science libraries

Personal benefits:

How do I join?

  • MLGSCA uses Wild Apricot to join online
  • To join, click here
  • If you are paying by check, the check is made out to MLGSCA and sent to the MLGSCA Treasurer.
  • Membership dues structure:
    • New Member: $35.00
    • Renewing Member: $35.00
    • Student Member: Free! (name of library school is required)
    • Retired Member: $17.50
    • Honorary Member: Free! Click here to find out more about Honorary Life Membership.

For questions concerning membership, please contact the MLGSCA Membership Chairs.


Submission Information and Application

The Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA) continually and vigorously supports the recruitment of outstanding candidates to the profession of health sciences librarianship. One mechanism employed by MLGSCA in order to accomplish this, is through the provision of the Library Staff Student Scholarship in Health Sciences Libraries. This scholarship is targeted to health sciences library paraprofessionals.  An amount of $1500 shall be given annually and is intended to provide educational support for a library staff working in a health sciences library and has shown evidence of interest in pursuing the health sciences specialization in librarianship.  It is expected that the funds will be used to support the recipient's educational goals leading to the professional degree in librarianship. Moreover, recipients will be expected to show evidence of this expectation having been met in the form of documentation, i.e., transcripts of completed coursework.


  • Any individual who is enrolled in or entering an ALA-accredited masters program in library and information science and who shows evidence of interest (through their application) in health sciences librarianship.
  • The applicant must be currently employed as a library staff in a health sciences related library
  • The applicant must be a citizen of or have permanent residence in either the United States or Canada .
  • Past recipients of the MLGSCA Student Scholarship are not eligible to apply.
  • Priority will be given to applicants enrolled in a graduate school of library and information science located in Southern California or Arizona .
  • Applicants need not be a member of MLGSCA or the Medical Library Association to be considered.

The following materials are required for application and must be received by December 15 .

  • one copy of the completed application form
  • a minimum of two letters of reference and no more than three
  • a transcript (unofficial copy is satisfactory) from each college or university attended
  • a statement of career objectives

The recipient will be notified and payment made in April. If there are no appropriate candidates, the association may elect not to award the scholarship in that year.

Preferred: Please email as an attachment to: Laura dot stubblefield at sharp dot com


Print one copy of the completed application and related documents and mail to:

Laura Stubblefield, Chair MLGSCA Awards Committee
Sharp Memorial Hospital Medical Library
7901 Frost Street
San Diego, CA 92123

Recipients of the Library Staff Student Scholarship in Health Science Libraries

2010 -- Sondhaya Sritsongsook McGowan: San Jose State University

2014 -- Juan Jamie: University of California, Los Angeles

2015 -- N/A

2016 -- Cari Lyle: University of Washington

2017 -- not awarded

2018 -- David Fournier from SJSu

2019 -- not awarded

MLA CE Credit for Immunology Course

(SLA, Los Angeles, June 9, 2002)

Instructor: George McGregor, Director of Information Services, Chiron Corporation

The Medical Library Association has approved 4 hours of MLA CE credit for a course in Immunology to be held on Sunday afternoon, June 9, from 1:00 to 5:00 in the Los Angeles Convention Center. "Basic Immunology for Biological Information Specialists" will emphasize concepts and vocabulary in immunology. The course will be most useful to librarians who have used Medline and who need to know more about immunology for reference and collection development. George McGregor, Director of Information Services at Chiron Corporation, is course instructor.

The course is being offered at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference in Los Angeles, California, June 9-13. If you are interested in attending only the CE class, there is no need to register and pay for the conference registration fee -- just register and pay for the CE class. Medical Library Association members qualify for the lower "member" rate; this is true for both the conference registration fee, and the CE class fee. To guarantee your place in the course, sign up today. For more information, check out the SLA web site at: http://LosAngeles.sla.org.

Purpose of Award

The purpose of the Louise Darling MLGSCA Achievement Award is to honor significant contributions to health sciences librarianship, as well as to the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona.

Criteria for Award

  1. Candidate's contribution is significant towards the advancement of health sciences librarianship through the endeavors of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona.
  2. Candidate's contributions include, but are not limited to: service, publications, presentations, and projects.
  3. Candidate must hold membership in MLGSCA at the time of election and be a member for a minimum of two years.

Award Guidelines

Nominations shall be made by the MLGSCA membership. Requests for nominations are solicited through the Newsletter and the Awards Committee with a deadline of February 15th. Persons nominating candidates shall provide the Committee with a letter of nomination and an Application for Nomination form. (The form is also printed in the MLGSCA Directory.) Awards Committee members are not eligible for the award during their committee service. The Awards Committee reviews nominations and recommends candidates to the Advisory Council for final approval. Candidates will be excluded from discussions.

The Louise Darling MLGSCA Achievement Award is given annually. The number of candidates per year is at the discretion of the Awards Committee. If no suitable candidates are nominated, the award is not given. Discussions during the selection process of both the Awards Committee and the Advisory Council are not a matter of public record.

The award is usually presented by the President during the Spring Meeting and is announced in the Newsletter following the presentation. The recipient will receive $500.00 and a commemorative item which states:




Recipients of the Louise Darling Award

1986 -- Joyce Loepprich

1987 -- Betty F. Connolly

1990 -- Stephen L. Clancy and Rochelle L. Minchow

1991 -- Kay E. Wellik

1992 -- Paul W. Kittle

1993 -- Jacqueline D. Doyle

1994 -- Christa Buswell

1995 -- Irene Lovas

1996 -- Meredith Mitchell

1997 -- Barbara Slater

1998 -- Marsha Kmec

1999 -- Janis Brown

2000 -- Kay Deeney

2001 -- Marilyn Schwartz

2002 -- Doreen Keough

2003 -- Mary Riordan

2004 -- Anna Habetler

2005 -- Craig Haynes

2006 -- Alan Carr

2007 -- Judy Bube

2008 -- Eileen Wakiji

2009 -- Kathleen Carlson

2010 -- Deborah Klein

2011 -- Ellen Aaronson

2012 -- Julie Kwan

2013 -- Lisa Marks

2014 -- Mary White

2015 -- not awarded

2016 -- not awarded

2017 -- Danielle Linden

2018 -- Not awarded

2019 -- Kathy Zeblisky

2020 -- Molly Harrington


President: Kathleen Carlson

President-Elect: Danielle Linden

Past President: Mary White

Secretary: Norma Layton

Treasurer: Janet Hobbs

MLA Chapter Council Rep: Alan Carr

MLA Chapter Council Rep Alternate: Sondhaya Sritongsook



Awards: Laura Subblefield

CE/Program: Danielle Linden

Connections: Amy Nadell

Exchange: Monique Liston

Finance: Ellen Aaronson

Government Relations/Bylaws: Kristyn Gonnerman

Membership: Lori Tagawa & Sondhaya Sritongsook (Co-chairs)

Nominating: Mary White

Professional Issues: Sue Shelly

Research: Deb Schneider

Web: Kelli Hines (Chair), Tim Ream (Webmaster)



Archivist: Marsha Kmec

NN/LM PSR Advisory Committee Rep: Irene Lovas