General information:

MLGSCA recognizes the need for research that focuses on topics and issues in health sciences librarianship. Of particular interest to MLGSCA are research projects that are practical in nature so that results can easily be put to use in other libraries. In addition to original research proposals, demonstration or replicated research proposals are considered acceptable. Group proposals are also encouraged. $1000 has been set aside for the awards program for the July-June fiscal year with $500 being the maximum amount per award.

In addition to the requirements listed below, all successful recipients of an award must share with the membership both a project proposal summary prior to research implementation as well as the results of the research project.

A brief summary of the project proposal is be written by the award recipient and featured in the “Spotlight on Research” section of the MLGSCA website and/or as an article for the MLGSCA blog within 30 days after award notification.  Research project results are to be shared with the membership and may take the form of an MLGSCA blog article, a presentation at an MLGSCA program or joint meeting, or a poster session at an MLGSCA program or joint meeting.

Awards may be used for purposes such as the following:

  • Equipment/materials
  • Software
  • Photocopying
  • Promotional materials to advertise research project
  • Consulting services (with approval)
  • Poster creation
  • Research participation incentives (with approval)
  • Supplies/postage

Salary, benefits, tuition/course fees and travel are not supported under this awards program.

Application deadline is Monday, April 6, 2020.


All applicants must hold current membership in MLGSCA. Student members of MLGSCA will be required to identify a practicing medical librarian or a library school faculty member as a sponsor for their research project. Sponsors do not have to be members of MLGSCA. In exceptional cases, consideration may be given to outstanding research proposals submitted by individuals who do not meet these eligibility requirements.


  1. All applicants must submit a completed research proposal to the Chair of the MLGSCA Research Committee by the due date. Late proposals will not be accepted.
  2. A current curriculum vita must be included with the application.
  3. If the proposal is a group project, a principal investigator must be identified in the application. The person identified is responsible for the research project and reporting.
  4. If a student member of MLGSCA, a sponsor must be identified in the application (see eligibility section).
  5. Consulting services and Research Participant incentives must be pre-approved by MLGSCA Research Chairperson or committee designee.
  6. Approved applicant(s) must submit an itemized final budget.
  7. If the research results are published, recognition of Chapter support must be given.
  8. Research results must be shared with the membership within ninety days of completion of the project. The Committee may request status updates on projects that are “in process”.

Proposal Guidelines:

Grant proposals should be brief, but complete. The following must be included:

Part 1: Project design

  1. title of the project
  2. name(s) of participants in the project including identification of principal investigator. Students should list their sponsor in this section.
  3. rationale and assessment of needs including an explanation of the value of the research. This may include a summary of recent literature. (suggested length 1-2 pages).
  4. methodology - describe the general strategies to be employed in implementing this project. If this is a group project, it is important to identify the roles individuals will have in the project. If replicating another research project, indicate which project and if there is any variation in your proposal. Analyze the specific tasks necessary for carrying out this project and prepare a timetable for the completion of the project (suggested length: 2-3 pages).
  5. budget - provide a detailed budget for all expenses related to the research proposal. Indicate which expenses for which you are seeking to cover with the MLGSCA grant. The grant reimburses expenses, and funds must be used by the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2020).
  6. sharing with members - indicate plans for sharing results of the research project with members of MLGSCA

Part 2: Curriculum vita

CV must include:

  • applicant's name
  • current working title
  • institution name and address
  • telephone and fax number (if available)
  • education
  • recent (5-10 years) work experience


Each research proposal will be reviewed by members of MLGSCA Research Committee and a review ballot will be completed by committee members. Official notification will be sent to recipients and non-recipients after the Advisory Board meets and reviews the final list submitted by the Research Committee. Normally, this would be 15-30 days after the due date of the grant application. Depending on the quality of the applications, the Research Committee may recommend that no grants be presented in a given year.

Application deadline is Monday, April 6, 2020.
MLGSSCA anticipates being able to offer an additional grant opportunity later in 2020.

For more information contact the chair of the Research Committee.


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 is through the provision of student scholarships. One scholarship of $1500 is awarded annually to an excellent library/information science student who has shown evidence of interest in pursuing the health sciences specialization in librarianship.

The scholarship is intended to provide support during a student's course of study. The scholarship funds can be used as desired by the recipient.


Student scholarship applicants must meet all criteria to be considered.  A student must:

  • Be a member of MLGSCA, either as a regular paying member or via a free student membership, having met the criteria for a free student membership. A free student membership application may accompany the scholarship application, and
  • Be enrolled in and actively attending an ALA-accredited master’s degree program such as MLS, MIS, MLIS, and
  • Be a citizen of or have permanent residence in the United States or Canada, and
  • Complete and meet all requirements of the online scholarship application.

Past recipients of the MLGSCA Student Scholarship are not eligible for a second scholarship.

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

Scholarship payment will be made at the time of the award. The recipient will be notified in April. If there are no appropriate candidates, the association may elect not to award the scholarship in a given year.

Preferred: Please email as an attachment to:


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 Student Scholarship Award

1. Maureen Miller--SJSU
2. Sarah Hoyle--UA
3. Andrea Lynch--UCLA

1. Catherine Outten--UCLA
2. Debra Schneider--UA
3. Marissa Lighthiser--SJSU

1. Danielle Carlock--UA
2. Michelle Gordan--UCLA
3. Paula Romeyn--SJSU

1. Monique Escamilla--UCLA
2. Candace Mack--UCLA
3. Jill Dietrich--UCLA

None given

1. Jennifer Bach--UA
2. Elana Churchill--SJSU

1. Ted Wilson--SJSU

1. Meredith Bloom--UCLA
2. Stephen Kiyoi--UCLA
3. Heather McDonald--SJSU

1. Patricia Benefiel--SJSU
2. Katia Karadjova--SJSU
3. Jamie Navarette--UA

1. Jessica Shultz--SJSU

1. Lee Luniewski--SJSU

1. Sandra Chase--SJSU

2015 -- not awarded

1. Kendra Godwin--UCLA

2017 -- not awarded

1. Seema Bhakta--UA

2019 -- not awarded


  • Diagnostic Error: A Multidisciplinary Exploration Sponsored by PSR-RML, March 1, 2013
  • Spring CE: MLA Webcast Preventing Diagnostic Error California and Arizona, March 13th, 2013
  • Joint Meeting CE's (July 2013):
    • Evidence Based Practice
    • Public Health Information on the Web
    • Drug Information Resources


  • Fall CE: Clinical & Translational Science at Your Institution, October 15, 2012
  • MLA Spring Webcast ("Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries") and MLGSCA Spring Business Meeting
  • MLGSCA and PSRML Symposium 2012: Information Treasure Hunt: Supporting Evidence-Based Practice@ Your Institution


  • Fall 2011 CE: The Librarian as a Professional
  • Spring CE: Gaining Leadership Skills without Formally Supervising People
    April 06,2011


  • Fall CE: Getting Magnetized, Oct 25, 2010
  • MLGSCA Spring CE and Business Meeting, April 23, 2010


  • Exploiting Librarian Skills to Enhance Continuing Medical Education Programs
    • November 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, CA
  • Point of Care EBM-Bedside Information Tools for Healthcare Practitioners
    • April 13, 2009 in Tucson, AZ and April 23 in Northridge, CA
  • Technology in Libraries: Providing Access, Linking Communities -- March 6, 2009 at the Cerritos Public Library in Cerritos, CA


  • Spring Program: CA & AZ
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    • Librarians: Let's Escape the Box -- taught by Diane Wolf


  • Fall Program: CA & AZ
    • Face to Face: Strategies for Effective Consumer Health
  • Spring Program: CA & AZ
    • Incorporating Web 2.0 Tools into the Research Process -- blog and wiki
  • Winter Program: CA & AZ
    • eXtreme Searching - getting the most from PubMed & Google








MLGSCA Advisory Council 2019



Elisa Cortez
Medical Education and Clinical Outreach Librarian
P.O. Box 5900
Orbach Science Library
Riverside, CA 92517-5900



Naomi Bishop
Associate Librarian
Health Sciences Library - Phoenix
University of Arizona
Phoenix, Az



Kelli Hines
Scholarly Communications Librarian
Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library
Western University of Health Sciences
309 E. 2nd St.,
Pomona, CA 91766



Sydni Abrahamsen
Patient Library
Mayo Clinic
13400 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259



Kevin Pardon
411 N. Central Ave.
Downtown Phoenix Campus Library
Phoenix, AZ



Mary White


Jackie Davis
Consumer Health Librarian
Community Health Library
Sharp HealthCare
3075 Health Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 939-5031


Andrea Harrow
Medical Librarian
Good Samaritan Hospital
637 South Lucas Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017


Sally Harvey
Library Director
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences
2140 East Broadway Road
Tempe, AZ 85282-1751



Judy Kraemer
Medical Librarian, Bellis Medical Library
Dignity Health - St. Mary Medical Center
1050 Linden Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813



Bethany Myers
Research Informationist
Louise M. Darling Medical Library
University of California
Los Angeles, CA

Comments: Please contact MLGSCA.


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.

Recipients of the Professional Development Award

1. Ellen Aaronson
2. Helen Seaton

1. Evona Copeland
2. Marian Hicks

1. Judy Kraemer
2. Danielle Linden
3. Craig Haynes

1. Ellen Aaronson
2. Lisa Marks

1. Andrea Lynch
2. Susan Shelly

1. Elisa Cortez
2. Erica Bass
3. Amy Chatfield

1. Danielle Linden
2. Lisa Marks
3. Suzette Kopec

1. Lisa Federer
2. Mary White

1. Sue Espe
2. Megan Rosenbloom
3. Hella Stieber
4. Ellen Aaronson

1. Kathleen Carlson
2. Tiffany Moxham

1. Amy Nadell

1. Carrie Gristead
2. Andrea Harrow


1. Ellen Aaronson


1. Jackie Davis