Come join us and publically interact with us over at our MLGSCA Facebook group, too!

The MLGSCA Web/Blog Committee is experimenting with Facebook features. If successful, we will fully convert ourselves from the Facebook page to the open Facebook group. If not as successful as we would like, we will consider setting up a closed group or closing either the group or the page. Currently, our Facebook page is at, our Facebook group is at, and Facebook does not seem to have a feature to link them together. So, come join us and publically interact with one another at either of them to show everyone what we are made of and to help us with our Facebook decisions!

AHIP First-Time Applicant Award


To encourage members of the MLGSCA Chapter to apply for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).


Participant will be reimbursed for the AHIP application fee ($200 Academy Member level or above, or $135 Provisional member level).


  • Current member of MLGSCA Chapter and of MLA (National) as of AHIP application.
  • First time applicant for AHIP membership at any level.
  • Completed AHIP documentation and payment submitted to the Medical Library Association and AHIP membership successfully awarded.


  • One award covering the application fee for AHIP membership will be available to MLGSCA members.
  • AHIP membership must have been awarded within the past 12 months of the application deadline. Applications must be received by July 31, 2018.

Application Process:

Submit the following via email to Laura Stubblefield <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;, Awards Committee Chair.

Preferably as one PDF:

  • Letter of Application stating briefly why you are applying for AHIP membership and how it will assist your professional goals.
  • Copy of their letter of acceptance into the Academy of Health Information Professionals.
  • Proof of payment to MLA - AHIP
  • Proof of MLA membership
  • Proof of MLGSCA membership


Award winners are only eligible to win the award once.

The Awardee will be determined by a random drawing of all applications received that meet all the criteria. Each application will be numbered in order as it is received, and an Internet random number generator will be used to select the winning application.


  • Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
  • Award winner will be randomly selected (all applications will be numbered based on the order in which they are received).
  • Award recipients will be acknowledged in the MLGSCA blog, social media, and at the Chapter’s Spring Meeting.

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
 Kathleen Carlson Education Librarian
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Phoenix, AZ
23 2018
 Mary Elizabeth Kidwell Aldous Librarian
Wilkins Biomedical Library
Naval Health Research Center
San Diego, CA
45  2010
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
 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




President: Danielle Linden

President-Elect: Bryan Nugent

Past President: Kathleen Carlson

Secretary: Sondhaya (Sunny) Sritongsook McGowan

Treasurer: Sue Espe

MLA Chapter Council Rep: Annie Thompson (formerly Hughes)

MLA Chapter Council Rep Alternate: Hal Bright



Awards: Laura Stubblefield

CE/Program: Bryan Nugent

Connections: Amy Nadell

Exchange: Monique Liston

Finance: Irene Lovas

Government Relations/Bylaws: Kristyn Gonnerman

Membership: Lori Tagawa & Norma Layton (Co-chairs)

Nominating: Kathleen Carlson

Professional Issues: Andrea Harrow

Research: Deb Schneider

Web: Kelli Hines



Archivist: Marsha Kmec

NN/LM PSR Advisory Committee Rep: Irene Lovas

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 Friday, December 7, 2018.


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.
  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 Friday, December 7, 2018.

For more information contact the chair of the Research Committee.