MLA Oral History Project

Our own CABL members Jeanette Ryan and Jacque Doyle interviewed Thomas Higdon as part of MLA’s Oral History Project. Higdon, was librarian of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center Library and a member of the pre-cursor group to CABL, if not CABL itself.

For those of you unfamiliar with MLA’s Oral History Project check out the following link for more information and to learn how to gain access to any published oral histories that interest you:  This is a really neat project that documents the careers of many well accomplished individuals and keeps alive the history of MLA and Health Sciences Librarianship in general.


MLA Summer Educational Webinars


MLA is offering two upcoming educational webinars for free to current MLA members.

These webinars are:
1. Your Keys to Successful Database Searching – July 15th, 2014 (1pm CT)
2. Instructional Skills for Health Sciences Librarians – August 21, 2014 (1pm CT)

For more information and to register for either of these webinars see:

Registration open for Science Boot Camp West 2014

Science Boot Camp logo

Registration has opened for the 2nd annual Science Boot Camp West.  The boot camp is a 2 and a half day immersive experience for librarians interested in learning about Science.  If you are looking for an excuse to escape Arizona in the summer and visit Seattle this might be it!  The boot camp runs from July 9th-11th.  

For more information see:

Even if you don’t plan to attend I recommend viewing some of the videos of last years sessions available at the same link.  Topics include Physics, Bioinformatics, GIS, Environmental Science.



MLGSCA Wins chapter of the year award!

The Medical Library Group of Southern California & Arizona (MLGSCA) will officially receive the 2014 Majors/MLA Chapter Project of the year award at next month’s Awards Luncheon at MLA ‘14, Building Our Information Futureon Monday May 19 from 12 – 1:30pm.  MLGSCA will be honored for their outstanding work on the project “Substance over Style” which involved coordinating and implementing the 2013 MLGSCA/NCNMLG Joint Meeting held at University of California, San Diego.

Congratulations to all of our CABL members who contributed to MLGSCA’s successful project and conference, including Nita Mailander who was one of the conference planning tri-chairs!

PubMed for Trainers Course Registration Open


Registration is officially open for the free PubMed for Trainers course offered by the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC).  This course will take place online for 3 weeks and culminate in a day long in-person session hosted at Grand Canyon University.

As described in the course’s promotional material, “this hands-on course consists of 9 presentations created by the National Library of Medicine, live demonstrations, hands-on exercises, group work and discussions, and networking opportunities over the course of four sessions.  You can expect an additional 2-3 hours of independent homework.  Upon completion of the class, participants receive 15 hours of MLA CE credit.”

The schedule for the course is as follows:

  1. Monday, January 12, 2015, 10 am – 12 noon PT (online via Adobe Connect)
  2. Thursday, January 15, 2015, 10 am – 12 noon PT (online via Adobe Connect)
  3. Thursday, January 22, 2015, 10 am – 12 noon PT (online via Adobe Connect)
  4. Thursday, January 29, 2015, 9 am -4:30 pm PT (in-person at Grand Canyon University, Phoenix AZ)

If you teach others PubMed in an instructional setting, group setting, or in one on one sessions this is the course for you.  The course doesn’t take place until January 2015 but if you have an interest I encourage you to register and reserve your spot!

To register and for more information see:


MLGSCA Meeting March 25th – CABL Host Site

Grand Canyon University is Arizona’s host site for the MLGSCA business meeting on March 25th at 9:30am-12:30pm.  If you are a current MLGSCA member or simply interested in the organization feel free to attend!

If you can’t make it you should be able to call-in to the meeting from a location that works for you.



Save the Date: CABL Meeting/MLA Spring Webcast April 16th

MLA eLearning

Mark April 16th on your calendars for our upcoming CABL meeting and the MLA Spring Webcast.

Fortis College will again host at:
Fortis College
555 N. 18th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Free parking should be available in the section of the parking lot titled “Fortis College Parking” (green signs) or on one of the surrounding streets if full.


  • 11:00AM – 12: 30PM MLA Webcast
  • 12:30PM (approx.) CABL Meeting

Here is information about the MLA webcast:

Librarians Collaborating to Produce Systematic Reviews: Project Launch to Publication