Author Archives: David Bickford

Director Position Available, Southern CA

Head, Norris Medical Library
University of Southern California

USC Libraries seeks an experience, innovative, and service-focused professional to serve as the Head of the Norris Medical Library.  The minimum requirements for the position include at least four years of increasingly responsible professional experience in health sciences or related libraries; supervisory and leadership experience; demonstrated record of effecting change in complex information environments; excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent organizational skills; and ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.  In addition, an MLS from an ALA-accredited program or non-U.S. equivalent is typically required for a librarian appointment at USC.

For more information, please see the full position description at the URL below or contact Janis Brown, search committee chair, at <

Closing date for applications: open until filled. Review of applications will begin in early June.

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed, and background.  The university particularly encourages members of under-represented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.  USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.  Further information is available by contacting

Upcoming Events and Webinars 2017

Getting Started with Research (MLA webinar)
September 13, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 PM (Central)

Health Reference and You: ALA Guidelines, Best Practices, and Training Resources (PNR) Instructor: Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator. This webinar will present the RUSA Health and Medical Reference Guidelines for helping patrons in this area.
September 20, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Pacific)

Helping Patients and Health Care Consumers Understand Precision Medicine (CABL Hosting)
September 28, 2017, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Pacific)

Distinguishing the Questionable from the Trustworthy in Open Access Resources  (CABL Hosting at Maricopa Integrated Health System, 2601 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85008)
October 12, 2017, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Pacific), part 1
October 30, 2017, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Pacific), part 2

Midday at the Oasis: How Librarians and Information Professionals can make a difference in combating Predatory Publishers Class Information (PSR)
October 18, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Pacific)

NLM Webinar: LinkOut for Libraries: From Icons to Full Text and Everything in Between
October 18, 2017, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Pacific)

Cheap, Fast and Good: Instructional Videos and Open Educational Resources (MLA)
November 8, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (Pacific)

Working Open: An Overview of Open Source Tools for Research (MLA)
November 15, 2017

Bibliometrics in Research Evaluation (MLA)
November 29, 2017

Tableau: Beyond an Introduction (MLA)
December 6, 2017

Introduction to REDCap: Building and Managing Online Surveys and Databases (MLA)
December 21, 2017

MLGSCA & NCNMLG Joint Conference: Crossing the Canyon: Bridging Divides & Navigating Waters
Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort
January 21-24, 2018

Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services  (PSR)
January 29 – March 9, 2018

Save the Date: Assembling a Consulting Toolkit


Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to be a Successful Library Consultant

Tuesday, April 12, 2016    8:30 am – 4 pm

South Mountain Community Library (location is TBA)

This full day workshop is designed to prepare participants to begin – or advance – a successful library consulting career. Seasoned consultants Nancy Bolt and Liz Bishoff will present an overview of the consultant’s role and guide participants through a self-assessment.

There is no cost to attend this workshop, thanks to Professional Development Funding from the Arizona Library Association.  $12 cash at the door gets you lunch and snacks.

Registration is open and attendance is limited. Co-sponsored by CABL and the Arizona Library Association.

Application submitted for 6.5 MLA CE credits.


Desert Botanical Garden Library Tour

IMG_7478Please pencil in March 8th for our first CABL event this year. Plan to arrive around 1:15 PM for a 1:30 tour of the Desert Botanical Garden Plant library with DBG librarian Beth Brand. CABL meeting to follow (there are some hoops we are jumping regarding allowable free meeting space but we are ironing out – more details soon )

AND March 8th is free admission day to the Garden so all are welcome to stay afterwards and marvel at the beauty that is Arizona!

PER BETH:  “You’ve picked a wonderful time to come. With all the winter rains, we should have a colorful show of wildflowers. It may be somewhat busy that day but you can’t beat the price!”

PER DAVID: Since lunch time is right before this event, keep the on-site restaurant, Gertrude’s, in mind.