Category Archives: Library News

The Business of Hospital Libraries

From Michelle Kraft’s Krafty Librarian

Earlier last week people on medlib-l discussed (The  perfect library storm) closures of hospital libraries.  They are seeing a contradiction between Evidenced Based Medicine imperatives vs budget and resource demands on hospital libraries.  Some are seeing how the increase in pricing and bundling practices have caused the hospitals to “throw it back to the physicians and staff” causing libraries to close.  I interpret this statement to be that the hospitals are no longer willing to provide monies for institutional support of resources (the library) and require doctors and staff to buy their own resources.

This email conversation is very timely.  It turns out this week I will be in Tulsa, OK teaching the class, “The Evolving Librarian: Responding to changes in the workplace and in healthcare.”  Technology changes, social changes and healthcare changes have forced hospital librarians to step back and really change the way we do things.

Personally, we hospital librarians need to start treating our library like a hospital department and not a library.  I mentioned this in my medlib-l post. I know this statment sounds odd because you might think we do that already.  I think we could do better.  I think librarians not only need to align their goals to the hospitals, but they need to make the hospital’s goals their goals. Continue reading

MLGSCA Research Grant Award – Call For Proposals!

Have you been “kicking around” a project idea for your library but need some funds to implement? Apply for the MLGSCA Research Grant!

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.

 Salary, benefits and tuition/course fees are not supported under this awards program  but many other project expenses qualify, including (but not limited to):

  • equipment
  • software
  • computer time
  • photocopying
  • telephone/fax costs
  • consulting services
  • literature searching
  • travel related to research
  • postage


1. All applicants must submit a short research proposal to Deb Schneider (, the Chair of the MLGSCA Research Committee. First review of applications is January 15th! Please contact Deb for more information.

 Deb Schneider
Scottsdale Healthcare
Health Sciences Libraries & Health Information Centers
(480) 882-4870 Osborn   (480)323-3870 Shea 
(480) 324-7ASK (7275) Thompson Peak

 “Save the Earth; it’s the only planet with chocolate.”

MLGSCA’s Leveraging Mobile Technologies Webcast, April 18 at Fortis

See Twitter Feed here! – includes shots of us!

Thanks to Kathy Z:  Our favorite apps: (as of today!)

  • Allrecipes
  • Angry Birds
  • Cooking Light
  • Garage Band
  • Good (for email)
  • JogTracker
  • LibGuides
  • National Hockey League ICE
  • Night Sky
  • Picturesque
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Scrabble
  • Skyscapbucks (to pay Starbucks bill)
  • Snapseed
  • Solitaire
  • Star
  • Sunset magazine
  • Swipe free
  • Twitter
  • WordPress

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What IS a “health science or sciences library??

Thanks to everyone who replied [to my email query].  Suggestions are below.  Turns out this was for the NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities which states:

“Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers. Preference will be given to applications that show strong involvement of health science libraries.”

I know we all work in health sciences libraries but there doesn’t appear to be any official definition.  This oversight should be corrected.  The MLA Guide to Managing Health Care Libraries didn’t have a definition either.

1)            Gary Freiburger from U of A sums it up and represents the AAHSL point of view : As far as I know there is no certification or official accreditation linked to the title.  I think it’s a generally accepted descriptive term used to indicate that a library goes beyond being a “medical library”, doesn’t focus on clinical resources and also includes other areas of healthcare. Continue reading

Please welcome Kathleen Carlson to the UA College of Medicine Phoenix

Effective Monday, February 6, Kathleen joined the AHSL Phoenix library faculty as our first education librarian!  We are most happy to have her here, as she brings superb experience as a health sciences librarian, most recently at the downtown Phoenix campus of ASU, and prior to that as a hospital librarian at John C, Lincoln Hospital.  Kathleen can be reached at and at via phone 602-827-2340.

ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries released

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on Thursday released a “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries.” According to ARL, it is “a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education.” Fair use is a fuzzy legal doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the copyright holder.

Hospital Library Advocacy, from MLA Prez Jerry Perry

Advocacy for hospital libraries- everyone has a role!

In 2011 two hospital libraries closed in the metropolitan Denver area.  Both were part of the MedConnect consortium headquartered at the Library I direct, the University of Colorado Health Sciences Library.  Both had outstanding librarians but that did not save their libraries.  In the case of one, the librarian was but one of several hundred employees laid-off at once.  At the other, the library had been experiencing a protracted decline over the last several years, tied to cyclic budget reductions.

How do we help hospital librarians promote their value?  My position is that everyone in the Association has a role to play, and that it’s critical for everyone to help.  But if it’s YOUR library that’s at risk, here are some steps you can take:

  • Know who is making the decisions:  If you work at a hospital or in a healthcare delivery system, find out who controls the purse strings and find out what matters to them.  Ask your boss, ask your co-workers, ask your union, ask your Library Committee Chair, ask whoever makes sense to ask, ask until you know!
  • Figure out what matters most to them:  Is patient safety the top Continue reading

New Offer for NN/LM PSR SCELC Affiliates! LibGuides & LibAnswers

From Julie Kwan

Colleagues —

A number of hospital libraries are finding LibGuides an effective tool for presenting information to their constituents. SCELC has negotiated the following offer for LibGuides (and an offer for a related product called LibAnswers) for hospital and healthcare libraries in the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region. LibGuides has been heavily used by academic libraries as a way to present topical guides for their users.

Here are some LibGuide examples from the UCLA Biomedical Library website — be sure to look at the tabs on top:

Heather Hershey is new librarian at Banner Good Sam

Provided by Sally Harvey

Heather Hershey moved here from a public library in Ettrick, Wisconsin.  She grew up in the Valley and worked at ASU, Tempe Public and Carrington College. Her first day is today, June 1!

Lindsey Greene to be new John C. Lincoln Librarian

By Jacque Doyle

Lindsey Greene, AHSL Phoenix Library Supervisor, is leaving UA for an exciting new position leading the John. C. Lincoln Medical Libraries.  While I am incredibly sad to see her go, I recognize that it is a great move for Lindsey.  Learn more about Lindsey’s achievements HERE.  Her appointment will take effect Monday, June 6.  Her contact phone is: 602-870-6328