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Maricopa Library Council offers scholarship for new librarians

Download  PDF version of the application form.

Professional Conference Scholarship Program
Maricopa County Library Council
January, 2012

                       The Maricopa County Library Council (MCLC) sponsors a scholarship program for librarians who are in the first five years of their career. This program will provide financial support to tomorrow’s librarians as they develop the experience and skill set to lead our libraries and our profession

What does the scholarship program provide?

MCLC will award two (2), $1,500 scholarships for attendance at a professional library conference. Some examples are:

  • ALA, the American Library Association
  • ACRL, the Association of College & Research Libraries
  • MLA, the Medical Library Association
  • PLA, the Public Library Association
  • SLA, the Special Libraries Association

 Who is eligible?

Librarians who are in the first five years of their career and who are members of ALA, or another relevant professional association.   Applicants must have worked for their Library for at least six months and must have their library director’s permission to attend the conference. Continue reading

Johns Hopkins Welch Library is revisiting decision to close January 1, 2012.

This is what is posted on the Welch Library website:

Welch Library Transition
Dear Colleague,
We’ve heard your comments about the future of the Welch Library and, in response, will take time for a careful review of the future of this treasure on our campus. To ensure we capture thoughts and ideas from across the schools of public health, nursing and medicine, and the hospital, the deans of each school will join in appointing a broad-based, representative committee to look at our opportunities.
On the university side, members of the committee will be identified from the elected faculty and student senates, and from associations in each of the schools, while health system members will be chosen by the hospital administration. The committee will research and reflect on our investments in physical and digital materials, in centralized and distributed library services, and in the best use of the library building.
The library will maintain its current status, with both physical and electronic resources available, until the review period is complete and a new plan is put in place. We will keep you updated about this work and the committee’s recommendations through the Welch website, emails, and print matter in the schools. Continue reading


Most students entering college for the first time this fall—the Class of 2014—were born in 1992.

The class of 2014 has never found Korean-made cars unusual on the Interstate and five hundred cable channels, of which they will watch a handful, have always been the norm. Since “digital” has always been in the cultural DNA, they’ve never written in cursive and with cell phones to tell them the time, there is no need for a wrist watch. Dirty Harry (who’s that?) is to them a great Hollywood director. The America they have inherited is one of soaring American trade and budget deficits; Russia has presumably never aimed nukes at the United States and China has always posed an economic threat.

Nonetheless, they plan to enjoy college. The males among them are likely to be a minority. They will be armed with iPhones and BlackBerries, on which making a phone call will be only one of many, many functions they will perform. They will now be awash with a computerized technology that will not distinguish information and knowledge. So it will be up to their professors to help them.  A generation accustomed to instant access will need to acquire the patience of scholarship. They will discover how to research information in books and journals and not just on-line. Their professors, who might be tempted to think that they are hip enough and therefore ready and relevant to teach the new generation, might remember that Kurt Cobain is now on the classic oldies station. The college class of 2014 reminds us, once again, that a generation comes and goes in the blink of our eyes, which are, like the rest of us, getting older and older….

For these students, Benny Hill, Sam Kinison, Sam Walton, Bert Parks and Tony Perkins have always been dead.

  1. Few in the class know how to write in cursive.
  2. Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail.
  3. “Go West, Young College Grad” has always implied “and don’t stop until you get to Asia…and learn Chinese along the way.”
  4. Al Gore has always been animated.
  5. Los Angelenos have always been trying to get along.
  6. Buffy has always been meeting her obligations to hunt down Lothos and the other blood-suckers at Hemery High.
  7. “Caramel macchiato” and “venti half-caf vanilla latte” have always been street corner lingo. Continue reading

2012 CABL Officers take over at December Meeting

Nita Mailander (President) of Grand Canyon University Library and Sue Espe (President-Elect) of Banner Gateway Medical Center took charge of the gavel and leadership from past President Bryan Nugent of Banner Baywood at the annual meeting and luncheon. Debra Schneider of Scottsdale Healthcare, was elected Treasurer.  Bryan will continue to serve as past president.  Also continuing are Becky Birr and April Aguiñaga as Archivists and Kathy Zeblisky as Hospitality and Member Relations.  Kathleen Carlson and Jacque Doyle will carry on as web coordinators, with Amy Nadell of Fortis College backing them up and learning the ropes.

Kathy and Phil Zeblisky were thanked for their wonderful continuing hospitality hosting this event, and all members were acknowledged for their yummy contributions to the great feast!  Photos from Kathy are posted here.

The proposed amendments to the bylaws were approved, and will soon be posted. A new Operating Manual derived from historical practice and the bylaws has been posted here under Documents and Reports.

Phoenix Business Journal names 2011 Health Care Heroes

Phoenix Business Journal – by Angela Gonzales, Thursday, August 18, 2011, 9:37am MST

Health care professionals and volunteers from across the Valley were recognized this morning at the Phoenix Business Journal’s 10th annual Health Care Heroes awards breakfast.

Nearly 600 people attended the event at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, cheering on their unsung heroes of the Valley’s health care community.

Dr. Kipp Charlton, attending pediatrician at Maricopa Medical Center, is this year’s lifetime achievement award winner. He was instrumental in creating the first Crisis Nursery in Phoenix in the 1970s, where parents can take their children when they become overwhelmed. He has touched the lives of thousands of children either through the physicians he has trained or through the direct care he has provided over the past 40 years.

Dr. Joshua LaBaer, who was recruited from Harvard University to Arizona State University, was named the winner in the researcher/innovator category. With a medical degree and a Ph.D., LaBaer has identified a panel of 28 new biomarkers that could help in the early diagnosis of breast cancer. Continue reading

Fineout-Overholt Named New Dean at East Texas Baptist University

The East Texas Baptist University Office of Academic Affairs announces the appointment of nationally known nursing leader Dr. Ellen Fineout-Overholt as the Dean of the Frank S. Groner Endowed Memorial School of Professional Studies Department of Nursing, beginning August 1, 2011. Dr. Fineout-Overholt comes to ETBU from Arizona State University where she is currently Clinical Professor and Director for the Center for Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice.

Read the full article.

International Coalition of Library Consortia response to STM on ILL

By Michael Kelley Jun 22, 2011  excerpted from LibraryJournal.Com

The ICOLC released a statement today critical of the position staked out on June 8 by the International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) that argued that library exceptions for interlibrary loan and document delivery in the digital environment, particularly of individual journal articles, are justified only in very limited circumstances and with the permission of the publisher.

“We felt we needed to respond quickly and clearly because we think this is the first volley in what is a potentially harmful approach to the issues of sharing information in a digital world,” said Tracy L. Thompson-Przylucki, executive director of the New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO), which is a member of ICOLC. “We talked about whether we would wait until our next meeting in the fall to address it in a more formal way, but we felt it was so important that we needed to respond to it as soon as possible,” she said.

The ICOLC statement reads, in part:

While intellectual property laws vary from country to country, STM’s approach would radically alter well-established library practices that advance knowledge, support scholarship, and are compliant with current copyright laws. The STM recommendations are in conflict with widely held principles that provide a copyright exception for interlibrary loan (ILL) activities. The regime anticipated by the STM statement would place unfair restrictions on researchers’ access to information.

STM, which represents publishers like Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, among others, has contended in its statement:

  • In order to “maximize legal clarity,” cross-border deliveries “should be governed by voluntary licenses negotiated directly with publishers”;
  • Direct digital delivery to an end-user “is best governed and coordinated by rights-holders”;
  • Libraries should only be able to deliver on-site, print copies to walk-in library patrons;
  • Libraries should exercise “due diligence” to ensure that any deliveries to individuals are for “private, non-commercial use.”

To read more on the ICOLC response click here.