Tag Archives: Professional development

MPLA Leadership Institute: May 4-9, Estes Park Colorado

As some of you may know, the deadline for the MPLA Leadership Institute is fast approaching on November 1st.

The MPLA Leadership Institute is an amazing professional development opportunity for library employees in the 12-state MPLA region (includes Arizona) where you can network and improve your leadership skills, among other things.

The 9th MPLA Leadership Institute will be facilitated by nationally known organizational development consultant Maureen Sullivan. Ms. Sullivan has over 25 years of experience in leadership development and is the Past President of the American Library Association. She helped establish the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute and is a faculty member for its annual program.

Get all the details on eligibility and application materials here:http://www.mpla.us/leadership/index.html

You do not need to be a MPLA member to apply.

Save the Date – CABL meeting & MLA webinar

MLA eLearning
MLA is doing things a bit differently this Fall and instead of having one MLA webcast will be having 5 Fall Webinars.  The first one is scheduled next month.

Topic: Making Your Library Promotion Pop: Practical Design Principles and Tools for the Non-Designer

Presenter: April Aultman Becker, Education Coordinator, Research Medical Library, MD Anderson

Registration information: http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/design/
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. PDT

CABL will be hosting this webinar at the following location:

Fortis College
N. 18th Street Ste. 110
Phoenix, AZ 85006
P 602.254.3099 ext.3832

More details to follow as we get this program confirmed.


Joint Chapter Meeting, 2013, La Jolla!


Save the Date – MLA Spring Webcast (Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error: Librarians on the Inside Track) and MLGSCA & CABL meeting

March 13, 2013 — 1:00 am – 3:00 pm


  • 10am – Annual Program Advisory Committee Meeting for Fortis College followed by lunch
  • 11am – MLA webcast
  • 1:30pm – MLGSCA via telecomm system
  •  Approx. 2:30pm – immediately following will be a CABL meeting

 Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error: Librarians on the Inside Track


 Fortis College will be hosting lunch that will be served before the MLA webcast – please come at 10am for the Annual Program Advisory Committee Meeting.

  • Both MLGSCA & CABL meetings will following the webcast.

 Here is an intro from Amy Nadell

 Looking for the collective wisdom and experience of my peers, topics to discuss include:

 Surveys as a measure of library efficacy

  • Bridging the information divide
  • Options for formal information literacy training

 As a gesture of appreciation for your attendance at this committee meeting, Fortis College will provide lunch.

 I look forward to seeing you all.

Sincerely,  Amy Nadell

 Fortis College, 555 N. 18th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006, Room 207 (2nd floor in NE corner of building)

Please arrive at Fortis College by 10:00am.

Then park in Fortis College parking area (green area on parking map; green signs in parking lots).

A copy of the Participant’s Manual will be emailed as a pdf in advance to people who email they will be coming to the MLA webcast.

Thank you.

April Aguiñaga, MLS, AHIP

MLGSCA Fall CE: Monday, October 15, 2012-Clinical and Translational Science at Your Institution

The concept of clinical and translational science and its multidisciplinary approach offer prime opportunities for many different types of libraries to create visionary, library-based translational science support programs. This class will provide medical librarians with an initial foundation to develop and/or supplement translational science programs for their institutions.

Presented by: Kristi L. Holmes (Bioinformaticist) and Cathy Sarli (Scholarly Communications Specialist) from the Becker Medical Library at Washington University in St. Louis, MO

Time:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Agenda: Webinar 10 – 1:45; Lunch, MLGSCA Meeting & Discussion 2-3; Tours following.

REGISTER NOW! <http://www.cvent.com/d/1cqsz7/4W Continue reading

The elusive dream of work-life balance

By Meredith Farkas | December 19, 2011

I have been wanting to write a post on work-life balance for a while, especially after spending a week at ACRL Assessment Immersion with a bunch of people who are deeply committed to their work and all define balance in their lives differently. Some of the people there are so active in the profession, so plugged-in, publish a ton, travel a ton, and get to meet lots of awesome librarians. Others are dedicated to work during their 40 hrs/wk there and are deeply focused on family and community. Most of us probably fall somewhere in between. And yet we are ALL amazing professionals.

I’ve noticed a tendency in our profession (and probably others) to see being immersed in the profession and spending lots of time outside of our 40 hrs/wk on professional stuff as unhealthy. And at the same time, there’s a tendency to see people who view their work as a librarian as a 9 to 5 job as not committed. To me, the only mistake you can make here is buying into what other people think and not defining balance as what works for you. It’s not about quantity, people, it’s about quality.

Colleen has written a great post about not wanting to feel like her job is her identity and become so immersed in her work that it makes her unhealthy. While I have to say that her “I am a librarian” vs. “I serve as a librarian” distinction doesn’t mean much to me (especially because I do feel like being a librarian is an important part of my identity), I applaud her efforts to find a healthy balance in her life:…read all here.

MLA Webinar 11/18 at Fortis College!

Save the date for the next MLA Webinar. I am waiting on confirmation of funding from PRSML. Amy Nadell will host at Fortis College at 555 North 18th Street, Suite 110.

PRELIMINARY Agenda is here.


Connecting E-science and Team Science: The Changing Nature of Research
Friday, November 18, 2011, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., Central time

11:00a.m., Pacific Time
12:00 p.m., Arizona Time
9:00a.m., Hawaii-Aleutian Time
5:00 a.m. Saturday in Guam
Wraparound discussion session I Allow 1/2 hour prior to start of program
Connecting E-science and Team Science Webinar 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., central time