Author Archives: Michelle Rachal

About Michelle Rachal

Head of Public Services Savitt Medical Library University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

NCNMLG Archive

Posted on behalf of Jill Barr-Walker:

I recently spent some time digging through the NCNMLG archive at UCSF Library in search of pre-1980s photos for our chapter’s poster at MLA. (If you haven’t seen the poster, Michelle Bass did an amazing job compiling its timeline here:

Confession: I had never used an archive before and I’m clueless about all of those archival terms that are thrown around. What’s the difference between a crate and a box? What does “linear feet” mean? Is this how people feel when I say “systematic review” or “Boolean”? (Just kidding, I never say “Boolean”.) I’m new to NCNMLG and know very little about its history. I went in search of photos, but I found so much more! What follows is a selection of NCNMLG archival materials that caught my eye (apologies for the phone-shadows!):

1. Initial policies for the group in 1947, then referred to as “Medical Librarians of the SF Bay Area”

2. Minutes from the first meeting in 1947 and one in 1952

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Michelle Bass is a new member of AHIP!

[Posted by Michelle Rachal on behalf of Michelle Bass]

Thanks to NCNMLG’s professional development grant, I applied for and was granted provisional AHIP status as of June 2017. I had been on the fence about applying to AHIP as a provisional member but was encouraged to apply by colleagues from current and previous jobs. As luck would have it, Cynthia Henderson, AHIP, Associate Dean Health Sciences Libraries & Director Norris Library at the University of Southern California, is my AHIP mentor. I shared my interest in learning more about medical library budgetary needs as well as management and leadership training opportunities. I look forward to meeting with her in person at the upcoming NCNMLG/MLGSCA Joint chapter meeting in January 2018. Without this grant, I would not have applied for a provisional AHIP membership and would have missed out on this wonderful mentoring opportunity.

Apply for the MIS/MLA Career Development Grant (Deadline Dec. 1)

The MLA Medical Informatics Section (MIS) awards up to $1,500 to support a career development activity that will contribute to the advancement of the field of medical informatics.  If you’ve been wanting to take a course or attend a conference related to medical informatics but haven’t had the funds, then this is an opportunity worth exploring! MIS membership is a preferred qualification, so as a member you already have a step up on the competition!

The deadline to apply is December 1, 2017. For further information or to apply, go to the grant information page at

Deadline extended for Proposals for the MLGSCA/NCNMLG Joint Meeting 2018

November 15 is the NEW deadline to submit papers, lightening talks, and special content session proposals for the upcoming meeting,  Crossing the Canyon: Bridging Divides and Navigating Waters, January 21 – 24, 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ.

See the meeting website for instruction on where to submit your abstract proposals.