Category Archives: Professional Development

Professional Development Grant report from Ana Macias

Thanks to a Professional Development Grant from NCNMLG, I was able to cover the airfare to Aurora, CO where I attended a three-day immersion workshop on evidence based practice. The workshop titled “Supporting Clinical Care: An Institute in Evidence-Based Practice for Medical Librarians” covered a variety of topics relating to Evidence Based Practice, research design and so much more.

The “Institute” consisted of early morning large group lectures given by both new and seasoned Librarians guest instructors and faculty members from many institutions such as Dartmouth, Yale School of Nursing, UNC-Chapel Hill and of course Univ. Colorado-Anschutz to name a few.

The workshop emphasized the importance of understanding study designs, their strengths and limitations before one can formulate a good clinical question. The small group sessions provided an opportunity for collaboration, putting into practice the concepts covered in the large group lectures and team work. Small group was beneficial especially when critically appraising articles, performing searches and evaluating data. The lecture on assessing quality criteria in Qualitative research was especially helpful as was the chart comparing the principles of Qualitative and Quantitative studies side by side!!  (Acad Med 2013, v88n4p552).

The workshop will help me revisit a three-part series of presentations for our new nurses on finding and appraising EB information.

I highly recommend this 3.5 day intensive training! It’s one of the best professional training events I’ve attended. Thank you NCNMLG for your professional development award!

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.

Report from the Quint Chapter Meeting in Denver, October 12-16, 2014

Hella Bluhm-Stieber

Hella Bluhm-Stieber


This year’s Joint Meeting was a great success. It had excellent speakers and programs.

Dr. Claire Pomeroy was the first plenary speaker and spoke about how to create a healthier world by addressing the social determinants of health. She said that we have a value problem in health, that there is a Continue reading

A Change in Perspective: My CE Class at the Quint Meeting in Denver

One of the reasons I decided to go to the Quint Meeting in Denver was the CE Class, Innovation and Lean Process Improvement Demystified. At Children’s Oakland we have been implementing the Lean Process (aka the Toyota Management System or Kaizen) for about two years. I thought it would be a good idea to get a library perspective on it. Continue reading