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Charge: An opportunity for academic librarians with health sciences responsibilities to have a place in ACRL to network, share information, ask questions, and work on special projects relevant to the academic health sciences.
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  • 1.  Questions for Medical Librarians

    Posted Apr 10, 2024 06:42 PM

    Hi Health Sciences Interest Group, 

    I have some questions as I am looking more carefully into medical librarian career.

     List of questions are:

    • May you link articles/books/readings to read about the fundamentals of being a medical librarian?
    • What are some lessons learned in early career of being a medical librarian?
    • What specific skills and knowledge are demanded for an entry level medical librarian job?
    • What does professional development consist of as a medical librarian?
    • What are some common medical databases and journals that people interested in medical library field should be aware of?

    Bryan Gonzalez

  • 2.  RE: Questions for Medical Librarians

    Posted Apr 12, 2024 01:28 PM

    Hi Bryan,

    The Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association is working on a guide to resources for early-career health sciences librarians. It should be out in a few weeks. In the meantime, you might want to take a look through the MLA website to see what you can find.

    My apologies to ALA for plugging a different library organization!


    George G. Strawley

    NNLM Library Engagement Specialist

    Region 4

    Network of the National Library of Medicine

    University of Utah


    (801) 581-5242


    Pronouns: he, him, his

    University of Utah Indigenous Land Acknowledgment




  • 3.  RE: Questions for Medical Librarians

    Posted Apr 12, 2024 02:25 PM

    Hi George, 

    Thank you for your response. May you link the guide when you are aware it is released? 

    Bryan Gonzalez

  • 4.  RE: Questions for Medical Librarians

    Posted Apr 18, 2024 03:14 PM
    Hello Bryan and others,
    Apologies if this has already been said, but Bryan, you'll find the answers to most of your questions on the Medical Library Association website (
    MLA offers reduced membership fees for students, unemployed librarians, and first-time members. If you join MLA, you can request a mentor, who can help you with career trajectories, getting involved within the professional org, etc.

    If you're located in the United States, I would also encourage you to connect with your region's NNLM office. They offer tons of free professional development and some regions work with library schools to provide opportunities especially for library school students.

    Take care,

    Dawn Hackman, MS, AHIP 
    Health Sciences and Scholarly Communications Librarian | King Library |
    San José State University | | 408-808-2042
    she, her, hers

    Please note: I receive a high volume of emails, so my responses may be delayed. If you haven't heard from me after 3 business days, please email me again.

    BMHW @ SJSU, April 11-17, 2024 

    For all the People exhibit, March 11-April 20, 2024

  • 5.  RE: Questions for Medical Librarians

    Posted 30 days ago

    Hi Dawn, 

    Thank you for your response and recommendation about MLA membership and benefits. 

    Bryan Gonzalez

  • 6.  RE: Questions for Medical Librarians

    Posted 5 days ago
    Edited by Sadie Davenport 5 days ago

    Hi Bryan, 

    I am also interested in medical librarianship and am trying to find answers to these questions. If you'd like, we can keep in touch and learn from each other. I currently work at a small university with a medical school, pharmacy school, and dental medicine school.  


    Sadie Davenport 

    Associate Librarian

    California Northstate University

    Sadie Davenport
    Associate Librarian
    California Northstate University