Sondhaya McGowan

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Sondhaya McGowan

MLIS 2011
Manager, Medical Library
Scripps Mercy Hospital
San Diego, CA USA

What I am doing now.

My current job responsibilities include:

  • Managing daily operations of the Medical Library including reference services, inter-library loan, document delivery, and technical services.
  • Supervising the Medical Librarian, Medical Library Technician and Archivist.
  • Overseeing the library budget and ensure effective use of system resources.
  • Developing the print and electronic collection of books and journals.
  • Regularly updating library policies and procedures.
  • Creating and distributing library promotional materials to marketing and communication distribution lists.
  • Participating in the CME, GME and Quality Council committee meetings.

What are the most valuable skills I use in my job?

I knew before I began the SJSU MLIS program that I wanted to specialize in medical librarianship. I always had an interest in health and life sciences and thankfully, SJSU SLIS offered a course on medical librarianship taught by Dr. Charles Greenberg. Taking the course really opened my eyes to the exciting role librarians play in health information technologies, medical education and evidence-based research. That being said, the skills that helped me the most in this field are delivering quality reference services, online database searching, collection management, information literacy and interpersonal communication. 

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