Library Divisions

Office of the Director

The Office of the Executive Director of Libraries, headed by Owen Ellard, MLIS, MA, Senior Director of Libraries, is responsible for overall planning, budget and personnel administration, building maintenance, staff development, and official communication with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and external institutions and organizations.

Resource Management

The purpose of the Resource Management division, led by Andrea N. Schorr, MSIS, is to manage and develop services and resources that support the teaching, learning and research needs of the UT Health Science Center community. The Resource Management division oversees three main service areas within the library: Collection Development, Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery, and Special Collections.

Collection Development services include the acquisition, maintenance, and assessment of print and electronic collections, licensing, cataloging, course reserves, the digital archive, and binding services.

Interlibrary Loan/Borrowing services provide delivery of articles and books that are not in the library collection by requesting them from another library. In addition, interlibrary loan also fulfills requests from other libraries for items that are in the HSC collection. Document Delivery services provide copies of library-owned materials in print or electronic format.

Special Collections services provide access to a unique set of historical works in the P.I. Nixon Historical Library, which include rare books, University Archives, and various local historical documents.

Simulation and Immersion Technology

The purpose of the Simulation and Immersion Technology division is to develop, implement, maintain, and assess a service infrastructure for a suite of 3D and digital anatomy solutions. This division will support and integrate current and new simulation, immersion, and virtual technologies for collaboration across the campus community.

Outreach & Community Engagement

The purpose of the Outreach & Community Engagement division, led by Peg Seger, MA, MLIS, is to expand utilization of Library services, initiatives and innovations among the various user groups within the UT Health Science Center campus and to promote awareness of the Library and its resources to the broader South Texas community. The division develops expertise and ideas to assist the various components of the Library in promoting products and services and collaborates with other Library divisions to determine appropriate and relevant messages.

It coordinates Library programming and communications to engage faculty, staff, students, and researchers with Library resources and services and promotes effective access to quality health science information to the broader community. Programming for the broader community is anchored by an annual outreach subcontract with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) and by the Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN). Program activities include providing instruction on using health related databases to health professionals and the public at health fairs, professional meetings and community events. The CLHIN program provides information services to member hospitals and clinics in South Texas that have no other access to libraries or medical literature.

Circulation Services

Circulation Services headed by Louie Barcenes, staffs the Circulation Desk and keeps the library open 129 hours per week during the academic year. Circulation Desk staff process registration for borrowing privileges and off-campus access, check out or renew library materials, add money to print or photocopy accounts, receive fines and fees for Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery and Literature Search services, and issue guest computer passwords. Access Services staff are responsible for reshelving library materials and generally ensuring an inviting environment in which to study and do research.

Library Liasons

The liaison librarians, led by Jonquil Feldman, MALS, AHIP, Associate Library Director, serve as a single point of contact at each school for library instruction and research services. Liaisons work with the faculty or program directors to plan and develop curriculum-integrated courses on use of library databases, evidence-based practice health information, and citation management. They participate on curriculum committees as well as other campus groups. The liaison librarians participate in systematic reviews, and provide reference services and customized instruction.

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