South Texas Outreach
The UT Health Libraries are nationally recognized for their outreach services which seek to improve access to health information in South Texas communities. The goal of the outreach initiative is twofold: (1) to provide health professionals with the means to support evidence-based practice, and (2) to provide health care consumers with the tools to make informed health care decisions. The Libraries are strong advocates for improved access to health information as a cornerstone for community health and empowerment. Services include training in effective literature retrieval, literature searches conducted by medical librarians, article delivery, outreach to consumers and community-based organizations. Much of this work is supported with grants and contracts from federal agencies and private foundations.
In 1993 UT Health librarian Mary Jo Dwyer received the first Michael DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award from the Friends of the National Library of Medicine. In 2009 Greysi Reyna (shown above), former Assistant Director of the Ramirez Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, received the same award. In 2004 the Institute of Museum and Library Services recognized UT Health Ramirez Library by awarding them the National Award for Museum and Library Service in recognition of their service to the Lower Rio Grande Valley community. In 2016, the Ramirez Library became part of the newly formed University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) medical school.
In addition to the Briscoe Library in San Antonio, the UT Health Libraries also include the Laredo Regional Campus Library.