South Texas Outreach
The UT Health Science Center Libraries are nationally recognized for their outreach services to improve access to health information in South Texas communities. In 1993 UTHSC 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, Assistant Director for 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 Science Centers 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.
The goal of the UT Health Science Center Libraries’ 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, and circuit librarian services to hospitals, clinics and other organizations. Much of this work is supported with grants and contracts from federal agencies and private foundations.
In addition to these sponsored projects, UT Health Science Center librarians maintain the “Staying Well Connected” blog with postings about news and issues relevant to the health of the South Texas community.
In addition to the Briscoe Library in San Antonio, the UT Health Science Center Libraries include the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library in Harlingen, the Laredo Regional Campus Library, the Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library at the Texas Research Park.