The Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) first began services in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in August of 1989. In the beginning, UT Health Science Center librarians traveled to various locations in South Texas to provide on-site literature search and article delivery services. With no medical library in the Valley, services were targeted toward area hospitals, clinics, health professionals, and UT Health Science Center faculty and students who were all too far away to utilize the San Antonio campus medical library. At the height of the service, 17 South Texas organizations were served. Over the years, services were extended to more locations throughout South Texas with the addition of the Ramirez Library at the Regional Academic Health Science Center in Harlingen and the Laredo Regional Campus Library. In 2009 an online request and delivery system began.
In light of advancing technology and increasing access to biomedical resources, the UT Health Science Center Libraries plan to transition to a new model of services that will provide more flexibility for organizations that remain interested in receiving medical library services.
Instrumental in the development of CLHIN services were recently retired UT Health Science Center Libraries Executive Director Rajia Tobia, and the Michael DeBakey Library Outreach Services Award winning and late librarians Mary Jo Dwyer and Greysi Reyna. Over the 27-year history of the CLHIN service, many librarians and library staff have devoted countless hours in the support of providing access to evidence-based medicine resources in South Texas.
Rajia Tobia Mary Jo Dwyer Greysi Reyna