Library Events

2nd Annual Student Appreciation Week Success

Please enjoy a few pictures from the week long activities during the 2018 Student Appreciation Week, October 29th through November 2nd, 2018.

SGA Secretary Samantha Yee and Vice-President Mustafa Mithaiwala cut the ribbon at a celebration for the new Library food vending area made possible by funds from the Student Fee Fund. (10/29/18)

Students enjoying coffee and cake at the ribbon cutting celebration. (10/29/18)

Library Liaisons Karen Barton (SHP), Chris Gaspard (SOM), and Christy Tyson (SOD) prepare for the student paint party complete with spooky drinks and pumpkin cookies.

(10/30/18)

Students enjoy spooky drinks and treats with Liaison Librarian Christy Tyson. (10/30/18)

Students talk with Miguel Vazquez, M.D., creator of Starletta. (10/30/18)

Students line up to take part in the Student Photo Wall. The School of Health Professions was the winner with the most participation! (10/30/18)

Students getting pictures taken at the Halloween Photo Wall (10/31/18).

Students getting to know Library therapy dogs June and Angel along with handlers, Resource Management Librarians Dana Whitmire and Andrea Schorr. (11/2/18)

Students lined up each day to spin the wheel for prizes.


Student wins a prize!

Annual P.I. Nixon Dinner Draws a Crowd

 

The message to the 120 attendees of the 48th Annual Friends of the Nixon Medical Historical Library Dinner this year (on Friday October 26th) was that, yes, sugar is bad for you. Author Gary Taubes, award-winning science and health journalist, shared an historical account of the tracking of diabetes rates and made a convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium. This did not, however, keep some of those in attendance from eating their dessert.

The subject, though lighthearted at times, bears undeniably serious considerations for the role of diet and nutrition in the health of our U.S. population as well as the health of our healthcare system. Outgoing President of the Friends, Eithan Kotkowski, was on hand to introduce Mr. Taubes and pass the gavel on to incoming Friends President, Dr. Anand Karnad. Mr. Kotkowski has also written a more detailed account of Mr. Taube’s work in an article for The Pipette Gazette.

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Webinars

Email Management Webinar

Two part webinar developed by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission that discusses laws and rules regarding email as records, how to determine when an email is a record and how to identify which emails you should keep.  Shows one way to organize your inbox and productivity tips to make email use more efficient.  Click here to view webinars.

Planning an Imaging Project Webinar

Two part webinar developed by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission that discusses imaging projects for records – how to decide when to image records, the steps involved, equipment needed, etc.  Click here to view webinars.

Face-to-Face Classes

Records Management: Records Retention & Inventory

    Required for all Records Management Representatives. This class covers state laws regarding records management for state agencies, reasons we need to manage our records, how to interpret the Records Retention Schedule (RRS), how to use the online RRS to find the required retention period for records, how to fill out a Disposition Log, and how to do an inventory of department records.

Current schedule for face-to-face classes:

Records Management Class

Author Gary Taubes to Speak at 48th Annual Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Dinner

Gary Taubes is the co-founder and senior scientific advisor of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI). He’s an award-winning science and health journalist, the author of Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories, and a former staff writer for Discover and correspondent for the journal Science. His newest book, The Case Against Sugar, was published in 2016. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Esquire, and has been included in numerous Best of anthologies, including The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers. He is also the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.

The dinner will be held this year on Friday, October 26th, at the San Antonio Food Bank, Valero Community Engagement Center, 5200 Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy. The cost is $55 per person, $35 for students. Paid sponsorships for students are available on request. Advance registration is required. RSVP no later than Monday, October 15th. For more information, please contact Peg Seger at segerp@uthscsa.edu.

Sponsored by San Antonio Science, Mr. Taubes will also provide a special student talk on Friday, October 26th, in room 3.304 in the AltC from 2-3 p.m. For more information, please contact Eithan Kotkowski at Kotkowski@livemail.uthscsa.edu.

 

Briscoe Library Assists with the SGA Annual Community Outreach Event

On Saturday, April 8, the Student Government Association (SGA) hosted “UTHealthier: A Grand Future, A Health Fair for Kinship Care Families” at the YWCA Olga Madrid Center with assistance from Karen Barton, Liaison to the School of Health Professions and Community Engagement Librarian. Karen has been providing outreach and health information to the San Antonio Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group since last year. In Fall 2016, she approached SGA with the idea that they ask their peers to consider the support group for Community Service Learning (CSL) or other projects. Soon after, SGA informed the library that they wanted to provide outreach to the families through a health fair as part of their annual community outreach event and they asked for the library’s assistance in planning the event. Each of UT Health San Antonio’s five schools participated in the health fair, which aimed to provide health and nutrition information and also interest youth in health careers. Children were able to take part in many hands-on activities, such as extracting DNA from strawberries, learning physical therapy balance and coordination techniques, and using various medical tools. Local company CPR 123 was also on site to provide CPR demonstrations with the use of infant and adult manikins. Additionally, an HEB Registered Dietitian presented a cooking demo and provided health and nutrition information. The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) and the Alzheimer’s Association were also present to provide information.

Briscoe Library to Partner with SAPL on NPR Campus Community Book Club

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The UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library and the San Antonio Public Library Forest Hills Branch are joining forces to start a new NPR (National Public Radio) Book Club as a community engagement project. There are many community issues that can benefit from engagement utilizing a book club as a platform for interaction and conversation. The club will meet once a month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at either the Briscoe Library (room 4.074, the Collaboratory) or at the Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Rd). An NPR reviewed book will be featured at each meeting.

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh has been selected for the first meeting on September 17th, 6 -7 p.m., held at the Briscoe Library.

Do No Harm provides unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital.  Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life’s most difficult decisions.

A few copies are available at the Briscoe Library on a first come, first served basis. Other copies are available through the San Antonio Public Library. Contact Peg Seger for more details at (210) 567-6398 or segerp@uthscsa.edu.

Those interested in taking part in this project can stop by either library to pick up a bookmark with dates, times, and location information.

 

COME VOTE!

Come one, come all to name the new space in the Library! This space, with its new furniture and technology, has been made possible by student funds. In earlier communications, this space has been referred to as the technology sandbox, but here’s your chance to get your opinion heard.

A nice piece of chocolate candy is waiting as a reward…

 

Coming to the Library: Before I Die Interactive Art Wall, May 8 – 16

Candy Chang is an artist who has made an international impact with her reflective, public art projects.  She is probably most famous for her Before I Die walls which have been featured in major cities all over the world.  While the architecture of each wall is slightly different the concept is simple: a wall of wood, paper, or concrete is painted black and then stenciled with the prompt “before I die I want to…”. 

In conjunction with the community viewing of the FRONTLINE special on Atul Gwande’s Being Mortal on Tuesday May 16 in the Pestana Lecture Hall,  a Before I Die wall will be placed on display in the library to stir UT Health San Antonio and the broader community to participate in an open discussion on the meaning of life.

The library wall will consist of black butcher paper on large poster board displays.  The paper will have the prompt “before I die I want to…” in white. Visitors to the library wall will be encouraged to use provided chalk to publicly engage in the contemplation of life and death.

For more information about the “Before I Die” project and photos of these walls from around the world, please visit: http://candychang.com/work/before-i-die-in-nola/

 

Danny Jones Essay Winner Presents During Library Fiesta Celebration

During Briscoe Library’s Fiesta Celebration on April 11th, Jacob Canfield (pictured here) sparked quite a discussion about his winning essay Anti-Vax: 19th Century Insights into a Modern Healthcare Issue. (Canfield,Jacob_EssayAward_2019)

The audience of students, faculty and staff attending the presentation included Rajia Tobia, past Executive Director of the UT Health Libraries who began the essay contest (Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award) in honor of her late husband who served as Head of Special Collections at the UT Health San Antonio Briscoe Library and who was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

The Nixon Library, located on the 5th floor of Briscoe Library, houses approximately 6,000 rare and classic texts in the history of medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other health care disciplines, dating from the 15th to early 20th centuries. The Nixon Library also houses the University Archives and a small collection of local historical documents.

Jacob’s presentation will be expanded as part of a lecture series sponsored by the Friend’s starting next fall.

 

Earth Day Celebration

The Briscoe Library joined in on UT Health San Antonio’s Earth Day Celebration on Friday, April 21. The Green Initiatives Committee sponsored this celebration to raise awareness about the environment, promote sustainability, reduce waste and improve efficiency. The library joined a number of other exhibitors in the Lecture Hall Commons with a table promoting resources from the National Library of Medicine, as well as environmental health resources and databases available through UT Health San Antonio Libraries.

Students, faculty, and staff came out to visit the library’s booth and received information on some of the following environmental health resources:

NLM’s TOXNET

Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Agricultural Online Access (AGRICOLA)

GreenFILE

International Programme on Chemical Safety (INCHEM)

Public Health Image Library (PHIL)