Library Outreach

SMILE: Sharing MedlinePlus/MEDLINE for Information Literacy Education

Photograph of librarian Julie Gaines teaching a group of dental health workersThe SMILE project is a partnership among the UT HSC Libraries, the Gateway Clinic in Laredo, and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. SMILE addresses information-access components of Healthy People 2010 and oral-health objectives specified in Healthy Border 2010. The project focuses on improving South Texas public health dental practitioners’ and community health workers’ (“promotores”) awareness of and access to reliable information resources, as well as integrating the best evidence from these resources into their public health dental practice and educational activities. The SMILE project provides information literacy skills needed for lifelong learning. By equipping practitioners with these skills they can impact the lives of patients and their families.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3505 under the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

 

UT Health Science Center Libraries Outreach Services

South Texas Outreach

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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. 

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