Library Outreach

Library Hosts Girl Scout Troop 128!


On September 17th, a very accomplished group of 5th and 6th grade girls from Troop 128 got some pointers from UT Health Science Center librarians about Internet Safety, Health Literacy, and Community Outreach. A special bookmark, shown here, was designed just for the occasion. The girls and their leaders are planning a return trip to learn more about how to do research for an upcoming community nutrition project. The project is part of the activities the girls will complete in working toward the Silver Award which is the highest award a Cadette can receive. Through the project, the girls will help a community by providing education about healthy food choices at a homeless shelter for women.

The girls also met with President William L. Henrich, M.D. during their campus visit and got a full tour of the Briscoe Library including the rare books in the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and the new library 3-D printer in action. Girls from the troop attend Saint Matthew Catholic School and their troop leader, Sandra Sanchez-Reilly, M.D. is a member of the faculty at the UT Health Science Center. Troop co-leader Stephanie Rowan RN, MSN, is a research nurse at the School of Dentistry.

The Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, headquartered in San Antonio, serves over 23,500 Girl Scouts across 21 counties.

November 15th ACA Enrollment at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

For the second time this year, the Laredo Regional Campus Library has hosted an Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment event for residents of Laredo and Webb County. The event was sponsored in collaboration between the UT Health Science Center Libraries, the 28th District Congressional Office of Representative Henry Cuellar, the Mid Rio Grande Valley (MRGV) Area Health Education Center (AHEC), and the South Texas Development Council. Other organizations belonging to the Enroll Webb County Coalition, and the Laredo Health Coalition also participated.

Congressman Cuellar, along with Laredo area hospital CEOs, was on site to promote the event through local TV and newspaper coverage. A number of area ACA Certified Application Counselors and Navigators provided counseling and enrollment assistance to over 50 registered families who attended the event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MRGV AHEC students assisted attendees with setting up email accounts in preparation for ACA Enrollment.



November NPR Book Club Choice



Come join us for a discussion of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks at the next NPR Book Club meeting on November 19th, 6 -7 p.m. The November meeting will be held at the Briscoe Library room 4.074 (the Collaboratory).

A few copies of the book will be 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, Head of Outreach Services, for more details at (210) 567-6398 or

This is a joint community engagement program offered by the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library and the San Antonio Public Library Forest Hills Branch. Those interested in taking part in this project can stop by either library to pick up a bookmark with dates, times, and location information.

Promotores and Community Health Worker Groups Hosted by UT Health Science Center Libraries

The UT Health Science Center Libraries outreach services provide training for area health professionals as well as public health workers in South Texas. Public health workers include groups like promotores and community health workers. Training features resources from the National Library of Medicine such as MedLinePlus and PubMed.

RAHCM+Demo_5-5-15smallPictured here is Ramirez Library Associate Director Kathy Carter with a workshop group of 51 area promotores de salud who were given an overview of MedlinePlus Español, highlighting its accessibility via smartphones and other mobile devices.

CHWGroupMeeting_5-30-15Earlier this year, the Briscoe Library hosted a meeting for area Community Health Workers (CHWs) who learned about health care research involving CHWs through PubMed literature searching and about opportunities for outreach collaboration with the UT Health Science Center Libraries.

Sign-up for CLHIN Services

Welcome to CLHIN!

For Future Members

Membership in CLHIN fulfills the JCAHO requirements for library service by providing staff with MEDLINE and other database searches, copies of articles, books and audiovisual materials from the collection at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio’s Briscoe Library, the Ramirez Medical Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, and through interlibrary loan from other libraries. Become a CLHIN Member.

For Current Members

The Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) provides ready access to medical library services for the physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and administrative staff of participating institutions in the absence of a fully staffed and equipped in-house library.


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.




Final Report


Two photographs of libarians teaching and working with dental health professionals

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 which seek to improve access to health information in South Texas communities. In 1993 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 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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