About the Library

Rajia Tobia

About Me

Portrait of Rajia Tobia
Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries
(210) 567-2400

Areas of Expertise

  • collection development, electronic journals, outreach


  • Distinguished Member, Academy of Health Information Professionals
  • Medical Library Association
  • American Library Association
  • South Central Chapter/Medical Library Association
  • Texas Library Association


  • A.M.L.S., University of Michigan School of Library Science, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1975
  • B.A., Michigan State University, English major, East Lansing, Michigan, 1973

Selected Publications

  • Bowden VM, Kromer ME, Tobia RC. Assessment of physicians’ information needs in five Texas counties. Bulletin of the Medical Library Association 1994;82:189-196.
  • Bowden VM, Kromer ME, Tobia RC. Medical Information Availability and Usage in South Texas. Final Report (National Library of Medicine Contract N01-LM-6-3505), August 31, 1991.
  • Tobia RC, Bierschenk NF, Knodel LC, et al. Improving access to computer-based library and drug information services in patient care areas. American Journal of Hospital Pharmacy 1990;47:137-42.
  • Bowden VM, Tobia RC. miniMEDLINE: comment (letter). Bulletin of the Medical Library Association 1986;74:165-66.
  • Tobia RC. Clinical librarianship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Library. Clinical Librarian Quarterly 1984;3:1-4.
  • Tobia RC, Kronick DA, Harris GD. A clinical information consultation service in a teaching hospital setting. Bulletin of the Medical Library Association 1983;71:396-99.
  • Tobia RC, Dwyer MJ, Reyna G, Bowden VM. Medical library services along the Texas-Mexico Border. Presented paper, National AHEC Workshop, San Antonio, TX, August 13, 1997.
  • Tobia RC, Siegel LS, Lawrence JC, Knott ME. Loan Star Outreach: introducing health professionals and public librarians to Grateful Med. Poster session, Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, May 17, 1994.
  • Tobia RC. Future of Reference III: what are the public services issues facing medical libraries. Invited presentations, University of Texas at Austin, General Libraries, Future of Reference III Program, Austin, TX, March 1, 1990.
  • Tobia RC, Bierschenk NF. LIS/DIS: using CD-ROM with LIS to expand information services. Poster session, American Library Association Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, June 25, 1989.
  • Tobia RC, Willcox SM, Knodel LC, et al. LIS/DIS: linking the library, drug information and patient care. Paper presented at Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, May 24, 1988.
  • Tobia RC. Impact of the online catalog on public services. Invited presentation at the Health Sciences OCLC Users Group Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, April 17, 1986.
  • Tobia RC. What has been published? The literature review. Invited presentation at the American Academy of Family Physicians, Regional Research Workshop, San Antonio, TX, May 14, 1982.
  • Tobia RC. Managing the small hospital library. Workshop, Holy Cross Hospital, Austin, TX, February 12, 1981.

Selected Presentations

Ramirez Library Holiday Schedule 2014-2015

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Day Date Holiday UT Health Science Center Access Public Access**
Friday August 29 6:00 a.m. – midnight 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday August 30   6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday August 31 noon – midnight CLOSED
Monday September 1 Labor Day  6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Wednesday November 26  
6:00 a.m. – midnight 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday November 27 Thanksgiving Day 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Friday November 28 University Holiday 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Saturday November 29 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday November 30 Resume Normal Hours noon – midnight 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday December 19 6:00 a.m. – midnight 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday December 20 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday December 21 noon – midnight CLOSED
Monday December 22* University Holiday 6:00 a.m. – midnight 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday December 23* University Holiday 6:00 a.m. – midnight 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday December 24 Christmas Eve 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Thursday December 25 Christmas Day 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Friday December 26 University Holiday 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Saturday December 27 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday December 28 noon – midnight CLOSED
Monday December 29   6:00 a.m. – midnight 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday December 30 6:00 a.m. – midnight 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday December 31   6:00 a.m. – midnight 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday January 1  New Year’s Day 2015 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Friday January 2 6:00 a.m. – midnight 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday January 3 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday January 4 noon – midnight CLOSED
Monday January 5 Resume Normal Hours 6:00 a.m. – midnight 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Monday January 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Monday February 16 President’s Day 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday April 5 Easter Sunday noon – midnight CLOSED
Friday April 24* Battle of Flowers 6:00 a.m. – midnight 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday May 22 6:00 a.m. – midnight 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday May 23 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday May 24 noon – midnight CLOSED
Monday May 25 Memorial Day 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Friday July 3* Independence Day Observance 6:00 a.m. – midnight 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday July 4 Independence Day 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday July 5 noon – midnight 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
* University Mission Critical Day
** Access for non-UT Health Science Center ID card holders

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Records Management & Special Collections Restoration Coordinator: Anne Comeaux

Office Phone:  210-567-2428

Emergency Contact Information is on the Staff Intranet (not publicly available).

Duties related to Disaster Planning and Recovery

  • Serves as institutional consultant for Records Management issues relevant to disaster recovery
  • In case of an imminent emergency, locates items on priority collections list (not publicly available) to be saved or recovered first; identifies temporary storage space for these items, and coordinates moving these items
  • Assesses and records damage in Archives and Special Collections; works with Department of Environmental Safety and Health to determine if a mold assessment of the affected collections is necessary
  • Works with Disaster Team Leader and BMS Catastrophe to coordinate recovery and salvage operations in Archives and Special Collections
  • Coordinates restoration efforts in Archives and Special Collections

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Resources for Discussion Group Leaders

Questions Set 1

  1. Final Exam is about Pauline Chen’s education by two very different sets of teachers: doctors and patients. What does she learn from doctors? What does she learn from patients? In what ways are these lessons incompatible? Have you experienced or heard of something similar?
  2. Chen draws upon her experiences with real patients. What do these people add to the story she tells in Final Exam?
  3. In Chapter 1, Pauline Chen writes: “The daily confrontation with a dead body, the first stranger’s body that medical students may have ever examined so closely, marks a point of high anxiety in medical education.” During your professional education, can you describe any events similar to Pauline Chen’s experiences in anatomy class? How did you learn to cope with the feelings and anxiety that you may not have encountered before?
  4. What makes Chen’s story compelling and interesting to you? In what ways does Final Exam read more like a novel than a book of nonfiction?
  5. Reflect on Chen’s statement that doctors “learn not only to avoid but also to define death as the result of errors, imperfect technique, and poor judgment. Death is no longer a natural event but a ritual gone awry” [p. 95]. What are the consequences, for patients and for health care professionals, of this way of defining death?
  6. Has reading Final Exam caused you to think differently about life and death? How could you use the book to start a discussion with your family about their end-of-life wishes?

Questions Set 2

Adapted from the LitLovers website

  1. Pauline Chen paints a detailed culture of the professional culture in which she works. What does she celebrate in that culture? What does she criticize?
  2. Does she wish to preserve or reform the professional culture? If reform, in what way? What would be gained and what would be at risk if the professional culture in which she works was changed as she imagines?
  3. How does the professional culture described in Final Exam differ from the professional culture in which you work? How is it similar?
  4. Does Final Exam offer a central idea or premise? Do you think the problems Pauline Chen raises are personal, spiritual, societal, global, economic or scientific?

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Resources for Distance Learning Students

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.


Staff Directory

Office of the Director

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Rajia Tobia, AMLS, AHIP Executive Director of Libraries tobia@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2413
Herlinda Howard Office Manager howardh@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2407
Patricia Goldspink Administrative Assistant goldspink@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2408

Collection Resources

Staff Member Title Email Phone
John Weed, MSIS Head of Collection Resources weedj@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2479
Andrea Schorr, MSIS Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian schorr@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2403
Dana Whitmire, MSLS Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian whitmired@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2464
Ron Mesa Collection Resources Library Assistant mesa@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2450

Library and Outreach Services

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Jonquil Feldman, MALS, AHIP Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services feldman@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2430
Chris Gaspard, MSLS Head of Access Services and Interlibrary Loan sifuentes@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2429
Angela Myatt, M.Sc. Curriculum Liaison Librarian myatta@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2431
Peg Seger, MLIS Head of Outreach Services segerp@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-6398
Patty Tello Interlibrary Loan Assistant tello@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2413
Walter Creech Interlibrary Loan Library Assistant creechw@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2460
Luis Barcenes Library Assistant barcenes@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2485
Patrick Lemelle Outreach Library Assistant lemellep@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-5646

Library Technology

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Eric Willman, MSIS Head of Library Technology willman@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2433
Kelley Minars, MLIS Web Services Librarian minars@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2483
Jeremy Mercier Information Technology Specialist mercierj3@uthscsa.edu (210) 562-6805
Fabian Rodriguez Information Technology Specialist rodriguezf2@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2784
Robert Zuniga Library Technology Assistant zunigar@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2084

Special Collections

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Anne Comeaux, MLS, CRM, AHIP Assistant Director for Special Collections comeaux@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2482
Lisa Finnie, MLS Assistant Records and Archives Librarian finnie@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2406
Melissa DeThorne Special Collections Library Assistant dethorne@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2470

Access Services

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Maria Mota Access Services Library Assistant motam2@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2497
Albert Ramirez Access Services Library Assistant ramireza1@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2435
Ken Wise Access Services Library Assistant wisek@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2448
Steve Slaten Access Services Evening & Weekend Manager slaten@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2446
Agda Alderete Library Assistant alderetea3@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2440
Juan Jamie Library Assistant jamie@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2439

Mario E Ramirez Library

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Kathy Carter, MLIS Ramirez Librarian carterk3@uthscsa.edu (956) 365-8857
Monica Tovar Ramirez Administrative Assistant tovarm@uthscsa.edu (956) 365-8851
Yolanda Serna Ramirez Library Assistant sernayl@uthscsa.edu (956) 365-8853
Monica Salazar Ramirez Library Assistant salazarmr@uthscsa.edu (956) 365-8854
Petra Garcia Ramirez Library Assistant garciap7@uthscsa.edu (956) 365-8850
Phillip Serna Ramirez Library Assistant sernap@uthscsa.edu (956) 365-8850
Liz Reyes Ramirez Library Assistant reyesea@uthscsa.edu (956) 365-8850

TEDMEDLive at the Health Science Center

TEDMED 2012 Logo

Brought to you at the Health Science Center by the Libraries, Information Management & Services (IMS), and the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching (ACET)

What is TEDMED?  TEDMED is where the world’s most creative minds meet healthcare’s most innovative science. At TEDMED’s 3½-day conference, great minds from dozens of medical and non-medical fields come together for intellectual cross-pollination. The result is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to stimulate inspiration, innovation and imagination… to generate fresh insights and surprising breakthroughs.

TEDMED 2012 will take place at the Opera House of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, April 10-13, 2012.   It will consist of 11 sessions (each session is 90 minutes long), each featuring an unforgettable mix of speakers, entertainers, and audience collaboration.  Onsite delegates to TEDMED typically pay an event fee of $4,950 per person to attend, but TEDMEDLive offers you the chance to participate in the event live — for free, right here on campus.

TEDMEDLive is an interactive simulcast sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and hosted here by the Libraries, ACET and IMS, that will put you in the front row of TEDMED 2012, right here at the Health Science Center, at no charge!  You’ll have the opportunity to do more than just watch passively — by using the TEDMEDConnect Mobile app, you’ll be able to connect “live” to the TEDMED stage to participate in live polls and activities,  ask and answer questions, and share comments with the speakers.

Here are the times & locations for TEDMEDLive at the Health Science Center - join us when you can!
[Updated Monday, March 12, with just-announced new session times and one location change]:

Who’s speaking at TEDMED 2012?  Here’s just a sampling:

  • Francis S Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health: “From discovery to health: Does it have to be a long and winding road?”
  • Albert-László Barabási, Director of Northeastern University’s Center for Complex Network Research: “Do your proteins have their own social network?”
  • Gail McGovern, President CEO of American Red Cross: “What happens when one person’s disease becomes everybody’s business?”
  • Andrew Read, Director of Penn State’s Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics: “The bugs are getting smarter. Are we?”
  • Jonathan Eisen, University of California Davis: “Who are ‘Me, Myself, and Us’?”
  • Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society: “War on cancer, year 40: Who’s winning?”

…along with singer/songwriters, entrepreneurs, poets, students, acrobats, game scientists, spoken word artists, and many more.  The full list of speakers is here and the full schedule is available on the mobile website for the conference (note that times in that schedule appear in Eastern time). If you need details about speaker schedules, please contact Luke Rosenberger at 210.567.2486 or  rosenberger@uthscsa.edu for more details.

What are TEDMED Talks like?  Experience some for yourself: here are videos from TEDMED 2009, 2010, and 2011. To give you some ideas about where to start, here’s the TEDMED YouTube channel, listed in order by “Most Viewed”.

I’m in!  How do I attend?  Simple: add it to your calendar now, and join us at one or more of the session times indicated above.  Then download the “TEDMED Connect” app for iPhone/iPad or for Android, or use the mobile web version of the app on any platform.  This app will allow you to connect directly to the TEDMED stage while you are watching the live simulcast, request additional information from speakers, participate in polls, vote in the Great Challenges program, and more.

If possible, please also complete this RSVP form to help us plan:

Questions?  Please contact Luke Rosenberger at 210.567.2486 or  rosenberger@uthscsa.edu for more information.  Please spread the word all across campus about this unique opportunity!

TexShare Borrowers

Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Adult Public Library Borrowers, and Members of Libraries of Clinical Medicine from participating TexShare libraries around the state are eligible to register for library services, including:

  • Books (excluding Nursing titles) and databases
  • Journals—print or electronic, in-house use only at any of the UT Health Science Center Libraries
  • Library computers (time limit)
  • Online search service (fee)
  • Photocopy and printing (fee)
  • Typewriters

Loan periods for circulating material

Material Type

Loan Period

# of Renewals Allowed


14 days








Print Reserve Materials

3 hours


Library Registration:

Create an account for book checkout.

  1. Request a TexShare card from your home institution library.
  2. Bring the TexShare card to the Circulation Desk along with your Texas driver’s license or other official state ID, and complete a borrower registration form.
  3. Student cards are valid for one semester only, with breaks between semesters. See the circulation cut-off dates for this year. Faculty cards expire on August 31 every year.

Library Collection Use

Users may have up to 3 items checked out at any given time.

TexShare Cut Off Dates for UT HSC students (2014 – 2015)

Begins on

Jul 01, 2014

Jan 05, 2015

Ends on

Dec 19, 2014

Jun 30, 2015

Last Date to Issue a Card

Dec 12, 2014

Jun 23, 2015

Student Cards Expire on

Dec 19, 2014

Jun 30, 2015

Dead Period – No cards issued to students   Dec 20, 2014 – Jan 4, 2015
UT HSC faculty/staff cards expire Aug 31, 2014