About the Library

Records Management Coordinator: Owen Ellard

Office Phone:  210-567-2413

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

S.T.E.A.M Night at Hoffman Elementary

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Andrea N. Schorr, Metadata and Collection Management Librarian at the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library, provided an exhibit for Hoffman Elementary students and their parents at the first annual S.T.E.A.M Night (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) on February 3rd. The event allowed students to explore future careers and new ideas about innovations and technology. Each student visiting the exhibit table was given a sticker saying “Future Health Science Librarian” prompting one little boy to ask, “Can boys be librarians?”

On display at the Briscoe Library exhibit were resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) including TOXinvaders, a new mobile game about chemistry, the environment, and health; and ToxMystery, created by the NLM to help children from 7-11 years old learn about household chemical hazards. Students also had a chance to see and handle objects produced by the new Briscoe Library 3-D printer.

As a Resource Library with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library provides a variety of services to individuals and groups throughout South Texas including:

• Exhibits at health fairs and other health-related events like school science fairs
• Presentations for health consumers (including students and parents), area health professionals, and librarians, etc.
• Instruction on finding and evaluating reliable health information, with a focus on resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
• Support for area organizations in identifying funding opportunities from the NN/LM or NLM and the preparation of proposals

To schedule an event or to request assistance with an outreach activity or project, contact the Briscoe Library’s Head of Outreach Services, Peg Seger.

San Fernando Health and Safety Fair Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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This year was the 25th Anniversary of the San Fernando Health & Safety Fair. The fair offers health screening to individuals in the community who have no insurance or are under insured. Over 400 volunteer doctors, nurses, health specialists, community volunteers and students provide the screening services.

Briscoe Library staff Patrick Lemelle and Peg Seger teamed up again this year on October 3rd to provide an exhibit table at the fair featuring reliable consumer health information from the National Library of Medicine.

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Senior Director of Libraries: Owen Ellard

Office Phone:  210-567-2413

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

Regular Duties related to Disaster Planning

  • Works with Department of Environmental Health and Safety and UT Police to ensure Library is in consistent compliance with broader disaster management policies
  • Coordinates update of Business Continuity Plan with Associate Library Director (not publicly available)

During and After a Disaster

  • Maintains direct communication with UT Police , Department of Environmental Health and Safety, and Office of the President
  • Activates Business Continuity Plan
  • Works with Office of Business Affairs to process insurance claims
  • Works with Facilities Management on the restoration of the Library
  • Authorizes payment for supplies and services as needed

 

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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 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.

Proposal

Poster

Tutorial

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
Owen Ellard, MLIS, MA Senior Director of Libraries ellard@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2413
Herlinda Howard Business Administrator for Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs and Library howardh@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2407
Sharon Leach Administrative Assistant Senior LeachSM@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2408
Robert Zuniga Senior Library Clerk zunigar@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2084

Resource Management

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Andrea Schorr, MSIS Head of Resource Management schorr@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2403
Dana Whitmire, MSLS Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian whitmired@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2464
Melissa DeThorne Special Collections Library Assistant dethorne@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2470
Ron Mesa Collection Resources Library Assistant mesa@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2450
Walter Creech Interlibrary Loan Library Assistant creechw@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2460

Simulation and Immersion Technology

Staff Member Title Email Phone
John Weed, MSIS Head of Simulation and Immersion Technology weedj@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2479
Kelley Minars, MLIS Creative Technologies Librarian minars@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2483
Diane Fotinos Simulation and Emerging Technology Associate fotinos@uthscsa.edu (210) 562-6805

Outreach & Community Engagement

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Peg Seger, MLIS Head of Outreach & Community Engagement segerp@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-6398
Kirsten Lorenzen, MLIS Outreach & Community Engagement Librarian lorenzenk@uthscsa.edu (210) 450-8241
Karen Barton, MSLIS Liaison to the School of Health Professions and Community Engagement Librarian bartonkd@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2428

Library Liasons

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Jonquil Feldman, MALS, AHIP Associate Library Director feldman@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2430
Chris Gaspard, MSLS Liaison to the School of Medicine sifuentes@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2429
Emme Lopez, MLS Liaison to the School of Nursing lopeze13@uthscsa.edu (210) 450-8124
Karen Barton, MSLIS Liaison to the School of Health Professions and Community Engagement Librarian bartonkd@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2428

Circulation Services

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Luis Barcenes Supervisor of Circulation Services barcenes@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2485
Maria Mota Access Services Library Assistant motam2@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2497
Albert Ramirez Access Services Library Assistant ramireza1@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2435
David Alvarez Access Services Library Assistant alvarezda@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2435
Juan Jaime Access Services Library Assistant jaime@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2439
Annette Gonzales Access Services Library Assistant gonzalesam@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2440

 

Technology Sandbox Coming Soon to the UT Health Briscoe Library

 

The Briscoe Library Technology Sandbox, an area with interactive work spaces and some of the newest technology to enhance medical education, is quickly coming together on the main floor of the library. Comfortable seating, desks, and a large worktable have been installed along with a 75 inch monitor now available for use. Soon, the space will feature a 3-D printer and computers for working with some of the latest 3-D visualization and virtual technology software. The technology will include an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for students and faculty to interact with anatomy in two new, immersive ways: The Body VR and 3-D Organon VR Anatomy. The Body VR allows the user to travel through the bloodstream to discover how blood cells function and how organelles work together to fight viruses. The 3-D Organon VR Anatomy is described by Oculus as “the world’s first fully-featured virtual reality anatomy atlas.”

Also shown above is a newly installed exhibit in the Sandbox area entitled Transforming Anatomy: Then and Now. The exhibit features materials from the PI Nixon Medical Historical Library illustrating the timeline of the study of anatomy including the original works of Andreas Vesalius considered to be the father of modern anatomy. Come see how far we have come from the original anatomy masters to the latest in technology and software.

Watch for announcements regarding a launch event for the Technology Sandbox. Contact John Weed at WeedJ@uthscsa.edu for more information.