About the Library

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.

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

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.




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 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
Patty Tello Interlibrary Loan Library Assistant tello@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2413
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
Jeremy Mercier, MSIS Head of Library Technology mercierj3@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2408
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
Kelley Minars, MLIS Web Services Librarian minars@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2483

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
Lynn Blair Access Services Library Assistant blairl@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2440
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