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Ramirez Library Holiday Schedule 2015-2016

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Day Date Holiday UT Health Science Center Access Public Access**
Friday September 4 6:00 a.m. – midnight 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday September 5   6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday September 6 noon – midnight CLOSED
Monday September 7 Labor Day  6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Wednesday November 25  
6:00 a.m. – midnight 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday November 26 Thanksgiving Day 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Friday November 27 University Holiday 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Saturday November 28 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday November 29 Resume Normal Hours noon – midnight 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday December 18 6:00 a.m. – midnight 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday December 19 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday December 20 noon – midnight CLOSED
Monday December 21 6:00 a.m. – midnight 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday December 22 6:00 a.m. – midnight 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday December 23 6:00 a.m. – midnight 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday December 24 Christmas Eve 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Friday December 25 Christmas Day 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Saturday December 26 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday December 27 noon – midnight CLOSED
Monday December 28   6:00 a.m. – midnight 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday December 29 6:00 a.m. – midnight 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday December 30   6:00 a.m. – midnight 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday December 31 6:00 a.m. – midnight 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday January 1  New Year’s Day 2015 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Saturday January 2 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday January 3 noon – midnight CLOSED
Monday January 4 Resume Normal Hours 6:00 a.m. – midnight 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Monday January 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Monday February 15 President’s Day 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday March 27 Easter Sunday noon – midnight CLOSED
Friday May 27 6:00 a.m. – midnight 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday May 28 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday May 29 noon – midnight CLOSED
Monday May 30 Memorial Day 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Monday July 4 Independence Day 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
* University Mission Critical Day
** Access for non-UT Health Science Center ID card holders

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Records Management & Special Collections Restoration Coordinator: Jaclyn Georges

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 Metadata and Collection Management 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
Emme Lopez, MLS Education and Assessment Librarian lopeze13@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-6606
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
Kelley Minars, MLIS Web Services Librarian minars@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2483
Jeremy Mercier Head of Library Technology 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
Lisa Matye Finnie, MLS Special Collections Librarian & Assistant Records Manager finnie@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2406
Jaclyn Georges, MSIS Records Management Officer & Archivist georgesj@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2428
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


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 (2015 – 2016)

Begins on

Jul 01, 2015

Jan 04, 2016

Ends on

Dec 18, 2015

Jun 30, 2016

Last Date to Issue a Card

Dec 11, 2015

Jun 23, 2016

Student Cards Expire on

Dec 18, 2015

Jun 30, 2016

Dead Period – No cards issued to students   Dec 19, 2015 – Jan 3, 2016
UT HSC faculty/staff cards expire Aug 31, 2015  FY 2015
UT HSC faculty/staff cards expire Aug 31, 2016 FY 2016

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library provide a forum for those interested in the history of the health sciences. The Friends have a deep appreciation for the Nixon Library’s remarkable rare book collection and have joined together to see that the Special Collections are preserved, augmented and introduced to those who have not yet discovered them.  The society meets periodically throughout the year for lectures and holds an annual dinner presentation in November.

History of Medicine Society

In 2012 the History of Medicine Society was formed as an interest group within the Friends of the Nixon Library.  The History of Medicine Society is a student-led group that includes students and faculty across the health science center, as well as members of the wider community.  Membership in the HOM Society is free and attendance at events is welcome.


The Friends Annual Newsletter gives a recap of the year’s activities, lists current members and past presidents, mentions recent acquisitions, and provides information on forthcoming events.


Membership in the Friends is open to everyone! Dues are $10/year for students, $25 for individual members, and $50 for patrons. The Friends always welcome new members. If you are interested in joining or would like to know more, please contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or call 567-2406.

Friends Executive Board, 2014-2015

President:  Adelita Cantu, Ph.D., M.S., R.N
Irene Bober-Moken, D.M.D., M.P.H., M.S.
Past President:
Charleen Moore, Ph.D
Secretary/Treasurer:  Rajia Tobia, A.M.L.S.
Members-at-Large:  Eithan Kotkowski, MD/PhD student
 P.I. Nixon III
 Eva Galvan, MS IV
Library Staff:
Lisa Matye Finnie, M.L.S.