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.

Rajia Tobia

About Me

Portrait of Rajia Tobia
Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries
(210) 567-2400
tobia@uthscsa.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • collection development, electronic journals, outreach

Memberships

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

Education

  • 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

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.

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.