About the Library

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
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

Collection Resources and Special Collections

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
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
Ron Mesa Collection Resources Library Assistant mesa@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2450

Library Technology

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Jeremy Mercier, MSIS Head of Library Technology mercierj3@uthscsa.edu (210) 562-6805
Kelley Minars, MLIS Web Services Librarian minars@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2483
Fabian Rodriguez Information Technology Specialist rodriguezf2@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2784
Phillip Minor Information Technology Specialist minor@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-0451
Jared Ozuna Information Technology Specialist OzunaJ@uthscsa.edu (210) 562-6866
Robert Zuniga Library Technology Assistant zunigar@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2084

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 User Services sifuentes@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2429
Emme Lopez, MLS Education and Assessment Librarian lopeze13@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-6606
Peg Seger, MLIS Head of Outreach Services segerp@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-6398
Patty Tello Interlibrary Loan Library Assistant tello@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2413
Walter Creech Interlibrary Loan Library Assistant creechw@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2460
Luis Barcenes Information Services Library Assistant 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
Steve Slaten Access Services Library Assistant slaten@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2446
David Alvarez Access Services Library Assistant alvarezda@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2435
Lynn Blair Access Services Library Assistant blairl@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2440
Juan Jaime Access Services Library Assistant jaime@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2439
Richard Kaye Access Services Library Assistant kayer@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2440

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 per 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, 2015-2016

President:   Irene Bober-Moken, D.M.D., M.P.H.
 Daniel Rosenthal, M.D.
Past President:
 Adelita Cantu, Ph.D., R.N.
Secretary/Treasurer:   Rajia Tobia, A.M.L.S.
Members-at-Large:   Eithan Kotkowski, M.D./Ph.D. student
  Shirley Nah, MS II
  P.I. Nixon III
Library Staff:
 Lisa Matye Finnie, M.L.S.

The Library Committee

The university-wide Library Committee meets quarterly to address library service issues from the users’ perspective and works with library administration to get input from faculty, students, and staff concerning proposed changes in library policies and practices. Faculty and students who serve on this committee have a “global perspective” about services the library may be willing to provide, and become involved in committee projects.

Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy, is the chair of the UT Health Science Center Library Committee for 2014-2015.


To serve in a consultative and advisory capacity to the President and Vice President for Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs and to work with and assist the Executive Director of Libraries in making recommendations for library practices and procedures. To review and advise in the development of priorities in the areas that have an impact on academic efficiency and effectiveness to ensure that the services provided by the library reflect the needs and interests of the academic community.

Faculty Members

Terms expire August 31, 2015

Acheson, Ashley (Medical)

Huynh-Ba, Guy (Dental)

*Pierknik-Yoder, Bridgett (Health Professions)

**Wallisch, Benjamin (Medical)

Terms expire August 31, 2016

MacNeill, Barbara (Dental)

Rahimi, Omid (Medical)

Shaw, Jennie (Nursing)

Terms expire August 31, 2017

Barrera, Carol (Nursing)

Palm, Michael (Medical)

Parsons, Helen (Medical)

Weintraub, Susan (Medical)


Boothe, Cally (Health Professions)

Dideum, Patrick (Medical)

Kim, Sun Kyung (Graduate)

Macias, Lauren (Nursing)

Rockey, Kelsey (Dental)

Ex Officio (voting)

Mok, Jacqueline (Vice President for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs)

Tesh, Michael (Vice President for Human Resources)

Tobia, Rajia (Executive Director of Libraries)


**Vice Chair

University Archives

“Ambulance at entrance to Physicians and Surgeons Hospital, San Antonio.” 1903The University Archives serves as a repository for the preservation of historically important university records and contains over 531 linear feet of publications, papers, and other records that document the history of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Included in the collection are university publications, correspondence of key officials, minutes, student yearbooks, photographs, oral histories of early faculty and administrative officials, videotapes, ¾” films, and more.

The Archives also contains materials related to the history of medicine and health care in Bexar County and South Texas, including over 144 linear feet of manuscript collections involving the papers of early (1800 – 1930) Texas physicians practicing in San Antonio and surrounding counties. Numerous old photographs of physicians, hospitals, and other health care facilities in the area and the records of local medical organizations, such as the membership records and publications of the Bexar County Medical Society, are also in the collection. Oral histories of outstanding individuals influential in the development of health care in Central and South Texas are also available.

Selected historical records of the University Archives may be viewed online in the UTHSC Digital Archive.

For more information about the archives or to make an appointment to view archival materials, Jaclyn Georges, Records Management Officer & Archivist, at georgesj@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2428.

University Archives Policies

Records Management and the Archives

Administrative and office personnel are requested to contact the Records Management Officer before disposing of inactive records or sending non-current material to storage if they feel the records contain information of historical value. Records marked on the UT HSC Records Retention Schedule with an I in the Archival column must automatically be sent to the Archives, not destroyed or sent to the Warehouse. Those marked with an R should be reviewed by the archivist to determine their value to the Archives.

Forms and instructions for transferring records to the Archives:

Image Credits

  • “Ambulance at entrance to Physicians and Surgeons Hospital, San Antonio.” 1903.

University Archives Policies

P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library


The University Archives are part of the Special Collections of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.  Access to the University Archives is by appointment only as some materials are in remote locations and must be retrieved.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the University Archives is to identify, preserve, and make available for research records that document the origins, development, programs, policies, and collections of the UT Health Science Center as well as the history of medicine in San Antonio and South Texas.


Institutional records: all documentary materials, regardless of physical format, that are created or received by staff members in the course of doing their jobs, including handwritten, typewritten, or computer-generated documents; photographs; clippings from newspapers and magazines; audio-visual materials; architectural records; university publications; etc.

Archival records: those materials that are no longer regularly used by the office that created or received them, but which have lasting administrative or historical value making them worthy of long-term preservation.

Inactive records: those that receive little use in ordinary circumstances and have no long-term value.
Non-record materials: published materials (e.g., books, pamphlets, brochures) not generated by the university and not dealing with the history of the university or medicine in San Antonio and South Texas; surplus copies of university publications and articles about the university; and ephemera.

Personal papers: Some individuals keep in their offices materials relating to their personal activities. These should be kept separate from records that are created in the course of their work for the university. If the papers relate to professional activities, university personnel are encouraged to offer them to the Archives, as personal research and writing can increase understanding of university collections and activities.

Records Policies

All Archive records are property of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and may not be destroyed or removed from the library except for purposes of digitization or copy for display in exhibits.

Creation and maintenance

Each UT Health Science Center department head is responsible for the creation and maintenance of records that document the activities under their jurisdiction and transfer of inactive records of archival value to the Archives. Archival records are kept in their original order; staff should be diligent about preserving the order and integrity of current files. Departments should contact the Archivist whenever historic records are no longer needed in the office of origin before files are dismantled or transferred elsewhere.

Scope of the Archives Collection

The University Archives contain publications, papers, photographs, and other records that document the history of the university itself. A secondary area of interest includes records documenting the history of medicine in San Antonio and South Texas. Included in the collection are publications of or about the university, correspondence of key officials, printed materials produced by an office or department of the university, minutes of meetings, bound dissertations and theses by graduate students (one copy), student yearbooks, manuscripts and personal papers of prominent San Antonio physicians, records about the history of medicine in San Antonio and South Texas, photographs, oral histories, some artifacts, etc. Records of the university which have historical or archival value but no longer have administrative, fiscal or legal value to their originating offices are transferred to the University Archives. Records are maintained permanently there and become the property of the Archives.

Collection and Retention of Archival Materials

Archival materials will be collected according to the following policies:

  • UT Health Science Center Archives
    • Publications of or about the university.
    • Internal records of offices and departments of the university. The offices of highest priority are those of the President, the deans of the individual schools, the Vice-Presidents, the Office of External Affairs, and South Texas Technology Management.
    • Printed materials produced by an office or department of the university (brochures, etc.)
    • Bound dissertations or theses by graduate students of the university (one copy)
    • Original non-print materials produced by or about the university (selectively).


Personal papers of prominent individuals associated with the Health Science Center or the history of medicine in San Antonio or South Texas.

Archives of other institutions relating to the history of medicine in San Antonio or Texas


Photographs relating to the Health Science Center or to the history of medicine in San Antonio or South Texas will be actively solicited. However, unidentified portraits of individuals will not ordinarily be accepted.

Oral History

Oral history interviews with prominent members of the Health Science Center community, the Bexar County health sciences community, and the South Texas area will be recorded as possible. The personal papers of those individuals will also be solicited.


Artifacts related to the history of the Health Science Center or to the history of medicine will be accepted selectively but not actively solicited.


Duplicate copies of archival materials will not ordinarily be retained. Exceptions are made for published materials likely to have high reference use (student yearbooks, for example).

Acquisition and Transfer of Records

Health Science Center administrative and office personnel are requested to contact the Records Management Officer of the university before disposing of inactive records or sending non-current material to storage if they feel the records contain information of historic value. Records marked on the Health Science Center Records Retention Schedule with an I in the Archival column must automatically be sent to the Archives, not destroyed or sent to the Warehouse. Those marked with an O should be reviewed by the archivist to determine their value to the Archives.

When records are transferred to the Archives, contents of each records box must be listed on a transfer list by the office from which the records are being transferred using the Archives Transfer List form. The records should also be listed on the Disposition Log for the office with “Archives” listed as the method of disposition.

The Records Management Officer provides the transfer list to the Archives when records are transferred and maintains a listing of records transferred. The Request for Transfer of Records to University Archives should be completed by the Department Head. Records transferred to the Archives become property of the Archives.


Professional archival standards will be followed in the care and management of the archival collections.


Access to the Archives will be provided to Health Science Center personnel, area health professionals, and visiting scholars. Restrictions may be imposed on sensitive records or series of records, particularly those covered by FERPA or HIPAA regulations, to protect privacy rights.

Archival records may be viewed by appointment only Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the P. I. Nixon Reading Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library. Visitors planning to arrive after 4:30 pm should contact archival staff ahead of time to ensure materials are ready for use as materials will not be retrieved at that time. Users should be prepared to show proper identification (university ID card or a government issued ID). Purses, briefcases, and folders must be placed in designated areas. Only paper, pencils, laptop computers, and digital cameras may be brought into the reading room. Cotton gloves will be provided by archival staff for handling of very rare materials.


The Archives provides a reference service for the Health Science Center community and researchers and a repository for the preservation of historically important university records. Archival staff will photocopy and/or digitize materials for users. There is no charge for UT Health Science Center personnel. Non-UT Health Science Center users will be charged $25.00 per picture digitized. Fees may be charged for digitization of other materials, depending on the purpose and the amount of materials requested.

Approved by Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, November, 2008

University Health System Borrowers

Current staff of the University Health System have access to a wide variety of library services, including:

  • Books, journals, databases & audio/visual materials
  • Library computers
  • Online search service (fee)
  • Interlibrary loan (fee)
  • Study room reservations
  • Photocopy and printing (fee)
  • Proxy Borrower
  • Typewriter
  • Current fiction

Loan periods for circulating material

Material Type

Loan Period

# of Renewals Allowed


14 days



1 week


Journals received in the last 30 days




1 week


Reserve materials



Library Registration

  • Create an account for book checkout and Interlibrary Loan services.
  • Health Science Center library users may register in person at the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk or at the Ramirez or Laredo Regional Campus Libraries.
  • A UHS Staff ID card and a state-issued ID (current driver’s license or passport) are required to register.
  • Students, housestaff and faculty with clinical appointments must register annually.

Library Collection Use

Users may have up to 3 items checked out at any given time. Select library materials may be renewed in person or by calling the Circulation Desk at (210) 567-2440 or on the online catalog. Renewal will be denied if materials have reached their renewal limit, have been recalled, or are overdue.