About the Library

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, Facilities Management, 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, Facilities Management, 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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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
Jonquil Feldman, MALS, AHIP Associate Director, Library feldman@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2430
Sharon Leach Administrative Assistant Senior LeachSM@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2408

Resource Management

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Andrea Schorr, MSIS Librarian Lead – Resource Management schorr@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2403
Dana Whitmire, MSLS Librarian Sr. – Electronic Resources whitmired@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2464
Kelley Minars, MLIS Librarian minars@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2483
Melissa DeThorne Library Clerical Assistant Senior – Special Collections dethorne@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2470
Ron Mesa Library Clerical Assistant Senior mesa@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2450
Walter Creech Library Clerical Assistant Senior – Interlibrary Loan creechw@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2460
Diane Fotinos Library Clerical Assistant-Associate fotinos@uthscsa.edu (210) 562-6805

Outreach & Community Engagement

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

Library Liasons

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Chris Gaspard, MSLS Librarian Lead – Liaison to the School of Medicine sifuentes@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2429
Emme Lopez, MLS Librarian Sr. – Liaison to the School of Nursing lopeze13@uthscsa.edu (210) 450-8124
Christy Tyson, MLIS Librarian Sr. – Liaison to the School of Dentistry tysonc@uthscsa.edu (210) 450-8255
Karen Barton, MSLIS Librarian – Liaison to the School of Health Professions and Community Engagement bartonkd@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2428

Circulation Services

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Luis Barcenes Supervisor,  Library Information Resources barcenes@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2485
Maria Mota Library Clerical Assistant-Intermediate motam2@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2497
Albert Ramirez Library Clerical Assistant-Intermediate ramireza1@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2435
David Alvarez Library Clerical Assistant-Assoc. alvarezda@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2435
Juan Jaime Library Clerical Assistant-Assoc. jaime@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2439
Annette Gonzales Library Clerical Assistant-Assoc. gonzalesam@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2440
Roberta Johnson Library Clerical Assistant-Assoc. johnsonrm@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.

Teens Vote on Healthy Recipes

 

Karen Barton, Liaison and Community Engagement Librarian, collaborated with Megan Coker, Tobin at Oakwell Library Teen Librarian (pictured on left), to offer activities for one of their weekly Teen Time programs, where 35 teens participated. The teens voted on healthy recipes that they would like to cook and see in health information resources for teens. They were treated to rice chips, hummus, and sliced apples and were also given the opportunity to cook their own pancakes with blueberries and strawberries. Karen was the former Teen Librarian at Tobin at Oakwell Library and has plans for continued partnerships with San Antonio Public Library.

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)

Loan periods for circulating material

Material Type

Loan Period

# of Renewals Allowed

Books

14 days

n/a

Journals

n/a

n/a

Audiovisuals

n/a

n/a

Print Reserve Materials

3 hours

n/a

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 and staff 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 (2016 – 2017)

Begins on

Jul 01, 2016

Jan 03, 2017

Ends on

Dec 16, 2016

Jun 30, 2017

Last Date to Issue a Card

Dec 9, 2016

Jun 23, 2017

Student Cards Expire on

Dec 16, 2016

Jun 30, 2017

Dead Period – No cards issued to students   Dec 19, 2016 – Jan 2, 2017
UT HSC faculty/staff cards expire Aug 31, 2016  FY 2016
UT HSC faculty/staff cards expire Aug 31, 2017 FY 2017

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.

Newsletter

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

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 Andrea N. Schorr, Head of Collection Resources, at schorr@uthscsa.edu or call 567-2403.

Become a member of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, fill out the online membership form here. This same form can be used to renew an existing membership.

Friends Executive Board, 2016-2017

President:
Daniel Rosenthal, M.D.
Vice-President/President-Elect:  Eithan Kotkowski, M.D./Ph.D. student
Past President:
 Irene Bober-Moken, D.M.D., M.P.H.
Secretary/Treasurer:   Andrea N. Schorr, M.S.I.S.
Members-at-Large:   Shirley Nah, MS II
  Anand Karnad, M.D.
  Colonel Lark A. Ford, Ph.D., M.A., M.S.N, RN

The History of Enemas: A History of Medicine Society Event

Presentation by Daniel Rosenthal, M.D.

Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room (5th floor)

 The History of Medicine Society is a student-run organization,  meetings are open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served!

From the need to clean the colon of royal war elephants in India to the job of shepherding the anus of Egyptian Pharaohs, to the fad of coffee enemas….this talk will take you across five continents and thousands of years of recorded medical history. The Mayan used it, Louis the XlV loved it….Moliere popularized it in his plays.

Daniel Rosenthal, M.D.

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 who serve on this committee have a “global perspective” about services the library may be willing to provide, and become involved in committee projects.

Dr. Alfredo Arribas, School of Dentistry, is the chair of the UT Health San Antonio Library Committee for 2017-2018.

Charge

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.

Committee Members

Term expires August 31, 2018

*Arribas, Alfredo (Dentistry)
Ali, Fozia Akhtar (Medicine)
Ojili, Vijayanadh (Medicine)
Barnes, Karin (Health Professions)

Term expires August 31, 2019

Blader, Joseph (Medicine)
Keyt, Holly (Medicine)
Patel, Mehul (Medicine)
Stevens, Kathleen (Nursing)

Term expires August 31, 2020

Nicolas, Marlo (Medicine
Palm, Michael (Medicine)
Subramanian, Sandeep (Medicine)
Weintraub, Susan (Medicine)

Ex Officio (voting)

Cartee, Brian (Senior Director, Information Management & Services)
Ellard, Owen (Senior Director, Library)
 

 *Chair

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