About the Library

Branch Libraries, Outreach & Community Engagement: Peg Seger

Office Phone:  210-567-6398

Emergency Contact Information is on the Staff Intranet (not publicly available).

Duties related to Disaster Planning and Recovery

  • Coordinates communication with branch library staff during emergencies, keeping the Senior Director of Libraries informed of developments
  • Assures that branch library staff communicate with building administration at branch location regarding emergency preparedness and branch closures
  • Follows guidelines in the Business Continuity Plan; coordinates requests for literature searches and delivery of articles to health care personnel and emergency response teams as needed
  • Communicates with community partners to assess needs and offer assistance when appropriate.

 

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Briscoe Library Assists with the SGA Annual Community Outreach Event

On Saturday, April 8, the Student Government Association (SGA) hosted “UTHealthier: A Grand Future, A Health Fair for Kinship Care Families” at the YWCA Olga Madrid Center with assistance from Karen Barton, Liaison to the School of Health Professions and Community Engagement Librarian. Karen has been providing outreach and health information to the San Antonio Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group since last year. In Fall 2016, she approached SGA with the idea that they ask their peers to consider the support group for Community Service Learning (CSL) or other projects. Soon after, SGA informed the library that they wanted to provide outreach to the families through a health fair as part of their annual community outreach event and they asked for the library’s assistance in planning the event. Each of UT Health San Antonio’s five schools participated in the health fair, which aimed to provide health and nutrition information and also interest youth in health careers. Children were able to take part in many hands-on activities, such as extracting DNA from strawberries, learning physical therapy balance and coordination techniques, and using various medical tools. Local company CPR 123 was also on site to provide CPR demonstrations with the use of infant and adult manikins. Additionally, an HEB Registered Dietitian presented a cooking demo and provided health and nutrition information. The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) and the Alzheimer’s Association were also present to provide information.

Briscoe Library Classroom Guidelines

Guidelines for Use of LIB 2.011 and the Collaboratory (LIB 4.074)

These guidelines are general and exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

The purpose of the Library’s classrooms is to support the programs and mission of the University.

Eligibility

Library classrooms are for the use of UT Health San Antonio students, faculty and staff. The requestor must be affiliated with UT Health, and the program must be sponsored by either a department or organization affiliated with UT Health.

Reservations

  • Classrooms are reserved on a first come/first served basis. Reservations for the rooms are posted at the room entrances.
  • To make a reservation in the library classroom/meeting rooms, fill out this form. Contact 210-567-2450 or email to AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu with questions.
  • Library classrooms may not be reserved more than 4 times per month, or for more than 20 hours per month, for a single course (or workshop/workshop series), or group meeting.
  • Only LIB 2.011, LIB 4.074, and LIB 5.076 may be reserved through the library website. Library Classrooms on the 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library may be reserved with University Scheduling, (210) 567-2655.
  • View photos of Library classrooms.

         LIB 2.011

    • LIB 2.011 is available for use Monday – Friday  7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m, closed nights and weekends. When the room is not in use for a class, it is open for computing use by affiliated students, faculty and staff.
    • Room LIB 2.011 may be reserved only for sessions requiring hands-on use of computers by participants. LIB 2.011 contains 25 participant computers with instructor station and projector.
    • The computers in LIB 2.011 are networked to a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). They do not have hard drives, so users are encouraged to bring USB data drives if they wish to save files.
    • When requesting a reservation in LIB 2.011, please indicate whether the following will be needed:
      • Instructor’s microphone
      • Video-teleconferencing equipment (see note below)
      • Audio-visual equipment or equipment support (see note below)
      • Special software (see note below).
      • Dry Erase Markers—may be checked out at Circulation Desk
    • Due to the high demand for LIB 2.011, a requestor will be asked for a Project ID to which a “no show” penalty of $50 will be billed if a reservation is canceled less than 24 hours in advance (business days).

         The Collaboratory (LIB 4.074)

    • The Collaboratory may be reserved by UT Health students, faculty and staff during regular library hours.  The Collaboratory is open for study when it is not reserved for meetings or classes. Students may reserve the Collaboratory for large group study or meetings within the Group Study Room Guidelines.
    • The room may be used as a meeting space.
    • When requesting a Collaboratory reservation, please indicate whether the following will be needed:
      • LCD monitor and laptop (available in the room)
      • Dry Erase Markers—may be checked out at Circulation Desk. Do not use any other type of markers.
    • Assistance with setting up or connecting the monitor/laptop, contact the IMS Service Desk, or call 210-567-7777.

Classroom Support

Library staff do not provide equipment setup or support services. A/V Classroom Support provides support for the following:

  • Equipment setup, including laptops, projectors, whiteboards, flipcharts
  • Projectionist services
  • Computer support
  • Video conferencing (must be pre-arranged)
  • Software installation

Contact (210) 567-2214 or email  av_support@uthscsa.edu

Problems with computers or equipment should be reported to the IMS Service Desk at 210-567-7777.

Special software

Special software requirements in LIB 2.011 must be made known when the room is reserved, and be installed in advance. The Library will not purchase special software for classes. The requestor must own the software and have the license to have it installed on multiple computers. All software must be must be compatible with a VDI platform and be used in compliance with license agreements.

To request software installation, submit a ticket at the IMS Self Service Portal and select “UT Health Computer Repair and Servicing”. Special software will be uninstalled after the conclusion of the class or workshop series. Questions should be directed to the IMS Service Desk at 210-567-7777.

Food and beverages

  • LIB 2.011: Only covered beverages are allowed.
  • LIB 4.074 –Collaboratory: Covered beverages and limited food are allowed.
  • Catering in LIB 4.074: Library staff must be notified of any food deliveries and the approximate time of arrival. All food service items must be removed within 30 minutes after the end of the class. The requestor must make sure the all trash is disposed of in trash receptacles and that the room is returned to its original state. Please report spills immediately to Library staff.

Cancellations

If a scheduled class or meeting is canceled, the Library should be notified by calling 210-567-2440 as soon as possible. For reservations in LIB 2.011, a “no show” penalty of $50 will billed, unless the reservation is canceled up to 24 hours in advance. Changes in times or dates will be accommodated when possible. Library classrooms are heavily used and changes are not always feasible.

Updated 3/7/2018

Briscoe Library Disaster Plan

 

Definition of Disaster

The UT Health Science Center Handbook of Operating Procedures defines a physical disaster as involving potential property damage and possible safety threat to persons. (http://www.uthscsa.edu/hop2000/8.3.2.pdf)  For purposes of this plan, a disaster is defined as an unexpected, adverse event that damages the Library’s facilities or systems and/or substantially diminishes the Library’s ability to offer its usual resources and services.  Disasters may be large events that everyone on site quickly notices (e.g. fire, tornado, explosion, flood), or more minor events (e.g., slow leak of water) – of little or no danger to persons and perhaps not quickly noticed – that still can cause great harm to the Library.

Emergencies include life-threatening situations, fire, explosions, severe weather, loss of electric power, accidents and medical problems.

Non-emergency situations that may warrant action include loss of network connectivity, unruly persons, discovery of vandalism, theft, mutilation, assault or harassment, and other criminal activity. Loss of telephone service to the campus is an emergency situation if the 911 line is unavailable. In general, it is at the discretion of the supervisor on duty to determine whether UT Police should be called or other actions should be taken.

 

Library Administration Chain of Command

Senior Director of Libraries

Associate Library Director

Head of Collection Resources

        Head of Outreach and Community Engagement

Head of Liaison Librarians

General Plan of Action in Case of a Disaster

  • Call University Police at 911 or 567-2800
  • Evacuate the library if lives are in danger
  • Contact the Library Administration Chain of Command listed above
  • The Disaster Team Leader will contact members of the Disaster Team.


Table of Contents

Library Disaster Team Members

Procedures for Campus Emergency Situations

Emergency Building Evacuation Procedures

Policies for Emergency Closure

Emergency and Recovery Contact Information

UT Health Science Center Disaster Support

Procedures for Non-Emergency Safety or Security Situations

Appendices

Appendix 1  Briscoe Library Floor Maps

Appendix 2  Emergency Evacuation Team

Appendix 3  Priority List of Collections, Administrative Records and Equipment (not publicly available)

Appendix 4  Emergency Salvage of Wet Books and Records

Appendix 5  Packing and Removal of Wet Library Materials

Appendix 6  Departmental Emergency Evacuation Procedures

 

Distribution of the Disaster Plan

  • Each member of the Disaster Team, as well as the Senior Library Director, will have a personal copy of the full plan to be kept at home.
  • A current, electronic copy of the plan will be on the Library’s website at http://library.uthscsa.edu/2012/03/d-plan-overview/.
  • A pocket guide (maintained by Jonquil Feldman) will be distributed to the Library Operations Team.
  • A Business Continuity Plan is reviewed annually and updated as needed by Jonquil Feldman.

The Disaster Plan will be updated annually as:

The Disaster Team evolves

New procedures are developed

The supply list is modified

The Library’s physical space changes

Different disasters or recovery methods are identified.

 

Briscoe Library Holiday Schedule

View the University Holiday Schedule

24/7/365 Hours: UT Health  students, faculty and staff may use the Briscoe Library 24/7, including holidays. ID cards are required for entry beyond Public Access hours shown below. 

Day Date Holiday Public Access Hours**
LABOR DAY WEEKEND-2018
Friday August 31 7 am – 6 pm
Saturday September 1   9 am – 6 pm
Sunday September 2 10 am – 6 pm
Monday September 3 Labor Day  8 am – 6 pm
 24/7 access with UT Health ID cards
THANKSGIVING WEEKEND-2018
Wednesday November 21  
7 am – 6 pm
Thursday November 22 Thanksgiving Day CLOSED
Friday November 23 University Holiday CLOSED
Saturday November 24  Resume Regular Hours 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday November 25 10 am – 6 pm
 24/7 access with UT Health ID cards
WINTER BREAK-2018
Friday December 21 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday December 22 CLOSED
Sunday December 23 CLOSED
Monday December 24 Christmas Eve
CLOSED
Tuesday December 25 Christmas Day
CLOSED
Wednesday December 26 University Holiday CLOSED
Thursday December 27* Mission Critical Day 8 am – 5 pm
Friday December 28* Mission Critical Day 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday December 29 CLOSED
Sunday December 30 CLOSED
Monday December 31 8 am – 5 pm
Tuesday January 1 2019 New Year’s Day
CLOSED
Wednesday January 2 2019  Resume Regular Hours 7 am – 9 pm
24/7 access with UT Health ID cards
* University Mission Critical Holiday
OTHER-2019
Monday January 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day 7 am – 6 pm
Monday February 18 Presidents’ Day
7 am – 6 pm
Sunday April 21 Easter Sunday 1 pm 6 pm
Friday April 26 Battle of Flowers 7 am – 6 pm
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND-2019
Friday May 24 7 am – 6 pm
Saturday May 25 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday May 26 CLOSED
Monday May 27 Memorial Day CLOSED
 24/7 access with UT Health ID cards
INDEPENDENCE DAY-2019
Wednesday July 3 7 am – 6 pm
Thursday July 4 Independence Day CLOSED
24/7 access with UT Health ID cards
** Access for non-UT Health Science Center ID card holders

View Briscoe Library Regular Hours

Briscoe Library Hosts Community Health Worker CEU Day

Hosted by the UT Health Briscoe Library, Texas area Community Health Workers (CHWs) attended a continuing education day focusing on Chagas disease in Texas. This is the 2nd year one of the quarterly CEU Days has been located on the UT Health campus thanks to an ongoing collaboration between the Library and Dr. Fernando Martinez, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Community Health Worker Program at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio.

Chagas disease is transmitted to humans, as well as animals, by the Triatomine or Kissing Bug. Due to the occasional lack of symptoms or flu-like symptoms, people are often unaware that they are infected. Between 2013 and 2016, there were 91 cases of Chagas disease diagnosed in Texas. The CHWs attending the day learned about Chagas disease as well as how to improve awareness of the disease among the public and clinicians. For more information on Chagas disease, see the link below.

Program Coordinator Fernando Martinez

 

The Community Health Worker program at Northwest Vista College prepares students to work in public health, private health care delivery systems, community-based social service agencies, and health care insurance organizations. Community Health Workers provide services to increase wellness and improve access to health services through outreach activities to target populations.

In Texas, Community Health Worker programs are certified by the Texas State Department of Health as an authorized and certified training site for Community Health Workers. Senate Bill 1051 (77th Texas Legislative Sessions) calls for the Texas Department of State Health Services to establish and operate a training and certification program for persons who act as promotores or community health workers, instructors and sponsoring institutions/training programs.

 

Texas Area Community Health Workers

 

Curtis-Robles R, Wozniak EJ, Auckland LD, Hamer GL, Hamer SA (2015) Combining Public Health Education and Disease Ecology Research: Using Citizen Science to Assess Chagas Disease Entomological Risk in Texas. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 9(12): e0004235. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0004235

http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0004235

 

 

Briscoe Library Participates in 2015 Science Expo

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Close to 1500 high school and college students from San Antonio and South Texas attended the 2015 Science Expo this year which is held annually on the UT Health Science Center campus. The event  features activities and presentations to encourage students to consider health occupations and research careers. A number of campus departments participate including the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Health Professions, School of Nursing and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

This year, Library staff Emme Lopez, Patrick Lemelle, and Peg Seger talked with students about resources from the National Library of Medicine. Patrick Lemelle also developed a special exhibit presentation introducing students to the career of Health Science Librarianship. Accompanied by music, the presentation proved quite successful in drawing attention to a career option that seemed to appeal to many students.

Briscoe Library Study Room Guidelines & Reservations

The Briscoe Library has individual and group study rooms on all floors of the library.  These rooms provide both quiet study and group collaboration space and are important to the educational mission of the university. Study room availability is displayed on monitors on the 3rd and 5th floor of the library.

Who may use a study room? Briscoe Library individual or group study rooms may only be occupied by UT Health Science Center (HSC) students, faculty, residents and staff. All occupants must wear their ID badges so they are always visible. Open study seating is available on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors. Classrooms on the 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library building are available for 24/7 study with after-hours access by HSC ID card swipe.

Room reservations: Individual study rooms are on a first-come-first-served basis and are not available for reservation.  Group study rooms can be used on a scheduled or unscheduled basis, with scheduled reservations taking priority. Users are encouraged to be considerate of others and only reserve rooms for the period they will actually use the room, up to a maximum of 4 hours per reservation per day. The scan code or URL located at each room provides information on availability.

How to reserve a room: A group study room may be reserved using the following options:

  1. Reserve online at https://uthscsa.libcal.com/spaces.
  2. Use a smartphone to scan the QR code located outside each room to check availability or reserve a room.
  3. Request a reservation in person at the Circulation Desk or call 210-567-2440.

Reservation policies:

  • A group consists of two (2) or more people.
  • Reservations are limited to HSC ID holders.
  • Group study rooms may be reserved for up to four hours per day.
  • Reservations may be made online up two weeks in advance.
  • Reservations are made for one time room use only. Recurring classes, meetings or events should be reserved through University Scheduling.
  • The library reserves the right to refuse to reserve a room for any group or individual who abuses the facilities or policies.

15 minute grace period:  Group study rooms are always in demand, so a reservation is forfeited if:

  • The group does not show up within 15 minutes of start time
  • Only one person is in the room for more than 15 minutes
  • The room is empty for more than 15 minutes any time after the reservation start time.

Study rooms are self-monitoring:

Groups are highly encouraged to reserve a room because non-reserved rooms are open for anyone to use. If a room is occupied by someone else, a group with a reservation should politely ask the person to give up the room or ask for assistance from library staff on the 3rd floor (210-567-2440). The scan code outside each room provides information on whether a room has been reserved.

Security of personal items: Persons using the library study rooms are cautioned not to leave personal items unattended in the study rooms or anywhere else in the library. The library is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Updated March 3, 2016