About the Library

Best in State: San Antonio Annual Texas Health Literacy Conference

 

It is estimated that only 12% of American adults are considered proficient in the health literacy skills they need to effectively navigate and use our health care system. The Texas Health Literacy Conference, held annually in San Antonio for the past 13 years, is recognized as the top health literacy conference in the state. The conference is sponsored by the Bexar County Health Collaborative and the San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative, SAHLI.

The UT Health Briscoe Library supports the conference each year by demonstrating and promoting health literacy resources available from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). In addition, this year librarian Karen Barton (shown below) presented a poster on her National Network of Libraries of Medicine Award entitled The Youth Health Literacy Challenge: A Partnership between UT Health San Antonio Libraries, North East ISD, and the San Antonio Public Library. For the project award, Karen designed a calendar that elementary through high school-aged students can use to learn how to access nutritional resources and reliable health information from the NLM while working through fun and interactive exercises. She also presented on this project at the IIMS Community Engagement Symposium.

 

Borrowing by Distance Learning Students

Eligibility

UT Health Science Center students who meet the following eligibility requirements may request delivery of books and journal articles though the UT Health Libraries.

  • Students living outside of San Antonio or Laredo area who are currently enrolled in a UT Health Science Center school-sponsored course and are not attending any class that meets in person at least once a week.
  • Students and residents who are on rotation at sites outside San Antonio.
  • Doctoral candidates who have completed course work and are living outside San Antonio or Laredo area.

Library Account Registration

  • Students must have a library account and also an ILLiad account.
  • It is important to update your account with any changes to your email or snail mail address to ensure that alerts and materials will get to you in a timely manner.

Requesting Library Materials

  • Log in from off campus to access the library’s online resources, using the same UTHSCSA account login required for Blackboard use.
  • Use the library catalog  or e-Journals list to begin your search for books and journals.
  • Search library databases to identify specific journal articles on a topic.
  • Order print books and journal articles through the ILLiad system. Use one form per article and/or book.
  • Be familiar with guidelines on Copyright and Fair Use.

Loan Periods and Renewals

  • Standard loan periods apply and fines will be assessed for late items.
  • Books may be renewed online by logging in to your library account.

Types of Materials Eligible for Delivery

  • Print books, journal articles owned by UT Health Libraries. Contact the Library for more information.
  • Books, book chapters, journal articles not in the library’s collection, ordered through Interlibrary Loan—allow extra time for delivery.

Types of Materials Not Eligible for Delivery

  • Reference and Rare books are non-circulating.
  • Print Reserve materials cannot be borrowed, but chapters less than 50 pages can be delivered electronically.
  • Online course materials are available through Canvas.
  • Any electronic delivery that is subject to licensing or copyright restrictions.

 Alternatives to Borrowing from the UT Health Libraries

If you don’t want to wait for delivery from the UT Health Libraries, you may prefer to visit an academic library in your area. Most state university libraries are open to the public, and many in Texas allow UT Health borrowers to check books out under the TexShare program.

Additional Resources for Distance Learning Students

Check out the Resources for Students site for links to tipsheets, research tools, copyright guidelines and general library information.

Contact Us

Contact the Library for further information or if you have questions.

Briscoe Librarians Present at Medical Library Conference

 

For nearly two years, seven Briscoe librarians served on the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2018 Annual Conference of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA). This event marked the 45th SCC/MLA conference and was held October 19-24 at the historic Menger Hotel in downtown San Antonio, which was also the location of the very first SCC/MLA conference. In addition to serving on the planning committee for the conference, librarians gave multiple presentations about their work.

 

Library liaisons along with Texas A&M librarian and systematic reviews expert Margaret Foster (pictured above) presented twice on their collaborative work with a poster titled “Learning the Systematic Review Process-A Collaborative Approach” and a paper, “Information and Library Skills Training in Nursing Education: A Systematic Review.”

Librarians Christy Tyson and Andrea Schorr presented a lightning talk, “A Legacy for the Healing Arts: An Open-Access Database for Dentistry and Beyond,” to discuss the Birgit Junfin Glass Dental Diagnostic Science Collection. It is a database indexed with MeSH terminology and custom controlled vocabulary and the first contribution to the new Open Access Educational Resource initiative at Briscoe Library.

Additionally, Christy Tyson and Kelley Minars presented a lightning talk on the integration of 3D printing services in the School of Dentistry and School of Medicine curricula through an Introduction to 3D Design module. The instruction supports 3D implant and prosthetic design.

Emme Lopez and Christy Tyson presented a paper titled “Mapping the ACRL Framework to Interprofessional Curricula in the Health Sciences.” It outlines a process for creating a rubric which supports information literacy instruction across the health sciences by mapping the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Framework to curricula. Tyson worked on and presented similar work with fellow members of the MLA Dental Section through a paper titled “Mission Critical: Advancing Information Literacy in Dental Education by Mapping Curricula to the ACRL Framework.”

On the last day of the conference, Chris Gaspard and Emme Lopez taught a four hour Continuing Education class called “Beware of Sharks: Predatory Publishing and Practices–Be Prepared!” They covered the history and tactics of predatory publishers as well as tools and techniques to identify low-quality emails, websites, conferences, and book publication offers.

If you would like information on any of the above-mentioned presentations, you may email askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

 

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.
  • 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 9 am – 3 pm
Monday February 18 Presidents’ Day
8 am – 5 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.