About the Library

Disaster Plan: Appendices


APPENDIX 1: Briscoe Library Floor Maps

APPENDIX 2: Emergency Evacuation Team (Briscoe)

APPENDIX 3: List of Most Valuable Books, 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

Disaster Team Leader: Jonquil Feldman

Office Phone:  210-567-2430

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

Regular Duties related to Disaster Planning

  • Calls regular meetings of the Disaster Team throughout the year
  • Ensures the disaster plan is updated annually or as needed
  • Maintains an emergency telephone and email contact list so that employees and other appropriate people are notified quickly after disaster strikes
  • Ensures that library staff are registered to receive HSC Alerts
  • Coordinates with Executive Director to work with the Department of Environmental Health and Safety and UT Police to ensure Library is in consistent compliance with broader disaster management policies
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with recovery companies

During and After a Disaster

  • Consults with Executive Director regarding building closure; follows guidelines in the Business Continuity Plan
  • Notifies division heads and  disaster team members of imminent danger or building closure (begins the telephone tree process)
  • Ensures a recording is made on the main line, 567-2400, stating the Library is closed and providing other pertinent information
  • Establishes a command center and delegates staff assignments as needed
  • Contacts Office of the President, External Affairs with library-related announcements, including library closure and reopening.  Does not contact media directly.
  • Ensures that library closure and reopening announcements are posted on website and in other media by Web Team
  • Works with Administration, Circulation, On-Call Librarian Services and Interlibrary Loan to ensure that voicemail recordings are changed to reflect current hours of service and contact information.
  • Oversees overall management of recovery and salvage operations
  • Supervises delivery and installation of equipment needed in recovery efforts
  • Assesses and records damage with other disaster team members
  • Identifies storage space for priority recovery list items
  • Receives reports from disaster team members
  • Prepares a post-disaster report


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Emergency & Recovery Contact Information

Emergency conditions are normally managed by UT Police, Facilities Management, and Environmental Health & Safety (for significant disasters).  Contact the appropriate department directly as listed below.

Local Contacts

Library AdministrationRefer to the Library Administration Chain of Command
Staff Emergency Contact Information is on the Staff Intranet (not publicly available).
University Police
From main campus

From off campus

Harlingen (RAHC)






Facilities Management 210-567-2885(M-F 8:00 am – 5:00 pm)210-567-2947 (all other times)
Housekeeping 210-567-2935210-567-2947 (all other times)
Locksmith 210-567-2794210-567-2947 (all other times)
UT Health Science Center Environmental Health & SafetyDept.Business Hours

After Hours



Networks and Server damage    UT HSC Computing Resources    UT HSC Systems & Network Operations (SNO) 210-567- 2280210-567-2190

Security Agency Contacts                                           

UT Police, Facilities Management or Environmental Health & Safety will contact the appropriate agencies.

University Police

From main campusFrom off campus

Harlingen (RAHC)





City/County Security 99-911
State Security Agencies Public Safety Department 210-531-2200
Federal Security AgenciesFederal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms 210-225-6741210-805-2727  or  800-283-4867
Department of Homeland Security Regional Office 210-472-6030


Recovery Services Contacts


Organization Name Contact Information
BMS Catastrophe (Blackmon Mooring) 24-hr phone number: 800-433-2940 
BELFOR 800-686-3333  
Eagle Environmental (hazardous spills and contaminants) 800-336-0909
Munters 800-686-8377  

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Emergency Building Evacuation Procedures

For general guidelines, refer to the UT Police Emergency Preparedness Manual.

Campus Status information can be found on this site: http://www.uthscsa.edu/status.asp.

When a fire alarm sounds inside the library building, or in the event of a campus emergency situation the following steps must be taken to evacuate the library:

  • Designated Evacuation Team Members are responsible for grabbing their cell phones to communicate with staff on the other floors and with the Evacuation Team.
  • Evacuation team members on each floor are responsible to evacuate staff and patrons through the nearest exit in a timely manner and to minimize possible injury from the hazards of the emergency (i.e. smoke, burns).
  • Check the stacks, seating area and restrooms for lagging library users; make sure they exit through the nearest available door.  If a user refuses to leave the building, note the user’s location and continue to evacuate the building.  Give information on where they were last seen to the emergency crews when they arrive.
  • Physically challenged persons will be accompanied/assisted out of the building.  See Appendix 1 for a map showing exits and the location of the emergency exit chair.  Should this not be feasible, the escort must get them to emergency exit such as the stairwell, ask others to inform emergency crews of their whereabouts and remain with them until further assistance arrives.
  • In the process of evacuating the building, staff should inspect their floors for smoke, fire, injuries or other emergencies and relay this information to the Evacuation Team Coordinator.  Only attempt to put out a fire if it is small and you have been trained to use the fire extinguisher.
  • Upon evacuation, library staff are to meet at the designated meeting place, which is the motorcycle area of Lot 2, close to Dental Drive.   Each supervisor or designee should attempt to account for his/her staff.  See Appendix 6 for details on Departmental Emergency Evacuation Procedures. Library staff at the designated meeting place will be notified via radio when the Safety Officer gives the all clear to return to the library building.
  • Only UT Police, the Fire Chief, or Environmental Health & Safety officers can give the all clear to return to the building.
  • The Evacuation Team Coordinator and the Disaster Team Leader will remain near the library entrance (if safe) to keep people from entering the building, unless they are emergency personnel, and to act as liaison between emergency services and library administration
  • Upon return, please check your work areas for any damage to personal property, workspace and the building that were not there before the alarm, and report them to the building fire marshal or library administration office.
  • On evenings or weekends, the Evening/Weekend Manager on duty will send available staff to evacuate the floors.  The manager will remain on the 3rd floor, notify UT Police of the alarm and send officers to help with evacuation and crowd control.


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Evacuation Management Team Coordinator: Ken Wise

Office Phone:  210-567-2440

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

Regular Duties related to Disaster Planning

  • Leads an evacuation management team with representatives from every area of the library
  • Coordinates, with the Evacuation Team, evacuation procedures for the Briscoe Library
  • Conducts periodic drills, with Environmental Health and Safety
  • Maintains certification in basic first aid
  • Ensures that items on the first aid kit list are available and up-to-date.

During and After a Disaster

  • Mobilizes evacuation management team to evacuate the Library building
  • Assists Executive Director and disaster team leader in keeping open communications with UT Police and Department of Environmental Safety and Health
  • Gives first aid only if unable to obtain help from medical personnel or UT Police.  Calls 911 for an ambulance when needed.
  • Keeps first aid supply stocked
  • Ensures that any used disaster supply items are replenished


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Executive Director of Libraries: Rajia Tobia

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 (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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Facts and Figures about The Libraries

September 1, 2011 through August 31, 2012

Collection Facts

  • Print book and journal volumes:  183,083
  • Print book volumes: 95,553
  • Book titles cataloged: 512
  • Book titles ordered: 365
  • Total unique active health sciences journal titles: 4316
  • Total journals available electronically: 25,000 (estimate)
  • Health Science journals available electronically:  3,832
  • Journals available in print only:  84

*Serials count includes journal titles and serial  standing orders


  • Reference transactions, all locations:  4,365
  • Circulation, all locations: 26,697
  • Classes offered, all locations:  164
  • Attendance at classes:  4,401
  • Interlibrary loan requests filled by other libraries:  2,024
  • Interlibrary loan requests filled for other libraries:  8,041
  • Literature searches completed: 73

Building Use

  • Entrance gate count, all locations:  438,297

Electronic Resource Use

  • Library web pages viewed: 751,331

Most Heavily Used Electronic Journals

  • Journal of Biological Chemistry
  • Nature
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • PLoS One
  • Cancer Research
  • Science
  • Cell
  • Journal of Neuroscience
  • Blood
  • Journal of Immunology
  • Lancet


Faculty from Other Institutions

Faculty at many San Antonio colleges and universities and all state university system faculty are eligible for a wide variety of privileges, including:

  • Books and audio/visual materials
  • Journals—print or electronic, in-house use at any of the UT Health Science Center Libraries
  • Library computers (time limit)
  • Online search service (fee)
  • Photocopy and printing (fee)
  • Typewriter

Due to licensing agreements and contracts, off-site access to electronic journals, books and databases is available only to currently employed or retired faculty and staff, and currently enrolled students.

Note: Faculty from other institutions around the state may qualify as TexShare borrowers.

 Loan periods for circulating material

Material Type

Loan Period

# of Renewals Allowed


14 days



1 week


Print Reserves materials (in-house use only)

3 hours


Library Registration

Faculty from other institutions may register in person at the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk or at the Ramirez or Laredo Regional Campus Libraries.

  • Create an account for book checkout.
  • A Faculty ID card, proof of current employment (if not indicated on the card) and state-issued ID (current driver’s license or passport) are required to register.
  • Borrowing privileges are valid for one year from date of issue and may be extended annually.
  • Registration cannot be renewed until all fines and other obligations have been cleared.

 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.

Floor Plans: Briscoe Library

The Briscoe Library has four floors, numbered 2 through 5. The main entrance is on the 3rd floor.

Second Floor

Library Classrooms Map and Floor Plan

The second floor offers classroom and 24 hour study space. Ten lecture classrooms and three small group study rooms can be reserved through Scheduling and Facilities Data Management. Assistance with the classrooms is provided by the MD Labs office, located on the 2nd floor.

The Library Computer Classroom, Room 2.011, can be reserved at the Library Circulation Desk, by emailing askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu, or by calling 567-2450. Access from the 2nd floor to the upper floors of the Briscoe Library is open Monday – Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – midnight, and Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Study space is restricted to UT Health Science Center students, faculty and staff. A card reader entrance located near the 2nd floor lecture hall underneath Subway provides 24 hour access to the classrooms.

Third Floor

The Briscoe Library main entrance is on the 3rd floor. The reference and reserve collections, Circulation Desk and the library Administration office are also on this floor. Wireless internet is available on every floor.

Library computers (PC and Mac), printers, and scanners are located on the 3rd floor in the Information Commons. Nine group study rooms along the windows facing the parking lot are available by reservation.

Fourth Floor

All print journals and books are shelved on the fourth floor (we also have many current journals electronically).

Campus offices for the Drug Information Service and the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics are also located on this floor. The Collaboratory (Room 4.074) can be reserved for classes, meetings or large group study.

Fifth Floor

The Library’s Special Collections and the Howe Conference Room are located on the Fifth Floor. The X-Ray collection is in Room 5.052. The School of Medicine Office of Undergraduate Medical Education is also on this floor.

Food and Drink Policy

Drinks are allowed and they need to be in covered containers.

Bugs like food, but so do people, so we’ve decided to allow eating in the library. However, this is a limited privilege: no hot food, no messy food, and, to be polite, no smelly food. Library staff have the authority to determine if your food meets these criteria.

Please use napkins liberally, and clean your hands before using library computers.

For your own comfort, and as a courtesy to your colleagues, we also ask that you clean up after yourself. Trash cans are located all over the library for your convenience. If you make a mess that you’re unable to clean up on your own, tell library staff, who will help you clean it up. You won’t get in trouble for reporting a spill.

And, please — no food deliveries to the library!

Reviewed 11/22/2013