About the Library

Library Policies

 

Library Services

Library staff provide services to assist library users from the UT Health Science Center and the community in finding and managing health sciences information resources efficiently. Circulation Desk staff are available during regular hours of operation to answer basic questions and help with locating items in the collection. Librarians at the Briscoe Library are on call Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to provide assistance with in-depth consultations and one-on-one instruction in using databases and resources. Library staff in Laredo are available Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m, and Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Librarians can also be reached by telephone, email and instant messaging.

Library Space Planning: UT Health Library Staff Visit UT Austin Libraries

 

UT Health Library Senior Director Owen Ellard and staff librarians traveled to the UT Austin campus in December to tour recently renovated library space as shown above. Hosted by UT Austin Library staff, the tours allowed time for discussion of renovation and space planning to meet the changing needs of students and faculty.  Areas toured included the UT Austin Fine Arts Library and its new maker space called “The Foundry” as well as newly renovated areas of the Perry-Castaneda main library. The transformation of library space was made visible through the range of technology, furniture, and artwork used throughout the UT Austin Library spaces.  In light of recent print shelf removal at the UT Health Briscoe Library as shown below, librarians and staff will be working with students and faculty to adapt the newly open spaces to meet the needs of UT Health campus communities.

Library Technology: Jeremy Mercier

Office Phone:  210-562-6805

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

Regular Duties related to Disaster Planning and Response

  • Follows guidelines in the Business Continuity Plan
  • Coordinates maintenance of temporary library Web site with access to key information resources to be hosted off-site
  • Activates the temporary website as needed

Coordinates with UT Health Science Center Systems, Network and Operations (SNO) & Academic Technology Services (ATS) to:

  • Develop backup plan to minimize loss of access to servers and resources
  • Secure and reestablish computer network and systems
  • Reestablish telephone connections
  • Reestablish computer security system

Coordinates with Property Control and Facilities Management to:

  • Remove damaged or destroyed equipment
  • Identify appropriate means for disposal of destroyed equipment (there are EPA guidelines for disposal of many types of equipment including printers and photocopiers)

Works with Senior Director of Libraries and Business Administrator to:

  • Replace destroyed equipment
  • Identify key servers and equipment that should be restored first

 

Back to Library Disaster Team list.

Literature Search Service Request Form

UT Health Science Center librarians are available to conduct mediated, for-fee searches of a variety of databases, including some that are not available for self-searching. Charges for literature search services vary depending on user affiliation, preparation and search time, and database vendor charges.

Complete this form to request a search of library databases by a librarian. Once the form is submitted, you will be contacted by a librarian to discuss the search. Results generally include citations, abstracts (when available), and/or links to other relevant resources. If you have any questions about the literature search process, please contact Library Information Services at (210) 567-2450 or email askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Costs – search fees are based on preparation and search time.

Affiliate Status Cost for first 30 minutes Cost for each additional 15 minutes
UT Health Science Center affiliates (including clinical faculty) $15.00 $7.50
Not affiliated with the Health Science Center $25.00 $12.50

Please note that mail ($2), fax ($2), and vendor database fees may apply.

If you have a preferred total cost limit (max cost), please specify it in the comments box near the end of the form.  This will help the librarian better understand your preferences.

 

If you have questions about your status, please check with the librarian.
Discuss your timeline with the librarian if you have a specific request for completion.
Describe your search in one or two sentences. Provide suggested keywords, terms, and helpful concepts
The librarian will ask for your project ID or credit card information. Do not insert those numbers into this form!

More About the Libraries

Services

The mission of The Libraries is to promote learning, inspire discovery, and connect with our communities.  To achieve our mission we:

  • Deliver resources for teaching, learning, and research
  • Provide expert information and instructional services
  • Develop innovative physical and virtual spaces
  • Strengthen existing partnerships and seek new collaborations.

The Libraries include the Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Library, the Laredo Regional Campus Library in Laredo, the Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library at the South Texas Research Park, and the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.

Annual Reports

New Hours for AskALibrarian Services – August 2016

Need Help? Get Help!

Check in with a librarian anytime between:
10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Email: askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu
Call: 210-567-2450
Instant Message
In-person

For more information, click here for the Get Help Page

New Library Hub: Site of Oculus Virtual Reality Demonstrations

Want to learn how to use the new Oculus Rift in the Library Hub? Now is your chance!

Virtual reality demonstrations are being scheduled for groups of students, faculty, or staff who would like to learn more. The Oculus offers a broad scope of possibilities for education as well as recreation.

To schedule a demonstration, email askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

November NPR Book Club Choice

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OliverSacks

Come join us for a discussion of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks at the next NPR Book Club meeting on November 19th, 6 -7 p.m. The November meeting will be held at the Briscoe Library room 4.074 (the Collaboratory).

A few copies of the book will be available at the Briscoe Library on a first come, first served basis. Other copies are available through the San Antonio Public Library. Contact Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services, for more details at (210) 567-6398 or segerp@uthscsa.edu.

This is a joint community engagement program offered by the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library and the San Antonio Public Library Forest Hills Branch. Those interested in taking part in this project can stop by either library to pick up a bookmark with dates, times, and location information.