About the Library

Library classes for August and September


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The Libraries offer classes, consultations and other training to assist with the effective use of databases and research tools.  All library classes are free and open to all.  Register today to reserve your spot!

Schedule a Special Class
To schedule a special class or orientation for your department or group at other days/times, please contact the library at (210) 567-2450 or email AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Integrating Library Research Skills into Academic Course Content
Faculty are encouraged to integrate library research skills into course content.  Librarians are available to develop and teach classes that meet specific needs or are about a specific resource.  To learn more or to schedule a class, contact Katie Prentice at prenticek@uthscsa.edu or call 210-567-6606.

To register for a class or to see complete class descriptions, visit the Attend a Library Class page.

Briscoe Library – San Antonio

  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: August 9, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: August 21, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: August 22, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Google Scholar for Scientific and Clinical Literature Searches: August 28, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to PubMed: September 5, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: September 6, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Creating and Presenting a Poster Session: September 12, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 4.074
  • Getting Started with Ovid Medline: September 17, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011


Library Disaster Team

The Disaster Team Leader assumes a primary role in managing the disaster, working closely with the Executive Director of Libraries and other staff.  The Executive Director of Libraries will ultimately be responsible for all actions and decisions, based on advice from the Disaster Team.


The Library Disaster Team includes:

Executive Director of Libraries………………………………………………………………………… Rajia Tobia

Disaster Team Leader……………………………………………………………………………… Jonquil Feldman

Collection Resources Head………………………………………………………………………………  John Weed

Office Manager and Human Resources Representative………………………………. Herlinda Howard

Evacuation Management Team Coordinator…………………………………………………………. Ken Wise

Library Technology Coordinator…………………………………………………………………….. Eric Willman

Records Management and Special Collections Restoration Coordinator…………. Anne Comeaux

Photographers/Disaster Documentation Representatives……….. Robert Zuniga & Walter Creech


UT Health Science Center Disaster Support:

Chief, UT Police……………………………………………………………………………………….. Michael Parks

Asst VP for Environmental Health and Safety………………………………………… Michael Charlton

Asst VP for Campus Operations, Facilities Management…………………………….. Darrell Maatsch

The Disaster Team will:

  • Coordinate with emergency services (University Police, Facilities Management, Environmental Health and Safety) to determine when and where it is safe to enter the building.
  • Prepare for recovery.  Contact BMS Catastrophe (1-800-433-2940, 210-542-4180-cell).
  • Once staff are allowed back into the building, assess the nature and extent of damage and take photographs to document the damage.
  • Identify a disaster command post with necessary communication equipment, desks, and supplies for directing the recovery effort.
  • Work with BMS Catastrophe to assemble pallets, cartons, book trucks, and work crews.
  • Make salvage decisions and take action quickly because mold can start growing on wet materials within 48 hours.

For more details on handling specific emergencies, consult Procedures for Campus Emergency Situations.

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Library Divisions

Office of the Director

The Office of the Executive Director of Libraries, headed by Rajia Tobia, A.M.L.S., AHIP, Executive Director of Libraries, is responsible for overall planning, budget and personnel administration, building maintenance, staff development, and official communication with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and external institutions and organizations.

Collection Resources

The Collection Resources division, led by John Weed, M.S.I.S., Head of Collection Resources, is responsible for print and online journal and book acquisitions, electronic resource licensing and management, consortium participation, cataloging, and binding.

Library and Outreach Services

The Library and Outreach Services division, led by Jonquil Feldman, M.A.L.S., AHIP, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, coordinates services to assist faculty, staff, students, researchers and the community in finding and managing health sciences information resources efficiently.

Access Services, headed by Chris Gaspard, M.L.I.S., Head of Access Services and Interlibrary Loan, staffs the Circulation Desk and keeps the library open 129 hours per week during the academic year. Circulation Desk staff process registration for borrowing privileges and off-campus access, check out or renew library materials, add money to print or photocopy accounts, receive fines and fees for Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery and Literature Search services, and issue guest computer passwords. Access Services staff are responsible for reshelving library materials and generally ensuring an inviting environment in which to study and do research. The Document Delivery service provides copies of library-owned materials in print or electronic format. Interlibrary Loan staff obtain materials not available in the Library’s collection from other libraries and also loans or provides copies of materials from our collection to other libraries.

Outreach Services, headed by Peg Seger, M.A., M.L.I.S., Head of Outreach Services, is anchored by an annual outreach subcontract with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) and by the Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN).  Outreach activities include providing instruction on using PubMed, Medline Plus, and other health related databases to health professionals and the lay public at health fairs, professional meetings and community events. Accredited continuing education (CE) courses on using databases and other information resources are offered to nurses and pharmacists.

The CLHIN program provides information services to member hospitals and clinics in South Texas that have no other access to libraries or medical literature. Services include database searches on MEDLINE and other databases, document delivery and consultation on information management.

Click here to find out how you can contact library staff for assistance or to request a class or consultation.

Library Technology

Library Technology manages the library’s computer systems, Web site, and technical infrastructure.  Division staff also consult on issues related to scholarly communication.

The Web Team is responsible for design, development, and maintenance of all Health Science Center Libraries web sites, the staff intranet, and the web portions of the Digital Archive. The Web Team also offers usability consulting services to other departments on campus.

Library Systems is responsible for the library computer systems including library servers, software, hardware and peripherals for the public and staff, and for printing services. Library Systems staff install application software and maintain operating systems; assist library users with computer equipment and software; and are also responsible for the proper licensing of library software. Systems staff provide technical support to the public who are accessing library services from outside the library.

Special Collections

Special Collections, led by Anne Comeaux, M.L.S., CRM, is responsible for the University Archives, the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, and the UT Health Science Center’s records management program. The University Archives houses important historical records for the university as well as manuscript collections and photographs documenting the history of medicine in San Antonio.  The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library has nearly 5,000 books on the history of the health sciences. The records management program updates the Health Science Center Records Retention Schedule (RRS) and trains staff in records management practices. Records Management Representatives appointed in each department work with the library to protect vital records and to ensure the timely disposition of records based on the retention periods designated in the RRS.

The UTHSC Digital Archive, headed by the Digital Archive Team includes digital collections, historical materials from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, theses and dissertations from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and documents relating to the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

Library Policies


Library Technology: Eric Willman

Office Phone:  210-567-2433

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 Executive Director and Office Manager to:

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


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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!

Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., Library

Library Hours

Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

See the Ramirez Library Holiday Schedule.

Address & Contact Information

2102 Treasure Hills Blvd
Harlingen, TX 78550 (map)
(956) 365-8850

About the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library

It is the mission of the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library to improve the quality of health care in the Lower Rio Grande Valley by connecting health professionals and patients to reliable health information. The Ramirez Library maintains an environment for research, study, and teaching for health professionals and the community and provides state-of-the-art services and collections.

The Library is named after Dr. Mario E. Ramirez a well-known physician in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and former University of Texas Regent who also served as Vice-President for South Texas Programs at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio from 1995 to 2007.

More About the Library

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 Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, 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


November 15th ACA Enrollment at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

For the second time this year, the Laredo Regional Campus Library has hosted an Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment event for residents of Laredo and Webb County. The event was sponsored in collaboration between the UT Health Science Center Libraries, the 28th District Congressional Office of Representative Henry Cuellar, the Mid Rio Grande Valley (MRGV) Area Health Education Center (AHEC), and the South Texas Development Council. Other organizations belonging to the Enroll Webb County Coalition, and the Laredo Health Coalition also participated.

Congressman Cuellar, along with Laredo area hospital CEOs, was on site to promote the event through local TV and newspaper coverage. A number of area ACA Certified Application Counselors and Navigators provided counseling and enrollment assistance to over 50 registered families who attended the event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MRGV AHEC students assisted attendees with setting up email accounts in preparation for ACA Enrollment.



Office Manager and Human Resources Representative: Herlinda Howard

Office Phone:  210-567-2407

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

Regular Duties related to Disaster Planning

  • Maintains and updates list of keys and card readers annually or as necessary
  • Establishes and maintains an inventory of library possessions
  • Maintains current list of all staff office phone numbers for updating the telephone tree

During and After a Disaster

  • Contacts recovery vendors and services at the request of the disaster team or collections manager
  • Tracks and coordinates expenditures
  • Coordinates with Executive Director and Director of Library Services to authorize temporary staff assignments and workspaces if needed
  • Coordinates payment for supplies and services needed
  • Recruits volunteers and ensures they all sign a waiver form
  • Arranges for food and drink for recovery workers as determined necessary
  • Works with Robert Zuniga, Senior Clerk to update the inventory of library possessions as damaged items are discarded
  • Maintains a list of possessions sent out for refurbishing, if applicable
  • Works with Executive Director to submit insurance claims for Library
  • Coordinates with Human Resources to assist any employee injured in the disaster or during recovery with workman’s compensation or insurance claims
  • Enrolls the assistance of the Employee Assistance Program if necessary


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