About the Library

Laredo Library Holiday Schedule 2018-2019

 

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Day Date Holiday Laredo Campus Card Swipe Access** Public Access Hours***
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Friday August 31 7 am – 10 pm CLOSED
Saturday September 1   7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Sunday September 2 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Monday September 3 Labor Day  7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
THANKSGIVING WEEKEND
Wednesday November 21  
7 am – 10 pm
9 am – 5 pm
Thursday November 22 Thanksgiving Day CLOSED CLOSED
Friday November 23 University Holiday CLOSED CLOSED
Saturday November 24   7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Sunday November 25 7 am – 2:30 am CLOSED
HOLIDAY BREAK
Saturday December 15 7 an – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Sunday December 16 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Monday December 17 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Tuesday December 18   7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Wednesday December 19
7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday December 20 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Friday December 21 7 am – 10 pm 8 am – 12 noon
Saturday December 22 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Sunday December 23 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Monday December 24 Christmas Eve CLOSED CLOSED
Tuesday December 25 Christmas Day CLOSED CLOSED
Wednesday December 26 University Holiday CLOSED CLOSED
Thursday December 27* 7 am – 2:30 pm 9 am – 5:00 pm
Friday December 28* 7 am – 2:30 pm 8 am – 12 noon
Saturday December 29 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Sunday December 30 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Monday December 31 7 am – 2:30 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Tuesday January 1 New Year’s Day 2019 CLOSED CLOSED
Wednesday January 2  Resume normal hours 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
 * University Mission Critical Holiday
OTHER
Monday January 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day 7 am – 10 pm CLOSED
Monday February 18 President’s Day 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Monday March 11 Spring Break 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Tuesday March 12 Spring Break 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Wednesday March 13 Spring Break 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday March 14 Spring Break 7 am – 10 pm 8 am – 5 pm
Friday March 15 Spring Break 7 am – 10 pm 8 am – 12 noon
Sunday April 21 Easter Sunday CLOSED CLOSED
 * University Mission Critical Holiday, date subject to change
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Friday May 24 7 am – 10 pm 8 am – 12 noon
Saturday May 25 7 am – 2:30 pm
CLOSED
Sunday May 26 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Monday May 27 Memorial Day CLOSED CLOSED
INDEPENDENCE DAY
Wednesday July 3 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday July 4 Independence Day 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
**Access for UT Health Science Center Laredo Regional Campus card holders may require assistance from campus police office.

*** Access for UT Health Science Center and public users

 

 

Laredo Regional Campus Library

Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday and Sunday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m (noon) Closed

View the Laredo Library holiday schedule.

Address & Contact Information

1937 E. Bustamante St.
Laredo, TX 78041
(956) 523-7404 or (956) 523-7426
laredolibrary@uthscsa.edu

Library Services

Library Collection

The Laredo Regional Campus Library has full access to library electronic resources. There is also a variety of print books and journals and a collection of consumer health materials.

Mr. Victor Oliveros, a pioneer in border health issues in Laredo/ Nuevo Laredo as a founder of the U.S. Mexico Border Health Commission, was Chief of Environmental Health Services for the City of Laredo Health Department. Mr. Oliveros retired in 2005 and donated many print materials and slides to the Laredo Regional Campus Library.

Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan

Books, articles, journals and other library materials located at the main Briscoe Library may be requested by Laredo personnel at no charge through Document Delivery. Materials not owned by the library may be requested through Interlibrary Loan. There may be no charge for some Interlibrary Loan materials. Contact Andrea Schorr at schorr@uthscsa.edu with questions. Articles not available online can usually be scanned and delivered electronically to the Laredo Regional Campus Library.

Computers

Wireless access is available in the library. Wireless users must register their laptops to access the network. Laptops can be registered by calling the Briscoe Library at (210) 567-2440.

Library computers are available with Internet, email, Microsoft Office products and provide access to all electronic resources available on the main campus. Printing is available.

Meetings at the Library

Meetings may be held in the Laredo Regional Campus Library. Study tables and chairs are available to all library visitors.

Training and Classes

Hands on training in the use of the library catalog, Ovid, PubMed, RefWorks and other resources is offered periodically or by request. A list of currently-scheduled training classes may be found online.

Laredo Regional Campus Library Hosts AHEC Students for Essay Writing Contest

Representatives from the Mid Rio Grande Border Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Texas A&M International University, and the Laredo of Tomorrow Quality of Life Task Force spoke to AHEC students in the computer lab at the Laredo Regional Campus Library on Monday, November 21 to kick off an essay writing contest. Students competing in the contest will be asked to describe their own definition and concerns about their quality of life and to include things that they consider when evaluating quality of life for themselves, others, and the environment. They are also asked to offer what they plan to do to improve their personal quality of life and that of their community.

The Library computer lab is being made available during after school hours, so that the students may work on their essays.

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Liaisons Teach Youth in St. Matthew’s STEM Club

 

On September 19, and for the third year in a row, the Library Liaisons visited and presented to the St. Matthew Catholic School STEM Club. The club consists of approximately 45 highly-motivated 4th-8th graders who meet weekly at 6:30 a.m. to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics activities.  Many of the students are preparing for their annual science fair. They were divided into two classrooms based on grade level and learned about formulating research questions and using reliable sources, particularly websites. They were also tasked with finding STEM-related information using the National Library of Medicine’s K-12 resources.

The mother of a fourth grader who attended the presentation provided the following feedback regarding the outreach:

“Wanted to let you know Eduardo loved the stem presentation yesterday. He came home and told me what he researched, how, and what he learned with his research. It was pretty neat to listen to him talk about it all. Wow! Please tell your colleagues thank you!!! Very very impactful.”

The STEM Club is led by St. Matthew’s parent Sandra Sanchez-Reilly, M.D., who is a UT Health faculty member in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine.

Libraries Receive NN/LM 2015-2016 Resource Library Award

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The UT Health Center Libraries have received a 2015-2016 Resource Library Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) South Central Chapter (SCR). The award supports outreach services provided to communities in a 33-county area in South Texas through the Briscoe Library in San Antonio, the Ramirez Library in Harlingen and Laredo Regional Campus Library. The mission of the NN/LM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to medical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. As one of 8 NN/LM Resource Libraries in Texas, the goal of the UT Health Science Center Libraries’ outreach initiative is twofold: (1) to provide health professionals with the means to support evidence-based practice, and (2) to provide health care consumers with the tools to make informed health care decisions. Through outreach activities, the Libraries promote resources produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Three of the many resources include MedlinePlus for access to reliable consumer health information, WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders), and PubMed for access to over 24 million citations from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Many of the resources of the NLM are available as mobile apps or sites. Library services include a wide variety of activities including classes, demonstrations, and participation in health fairs, and professional conferences.

4/14-15/15: South Texas Hurricane Conference

4/14-15/15: South Texas Hurricane Conference

4/9/15: 2015 School of Science and Technology Career Fair

4/9/15: 2015 School of Science and Technology Career Fair

Library Disaster Team

The Disaster Team Leader assumes a primary role in managing the disaster, working closely with the Senior Library Director and other staff.  The Senior Library Director will ultimately be responsible for all actions and decisions, based on advice from the Disaster Team, and in collaboration with University Police, Facilities Management, and Environmental Health and Safety.

 

The Library Disaster Team includes:

Senior Director of Libraries……………………………………………………………………………… Owen Ellard

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

        Resource Management Head………………………………………………………………………..  Andrea Schorr

Branch Libraries & Community Engagement…………………………………………………………  Peg Seger

Human Resources and Business Administrator…………………………………………. Jonquil Feldman

Evacuation Management Team Coordinator………………………………………………….. Walter Creech

Records Management Coordinator………………………………………………………………….. Owen Ellard

Photographer/Disaster Documentation Representative……………………………………..  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.

Back to Disaster Plan

Library Divisions

Office of the Director

The Office of the Senior Director of Libraries, headed by Owen Ellard, MLIS, MA, 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.

Resource Management

The purpose of the Resource Management division, led by Andrea N. Schorr, MSIS, is to manage and develop services and resources that support the teaching, learning and research needs of the UT Health Science Center community. The Resource Management division oversees four main service areas within the library: Collection Development, Interlibrary Loan, Special Collections, and 3D Printing & Virtual Applications.

Collection Development services include the acquisition, maintenance, and assessment of print and electronic collections, licensing, cataloging, course reserves, the digital archive, and binding services.

Interlibrary Loan/Borrowing services provide delivery of articles and books that are not in the library collection by requesting them from another library. In addition, interlibrary loan also fulfills requests from other libraries for items that are in the HSC collection.

Special Collections services provide access to a unique set of historical works in the P.I. Nixon Historical Library, which include rare books, University Archives, and various local historical documents.

3D Printing & Virtual Application services include consultation, training, and custom design for 3D printing/modeling and virtual reality applications. The service also develops targeted educational resources using 3D, virtual, and video technologies.

Outreach & Community Engagement

The purpose of the Outreach & Community Engagement division, led by Peg Seger, MA, MLIS, is to expand utilization of Library services, initiatives and innovations among the various user groups within the UT Health Science Center campus and to promote awareness of the Library and its resources to the broader South Texas community. The division develops expertise and ideas to assist the various components of the Library in promoting products and services and collaborates with other Library divisions to determine appropriate and relevant messages.

It coordinates Library programming and communications to engage faculty, staff, students, and researchers with Library resources and services and promotes effective access to quality health science information to the broader community. Programming for the broader community 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). Program activities include providing instruction on using health related databases to health professionals and the public at health fairs, professional meetings and community events. The CLHIN program provides information services to member hospitals and clinics in South Texas that have no other access to libraries or medical literature.

Circulation Services

Circulation Services headed by Louie Barcenes, 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.

Library Liaisons

The liaison librarians, led by Jonquil Feldman, MALS, AHIP, Associate Library Director, serve as a single point of contact at each school for library instruction and research services. Liaisons work with the faculty or program directors to plan and develop curriculum-integrated courses on use of library databases, evidence-based practice health information, and citation management. They participate on curriculum committees as well as other campus groups. The liaison librarians participate in systematic reviews, and provide reference services and customized instruction.

Library Fiesta Events on April 24

Save the date for the Student Fiesta and Fiesta Open House on April 24.

The Student Fiesta will run from 11am to 2pm with lots of fun activities and refreshments.

The Fiesta Open House from 4pm to 7pm will showcase the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library with a focus on local San Antonio history in light of the Tricentennial.

Connecting both events will be a presentation by the student award winner of the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award, Farhan Ahmad.

Please join us for a day full of enjoyment and enlightenment!

Library Hosts Girl Scout Troop 128!

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On September 17th, a very accomplished group of 5th and 6th grade girls from Troop 128 got some pointers from UT Health Science Center librarians about Internet Safety, Health Literacy, and Community Outreach. A special bookmark, shown here, was designed just for the occasion. The girls and their leaders are planning a return trip to learn more about how to do research for an upcoming community nutrition project. The project is part of the activities the girls will complete in working toward the Silver Award which is the highest award a Cadette can receive. Through the project, the girls will help a community by providing education about healthy food choices at a homeless shelter for women.

The girls also met with President William L. Henrich, M.D. during their campus visit and got a full tour of the Briscoe Library including the rare books in the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and the new library 3-D printer in action. Girls from the troop attend Saint Matthew Catholic School and their troop leader, Sandra Sanchez-Reilly, M.D. is a member of the faculty at the UT Health Science Center. Troop co-leader Stephanie Rowan RN, MSN, is a research nurse at the School of Dentistry.

The Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, headquartered in San Antonio, serves over 23,500 Girl Scouts across 21 counties.

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