About the Library

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 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.

Library Liaisons

The liaison librarians, led by Chris Gaspard, MSLS, 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 Gallery Opening April 22, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Briscoe Library takes great pride in being the site for the 2nd gallery opening for an exhibit of environmentally themed screen prints produced by local area high school students taking part in the Air Quality Academy. The academy is sponsored by UT Health San Antonio, The AETNA Foundation, La Printeria, Westside Development Corporation, ImpactSA, and the Alamo Colleges District.

Through the program, students work on their creative designs in collaboration with professionals in the fields of health science,  advocacy and art. Outcomes of the program for students include:

  • Deeper understanding of the significance of environmental health
  • Acquisition of skills that have real labor-value and serve as a means of creative expression
  • Increased sense of leadership and advocacy
  • Enhanced presentation and speaking skills
  • Greater awareness of cross-sector partnerships and their potential to create opportunities

The exhibit will be on display for the remainder of April, extending into the first part of May.

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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.

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

 

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