Making Lives Better

Coming to the Library: Before I Die Interactive Art Wall, May 8 – 16

Candy Chang is an artist who has made an international impact with her reflective, public art projects.  She is probably most famous for her Before I Die walls which have been featured in major cities all over the world.  While the architecture of each wall is slightly different the concept is simple: a wall of wood, paper, or concrete is painted black and then stenciled with the prompt “before I die I want to…”. 

In conjunction with the community viewing of the FRONTLINE special on Atul Gwande’s Being Mortal on Tuesday May 16 in the Pestana Lecture Hall,  a Before I Die wall will be placed on display in the library to stir UT Health San Antonio and the broader community to participate in an open discussion on the meaning of life.

The library wall will consist of black butcher paper on large poster board displays.  The paper will have the prompt “before I die I want to…” in white. Visitors to the library wall will be encouraged to use provided chalk to publicly engage in the contemplation of life and death.

For more information about the “Before I Die” project and photos of these walls from around the world, please visit: http://candychang.com/work/before-i-die-in-nola/

 

Girl Scout Carnival of Hope

With the help of many dedicated adult leaders, Girl Scout Troop 128 created a one-of-a-kind health event at the Salvation Army Hope Center  Emergency Shelter For Women and Children on Saturday, April 8th. Many UT Health San Antonio campus departments, including the library, volunteered to make this event a success. Women and children who attended the event were treated to many fun and educational activities revolving around  nutrition, exercise, relaxation, health screenings, and more.

Shown above, librarian Kirsten Lorenzen uses an anatomy model to show carnival attendees how to identify organs in the body. Crayons and handouts were available for kids to color in order to learn how to identify nutritious fruits and vegetables.  Girl Scout troop member, Carolina Toboada, eagerly helped at the library exhibit table handing out crayons and coloring sheets.

To achieve the Girl Scout Silver Award,  troop members have also created a website, Worthy Women, that provides support information to homeless women.

To learn more about how the UT Health Libraries can partner with you on community outreach events, contact Peg Seger segerp@uthscsa.edu.

Technology Sandbox Coming Soon to the UT Health Briscoe Library

 

The Briscoe Library Technology Sandbox, an area with interactive work spaces and some of the newest technology to enhance medical education, is quickly coming together on the main floor of the library. Comfortable seating, desks, and a large worktable have been installed along with a 75 inch monitor now available for use. Soon, the space will feature a 3-D printer and computers for working with some of the latest 3-D visualization and virtual technology software. The technology will include an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for students and faculty to interact with anatomy in two new, immersive ways: The Body VR and 3-D Organon VR Anatomy. The Body VR allows the user to travel through the bloodstream to discover how blood cells function and how organelles work together to fight viruses. The 3-D Organon VR Anatomy is described by Oculus as “the world’s first fully-featured virtual reality anatomy atlas.”

Also shown above is a newly installed exhibit in the Sandbox area entitled Transforming Anatomy: Then and Now. The exhibit features materials from the PI Nixon Medical Historical Library illustrating the timeline of the study of anatomy including the original works of Andreas Vesalius considered to be the father of modern anatomy. Come see how far we have come from the original anatomy masters to the latest in technology and software.

Watch for announcements regarding a launch event for the Technology Sandbox. Contact John Weed at WeedJ@uthscsa.edu for more information.

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.

Briscoe Library to Partner with SAPL on NPR Campus Community Book Club

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The UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library and the San Antonio Public Library Forest Hills Branch are joining forces to start a new NPR (National Public Radio) Book Club as a community engagement project. There are many community issues that can benefit from engagement utilizing a book club as a platform for interaction and conversation. The club will meet once a month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at either the Briscoe Library (room 4.074, the Collaboratory) or at the Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Rd). An NPR reviewed book will be featured at each meeting.

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh has been selected for the first meeting on September 17th, 6 -7 p.m., held at the Briscoe Library.

Do No Harm provides unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital.  Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life’s most difficult decisions.

A few copies are 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 for more details at (210) 567-6398 or segerp@uthscsa.edu.

Those interested in taking part in this project can stop by either library to pick up a bookmark with dates, times, and location information.

 

Stellar Librarian

I have had the pleasure of working with Christine Gaspard over the past few years. I believe she was referred when I sent in a request for “askalibrarian”. She has been abundantly helpful with many studies and projects – helping me with researching articles, searching MESH terms, etc. She is thorough and reliable. Not only is she always cordial and prepared, but she always has a positive attitude. Her knowledge and assistance are truly valuable.

Thank you for your time.

Emily Wang
Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Medicine

May 5, 2014

An informative webinar

 

Comment sent to Andrea Schorr, Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian:  Your presentation, “Strategic Planning for Digitizing Success” which was part of an Amigos online conference, was very, very informative.

Rhonda Rolen, BSE, MSE, MLIS

Director, Columbia County Library

Magnolia, Arkansas

Survey Says….

In Spring of 2013, librarians surveyed Health Science Center students and faculty about their access to information, services, staff and study space. We received many compliments about the staff, some of which are included here.

 

The library staff is exceptional!

 

Librarians and library staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

 

“If only I’d had your lecture before I spent multiple days and hours struggling to make PUBMED work with my homework assignments.  Your examples and explanations really hit home.”

 

My experience with library staff is that they are always courteous and helpful; they make genuine attempts to help answer questions that are difficult to answer/resolve.

 

When I call the librarian for help, they are always extremely helpful in helping me find what I need. I am very impressed with the capabilities of the librarians and their ability to help me when I need it.

 

Katie Prentice and Chris Gaspard have been invaluable resources for me when teaching the Research Class and helping students put together their CSL Posters

 

 

It’s all totally free!

 

 

From the blog of a Chinese student doing a clerkship rotation here:

 

After work, I went to the library to study for a while. The experience was amazing! The inside of the library is just gorgeous. One can always find a seat and there are different types of seats like square tables, round tables, sofas and even small conference rooms. America’s infrastructure is indeed very advanced. By the way, all are totally free!

eurye
09/27/2012
UTHSCSA, San Antonio, Texas

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