Making Lives Better

Library Hosts Gallery Opening

An exhibit composed of screen prints created by local area high school students is currently on display in the library. The exhibit will be the focus of attention at an award reception being held in the library art wall area on Thursday, December 13th at 6:00 p.m. The prints resulted from a student program (Quality Air, Quality Life) offered by the Air Quality Academy. The exhibit and reception are made possible by UT Health, The AETNA Foundation, La Printeria, Westside Development Corporation, ImpactSA, and Alamo Colleges District.

Click here for KSAT’s local news report feature about this exhibit.

The UT Healthier Youth Recipe and Resource Booklet: A Successful Health Information Literacy Project

 

 

This summer, UT Health San Antonio Libraries, North East Independent School District (NEISD), the UT Teen Health Youth Leadership Council, and the UT Teen Health Clinic partnered to distribute UT Healthier Youth Recipe and Resource Booklets. This project was developed by librarian Karen Barton and funded with federal dollars through a National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM/SCR) Express Outreach Award. The booklets included nine healthy, kid-friendly recipes and pages listing online health information resources for kids and teens. A primary goal of the project was to increase awareness of NLM K-12 consumer health resources and promote healthy behaviors for youth in grades 3-12 who are at risk for poor health outcomes.  Another goal was to motivate youth to actually use the NLM K-12 health information resources and healthy recipes found in the booklet. From June 28-September 29, 2018, a total of 2,663 booklets were distributed directly to youth and to organizations that serve youth. There were over 750 more youth in more areas of the city reached than there were during the library’s NNLM/SCR-funded Youth Health Literacy Challenge project in 2017.

NEISD staff were instrumental in distributing 645 booklets to youth at four San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) branches during feeding times for their Summer Food Service Program. Additionally, 350 booklets were given to library staff at three other SAPL branches to distribute to youth. The UT Teen Health Clinic distributed 149 booklets and the UT Teen Health Youth Leadership Council, which consists of nearly 70 teens from across the city who promote sexual health to their peers, received training on online health information resources and were given 432 booklets to distribute—one each to keep for themselves and five each to distribute to peers. Overall, 19 organizations that serve youth participated in distributing the booklets and also included the YWCA, a middle school, high school, and afterschool and extracurricular programs.

Research by von Hippel, Powell, Downey, & Rowland (as cited in McLaughlin, 2012) shows that many American families lack access to healthy meals for their children during the summer and that children gain weight two to three times faster during summer months in comparison to the school year. Since 2016, NEISD has provided the Summer Feeding Program and chosen feeding sites based on the student family income at the neighboring school. In 2017, they served a total of 7,308 free meals for children and adults in San Antonio Public Library branches near schools that reported high numbers of low income students. Due to NEISD and Bexar County demographics and statistics, it is very likely that this project reached those most at risk for obesity, diabetes, and other diseases and conditions, and those most in need of health information and health literacy.

Project partners received great feedback that indicated that the project was making a difference in communities. A grandmother who is raising grandchildren told UT Health San Antonio Libraries staff that she was happy to have been given more recipe ideas through the booklet since, as she stated in jest, it seems as though all her family eats is rice and beans. NEISD staff at Brookhollow Library reported that several parents who had received a booklet had tried some of the recipes. There were 132 teens and parents or other chaperones trained on online health information resources at the UT Teen Health Youth Leadership Council Summit. All participants indicated on NNLM training session evaluation forms that they either “somewhat agree” or “strongly agree” that the training improved their ability to find useful online health information, indicating an improvement in health information literacy. Nearly all of them also expressed eagerness to use and tell others about the NLM resources. Additionally, Youth Leadership Council teens were surveyed later regarding their outreach and reported that some of their family members and peers had tried the recipes or were happy to receive a booklet due to the content. One teen reported, “All of my friends thought that these booklets were cool and excited to receive them.” Out of 66 teens, 22 responded to the second survey. The majority of the teens surveyed, 63.6% (14), reported that they had visited at least one health information website since their training at the summit and 77.3% (17) indicated that they had tried or planned to try a recipe found in the booklet.

For more information on this and other library outreach initiatives, feel free to contact Karen Barton at bartonkd@uthscsa.edu or Peg Seger at segerp@uthscsa.edu.

Briscoe Library Scores High in Student Satisfaction Survey

In preparation for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) site visit, the UT Health San Antonio student survey results were reviewed to provide support for Briscoe Library’s commitment to student satisfaction.

In the 2018 AAMC Graduation Questionnaire, 98.8% of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with Briscoe Library, compared to the national average of 86.3%. Briscoe Library is happy to report that this number is an increase from 2017’s 93.7%.

The percentage of students who were satisfied or very satisfied with Briscoe Library’s:

  • Ease of access to library resources and holdings: 98%
  • Quality of library support and services: 99%
  • Adequacy of student study space at the medical school campus, including library study space: 95%

We’d like to thank all of the UT Health San Antonio students and we look forward to working with you to continue to make the library an even better space!

2nd Annual Student Appreciation Week Success

Please enjoy a few pictures from the week long activities during the 2018 Student Appreciation Week, October 29th through November 2nd, 2018.

SGA Secretary Samantha Yee and Vice-President Mustafa Mithaiwala cut the ribbon at a celebration for the new Library food vending area made possible by funds from the Student Fee Fund. (10/29/18)

Students enjoying coffee and cake at the ribbon cutting celebration. (10/29/18)

Library Liaisons Karen Barton (SHP), Chris Gaspard (SOM), and Christy Tyson (SOD) prepare for the student paint party complete with spooky drinks and pumpkin cookies.

(10/30/18)

Students enjoy spooky drinks and treats with Liaison Librarian Christy Tyson. (10/30/18)

Students talk with Miguel Vazquez, M.D., creator of Starletta. (10/30/18)

Students line up to take part in the Student Photo Wall. The School of Health Professions was the winner with the most participation! (10/30/18)

Students getting pictures taken at the Halloween Photo Wall (10/31/18).

Students getting to know Library therapy dogs June and Angel along with handlers, Resource Management Librarians Dana Whitmire and Andrea Schorr. (11/2/18)

Students lined up each day to spin the wheel for prizes.


Student wins a prize!

Fresh Food and Coffee Machines are Coming!

Here’s a sneak peek at Briscoe library’s new vending machines waiting in the warehouse for shipment.

The fresh food, coffee, and snack machines are expected to arrive before the end of September.

Having these vending machines means that food and coffee will be available for students in the library 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You will no longer have to leave campus when you get hungry at night or on weekends, food and coffee will be right here in the library!

Library Entry Wall Redesign Coming

While you may have noticed some missing pieces on the Library entry wall, more changes are coming. The wall is to be redesigned as a display wall for art and other exhibits. In addition to a new surface and paint, new lighting will be installed.

The wall is conceived as a space not only for exhibits but to engage and unite our campus community.

Student Photo Exhibit Comes to Briscoe Library

Bryant Huang, School of Medicine ’20, has created a photo exhibit that is now currently on display in Briscoe Library’s front entrance. The exhibit, entitled Still Life: Reflections on Hope and Illness, portrays patients from all walks of life with a unique collection of experiences and outlooks. Huang, along with his mentor Dr. Jason Morrow, created this exhibit to allow us to reflect on encounters with individuals who have changed our lives, to remind us to thank those who have helped us along the way, and to encourage us to take time to lend a hand to someone in need.

Each of the photographs in this exhibit is accompanied by a caption that illustrates patients’ hopes, values, and meanings. “These are the patients’ stories, their reflections on life and illness.”

The exhibit will be on display at Briscoe Library for the remainder of June.

Under Construction: New Library Vending Area

No matter what the weather or time of day or night, you’ll soon be able to grab a quick bite without having to leave the comfort of the library. We’ll not only leave a light on for you, we’ll prepare dinner too!

Construction, involving some significant electrical and plumbing work, has begun in an alcove area on the library entry floor. The space will eventually feature fresh food and coffee vending machines and a microwave.  Renovation of the area is tentatively planned to be completed by September 2018.

Please excuse a little extra temporary noise and dust and stay tuned for progress updates.

Coming Soon – Library Reflection Room Renovations

While a room for reflection, meditation, or prayer has previously been under consideration for library space, a recent request from students has finally brought the idea into reality. The room, on the 4th floor (4N) of the Library, is now open for use.  There are no reservations required and the room can be used by up to five people at one time.

Soon the room will be updated with new paint, carpeting, and other features appropriate for a reflection space. As with the rest of the library space since June 1st of last year, the room will be available 24/7/365.

Reflection Room:

The Briscoe Library Reflection Room is designed for wellness breaks, quiet meditation, and brief retreats from studying. The UT Health Community is encouraged to use this space to relax and reflect in a calm environment.

De-stress: Use this space for quiet reflection. Keep the volume to a minimum.

Share: The space can accommodate approximately five people comfortably.

Relax: Make yourself comfortable. Please do not remove any items from the space.

School of Dentistry Liaison Librarian Greets 330 Area Students at 2017 Science Expo

 

On November 11, Christy Tyson, Liaison to the School of Dentistry, provided outreach services at the 2017 Health Science Expo held at the Holly Auditorium, where there were 330 visitors. The Expo targets area high school students, their teachers, guidance counselors, and parents and seeks to inform them of the exciting aspects of health science librarianship and access points for NIH resources. PubMed and MedlinePlus were two of the resources demonstrated and literature was available for further reference. Christy also provided several hands-on opportunities to those who visited the library’s table, including manipulation of 3D prints of anatomical structures and online VR modules created for current courses offered at UT Health.

 

  

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