Attend a Library Class

The Libraries offer a variety of education opportunities on a regular schedule and by special request.  Other class topics can be developed upon request.

Library classes are open to all and most are hands-on. Complete class descriptions of regularly scheduled classes are listed below.  Any of our classes can be tailored for your department or class and can be scheduled at any of our locations by request.  To schedule a class, or for more information about classes offered by the Library, contact us for more information.

See also the Library Events & Classes calendar for the current class offerings.

Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session

  • This introductory one hour class covers the creation of a rolled poster, presentation skills and best practices for poster sessions at professional conferences and meetings. This class is designed to enhance poster creation and presentation skills.
No events

Introduction to EndNote

  • This hands-on workshop introduces faculty, staff, and students the basics of using the EndNote X6/X7 software to manage references and produce bibliographies.
  • Topics include importing references from databases, organizing and managing an EndNote library, and producing a bibliography in various formats.
  • Note: EndNote software is not available for use in the library, except during scheduled classes. Users must purchase EndNote for their own computers. The HSC Computer Store and have EndNote available for purchase.  The Computer Store has the best discounted price for UT Health Science Center affiliated students, faculty and staff.
  • EndNote X7 was released May 20, 2013.  Class will discuss X6 and X7 for while users decide to upgrade.

Introduction to PubMed

  • PubMed is the National Library of Medicine’s web-based MEDLINE interface. In this hands-on class, learn how to improve your search results, use MeSH, limits, find full-text, and use Boolean operators.
No events

Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information

  • This hands-on workshop will help you search CINAHL, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. Learn the basic searching skills that will utilize the CINAHL subject headings and limiters to find the information that you need. Attendees will learn how to link to full text and how to save and retrieve search strategies and results.
No events

Introduction to RefWorks

  • This hands-on workshop introduces faculty, staff, or students the basics of using RefWorks to manage references and produce bibliographies. Learn how to import references from databases such as PubMed or CINAHL, organize and manage a RefWorks database, and produce a bibliography. RefWorks is a web-based product that is available to all UT Health Science Center affiliates.

Library Basics

  • This is a basic orientation to the Library, designed for Administrative Assistants and other staff who need a refresher on library use. The class includes a tour of the Library, an overview of services, and hands-on instruction in locating items, both electronically and in-print.
  • Library Basics is offered once a semester but special sessions can be scheduled by request.
No events

Google Scholar for Scientific and Clinical Literature Searches

  • This class will introduce standard and advanced search features in Google Scholar.  Learn how to set Google Scholar preferences to include full-text links from the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Libraries, export citations from Google Scholar to RefWorks or EndNote and set up and integrate the Library’s LibX Toolbar with Google Scholar on your own computer.
  • Google Scholar is scheduled by request.
No events

Library Orientation

  • Library Orientations are only offered by request. These sessions generally include an overview of services and an introduction to the Library Catalog, as well as appropriate databases, such as MEDLINE or CINAHL. Orientation sessions are usually 50 minutes or less and can be tailored for your group.
  • To schedule an orientation, contact your nearest library location.

Attend a Records Management Class


Email Management Webinar

Two part webinar developed by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission that discusses laws and rules regarding email as records, how to determine when an email is a record and how to identify which emails you should keep.  Shows one way to organize your inbox and productivity tips to make email use more efficient.  Click here to view webinars.

Planning an Imaging Project Webinar

Two part webinar developed by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission that discusses imaging projects for records – how to decide when to image records, the steps involved, equipment needed, etc.  Click here to view webinars.

Face-to-Face Classes

Records Management Module A: Records Retention & Inventory

    Required for all Records Management Representatives. This class covers state laws regarding records management for state agencies, reasons we need to manage our records, how to interpret the Records Retention Schedule (RRS), how to use the online RRS to find the required retention period for records, how to fill out a Disposition Log, and how to do an inventory of department records.

Records Management Module C: Managing Permanent Records and Electronic Records

Covers the pros and cons of the various options for storing permanent records including paper, microfilm, and document imaging.  Also explains state laws for electronic records and issues such as security and choosing the right format.  Previous attendance at Records Management Module A is not required.

Current schedule for face-to-face classes:

No events

Compliments to Chris

I want to thank Chris Gaspard for the terrific presentation.  The students were very grateful and enjoyed being able to link the examples of sorting through types of studies to the scenarios you offered them.  It gave them an excellent application toward their knowledge in seeking out the evidence.  I am so appreciative and will definitely request that we do this again for my future classes.

Dr. Amanda Flagg

Emerging Technology Brownbag Series

About the Emerging Technologies Brown Bag Series

ETBB LogoThe Emerging Technologies Brown Bag (“ETBB”) series began in April 8, 2009 when a team of Health Science Center librarians offered a class called “Saving Face on Facebook.” The interest and response from the Health Science Center was strong, so the Libraries decided to continue with a monthly series of lunchtime brown-bag events. Each of these sessions focused on a particular social media tool or emerging technology, provided an overview of its functionality and possibilities, and invited participants to explore and discuss possible professional and educational implications.

Topics and Supporting Materials

Events in the Emerging Technologies Brown Bag Series

  • February 9, 2011: Explaining Ebooks
    Briscoe Library
  • January 12, 2011: Why Twitter?
    Briscoe Library
  • December 8, 2010: Tech the Halls: 30 Holiday Tips and Tools
    Briscoe Library
  • November 10, 2010: Google Collaboration Tools
    Briscoe Library
  • October 13, 2010: Online Tools to Upgrade Your Research
    Briscoe Library
  • September 8, 2010: Medical Apps for Smartphones
    Briscoe Library
  • May 12, 2010: Why Twitter?
    Briscoe Library
  • May 6, 2010: Bridging the Distance: Online Meeting Software
    Ramirez Library
  • April 19, 2010: Saving Face on Facebook
    UT Health Science Center Library – Downtown
  • April 15, 2010: RSS Simplified
    Ramirez Library
  • April 14, 2010: Online Privacy: Making Smart Choices
    Briscoe Library
  • March 29, 2010: Medical Apps for Smartphones
    UT Health Science Center – Downtown
  • March 10, 2010: Saving Face on Facebook
    Briscoe Library
  • February 10, 2010: Smartphones: Life Made Mobile
    Briscoe Library
  • February 4, 2010: Why Twitter?
    Ramirez Library
  • January 25, 2010: Google Collaboration Tools
    UT Health Science Center Library – Downtown
  • January 13, 2010: Google Collaboration Tools
    Briscoe Library
  • January 7, 2010: Saving Face on Facebook
    Ramirez Library
  • December 9, 2009: Picture This: Online Photo-Sharing Services
    Briscoe Library
  • November 11, 2009 : RSS Simplified
    Briscoe Library
  • October 27, 2009: Why Twitter?
    Briscoe Library & Ramirez Library
  • October 15, 2009: Bridging the Distance: Online Meeting Software
    Briscoe Library
  • September 9, 2009: More than Mail: Getting the Most from Windows Live
    Briscoe Library
  • August 19, 2009: Why Twitter?
    UT Health Science Center Library – Downtown
  • August 12, 2009: Google Collaboration Tools
    Briscoe Library
  • July 22, 2009: Saving Face on Facebook
    UT Health Science Center Library – Downtown
  • July 8, 2009: Saving Face on Facebook
    Briscoe Library
  • June 16, 2009: Why Twitter?
    Briscoe Library
  • June 10, 2009: Social Bookmarking
    Briscoe Library
  • May 14, 2009: Saving Face on Facebook
    Briscoe Library
  • May 13, 2009: Why Twitter?
    Briscoe Library
  • April 8, 2009: Saving Face on Facebook
    Briscoe Library

Library Presentations on the ETBB Series

Hurst, E. J., Rosenberger, L., Minars, K., & Prentice, K. “Expanding Library Roles through the Art of Education: Successfully Teaching Emerging Technology Topics” Paper. South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 2009.

Evidence-Based Medicine Class for MSIIIs in Pediatrics Clerkship

Chris was great and presented the information in an informative manner without being overwhelming.

Best library class I’ve been to yet–was very useful!

Katie was great!

Great job in the class, learned a whole lot.

Integrate Library Research Skills into Course Content

Faculty are encouraged to consider integrating library research skills into course content.  Classes can be requested for any group, department or class and participation is open to everyone.  Librarians are available to develop and teach classes that meet specific needs or are about a specific resource.  Classes are usually hands-on and interactive when students have laptops or if the class is held in the Library Computer Classroom.

Librarian teaching students in the lecture hall

Popular themes for classes include:

  • PubMed
  • Ovid Medline
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • RefWorks
  • EndNote
  • Creating and Presenting Poster Sessions

Please submit your request in advance to ensure the availability of a librarian and time preparation of materials.  If a specific assignment will be assigned after the class, please let us know the details and expectations you have for your students.

To learn more or to schedule a class, contact Briscoe Library Information at 210-567-2450 or

Katie is a terrific teacher!

Thank you for taking time to assist me with my search. You guidance, directions, and explanations were so helpful. Your communication style and approach truly restored my confidence level in tackling the search process!

You are a terrific teacher!


Taline Dadian Infante, RDH, MS, Associate Professor
Distinguished Teaching Professor, Interim Chair
Department of Dental Hygiene

Learn about Poster Presentations

Use these resources to plan and develop a poster presentation for class, conferences and meetings.

A regularly offered library class on Creating and Presenting Effective Poster Sessions is a great option when you are thinking about improving your poster making skills.   This class can be requested for courses or departments.  Contact Briscoe Library Information at or 210-567-2450 to request a special presentation.

Campus Poster Printing

Poster Presentation Resources

Poster Examples

Look at a wide variety of posters to decide what you like and don’t like!


Learn More – Slides on Poster Presentations

Thanks for MedlinePlus demonstration!

Here’s a comment posted to Twitter this morning:

“@uthsclib Thanks for the MedlinePlus demonstration at the 2011 San Antonio CHW/Promotor(a) Summit! Great information for everyone!”

We’re always happy to have a chance to demonstrate great health information sources like MedlinePlus, as our librarians Linda Levy and Peg Seger did at the Community Health Worker/Promotor(a) Summit at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa earlier this month.

Thanks to Eric for a great class

I wanted to take a moment to tell you what a great job Eric did on his presentation on Copyright and Fair Use to the PAS faculty. Eric did a wonderful job in managing the seemingly hundreds of questions that came his way! The faculty had very positive things to say. They agreed that this was a useful session and that they learned a lot, both about copyright and fair use, and what the library has to offer in the way of research tools.

Eric, thank you so much for your great work today. I really appreciated it and I know the faculty did too!

Linda G. Solis, M.A.
Online Teaching and Learning
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio