Working in partnership with the Alamo Area Library System (AALS), the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library recently provided a health information presentation for the Universal City Public Library. Promoting the use of public libraries for consumer health information is part of an effort to address the information needs of growing numbers of Texas residents who are being diagnosed with diabetes. National Library of Medicine resources such as MedlinePlus and NIHSenior Health were demonstrated for attendees as examples of reliable sources of diabetes information.
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Public and Medical Library Team Up for Consumer Health Information
San Antonio Public Library Hosts Focus Group for Promotores
On June 9, 2008, the San Antonio Public Library hosted a focus group with 10 promotores from Edgewood Family Network. This is the first of two focus group meetings being held as part of SAPL’s “express outreach” award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The UT HSC Libraries are partnering with SAPL to enhance services and resources based on promotores’ feedback and suggestions.
Science Expo 2011
Health Professionals of Tomorrow storm UT Health Science Center
The UT Health Science Center played host to nearly 1,500 students from all over San Antonio and South Texas on November 12, 2011. The majority of the students were high school seniors and juniors with a few extra who came along for the ride. The enthusiasm and excitement displayed by the students was exciting and spoke well of the future of medicine in the hands of these possible upcoming professionals. The UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library sponsored an exhibit table in the medical lecture hall commons area during the Science Expo. On exhibit were such things as the availability of MedlinePlus, the PubMed database and how to effectively use the National Library of Medicine resources. Also on hand were materials containing information on medical librarianship and available scholarships. Many students had never encountered the MedlinePlus database and were extremely surprised at the amount of information available to them. A few students did admit that they were still trying to decide on a career and were quite engaging when asked about their foreseeable choices. It was quite apparent that both students and staff experienced a wonderful time and left looking forward to future Science Expo gatherings.
Senior Fiesta 2011 Draws Large Crowds for April 13th Event
The Senior Fiesta is an annual event that brings together many San Antonio area agencies and organizations to highlight services and products of interest to area senior citizens. Sponsored by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Catholic Charities, the event drew 3,500 people in 2010. This year, along with food and live entertainment, there were 87 vendors available at the event including the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library. Pictured here is Lydia Fletcher, Health Science Center Outreach Services Assistant, demonstrating MedlinePlus® to event attendees interested in learning more about finding reliable health information.
Texas Public Health Association annual conference, March 5-7
The Texas Public Health Association will hold its annual conference in San Antonio next week. On March 6 from 3:15-4:45 Michelle Malizia from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s South Central Region will give a presentation on “Climbing the Money Tree: Locating Grants and Funding.” Staff from UT Health Science Center Libraries will also be present at the meeting with an exhibit highlighting information resources for public health personnel. Drop by to say hello!
Texas State at San Marcos Celebrates
The Alkek library at Texas State in San Marcos hosted a government information fair on Wednesday, November 17th in celebration of their 55th year as a federal depository library. The designation was awarded in 1955 at the request of then U.S. Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson on behalf of his alma mater. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) includes over 1,200 libraries across the country that provide access to government publications. Uncle Sam is seen here visiting the UT Health Science Center booth displaying information from the National Library of Medicine. Both state and federal agencies were on hand to answer questions and hand out information to the campus community and members of the public.
Texas-Mexican Border Study finds pesticides a BIG problem.
HARLINGEN,TX— Air samples from homes of Hispanic mothers-to-be along the Texas-Mexico border contained multiple pesticides in a majority of the houses, according to a study conducted by the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.
Several studies have reported that pesticide exposure may adversely affect mental and motor development of the infants during infancy and childhood. The new report is in the summer issue of the Texas Public Health Journal .
Click Here to read the entire story as it appears in the HSC News Publication, and what suggestions are being made to remedy the situation. Story by Will Sansom and Sheila Hotchkin.
UT Health Science Center Libraries at Alamo Area Library System’s Annual Meeting
On September 17 library staff from the UT Health Science Center provided a keynote presentation for the annual meeting of the Alamo Area Library System. Approximately 90 public librarians from communities surrounding San Antonio attended this meeting. Peg Seger, Gary Goodson and Keith Cogdill represented the UT Health Science Center and encouraged attendees to join the NN/LM – South Central Region.
UTHSC Libraries and SAPL Team Up for Metro Health Staff
On March 8 UTHSC Libraries staff Lydia Fletcher and Keith Cogdill joined staff from San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) to promote library services for Metro Health, San Antonio’s local health department. This event was coordinated by Jac Peery, working with Metro Health on a fellowship sponsored by the Sewell Fund. Pictured by SAPL’s bookmobile are Ramona Lucius from SAPL, Jac Peery and Lydia Fletcher from UTHSC.
UTHSCSA Library in Laredo – We’ve Grown!
Yesterday was the grand opening of the second building of the UTHSCSA Laredo Campus Extension, with a much larger space for the library and computer lab. The new space includes a conference room with videoconferencing capabilities, a group study room, and a computer lab with 16 workstations.