Announcements

Bodies Revealed, Exhibition at the Witte Museum!

Presented by Massage Heights with generous support from Central Living by David Weekley Homes, Institute for Women’s Health, and the City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development. Media partner- Time Warner Cable Connect a Million Minds

Image from Bodies Revealed Exhibit

On Oct 3rd, 2015 the Witte Museum opened Bodies Revealed. The exhibit features real, dissected human bodies that have been plasticized for public education and displayed in artistic and informative ways to show both the body’s functionality, as well as its intricate and complex architecture.

Visitors to the exhibit will be able to view the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, digestive and reproductive systems of the human body. The Bodies- Revealed exhibit will be on display and the Witte Museum from October 3rd, 2015 to January 31, 2016

For tickets and more information on the exhibit, please visit the Witte Museum’s website: http://www.wittemuseum.org/exhibitions/special-exhibitions/bodies-revealed

Coming soon: New database page

The library is constantly working to improve our services, both in person and online. One area of our website we have been working recently to improve is our databases page, which is one of the most used on our site. In looking at the page we decided we not only needed to address how it looked but also how it functioned. In that vein we will be offering a beta look at our new library databases page on May 1st.

The new page is more streamlined and better organized to make it easier to both get to what you want quickly and to find new resources to support your research. The new page will also offer an open place to provide us with feedback and in the future we will offer resource guides on a variety of subjects.

We willl also be performing user testing on the new page to make sure it performs well before full rollout. If you would like to participate in testing contact Kelley Minars, Web Services Librarian.

Construction Begins on 4th Floor of Briscoe Library

The former Drug Information Services office on the south side of the Briscoe Library’s 4th floor is undergoing remodeling. The space is being prepared as a suite of offices for several staff from the Office of Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs who are responsible for institutional accreditation and effectiveness. The work will last about six weeks, through mid-August, and the workers will do their best to keep the noise to a minimum. The 4th floor is a designated Quiet Zone, where even a whisper is often met with a frown. It is understandable that construction noise may be bothersome to those who are expecting to hear a pin drop but not a hammer. Other floors of the building will continue to be available for study, and free earplugs are always available from the Circulation Desk.

Questions or comments may be directed to Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, at feldman@uthscsa.edu.

 

Farewell to Katie Prentice

 

On May 6, the Briscoe Library will bid a fond farewell to Katie Prentice, who will be leaving us to take a position as Associate Director for User Experience and Assessment at the Schusterman Library, OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center Campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Katie joined the Briscoe Library in July 2005 when she was recruited as Web Services Librarian. She managed the UT Health Science Center Libraries’ website while also coordinating marketing initiatives and participating in reference and instructional programs. She assumed the position of Head of Education and Information Services in 2008, managing the library’s educational program and coordinating about 10 librarians who provide reference and research services.

During her tenure, the library transitioned from a physical information desk service to an on call service, which maximized librarians’ productivity in a time when reference questions received are no longer necessarily tied to a “desk” or a telephone but can be received via email and instant messaging. Librarians continue to provide research and reference consultations through email, telephone, instant messaging, and in person when requests for in depth assistance or instruction are received.  Katie made great progress in integrating library instruction into the curriculum of nursing and health professions courses. She also expanded instructional services to residents, graduate nurses and researchers, who benefited from program-specific database instruction and literature searches.

Katie’s contributions to the institution extend to participation on university-wide committees, including the School of Nursing Council on Graduate Studies, the planning committee for the institution’s annual Community Service Learning conference, and the Institutional Review Board. Her professional activities include participation on national Medical Library Association and South Central Chapter committees, presentation of numerous papers and posters, and publication in peer reviewed library journals.

We wish Katie all the best in her new adventures.

Jonquil Feldman

Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

Greysi Reyna – In Memoriam

 

We are saddened to announce the passing of Greysi Reyna on July 20 after a long battle with breast cancer.  From 1995 until her retirement in 2013, Greysi prostaffReynaGvided commendable service to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the Regional Academic Health Center, in Harlingen, and the South Texas community.  Her visionary leadership as Assistant Director of the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., Library facilitated expanded access to health information and resources throughout South Texas.  As a result of her altruistic service and dedication, Greysi received accolades for her notable work and outreach efforts.  Greysi was the recipient of the Michael E. Debakey Library Services Outreach Award, for outstanding outreach librarians serving rural or underserved populations, presented to her by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine in 2009.  She was involved with several outreach projects that brought improved health information to the South Texas region including information literacy training for promotoras and the MedlinePlus Peer Tutor Project at Med High in Mercedes, TX.  In 2005, the Med High Project was awarded the prestigious Institute of Museum and Library Services Award, presented to the Ramirez Library by First Lady Laura Bush. Through her love of service and her strong dedication to making lives better, Greysi made an indelible mark in South Texas.  Her gracious smile and infectious laughter was an inspiration to all who worked with Greysi.  She will be missed.

Donations in Greysi’s memory can be made to Sunshine Haven Hospice, 7105 Lakeside Blvd, Olmito, TX, 78575.

Off Campus Login Update

The UT Health Science Center librarians are preparing an update for Off Campus Login, the service that provides users with access to electronic resources via the library’s home page. This update will ensure that the service can take advantage of future security updates and allow the library to provide continued support and access for off campus users.

The update is scheduled to go live the morning of Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Service downtime is not anticipated for off campus users. However, with all updates of this nature, there is a slight risk that some users may experience temporary intermittent connectivity issues to library electronic resources. As always, UTHSCSA VPN is available as an alternative option for accessing the library’s electronic resources from off campus.

If you experience extended periods of interruption on or after this update, please don’t hesitate to contact library staff at askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu and we will be happy to assist you.

Open call for art

The Briscoe Library is offering gallery space for student artists in the month of February 2016.

This is our first annual call for art on a theme. All types of art accepted from poems to installations.

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Theme for the year: The Heart
Gallery opening: 2/2/2016 @ 5:30pm (Students will be expected to stand by their piece and discuss it from 5:30-6pm).

To participate, email Emme Lopez by 1/15/2016 outlining the scope of your piece.

All art due at the library to prepare for display by noon on Friday, 1/29/2016.