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Faculty and students: take the library survey

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Please take time to give us your input.

The Libraries survey UT Health Science Center faculty and students every two years to assess their satisfaction with the library collection, space and services.  If you have not done so already, please take the survey to provide us with information about how well the library is serving your needs as we continue to evolve as a 21st century library. The survey takes no more than 10-15 minutes to complete and can be found here.

For more information, contact Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services 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.

History of Medicine lecture on November 8- Apocalypse Cow: The Strange Rise and Fortunate Decline of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Gregory Anstead MD, PhD, Director, Immunosuppression and Infectious Disease Clinics, Veterans Healthcare System, will be the speaker at the next Noon Lecture of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  He will speak on the topic, Apocalypse Cow- The Strange Rise and Fortunate Decline of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, popularly known as Mad Cow Disease.  The Noon Lecture Series provides opportunities for informal learning and conversation. Everyone is invited.  Please feel free to bring your lunch.

For more information about the Noon Lecture Series contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

 

How to request library classes for your department or office

The Libraries offer regularly scheduled classes covering PubMed, Ovid Medline, CINAHL, EndNote, RefWorks, and Google Scholar.  Librarians also present classes for students during their academic courses.  For many faculty and staff, attending scheduled classes is difficult due to clinical and academic schedules.

To meet the needs of faculty and staff, the librarians will schedule special classes by request.  If your department or office would like to request a special training session on library resources, either at your office or in the library, please contact Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services, at 210-567-6606 or email prenticek@uthscsa.edu for more information.

In addition to classes, direct assistance from librarians is available Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  When you need help finding articles or using library tools, come by the library or contact Library Information at askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2450.  For more in-depth help, individual research consultation appointments with a librarian can also be requested in advance.

Introducing the Library Committee for 2012-2013

Briscoe LibraryThe Library Committee met for the first time this academic year on Tuesday, October 16.  Adelita Cantu, Chair of the Library Committee, welcomed new members and Michael Gargano, Ed.D., Vice President for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, read the charge of the committee:

To serve in a consultative and advisory capacity to the President and Vice President for Academic Administration and to work with and assist the Director of the Library in making recommendations for library practices and procedures; to review and advise in the development of priorities in the areas that have an impact on academic efficiency and effectiveness to ensure that the services provided by the library reflect the needs and interests of the academic community.

We thank these individuals for their service on the Library Committee:

  • From the Dental School:  Edward F. Wright, Guy Huynh-Ba, and Sana Khimani (student)
  • From the Graduate School:  Charleen M. Moore, Salvatore Oddo and Kate Hinchee (student)
  • From the School of Health Professions: Brent Shriver, Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, and Steven Allen (student)
  • From the School of Medicine: Ray Palmer, Md Mizanur Rahman, Ashley Acheson, Benjamin Wallisch, and Jerry Abraham (student)
  • From the School of Nursing: Adelita G. Cantu, Amanda Flagg, and Sean Moore (student)

 

Librarians participate in Medical Library Association chapter meeting

The South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association held its annual meeting October 13-17 in Lubbock.  Briscoe librarians Jonquil Feldman, Katie Prentice and Peg Seger attended committee meetings and general sessions. Katie’s attendance at the meeting was sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-South Central Region, as a recipient of a one-year Emerging Leaders Fellowship.  Jonquil was appointed to the Chapter’s Nominating Committee.

Presentations included:

  • Poster by Peg Seger, Rajia Tobia, Jonquil Feldman, and Greysi Reyna, “Outreach to South Texas Health Professionals: A legacy of over 20 years of service at the UT Health Science Center Libraries.”
  •  Paper by Jonquil Feldman, Chris Gaspard, Angela E. Myatt, Katie Prentice, Peg Seger and Rajia Tobia, “Changing All Those Changes: Staying flexible and dynamic in times of transition.”

Library expands access to dental journals

quintessenceFaculty, staff, and students now have the ability to access the following Quintessence journals, on and off-campus:

  • International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
  • International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
  • International Journal of Prosthodontics
  • Journal of Orofacial Pain
  • Journal of Adhesive Dentistry
  • Quintessence International

If you have any questions regarding access, please contact Dana Whitmire, Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian at whitmired@uthscsa.edu.

Library holiday hours, December 15, 2012 to January 1, 2013

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The Libraries’ schedules will change during Winter Break, with designated days when the UT Health Science Center Libraries will be closed or operating with reduced hours and limited services.  Holiday Schedules can be found by clicking on the links for the libraries, below:

 

Briscoe Library, San Antonio

 

Ramirez Library, Harlingen

 

Laredo Regional Campus Library, Laredo

 

Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services