Announcements

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

From the Library Toolbox: use LibX for a streamlined research process

Do you want a tool that streamlines the research process?

Do you need a tool that will tell if that book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Borders is available in the library?

Do you want to be able to search the Library Catalog, Pubmed, E-Journals, or Google Scholar without going to the library website?

When you find an e-journal article that requires a subscription, do you wish there was a way you could just reload the page using The Libraries’ subscription?

Would you like to know instantly if the article you found on Google Scholar is available through the library?

LibX, a new research tool from your Libraries, does all this and more. LibX works with Firefox and Internet Explorer, and allows you to integrate your workflow and The Libraries’ resources wherever you are. LibX provides you with a toolbar for searching a variety of The Libraries’ resources, integrates itself with any Web page that provides you with an ISBN, and reloads pages via our proxy service so you can quickly access subscription e-journal articles off-campus.  Use LibX to search for your information any way you like!

If you have not downloaded LibX you can download from the LibraryTools page. For more information on how to use LibX you can view our LibX guide.

Luke Rosenberger, Director of Library Technology & Special Collections

Kelley Minars, Web Services Librarian

Eric Willman, Systems Librarian

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Gifts for Children: The Briscoe Library will receive toy donations beginning in mid-November

For more than 25 years, Gifts for Children has been helping to brighten the holidays for children in hospitals and clinics across San Antonio.  Last year, more than 4200 items were collected.

This year, the Briscoe Library will once again be a collection point for toy donations.  Look for our decked-out holiday book cart donation station, coming soon to the third floor of the Briscoe Library, near the Administration Offices.  Donations will be received until December 8.  A list of recommended toys can be found at http://library.uthscsa.edu/events/gfclist.pdf.

Gifts for Children: The Briscoe Library will receive toy donations through December 7

For more than 25 years, Gifts for Children has been helping to brighten the holidays for children in hospitals and clinics across San Antonio.  Last year, more than 4200 items were collected.

This year, the Briscoe Library is once again be a collection point for toy donations.  Look for our decked-out holiday book cart donation station, located on the main floor of the Briscoe Library near the Information Desk.  Donations will be received through December 7. 

Gift donations are also being accepted at the Ramirez Library in Harlingen. 

A list of recommended toys can be found at http://library.uthscsa.edu/events/gfclist.pdf.

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.

Happy New Year!

The staff of the UT Health Science Center Libraries wishes all of our campus community a happy, healthy and productive new year!

2012 is already shaping up to be a busy year for librarians and library staff.  Construction continues on the Briscoe Library’s 5th floor to build the School of Medicine’s Office of Education.  Options for creating additional study space in the library are being explored, as is a plan for relocating print journals and books in the library building.

A task force of the Library Committee that includes Library Committee members, librarians, student representatives, and Facilities Management staff is discussing the “library of the future.”  The task force will develop a report based on stakeholder input about services, physical space, and amenities needed in the library of the future.  A recent study titled “Redefining the Academic Library” by the Education Advisory Board for the University Leadership Council, a council made up of university provosts throughout the country, details many of the changes the task force has discussed already.  Some of the top trends in next-generation library space planning that both the “Redefining” report and the task force have identified include:

  • fewer physical print collections on site as more books and journals move to electronic form;
  • space designed for comfort, collaboration, and varied student study needs;
  • flexibility and modularity in furnishings and design;
  • ubiquitous wireless connectivity and electrical access for laptops and mobile devices;
  • integration of academic support services;
  • food, drink and other amenities readily available.

The Library Committee task force welcomes comments and thoughts about the library of the future.  Comments can be sent to Adelita Cantu, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, and Library Committee Chair, CantuA2@uthscsa.edu.

A pilot of 24/7 access to the Briscoe Library was conducted during the fall semester exam period in December. Following on this pilot project, options are being explored to extend hours using work study students.  As part of the 24/7 pilot project, we conducted a survey of academic health science center libraries.  Of the 60 libraries responding to the survey approximately half of the libraries provide 24/7 access to the library building for student study.  Exact days and hours for extended library hours are still being explored but we hope to have a schedule settled by mid-January.

The library’s new website, A-Z journal list, and link resolver are all debuting this month.  Read more about each in this issue of our newsletter.

In 2012 and as always, librarians and library staff in San Antonio, Harlingen, and Laredo are ready to assist our campus community with their information and study needs.  Please contact us at AskALibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

Hear Elva Treviño Hart: Author to speak February 24

Photograph of Elva Trevino Hart

Elva Treviño Hart will speak in the Holly Auditorium at noon on Friday, February 24.

Elva Treviño Hart, author of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child, is the featured guest for this year’s One Community/One Book program.  She will speak Friday, February 24, 2012 at 12:00 noon in the Holly Auditorium on the campus of the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.  The program will be followed by a book signing.

The program can also be viewed via videoconferencing in Harlingen (RAHC 2.120) and Laredo (AB 1.106).  Update (2/23): For those who can’t attend in person, the program will also be webcast live.  Tune in at http://bit.ly/ETH0224 at 12 noon CST on the day of the presentation.

“My whole childhood, I never had a bed,” Hart’s story begins. It traces her journey from rural South Texas and the beet farms of the Upper Midwest to the graceful campus of Stanford University and, eventually, corporate America.

The book vividly details the deprivation and discrimination faced by the Treviños, along with their joys, triumphs and everyday life. Hart went on to earn degrees in theoretical mathematics and computer science/engineering, which allowed her to make more money than she had ever dreamed possible. Still, she felt out of place, and she ultimately left the corporate world and used writing to bridge her past and present.

The importance of storytelling is a thread that is woven throughout Barefoot Heart.  As a young  child in the mid- 1950s, Hart would wait by the family car during the long hours that her parents and her five siblings worked in the beet fields of Minnesota and Wisconsin.  She would make up stories to pass the time.  Later in the evenings, the family would gather to listen and to tell stories.  In a world without toys, books or television, storytelling was both art and entertainment.

In Barefoot Heart, Hart gathers the stories of several lifetimes within one cover.  Each chapter begins with a dicho, or saying.  She says she organized her writing in this way to honor her father, who sometimes would make  up dichos on the spot, though he also knew many traditional Mexican folk sayings.  Each dicho carries the  same message of the chapter that follows.  “I wanted to take people with me to the migrant camps and the fields so they could see what it was like,” she told an interviewer last March, when Barefoot Heart was selected for a community read in Huntington Beach, California.

“I didn’t start out wanting to write a book,” she says.  Instead, she signed up for a “write your life story” class at a local YMCA.  One of her classmates loved Hart’s stories so much she shared them with her husband, a communications professor, who decided to feature them at an annual short story event he hosted.  At the end of the evening, the professor got a standing ovation, and people said they would like to buy the book. “That’s when I decided it might be a book,” she says.

Elva Trevino Hart’s February 24 presentation on the UT Health Science Center’s Long campus is part of One Community/One Book 2012.  Partners in this year’s program include the San Antonio Public Library– where Hart will speak on the evening of Thursday, February 23, the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, and the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching.

The program is  made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

More information about One Community/One Book can be found on the project website: http://library.uthscsa.edu/2012/01/onebook/.

Download a printed flyer for One Community/ One Book, and help us spread the word:

http://library.uthscsa.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/ocob2012poster.pdf.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian with Sheila Hotchkin, Media Communications Officer

Historical exhibit documents the resourcefulness of health professionals and volunteers in the aftermath of Hurricane Beulah

Hurricane Beulah is still recognized as one of the most significant storms to make landfall in Texas.  On September 21, 1967 the storm moved into the mouth of the Rio Grande and inundated South Texas with heavy rainfall.  The memories of the hurricane and its aftermath were still fresh in the minds of many who attended the May 6th opening of a photography exhibit which chronicles the response of health professionals and local volunteers to refugees displaced by flooding in Starr County.

Hurricane Beulah caused extensive flooding on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.  To escape the rising floodwaters, over 14,000 refugees from Camargo, Tamaulipas crossed the border into the small town of Roma, Texas.  The refugees were in desperate need of food, shelter, and medical care.  It was in Roma that Dr. Mario E. Ramirez, the only physician in town and Starr County’s Public Health Service Director, rose to action in the face of a crisis.  For several weeks, Dr. Ramirez along with volunteers from the local community, UT Medical Branch in Galveston, Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio as well as the U.S. Army worked to help the hurricane victims.

In 2007 the Library at the UT Health Science Center Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen was named for Dr. Mario E. Ramirez. The Ramirez Library subsequently received materials from Dr. Ramirez’ personal archive and library, a rich collection of photographs, letters, and documents. Many of the materials donated by Dr. Ramirez are related to Hurricane Beulah, including 139 photographs and 185 pages of letters, newspaper clippings, and personal journal entries.  The photographs were taken by George Tuley, a Rio Grande City teacher, who would later go on to a 39-year career as a photojournalist at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

The photographs portray the use of makeshift medical equipment in the absence of IV poles, incubators, and oxygen tents.  The photographs also document the transformation of a high school into a packaged disaster hospital where blackboards were used to record patient information including diagnoses and treatments.

In 2009 the Ramirez Library received a Library Technology Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) to support the digitization, cataloging, and uploading of the Hurricane Beulah photographs to the UT Health Science Center Libraries Digital Archive as well as the creation of a traveling exhibit.  The full collection of Hurricane Beulah photographs from the Ramirez Collection can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/beulahphotos.  The photography exhibit will remain on display at the Ramirez Library, and a traveling version of the exhibit will be made available to local schools, libraries and museums.  For more information, please contact Graciela Reyna, Assistant Director, Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at (956) 365-8850 or reynag@uthscsa.edu.

Kathleen Carter
Ramirez Library Librarian

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.