Librarians in the news

Photograph of John WeedJohn Weed Selected for Texas Library Association leadership development program

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources for the Libraries, has been selected to attend the Texas Library Association’s TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute, June 10-13 at the Montserrat Retreat Center in the town of Lake Dallas.

The application process and selection of participants for the Leadership Conference is extremely competitive.  For eighteen years only the best of rising Texas library leaders have been selected for this rigorous but transformational program.  Librarians return to their institutions with deeper understanding of management, communication, and strategic planning.  Graduates of the program have become directors of major library systems, administrators within school districts and universities, Executive Board members for the Texas Library Association, and leaders in critical initiatives within their own communities.


Photograph of Luke RosenbergerLuke Rosenberger Receives Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Luke Rosenberger, Director of Library Technology and Historical Collections, received a Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) to attend the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media’s Social Media Residency to be held at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, April 24-25.  The residency provides in-depth training in social media strategy, planning and execution.

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 classes for March and April

All library classes are free and open to all. Advance registration is appreciated but not required. If you would like to request a class or schedule a consultation at any HSC campus, please contact the library at (210) 567-2450 or email

If you would like to request a special class or orientation for your department or group at other days/times, please contact us!  To register for a class or to read class descriptions, visit the online class schedule.

When you register for a library class, your registration confirmation email includes a file that you can save as an appointment into your electronic calendar.

San Antonio – Briscoe Library

  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: March 3, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, LIB 4.074 – Collaboratory
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: March 8, 2011, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: March 8, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Picture This: Online Photo-Sharing – Technology Brownbag: March 9, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room
  • Introduction to PubMed: March 15, 2011, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Webinar: Copyright at Work: March 22, 2011, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, LIB 4.074 – Collaboratory
  • Introduction to RefWorks: March 25, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: April 6, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:30 am, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: April 20, 2011, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: April 21, 2011, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: April 22, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011

Harlingen and Edinburg – Ramirez Library and Edinburg RAHC

  • PubMed Advanced: March 1, 2011, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Edinburg – RAHC Building room 1.202
  • Managing PubMed Search Results: March 10, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, Ramirez Library, Harlingen room 1.132
  • Customizing PubMed with MyNCBI: April 5, 2011, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Edinburg – RAHC Building room 1.202
  • Customizing PubMed with MyNCBI: April 7, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, Ramirez Library, Harlingen room 1.132

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

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

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

Library hours on Memorial Weekend

Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, The Libraries will have modified hours. Please check the hours for your nearest library location.

Briscoe Library, San Antonio

  • Friday, May 25, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 26, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 27, Closed
  • Monday, May 28, Closed – Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 29, 7:00 am – 12 midnight (normal hours resume)

Ramirez Library, Harlingen

  • Friday, May 25, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 26, Closed
  • Sunday, May 27, Closed
  • Monday, May 28, Closed – Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 29, 7:30 am – 11 pm (normal hours resume)

Laredo Regional Campus Library, Laredo

  • Friday, May 25, 8:00 am – 12 noon, 1:00 pm – 5 pm
  • Saturday, May 26, Closed
  • Sunday, May 27, Closed
  • Monday, May 28, Closed – Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 29, 8:00 am – 12 noon, 1:00 pm – 5 pm (normal hours resume)

Library services for alumni: help us spread the word

As we end another academic year, the UT Health Science Center librarians and staff want to congratulate the new graduates and to wish them good luck in their future endeavors. We also want to remind everyone that Health Science Center alumni may continue to use many library resources after graduation.

Alumni must register in person at the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk or at the Ramirez or Laredo Regional Campus Libraries. There is no cost to register but registration must be renewed annually.  Alumni may check out up to three items at a time, generally for up to two weeks, and items may be renewed online up to two times.

Due to licensing agreements and contracts, remote or off-campus access to electronic resources is available only to currently employed faculty and staff, and currently enrolled students. Alumni with professional hospital affiliations should contact their hospital librarians, systems or education staff for details on access to databases, journals or books for staff use.

On-site access to Health Science Center library databases and to print and online resources is available to all. Free computers are provided in the libraries for access to the Internet and other electronic resources for health-related research.  Alumni receive a Patron ID to use library computers and can add unlimited minutes per day to their Patron account.

The Libraries offer reference services and classes at no charge. Fee-based literature search services by our expert librarians may be requested, and practicing health professionals in South Texas may request articles for a fee through the ILLiad system.

For more information about services to Health Science Center Alumni, contact us at

Jonquil D. Feldman
Director of Briscoe Library Services

Briscoe Library Information Commons

Major gift will enhance archives program

A generous gift from Virginia Bowden, PhD, Library Director emeritus and Charles

Virginia Bowden, PhD, and Charles Bowden, MD recently made a gift in support of the University Archives and other special collections.

Bowden, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry and pharmacology, will enhance the development of the UT Health Science Center University Archives. As a repository for the preservation of historically important university records, the archives house university publications, correspondence of key UT Health Science Center officials, minutes of meetings, and student yearbooks. The archives also include photographs and papers of many early San Antonio physicians.

In the past the archives have been used to research the history of the UT Health Science Center for publications and exhibit materials, genealogy searches, photographs, resources for classes in the history of medicine and anatomical drawing and for many other purposes. Current archives projects include development of a digital collection of important materials in the archives, processing of photographs and negatives received from Academic Technology Services and the Ruth Stewart nursing archives scrapbooks, and the creation of finding aids available via the Internet for manuscript collections of prominent San Antonio physicians. Photographs and personal papers of Dr. Mario E. Ramirez, donated to the Ramirez Library at the RAHC in Harlingen, are being processed and digitized to tell the story of Dr. Ramirez’s career as a physician in the Rio Grande Valley. Of particular note is Dr. Ramirez’s collection of photos taken during the devastation wrought by Hurricane Beulah in 1967. These are only some of the projects in progress through the University Archives.

In addition to the Bowdens’ gift, The Libraries were recently awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities to improve the library’s preservation practices. See the related article on page 3.

The archives are managed by Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Digital and Special Collections. Ms. Comeaux also serves as the UT Health Science Center’s Records Management Officer and frequently consults with departments on the types of records that must be retained, including archival records.

The Bowdens’ commitment to enhancing the Health Science Center’s library will ensure that the archives continue to provide important materials for historical research into the future.

For additional information about the archives, including guidelines for submitting documents and other materials, contact Anne Comeaux at 210-567-2428 or via email at

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

Methicillin Resistent Staph Aureus: Librarians receive NN/LM funding to produce educational video

CTSA AwardFor the second year in a row, librarians at the UT Health Science Center have been the recipients of the CTSA Community Engagement Award from the South Central Region (SCR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The $15,000 award is given to librarians at a regional institution in the SCR that is a recipient of an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Initiated in 2012, the award seeks to assist in the development of community engagement projects that identify and promote the role of librarians working in partnership with researchers at CTSA institutions.

As a result of the award, librarians at the Briscoe Library will coordinate the production of a consumer-oriented educational video addressing the risks, prevention, and treatment of CA-MRSA (community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus). CA-MRSA is a significant health problem in the United States, particularly in the South and Southwest. A clear need for culturally appropriate educational materials about CA-MRSA, also known as “staph infection”, has been established through a recent study involving counties in South Texas.

Librarians will work with two CTSA-funded Pharm.D. content consultants, staff and interns at the South Central AHEC, and the university’s Video Production staff to develop the CA-MRSA video.  The video will be made available to community-based health care clinics in South Texas and ultimately to wider audiences through the use of social media and submission for inclusion in MedlinePlus®, the online consumer-oriented health site produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

For more information about the award or the video project, contact Peg Seger at