AHEC honors Ramirez librarian for her role in the development of the Circuit Librarian Health Information Network

Greysi Reyna, Assistant Library Director for the Ramirez Library in Harlingen, (shown here left front) was honored on December 9 at an event celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program at the UT Health Science Center.  Greysi has a 15-year affiliation with the AHEC program, beginning in 1995 with her appointment as circuit librarian for the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

One of Greysi’s responsibilities as a Circuit Librarian was to introduce clinicians at hospitals across South Texas to online resources.  Her work also contributed to a grant, in 1996, from the National Library of Medicine that paid for Internet access at thirteen health care facilities across the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

Andrea Schorr joins YBP Medical Library Advisory Group

Andrea Schorr, Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian in the Briscoe Library, is among a select group of medical librarians who have been invited to serve a one year term on the newly formed YBP Medical Library Advisory Group.

YBP (Yankee Book Peddler) is a respected library vendor that focuses primarily on books for the health sciences.  This advisory group will offer feedback and suggestions for how YBP can best meet the evolving needs of medical libraries.  Expected topics to cover include eBooks in medical libraries, streamlining workflows, and patron-driven acquisitions.

John Weed
Head of Collection Resources

Anne Comeaux earns designation as a Certified Records Manager

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Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Digital and Special Collections

Anne Comeaux, Assistant Director for Digital and Special Collections and the appointed Records Management Officer for the UT Health Science Center, recently earned the Certified Records Manager (CRM) designation from the Institute of Certified Records Managers.  The certification became effective on January 1, 2012.  There are currently 903 active certified CRMs worldwide.

The Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM) is an international certifying organization of and for professional records and information managers. The ICRM was incorporated in 1975 to meet the requirement to have a standard by which persons involved in records and information management could be measured, accredited and recognized according to criteria of experience and capability established by their peers.  The primary mission of the ICRM is to develop and administer the professional certification of Records and Information Managers including the relevant examinations and certification maintenance program. The ICRM serves as the official certifying body for both ARMA International and the Nuclear Information and Records Management Association (NIRMA).

Attaining the CRM designation is based on educational background, professional work experience and the passing of a six part examination covering management principles and the records and information program; records and information creation and use; records systems, storage, and retrieval; records appraisal, retention, protection and disposition; technology (computers, networks, microfilm, electronic records, video, audio, digitization, etc.); and case studies where the candidate must provide written solutions to several problem scenarios.  Work experience must include conducting studies and surveys or developing, designing and implementing Records and Information Management (RIM) systems; having direct managerial or operational responsibility for programs; or teaching courses in Records and Information Management (RIM) for an accredited institution of higher education.

The Health Science Center’s records management program provides guidance and overview of records management for all departments and clinics at the university.  The library took over responsibility for managing records and updating the UT Health Science Center Records Retention Schedule in December 2000.  212 departments/divisions have appointed Records Management Representatives to work with the Records Management Officer to handle state records on all campuses.  Several classes have been developed to help RMRs and other employees learn the state requirements for records and to train them to conduct inventories, protect vital records, discard records that have met their retention requirements, and plan for digitization or microfilming of records.   Over 2000 employees have attended the classes to date.  Staff may register for classes through the Knowledge Center at .   Consultation on records management issues are also available, and the Records Management Officer periodically visits each department/division to ensure compliance with university records requirements.

Questions on the retention requirements for records, using the online Records Retention Schedule, storage options, digitization or microfilming options, conducting records inventories, protecting vital records, and other issues involving state records may all be referred to Anne Comeaux, CRM at or 210-567-2428.

Dana Whitmire receives professional development award from North American Serials Group

Dana Whitmire, Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian, has been awarded a Horizon Award to attend the 2011 North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) meeting to be held in St. Louis, MO, June 2-5, 2011.  NASIG is an independent organization that promotes communication, information, and continuing education about serials and the broader issues of scholarly communication.

The Horizon Award is given to promising new serials professionals.  It covers the cost of conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America.  Recipients of the award are also invited to serve on a NASIG committee.

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Eric Willman named 2011 Outstanding Student

Congratulations to Eric Willman, Systems Librarian at the Briscoe Library, who will receive the 2011 Outstanding Student in Information Science Award from the University of North Texas Department of Library and Information Sciences at a UNT’s Honors Day in April.

Eric received the Master of Science in Information Science from UNT in May, 2010.

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

JAMA article documents the evolving role of librarians

The September 25, 2013 issue of JAMA features an article on “The Evolving Role and Value of Libraries and Librarians in Health Care.” The article by Julia F. Sollenberger, MLS, and Robert G. Holloway Jr, MD, both at the University of Rochester, concludes, “With ongoing changes in health care as a result of information technology, health sciences libraries and librarians can play an important role in bringing high-quality, evidence-based medical information to the bedside, helping to make patient care both efficient and effective. Health care libraries and librarians are adapting to the changing information needs of physicians, other health care professions, researchers, and patients. With rigorous evaluation, enhanced librarian training, and continuous attention to advances in technology and needs of the users, health care librarians can provide value to patient care.”

John Weed will serve on library storage facility task force

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources in the Briscoe Library, has been selected to serve on a newly-created Joint Library Storage Facility Policy and Procedure Task Force.  The task force is charged with developing operating guidelines for a planned one million-volume library storage facility, which will be built on the Texas A&M Riverside campus in College Station.

The storage facility is a project of University of Texas System and Texas A&M University.

UT System and Texas A&M libraries will be able to store books and journals in this facility using the Resource in Common principle: If one library deposits a book or journal volume in the storage facility, other libraries will be able to discard the book or journal if they hold it in their collection, yet still claim ownership of the book or volume.

Katie Prentice completes Academy of Health Information Professionals membership requirements

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services in the Briscoe Library, has been approved by the Medical Library Association for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) at the Senior level.  The Academy of Health Information Professionals is MLA’s peer-reviewed professional development program that recognizes achievements in continuing education, teaching, publishing, research and other contributions to the profession.  The AHIP credential denotes the highest standards of professional competency and achievement in the field of health care information and must be renewed every five years.  Someone who has the AHIP credential must participate in continuing education courses and other professional development activities to maintain the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully support the institution’s mission and goals.

Katie worked for five years to achieve the AHIP credential.  Please join me in congratulating her on this important distinction!

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Katie Prentice receives Emerging Leaders Award

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services

Katie Prentice

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services, is the recipient of a $3,500 Emerging Leaders Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/South Central Region (NN/LM SCR).

The award pairs Katie with a mentor, Debbie Sibley,  who is the director of the library at Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans.  It will  also cover the costs of Katie’s travel to New Orleans,  to the NN/LM SCR office in Houston, and to the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association meeting which will be held in Lubbock in October.

The Emerging Leaders Award is designed to develop leadership and management skills for mid-career health science librarians.  This is the first time the award has been offered.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries