Librarians

Briscoe Librarian Appointed Editor of Peer Reviewed Library Journal

Jonquil Feldman, Associate Library Director, has been appointed Editor of Medical Reference Services Quarterly (MRSQ), an acclaimed, peer-reviewed journal on the practice of medical and health sciences librarianship published by Taylor & Francis.. The journal publishes practice-oriented articles on library services, user education, database searching, informatics education, and administration and management of library services. Ms. Feldman has served on the Editorial Board of the journal since 2007. She joined the UT Health Briscoe Library in 1998, first as a Reference Librarian, then as Assistant to the Library Director. For ten years she led the Division of Library and Outreach Services, overseeing the liaison librarians and staff who provide library services. She has published several articles, including three in MRSQ. She is a graduate of the AAHSL/NLM Leadership Fellows Program and a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. She has begun working on article submissions for her first issue, which will be published in Spring 2019.

Liaisons Teach Youth in St. Matthew’s STEM Club

 

On September 19, and for the third year in a row, the Library Liaisons visited and presented to the St. Matthew Catholic School STEM Club. The club consists of approximately 45 highly-motivated 4th-8th graders who meet weekly at 6:30 a.m. to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics activities.  Many of the students are preparing for their annual science fair. They were divided into two classrooms based on grade level and learned about formulating research questions and using reliable sources, particularly websites. They were also tasked with finding STEM-related information using the National Library of Medicine’s K-12 resources.

The mother of a fourth grader who attended the presentation provided the following feedback regarding the outreach:

“Wanted to let you know Eduardo loved the stem presentation yesterday. He came home and told me what he researched, how, and what he learned with his research. It was pretty neat to listen to him talk about it all. Wow! Please tell your colleagues thank you!!! Very very impactful.”

The STEM Club is led by St. Matthew’s parent Sandra Sanchez-Reilly, M.D., who is a UT Health faculty member in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine.

Librarians Attend Annual Medical Library Association Conference

The Medical Library Association held its annual meeting in Austin, TX on May 15-20. UT Health Science Center librarians traveled from San Antonio and Harlingen to attend the conference.  Jonquil Feldman, director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services co-chaired the committee that organized the program for this meeting. The plenary speaker was Dr. Mae Jemison, a former NASA astronaut who was the first African-American woman in space. A physician and engineer, Dr. Jemison leads the 100 Year Starship project, which proposes to leverage advances in technology and medicine that will make interstellar travel possible and will at the same time transform life on earth. The speaker for the closing session was Dr. Eszter Hargittai, professor at Northwestern University, who spoke about her research on Internet functionality of people college of age and older. The conference was attended by over 1,100 librarians from the U.S., and Canada as well as from countries in Europe, Australia, Asia and South America.

Kathy Carter, assistant director of the Ramirez Library at the RAHC in Harlingen, TX attended a class before the meeting and took advantage of opportunities to network with colleagues. Peg Seger presented a poster, “Expanding the limits of outreach education and collaboration,” co-authored with Rajia Tobia, Jonquil Feldman, Kathy Carter, Paula Winkler, Chris Frei and Grace Lee. Several librarians took advantage of one-day passes to meet face-to-face with exhibitors who represent the publishers and organizations who license e-journals, e-books and databases.

Hargittai

Jonquil Feldman introduces speaker Dr. Eszter Hargittai

Jemison

Dr. Mae Jemison

Librarians Create UT Health Faculty Publications List

To support our faculty’s research efforts, Briscoe Library has added an additional feature to our monthly newsletter. You will now be able to view citations and link to articles from our UT Health Faculty Publications list.  As an added feature, altmetric information is also included. This list will be produced monthly by our Library Liaison group who can also provide further assistance with scholarly publication efforts. If you do not see your publication listed, you can provide us with the proper citation information by completing this form.

Click here to view the citations for September 2018 publications.

 

School of Dentistry Liaison Librarian Greets 330 Area Students at 2017 Science Expo

 

On November 11, Christy Tyson, Liaison to the School of Dentistry, provided outreach services at the 2017 Health Science Expo held at the Holly Auditorium, where there were 330 visitors. The Expo targets area high school students, their teachers, guidance counselors, and parents and seeks to inform them of the exciting aspects of health science librarianship and access points for NIH resources. PubMed and MedlinePlus were two of the resources demonstrated and literature was available for further reference. Christy also provided several hands-on opportunities to those who visited the library’s table, including manipulation of 3D prints of anatomical structures and online VR modules created for current courses offered at UT Health.