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.”

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



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.


Jonquil Feldman introduces speaker Dr. Eszter Hargittai


Dr. Mae Jemison

Librarians in the news

Jonquil Feldman

Jonquil Feldman will be co-chair of the National Program Committee for the Medical Library Association 2015 Annual Meeting, which will be held in Austin.

Several librarians made presentations at the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association, held in Seattle, Washington May 18 through 23, 2012:

Feldman, Jonquil D.:  A Study of the impact of research publications funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award. Poster presentation, Medical Library Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Lapiz-Bluhm, M. Danet (School of Nursing); Myatt, Angela; Gaspard, Christine; Prentice, Katherine P.:  Utilization of Evidence-Based Practice Resources by Junior Level Nursing Students.  Poster presentation, Medical Library Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Seger, Pegeen A: Smells like team spirit: MedlinePlus videos for patient education, a partnership between the University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries and CareLink, University Health System. Video presentation, Medical Library Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services has been appointed to co-chair the National Program Committee for the Medical Library Association 2015 Annual Meeting, which will take place in Austin. Her co-chair is Sandra Martin, Assistant Director of Shiffman Medical Library at Wayne State University. Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services in the Briscoe Library will serve on the Committee.

MLA annual conference attendees are health sciences information professionals from academic and hospital libraries worldwide.


Anne Comeaux

Anne Comeaux has been named Manager of the Year by the San Antonio chapter of ARMA International.

Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Digital and Special Collections and Records Management Officer for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio received the Manager of the Year award for the San Antonio Chapter of ARMA International.   ARMA International is a not-for-profit association of records management professionals.

Manager of the Year candidates are judged on the basis of a number of factors, including demonstrated excellence in the records management field, creation of innovative programs or program improvements, leadership, ethics, committee work, and achievements within one’s own company or organization.   Anne received 350 points for her recent accomplishments — 135 more than her closest competitor. Congratulations, Anne!

Librarians in the news

Photo of Jonquil FeldmanJonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, has recently renewed her credentials as a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).  AHIP is the Medical Library Association’s peer-reviewed professional development and career recognition program.  The academy recognizes the personal investment of time and effort required for exemplary professional performance and for contributions to the association and to the profession of health sciences librarianship.

Other UT Health Science Center librarians who are members of the Academy of Health Information Professionals are: Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries; Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Special Collections; and Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services.


Kathy Carter, Ramirez Library Librarian at the Regional Academic Health Center, has been accepted to the Woods Hole BioMedical Informatics course.  Kathy will spend one week at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, MA learning about the application of computer technologies and information science in the health sciences.

The week-long survey course, to be held May 26 through June 1, is designed to familiarize individuals with the application of computer technologies and information science in biomedicine and health science. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on computer exercises, participants are introduced to the conceptual and technical components of biomedical informatics. The conceptual components include principles of database design, human-computer interfaces, medical terminologies and coding systems, medical decision analysis methods, clinical information systems architectures, and methods for measuring costs and benefits in health care systems. The technical components include use of the Internet for biomedical applications, current and emerging wide area network technologies, use of literature and molecular sequence databases, and systems for telemedicine.

The Woods Hole BioMedical Informatics course is a National Library of Medicine fellowship program directed at medical educators, medical librarians, medical administrators, and young faculty who are not currently knowledgeable in the field of informatics but can become agents of change in their institutions.

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.”

Librarians present at Medical Library Association conference

Chris and Katie present a poster

Briscoe Librarians made two presentations at the May 2013 Medical Library Association Conference held in Boston, Massachusetts.

Katie Prentice, Angela Myatt, Luke Rosenberger, Chris Gaspard, and Eric Willman prepared the contributed paper, “Animals, Humans, and Librarians: A Library’s Partnership Experience with the Institutional Review Board and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.”   The paper was based on their experiences as members of the IRB and IACUC at the UT Health Science Center.  This paper was presented by Katie Prentice during the “Librarians at Work: Building a One Health Perspective” session.

Chris Gaspard and Katie Prentice created and presented the poster “Focused Library Instruction in Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Care, and Physical Therapy Curricula.”  The paper described a basic framework that has been used to teach students in a variety of programs in all schools at the Health Science Center, and illustrated the integration of library instruction into the HSC curricula.  The poster presented results of instruction in OT, PT, and Respiratory Care programs.  The framework for library instruction in the medical, dental, and nursing schools has been represented in previous posters.

Overall, integration of library instruction into the HSC curricula continues to be a rewarding and collaborative opportunity for the HSC librarians.

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services
Chris Gaspard, Head of Access Services and Interlibrary Loan


Libraries support Laredo science camp for aspiring health care professionals

Science Camp

Peg Seger, Head of Briscoe Library Outreach Services, taught health literacy and database search skills to students enrolled in Summer Science Camp.

Peg Seger, Head of Briscoe Library Outreach Services, provided two classes for the 25 students in the Summer Science Camp for aspiring health care professions held in Laredo July 15 – 26.  Students learned about health information literacy and reliable health information sites like MedlinePlus made available through the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Students also learned how to search for medical information with databases like PubMed.

The camp, sponsored by Laredo Doctors Hospital and hosted at the Regional Academic Center, was presented jointly with the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU).  The intensive two-week program was designed to enhance academic and professional preparation for traditional and non-traditional students and current working professionals  pursuing enrollment in a health profession school.

The curriculum for the camp was designed around an inter-professional framework that provided:
• Three core courses: Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology
• Discipline specific instruction time for Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Care, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, and Pre-Medicine
• Learning skills and test taking workshops
• Seminars featuring topics on health care professions
• Professionalism such as personal marketing, critical thinking skills, mock interviews, and group communication
• Networking and field trips


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

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