Librarians

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

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.

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Jonquil Feldman introduces speaker Dr. Eszter Hargittai

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Dr. Mae Jemison