Keith Cogdill selected for NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

Keith Cogdill, Director of South Texas Regional Information Services at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Libraries, has been selected to be a member of the 2010-2011 class of the National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program. Dr. Cogdill has been paired with a mentor, Cynthia L. Henderson, Executive Director of the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library at Howard University.  In the coming year he, along with four other fellows, will have the opportunity to develop his knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment.   The purpose of the fellowship program is to prepare emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries.

Keith Cogdill to attend Harvard Institute for Academic Librarians

Keith Cogdill, Director of South Texas Regional Information Services, will attend the Harvard University Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, August 1 through August 6, 2010. 

Expenses for Keith’s trip are being covered by two awards:  a tuition scholarship from the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and a professional development award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine— South Central Region that will cover travel expenses. 

The curriculum of the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians addresses three areas: planning, organizational strategy and change, and transformational learning.

Keith Cogdill to become director of library services at NIH

Keith Cogdill, Ph.D., Director of South Texas Regional Information Services, will leave his position in the library at the end of August to become Director of Library Services at the National Institutes of Health. 

Keith has been responsible for leading four branch libraries, the circuit librarian program, and the interlibrary loan and community engagement initiatives for the UT Health Science Center Libraries.  He also serves as an adjunct professor, teaching online courses in the area of health sciences libraries and informatics for Drexel University in the College of Information Science and Technology.

Prior to Keith’s position at the UT Health Science Center, he worked for the National Library of Medicine in the National Network Office for five years, so he is no stranger to NIH.  He worked as an assistant professor for the University of Maryland, College of Information Studies, and as a research and teaching assistant for the University of North Carolina’s College of Medicine and School of Information and Library Science.  He was also an NLM Health Informatics Fellow and librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Since he joined the library staff in 2007, Keith has developed active outreach programs and has participated in or led a number of grants, including the Frontera Collaboration, a cooperative effort among border region libraries to promote evidence-based practice resources.   He is currently completing the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program and completed the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians in 2010. Keith has also received several prestigious awards including the Medical Library Association’s David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship in 2010, which allowed Keith to travel to new and emerging medical school libraries, and the Ida and George Eliot Prize for publications in 2004 and 2008.

Keith’s knowledge and enthusiasm for community engagement will be missed; however, we wish him the best as he assumes his new leadership role at the NIH.

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraraies

Librarians Assume New Responsibilities

Due to recent retirements and resignations, a number of the UT Health Science Center Libraries’s divisions and sections have been reorganized and librarians have new working titles to reflect changes in responsibility.

The functions of the former South Texas Regional Information Services division are being divided among several library operational sections.  Library Outreach and the Circuit Librarian Service will report to Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, and will be managed by Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services. Chris Gaspard, Head of Access Services and Interlibrary Loan, will assume management responsibility for the Interlibrary Loan section.  Branch libraries at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, the Laredo Regional Campus, and the Texas Research Park will report to Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries in the Administration division. Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, will be assigned to work in Special Collections, particularly with programming related to the historical collections and Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

These changes in organization and responsibility will keep the library efficient and productive with reduced staff as it seeks to support the UT Health Science Center’s mission of education, research, clinical care, and service.

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 attend Medical Library Association annual meeting

The Medical Library Association held its annual meeting on May 13-18 in Minneapolis.  Two UT Health Science Center librarians, Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library Services, and Keith Cogdill, Ph.D., Director of South Texas Regional Information Services, attended the meeting.

Jonquil Feldman served on a panel discussing resources for managing scholarly publications.  She spoke on SciVal® Experts, a resource that identifies campus expertise and enables collaboration.  She also judged research papers for the Research Awards Committee and completed a term on the Awards and Scholarship Committee, where she participated on the Jury for the David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship.  The Kronick Fellowship is named for David A. Kronick, Ph.D. , the Briscoe Library’s first director.

Keith Cogdill, a 2010 recipient of the Kronick award, made a presentation on his study of libraries at four new medical schools which he visited in connection with the award.  He also presented a paper on the Frontera Collaboration of health sciences libraries along the US-Mexico border, and participated in events related to his fellowship this year in a leadership program organized by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) with sponsorship from the National Library of Medicine.

Librarians complete Clinical Safety and Effectiveness course

Katie Prentice, Chris Gaspard, Dr. Danet Lapiz-Bluhm and Angela Myatt show their certificates after completing the CS&E Course.

Throughout the last six months, librarians Chris Gaspard, M.S.L.S, Angela Myatt, M.Sc., and Katie Prentice, M.S.I.S., AHIP participated in the UT System Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Education Program provided through the Center for Patient Safety & Health Policy at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

The purpose of the course, which is one of several programs run by the Center for Patient Safety and Health Policy, (, is to provide physicians, other clinicians and administrators the skills and knowledge required to lead breakthrough change initiatives.

For their course project “Utilization of Evidence-Based Practice Resources by Junior Nursing Students, ” the librarians partnered with M. Danet Lapiz-Bluhm, Ph.D., R.N. of the UT Health Science Center School of Nursing to develop and conduct a quality improvement project.  The project aim was to study and increase the self-reported use of evidence-based practice resources by junior nursing students during the spring 2011 semester.  At the conclusion of the project in May, results were presented to nursing faculty at the Committee on Undergraduate Studies and also to a group of UT Health Science Center librarians.

Librarians contribute to new reference book

Jayson Felty, Rajia Tobia, Katie Prentice and Jonquil Feldman all contributed to The Medical Library Association’s Master Guide to Authoritative Information Resources in the Health Sciences.

Four San Antonio health sciences librarians contributed to a new reference book – The Medical Library Association’s Master Guide to Authoritative Information Resources in the Health Sciences.  Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries at the UT Health Science Center, is one of three associate editors.  Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library Services; Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services; and Jayson Felty, Information Services Librarian at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute; all contributed to the General Reference section of the book which includes bibliographic, indexing, abstracting, terminology, statistical, directory, biographical, and grant resources.

The MLA Guide describes 2,011 authoritative books, journals, databases, and Internet resources in the health sciences literature including the clinical specialties, subspecialties, basic sciences, and emerging disciplines.  The book is not intended to be a comprehensive bibliography, rather the 108 contributors were limited to selecting a maximum of the ten best books, journals and other resources in their discipline.

The recently released book was edited by Laurie Thompson, Assistant Vice President for Library Services at the UT Southwestern Library.  Mori Lou Higa, Manager, Collection Development at UT Southwestern, and Esther Carrigan, Associate Dean and Director of the Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library, were also associate editors.

Librarians in the news

Photograph of Angela MyattAngela Myatt, Curriculum Liaison Librarian, has been appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Epidemiology.  Angela will be supporting the mission of the division with literature searches for existing and future  grant applications, by keeping current with grant opportunities relevant to the division and  by instructing  faculty, residents and students on the principles of evidence based clinical practice, including PICO, the evidence cycle, and critical appraisal skills.

Photograph of Chris Gaspard, Katie Prentice, and Eric Willman holding their bookChris Gaspard, Head of Access Services and Interlibrary Loan; Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services; and Eric Willman, Systems Librarian contributed to the newly published Introduction to Research and Medical Literature for Health Professionals. The book was edited by Dennis Blessing, Associate Dean of the School of Health Professions,– and Glenn Forister, Director of Physician Assistant Studies.

Introduction to Research and Medical Literature for Health Professionals is designed to guide writers through the complete research process.  It begins with the reasons for and importance of scholarship, then continues with the research and writing process and concludes with uses for research.

The three librarians contributed to “Chapter 17: References”, which covers several common writing styles used in scholarly and professional writing.  The chapter includes information about identifying instructions to authors and using the internet for research.  In addition, it covers ethical writing and the basics of copyright.

A copy of the book has been ordered for the Briscoe Library.


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.