Library Classes

MS3s learn about medical smartphone applications and mobile databases for clinical support

Eric Foundations 2013Over the course of one week in June, more than 200 rising third year medical students at the UT Health Science Center received instruction and demonstrations of  library resources and medical smartphone applications. With the goal of streamlining day-to-day life in their clerkship years, students learned about a number of mobile databases and smartphone applications that ranged across point of care applications, information organization and productivity applications.

As a way of sharpening their information-seeking skills, each class of about 20 students worked through a series of case-based scenarios.  Before beginning their 3rd year clinical rotations the students must complete the Information Mastery class, which is a part of their Clinical Foundations course.

Clinical Foundations (INTD 3030/Clinical Foundations) was presented by a team of instructors:  Glen Medellin, M.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and Interim Division Chief of Pediatrics; Angela Myatt, Curriculum Liaison Librarian; and Eric Willman, Head of Library Technology.

MS3s learn to identify best resources for clinical care

MS3s-Clinical Foundations

MS3s received instruction in information management, document storage and password protection.

For the second year running, librarians from the Briscoe Library were instructors in the School of Medicine’s Clinical Foundations course. Clinical Foundations provides the basic clinical tools to rising third year medical students about to embark on their clerkship rotations.  Eric Willman, Angela Myatt and Chatchawin Assanasen, M.D., a Hematologist/Oncologist with the department of Pediatrics, were responsible for the knowledge management section of the eight day long program. Objectives of the class included accessing and identifying the best information resources for patient care and knowing how to find answers to clinical questions.

The class of over 200 students was divided into eight groups, with students working in pairs. Each 2 hour session was a fast paced blend of didactic instruction and group assignments. Throughout the session students were posed clinical questions. Answers required the groups to pool their critical thinking skills and to utilize their newly acquired information. Students were encouraged to use their handheld devices to access several clinical resources. They were also received instruction on information management, document storage and password protection.


National Network of Libraries of Medicine to offer classes in San Antonio and Harlingen

NN-LMTwo new classes offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) are scheduled for the Briscoe and Ramirez Libraries in May and June.

No More Yawning: Designing and Delivering Successful Presentations
In this class participants will learn to:

  • understand characteristics of adult learners
  • create a lesson plan
  • develop learning objectives
  • design effective visual aids and supporting training material
  • apply basic tips to create a more engaging and dynamic presentation

Ramirez Library in Harlingen on Tuesday May 21, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Registration deadline is May 10.
Briscoe Library in San Antonio on Monday June 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library
In this class participants will learn to:

  • gain awareness of mental health issues
  • learn to respond to challenging reference questions for mental health information
  • be informed of tools for collection development and mental health research including the latest web sites and databases

Ramirez Library in Harlingen on Tuesday May 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Registration deadline is May 10.
Briscoe Library in San Antonio on Monday June 3, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Those interested may register for these classes directly through the NN/LM website. Class size is limited.


New in December: Lunch & Learn Mini-Webinars

This December, take 30 minutes to develop and improve your research skills from the comfort of your own office or desk.  These special 30 minute webinars (scheduled for the noon hour) provide focused information on a variety of topics and are designed for UT Health Science Center faculty, staff, and students.

Register now to reserve your spot and join us from your computer.

  • Please register using your or account.
  • For best results, we encourage you to connect from a computer on the UTHSCSA network.
  • You’ll receive a registration confirmation shortly after registering.  The connection link and details will be sent in a separate message before the webinar.

I Know What I Want, But How Do I Get It?

Using the library homepage better

Monday, December 10 from 12:00-12:30 pm

Who Is Citing Me?

Introduction to cited reference searching

Thursday, December 13 from 12:00-12:30 pm

Create Links to Library Articles the Easy Way

Learn how to create links to library resources for Blackboard

Tuesday, December 18 from 12:00-12:30 pm

If you are interested in future webinar events from The Libraries, please let us know what topics you would like covered.  Email Katie Prentice at with your suggestions.

NN/LM SCR classes coming to the Ramirez Library in June

In June the Ramirez Library will host two classes taught by Michelle Malizia, Regional Director for the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region. 

Health Statistics on the Web: It’s as Easy as…1, 2, 3 will be offered on Wednesday, June 13th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  This hands-on course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels.

On Thursday, June 14th, Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation for Library Advocacy will take place from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  This class will help librarians learn to show the value of their library’s services. Participants will become familiar with an evaluation process and will use and take away methods and tools for assessment, evaluation planning, creating logic models, data collection, data analysis and reporting.

Both classes are open to the public and will be taught in the Ramirez Library, RAHC 1.132.  To register, go to: and select the class you wish to attend using the event calendar.

For more information, contact Kathy Carter, Ramirez Library Librarian:

Teaching in the School of Medicine: Second year students

In July, librarians and clinicians worked together to teach literature searching and the principles of Evidence Based Medicine to all second year medical students.

Donald Dudley M.D., led the students through a real life case scenario on day 1, explaining the plusses and minuses of several valuable resources. On day 2, Jose Cavazos M.D., Ph.D., continued the theme and provided personal insights into EBM.

Librarians on the teaching team included Angela Myatt, Chris Gaspard, Katie Prentice and Dana Whitmire.

Tech the Halls: 30 Holiday Tips and Tools

Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room

Bring your lunch and learn about 30 tools and tips to make your holidays merrier.

Webinar: Copyright at Work

Library Collaboratory, LIB 4.074

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

If you’ve ever been puzzled by copyright questions, don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the copyright experts and to expand your respect for intellectual property. Not only will you get answers to your copyright questions but you’ll also learn how to minimize your exposure to illegal content use. This session,  produced by the Copyright Clearance Center, features:

  • The basics of copyright law
  • What is and is not copyright-protected
  • Fair use — what it is and how it works
  • When copyright permission is needed, for both photocopies and electronic content
  • How to obtain copyright permission and much more

For more information, contact Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services, at 210-567-6606 or email