Library Services

Briscoe Library extended hours begin September 3

The Briscoe Library will offer longer hours for UT Health Science Center affiliates, from September to May, excluding holidays. Health Science Center students, faculty and staff can use the library on the following schedule, with ID cards required for entry during some hours:

Monday-Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

7:00 a.m. – Midnight

7:00 a.m. – Midnight

7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

 

The library will be open to non-Health Science Center guests during the following hours:

Monday-Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

7:00 a.m. – Midnight

7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – Midnight

 

Contact information and hours for all UT Health Science Center Libraries are posted on the website. For more information, contact Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services at 210-567-2430 or email  feldman@uthscsa.edu.

Briscoe Library participates in the 2nd Annual San Antonio CHW/Promotor(a) Summit

Librarian Peg Seeger speaking to an attendee at the Promotores SummitOver 140 Community Health Workers (CHWs) attended the 2nd Annual San Antonio CHW/Promotor(a) Summit held on June 8th at the Christus Santa Rosa Hospital City Center for Children and Families.  UT Health Science Center Briscoe  Library staff attended the summit to promote resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) that support public health workers and health consumers alike with trusted health and research information. Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services, and Patrick Lemelle, Outreach Library Assistant, provided demonstrations of  MedlinePlus and PubMed while distributing and answering questions on many other NLM products and services. Of particular interest were the NLM Mobile Apps and Sites.

Community health workers, also known as promotores, are widely recognized as a vital part of the public health workforce in part by providing health literacy training and patient navigation services to undeserved populations. Through the many roles played by CHWs, the health disparities that exist in many parts of our nation are more effectively addressed on a community level.

Texas is only one of two states that currently offer certification programs for CHWs.

Some key Texas CHW facts:

  • In the state of Texas, 280 individuals graduated from a Department of Health and Human Services-certified community health worker training program of at least 160 hours in 2011.
  • A total of 53 instructors were newly certified.
  • As of December 31, 2011, there were 1,583 community health workers, an increase of 37% as compared to 1,153 community health workers at the end of 2010.
  • The number of Texas counties with at least one certified community health worker grew from 82 counties at the end of 2010 to 101 counties as of December 31, 2011, an increase of 23%.
  • In the UT Health Science Center Libraries outreach services area, Hidalgo County has 153, Bexar 106, Cameron 98, Webb 25, Starr 7, and Willacy 0.
  • Bexar County along with Webb, Hidalgo and Cameron are all locations for Promotor(a)/Community Health Worker Training & Certification Programs.

promotora community health worker training and certification program- Texas map

Source:  Texas Department of State Health Services, Community Health Workers – Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program. 2011 Annual Report: Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Advisory Committee. Available at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mch/chw/workforce.aspx . Accessed 6/15/12

Briscoe Library to be open 24/7 during exams

The Briscoe Library will remain open 24 hours a day for two brief periods during Spring Semester exams, as follows:

Sunday, April 28, 7:00 a.m.  through Friday, May 10, 10:00 p.m.

To accommodate most schools

Friday, May 17, 10:00 a.m. through Friday, May 24, 6:00 p.m.

To accommodate MS 1 students

During this time, only students and others with a current UT Health Science Center ID will be able to enter the building after 12:00 midnight (10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays), by swiping their ID cards in the reader at the Briscoe Library main entrance.

For security reasons, every person in the library
is required to carry their UT Health Science Center ID.

Library computers, printing and photocopying will be available, but minimal support services will be offered during overnight hours.

Between May 10 and May 17, the classrooms on the 2nd floor of the library will continue to be available 24/7 to UT Health Science Center students needing study space.

For schedule details, check the library Hours page, or contact Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, at Feldman@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2430.

 

 

Briscoe Library’s new furniture gets rave reviews

Group study rooms on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library are now equipped with media:scape tables.

The Briscoe Library went through some “growing pains” this year, with the construction of a suite of offices and removal of all of the books from the 5th floor. The end of August saw more changes as we closed the 5th floor for a week for installation of new furniture. Students were very gracious and understanding, perhaps because we clearly communicated the reason and because they were able to peek in and see the progress. The end result was worth the temporary inconvenience of having fewer available study tables in the library.

Thanks to collaboration between library administration and UT Health Science Center Facilities Management staff, the 5th floor now has a variety of study options, including 12 individual study rooms with lighted tables, 69 carrels, 32 booths, 9 club chairs, and innovative lounge seating. Electrical outlets are available in all study rooms, at every carrel, and at most of the booths. Twelve computers and four data connections for hardwired laptops are available.

Group study rooms are equipped with media:scapes like the one pictured here.  The media:scapes facilitate collaboration through shared viewing of what’s on an individual laptop screen. The X-Ray collection is still located in Room 5U and continues to be heavily used.

Student feedback has been very positive, and the proof is in how busy the 5th floor is throughout the day and into the evening. Future work, scheduled during the winter break, includes some aesthetic carpet and ceiling enhancements, improvements in lighting, and use of an innovative whiteboard paint in the group study rooms, which will increase the writing surface area from the current 4 x 6 ft whiteboards to the width of a wall.

For updates on future improvements and more photos of the changes to date, go to

http://renovate-briscoe.tumblr.com/.

Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

Circuit Librarian Health Information Network fulfills JCAHO requirements for library services

Patrick Lemelle

Patrick Lemelle, CLHIN program manager

The Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) of the University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries is a service that provides access to medical library services in the absence of a fully staffed and equipped in-house library. Articles are provided from UT Health Science Center Libraries’ collection of over 4,000 journal titles, and searches of MEDLINE and other health sciences databases are conducted by professional librarians.

Currently, CLHIN provides services to seven member organizations in South Texas, including Doctors Hospital in Laredo, Edinburg Regional Medical Center, Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco, McAllen Family Medical Residency Program, Mission Regional Medical Center, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, and Uvalde Memorial Hospital.  In addition to library services, CLHIN also provides continuing education programming for nurses, and workshops on evidence based practice for  physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and administrative staff at participating hospitals.  CLHIN site visits are conducted periodically to register new users from each organization and to update users on training and resources available to them.

Membership in CLHIN fulfills the JCAHO requirements for library service by providing staff with MEDLINE and other database searches, copies of articles through interlibrary loan, books and audiovisual materials from the collection at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio’s Briscoe Library, the Ramirez Medical Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, and through interlibrary loan from other libraries.

Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services

Did you know? August by the numbers

Welcome to “Did you know?” a new periodic newsletter feature that will highlight the UT Health Science Center Libraries.  This month is “August by the numbers.”

Interactions with Library Staff:Get Help web page

  • All questions answered: 1,810
  • Questions answered at Briscoe Library Circulation: 1,256
  • Questions answered by On-Call Briscoe Library services: 256
  • Questions answered at the Ramirez Library: 382

85% of all questions were asked in-person!

Visiting the Libraries:

  • Gate Count, Briscoe Library: 29,558
  • Gate Count, Ramirez Library: 2,359

Members of the library staff are available to help visitors in the library as well as by phone, email, and instant message.  For the times when you can’t reach librarians for assistance, check out our Tipsheets and Tutorials page.

Contact us with your questions about research!

 

Information outreach: Laredo Regional Campus Library provides services to seniors

Laredo Seniors

Peg Seger, head of outreach services in the Briscoe Library, speaks to a group of seniors at the Laredo Regional Campus Library about MedlinePlus and other consumer health information resources.

On  January 24 and 25,  Erika Silva, library assistant at the Laredo Regional Campus Library, Peg Seger, head of outreach services at the Briscoe Library, and Rodney Webb, Texas A&M International University librarian presented an overview of library resources and services to members of the Laredo seniors community.  Included in the program was a presentation on consumer health information resources available through the National Library of Medicine.  Attendees were treated to pens, notepads, and a variety of print materials about MedlinePlus and NIHSenior Health.
 
 
 

Making way for improvements at the Briscoe Library

Shifting books on the 4th floor of the Briscoe Library

Members of the library staff have been shifting books and print journals on the 4th floor of the Briscoe Library to make room for all of the books that remain on the 5th floor.

Faculty and staff of the newly constructed Office of Undergraduate Medical Education moved into their new offices on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library in May.  Further changes are planned for this floor in order to provide improved study and collaboration spaces for students.

In the very near future, new carpeting and ceiling fixtures will be installed  on the 5th floor and all furniture on the floor will be replaced with new and updated furniture.  Group study rooms will be equipped with Mediascape tables and flat screen monitors to support collaborative work.  New study carrels, lounge seating, and study booths will also be added to update and improve the study environment.

In order to make as much room as possible for the new 5th floor study area, library staff have been busy in June consolidating the book and journal collection on the 4th floor, so that the few remaining books on the 5th floor can be moved to the 4th floor.  In addition to added space for study furniture, the book move will result in the circulating collection of print books and journals all being housed on one floor of the library.

Stay tuned for more details on the progress of this project in the coming months.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

New Information Services hours at the Briscoe Library

Librarians are available to provide assistance with reference questions, with the library’s print and electronic collections, and with one-on-one assistance in searching databases and bibliographic management programs such as EndNote and RefWorks.

At the Briscoe Library, librarians are now on-call Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. During these hours, we can be reached in person, by telephone at 210-567-2450, through email at AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu or via Instant Messaging.

Consultation appointments are also available for your in-depth questions.  We look forward to assisting you with your information needs.

Jonquil Feldman

Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services
 
 
 

P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and University Archives closed for appraisal

Interior photograph of the Nixon LibraryThe P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and the University Archives will be closed to the public and university personnel on March 7 and March 8 from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.    The Howe Conference Room, which houses part of the rare books collection, will also be closed during that time.

The university’s collection of rare books will be appraised during those two days.  Anyone needing to view rare books or archival items should schedule a different date to do so.

For more information on the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

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