Library Services

Around The Libraries in August

Around Briscoe

The Briscoe Library’s Information Desk was removed at the end of July, opening up additional space for study, group collaboration and laptop use.  This area, located directly across from the main entrance, is equipped with electrical outlets and data lines, both  rare commodities in a building that was constructed before the era of personal computers.

Current issues of 40 print journal titles are  shelved in this area for those who wish to browse the latest issues without having to search through the entire journal collection on the 4th floor. Popular magazines funded through a generous donation are also shelved here. Comfortable armchairs invite quiet reading, reflection or conversation. Tables provide ample space for those who wish to spread out with study materials or work on their laptops or other mobile devices while sipping a cup of coffee. We welcome comments and suggestions on how we might improve this space.

The services once provided at the Information Desk have been consolidated with Circulation Services and librarians are on call to assist with research and reference help. To provide feedback or contact a librarian, stop by the Circulation Desk, call 567-2450, schedule a consultation appointment, or send an email to AskALibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Jonquil Feldman
Director of Briscoe Library Services

 

 Around Laredo

The Laredo Regional Campus Library provided new student library orientation for the Physician Assistant Program on August 22. Students received information about library services, card ID access and campus safety. Students were also informed about the policies and procedures for after hours and weekend access.

The Laredo Regional Campus Library welcomes the students to our library and to our campus!

Patti Gutierrez
Library Assistant

Briscoe Library adds more hours for study

Briscoe Library

Briscoe Library

Starting January 27, the Briscoe Library will be open for additional hours on weekends and during the week.  The additional hours will allow students to have more time to study in the library.  Work study students from the Schools of Health Professions, Medicine, and Nursing will be working during the increased hours to keep the library open.

The library’s new hours will be:

Sunday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Friday and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight

During the additional hours, the library will be closed to the public with access to the library available to Health Science Center students, faculty and staff using card swipe.  The library will only be open for study, services such as circulation and reference assistance will not be available.

Card swipe access will be in effect during the following times:

Sunday, 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight – 2:00 a.m.

Monday – Thursday, 12:00 midnight – 2:00 a.m.

Friday, 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight

Saturday, 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight

Please remember to bring your ID with you when visiting the library and keep the ID displayed at all times.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

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!

 

Goodbye to the Robert B. Green Campus Library

Evelyn Olivier, Dr. Virginia Bowden, Rajia Tobia, Linda Levy, and Ron Mesa all attended a farewell reception recognizing many years of library service at Robert B. Green Campus. The library closed on July 28, 2011.

The branch library of the UT Health Science Center Libraries located at the Robert B. Green Campus of the University Health System (UHS) closed its doors for the last time on July 28, 2011. The building in which the library is located is scheduled to be demolished, and there will be no identified library space at the downtown facility. This lack of space, combined with declining use of the library over the years and the need to reassign staff to the Briscoe Library on the central campus, led to the decision to close the Robert B. Green Library.

The UT Health Science Center Library took over management of the Robert B. Green Hospital Library in 1976. The library was then named the Robert B. Green Educational Resource Center and served the needs of faculty, students, and residents at the downtown location. At that time, inpatient Labor and Delivery, the Newborn Nursery, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit were located at the Robert B. Green Hospital, resulting in a very busy environment. Eventually, maternity services were moved to the University Hospital adjacent to the Health Science Center campus.

The library and facility have had several names – Robert B. Green Library, Robert B. Green Educational Resources Center, Brady/Green Library and Downtown Library at the UHC-D. Evelyn Olivier was the first librarian at the RBG/ERC in 1976. Rajia Tobia, current Executive Director of Libraries, held her first job at the Health Science Center as Robert B. Green Librarian in 1980. Linda Levy, Assistant Director for Database and Branch Services, has been the longest-serving librarian, working in the Robert B. Green campus since 1999, and Ron Mesa, Library Assistant, has been the face of the downtown library for many years and is well known for his excellent customer service.

At a farewell reception held on July 21, Robert B. Green Campus and UT Health Science Center staff honored the library that had given many years of service to UT Health Science Center faculty, students and staff and to UHS personnel, residents, and patients. UHS administration hosted the reception with Dr. Gary McWilliams, UHS Executive Vice President, Ambulatory Services, providing reminiscences of the Robert B. Green Hospital. Evelyn Olivier, the first librarian at the Robert B. Green Educational Resource Center, attended the reception as did Dr. Virginia Bowden, Library Director Emeritus.

Although the library is closed, library services will continue to be provided through electronic resources including email, visits and instructional sessions offered by librarians, and by phone.

 Rajia Tobia
 Executive Director of Libraries

Happy New Year!

The staff of the UT Health Science Center Libraries wishes all of our campus community a happy, healthy and productive new year!

2012 is already shaping up to be a busy year for librarians and library staff.  Construction continues on the Briscoe Library’s 5th floor to build the School of Medicine’s Office of Education.  Options for creating additional study space in the library are being explored, as is a plan for relocating print journals and books in the library building.

A task force of the Library Committee that includes Library Committee members, librarians, student representatives, and Facilities Management staff is discussing the “library of the future.”  The task force will develop a report based on stakeholder input about services, physical space, and amenities needed in the library of the future.  A recent study titled “Redefining the Academic Library” by the Education Advisory Board for the University Leadership Council, a council made up of university provosts throughout the country, details many of the changes the task force has discussed already.  Some of the top trends in next-generation library space planning that both the “Redefining” report and the task force have identified include:

  • fewer physical print collections on site as more books and journals move to electronic form;
  • space designed for comfort, collaboration, and varied student study needs;
  • flexibility and modularity in furnishings and design;
  • ubiquitous wireless connectivity and electrical access for laptops and mobile devices;
  • integration of academic support services;
  • food, drink and other amenities readily available.

The Library Committee task force welcomes comments and thoughts about the library of the future.  Comments can be sent to Adelita Cantu, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, and Library Committee Chair, CantuA2@uthscsa.edu.

A pilot of 24/7 access to the Briscoe Library was conducted during the fall semester exam period in December. Following on this pilot project, options are being explored to extend hours using work study students.  As part of the 24/7 pilot project, we conducted a survey of academic health science center libraries.  Of the 60 libraries responding to the survey approximately half of the libraries provide 24/7 access to the library building for student study.  Exact days and hours for extended library hours are still being explored but we hope to have a schedule settled by mid-January.

The library’s new website, A-Z journal list, and link resolver are all debuting this month.  Read more about each in this issue of our newsletter.

In 2012 and as always, librarians and library staff in San Antonio, Harlingen, and Laredo are ready to assist our campus community with their information and study needs.  Please contact us at AskALibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries