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Best in State: San Antonio Annual Texas Health Literacy Conference

 

It is estimated that only 12% of American adults are considered proficient in the health literacy skills they need to effectively navigate and use our health care system. The Texas Health Literacy Conference, held annually in San Antonio for the past 13 years, is recognized as the top health literacy conference in the state. The conference is sponsored by the Bexar County Health Collaborative and the San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative, SAHLI.

The UT Health Briscoe Library supports the conference each year by demonstrating and promoting health literacy resources available from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). In addition, this year librarian Karen Barton (shown below) presented a poster on her National Network of Libraries of Medicine Award entitled The Youth Health Literacy Challenge: A Partnership between UT Health San Antonio Libraries, North East ISD, and the San Antonio Public Library. For the project award, Karen designed a calendar that elementary through high school-aged students can use to learn how to access nutritional resources and reliable health information from the NLM while working through fun and interactive exercises. She also presented on this project at the IIMS Community Engagement Symposium.

 

Library Space Planning: UT Health Library Staff Visit UT Austin Libraries

 

UT Health Library Senior Director Owen Ellard and staff librarians traveled to the UT Austin campus in December to tour recently renovated library space as shown above. Hosted by UT Austin Library staff, the tours allowed time for discussion of renovation and space planning to meet the changing needs of students and faculty.  Areas toured included the UT Austin Fine Arts Library and its new maker space called “The Foundry” as well as newly renovated areas of the Perry-Castaneda main library. The transformation of library space was made visible through the range of technology, furniture, and artwork used throughout the UT Austin Library spaces.  In light of recent print shelf removal at the UT Health Briscoe Library as shown below, librarians and staff will be working with students and faculty to adapt the newly open spaces to meet the needs of UT Health campus communities.

New Staff at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

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We are pleased to announce that the UT Health Science Center Laredo Regional Campus Library has a new staff member, Aida Almanza. Aida will hold the position of Library Assistant and will share duties with Library Assistant, Erika Silva. Aida received her MLS from Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in 2014 and has previous experience in both academic and public libraries.

The Laredo Regional Campus, in partnerships with the Laredo Community College and Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), has been offering programs in the Laredo area since 2001. The Library  has been in its present location since 2008. Under supervision by both TAMIU and the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library, Library Assistants provide circulation and information services to current faculty, students, staff, and to public users.

New Staff at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

 

We are pleased to announce that the UT Health Science Center Laredo Regional Campus Library has a new staff member, Elizabeth Ramirez, who will hold the position of Library Assistant. The Laredo Regional Campus, in partnership with the Laredo Community College and Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), has been offering programs in the Laredo area since 2001. The Library  has been in its present location since 2008. Under supervision by both TAMIU and the UT Health Briscoe Library, Library Assistants provide circulation and information services to current faculty, staff, and to public users.

Retired Librarian Receives Photography Award

Retired librarian Susan Buentello was featured in the latest edition of Connective Tissue for her photograph of an 18 year old white rhinoceros named Kutu from the San Antonio Zoo. The photo titled Kutu captures the unique features and peaceful beauty of the massive creature. The photograph received Connective Tissue’s honorable mention award for the category of photography.

Kutu photo

Connective Tissue is an annual publication produced by the Center for Medical Ethics & Humanities, which features artistic and literary works produced by the campus community and affiliates. The publication features three categories: visual arts, photography, and literature. Awards are given for the top works in each category, and for honorable mentions in each category. Submissions include graphic arts, paintings, drawings, photographs, poetry, short stories, essays, and much more.

 

Susan Buentello photo Susan Buentello worked as a technical services librarian at the Briscoe Library for 25 years before retiring in 2009.  In her retirement, Susan now enjoys the technical challenges of photography, which fulfill her desire to learn new things and highlight her artistic abilities.