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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.

 

Briscoe Library Welcomes Jeff Lacy

Jeff Lacy joined Briscoe Library on July 1 as the Library Liaison to the School of Dentistry & the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  He will work to support faculty and students by integrating library resources in the curriculum, research, and clinical practice.  Jeff has over eighteen years of experience as an academic librarian.  He comes to the UT Health Briscoe Library from Trinity University where he was an instruction and liaison librarian for the last five years. Previous to that, he was a scholarly resources librarian at UTSA.  Jeff has a master’s degree in library science from the University of Alabama and a master’s in arts degree in English from Lamar University.  He holds a B.A. in English from Mercer University.

Jeff has experience working in health sciences and related subject areas and he looks forward to sharing his knowledge with our faculty, students, and staff.  Please help us welcome him to UT Health San Antonio!

Briscoe Library Welcomes Rebecca Ajtai

Rebecca Ajtai joined Briscoe Library on March 1st as a member of the Librarian Liaison Services team.  She will work with faculty and students to integrate library resources in the curriculum, research, and clinical practice.  Rebecca comes to the UT Health Briscoe Library from the Texas Heart Institute in Houston where she was a librarian for the last seven years.  While there, she provided personalized services, such as customized news reports in support of patient care, education, and research.  Rebecca received her master’s in library science from the University of North Texas and holds a B.A. in English Literature from St. Edward’s University.

Rebecca enjoys working in the healthcare environment and is excited to be able to bring her expertise to UT Health San Antonio.  She is a native San Antonian and is happy to be back home with her two children.

Some of her favorite hobbies are gardening and practicing yoga.

Congratulations to Librarian Dana Whitmire

Dana Whitmire, Electronic Resources Librarian, has accepted an appointment as secretary of the Council of Research and Academic Libraries (CORAL). CORAL is a consortium of libraries in the greater San Antonio area that promotes cooperative programming, collaboration, and professional development. Additionally, CORAL provides a forum for librarians to discuss issues and trends in the realm of information literacy.

Laredo Regional Campus News

Tracy Vasquez

The UT Health Libraries are pleased to announce a new staff member at the Laredo Regional Campus Library. Tracy Vasquez has joined the staff as a part-time Library Specialist I. With a background in education, Tracy shares library duties with Elizabeth Ramirez to serve the needs of the campus and Laredo-area community.

While the Laredo Regional Campus Library is small in size, affiliated users and community members alike have access to all of the same resources provided by the UT Health Libraries in San Antonio.

Librarian Jonquil Feldman Announces Retirement

Jonquil Feldman, MALS, has announced her retirement on April 30 after 21 years at Briscoe Library. She joined the library in 1998 as a Reference Librarian, and in 1999 became the Assistant to the Library Director, supporting library operations and administration. In 2006, she assumed the position of Director of Library and Outreach Services, overseeing several library units, including reference, access services, interlibrary loan, and community outreach. When the library was reorganized in 2016, she was appointed Associate Library Director.

Over the years, Jonquil has worked on a number of projects that shaped the physical spaces of the Briscoe, RAHC, and Laredo libraries. She participated in writing successful proposals for funding from the National Library of Medicine and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. She also worked on accreditation efforts for the Schools of Dentistry and Nursing, Health Professions programs, LCME, and SACS.

Prior to joining UT Health San Antonio, Jonquil worked in libraries at Harvard Medical School, the University of Virginia, and the University of Pittsburgh. She received her master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Chicago. She is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and a graduate of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program. She has published chapters and articles on health science librarianship, and has presented papers and posters at numerous conferences. She was co-chair of the Program Committee for the Medical Library Association’s Annual meeting in 2015, and also co-chair of the Association’s South Central Chapter meeting, which took place in San Antonio in 2018. Since 2007, she has served on the Editorial Board of Medical Reference Services Quarterly. In 2019, she was appointed Editor of that peer-reviewed journal, and she expects to stay busy producing four issues a year, traveling, and enjoying this new chapter in her life.

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.

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