Library Staff

Alice Pakravan retires after 27 years with the Briscoe Library

After 27 years of service at the Briscoe Library, Alice Pakravan will retire at the end of July.  Alice began her journey at the Briscoe Library in 1984. At that time she became part of the Technical Services division, where she was primarily responsible for the physical processing of new books. Today Alice is responsible for ordering new books for the Briscoe Library and all branch locations. She also handles payment for new books and assists with the maintenance of catalog records. Over the years Alice has been involved in many collection management activities and has been a key contributor in helping expand and maintain the book collection at the Briscoe Library.

Alice has a tremendous amount of historical knowledge and has witnessed first-hand the transition from print to electronic resources. She has watched her job evolve over the years and has enjoyed working in a dynamic environment. Alice has always been a friendly face around the library and will be greatly missed by all of her colleagues.

In her retirement, Alice will enjoy spending time with friends and family and traveling as much as possible.  She hopes to plan a trip to Disneyland with her grandkids in the near future.

Andrea N. Schorr
Collection Resources Librarian

Best idea for staying cool this summer: READ

Summer reading suggestions from the staff of the Briscoe Library

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson

Recommended by Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

“I love the main characters in this book… Major Pettigrew, the English widower with the stiff upper lip, and Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani widow shopkeeper.  These two with little on the surface to make them compatible, find companionship and love in the English countryside.  In a  way, the book could have been written by a 21st century Jane Austen.  A great summer read if you are looking for interesting characters and great prose writing.”

Ice Station Zebra, by Alistair Maclean

Recommended by Ken Wise, Access Services Library Assistant: “because you asked for something cool…”

“The atomic submarine Dolphin has impossible orders: to sail beneath the ice-floes of the Arctic Ocean to locate and rescue the men of weather-station Zebra, gutted by fire and drifting with the ice-pack somewhere north of the Arctic Circle. But the orders do not say what the Dolphin will find if she succeeds — that the fire at Ice Station Zebra was sabotage, and that one of the survivors is a killer!”

Dogs: A Natural History, by Jake Page

Recommended by Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

“Dogs are amazing creatures, as everyone who loves them knows.  Jake Page writes about the wolf-dog connection, and about the co-evolution of dogs and human beings going all the way back to before the dawn of recorded history.  Where did the first domestic dogs come from?  How did they get to be the dogs they are today?  How do dogs see the world? What do they think about us?  This bookis full of  interesting and useful information, yet you will feel like you are ‘wasting time’, in the best sense of the word.”

Emme Lopez Joins Briscoe Library Staff

EmmeLopezIn September, Emme Lopez joined the UT Health Science Center as Education and Assessment Librarian. Emme was most recently at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Library, where she worked as a Technology Librarian and Liaison to the Leadership, Policy, and Organizations Department in the School of Education. Prior to that, Emme worked as a Reference Librarian at the University of Texas at San Antonio and interned at Fort Sam Houston’s Stimson Medical Education Library.

In her new position, Emme will provide leadership in the design, teaching, assessment and evaluation of library education programs. Librarians teach classes on optimizing use of knowledge resources, finding evidence-based literature, and critical appraisal. Many classes are held outside the confines of the library, in campus classrooms, conference rooms, and even hospital staff workrooms. Emme will continue this partnership with instructors, department heads and program managers who request classes for students, faculty and researchers. She will also be leveraging technology to develop and promote online self-directed learning opportunities.

A native of Oregon, Emme moved to Kansas to complete an undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas, double-majoring in English Literature and Sociology. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. While an undergrad, she met her husband, Andrew. His career as a soldier, took them to San Antonio, Kansas, back to San Antonio, and then to Clarksville, TN. Emme is happy to be in San Antonio again and excited to be part of the dynamic and creative library team at UTHSCSA!

Farewell to Gary Goodson

Gary Goodson

The staff of The Libraries wish Gary Goodson, Outreach Library Assistant in the Briscoe Library, all the best as he and his wife Robin prepare to move to Atlanta. Gary’s last day in the library was Thursday, September 23.

Gary has made many significant contributions to the library’s outreach programs. Thanks to his efforts, the Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) website has been revamped, and we now have online evaluation instruments for our outreach activities. Gary has also prepared  monthly newsletters for all CLHIN participants. He represented The Libraries at several health fairs, and  provided valuable program support at the evidence-based practice summer institute in July. He has also done a masterful job coordinating the renewal of our contracts with CLHIN institutions.

Once settled in Atlanta, Gary will continue his online studies in the Master’s of Library Science program at the University of North Texas, while his wife completes a fellowship in public health at the Centers for Disease Control.  We wish them all the best!

Health Science Center recognizes two members of the library staff for their years of service

Patrick Lemelle and Louie Barcenes both received service awards in October.

Patrick Lemelle and Louie Barcenes both received service awards in October.

Two members of the library staff received milestone service awards in October:

Patrick Lemelle, Senior Outreach Library Assistant, received his 20 year service award.

Louie Barcenes, Senior Library Clerical Assistant, received his 25 year service award.

We congratulate Patrick and Louie on their service to the UT System and at the University of Texas Health Science Center!



Jeremy Mercier joins Briscoe Library staff

Jeremy Mercier has joined the Briscoe Library staff  as an Information Technology Specialist.  Jeremy will be supervised by Eric Willman, Head of Library Technology, as part of Information Management Services.  Jeremy will be performing duties related to maintaining Web applications and database services to support the library’s Web platform, configuring computers, and supporting library software.  Jeremy will also be providing support for some Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs (AFSA) departments.  Jeremy is currently completing his master’s degree in Information and Library Science through the University of North Texas.


Jorge Martinez graduates from Texas A&M San Antonio

Congratulations to Jorge Martinez,  Information Technology Specialist, who received  a Bachelors of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)  from Texas A&M University San Antonio on Sunday, December 19, 2010.

Jorge, who offices in the Briscoe Library, also provides technology support for the Ramirez Library in Harlingen, the Laredo Regional Campus Library, the library at Texas Research Park and University Health Service Downtown Library.

Jude Lynch to retire after 25 years of Library service

At the end of September Jude Lynch, Serials Specialist, will retire with more than 25 years of service at the Briscoe Library.  Starting as a Library Assistant I in 1985, Jude has spent most of her time working with journals.  She was primarily responsible for recording receipt of print issues and moved seamlessly to working with electronic journals once they became prolific in the late 1990s.

In her present position as Serials Specialist, Jude has undoubtedly had a hand in almost all of the library’s records pertaining to journals, in print or electronic format.  In recent years, she has worked to assure that catalog records were correct, contacted publishers for resolutions of problems related to accessing electronic journals, and worked diligently to keep our journal subscriptions working for faculty and students.

Jude was instrumental in implementing and populating data in the library’s link resolver, which automates the process of accessing electronic journals through OpenURL linking.  The link resolver allows our library users quick access to e-journal articles from a variety of databases ranging from Ovid, PubMed, Web of Science, and CINAHL, just to name a few.

For most of her career, Jude has worked behind the scenes. However,  her efforts and dedication were recognized on a grand scale when she was awarded a Presidential Employee Excellence in Service Award in 2009.

In her retirement, Jude will enjoy reading, watching movies, and spending more time with friends, her husband, and her dog.  All of Jude’s colleagues in the library will certainly miss her and the dedication to the Health Science Center that she has practiced during her 25 years of service.

John Weed
Head of Collection Resources

News from the Libraries — January 2013

Staff of the Briscoe Library

Briscoe Library in San Antonio

The Staff of The Libraries wish you the happiest of years in 2013!

Are you in? Become part of One Community/One Book 2013

Department of the Army medical historian to speak

Library classes for January

Yolanda Klebahn to retire after 22 years with the Briscoe Library

A featured resource: Crazy Good Interviewing

The PubReader View: A New Way to Read Articles in PubMed Central

Mobile Devices: Know the RISKS. Take the STEPS. PROTECT and SECURE Health Information

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library in January

See all past issues of News from the Libraries



Ramirez Library in Harlingen

Ramirez Library in Harlingen

Laredo Regional Campus Library

Laredo Regional Campus Library






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