Library Staff

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!

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.

Patrick Lemelle, Library Outreach Assistant, Retires

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Patrick Lemelle, Library Outreach Assistant, will be retiring on January 31, 2016. For the past four years Patrick has been an integral part of the UT Health Science Center Library outreach services. Through outreach to a 33-county area in South Texas, library outreach services seek to improve access to health information in South Texas communities. Services include training in effective literature retrieval, literature searches, article delivery, outreach to consumers and community-based organizations, and circuit librarian services to hospitals, clinics and other organizations. Patrick has made many significant contributions to the library’s outreach programs. Thanks to his efforts, the Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) has provided valued and timely services to client institutions. Patrick has also prepared  monthly newsletters for all CLHIN participants and has tirelessly coordinated the renewal of CLHIN contracts. He has represented the Libraries at numerous health fairs and professional conferences, and  provided dedicated program support. An accomplished musician, Patrick provided the lyrics and music for a library video produced in 2012 on the value of community outreach collaboration and partnerships.  Patrick has worked within the University of Texas System libraries in San Antonio for a total of 23 years. Patrick’s engaging manner and dedication to area health consumers will be missed. All of our best wishes go to Patrick and his wife Olivia for a wonderful retirement!

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Patrick provides information to aspiring health science students, May 2015

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.

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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.