News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Systematic Reviews Expert Provides Free Seminars for Faculty and Librarians



Margaret Foster, MS, MPH, AHIP, Associate Professor and Systematic Reviews and Research Coordinator at Texas A&M University, visited UT Health at San Antonio August 7-9, 2017 as part of the SCAMeL Librarian Exchange Professional Development Program. During her visit, Ms. Foster, in coordination with the UT Health San Antonio library liaison team, offered seminars on systematic reviews to area librarians and UT Health San Antonio faculty. These seminars included: “Establishing a Systematic Review Service,” “Determining Which Review is Right for You,” and a Lunch and Learn on the systematic review process. Ms. Foster also offered individual consultation to faculty members interested in performing systematic reviews. The UT Health San Antonio library liaison team worked with Ms. Foster in furthering their own systematic review on information skills training in nursing education.

Coming Later This Fall: New Library Furniture and Space Arrangements

Thanks to an award from the Student Fee Fund, the Library will be developing new small scale furniture arrangements and installing other new furniture options later this Fall as part of a pilot space design project. Three spaces will be developed to enhance areas for student individual study, group study, and relaxation.

Individual study chairs or pods will be installed on the 3rd and 4th floors. The relaxation area will be located on the 5th floor adjacent to a new collaboration study area comprised of two counter-height tables, stools, and whiteboards. Feedback from students will guide the library on expanding furniture and space design options in the future.

Stay tuned for updates. See below for illustrations.

3rd Floor – Front corner window area – 2 pods for individual study

4th Floor – Columns adjacent to the front window area – 6 pods for individual study

5th Floor – Relaxation spaces and group study collaboration tables

Featured New Books/E-books for September 2017

For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.


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Online Course in Scientific Writing and Publishing Now Available


The Offices of the Vice President for Research and the Associate Dean for Research in the Long School of Medicine have joined forces with Nature Research Publishing to provide an online course in scientific writing and publishing. Nature MasterClasses – Scientific Writing and Publishing offers a multi-module experience that takes researchers through the entire publishing process from writing a paper to publication. Designed for busy researchers it’s made up of bite-sized videos and activities. Researchers can choose their own training path and learn at their own pace.

Access to this course is available to UT Health San Antonio students of all levels, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, staff and administrators. Note that the course focuses on the natural sciences.

Start your access: To start using Nature MasterClasses you must first register for an individual user account:

For assistance setting up an account or navigating the site, please refer to the library guide:

NOTE: To create an account and/or access the course modules, you must be logged in to the UT Health network, WiFi, or connected to VPN.


News from the Libraries August 2017

The August issue of News from the Libraries is now available. For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.

Community Engagement Librarian Helps Teens Cook Healthy Meal

School of Medicine Liaison Teaches Part of Research Design Course

Outreach Provided At Back to School Event Benefiting Over 450 Relative Caregivers and Children

Briscoe Library Hosts NW Vista Community Health Worker (CHW) Continuing Education Program

Library Instruction Provided for MRGV AHEC College Academy

School of Medicine Liaison Attends Renowned EBP Institute

AHEC Summer Public Health Camp Visits Briscoe Library

Laredo Regional Campus Library Hosts High School Summer Fellowship Students

Featured New Books/E-books for August 2017

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Community Engagement Librarian Helps Teens Cook Healthy Meal


In July, Liaison and Community Engagement Librarian Karen Barton teamed up with Pruitt at Roosevelt H.S. Teen Librarian Rae Downen and Biology teacher Misty Belmontez to provide a cooking program as part of the weekly Teen Time program. The teens gathered vegetables from the school’s garden and decided to make Chicken Ratatouille with a side of quinoa. They also combined figs from Ms. Belmontez’s tree, vanilla ice cream, and other ingredients to make a tasty dessert. As the teens prepared the meal, they learned about National Library of Medicine (NLM) health information resources. They were very engaged and involved in the preparation of the meal and very much enjoyed the fruits of their labor.

Karen Barton is a former San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) teen librarian. Pruitt at Roosevelt Library, a SAPL branch, was a partner in providing the UT Health San Antonio Youth Health Literacy Challenge, a project created by UT Health San Antonio Libraries and funded by the NLM.

School of Medicine Liaison Teaches Part of Research Design Course

Chris Gaspard, Liaison to the School of Medicine, will lead the first of five sessions of Basic Research Design for Health Interventions: A Short Course. This free, elective course was created in partnership with the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and the MD/MPH program. It is intended for UT Health San Antonio students, faculty and staff to assist them in developing community-based projects that have sound research designs and methodologies. Participants will learn how to read and interpret medical literature, understand different study designs, run a basic statistical program, and how to appropriately interpret and share their statistical results. All materials will be provided and anyone who attends all five sessions will receive a certificate of completion. Those who registered by August 1 were entered into a drawing to win a helpful resource: PDQ Statistics Third Edition.

The class sessions are as follows:

8/9/17: Literature Review: Where Do I Begin?, 5-6pm, LIB Computer Lab 2.011

9/13/17: Study Design Part 1: How Do I Set Myself Up for Success?, 5-6pm, MED 444B

10/4/17: Study Design Part 2: What Do Biostatistics Mean in the Real World?, 5-6pm, MED 444B

11/15/17: Analyzing Your Data: How Do I Run a Stats Program?, 5-6pm, LIB Computer Lab 2.011

1/10/18: Understanding Results: How Do I Make Sense of my Findings? 5-6pm, Room TBA

Sign up at:

*Two optional workshops will be offered for individualized help with your project:

10/6/17: Drop-in workshop for help with choosing your study design, noon-1pm, LIB 2.031

1/12/18: Drop-in workshop for help analyzing your data, noon-1pm, LIB Computer Lab 2.011

More information and a complete syllabus is available at: You may also email for more information.

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Outreach Provided at Back to School Event Benefiting Over 450 Relative Caregivers and Children


Karen Barton, Liaison and Community Engagement Librarian, had a table at the Alamo Area Agency on Aging (AACOG) Back to School Voucher Event for kinship care families, specifically older relative caregivers (grandparents, great aunts and uncles and others) and the children under their care. The UT Health San Antonio Libraries was one of many partners given the opportunity to provide caregivers with information on their programs and services at the event, where 123 caregivers received free backpacks, goodies and vouchers for school supplies for 333 children. Approximately 150 of the 333 children were present at the event. Calendars made by the Libraries that promote health literacy and many other resources for children and adults were given away at the event.

Briscoe Library Hosts NW Vista Community Health Worker (CHW) Continuing Education Program



In collaboration with the NW Vista Community Health Worker (CHW) program directed by Dr. Fernando Martinez, the library hosted a continuing education program for area CHWs and promotoras.  In the state of Texas, CHWs are certified and must accrue CEU credits in order to main their certification. CHWs play a crucial role in improving the health literacy of their communities and the UT Health Library seeks partnerships with area CHWs to improve outreach effectiveness in community health initiatives.

Over forty CHWs from around the state attended the program held on Saturday, July 15. The program was held at the library to encourage CHWs to use library resources for professional development and for the benefit of the communities they serve.  While chronic disease was the study topic of the day, CHWs were also instructed on how to use library resources and about opportunities to partner with library outreach services. CSL student volunteers also provided a demonstration for the CHWs on a mobile application they have developed, SA Access, which covers information found at as well as Bexar County health resources.