News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Patient Empowerment, Emergency Preparedness, and Other Free Training


Take advantage of these upcoming free training opportunities provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and funded by the National Library of Medicine:

February 14: Preparing for the Worst – Best Practices for Emergency Preparedness

Bill Icenogle, Director for Emergency Management, Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge

This presentation is focused on surfacing and discussing some practical “best practices” when considering organizational preparedness and operational resilience. Key points during this brief include; capturing vulnerabilities, mitigation applied, knowing where your agency fits, the value of networking, communications and resource acquisition before and during disasters.

February 22: Healthy Aging: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information

This “train the trainer” class is designed to help individuals assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for teaching older adults to use computers and to find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website senior-friendly; plan library programs on senior health topics; and find out about some recommended health websites for older adults.

February 28: Shared Decision Making: Patient Empowerment

Michelle Burda, NNLM MAR and Bonnie Anton, Informatics Nurse, UPMC St. Margaret Hospital

This presentation will address patient empowerment by introducing attendees to consumer shared decision making (SDM) tools. We will hear how one health system is implementing shared decision making in their organization. Included in the session will be the historical background of SDM; examples of various types of decision support tools and their functionality. Free, easy-to-read, health information resources and SDM tools easily accessible to patients and families will also be discussed. Tips, techniques and lessons learned creating the processes and workflow implementation of SDM tools will be shared with participants.

Teens Vote on Healthy Recipes


Karen Barton, Liaison and Community Engagement Librarian, collaborated with Megan Coker, Tobin at Oakwell Library Teen Librarian (pictured on left), to offer activities for one of their weekly Teen Time programs, where 35 teens participated. The teens voted on healthy recipes that they would like to cook and see in health information resources for teens. They were treated to rice chips, hummus, and sliced apples and were also given the opportunity to cook their own pancakes with blueberries and strawberries. Karen was the former Teen Librarian at Tobin at Oakwell Library and has plans for continued partnerships with San Antonio Public Library.

Librarians Attend “Trends in Scholarship and Research” Event


Five UT Health librarians attended the Texas State University lecture series event “Trends in Scholarship and Research.” Part 1 of the event was a talk by a top expert in scholarly communication, Rick Anderson of the University of Utah. He provided information on increasing the impact of research, Open Access (OA) options in publishing, and recognizing predatory publishers and conferences. In Part 2 of the event, Anderson moderated a panel of academic administrators and faculty who discussed publishing issues and trends. The information gained by librarians will inform decisions related to resources and services offered by Briscoe Library and will be relayed to the UT Health San Antonio community.

Featured New Books/E-books for February 2018

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


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News from the Libraries December 2017

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

Briscoe Library and Northwest Vista College Offer Webinar: Partnering with Community Health Workers

“Healthy Children, Healthy Citizens”: Librarian Participates in CSL Project for Fourth Graders

State Program Provides More Library Resources

Library has Access to State Medical Society Journals

School of Dentistry Liaison Greets 330 Area Students at 2017 Science Expo

Librarian Receives Award to Attend Library Marketing and Communications Conference

New Speech-Language Pathology Faculty Tour the Library

Web of Science Cancellation

New Staff at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

Featured New Books/E-books for December 2017

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

“Healthy Children, Healthy Citizens”: Librarian Participates in CSL Project for Fourth Graders


On November 8, Karen Barton, Liaison and Community Engagement Librarian, did a presentation on evaluating health information websites for a Castroville Elementary fourth grade class that is part of the Community Service Learning (CSL) project “Healthy Children, Healthy Citizens.” The students were given a bookmark with information on National Library of Medicine websites for kids among other handouts.

“Healthy Children, Healthy Citizens” is an interprofessional community service learning project at UT Health San Antonio. Through teaching interactive lessons, the goal of the project is to increase health literacy and establish healthy lifestyle habits in elementary aged students in a rural South Texas community that will carry on into their adult lives. The main topics in the curriculum include proper hand hygiene, asthma care, heart health, diabetes care, first aid, and nutrition. Margaret Ashoo and Cody Carnes are the student leaders of “Healthy Children, Healthy Citizens” and are overseen by School of Nursing professor Laura Sisk and CSL Assistant Director Melanie Stone. Karen is scheduled to present to the four remaining fourth grade classes this month.



State Program Provides More Library Resources


The UT Health Libraries have acquired several new e-resources through the UT System’s Academic Library Collection Enhancement Program (ALCEP). The funds for this program are allocated by the UT Board of Regents for one-time collection purchases that benefit all UT institutions.

This year’s ALCEP fund purchases include:


American Society for Microbiology e-Books, 2016-2017 (in addition to access from 1993-2015)
Wiley Probability and Statistics eBook Series, 1973-2017


Mayo Clinic Proceedings Journals, 1984-1994
Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine Archive Collection, 1929-2000


Texas County Histories Archives, 1873-1922
Key Business Ratios Archive Collection, 1979-present

Library has Access to State Medical Society Journals


The UT Health Libraries now have access to an archive of State Medical Society Journals through an open access initiative led by the Medical Heritage Library. The State Medical Journals Collection encompasses nearly 50 state medical journals and includes 117 titles dating back from 1900-2000. Journals found in the collection have been provided free of charge by individual journal publishers agreeing to open access to journal content currently under copyright.

State medical society journals document the transformation of American medicine in the twentieth century at both the local and national level.

Access the State Medical Journal Collection here.

School of Dentistry Liaison Librarian Greets 330 Area Students at 2017 Science Expo


On November 11, Christy Tyson, Liaison to the School of Dentistry, provided outreach services at the 2017 Health Science Expo held at the Holly Auditorium, where there were 330 visitors. The Expo targets area high school students, their teachers, guidance counselors, and parents and seeks to inform them of the exciting aspects of health science librarianship and access points for NIH resources. PubMed and MedlinePlus were two of the resources demonstrated and literature was available for further reference. Christy also provided several hands-on opportunities to those who visited the library’s table, including manipulation of 3D prints of anatomical structures and online VR modules created for current courses offered at UT Health.