News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Circuit Librarian Health Information Network fulfills JCAHO requirements for library services

Patrick Lemelle

Patrick Lemelle, CLHIN program manager

The Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) of the University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries is a service that provides access to medical library services in the absence of a fully staffed and equipped in-house library. Articles are provided from UT Health Science Center Libraries’ collection of over 4,000 journal titles, and searches of MEDLINE and other health sciences databases are conducted by professional librarians.

Currently, CLHIN provides services to seven member organizations in South Texas, including Doctors Hospital in Laredo, Edinburg Regional Medical Center, Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco, McAllen Family Medical Residency Program, Mission Regional Medical Center, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, and Uvalde Memorial Hospital.  In addition to library services, CLHIN also provides continuing education programming for nurses, and workshops on evidence based practice for  physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and administrative staff at participating hospitals.  CLHIN site visits are conducted periodically to register new users from each organization and to update users on training and resources available to them.

Membership in CLHIN fulfills the JCAHO requirements for library service by providing staff with MEDLINE and other database searches, copies of articles through interlibrary loan, books and audiovisual materials from the collection at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio’s Briscoe Library, the Ramirez Medical Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, and through interlibrary loan from other libraries.

Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services

Seeking cost efficiencies: Joint Library Facility opens at Texas A&M Riverside campus

Joint Library Facility

An 18,000 square-foot facility opened Friday, May 24th on the Texas A&M Riverside campus in Bryan, Texas that will house approximately one million volumes.  The University of Texas and Texas A&M University Systems developed the Joint Library Facility (JLF) to provide storage of print books and journals. Academic and health institutions from the two systems will be able to store materials, and all libraries will be able to use materials from the facility. The building site has enough land for two additional library storage facilities to be built once the current facility reaches capacity.

Joint Library Facility

The Joint Library Facility will receive and store print materials from libraries of the Texas A&M and University of Texas systems.

The facility will reduce costs associated with storing print books and journals from $4.26 per volume each year to 86 cents per volume each year. The facility will help with cost efficiency and allow universities to free up space for higher circulating materials or to create new study spaces. The facility will also allow UT System and Texas A&M University System libraries to eliminate duplications among libraries by storing one copy of infrequently used books and journals. In addition, one copy of print journal volumes for which the system libraries have digital access will be stored. This will accommodate those instances when a print copy is needed or if digital access is lost.

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, served on the Policies and Procedures task force for the JLF along with several librarians across the state. This task force created guidelines and criteria for selection of materials, recommendations for processing of materials, interlibrary loan policies, and guidelines for delivery of shipments to the facility.

Altmetrics: New measurements for scholarly output

ImpactStory.it homepage

Traditional scholarly output has been measured over time by counting research publications.  Publications are also tracked by counting citations to them.  Finally, citation relationships are measured through journal impact factor.  While this explanation is simplified, scholarly output measurements are often used in tenure, grant, and employment applications and to indicate how a specific researcher has contributed to scholarship over time.  Traditional metrics are lagging indicators and non-traditional publications are often not represented.

With the explosion of social networks, online communities, and web-native publishing, new methods to measure scholarship are being developed.  The Altmetrics movement is envisioned to monitor and capture how an individual article is disseminated through the worldwide scholarly community.  By capturing links and bookmarks, from tools such as Mendeley or Twitter, and including more than just articles (data-sets, code, designs, etc.), the measurements can be more inclusive.  Altmetrics aims to measure more than just the articles; the measurement would include the conversation around an article, the views, the comments, tweets, and links.

This new movement further demonstrates that an evolvement of the paper-native era into a web-native era is occurring and that current measurement standards need to be examined.

Try it out:

For more information:

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services
Chris Gaspard, Head of Access Services and Interlibrary Loan

Librarians present at Medical Library Association conference


Chris and Katie present a poster

Briscoe Librarians made two presentations at the May 2013 Medical Library Association Conference held in Boston, Massachusetts.

Katie Prentice, Angela Myatt, Luke Rosenberger, Chris Gaspard, and Eric Willman prepared the contributed paper, “Animals, Humans, and Librarians: A Library’s Partnership Experience with the Institutional Review Board and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.”   The paper was based on their experiences as members of the IRB and IACUC at the UT Health Science Center.  This paper was presented by Katie Prentice during the “Librarians at Work: Building a One Health Perspective” session.

Chris Gaspard and Katie Prentice created and presented the poster “Focused Library Instruction in Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Care, and Physical Therapy Curricula.”  The paper described a basic framework that has been used to teach students in a variety of programs in all schools at the Health Science Center, and illustrated the integration of library instruction into the HSC curricula.  The poster presented results of instruction in OT, PT, and Respiratory Care programs.  The framework for library instruction in the medical, dental, and nursing schools has been represented in previous posters.

Overall, integration of library instruction into the HSC curricula continues to be a rewarding and collaborative opportunity for the HSC librarians.

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services
Chris Gaspard, Head of Access Services and Interlibrary Loan

 

Briscoe Library hosts summer interns

Heather Delgado, occupational therapy student at the UT Health Science Center School of Health Professions, has chosen to work on her capstone project at the Briscoe Library. She is observing how students study in the various spaces around the library, including the study rooms, carrels, booths and tables. She also observes student interactions with staff at the Circulation Desk. Her focus is on sensory integration and her aim is to produce a poster that will inform students about ways to re-focus if they are fatigued, sleepy, or just drifting away while they study. She will provide feedback to the library on the ergonomics of the study furniture.

Jeremy Mercier, a  graduate student in the College of Information at the University of North Texas, will be joining the library in  June to begin his capstone project. Jeremy, who is working on his MSIS in the Department of Library and Information Science, is interested in library systems, programming, and architecture. During his time in the Briscoe Library Jeremy will work with the library Web Team to build an online room reservation system. This system will allow faculty, staff, and students to reserve group study rooms without the intervention of library staff.

 

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library in June

Transforming Health CareTransforming health care : the financial impact of technology, electronic tools, and data mining / Philip Fasano.
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2013.
W 74 F248t 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice in NursingStatistics for evidence-based practice in nursing / MyoungJin Kim, Caroline Mallory.
Burlington, Mass. : Jones & Bartlett Learning, c2014.
WA 950 K49s 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

In the Public InterestIn the public interest : medical licensing and the disciplinary process / Ruth Horowitz.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2013.
W 40.AA1 H816i 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic ReasoningAdvanced health assessment and diagnostic reasoning, 2nd ed. / Jacqueline Rhoads, Sandra Wiggins Petersen.
Burlington, Mass. : Jones & Bartlett Learning, c2014.
WY 49 R474a 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

The Intelligent Clinician's GuideThe intelligent clinician’s guide to the DSM-5 / Joel Paris.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2013.
WM 141 P232i 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

The Nurse Educator's GuideThe nurse educator’s guide to assessing learning outcomes, 3rd ed. / Mary E. McDonald.
Burlington, Mass. : Jones & Bartlett Learning, c2014.
WY 18 M135s 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Research EthicsResearch ethics : a philosophical guide to the responsible conduct of research / [edited by] Gary Comstock.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2013.
W 20.55.E7 R432 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Translational MedicineTranslational medicine : the future of therapy? / edited by James Mittra, Christopher-Paul Milne.
Singapore : Pan Stanford Publishing, c2013.
W 20.55.T7 T772 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Andrea N. Schorr, Collection Resources Librarian

About library classes

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Scan this code with your smartphone camera QR reader app to find library classes online.

The Libraries offer classes, consultations and other training to assist with the effective use of databases and research tools.  All library classes are free and open to all.  Register today to reserve your spot!

Schedule a Special Class
To schedule a special class or orientation for your department or group at other days/times, please contact the library at (210) 567-2450 or email AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Integrating Library Research Skills into Blackboard and/or Academic Course Content
Faculty are encouraged to integrate library research skills into course content.  Librarians are available to develop and teach classes that meet specific needs or are about a specific resource.  To learn more or to schedule a class, contact Katie Prentice at prenticek@uthscsa.edu or call 210-567-6606.

To see the upcoming classes, visit the Attend a Library Class! page.

Library hours for Memorial Day holiday weekend

Memorial DayThe Libraries will be closed during some periods for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.  Holiday schedules for each library can be found below:

Briscoe Library

Friday, May 24                   7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 25             9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 26                CLOSED

Monday, May 27              CLOSED

The Briscoe Library 2nd floor is available for 24/7 study by UTHSC ID card reader access.

Ramirez Library

Friday, May 24                   8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 25             CLOSED

Sunday, May 26                CLOSED

Monday, May 27              CLOSED

Laredo Regional Campus Library

Friday, May 24                   8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Saturday, May 25             CLOSED

Sunday, May 26                CLOSED

Monday, May 27              CLOSED

 

 

News from The Libraries – May 2013

Nixon Reading Room

Eight students from the School of Medicine and the School of Health Professions visited the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on April 30. The visit was the conclusion of a class covering the history of anatomy from ancient times to the present.  Shown here:  Kar-Wei Leung, MS1, examines an early 20th century photograph from the Edinburgh Stereoscopic Atlas of Anatomy (1906).

National Network of Libraries of Medicine to offer classes

Exhibit in the Briscoe Library highlights the science and art of anatomical illustration

Library mounts community health education efforts

Rare texts support inquiry in the School of Medicine and the School of Health Professions

Rosetta Stone Spanish available at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library to be closed May 6 through 10

Briscoe Library to be open 24/7 during exams

Library hours for Memorial Day holiday weekend

Library expands access to dental journals

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library in May

About library classes

UTHSCSA Toastmasters: Consider becoming a member

See all past issues of News from the Libraries

 

 

National Network of Libraries of Medicine to offer classes in San Antonio and Harlingen

NN-LMTwo new classes offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) are scheduled for the Briscoe and Ramirez Libraries in May and June.

No More Yawning: Designing and Delivering Successful Presentations
In this class participants will learn to:

  • understand characteristics of adult learners
  • create a lesson plan
  • develop learning objectives
  • design effective visual aids and supporting training material
  • apply basic tips to create a more engaging and dynamic presentation

When:
Ramirez Library in Harlingen on Tuesday May 21, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Registration deadline is May 10.
Briscoe Library in San Antonio on Monday June 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library
In this class participants will learn to:

  • gain awareness of mental health issues
  • learn to respond to challenging reference questions for mental health information
  • be informed of tools for collection development and mental health research including the latest web sites and databases

When:
Ramirez Library in Harlingen on Tuesday May 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Registration deadline is May 10.
Briscoe Library in San Antonio on Monday June 3, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Those interested may register for these classes directly through the NN/LM website. Class size is limited.