News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

SHP Liaison Receives Award to Attend International Health Literacy Conference



Karen Barton, Liaison to the School of Health Professions and Community Engagement Librarian, received a Professional Development Award from the South Central Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to attend the joint meeting of ICCH & HARC (the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare & Health Literacy Annual Research Conference). The joint meeting took place in Baltimore, MD from October 8-11 , 2017. Karen attended the pre-course “Teaching Health Literacy, Cultural Humility and Health Equity – Innovation in Education and Practice,” which she hopes will inform her work with the San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative as well as her own outreach initiatives. She was also successful in getting an abstract approved to lead a Youth Health Literacy interest group, of which there were 20 other participants.

Best in State: San Antonio Annual Texas Health Literacy Conference


It is estimated that only 12% of American adults are considered proficient in the health literacy skills they need to effectively navigate and use our health care system. The Texas Health Literacy Conference, held annually in San Antonio for the past 13 years, is recognized as the top health literacy conference in the state. The conference is sponsored by the Bexar County Health Collaborative and the San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative, SAHLI.

The UT Health Briscoe Library supports the conference each year by demonstrating and promoting health literacy resources available from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). In addition, this year librarian Karen Barton (shown below) presented a poster on her National Network of Libraries of Medicine Award entitled The Youth Health Literacy Challenge: A Partnership between UT Health San Antonio Libraries, North East ISD, and the San Antonio Public Library. For the project award, Karen designed a calendar that elementary through high school-aged students can use to learn how to access nutritional resources and reliable health information from the NLM while working through fun and interactive exercises. She also presented on this project at the IIMS Community Engagement Symposium.


Four Library Staff Attend Annual Meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association

Owen Ellard, Senior Director of Libraries; Jonquil Feldman, Assistant Director of Libraries; Emme Lopez, Liaison to the School of Nursing; and Christy Tyson, Liaison to the School of Dentistry attended the 44th annual meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA). The meeting was held in historic Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico in mid-October. Owen attended the South Central Academic Medical Libraries (SCAMeL) Directors’ meeting as part of the event. Christina and Emme presented a paper entitled, “Mapping the ACRL Framework to interprofessional curricula in the health sciences,” which discussed the creation of a rubric to align and support information-literacy instruction in an interprofessional setting.  Other highlights of the meeting included continuing education opportunities, networking, and a talk by Patrician Brennan, RN, PhD, Director of the National Library of Medicine, entitled, “Data-powered Health and How NLM Will Make it Happen!”.

Next year’s SCC/MLA meeting will be held in San Antonio, Texas during the city’s tricentennial.

Featured New Books/E-books for November 2017

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


Purchase suggestions?
Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact
Andrea N. Schorr, Head of Resource Management.



Register for the Annual Friends of the P.I. Nixon Dinner

Registration is now open for the 47th Annual Friends of the P.I. Nixon Library Dinner!  


Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Cash bar 6:30 p.m. | Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Appetizer, entrée, dessert, coffee or tea
Old San Francisco Steak House | 10223 Sahara Street
Located north of Loop 410. From San Pedro, turn right onto Sahara Street.
Cost: $55 per person, $35 for students
Paid sponsorships for students available on request. Advance registration is required.

Presentation by Dr. Jill Fleuriet, Believing in Race: Its Legacy in Our Nation’s Health, a look at the history and relationship between scientific and popular definitions of race and health/health care disparities. This presentation will discuss how our current understandings of racial and ethnic health and health care disparities are rooted in American narratives of difference, individualism, and health.

Click here to register.

Last day to register is Friday October 20th! 

Contact Andrea N. Schorr for more information at (210) 567-2403 or

News from the Libraries October 2017

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

Liaisons Help Youth in STEM Club Prepare for Science Fair

SON Liaison Co-authors Article “Sizing Up” Systematic Reviews

Liaisons Present a Poster at the Fall Education Showcase

Featured New Books/E-books for October 2017

Believing in Race: Its Legacy in Our Nation’s Health

$500 Student Essay Award

Treasures from the P.I. Nixon Library: Gold Stemmed Pessaries

SON Liaison Visits TAMU College Station Medical Sciences Library for Professional Development Exchange

Book Giveaway October 2-8

New Leisure Books – October 2017

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Liaisons Help Youth in STEM Club Prepare for Science Fair



On September 20, the Library Liaisons visited and presented to the St. Matthew Catholic School STEM Club. The club consists of 45 highly-motivated 4th-8th graders who meet weekly at 6:30 a.m. to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics activities.   The visit was a great opportunity for the Library Liaisons to engage with the younger research community and acquaint them with UT Health San Antonio Libraries and its resources.  Many of the students are preparing for their annual science fair and the National Library of Medicine’s K-12 resources will help them in their quest for information.  Students also learned how to formulate a research question and reviewed internet safety.  The STEM Club is led by Sandra Sanchez-Reilly, M.D., a UT Health faculty member in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine.

SON Liaison Co-authors Article on “Sizing Up” Systematic Reviews

Emme Lopez, MLS, Liaison to the School of Nursing, recently published her first article entitled, “Methodology minute: A guide for infection preventionists for sizing up systematic reviews”. Dr. Patti Grota, PhD, CNS-M-S, CIC, FAPIC and faculty at the SON invited Emme to work on the publication with her and Linda McKinley, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC to provide input on the systematic review process. The article is intended to familiarize clinicians in the field of infection prevention with identifying key aspects of a systematic review and applying the review to practice.

Liaisons Present a Poster at the Fall Education Showcase


The Library Liaisons presented a poster (linked below) entitled “Briscoe Library Liaison Program – Supporting the Curriculum” at the Fall Education Showcase and the Academy of Master Teachers Induction Ceremony held on September 28.  At the showcase, liaisons were able to network with faculty about education research and share information about teaching strategies within the UT Health community.  The poster visually represents how the Liaison Program contributes to UT Health’s educational efforts.  The program, which has been in existence since April 2016, focuses on integrating liaison activities, such as producing specialized subject guides, providing evidence-based practice instruction, and connecting patrons to appropriate information resources, into the curriculum.  The liaisons work on promoting the library as not only a place for active collaboration, but also promote active collaborative partnerships with faculty, staff, and students.

Liaison poster_Sept 2017