News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Laredo Regional Campus 2014 Aging Conference

 

Citizens of Laredo and South Texas attended the 2014 Aging Conference held on March 29 at the Laredo Regional Campus. The Annual “Stay Healthier Longer Conference Series” features experts in the field of aging, as well as demonstrations on healthy living. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. The program focus this year was on Nutrition – Its Impact on Heart Disease, Diabetes and Memory. Attendees were provided with interactive demonstrations on healthy eating, growing your own gardening tips, staying physically active and health promotion and disease prevention guides.

The Regional Campus continues a tradition of service to the communities of the Rio Grande Valley through many local outreach programs and conferences that focus on the changes needed to reduce obesity and diabetes which are so prevalent across the region.

The UT Health Science Center Libraries provided an exhibit table and display for the Conference. The Libraries promoted awareness of the wide array of free consumer health resources available from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health. The Laredo Regional Campus Library was also open to community residents attending the conference who took the opportunity to complete their enrollment for the Affordable Care Act.

Medical Information Day Celebrated at the Ramirez Library

The Ramirez Library at the RAHC-Harlingen celebrated Medical Information Day on April 11th with short presentations on medical information topics conducted throughout the day.  Andrew Lombardo, Program Director for the Rio Grande Valley Health Information Exchange (RGVHIE), provided an overview of health information exchanges and how RGVHIE is working to facilitate sharing of patient information between area hospitals and clinics.  Program coordinator for Migrant Health Promotion, Inc., Genoveva Martinez, shared the results of MHP’s CommCare project  which provides promotores de salud with smartphones equipped with a patient tracking app called CommCare.  With the CommCare app, promotores can record and share information about their clients. It has been used to build a patient database, track patient outcomes and achieve better coordination of care.  Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, provided a demonstration of RefWorks, a web-based tool for citation management.  Dr. Alfredo Sardinas, RAHC Internal Medicine Chief Resident and Kathy Carter, Assistant Director of the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., Library presented the results of two program improvement studies on the use of iPads and point-of-care information resources by RAHC IM residents.  In the spirit of fun, participants also had the opportunity to don a mustache, say cheese, and share their go-to medical information resource in a photobooth.  Verizon Wireless also demonstrated the latest tablets and smartphones for library visitors throughout the day.

Library Says Goodbye to Trinae Weldy, Archives Intern

The UTHSCSA Libraries have sponsored numerous undergraduate and graduate students over the years as interns.

Trinae Weldy, Library Archives Intern

Trinae Weldy, Library Archives Intern

These interns worked on various projects to gain experience in library operations, information services, systems, records management, or archives and historical collections while earning college credit at the same time.

Trinae Weldy, a graduate student in the History Department at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has worked for two semesters as an intern in Special Collections at the Briscoe Library.  During this time she has completed many projects that have made materials in the University Archives and the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library more accessible to researchers, faculty, and students.  She added four interesting entries to the Treasures of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library blog to highlight rare books and medical instruments in the collections including:

Trinae also identified numerous antique medical instruments in the Special Collections and scanned newspaper clippings about the university from 1995, 1996, and 1999 for preservation and to enable keyword searching.  She scanned the 2011 Medical School Yearbook for future addition to the Digital Archive’s University History Project and created an exhibit on antique obstetric and gynecological instruments, which is displayed in front of the Nixon Library.  Trinae helped inventory the rare books in the Nixon Library and worked to organize the negatives, proof sheets, and photographic prints in the University Archives from Academic Technology Services.

Trinae is graduating in May.  We wish her luck in her search for an archival position.  Thank you, Trinae for all of your hard work.