The December issue of News from the Libraries is now available. For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.
News from the Libraries
News From the Libraries Dec 2016
Virtual Reality Coming Soon
Image from BagoGames, used under Creative Commons License.
Briscoe Library recently purchased an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in order for students and faculty to interact with anatomy in new, immersive ways. The two experiences are: The Body VR and 3D Organon VR Anatomy. The Body VR allows the user to travel through the bloodstream to discover how blood cells function and how organelles work together to fight viruses. The 3D Organon VR Anatomy is described by Oculus as “the world’s first fully-featured virtual reality anatomy atlas.” The 3D anatomy models contain text descriptions for all male and female body systems. Contact John Weed at WeedJ@uthscsa.edu for more information.
Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) Retires after 27 Years
The Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) first began services in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in August of 1989. In the beginning, UT Health Science Center librarians traveled to various locations in South Texas to provide on-site literature search and article delivery services. With no medical library in the Valley, services were targeted toward area hospitals, clinics, health professionals, and UT Health Science Center faculty and students who were all too far away to utilize the San Antonio campus medical library. At the height of the service, 17 South Texas organizations were served. Over the years, services were extended to more locations throughout South Texas with the addition of the Ramirez Library at the Regional Academic Health Science Center in Harlingen and the Laredo Regional Campus Library. In 2009 an online request and delivery system began.
In light of advancing technology and increasing access to biomedical resources, the UT Health Science Center Libraries plan to transition to a new model of services that will provide more flexibility for organizations that remain interested in receiving medical library services.
Instrumental in the development of CLHIN services were recently retired UT Health Science Center Libraries Executive Director Rajia Tobia, and the Michael DeBakey Library Outreach Services Award winning and late librarians Mary Jo Dwyer and Greysi Reyna. Over the 27-year history of the CLHIN service, many librarians and library staff have devoted countless hours in the support of providing access to evidence-based medicine resources in South Texas.
Rajia Tobia Mary Jo Dwyer Greysi Reyna
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Book Giveaway December 5-9
Briscoe Library will have a book giveaway December 5 – 9.
The book giveaway will start at 9 a.m. on Monday, December 5 at the entrance of the library and will continue through Friday, December 9.
Books to be included in the giveaway are old editions withdrawn from the library’s collection or donations given to the library, yet not needed for the collection. All give-away books are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Feel free to bring bags to carry books since there will be plenty to choose from!
For more information about the book give-away, contact Andrea N. Schorr,
Head of Resource Management, at 567-2400 or at email@example.com
Laredo Regional Campus Library Hosts AHEC Students for Essay Writing Contest
Representatives from the Mid Rio Grande Border Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Texas A&M International University, and the Laredo of Tomorrow Quality of Life Task Force spoke to AHEC students in the computer lab at the Laredo Regional Campus Library on Monday, November 21 to kick off an essay writing contest. Students competing in the contest will be asked to describe their own definition and concerns about their quality of life and to include things that they consider when evaluating quality of life for themselves, others, and the environment. They are also asked to offer what they plan to do to improve their personal quality of life and that of their community.
The Library computer lab is being made available during after school hours, so that the students may work on their essays.
Featured New Books/E-Books for December 2016
For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.
News From the Libraries Nov 2016
The November issue of News from the Libraries is now available. For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.
Librarian Takes a Ride with San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD)
In preparation for planning a workshop session at the 2016 Texas Health Literacy Conference, UT Health Science Center Librarian Peg Seger joined SAFD paramedic Christopher Velasquez (shown below) on a ride to learn more about the work he does as part of the Mobile Integrated Healthcare program (MIH). Chris is also a trainer for the San Antonio Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team and has been on the San Antonio Fire Department for over 20 years. He has been assigned to the EMS division for the last 13 years.
Shortly after the ride, at the Texas Health Literacy Conference on October 6th and 7th, Chris provided some stories from the field about how the innovative Mobile Integrated Healthcare program got its start in San Antonio and the impact that it is having in the community for both emergency services and healthcare for vulnerable populations. In addition to being a highly trained paramedic, Chris is also an instructor with the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center.
Mobile Integrated Healthcare programs are a fairly recent development in U.S communities in comparison to other parts of the world. They tend to develop organically in response to local community needs. The San Antonio program has become a model for other interested communities around the country. Health literacy is central to the work of this program and the MIH paramedics have developed many practical real-world solutions to assisting vulnerable populations in navigating our complex healthcare system.
2016 Texas Health Literacy Conference
The San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative (SAHLI) is a comprehensive program that aims to increase health literacy awareness and efficacy through strategically addressing primary gaps in health literacy. The Texas Health Literacy conference, through the efforts of SAHLI, has grown to be the largest one of its kind in the state. This year, October 6th and 7th, marked the 12th annual conference. The conference is attended by healthcare administrators, clinicians, social workers, pharmacists, health educators, nurses, and community members interested in health literacy.
Health Literacy is commonly defined as the ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, only 12% of adults are considered to be proficient in health literacy.
Briscoe staff librarians Karen Barton (pictured; left) and Peg Seger exhibited at the conference, providing information on consumer and professional health information resources from the National Library of Medicine.
2016 San Fernando Health and Safety Fair
For over 10 years the University of Texas Health Science Center Briscoe Library has provided health information resources from the National Library of Medicine to attendees of the San Fernando Health & Safety Fair. The fair offers health screening to individuals in the community who have no insurance or are underinsured. Over 400 volunteer doctors, nurses, health specialists, community volunteers and students provide the screening services.
Briscoe Outreach Librarian Peg Seger met with over 75 exhibit table visitors on the morning of October 1 to discuss ways to find reliable health information. A key part of the Briscoe Library outreach services is to improve community health literacy through the promotion of accurate and authoritative health information.