News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, retires this month

Penelope Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, will retire in August with thirteen years of service in the Briscoe Library. 

Over the years Pennie has held several positions and taken a leadership role in many library projects.  Her first position, in 1998, was as Collection Development/Technical Services Librarian.  In that position she provided cataloging services and managed course reserves, including ERes.  She was promoted to Special Collections Librarian in 2002, and since that time has coordinated activities of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, answered reference questions, conducted oral histories, assisted with digitization projects, and researched and created fifteen major exhibits.   She has also participated in the library’s orientation and instruction programs, conducted tours of the Nixon Library, hosted two Art & Anatomy workshops and welcomed History of Anatomy students from San Antonio and from Italy. 

Pennie was instrumental in development of special programming in connection with three traveling exhibits created by the National Library of Medicine: 

  • Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature (2003)
  • Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians (2008)
  • Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine (2010)

 Recently Pennie has focused on the creation of a print catalog of outstanding holdings of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, grouped by specialty.  This catalog will be an invaluable aid for future research. 

Pennie’s people skills, her creativity, and her enthusiasm for the history of medicine and other disciplines have contributed much to the development and promotion of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library in recent years, and she will be missed.

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Please save the date: Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

41ST ANNUAL MEETING

Dinner and Presentation

Fernando Guerra, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.,

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and recently retired Director of Health for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will speak on the topic

 “Doctors and Dollars May Not Always Be Enough!”

Monday, November 7, 2011 6:30 p.m.

Doubletree Hotel      37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough

Cost: $40/person; $30 for students includes Friends membership

Keith Cogdill to become director of library services at NIH

Keith Cogdill, Ph.D., Director of South Texas Regional Information Services, will leave his position in the library at the end of August to become Director of Library Services at the National Institutes of Health. 

Keith has been responsible for leading four branch libraries, the circuit librarian program, and the interlibrary loan and community engagement initiatives for the UT Health Science Center Libraries.  He also serves as an adjunct professor, teaching online courses in the area of health sciences libraries and informatics for Drexel University in the College of Information Science and Technology.

Prior to Keith’s position at the UT Health Science Center, he worked for the National Library of Medicine in the National Network Office for five years, so he is no stranger to NIH.  He worked as an assistant professor for the University of Maryland, College of Information Studies, and as a research and teaching assistant for the University of North Carolina’s College of Medicine and School of Information and Library Science.  He was also an NLM Health Informatics Fellow and librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Since he joined the library staff in 2007, Keith has developed active outreach programs and has participated in or led a number of grants, including the Frontera Collaboration, a cooperative effort among border region libraries to promote evidence-based practice resources.   He is currently completing the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program and completed the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians in 2010. Keith has also received several prestigious awards including the Medical Library Association’s David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship in 2010, which allowed Keith to travel to new and emerging medical school libraries, and the Ida and George Eliot Prize for publications in 2004 and 2008.

Keith’s knowledge and enthusiasm for community engagement will be missed; however, we wish him the best as he assumes his new leadership role at the NIH.

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraraies

The Laredo Regional Campus Library will have new hours beginning September 1

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: closed

Sunday: closed

 

Alice Pakravan retires after 27 years with the Briscoe Library

After 27 years of service at the Briscoe Library, Alice Pakravan will retire at the end of July.  Alice began her journey at the Briscoe Library in 1984. At that time she became part of the Technical Services division, where she was primarily responsible for the physical processing of new books. Today Alice is responsible for ordering new books for the Briscoe Library and all branch locations. She also handles payment for new books and assists with the maintenance of catalog records. Over the years Alice has been involved in many collection management activities and has been a key contributor in helping expand and maintain the book collection at the Briscoe Library.

Alice has a tremendous amount of historical knowledge and has witnessed first-hand the transition from print to electronic resources. She has watched her job evolve over the years and has enjoyed working in a dynamic environment. Alice has always been a friendly face around the library and will be greatly missed by all of her colleagues.

In her retirement, Alice will enjoy spending time with friends and family and traveling as much as possible.  She hopes to plan a trip to Disneyland with her grandkids in the near future.

Andrea N. Schorr
Collection Resources Librarian

Amy Nurnberger completes internship in the Briscoe Library

We have been fortunate to have Amy Nurnberger work with us this summer at the Briscoe Library. Amy joined us in June to observe the various facets of library services. She assisted with a website usability study and also completed a number of projects, including creating a report on the impact factor of journals in which researchers funded by the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science have published; assigning local journal links to the Reading List published by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecologists; cataloging medical instrument artifacts; developing an instructional video; and updating several tip sheets for using library resources.

Following on a career in the pharmaceutical industry, Amy is in the midst of earning a Masters in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She has finished her first year in the program, and will continue in her final year to focus on her main area of interest, academic libraries. Amy looks forward to delving deeper into areas of academic librarianship that will make use of her background in biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, and quality control. We wish her well as she continues her studies.

Jonquil D. Feldman
Director of Briscoe Library Services

Goodbye to the Robert B. Green Campus Library

Evelyn Olivier, Dr. Virginia Bowden, Rajia Tobia, Linda Levy, and Ron Mesa all attended a farewell reception recognizing many years of library service at Robert B. Green Campus. The library closed on July 28, 2011.

The branch library of the UT Health Science Center Libraries located at the Robert B. Green Campus of the University Health System (UHS) closed its doors for the last time on July 28, 2011. The building in which the library is located is scheduled to be demolished, and there will be no identified library space at the downtown facility. This lack of space, combined with declining use of the library over the years and the need to reassign staff to the Briscoe Library on the central campus, led to the decision to close the Robert B. Green Library.

The UT Health Science Center Library took over management of the Robert B. Green Hospital Library in 1976. The library was then named the Robert B. Green Educational Resource Center and served the needs of faculty, students, and residents at the downtown location. At that time, inpatient Labor and Delivery, the Newborn Nursery, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit were located at the Robert B. Green Hospital, resulting in a very busy environment. Eventually, maternity services were moved to the University Hospital adjacent to the Health Science Center campus.

The library and facility have had several names – Robert B. Green Library, Robert B. Green Educational Resources Center, Brady/Green Library and Downtown Library at the UHC-D. Evelyn Olivier was the first librarian at the RBG/ERC in 1976. Rajia Tobia, current Executive Director of Libraries, held her first job at the Health Science Center as Robert B. Green Librarian in 1980. Linda Levy, Assistant Director for Database and Branch Services, has been the longest-serving librarian, working in the Robert B. Green campus since 1999, and Ron Mesa, Library Assistant, has been the face of the downtown library for many years and is well known for his excellent customer service.

At a farewell reception held on July 21, Robert B. Green Campus and UT Health Science Center staff honored the library that had given many years of service to UT Health Science Center faculty, students and staff and to UHS personnel, residents, and patients. UHS administration hosted the reception with Dr. Gary McWilliams, UHS Executive Vice President, Ambulatory Services, providing reminiscences of the Robert B. Green Hospital. Evelyn Olivier, the first librarian at the Robert B. Green Educational Resource Center, attended the reception as did Dr. Virginia Bowden, Library Director Emeritus.

Although the library is closed, library services will continue to be provided through electronic resources including email, visits and instructional sessions offered by librarians, and by phone.

 Rajia Tobia
 Executive Director of Libraries

New to the shelves in the Briscoe Library

Clinical wisdom and interventions in acute and critical care : a thinking-in-action approach, 2nd ed.

Patricia Benner, Patricia Hooper Kyriakidis, Daphne Stannard
New York : Springer Pub., c2011.
WY 154 B469c 2011.

Rubin’s pathology : clinicopathologic foundations of medicine, 6th ed.

editors, Raphael Rubin, David S. Strayer ; founder and consulting editor, Emanuel Rubin
Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2012.
QZ 4 P2961 2012.

Theoretical nursing : development and progress, 5th ed.

Afaf Ibrahim Meleis
Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2012.
WY 86 M519t 2012.

Physical therapy of the shoulder, 5th ed.

edited by Robert A. Donatelli
St. Louis, Mo. : Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone, c2012.
WE 810 P578 2012.

Andrea N. Scorr
Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian

News from the Libraries – July 2011

In the news this month:

Information Mastery: Class provides orientation for third year medical students at the beginning of clerkship rotations

Journal cancellation list: Please take time to review possible titles

Report documents growth in open access journals

Website redesign: Refworks 2.0

John Weed will serve on library storage facility task force

Librarians attend Medical Library Association annual meeting

Visit the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library: Get acquainted with the book as artifact

Save these dates: Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library sponsored events

Library classes for July and August

Librarians complete Clinical Safety and Effectiveness course

UT Health Science Center Library-Downtown to close July 28

Health Research Funding: Online databases facilitate communication about research funding opportunities

On display in the Briscoe Library July 7: Art of ancient Mexico

Best idea for staying cool this summer: READ

New to the shelves in the Briscoe Library

A printable pdf of the newsletter is also available.

Information Mastery: Class provides orientation for third year medical students at the beginning of clerkship rotations

Where can you find the best information to support clinical decision making? In June, third year medical students learned about clinical decision support tools in preparation for their 3rd year clerkships.

On Friday, June 24, more than 200 third year medical students in San Antonio and Harlingen received instruction in library resources that support clinical decision making.  As a way of sharpening their information-seeking skills, they worked through a series of case-based scenarios.  Before beginning their 3rd year clinical rotations, the students must complete the Information Mastery class, a part of their Clinical Foundations course.

Information Mastery was presented by a team of instructors in San Antonio which included:  Glen Medellin, M.D., Associate Professor and Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Pediatrics; Eric Willman, Systems Librarian; and Angela Myatt, Curriculum Liaison Librarian.  Kathy Carter, Ramirez Library Librarian, presented the class in Harlingen.

The growing collection of mobile websites that are available to assist students in clinical decision making is just one of many important components that were highlighted.