News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Briscoe Librarian Appointed Editor of Peer Reviewed Library Journal

Jonquil Feldman, Associate Library Director, has been appointed Editor of Medical Reference Services Quarterly (MRSQ), an acclaimed, peer-reviewed journal on the practice of medical and health sciences librarianship published by Taylor & Francis.. The journal publishes practice-oriented articles on library services, user education, database searching, informatics education, and administration and management of library services. Ms. Feldman has served on the Editorial Board of the journal since 2007. She joined the UT Health Briscoe Library in 1998, first as a Reference Librarian, then as Assistant to the Library Director. For ten years she led the Division of Library and Outreach Services, overseeing the liaison librarians and staff who provide library services. She has published several articles, including three in MRSQ. She is a graduate of the AAHSL/NLM Leadership Fellows Program and a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. She has begun working on article submissions for her first issue, which will be published in Spring 2019.

Author Gary Taubes to Speak at 48th Annual Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Dinner

Gary Taubes is the co-founder and senior scientific advisor of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI). He’s an award-winning science and health journalist, the author of Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories, and a former staff writer for Discover and correspondent for the journal Science. His newest book, The Case Against Sugar, was published in 2016. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Esquire, and has been included in numerous Best of anthologies, including The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers. He is also the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.

The dinner will be held this year on Friday, October 26th, at the San Antonio Food Bank, Valero Community Engagement Center, 5200 Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy. The cost is $55 per person, $35 for students. Paid sponsorships for students are available on request. Advance registration is required. RSVP no later than Monday, October 15th. For more information, please contact Peg Seger at segerp@uthscsa.edu.

Sponsored by San Antonio Science, Mr. Taubes will also provide a special student talk on Friday, October 26th, in room 3.304 in the AltC from 2-3 p.m. For more information, please contact Eithan Kotkowski at Kotkowski@livemail.uthscsa.edu.

 

Coming Soon to the Briscoe Library Vending Area!

 

Three new vending machines are expected to be installed in the newly redesigned vending area in the library. The machines will include a coffee machine, a snack machine, and a fresh food machine all with a beautiful Texas bluebonnet design. In addition to the vending machines, a microwave will also be available in the vending area.

The vending machines bring new food and snack options for students during long hours of study in the Library with 24/7/365 access. Funds for this new addition to Library services come thanks to an award from the Student Fee Fund.

Did You Know? You can reserve The Hub!

For group meetings or demonstrations, The Hub on the 3rd floor of the library is available for reservations through the new library room reservation system.

The Hub is set up with a Multimedia Station computer for your convenience. If other equipment (virtual reality headset, multimedia computer login, etc.) is needed, please see the Circulation Desk. Groups may also supply their own laptop which can be connected to the TV located in The Hub.

Library staff offer help and support with setup in The Hub. To schedule a demo, contact Kelley Minars (210) 567-2483.

Click the Reserve a Study Room button on the library’s home page, select Library 3rd floor, conference room.

Briscoe Library Hosts Community Health Worker CEU Day

Hosted by the UT Health Briscoe Library, Texas area Community Health Workers (CHWs) attended a continuing education day focusing on Chagas disease in Texas. This is the 2nd year one of the quarterly CEU Days has been located on the UT Health campus thanks to an ongoing collaboration between the Library and Dr. Fernando Martinez, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Community Health Worker Program at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio.

Chagas disease is transmitted to humans, as well as animals, by the Triatomine or Kissing Bug. Due to the occasional lack of symptoms or flu-like symptoms, people are often unaware that they are infected. Between 2013 and 2016, there were 91 cases of Chagas disease diagnosed in Texas. The CHWs attending the day learned about Chagas disease as well as how to improve awareness of the disease among the public and clinicians. For more information on Chagas disease, see the link below.

Program Coordinator Fernando Martinez

 

The Community Health Worker program at Northwest Vista College prepares students to work in public health, private health care delivery systems, community-based social service agencies, and health care insurance organizations. Community Health Workers provide services to increase wellness and improve access to health services through outreach activities to target populations.

In Texas, Community Health Worker programs are certified by the Texas State Department of Health as an authorized and certified training site for Community Health Workers. Senate Bill 1051 (77th Texas Legislative Sessions) calls for the Texas Department of State Health Services to establish and operate a training and certification program for persons who act as promotores or community health workers, instructors and sponsoring institutions/training programs.

 

Texas Area Community Health Workers

 

Curtis-Robles R, Wozniak EJ, Auckland LD, Hamer GL, Hamer SA (2015) Combining Public Health Education and Disease Ecology Research: Using Citizen Science to Assess Chagas Disease Entomological Risk in Texas. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 9(12): e0004235. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0004235

http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0004235

 

 

Library Entry Wall Redesign Coming

While you may have noticed some missing pieces on the Library entry wall, more changes are coming. The wall is to be redesigned as a display wall for art and other exhibits. In addition to a new surface and paint, new lighting will be installed.

The wall is conceived as a space not only for exhibits but to engage and unite our campus community.

Featured New Books/E-books for August 2018

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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.

 

News from the Libraries July 2018

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

The World Cup in The Hub

Construction Completed for New Vending Area

Congratulations to Librarian Dana Whitmire

Coming Soon: Chat With A Librarian

Taylor and Francis Journal Packages

July 2018 Historical Book of the Month

Featured New Books/E-books for July 2018

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

The World Cup in The Hub

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup well under way, students and staff have been convening in Briscoe Library’s The Hub to watch each match. On days of the big games, the usually subdued library becomes a bustling, vibrant gathering place with cheers and boos from students rooting for both sides.

While the World Cup will come to an end this weekend, The Hub will continue to show sports games, news, and other TV shows every day. Stop by anytime, we’re open 24/7!

Construction Completed for New Vending Area

Construction has been completed in preparation for the new fresh food and coffee vending area on the 3rd floor of Briscoe Library. The area has been completely renovated with new electrical, plumbing, walls, and floors. The vending machines, which will include a coffee machine and two fresh food machines, are expected to be installed and ready to go in August.

No matter the weather or time of day or night, you’ll soon be able to grab a quick bite without having to leave the comfort of the library. We’ll not only leave a light on for you, we’ll prepare dinner too!