October has the distinction of being National Pizza Month, National Pickled Pepper Month, National Spinach Lovers Month, but did you know that October is also National Medical Librarians Month?
Medical librarians are information professionals who support universities, hospitals and other health care organizations in their mission to teach the next generation of health care providers, advance health through research, provide excellence in clinical care, and offer service to communities. At the UT Health Science Center, librarians teach classes to students on resources for evidence-based practice, manage the Briscoe Library and four branch libraries, handle licensing and access to over 16,000 electronic journals and databases, serve as the official records manager and archives depository for the university, provide service on university committees, design and mount exhibits, and offer information services to our campus communities— in addition to many other duties.
By serving as a Resource Library within the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the service reach of the UT Health Science Center Libraries goes beyond the UTHSC campuses to 32 counties in South Texas served by outreach, educational, and interlibrary loan services provided by UT Health Science Center librarians and library assistants.
Please join us in celebrating National Medical Librarians Month by letting us know in a few words What Your Library and Librarians Mean to You. Take the survey and let us know what medical libraries and librarians mean to you in your daily life.
Do you use journals and databases? Check-out books? Study in the library? Ask librarians for assistance when you can’t find the information you need?
Has one of our librarians helped you with EndNote or Refworks, records management, or a computer issue?
Did we cancel your favorite journal (yes, we want to hear the bad as well as the good)?
Teach a class for your students? Help with a grant application? Serve on a committee with you?
Let us hear from you!
Executive Director of Libraries
To celebrate National Medical Librarians Month, we invite you to be our guests in the Briscoe Library on October 28 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for coffee, tea and breakfast treats.
October 28 is also “Library Snapshot Day,” sponsored by the Texas Library Association. Please take time to have your photo taken while you are here.
We hope to see you!