News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Student Appreciation Week Brings Painting, Prizes, and More


Briscoe Library held its 1st Annual Student Appreciation Week during the week of October 30th to November 3rd. This week was a great success with students from all five schools coming out to participate in the library’s events each day.

The week began with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the library’s new furniture, purchased with a Student Fee Award. SGA President Evan Lucas was honored to cut the ribbon. The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library was set up for tours with “spooky” artifacts on display. Also, the San Antonio Public Library came out to sign the campus community up for public library cards, promote the new digital bookshelf wallpaper, and help participants make fun Halloween buttons.



The next day was Halloween and students took pictures in front of the library’s Halloween Photo Wall. They enjoyed some tricks and treats as they spun the prize wheel for a chance to win gift cards, notebooks, candy, and other prizes.




On Wednesday, students had fun at the Paint Party and created amazing works of art, some of which are still on display in the library.




Cookies & Coloring took place on Thursday, as students relaxed by coloring pieces of our giant collages while enjoying some delicious cookies. The History of Medicine Society also came out to promote student interest and gave away t-shirts to those who signed up and answered history-related questions.




For the final day of Student Appreciation Week, students participated in Game Day with various puzzles, board games, and Virtual Reality games. Our furry friends from Therapy Animals of San Antonio also joined us for some cuddles.




View Student Appreciation Week photo albums on the library’s Facebook page.

47th Annual Friends Dinner a Success with Talk on History of Race

The 47th Annual Dinner of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library was held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the Old San Francisco Steakhouse. This year’s dinner hosted seventy- five attendees including students from all five schools at the Health Science center, the Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy, and UTSA.

The evening kicked off with announcements about upcoming P.I. Nixon events including the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Contest and the upcoming Nixon Open House in spring 2018, which will coincide with the local Tricentennial festivities. The Friends welcomed Eithan Kotkowski as the new President of the Friends board and Dr. Anand Karnad as the new Vice President. The board also welcomed Dr. Piernik-Yoder and Sue Simon as the newest Members-at-Large.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation by Dr. Jill Fleuriet, a medical anthropologist from the University of Texas at San Antonio, who delivered a very thought-provoking presentation about the history of race in America, its impact on health care, and future implications.

For more information about the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Andrea N. Schorr at or visit the Friends web page,

Library SECC Taco Sale Raises $400 for St. PJ’s Children’s Home


Every year, Briscoe Library staff participate in the campus-wide State Employee Charitable Campaign through payroll deductions or one-time donations. In addition, the Library organizes a collective effort to raise dollars for an SECC Charity. This year, on October 3 in the Pestana Lecture Hall foyer, the lLibrary sold breakfast tacos with fillings that included potatoes, eggs, bacon, chorizo, bean and cheese, and spicy papas rancheras. All of the ingredients were donated by staff. Almost every staff member was involved in some aspect of the event, from heating tortillas to serving and selling the tacos. The taco sale netted $400 and the staff voted to donate the entire amount to St. Peter-St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, commonly referred to as “St. PJs”. Every little bit counts, and this year’s Library fundraiser contributed to UT Health San Antonio’s overall total of $375,354.

SHP Liaison Receives Award to Attend International Health Literacy Conference



Karen Barton, Liaison to the School of Health Professions and Community Engagement Librarian, received a Professional Development Award from the South Central Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to attend the joint meeting of ICCH & HARC (the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare & Health Literacy Annual Research Conference). The joint meeting took place in Baltimore, MD from October 8-11 , 2017. Karen attended the pre-course “Teaching Health Literacy, Cultural Humility and Health Equity – Innovation in Education and Practice,” which she hopes will inform her work with the San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative as well as her own outreach initiatives. She was also successful in getting an abstract approved to lead a Youth Health Literacy interest group, of which there were 20 other participants.

Best in State: San Antonio Annual Texas Health Literacy Conference


It is estimated that only 12% of American adults are considered proficient in the health literacy skills they need to effectively navigate and use our health care system. The Texas Health Literacy Conference, held annually in San Antonio for the past 13 years, is recognized as the top health literacy conference in the state. The conference is sponsored by the Bexar County Health Collaborative and the San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative, SAHLI.

The UT Health Briscoe Library supports the conference each year by demonstrating and promoting health literacy resources available from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). In addition, this year librarian Karen Barton (shown below) presented a poster on her National Network of Libraries of Medicine Award entitled The Youth Health Literacy Challenge: A Partnership between UT Health San Antonio Libraries, North East ISD, and the San Antonio Public Library. For the project award, Karen designed a calendar that elementary through high school-aged students can use to learn how to access nutritional resources and reliable health information from the NLM while working through fun and interactive exercises. She also presented on this project at the IIMS Community Engagement Symposium.


Four Library Staff Attend Annual Meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association

Owen Ellard, Senior Director of Libraries; Jonquil Feldman, Assistant Director of Libraries; Emme Lopez, Liaison to the School of Nursing; and Christy Tyson, Liaison to the School of Dentistry attended the 44th annual meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA). The meeting was held in historic Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico in mid-October. Owen attended the South Central Academic Medical Libraries (SCAMeL) Directors’ meeting as part of the event. Christina and Emme presented a paper entitled, “Mapping the ACRL Framework to interprofessional curricula in the health sciences,” which discussed the creation of a rubric to align and support information-literacy instruction in an interprofessional setting.  Other highlights of the meeting included continuing education opportunities, networking, and a talk by Patrician Brennan, RN, PhD, Director of the National Library of Medicine, entitled, “Data-powered Health and How NLM Will Make it Happen!”.

Next year’s SCC/MLA meeting will be held in San Antonio, Texas during the city’s tricentennial.

Featured New Books/E-books for November 2017

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.



Register for the Annual Friends of the P.I. Nixon Dinner

Registration is now open for the 47th Annual Friends of the P.I. Nixon Library Dinner!  


Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Cash bar 6:30 p.m. | Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Appetizer, entrée, dessert, coffee or tea
Old San Francisco Steak House | 10223 Sahara Street
Located north of Loop 410. From San Pedro, turn right onto Sahara Street.
Cost: $55 per person, $35 for students
Paid sponsorships for students available on request. Advance registration is required.

Presentation by Dr. Jill Fleuriet, Believing in Race: Its Legacy in Our Nation’s Health, a look at the history and relationship between scientific and popular definitions of race and health/health care disparities. This presentation will discuss how our current understandings of racial and ethnic health and health care disparities are rooted in American narratives of difference, individualism, and health.

Click here to register.

Last day to register is Friday October 20th! 

Contact Andrea N. Schorr for more information at (210) 567-2403 or

News from the Libraries October 2017

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

Liaisons Help Youth in STEM Club Prepare for Science Fair

SON Liaison Co-authors Article “Sizing Up” Systematic Reviews

Liaisons Present a Poster at the Fall Education Showcase

Featured New Books/E-books for October 2017

Believing in Race: Its Legacy in Our Nation’s Health

$500 Student Essay Award

Treasures from the P.I. Nixon Library: Gold Stemmed Pessaries

SON Liaison Visits TAMU College Station Medical Sciences Library for Professional Development Exchange

Book Giveaway October 2-8

New Leisure Books – October 2017

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