News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Briscoe Library Hosts NW Vista Community Health Worker (CHW) Continuing Education Program

 

  

In collaboration with the NW Vista Community Health Worker (CHW) program directed by Dr. Fernando Martinez, the library hosted a continuing education program for area CHWs and promotoras.  In the state of Texas, CHWs are certified and must accrue CEU credits in order to main their certification. CHWs play a crucial role in improving the health literacy of their communities and the UT Health Library seeks partnerships with area CHWs to improve outreach effectiveness in community health initiatives.

Over forty CHWs from around the state attended the program held on Saturday, July 15. The program was held at the library to encourage CHWs to use library resources for professional development and for the benefit of the communities they serve.  While chronic disease was the study topic of the day, CHWs were also instructed on how to use library resources and about opportunities to partner with library outreach services. CSL student volunteers also provided a demonstration for the CHWs on a mobile application they have developed, SA Access, which covers information found at HealthCare.gov as well as Bexar County health resources.

Library Instruction Provided for MRGV AHEC College Academy

 

Each summer, the UT Health Laredo Regional Campus is the site for many college preparation programs offered by the Mid Rio Grande Valley Area Health Education Center (MRGV AHEC). The Regional Campus branch library often has the privilege of participating in the summer programs by promoting the benefits of learning how to use the resources of a health science library for students who have an interest in applying to medical school or other health profession programs. This year on June 5, UT Health librarian Peg Seger provided a presentation for students on utilizing library resources to conduct university-level research.

 

School of Medicine Liaison Attends Renowned EBP Institute

 

Chris Gaspard, Liaison to the School of Medicine, recently attended Supporting Clinical Care: An Institute in Evidence-Based Practice for Medical Librarians at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Library at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO.  This was an intensive three-day course which provided instruction to health sciences librarians on necessary skills needed to support evidence-based practice. Medical librarians from across the United States and Canada attended the course.  The information and collaboration provided will help strengthen the UT Health San Antonio Library Liaison program, which strives to provide useful and relevant instruction that will enhance our school’s curriculum.

AHEC Summer Public Health Camp Visits Briscoe Library

 

On July 21st, librarians John Weed, Kelley Minars, and Library Associate Diane Fotinos hosted 17 Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Public Health Camp students for a demonstration of library technology, including 3D printing and virtual reality. The public health camp is provided each summer by the South Central AHEC. This year, the week-long camps served both high school sophomores and juniors interested in public health careers.

Sadly, this was one of the last official duties performed by Librarian John Weed (pictured far left). John has been with the UT Health Library for 17 years and most recently served as the Head of the Library Simulation and Immersion Technology unit. We wish John well in his new career path in Physical Therapy.

 

 

 

Laredo Regional Campus Library Hosts High School Summer Fellowship Students

 

For the third summer in a row, the Laredo Regional Campus Library has hosted Epidemiology and Public Health Research, a 4-week summer fellowship for Laredo area high school students. The fellowship is provided in cooperation between the Laredo Regional Campus Dr. Shenghui Wu (pictured far right) and Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Texas Academy of International & STEM Studies. This year the program was attended  by five area students. Students were able to use statistical software SAS for data analysis  in the Library computer lab and three library books which have been added to the collection in support of the program.

Featured New Books/E-books for August 2017

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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 2017

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

New 3D Printing Charges as of July 1

NIHSeniorHealth.gov to be Retired on August 1

Featured New Books/E-books for July 2017

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

New 3D Printing Charges as of July 1

 

The Library has been able to provide 3D prints free of charge for two years for faculty, staff, and students as a result of a National Network of Libraries of Medicine grant.  Now that the grant-funded filament is running low, the Library will need to implement a fee-based model for 3D printing as of July 1.  PLA, a hard plastic filament, will cost $0.10 per gram while PVA (a dissolvable filament) and Ninjaflex will each cost $0.15 per gram.  All 3D print requests received prior to July 1 will be honored as free of charge. Funds received by the Library for 3D printing will be used to replenish filament.

With the fee-based model, printing should be low-cost and librarians will contact the requestor with an estimated cost prior to printing.  All print requests may be submitted via the 3D Print online form linked through the library’s homepage.

Please contact Kelly Minars, Creative Technologies Librarian, with any questions.

NIHSeniorHealth.gov to be Retired on August 1

 

 

Through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), a number of online health information sites are freely available and seek to improve health literacy by providing reliable, up-to-date health information. Studies have shown that an individual’s health literacy level is a key indicator of an individual’s level of health. To address the health of seniors, NIHSeniorHealth.gov was introduced in 2003 and was the only one of its kind. The original developers of the site recognized that older adults often faced a number of challenges with utilizing online information due to underlying cognitive and visual needs.   For this reason, innovative options such as text resizing, color contrast, text-to-voice, “chunked” content, and the use of plain language were incorporated with content targeted specifically toward individuals 60 years and older.

In the current online environment, the same innovative practices have become more commonplace and there has been an explosion of other resources that can be accessed by people of all ages.  Due to this, the decision has been made to retire the NIHSeniorHealth website, however, much of the valuable and updated content will be available through other NIH and NLM sites. As of August 1, 2017, users will be redirected to the Health and Aging section of NIA website.  Other sites that continue to provide evidence-based health information for seniors include the NIHSeniorHealth YouTube Channel, NIA Go4Life, and the premier NLM consumer health site MedlinePlus.

Featured New Books/E-books for July 2017

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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.