News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

School of Medicine Liaison Teaches Part of Research Design Course

Chris Gaspard, Liaison to the School of Medicine, will lead the first of five sessions of Basic Research Design for Health Interventions: A Short Course. This free, elective course was created in partnership with the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and the MD/MPH program. It is intended for UT Health San Antonio students, faculty and staff to assist them in developing community-based projects that have sound research designs and methodologies. Participants will learn how to read and interpret medical literature, understand different study designs, run a basic statistical program, and how to appropriately interpret and share their statistical results. All materials will be provided and anyone who attends all five sessions will receive a certificate of completion. Those who registered by August 1 were entered into a drawing to win a helpful resource: PDQ Statistics Third Edition.

The class sessions are as follows:

8/9/17: Literature Review: Where Do I Begin?, 5-6pm, LIB Computer Lab 2.011

9/13/17: Study Design Part 1: How Do I Set Myself Up for Success?, 5-6pm, MED 444B

10/4/17: Study Design Part 2: What Do Biostatistics Mean in the Real World?, 5-6pm, MED 444B

11/15/17: Analyzing Your Data: How Do I Run a Stats Program?, 5-6pm, LIB Computer Lab 2.011

1/10/18: Understanding Results: How Do I Make Sense of my Findings? 5-6pm, Room TBA

Sign up at:

*Two optional workshops will be offered for individualized help with your project:

10/6/17: Drop-in workshop for help with choosing your study design, noon-1pm, LIB 2.031

1/12/18: Drop-in workshop for help analyzing your data, noon-1pm, LIB Computer Lab 2.011

More information and a complete syllabus is available at: You may also email for more information.

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Outreach Provided at Back to School Event Benefiting Over 450 Relative Caregivers and Children


Karen Barton, Liaison and Community Engagement Librarian, had a table at the Alamo Area Agency on Aging (AACOG) Back to School Voucher Event for kinship care families, specifically older relative caregivers (grandparents, great aunts and uncles and others) and the children under their care. The UT Health San Antonio Libraries was one of many partners given the opportunity to provide caregivers with information on their programs and services at the event, where 123 caregivers received free backpacks, goodies and vouchers for school supplies for 333 children. Approximately 150 of the 333 children were present at the event. Calendars made by the Libraries that promote health literacy and many other resources for children and adults were given away at the event.

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 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

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 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.