Past Events

Briscoe Library hosts workshop on Asset Mapping for Community Engagement

Dan Duncan, ABCD

Dan Duncan of ABCD Institute at Northwestern University was the speaker at a workshop on asset-based community development hosted by Briscoe Library Outreach Services in February.

On Thursday, February 21, 2013 the UT Health Center Science Center Libraries in partnership with the South Central region of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC), hosted an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Workshop as part of a pilot project for CTSA institutions in the South Central Region (SCR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). H. Daniels (Dan) Duncan, a consultant and faculty member of the ABCD Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois was the presenter.

Attendees of the workshop learned how to build community connections and partnerships in support of medical research, education and practice that really work to impact community health. Participants included CTSA librarians, researchers and administrators, public health workers, area health

Workshop attendees learned how to build  partnerships in support of medical research, education and practice.

Workshop attendees learned how to build partnerships in support of medical research, education and practice.

professionals, public and academic librarians, community health workers, and AHEC Translational Advisory Boards (TABS).

On the following day, Friday February 22, a Strategic Planning Workshop was held for librarians and other personnel from CTSA institutions to brainstorm about how librarians can be actively involved with CTSA key functions, CTSA administration, grant applications, research output and impact tracking, community engagement, and other CTSA initiatives. Staff of the  NN/LM South Central Region also attended.

The anticipated outcome of the strategic planning session is a roadmap for librarian contributions and engagement with the work of the CTSAs. A report based on the strategic planning session will be prepared and distributed to the librarians who attended the planning workshop; library directors at CTSA funded institutions in the NN/LM SCR region, and to CTSA administrators.

The session was  led by Mary Flanagan of Strategy and Leadership, LLC. Mary is uniquely qualified through her work with the UT Health Science Center’s Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS) to develop a strategic plan for implementing its CTSA grant. Mary facilitated a discussion about what librarians are already doing related to CTSA grants and how they can move forward in addressing researcher and community engagement needs.

Dr. Robert Clark, Director of the Institute for Integration of Medicine & Science (IIMS), gave a brief welcome to those gathered for the workshop, discussed the current status of the CTSA program under NCATS  and addressed the area of community engagement and CTSAs. NN/LM SCR Region Associate Director Michelle Malizia spoke after Dr. Clark and provided some background on why the National Library of Medicine has an ongoing interest in the work of CTSAs and exploring ways that resource libraries can be more involved in CTSA Community Engagement activities.

On March 7, 2013, an ABCD Workshop will be held from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at the Ramirez Library, 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd. (RACH Auditorium) in Harlingen, TX. Click here to register for this free workshop. For more information, contact Greysi Reyna at

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. HHSN-276—2011-00007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.


Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services

History of Anatomy class visits the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Ten students from the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences visited the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on the evening of Tuesday, April 24 to view more than 40 items from the library’s rare book collection.  The visit was the conclusion of the School of Medicine’s enrichment elective, ELEC 5022, and the graduate school’s CSBL 5015. The class, which was taught by Dr. Charleen Moore of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, covered the history of anatomy from ancient times through the 19th century.

Among the items on display:

ALBINUS, Bernhard Siegfried (1697-1770), Tables of the skeleton and muscles of the human body, London, 1st edition in Latin – 1749

HOOKE, Robert (1635-1703), Micrographia, London, 1667

VESALIUS, Andreas (1514-1564), De humani corporis fabrica libri septem, Basel, 1543

Students also viewed the oldest book in the Nixon library’s collection, CELSUS, Aulus Cornelius, De  medicina, 2nd edition, 1481.  De medicina is a member of a class of books known as incunables,  the first books to be produced by the printing press in the late 15th century.

The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  To schedule a visit, contact Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Special Collections, or Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian,


P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library- class visit

Dr. Charleen Moore and students from the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences visited the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on April 24.


ALBINUS, Bernhard Siegfried (1697-1770) Tables of the skeleton and muscles of the human body, 1747

Among the books on display in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on April 24: ALBINUS, Bernhard Siegfried (1697-1770), Tables of the skeleton and muscles of the human body, 1749.

Libraries host Community Advisors in May

Community Advisors MeetingThe Libraries hosted a semi-annual Community Advisors meeting in the Briscoe Library on May 10, 2013.  Chris Frei, Pharm.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin, and Grace Lee, Pharm.D., Translational Science Ph.D. student under the mentorship of Dr. Frei, provided a presentation on community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA).  Since 2011, Dr. Lee has worked closely with Dr. Frei in researching CA-MRSA infections using a Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN). CA-MRSA skin and soft tissue infections are showing up increasingly in children and young adults. Untreated infections can require painful and costly surgical intervention and can even be fatal.

Community Advisors Meeting is held twice-yearly for the purpose of gathering representatives of organizations with whom the UT Health Science Center Libraries partner on community health initiatives. One benefit of the meetings is that they can lay the groundwork for community education initiatives.  Campus libraries in San Antonio, Laredo and Harlingen meet by video teleconference with local advisors. The meetings allow participants to stay informed on community outreach activities throughout the South Texas region, and to identify new opportunities for collaboration.

Those attending in San Antonio (pictured) included: Melanie Stone, Educational Development Specialist in the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics; Dr. Chris Frei; Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services; Dr. Fernando Martinez, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Community Health Worker Program at Northwest Vista College; Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries; Patrick Lemelle, Briscoe Library Outreach Assistant; Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services; Dr. Grace Lee; Claudia Herrera, CareLink Clinic Outreach and Education Coordinator; and Rafael Maldonado, CareLink Clinic Education Director.

Attending remotely at the Ramirez Library in Harlingen were: Rachel Gomez, LVN, Infection Control and Employee Health, Su Clinica; Genoveva Martinez, Program Coordinator, Migrant Health Promotion; Rachel Udow, Program Specialist, Migrant Health Promotion; Norma Cavazos, Regional Coordinator, Texas Health and Human Services Commission; Belinda Senteno, Program Specialist, Texas Health and Human Services Commission; Armando Lopez, Director, Lower Rio Grande AHEC; and Kathy Carter, Ramirez Librarian.

Attending remotely at the Laredo Regional Campus Library were: Doug Ferrier, Director of Killam Library at Texas A& M International University; Rodney Webb, Government Documents Librarian at Texas A& M International University; Erika Silva, Laredo Library Assistant; Rey Cruz, Mid Rio Grande Border Area Health Education Center; Analiza Perez-Gomez, Laredo Community College Yeary Library; and Jaime Arizpe, Health and Human Services.

Library mounts community health education efforts in San Antonio and Laredo

Community Health Worker Summit4th Annual Community Health Worker Regional Summit in San Antonio

For the fourth year in a row, the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library participated in the San Antonio Community Health Worker (CHW) /Promotor(a) Summit.  The conference, held on March 22, attracted more than 100 area community health workers and students.

Dr. Thomas Schlenker, Director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, spoke on major health issues impacting the city.  Other topics covered during the day-long event included: Developing a Career as a Promotor(a), CHW Certification Update and Legislative Action, Clinical Trials, Family Violence, and Colonia Health.

The conference was sponsored by Northwest Vista College and Christus Santa Rosa Healthcare.  Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services and Patrick Lemelle, Outreach Services Assistant, demonstrated National Library of Medicine resources for health consumers and the public health workforce.

 Senior Moments Health Fair“Senior Moments” of Aging Health Fair at the Laredo Regional Campus

Peg Seger demonstrated consumer health resources from the National Library of Medicine at the “Senior Moments” of Aging Health Fair held on the Laredo Regional Campus on March 23. Over 60 people visited the library exhibit table, including Laredo community residents, nursing students, and local area health professionals.

The library’s exhibit space was located adjacent to a Tai Chi demonstration area where nursing students and campus administration alike took advantage of a free lesson.  Seniors learned about resources including MedlinePlus, where they can view tutorials on diabetes and other health topics, and NIHSenior Health, which provides information on topics for those over 60.  Nursing students in attendance expressed interest in learning more about MedlinePlus patient handouts and the PubMed database.

Texas Emergency Management ConferenceTexas Emergency Management Conference

The Texas Emergency Management Conference was held March 25-28 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio.  The conference attracts around 3,000 elected officials, first responders, emergency managers, and decision makers from across Texas, and provides jurisdictions the opportunity to learn about innovative products and services.

The Briscoe Library began exhibiting at this conference last year, to provide demonstrations of resources available through the National Library of Medicine.  Pictured here is Briscoe Library Outreach Services Assistant Patrick Lemelle, explaining the use of WISER — Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders– to a conference attendee.  WISER, a free online resource provided by NLM, is accessible from mobile devices.


Med-Ed students visit the Ramirez Library

Med-Ed Students at the Ramirez Library60 Med-Ed students spent the day at the Regional Academic Health Center on June 15th.  Six students were awarded Honorary Medical Librarian certificates for their outstanding performance in a health resources scavenger hunt held at the Ramirez Library.

In this photo:  Monica Tovar (staff), Juan Alarcon, Kathy Carter (staff), Alyssa Torres, Valentin Moreno, Samantha Hooper, Kelly Lee, and Jo Mario Rivera.

National Library Week: School librarians remember Dr. Mario E. Ramirez during visit to the Ramirez Library

School Librarians visit the Ramirez Library in Harlingen

"Many librarians in the group recalled fond childhood memories of Dr. Ramirez, who served as their family physician... and they enjoyed perusing the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Collection, locating their mothers’ names and birth dates in his record book of deliveries."

A group of 18 school librarians from the Rio Grande City Independent School District took a walk down memory lane at the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., Library during National Library Week.  Adelina Villarreal, Library Director for the Rio Grande City ISD, contacted librarians at the Ramirez Library, because she wanted to provide an opportunity for RGCISD librarians to visit the library named for Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. an honored member of the Starr County community.  Dr. Ramirez founded the first hospital in Roma, and as Starr County Judge, brought the Starr County Memorial Hospital to Rio Grande City.  Ms. Garza also wanted the librarians to learn more about the unique services of a specialized medical library.

Many librarians in the group recalled fond childhood memories of Dr. Ramirez, who served as their family physician.  Many credited Dr. Ramirez as the physician who brought them into the world, and they enjoyed perusing the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Collection, locating their mothers’ names and birth dates in his record book of deliveries.

Librarians also toured the clinical simulation lab at the Regional Academic Health Center.  Dr. Adela Valdez, Assistant Regional Dean, provided a presentation of the lab and demonstrated how it is used for medical education at the RAHC.  An introduction to resources and services available from the National Library of Medicine was also provided by Ramirez Library staff.

One Community/One Book: Talking about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

In August twenty-six individuals representing UT Health Science Center schools, University Health System, UTSA, the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research,  and Southwest Research Institute attended noon-hour workshops to train small-group discussion leaders for One Community/One Book 2010.

Discussion opportunities resulting from the workshops will be posted on the library Web site throughout September as we are notified about them by discussion group leaders.

To register a discussion opportunity and/or post it on the project Web site, fill out the online form (doc file).

For more information about One Community/One Book, about currently listed discussion events, and about related resources, visit the Join the Conversation page.

Rebecca Skloot, the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will be the featured speaker at the Frank Bryant, Jr., MD Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics.  The lecture, sponsored by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics,  will take place in the Parman Auditorium at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 15.

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.