Staff Honors

Anne Comeaux Certified as a Digital Archives Specialist


Symbol of Digital Archivies Specialist program from the Society of American ArchivistsAnne Comeaux, the Assistant Director for Special Collections at the Briscoe Library, was recently certified as a Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) after completing nine required courses within 24 months and passing the comprehensive exam in February.   The DAS curriculum and certification program was designed by the Society of American Archivists to provide archivists with the information and tools needed to manage the demands of born-digital records.


Knowledge gained in the program focuses on:

  • the fragility of electronic records due to deterioration and obsolescence of format, software, and equipment
  • the requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives
  • recommended archival formats for preserving electronic records
  • formulating policies and strategies for appraising, capturing, preserving, and providing access to digital collections

The University Archives is starting to receive born digital records, and university departments are increasingly converting or keeping records in electronic format.  This will provide many challenges in the future for the preservation of these records for future researchers.

Anne Comeaux receives scholarship from ARMA SA

Anne Comeaux, Assistant Director for Digital and Special Collections, has received a $500 scholarship from the San Antonio chapter of ARMA International to attend a workshop Understanding Photos: An Intro to Archival Principles & Practice.  The scholarship is offered to members of the San Antonio chapter of ARMA and to students who are interested in continuing education to strengthen their capacity to deal with significant issues in records management or in their job as a records manager.

ARMA International is a not-for-profit professional association and the authority on managing records and information— paper or electronic.  The workshop will provide information on the basics of managing and caring for photographs including appraising and acquiring; reading and researching; identification and handling; preservation, storage and housing; accessioning and arrangement; description and cataloging; copying; and public service and outreach.


Library Staff Honored for Years of Service

Congratulations, and a big Thank You! to our Library staff who were honored for their many years of service at a ceremony held on April 29. The ceremony, recognizing UT Health Science Center staff for their years of service to the institution and to the State of Texas, was conducted by University President William Heinrich and Vice-President for Human Resources James (Mike) Tesh.  The following Library staff received Service Awards:



5 years      Patty Goldspink, Administrative Assistant
15 years    John Weed, Head of Collection Resources
25 years   Chris Gaspard, Head of User Services
35 years    Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries
40 years   Elizabeth (Anne) Comeaux, Assistant Director and Records Management Officer


The 4th Binational Conference for Promotores de Salud draws recognition from the National Library of Medicine

More than 175 individuals attended the 4th Binational Conference for Promotores de Salud.

Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies was the theme of the 4th Binational Conference for Promotores de Salud, held on South Padre Island in October 2009.  The project was recently selected as a featured project of 2010 by the South Central Region of the National Library of Medicine.

More than 175 promotores, or community health workers, from around South Texas attended the conference, which was planned by Greysi Reyna and Kathy Carter of the UT Health Science Center Ramirez Library, in partnership with local community health agencies.

Other projects selected for special recognition include Communication and Education: Equipping the Community to Fight CA-MRSA, a project of the St. Edward Mercy Medical Library in Forth Smith Arkansas; BuildingDynamic Partnerships in Public Health, a project of Tulsa Schusterman Center Library, University of Oklahoma—Tulsa; From Band Aids to Twisters: Enhancing Community and Personal Preparedness, a project of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; and A World of Medical Information  Access from NLM’s MedlinePlus and the  American Indian Health Web Site to the Okmulgee Indian Health Center, a project of The Medical Library, Oklahoma State University Center for the Health Sciences.

Information about each of the featured projects can be found at: