2016 San Fernando Health and Safety Fair

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For over 10 years the University of Texas Health Science Center Briscoe Library has provided health information resources from the National Library of Medicine to attendees of the San Fernando Health & Safety Fair. The fair offers health screening to individuals in the community who have no insurance or are underinsured. Over 400 volunteer doctors, nurses, health specialists, community volunteers and students provide the screening services.

Briscoe  Outreach Librarian Peg Seger met with over 75 exhibit table visitors on the morning of October 1 to discuss ways to find reliable health information. A key part of the Briscoe Library outreach services is to improve community health literacy through the promotion of accurate and authoritative health information.


2016 Texas Health Literacy Conference


The San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative (SAHLI) is a comprehensive program that aims to increase health literacy awareness and efficacy through strategically addressing primary gaps in health literacy.  The Texas Health Literacy conference, through the efforts of SAHLI, has grown to be the largest one of its kind in the state. This year, October 6th and 7th, marked the 12th annual conference. The conference is attended by healthcare administrators, clinicians, social workers, pharmacists, health educators, nurses, and community members interested in health literacy.

Health Literacy is commonly defined as the ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, only 12% of adults are considered to be proficient in health literacy.

Briscoe staff librarians Karen Barton (pictured; left) and Peg Seger exhibited at the conference, providing information on consumer and professional health information resources from the National Library of Medicine.

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Author of The Covered Smile to Speak, April 15

Sonja Lauren is the author of The Covered Smile, a true story of childhood abuse, neglect, forgiveness and triumph. Ms. Lauren will be speaking,  Wednesday, April 15, noon-1:00 p.m., Lecture Hall 3.102B, next to Starbuck’s, lunch will be provided..  During her childhood, Ms. Lauren suffered from dental neglect.  At the age of twelve, dentists wrote “situation-hopeless” on her dental records and proceeded to extract all of her teeth leaving her to begin wearing dentures at the age of thirteen. Ms. Lauren’s objectives are to describe the seriousness of dental neglect from a patient’s point of view, raise professional awareness of the importance of treating all patients equally, understand the effects of dental neglect on self-esteem and share the importance of the dental professional in the office, community, and in society.  The Covered Smile is available for check-out at the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library, call number WA 320 L378c 2003.  Ms. Lauren’s presentation is sponsored by the San Antonio Public Health and Diversity Pre-Doctoral Education Program HRSA D85HP20041.

Briscoe Library Hours–Battle of Flowers Holiday

Texas commemorates San Jacinto Day on April 21. In San Antonio, this holiday will be celebrated on April 23 with the Battle of Flowers Parade, part of the city’s 10-day Fiesta® celebrations. Friday is a University Holiday, but the Briscoe Library will be open normal hours: 7 am – 10 pm, with extended hours until 12 midnight for HSC ID holders. Research assistance will not be available. Library users can study, use the computers, and check out library materials. If you have questions, please call 210-567-2440.

Briscoe Library Welcomes Kirsten Lorenzen

The UT Health Science Center Libraries welcome Kirsten Lorenzen as the new Outreach and Community Engagement Librarian at the Briscoe Library. Kirsten comes to UT Health San Antonio from the San Antonio Public Library where she provided outreach programming as a children’s librarian. Previously, she worked as a Library Services Assistant IV at UTSA’s John Peace Library and as a Project Manager for an advertising and brand management company. A native of California, Kirsten received a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University in December 2015 and also holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Communication from the University of California, Davis.

With her experience in marketing, Kirsten will be instrumental in enhancing the library’s outreach and community engagement initiatives by promoting library resources, services, and events to the campus and wider community.  We are thrilled to have Kirsten as a member of our Library team.

Browzine at UT Health San Antonio




The old way of finding health information is becoming obsolete, and with information distribution changing, the library is changing. Briscoe Library has made the decision to remove print journals, transferring many to a joint library facility, and has adopted BrowZine.

BrowZine is a service for libraries that allows you to browse, read, and monitor scholarly journals on the web or on a mobile device. It combines the discovery you loved with print journals with the convenience of technology.

With BrowZine you can:

  • Easily browse thousands of scholarly journals
  • Create a personalized bookshelf of your favorite titles
  • Be alerted when new articles are available in your favorite journals
  • Save articles for offline reading

Find out how to access and use BrowZine here and look out for the Reading Lists feature coming later this year.

BrowZine User Survey

BrowZine User Survey

BrowZine User Survey


Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) Retires after 27 Years

The Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) first began services in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in August of 1989. In the beginning, UT Health Science Center librarians traveled to various locations in South Texas to provide on-site literature search and article delivery services. With no medical library in the Valley, services were targeted toward area hospitals, clinics, health professionals, and UT Health Science Center faculty and students who were all too far away to utilize the San Antonio campus medical library. At the height of the service, 17 South Texas organizations were served. Over the years, services were extended to more locations throughout South Texas with the addition of the Ramirez Library at the Regional Academic Health Science Center in Harlingen and the Laredo Regional Campus Library. In 2009 an online request and delivery system began.

In light of advancing technology and increasing access to biomedical resources, the UT Health Science Center Libraries plan to transition to a new model of services that will provide more flexibility for organizations that remain interested in receiving medical library services.

Instrumental in the development of CLHIN services were recently retired UT Health Science Center Libraries Executive Director Rajia Tobia, and the Michael DeBakey Library Outreach Services Award winning and late librarians Mary Jo Dwyer and Greysi Reyna. Over the 27-year history of the CLHIN service, many librarians and library staff have devoted countless hours in the support of providing access to evidence-based medicine resources in South Texas.

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