Four Library Staff Attend Annual Meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association

Owen Ellard, Senior Director of Libraries; Jonquil Feldman, Assistant Director of Libraries; Emme Lopez, Liaison to the School of Nursing; and Christy Tyson, Liaison to the School of Dentistry attended the 44th annual meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA). The meeting was held in historic Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico in mid-October. Owen attended the South Central Academic Medical Libraries (SCAMeL) Directors’ meeting as part of the event. Christina and Emme presented a paper entitled, “Mapping the ACRL Framework to interprofessional curricula in the health sciences,” which discussed the creation of a rubric to align and support information-literacy instruction in an interprofessional setting.  Other highlights of the meeting included continuing education opportunities, networking, and a talk by Patrician Brennan, RN, PhD, Director of the National Library of Medicine, entitled, “Data-powered Health and How NLM Will Make it Happen!”.

Next year’s SCC/MLA meeting will be held in San Antonio, Texas during the city’s tricentennial.

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Image of Research

Image of Research Photography Competition Rules, Guidelines, and Details

The Image of Research competition is an opportunity for UT Health San Antonio students from all five schools to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in a single visual image. This competition and its accompanying exhibition showcase students’ creative visual conceptualization of their research.

Individual Submission Form
Group Submision Form


Submission opens: April 24, 2018.
Submission deadline: September 21, 2018.
Announcement of the winners will occur via email at the end of September and there will be a reception and awards ceremony in October.


Who can submit?
Entries can be submitted by all current UT Health San Antonio students, residents, and fellows. Individual and group entries are welcome.
Students may submit as individuals even if they are part of a research group.
Multiple students from the same research group may also submit as individuals, as long as they use their own photograph/image.
A group entry should consist of two or more students working on the same project. A separate award will be given for an Interprofessional Education category (two or more students from at least two different disciplines).

Click here for the Individual Submission Form.
Click here for the Group Submission Form.

What should the image be?
The image should represent students’ research, whether concrete or abstract. The submission will also include a brief narrative that articulates the connection between the image and your research. Your narrative should be written in a clear, concise manner that captures the attention and imagination of both specialists and general audiences.
The image, while in the format of still photography, may depict 2D, mixed media, or 3D content. Animation and/or video content is outside the scope of this competition and will not be accepted.

While all students at UT Health San Antonio perform research throughout their academic career, research takes place in multiple settings and is framed in a diverse manner. Broadly speaking, research is an iterative process that involves asking questions, seeking answers from multiple information sources, and remaining open to new or contradictory ideas. The way research and the research process are defined frequently vary by discipline. Image of Research welcomes submissions from novice to advanced researchers in any discipline reflecting any stage in the research process in any research that you’re involved with in some capacity.

The submission will be judged on three criteria:
Connection between image, text, and research
Visual Impact

Individual and group entries will be judged together to determine one first place, one second place, and one third place winner. A separate award will be given to one group entry for the Interprofessional Education category (a group of students from two or more disciplines).

The entrant must be principal creator of the image. Third party content can be used (for example, mixed with other content), but submitting a third party image unaltered is not permitted. Entrants are responsible for ensuring that any use of images or materials that are under copyright by a third party either falls under fair use or that relevant permissions have been sought, that no copyright has been infringed, and that any necessary release forms have been signed.

What is required for submission?
A title of less than 100 characters
A 100-200 word narrative that articulates the connection between the image and your research.
Images should be of the best quality and must meet the following requirements:
Maximum file size of 50 MB.
Minimum resolution of 300 ppi.
Image must be in JPEG, PNG, or other image file format.
Submissions that fail to meet these criteria may need to be changed.
Please keep in mind that all submissions will be printed and mounted for display and may be used for other functions in print or digital format.

If people other than yourself are present in your image, please provide a Model Authorization Release Form for each subject with your submission.

You must agree to the following license agreement that allows the University to display and provide access to your image:
I am entering a submission to The UT Health San Antonio Libraries’ Image of Research Photography Competition. For purposes of this Release, my Work consists of: my submission; title and description of my submission; my name; and my biographical material. I do hereby grant The UT Health San Antonio Libraries, and those acting pursuant to its authority, a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable license to:

  1. to reproduce the Work in copies;
  2. to prepare derivative works based upon the Work;
  3. to distribute copies of the Work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
  4. in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual Works, to perform the Work publicly;
  5. in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic Works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual Work, to display the Work publicly; and
  6. in the case of sound recordings, to perform the Work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.

I warrant that to the best of my knowledge my Work does not infringe any copyright, invade any right of privacy, or infringe or violate any other right of any person or entity. I further indemnify and hold harmless The UT Health San Antonio Libraries and its licensees, agents and assigns from any claim, suit, damage, loss or expense (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of the foregoing warranties and representations.


Cash prize amounts will be announced at a later date.

A multidisciplinary panel of judges will select one first, second, and third place winners, with a separate award for the Interprofessional Education category. Entrants must accept the contest terms to be eligible for awards.
Awards will be presented at the awards ceremony and reception in the fall.
All images will be printed and displayed at Briscoe Library throughout the duration of the competition, at the awards ceremony, and after the competition.


For any questions, please contact Kirsten Lorenzen – lorenzenk@uthscsa.edu


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.

Laredo Regional Campus Library: Computer Class for Stroke Support Group

Adapting resources from the NIHSenior Health website, Laredo staff Erika Silva and Cindy Carrillo provided a beginning computer class for members of the Laredo Stroke Support Group. Not only did the group learn basic computer skills, but they also started on a path that will allow them to access reliable online health information. The UT Health Laredo Regional Campus Library works with community organizations to support the development of health information literacy skills. Health literacy is a key, if not the most important factor in determining an individual’s health status.

For more information on developments in health literacy see the following:

The Role of Universal Health Literacy Precautions in Minimizing “Medspeak” and Promoting Shared Decision Making. AMA Journal of Ethics. March 2017, Volume 19, Number 3: 296-303.

The entire March issue of the (open access) AMA Journal of Ethics is devoted to Language Hierarchy in Medicine.

Liaisons Present a Poster at the Fall Education Showcase


The Library Liaisons presented a poster (linked below) entitled “Briscoe Library Liaison Program – Supporting the Curriculum” at the Fall Education Showcase and the Academy of Master Teachers Induction Ceremony held on September 28.  At the showcase, liaisons were able to network with faculty about education research and share information about teaching strategies within the UT Health community.  The poster visually represents how the Liaison Program contributes to UT Health’s educational efforts.  The program, which has been in existence since April 2016, focuses on integrating liaison activities, such as producing specialized subject guides, providing evidence-based practice instruction, and connecting patrons to appropriate information resources, into the curriculum.  The liaisons work on promoting the library as not only a place for active collaboration, but also promote active collaborative partnerships with faculty, staff, and students.

Liaison poster_Sept 2017

Librarian Receives Award to Attend Library Marketing and Communications Conference

Kirsten Lorenzen, Outreach and Community Engagement Librarian,  received a Professional Development Award from the South Central Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to attend the 3rd Annual Library Marketing and Communications Conference. This conference took place in Dallas, TX from November 16-17, 2017. The conference was designed for librarians who are involved in marketing, communications, public relations, social media, and outreach. The presenters explored issues that are important for this niche of library work and allowed attendees to network and discuss mutual challenges. Marketing is an important part of being a successful library, and by improving upon marketing and communications skills with this conference, libraries will be better equipped to have their messages heard, promote their resources, and have their services well-used and appreciated. Kirsten attended breakout sessions such as Creating a Marketing Plan, Social Media Strategies, and Launching a Digital Marketing Campaign in hopes of gaining more information and ideas that can be applied to the marketing efforts at Briscoe Library.

Librarian Takes a Ride with San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD)

In preparation for planning a workshop session at the 2016 Texas Health Literacy Conference, UT Health Science Center Librarian Peg Seger joined SAFD paramedic Christopher Velasquez (shown below) on a ride to learn more about the work he does as part of the Mobile Integrated Healthcare program (MIH). Chris is also a trainer for the San Antonio Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team and has been on the San Antonio Fire Department for over 20 years. He has been assigned to the EMS division for the last 13 years.

Shortly after the ride, at the Texas Health Literacy Conference on October 6th and 7th, Chris  provided some stories from the field about how the innovative Mobile Integrated Healthcare program got its start in San Antonio and the impact that it is having in the community for both emergency services and healthcare for vulnerable populations. In addition to being a highly trained paramedic, Chris is also an instructor with the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

Mobile Integrated Healthcare programs are a fairly recent development in U.S communities in comparison to other parts of the world. They tend to develop organically in response to local community needs. The San Antonio program has become a model for other interested communities around the country. Health literacy is central to the work of this program and the MIH paramedics have developed many practical real-world solutions to assisting vulnerable populations in navigating our complex healthcare system.


Library Hours during Spring Break

There will be a change in extended hours next week.  Please note our schedule:



Open Hours

Extended Hours*

Saturday March 12 9 am – 10 pm 7 am – midnight
Sunday March 13 10 am – midnight 7 am – 2:00 am
Monday March 14 SPRING BREAK 7 am – midnight No extended hours
Tuesday March 15 SPRING BREAK 7 am – midnight No extended hours
Wednesday March 16 SPRING BREAK 7 am – midnight No extended hours
Thursday March 17 SPRING BREAK 7 am – midnight No extended hours
Friday March 18 SPRING BREAK 7 am – 10 pm No extended hours
Saturday March 19 9 am – 10 pm 7 am – midnight
Sunday March 20 10 am – midnight 7 am – 2:00 am


*Extended Hours are for UT Health Science Center students, faculty and staff with valid ID cards (which are required for entry).

Library services such as circulation, photocopying, printing, computer access, and reference assistance will not be affected.

 View the Briscoe Library schedule >

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.