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Internet Resources: Zika Virus

There is an increasing concern about the spread of the Zika virus, with associated public health implications and questions about transmission processes. We have compiled a guide with reliable resources for clinicians, students, researchers, and consumers who are looking for accurate and current information about the Zika virus.

Zika Virus Resource Guide

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.

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.

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Library Hours during Spring Break

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

Day

Date

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.

 

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Library Staff Present at the Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Meeting

Library liaisons Jonquil Feldman, Karen Barton, Chris Gaspard, Emme Lopez, and Circulation Desk supervisor Louis Barcenes created a poster titled “Daring to Reexamine and Reexamine a Reference Service: Is It Needed?,” which was presented at the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) Annual Meeting at the end of May. The poster outlined the reasoning behind the transformation of the library’s AskALibrarian reference service model, which occurred twice within the past year in order to better serve patrons. After the presentation, some MLA participants requested a reference services resource created by the librarians, which was featured in the poster.

In addition to the poster, Jonquil Feldman moderated a Lightning Papers session in which 15 papers were presented on topics ranging from library initiatives to library-community partnerships.

Library will be open 24 hours for Spring Finals

The Briscoe Library will provide a 24 hours study space for students preparing for Spring semester finals, during the following dates:

April 25 – May 6 for most students

May 16 – May 20 for MS1 students

Only those with UT Health Science Center ID badges will be allowed to stay in the library overnight, and access after the library’s regular hours will be through card swipe.

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Network Upgrade Notice – Library

Over the next few days, IMS will be performing network upgrades throughout the Library. These upgrades will aid in improving network performance and connectivity. Patrons can expect interruptions of service during the upgrade window. The full schedule and details can be found below.

 

Upgrade Zone Date Time Service Impact
2nd Floor 03/08/16 5pm – 9pm Internet (wired & wireless)
3rd Floor 03/09/16 5pm – 9pm Internet (wired & wireless); Pharos Print
4th & 5th Floor 3/10/16 5pm – 9pm Internet (wired & wireless)

 

During the upgrade windows, patrons can take advantage of zones not currently being upgraded to avoid internet service disruption.

Please Note: Printing will be unavailable in the Library from 5pm-9pm on 03/09/16. An alternate print release station is available in the Nursing School Student Lounge.