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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.

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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.


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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.