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Save the Dates for Student Appreciation Week!

 

For more information, contact Peg Seger: segerp@uthscsa.edu 

 

School of Dentistry Liaison Librarian Greets 330 Area Students at 2017 Science Expo

 

On November 11, Christy Tyson, Liaison to the School of Dentistry, provided outreach services at the 2017 Health Science Expo held at the Holly Auditorium, where there were 330 visitors. The Expo targets area high school students, their teachers, guidance counselors, and parents and seeks to inform them of the exciting aspects of health science librarianship and access points for NIH resources. PubMed and MedlinePlus were two of the resources demonstrated and literature was available for further reference. Christy also provided several hands-on opportunities to those who visited the library’s table, including manipulation of 3D prints of anatomical structures and online VR modules created for current courses offered at UT Health.

 

  

Staff Directory

Office of the Director

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Owen Ellard, MLIS, MA Senior Director of Libraries ellard@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2413

Resource Management

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Andrea Schorr, MSIS Librarian Lead – Resource Management schorr@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2403
Dana Whitmire, MSLS Librarian Sr. – Electronic Resources whitmired@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2464
Melissa DeThorne Library Clerical Assistant Senior – Special Collections dethorne@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2470
Ron Mesa Library Clerical Assistant Senior mesa@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2417
Walter Creech Library Clerical Assistant Senior – Interlibrary Loan creechw@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2460
Diane Fotinos Library Clerical Assistant-Associate fotinos@uthscsa.edu (210) 562-6805
Maria Mota Resource Management Library Assistant motam2@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2497

Outreach & Community Engagement

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Peg Seger, MLIS, MA, AHIP Librarian Lead – Outreach & Community Engagement segerp@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-6398
Kirsten Lorenzen, MLIS Librarian – Marketing & Community Engagement lorenzenk@uthscsa.edu (210) 450-8241
Albert Ramirez Library Clerical Assistant-Intermediate ramireza1@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2435
David Alvarez Library Clerical Assistant-Assoc. alvarezda@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2435
Juan Jaime Library Clerical Assistant-Assoc. jaime@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2439
Annette Gonzales Library Clerical Assistant-Assoc. gonzalesam@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2440
Roberta Johnson Library Clerical Assistant-Assoc. johnsonrm@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2440

Library Liaisons

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Chris Gaspard, MSLS Associate Director of Library Liaison Services; Liaison to the School of Medicine sifuentes@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2429
Rebecca Ajtai, MLIS Librarian Sr. – Liaison to the School of Health Professions ajtai@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2428
Jeff Lacy, MLIS Librarian Sr. – Liaison to the School of Dentistry & Graduate School askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu (210) 450-8255
Emme Lopez, MLS Librarian Sr. – Liaison to the School of Nursing lopeze13@uthscsa.edu (210) 450-8124
Kelley Minars, MLIS Creative Technologies Librarian minars@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2483

Student Appreciation Week: Oct 29 – Nov 2

Briscoe Library’s 2nd Annual Student Appreciation Week will be taking place October 29th through November 2nd! Head over to the library each day from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm to participate in fun activities and enjoy some food, prizes, and other giveaways. 

Surprise Visit to the Library

Library therapy dog June made a surprise visit to the library on Thursday 12/12. Seen here with her pet-parent librarian Dana Whitmire, June is a certified therapy dog with the PAWS organization and will be making regular visits to the UT Health campus in the coming year.

Technology Sandbox Coming Soon to the UT Health Briscoe Library

 

The Briscoe Library Technology Sandbox, an area with interactive work spaces and some of the newest technology to enhance medical education, is quickly coming together on the main floor of the library. Comfortable seating, desks, and a large worktable have been installed along with a 75 inch monitor now available for use. Soon, the space will feature a 3-D printer and computers for working with some of the latest 3-D visualization and virtual technology software. The technology will include an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for students and faculty to interact with anatomy in two new, immersive ways: The Body VR and 3-D Organon VR Anatomy. The Body VR allows the user to travel through the bloodstream to discover how blood cells function and how organelles work together to fight viruses. The 3-D Organon VR Anatomy is described by Oculus as “the world’s first fully-featured virtual reality anatomy atlas.”

Also shown above is a newly installed exhibit in the Sandbox area entitled Transforming Anatomy: Then and Now. The exhibit features materials from the PI Nixon Medical Historical Library illustrating the timeline of the study of anatomy including the original works of Andreas Vesalius considered to be the father of modern anatomy. Come see how far we have come from the original anatomy masters to the latest in technology and software.

Watch for announcements regarding a launch event for the Technology Sandbox. Contact John Weed at WeedJ@uthscsa.edu for more information.

Teens Vote on Healthy Recipes

 

Karen Barton, Liaison and Community Engagement Librarian, collaborated with Megan Coker, Tobin at Oakwell Library Teen Librarian (pictured on left), to offer activities for one of their weekly Teen Time programs, where 35 teens participated. The teens voted on healthy recipes that they would like to cook and see in health information resources for teens. They were treated to rice chips, hummus, and sliced apples and were also given the opportunity to cook their own pancakes with blueberries and strawberries. Karen was the former Teen Librarian at Tobin at Oakwell Library and has plans for continued partnerships with San Antonio Public Library.

TexShare Borrowers

Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Adult Public Library Borrowers, and Members of Libraries of Clinical Medicine from participating TexShare libraries around the state are eligible to register for UT Health SA library services, including:

  • Books (excluding Nursing titles) and databases
  • Journals—print or electronic, in-house use only at any of the UT Health Science Center Libraries
  • Library computers (time limit)
  • Online search service (fee)
  • Photocopy and printing (fee)

Loan periods for circulating material

Material Type

Loan Period

# of Renewals Allowed

Books

14 days

n/a

Journals

n/a

n/a

Audiovisuals

n/a

n/a

Print Reserve Materials

3 hours

n/a

Library Registration:

Create an account for book checkout.

  1. Request a TexShare card from your home institution library.
  2. Bring the TexShare card to the Circulation Desk along with your Texas driver’s license or other official state ID, and complete a borrower registration form.
  3. Student cards are valid for one semester only, with breaks between semesters. See the circulation cut-off dates for this year. Faculty and staff cards expire on August 31 every year.

Library Collection Use

Users may have up to 3 items checked out at any given time.

TexShare Cut Off Dates for UT Health SA students (2018 – 2019)

Begins on

Jul 01, 2018

Jan 03, 2019

Ends on

Dec 16, 2018

Jun 30, 2019

Last Date to Issue a Card

Dec 9, 2018

Jun 23, 2019

Student Cards Expire on

Dec 16, 2018

Jun 30, 2019

Dead Period – No cards issued to students   Dec 19, 2018 – Jan 2, 2019
UT Health faculty/staff cards expire Aug 31, 2019  FY 2019
UT Health faculty/staff cards expire Aug 31, 2020 FY 2020

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library provide a forum for those interested in the history of the health sciences. The Friends have a deep appreciation for the Nixon Library’s remarkable rare book collection and have joined together to see that the Special Collections are preserved, augmented and introduced to those who have not yet discovered them.  The society meets periodically throughout the year for lectures and holds an annual dinner presentation in November.

History of Medicine Society

In 2012 the History of Medicine Society was formed as an interest group within the Friends of the Nixon Library.  The History of Medicine Society is a student-led group that includes students and faculty across the health science center, as well as members of the wider community.  Membership in the HOM Society is free and attendance at events is welcome.

Newsletter

The Friends Annual Newsletter gives a recap of the year’s activities, lists current members and past presidents, mentions recent acquisitions, and provides information on forthcoming events.

Membership

Membership in the Friends is open to everyone! Dues are $10 per year for students, $25 for individual members, and $50 for patrons. The Friends always welcome new members. If you are interested in joining or would like to know more, please contact Andrea N. Schorr, Head of Collection Resources, at schorr@uthscsa.edu or call 567-2403.

Become a member of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, fill out the online membership form here. This same form can be used to renew an existing membership.

Friends Executive Board, 2016-2017

President:
Eithan Kotkowski, M.D./Ph.D. student
Vice-President/President-Elect:   Anand Karnad, M.D.
Past President:
 Daniel Rosenthal, M.D.
Secretary/Treasurer:   Andrea N. Schorr, M.S.I.S.
Members-at-Large:  Dr. Bridget Piernik-Yoder
 Sue Simon
 Colonel Lark A. Ford, Ph.D., M.A., M.S.N, RN

The History of Enemas: A History of Medicine Society Event

Presentation by Daniel Rosenthal, M.D.

Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room (5th floor)

 The History of Medicine Society is a student-run organization,  meetings are open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served!

From the need to clean the colon of royal war elephants in India to the job of shepherding the anus of Egyptian Pharaohs, to the fad of coffee enemas….this talk will take you across five continents and thousands of years of recorded medical history. The Mayan used it, Louis the XlV loved it….Moliere popularized it in his plays.

Daniel Rosenthal, M.D.