About the Library

Image of Research Exhibit and Awards Reception

Briscoe Library’s Image of Research Photography Competition received a number of outstanding entries from UT Health San Antonio students. We welcome you to come view all of the submissions in our Image of Research Exhibit located on the newly completed gallery wall at the entrance of the library.

The library will be holding the Image of Research Awards Reception during Student Appreciation Week on Thursday, November 1st from 2pm to 3pm. All are welcome!

Please stay tuned for announcement of the winners in mid-October.

Information Resource Development Policy

About the Libraries

The UT Health San Antonio Libraries are at the heart of the Health Science Center community, with three locations (Long Campus, Texas Research Park Campus, and Laredo Campus) and a growing online presence, the Libraries serve as a hub for knowledge, education, and scholarship. The Libraries’ primary clientele include students, faculty, and staff who are affiliated with the Health Science Center either onsite or offsite. Secondary clientele include area health professionals, researchers, and members of the community.

Mission

The mission of the UT Health San Antonio Libraries is to promote learning, inspire discovery, and connect with our communities. This mission is accomplished by providing expert library services and access to reliable health sciences information.

Purpose of the Policy

The purpose of the Information Resource Development Policy (IRDP) is to guide collection development and management decisions and to ensure that information resources accurately and effectively support the mission and goals of the university.

Goals of the Policy

The goals of the Information Resource Development Policy (IRDP) are as follows:

• Develop and maintain collections that meet the needs of the UT Health academic, clinical, and research communities;
• Assess collections regularly for relevancy based on changes in campus programs, feedback, and usage;
• Maximize purchasing power and expand access to information through partnerships with state and regional consortia.

Scope and Guidelines

The Library collects, develops, and maintains collections in a variety of formats, however the preferred format for collection materials is electronic and/or online accessible. Collections focus on the following core subject areas: dentistry, medicine, nursing, basic medical sciences, and allied health sciences. Materials are also acquired in related subject areas such as: public health, pharmacy, psychology, health care management, and history of the health sciences.

Electronic Collections – Electronic resources are the preferred information format for the UT Health Libraries. Electronic collections consist primarily of e-journals, e-books, and databases. Access to electronic resources is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is also available off-campus for affiliated users.

Physical Collections – The Libraries physical collections are maintained both on-site and off-site. Physical collections consist primarily of journals, books, and audiovisuals (DVDs). The majority of the print journal collection is housed at a Joint Library Facility in Bryan, Texas. At present, most of the print book collections are housed within the Libraries, but many of these collections will be migrating to the Joint Library Facility in the future. Physical collections are accessible at all locations and most materials can be shared between locations.

Historical Collections – The Library’s historical collections are housed on the main university campus and include: manuscripts, rare books, historical medical instruments, and archival materials. The Library has been designated as the University Archives and maintains historical documents about the university as well as scholarly works produced by students at the university. The historical collections are open to all researchers, and access to physical materials is by appointment. Content that has been digitized is accessible 24/7 through the Library’s Digital Archive.

Decisions and Selection

Information resource decisions are based on a solid understanding of the teaching, learning, and research priorities of the Health Science Center. The Office of the Director is responsible for the overall collection budget and works collaboratively with the Resource Management department to oversee budget allocations. Selection decisions are a cooperative effort between the Library Committee, Library Liaisons, and the Collection Development Committee. Each of these entities provides valuable feedback that guides collection decisions.

The Library Committee is composed of representative faculty appointed by the President of the University and works with the Library to serve in a consultative and advisory capacity.

Library Liaisons are assigned to each of the schools, work as an integral part of the curriculum, and provide input about resource needs based on program requirements.

The Collection Development Committee is composed of Resource Management Librarians and representatives from each of the Library divisions.

Resource Management librarians are primarily responsible for collection assessment, access, discovery, selection criteria, cost analysis, consortia activities, and policies and procedures.

Selection Criteria
The Library actively reviews information resources to determine what resources should be acquired, retained, and discontinued. The following criteria are applied in the review process: quality, relevancy, cost, format, accessibility, and usage.

Deselection Criteria
In order to maintain a relevant collection, the Library employees deselection as part of its collection development practices. The following criteria are used when evaluating materials for deselection: low usage, relevance to academic programs, currency of information, historical significance, condition, duplication, and availability in the Joint Library Facility.

  • The Joint Library Facility is a collaborative storage facility that houses print resources for a network of University of Texas Libraries. Libraries that opt to store their materials in this facility retain ownership of the resources. In addition, libraries with duplicate holdings can claim ownership of stored copies. The facility is located in Bryan, Texas.

Resource Sharing and Cooperative Purchasing

The UT Health San Antonio Libraries participate in several resource sharing and cooperative purchasing partnerships that expand the depth of information resources available to its clientele. Partnerships include the UT System Digital Library Consortia, the South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium, the TexShare Consortium, the Joint Library Facility, and the OCLC Library Cooperative. Through these partnerships the Libraries are able to expand borrowing privileges and increase access to electronic resources. Participation in cooperative purchasing allows the Libraries to negotiate the best pricing for resources.

 

Approved by the Library Committee, 2-3-97
Revision approved by Mary Moore, Ph.D., Director of Libraries, 6-23-2006
Revision approved by Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, 1-29-2009
Revision approved by Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, 10-12-2011
Revision approved by Owen Ellard, Senior Director of Libraries, 04-06-2018

John Calhoon, MD, Experiences of a Congenital Heart Surgeon

In February, the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Lecture Series welcomed John Calhoon, MD, to speak on the history of heart surgery and his experiences as a congenital heart surgeon. Recounting his experiences a boy learning by his surgeon father’s side, Dr. Calhoon described how he is able to pass on the knowledge and wisdom gained from many of these formative experiences to his students and those who will become our future surgeons. After hearing a thorough review of the history of modern heart surgery and enjoying many humorous and touching stories from Dr. Calhoon’ s career, the lecture audience sat rapt with attention as he ended his presentation with a video of his ground-breaking operation on the heart of a 2-day-old infant.

Dr. Calhoon obtained his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 1981. He is board certified in Thoracic Surgery and Congenital Cardiac Surgery. He joined the group in 1989 and is professor and founding chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

His current interests include complex congenital heart surgery, heart and lung transplantation, complex adult cardiac surgery, the Ross procedure, less invasive cardiac surgery, and improving education and patient care. Nationally, he has served as President of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association and Secretary of the Southern Thoracic Surgery Association.

He is currently president of the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, a member of the Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education Board, an at-large director of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and has served as chair of the American Board of Thoracic Surgeons. Locally, he has been chairman of the Dominion Country Club and president of the local American Heart Association affiliate. He is a founder and board member of HeartGift San Antonio, an organization that sponsors charitable lifesaving congenital heart repair for children around the world.

Next in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library lecture series is Anti-Vax: 19th Century Insights into a Modern Healthcare Issue, Speaker: Jacob Canfield (School of Medicine) on Wednesday March 4th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room, 5th floor of Briscoe Library. Please register here.

 

 

 

 

John P. Howe, MD III Conference Room Guidelines

 

Room Description

The Howe Conference Room, located on the fifth floor of the Briscoe Library, provides group meeting space for approximately 20 persons. The room may be reserved for special university functions by UT Health faculty and administrative staff. Since this room houses more than 1500 rare books, special security and safety regulations in addition to general library policies must be observed at all times. Also, please note that this room is kept at a cooler temperature for preservation of the books. Bringing a sweater or jacket is recommended.

Reserving the Room

Room reservations can be made by following the I need to . . . Reserve a Room link.  Under Other Library Room Reservations click on the Room Request Form button.  Fill out the online information form and submit. A confirmation email will be sent.

The conference room is available for set-up and can be used 24/7/365.

Room Use Considerations

Furniture in the conference room may be rearranged. All tables must be unplugged before they are moved and they must be returned to their original configuration and plugged in at the conclusion of the meeting. Departments will be called to return room back to its original setting if this has not been done before 5:00 p.m. Extra furniture may not be stored in the fire exit stairwell for safety reasons.

Because the conference room is located on a fire exit route, it cannot be locked; therefore equipment or valuables should not be left unattended.  Entrances and exits must not be blocked with tables, chairs, extension cords, etc.

Library staff may occasionally need to retrieve books from the conference room while a meeting is in progress. Although staff will try to hold requests for books until after meetings are concluded, they will enter if necessary.

Restrooms are located next to the main elevators on each floor. The library’s staff room telephone may not be used and staff are not responsible for taking messages. Mobile telephones may be used only in the hall near public restrooms.

Administrative Assistants needed for on-call services during use of the conference room may use furniture by the elevators on the 5th floor. Lounge seating is also available in the public area outside the conference room entrance.

Food

Groups using the conference room are responsible for making any food and/or refreshment arrangements prior to the meetings.  If University Catering Services are used to cater the event, the main library entrance may be used: however, serving carts must be covered and the service elevator should be used. Other caterers should use the service entrance on the library’s south side.

The staff room and staff kitchen adjacent to the conference room may not be used by groups using the conference room unless special permission has been obtained from the library Administration Office, ext. 7-2408.

Clean-Up

Because a portion of the library’s rare book collection is housed in the Howe Conference Room, it is extremely important that clean-up be conducted immediately following any meeting where food or drink is served, to mitigate pest infestation. If appropriate clean-up is not completed in a timely manner, the department or group reserving the room will lose privileges to reserve the Howe Conference Room in the future.

Groups using the conference room are responsible for making prior arrangements with Housekeeping to provide additional trash receptacles when necessary and remove trash, dishes, leftover food, etc., immediately after the conclusion of the meeting. If the meeting concludes at a time when Housekeeping is not available for clean-up, then it is the responsibility of the department making the reservation to assure that clean-up is completed. Special attention to clean-up should be made in the evening and during the weekend when Housekeeping is typically not available. Table cloths and/or place mats should be used to protect furniture. Both the credenza and the wooden tables in the room could be damaged if hot items are placed on their surfaces. Housekeeping should be notified immediately of any spills so that they can shampoo the carpet to prevent stains.

Audio-visual Equipment and Computer Requests

The conference room is set up with a laptop for your convenience.  If other equipment (projectors, whiteboards, flipcharts, etc.) are needed, prior arrangements should be made with the AV Services Department at 210-567-2214. Groups requiring projectionist services should make arrangements with Classroom Services, ext. 7-2210. Groups may also supply their own laptop which can be connected to the video projector located in the conference room.

Library staff do not provide equipment setup or support services. Problems with computers or equipment should be reported to 210-567-7777.

Noise

Persons using the conference room should note that it is located in a heavily used study area. Students have asked that persons entering and leaving the conference room be considerate and keep conversations outside the conference room to a minimum.

Any exception to these guidelines can be made only by the Senior Director of Libraries.

Updated 7/13/2017

Laredo Library Holiday Schedule 2019-2020

View the University Holiday Schedule

Day Date Holiday Laredo Campus Card Swipe Access** Public Access Hours***
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Friday August 30 7 am – 10 pm 8 am – 12 noon
Saturday August 31   7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Sunday September 1 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Monday September 2 Labor Day  7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
THANKSGIVING WEEKEND
Wednesday November 27  
7 am – 10 pm
9 am – 5 pm
Thursday November 28 Thanksgiving Day CLOSED CLOSED
Friday November 29 University Holiday CLOSED CLOSED
Saturday November 30   7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Sunday December 1 7 am – 2:30 am CLOSED
WINTER BREAK
Monday December 16 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Tuesday December 17 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Wednesday December 18   7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday December 19
7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Friday December 20 7 am – 10 pm 8 am – 12 noon
Saturday December 21 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Sunday December 22 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Monday December 23 7 am – 10 pm 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday December 24 Christmas Eve CLOSED CLOSED
Wednesday December 25 Christmas Day CLOSED CLOSED
Thursday December 26* University Holiday CLOSED CLOSED
Friday December 27* Mission Critical Day CLOSED CLOSED
Saturday December 28 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Sunday December 29 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Monday December 30 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Tuesday December 31 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Wednesday January 1 New Year’s Day 2019 CLOSED CLOSED
Thursday January 2  Resume normal hours 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
 * University Mission Critical Holiday
OTHER
Monday January 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day CLOSED CLOSED
Monday February 17 President’s Day CLOSED CLOSED
Sunday April 12 Easter Sunday CLOSED CLOSED
Friday April 24 Battle of Flowers CLOSED CLOSED
 * University Mission Critical Holiday, date subject to change
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Friday May 22 7 am – 10 pm 8 am – 12 noon
Saturday May 23 7 am – 2:30 pm
CLOSED
Sunday May 24 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Monday May 25 Memorial Day CLOSED CLOSED
INDEPENDENCE DAY
Friday July 3 7 am – 10 pm 8 am – 12 noon
Saturday July 4 Independence Day CLOSED CLOSED
**Access for UT Health Science Center Laredo Regional Campus card holders may require assistance from campus police office.

*** Access for UT Health Science Center and public users

Laredo Regional Campus Library

Due to Covid-19, (effective Monday March 23, 2020) the Laredo Regional Campus Library will remain closed until further notice. Requests for assistance can be made through the UT Health Briscoe Library in San Antonio.

Phone:

210-567-2440 – Circulation
210-567-2450 – Reference (Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm)

For more information, please contact Peg Seger at segerp@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-6398.

Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday and Sunday
Closed Closed Closed

View the Laredo Library holiday schedule.

Address & Contact Information

1937 E. Bustamante St.
Laredo, TX 78041
(956) 523-7404 or (956) 523-7426
laredolibrary@uthscsa.edu

Library Services

Library Collection

The Laredo Regional Campus Library has full access to library electronic resources. There is also a variety of print books and journals and a collection of consumer health materials.

Mr. Victor Oliveros, a pioneer in border health issues in Laredo/ Nuevo Laredo as a founder of the U.S. Mexico Border Health Commission, was Chief of Environmental Health Services for the City of Laredo Health Department. Mr. Oliveros retired in 2005 and donated many print materials and slides to the Laredo Regional Campus Library.

Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan

Books, articles, journals and other library materials located at the main Briscoe Library may be requested by Laredo personnel at no charge through Document Delivery. Materials not owned by the library may be requested through Interlibrary Loan. There may be no charge for some Interlibrary Loan materials. Contact Andrea Schorr at schorr@uthscsa.edu with questions. Articles not available online can usually be scanned and delivered electronically to the Laredo Regional Campus Library.

Computers

Wireless access is available in the library. Wireless users must register their laptops to access the network. Laptops can be registered by calling the Briscoe Library at (210) 567-2440.

Library computers are available with Internet, email, Microsoft Office products and provide access to all electronic resources available on the main campus. Printing is available.

Meetings at the Library

Meetings may be held in the Laredo Regional Campus Library. Study tables and chairs are available to all library visitors.

Training and Classes

Hands on training in the use of the library catalog, Ovid, PubMed, RefWorks and other resources is offered periodically or by request. A list of currently-scheduled training classes may be found online.

Laredo Regional Campus Library Hosts AHEC Students for Essay Writing Contest

Representatives from the Mid Rio Grande Border Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Texas A&M International University, and the Laredo of Tomorrow Quality of Life Task Force spoke to AHEC students in the computer lab at the Laredo Regional Campus Library on Monday, November 21 to kick off an essay writing contest. Students competing in the contest will be asked to describe their own definition and concerns about their quality of life and to include things that they consider when evaluating quality of life for themselves, others, and the environment. They are also asked to offer what they plan to do to improve their personal quality of life and that of their community.

The Library computer lab is being made available during after school hours, so that the students may work on their essays.

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Laredo Regional Campus News

Tracy Vasquez

The UT Health Libraries are pleased to announce a new staff member at the Laredo Regional Campus Library. Tracy Vasquez has joined the staff as a part-time Library Specialist I. With a background in education, Tracy shares library duties with Elizabeth Ramirez to serve the needs of the campus and Laredo-area community.

While the Laredo Regional Campus Library is small in size, affiliated users and community members alike have access to all of the same resources provided by the UT Health Libraries in San Antonio.

Liaisons Teach Youth in St. Matthew’s STEM Club

 

On September 19, and for the third year in a row, the Library Liaisons visited and presented to the St. Matthew Catholic School STEM Club. The club consists of approximately 45 highly-motivated 4th-8th graders who meet weekly at 6:30 a.m. to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics activities.  Many of the students are preparing for their annual science fair. They were divided into two classrooms based on grade level and learned about formulating research questions and using reliable sources, particularly websites. They were also tasked with finding STEM-related information using the National Library of Medicine’s K-12 resources.

The mother of a fourth grader who attended the presentation provided the following feedback regarding the outreach:

“Wanted to let you know Eduardo loved the stem presentation yesterday. He came home and told me what he researched, how, and what he learned with his research. It was pretty neat to listen to him talk about it all. Wow! Please tell your colleagues thank you!!! Very very impactful.”

The STEM Club is led by St. Matthew’s parent Sandra Sanchez-Reilly, M.D., who is a UT Health faculty member in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine.

Libraries Receive NN/LM 2015-2016 Resource Library Award

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The UT Health Center Libraries have received a 2015-2016 Resource Library Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) South Central Chapter (SCR). The award supports outreach services provided to communities in a 33-county area in South Texas through the Briscoe Library in San Antonio, the Ramirez Library in Harlingen and Laredo Regional Campus Library. The mission of the NN/LM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to medical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. As one of 8 NN/LM Resource Libraries in Texas, the goal of the UT Health Science Center Libraries’ outreach initiative is twofold: (1) to provide health professionals with the means to support evidence-based practice, and (2) to provide health care consumers with the tools to make informed health care decisions. Through outreach activities, the Libraries promote resources produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Three of the many resources include MedlinePlus for access to reliable consumer health information, WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders), and PubMed for access to over 24 million citations from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Many of the resources of the NLM are available as mobile apps or sites. Library services include a wide variety of activities including classes, demonstrations, and participation in health fairs, and professional conferences.

4/14-15/15: South Texas Hurricane Conference

4/14-15/15: South Texas Hurricane Conference

4/9/15: 2015 School of Science and Technology Career Fair

4/9/15: 2015 School of Science and Technology Career Fair