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Briscoe Librarians on Predatory Publishing

Librarians Emme Lopez and Chris Gaspard published an article entitled, “Predatory publishing and the academic librarian: Developing tools to make decisions” in the Jan-Mar issue of Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Confusion exists around identifying trustworthy journals, especially those without the benefit of name recognition. Authors often turn to their librarian for help determining whether a journal is potentially predatory. Academic librarians need to be prepared with tools to help review potential publishing outlets and facilitate decision-making for authors. While the tools outlined in the publication are intended for academic librarians in the health sciences, they may be adapted and used more broadly.

Click here to view the citation information in PubMed. UT Health San Antonio affiliates can read the full text here.

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.

Library Liaisons: Who, What, Where, When

WHO

Chris Gaspard, MSLS
Head of Liaison Services & Liaison to the School of Medicine

Jeff Lacy, MLIS
Liaison to the School of Dentistry and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Rebecca Ajtai, MLIS
Liaison to the School of Health Professions

Emme Lopez, MLS
Liaison to the School of Nursing

WHAT

UT Health Briscoe Library Liaisons are the primary point of contact in the library for the faculty, staff, and students in their respective schools.  Our services include:

  • Connecting patrons with the resources they need – when they need them.
  • Helping our patrons leverage the library’s collection of books, journals, and databases.
  • Consulting with users to develop search strategies for literature reviews; to find evidence and data; and to identify useful resources that will assist educators, researchers, and clinicians in support of grant applications, publication submissions, and patient needs.
  • Supporting users with reference management applications such as RefWorks and EndNote.

Liaisons can field questions on practices and issues related to:

  • Scholarly publications, including open access
  • Copyright and fair use guidelines
  • Research data management
  • Where to publish
  • Publication impact and metrics

We provide instruction, within the curriculum, on how to develop research skills and apply models of information-seeking, such as evidence-based practice.

WHERE:

  • We can meet at the library or your location.
  • We can come to your classroom and conduct individual or group consultations/presentations.
  • We can meet you in person, on the phone or virtually via CANVAS conference or Jabber.

WHEN:

  • Liaisons are available during regular business hours for drop-in consultations or by appointment.
    • If your class or information need occurs outside of regular business hours, connect with your liaison for case-by-case consideration.

CONTACT YOUR LIBRARY LIAISON FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. WE’RE HERE FOR YOU!