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Best in State: San Antonio Annual Texas Health Literacy Conference

 

It is estimated that only 12% of American adults are considered proficient in the health literacy skills they need to effectively navigate and use our health care system. The Texas Health Literacy Conference, held annually in San Antonio for the past 13 years, is recognized as the top health literacy conference in the state. The conference is sponsored by the Bexar County Health Collaborative and the San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative, SAHLI.

The UT Health Briscoe Library supports the conference each year by demonstrating and promoting health literacy resources available from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). In addition, this year librarian Karen Barton (shown below) presented a poster on her National Network of Libraries of Medicine Award entitled The Youth Health Literacy Challenge: A Partnership between UT Health San Antonio Libraries, North East ISD, and the San Antonio Public Library. For the project award, Karen designed a calendar that elementary through high school-aged students can use to learn how to access nutritional resources and reliable health information from the NLM while working through fun and interactive exercises. She also presented on this project at the IIMS Community Engagement Symposium.

 

Briscoe Buddies Visit the STRF

 

On Friday, March 6th, Briscoe Buddies Angel and June visited the South Texas Research Facility (STRF) for a puppy picnic to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day. Accompanied by their handlers, Dana Whitmire and Andrea Schorr, both Angel and June joined STRF faculty and staff for a walk on the greenway followed by lots of cuddles.

For more information about the Briscoe Buddies contact Askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

   

Briscoe Library Welcomes Jeff Lacy

Jeff Lacy joined Briscoe Library on July 1 as the Library Liaison to the School of Dentistry & the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  He will work to support faculty and students by integrating library resources in the curriculum, research, and clinical practice.  Jeff has over eighteen years of experience as an academic librarian.  He comes to the UT Health Briscoe Library from Trinity University where he was an instruction and liaison librarian for the last five years. Previous to that, he was a scholarly resources librarian at UTSA.  Jeff has a master’s degree in library science from the University of Alabama and a master’s in arts degree in English from Lamar University.  He holds a B.A. in English from Mercer University.

Jeff has experience working in health sciences and related subject areas and he looks forward to sharing his knowledge with our faculty, students, and staff.  Please help us welcome him to UT Health San Antonio!

Briscoe Library Welcomes Rebecca Ajtai

Rebecca Ajtai joined Briscoe Library on March 1st as a member of the Librarian Liaison Services team.  She will work with faculty and students to integrate library resources in the curriculum, research, and clinical practice.  Rebecca comes to the UT Health Briscoe Library from the Texas Heart Institute in Houston where she was a librarian for the last seven years.  While there, she provided personalized services, such as customized news reports in support of patient care, education, and research.  Rebecca received her master’s in library science from the University of North Texas and holds a B.A. in English Literature from St. Edward’s University.

Rebecca enjoys working in the healthcare environment and is excited to be able to bring her expertise to UT Health San Antonio.  She is a native San Antonian and is happy to be back home with her two children.

Some of her favorite hobbies are gardening and practicing yoga.

Congratulations to Librarian Dana Whitmire

Dana Whitmire, Electronic Resources Librarian, has accepted an appointment as secretary of the Council of Research and Academic Libraries (CORAL). CORAL is a consortium of libraries in the greater San Antonio area that promotes cooperative programming, collaboration, and professional development. Additionally, CORAL provides a forum for librarians to discuss issues and trends in the realm of information literacy.

Congratulations to Library Staff

Several Briscoe Library staff members recently reached a milestone in their careers here at UT Health San Antonio.  Join us in congratulating and thanking them for their years of service.

 

Chris, Andrea, and Ron with Dr. Jacqueline Mok at 2020 Service Award Dinner, a 20+ year employee celebration held on February 6th.

Chris Gaspard – 30 years
Associate Director of Liaison Services & Liaison to the School of Medicine

Rona Mesa – 30 years
Administrative Assistant-Senior

Albert Ramirez – 20 years
Library Clerical Assistant, Intermediate

Andrea Schorr – 20 years
Associate Director of Resource Management

Maria Mota – 15 years
Library Clerical Assistant, Intermediate

Thanks to all of our hardworking library staff!

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.

Librarian Jonquil Feldman Announces Retirement

Jonquil Feldman, MALS, has announced her retirement on April 30 after 21 years at Briscoe Library. She joined the library in 1998 as a Reference Librarian, and in 1999 became the Assistant to the Library Director, supporting library operations and administration. In 2006, she assumed the position of Director of Library and Outreach Services, overseeing several library units, including reference, access services, interlibrary loan, and community outreach. When the library was reorganized in 2016, she was appointed Associate Library Director.

Over the years, Jonquil has worked on a number of projects that shaped the physical spaces of the Briscoe, RAHC, and Laredo libraries. She participated in writing successful proposals for funding from the National Library of Medicine and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. She also worked on accreditation efforts for the Schools of Dentistry and Nursing, Health Professions programs, LCME, and SACS.

Prior to joining UT Health San Antonio, Jonquil worked in libraries at Harvard Medical School, the University of Virginia, and the University of Pittsburgh. She received her master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Chicago. She is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and a graduate of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program. She has published chapters and articles on health science librarianship, and has presented papers and posters at numerous conferences. She was co-chair of the Program Committee for the Medical Library Association’s Annual meeting in 2015, and also co-chair of the Association’s South Central Chapter meeting, which took place in San Antonio in 2018. Since 2007, she has served on the Editorial Board of Medical Reference Services Quarterly. In 2019, she was appointed Editor of that peer-reviewed journal, and she expects to stay busy producing four issues a year, traveling, and enjoying this new chapter in her life.

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!

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