Staff Honors

Anne Comeaux Certified as a Digital Archives Specialist


Symbol of Digital Archivies Specialist program from the Society of American ArchivistsAnne Comeaux, the Assistant Director for Special Collections at the Briscoe Library, was recently certified as a Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) after completing nine required courses within 24 months and passing the comprehensive exam in February.   The DAS curriculum and certification program was designed by the Society of American Archivists to provide archivists with the information and tools needed to manage the demands of born-digital records.


Knowledge gained in the program focuses on:

  • the fragility of electronic records due to deterioration and obsolescence of format, software, and equipment
  • the requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives
  • recommended archival formats for preserving electronic records
  • formulating policies and strategies for appraising, capturing, preserving, and providing access to digital collections

The University Archives is starting to receive born digital records, and university departments are increasingly converting or keeping records in electronic format.  This will provide many challenges in the future for the preservation of these records for future researchers.

Briscoe Librarian Appointed Editor of Peer Reviewed Library Journal

Jonquil Feldman, Associate Library Director, has been appointed Editor of Medical Reference Services Quarterly (MRSQ), an acclaimed, peer-reviewed journal on the practice of medical and health sciences librarianship published by Taylor & Francis.. The journal publishes practice-oriented articles on library services, user education, database searching, informatics education, and administration and management of library services. Ms. Feldman has served on the Editorial Board of the journal since 2007. She joined the UT Health Briscoe Library in 1998, first as a Reference Librarian, then as Assistant to the Library Director. For ten years she led the Division of Library and Outreach Services, overseeing the liaison librarians and staff who provide library services. She has published several articles, including three in MRSQ. She is a graduate of the AAHSL/NLM Leadership Fellows Program and a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. She has begun working on article submissions for her first issue, which will be published in Spring 2019.

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.

Library Staff Honored for Years of Service

Congratulations, and a big Thank You! to our Library staff who were honored for their many years of service at a ceremony held on April 29. The ceremony, recognizing UT Health Science Center staff for their years of service to the institution and to the State of Texas, was conducted by University President William Heinrich and Vice-President for Human Resources James (Mike) Tesh.  The following Library staff received Service Awards:



5 years      Patty Goldspink, Administrative Assistant
15 years    John Weed, Head of Collection Resources
25 years   Chris Gaspard, Head of User Services
35 years    Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries
40 years   Elizabeth (Anne) Comeaux, Assistant Director and Records Management Officer