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News From the Libraries: September 2019

Library Liaisons: Who, What, Where, When



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


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


Save the Dates for Student Appreciation Week!

For more information, contact Peg Seger: 


Image of Research – New Faculty/Staff Award

Briscoe Library’s 3rd Annual Image of Research Photography Competition will be taking place again in Spring 2020. As with the previous two years, awards will be presented for 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and an IPE (Interprofessional Education) category. However, this year we are introducing a new award category! For the first time, UT Health faculty and staff will be invited to submit a photo for consideration for the Image of Research Faculty/Staff Award.

Stay tuned for more details in the coming months. In the meantime, please visit Briscoe Library to view our new exhibit featuring the winners from the previous two years’ Image of Research competitions.

Registration Now Open for 49th Annual Nixon Dinner, November 7th!

Speaker Lee Gutkind will give a moving account of the earliest patients, pioneers in organ transplantation, and evolving technology. Gutkind is considered the pioneer of creative nonfiction, has authored and edited more than 30 books, lectured to audiences around the world, and is founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction, the first and largest literary magazine to publish narrative nonfiction exclusively.

For more information about Lee Gutkind and the dinner details, click on the registration link below.

Register online

Deadline: Friday, October 18, 2019

Questions about the dinner? Email SpecialCollections@uthscsa.ed


$55 per person

$35 for students: *Students are encouraged to apply for sponsorships to cover the cost of registration and membership.

*Student sponsorships are always welcome. If you would like to sponsor a student, please indicate on the registration form.

Student Essay Contest Rules – Start Planning Now to Win!

New Library Art Exhibits Coming in October

Don’t miss the two new and very different types of art exhibits that will be on display at the Briscoe Library in October.

The first exhibit entitled Curious Creatures, will feature miniature sculptural works by Austin, Texas artist Carla Yeatts. We are lucky to have some of her wonderful creatures coming for display in the library including our little friend, Hobblesnot. Watch for more creatures to come including the Tooth Fairy!

Local San Antonio artist, Laura Schultz, will also be providing some exciting paper-cut creations for display on the library entry art wall. Shown below is an example of her work entitled Death and the Artist.

Ruth Stewart, History of UT Health School of Nursing – Nixon Lecture

On Thursday, 9/12, Ruth Stewart gave an inspiring account of the early beginnings of the UT Health School of Nursing, 50 years ago. Ms. Stewart joined the faculty in 1969, collaboratively developing the undergraduate program. She was later instrumental in developing other programs, including the first family nurse practitioner in Texas and the graduate community health programs. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Stewart served as chair of the Texas Board of Health (the first woman and first nurse ever appointed) and president of the Texas Nurses Association. In retirement, she continues to be a public health advocate.

Pictured here with Ms. Stewart is Friends of the P.I. Nixon Library President Anand Karnad, MD, Secretary/Treasurer Andrea Schorr, MSIS, Maria Bartanuszova, MD, and  Vice President Bridget Piernik-Yoder, PhD, OTR.

If you missed the first in a series of lectures sponsored by the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Library, there’s still plenty of time to register for the rest! Go to: Briscoe Library Upcoming Events.

Wednesday, 11/13/19 – Tania Roman, MD, MPH, History of Obstetrics

Wednesday, 1/15/20 – Ronald Steward, MD, History of Trauma Care

Wednesday, 2/12/20 – John Calhoon, MD, History of Cardiac Surgery

Wednesday, 3/4/20 – Jacob Canfield, Anti-Vax: 19th Century Insights into a Modern Healthcare Issue

Wednesday, 4/15/20 – Jason Rosenfeld, MPH, DrPH, History of Community Health & Health Workers

Suggest a Speaker

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Library frequently hold historical talks and lectures over topics related to medicine and health care, and we are always looking for interesting and enthusiastic speakers. If you have any suggestions, please email or call (210) 567-2403.

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