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News From the Libraries: February 2018

Recent Publications by Library Staff


Click on the titles to access articles recently published by library staff.

Feldman, J. D., Lopez, E., Gaspard, C. S., Barton, K. D., & Barcenes, L. F. (2018). Making it work for everyone: An evolving reference service. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 37(1), 10-18. doi:10.1080/02763869.2018.1404381

Foster, B. A., Fu, E., Bendiks, N., Gaspard, C. S., & Sharifi, M. (2017). Capacity-oriented approaches to developing childhood obesity interventions: A systematic review. Clinical Obesity, doi:10.1111/cob.12234

Grota, P., McKinley, L., & Lopez, E. (2017). Methodology minute: A guide for infection preventionists for sizing up systematic reviews. American Journal of Infection Control, 45(12), 1402-1404. doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2017.08.001

Patient Empowerment, Emergency Preparedness, and Other Free Training

Take advantage of these upcoming free training opportunities provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and funded by the National Library of Medicine:

February 14: Preparing for the Worst – Best Practices for Emergency Preparedness

Bill Icenogle, Director for Emergency Management, Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge

This presentation is focused on surfacing and discussing some practical “best practices” when considering organizational preparedness and operational resilience. Key points during this brief include; capturing vulnerabilities, mitigation applied, knowing where your agency fits, the value of networking, communications and resource acquisition before and during disasters.

February 22: Healthy Aging: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information

This “train the trainer” class is designed to help individuals assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for teaching older adults to use computers and to find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website senior-friendly; plan library programs on senior health topics; and find out about some recommended health websites for older adults.

February 28: Shared Decision Making: Patient Empowerment

Michelle Burda, NNLM MAR and Bonnie Anton, Informatics Nurse, UPMC St. Margaret Hospital

This presentation will address patient empowerment by introducing attendees to consumer shared decision making (SDM) tools. We will hear how one health system is implementing shared decision making in their organization. Included in the session will be the historical background of SDM; examples of various types of decision support tools and their functionality. Free, easy-to-read, health information resources and SDM tools easily accessible to patients and families will also be discussed. Tips, techniques and lessons learned creating the processes and workflow implementation of SDM tools will be shared with participants.

Teens Vote on Healthy Recipes


Karen Barton, Liaison and Community Engagement Librarian, collaborated with Megan Coker, Tobin at Oakwell Library Teen Librarian (pictured on left), to offer activities for one of their weekly Teen Time programs, where 35 teens participated. The teens voted on healthy recipes that they would like to cook and see in health information resources for teens. They were treated to rice chips, hummus, and sliced apples and were also given the opportunity to cook their own pancakes with blueberries and strawberries. Karen was the former Teen Librarian at Tobin at Oakwell Library and has plans for continued partnerships with San Antonio Public Library.

Librarians Attend “Trends in Scholarship and Research” Event

Five UT Health librarians attended the Texas State University lecture series event “Trends in Scholarship and Research.” Part 1 of the event was a talk by a top expert in scholarly communication, Rick Anderson of the University of Utah. He provided information on increasing the impact of research, Open Access (OA) options in publishing, and recognizing predatory publishers and conferences. In Part 2 of the event, Anderson moderated a panel of academic administrators and faculty who discussed publishing issues and trends. The information gained by librarians will inform decisions related to resources and services offered by Briscoe Library and will be relayed to the UT Health San Antonio community.

Featured New Books/E-books for February 2018

For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.

Purchase suggestions?

Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact
Andrea N. Schorr, Head of Resource Management.