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SCR Regional Highlight: New YMCA and Library in San Antonio Team Up to Provide Wellness and Knowledge

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Photo provided by San Antonio Public Library

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Together, the San Antonio Public Library System and the YMCA of Greater San Antonio opened a new facility in the quickly growing northwest San Antonio last November. The new facility has a shared lobby making it easy to learn how to improve your health in the Potranco Branch Library on one side of the facility, and then put that knowledge into action on the other side at the Mays Family YMCA at Potranco.

“Obviously a lot of our goals are the same,” said Cheryl Sheehan, San Antonio Public Library branch coordinator, in a Rivard Report article. “(We want) to change people’s live with health and information.”

The area where the new facility is located is a perfect spot, populated with many young professionals and families, but was underserved by these major institutions previously.

The YMCA branch will have extended hours to cater to the lives of the individuals it serves, and the library branch is considering something similar. The library has already installed after-hours hold lockers accessible in the shared lobby for YMCA patrons to pick up books they requested. And there is a Redbox-like machine where library patrons can browse books to checkout after hours, similar to how someone can rent movies through a Redbox.

The new YMCA branch also isn’t limited to just exercise equipment and summer camps–they’ve adapted to fit the needs of the community and promote overall wellness by building a test kitchen, while also hiring a registered dietician (in conjunction, the library will have healthy cookbooks), a peaceful outdoor area, a teen corner that will provide more independence, and a children’s area that will allow kids to learn through playtime.

Overall, the facility is able to combine two important components for a person’s well being and bring them together in a cohesive unit.

To read more about the new facility, please visit “YMCA and SAPL United to Bring Wellness to Northwest San Antonio.”

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Prepare Yourself for Flood and Tornado Season in Texas

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Untitled by Eutah Mizushima is licensed under CC0.

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For native Texans, you may be well aware of the weather episodes that come with the warmer weather that spring brings–often tornadoes and floods. We want to know though, are you prepared if one of these were to happen right now?

There are three steps you need to take to be ready:

  1. Make a plan
  2. Build a kit
  3. Get informed

When making a plan, have one for every sort of disaster or weather even that could happen. Where should family members meet if they need to evacuate the house? Do you have a basement you can take shelter in during a tornado or hurricane? If not, what should you do?

When putting your kit together, make sure to include plenty of water and non-perishable food items. Make sure it’s in a portable container in case you need to take it with you. Also, don’t forget a first-aid kit in case someone is injured.

Finally, get informed by listening to the news to know when a severe weather event might occur. Also be aware of some basic statistics, like on average, how many tornadoes strike Texas each year and generally when can you expect the,?

Even if you don’t live in Texas, being prepared for an emergency is something anyone can do.

To find out more about how to prepare yourself for an emergency, please visit texasprepares.org.

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Outreach Librarians receive training in connecting with the Aging Community

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Executive Director Lisa Smith kicks off the 2017 Annual Outreach Librarian training session.

Lisa speaking at training

The NNLM SCR was excited to host its annual Outreach Librarian training session at the UNT Health Science Center campus in February. Outreach Librarians from the eighteen (18) Resource Libraries within the NNLM SCR participated in the two day training session. Practitioners in the field of Geriatrics and Community Outreach shared information with the group to increase librarian awareness of issues facing the elderly community. Educational sessions included practical tools and suggestions for providing programming to the Aging community. Dr. Jennifer Severance, Assistant Professor, Center for Geriatrics and Program Administrative Director for the Workforce Enhancements in Health Aging and Independent Living Program (WE HAIL) assembled the team of experts and coordinated the training program. An expert panel was also convened to describe services offered by several community based agencies and the United Way.

Insights shared by our presenters included an overview of trends in aging demographics. The increased number of the U.S. population that will be age 65 or older by 2050 (1 in 5 individuals) and the rapid increase in the growth of individuals that are 85 or older were highlighted as trends that will shape the face of healthcare in the coming years. Additionally, the role caregivers play to support their loved ones and the support that may be provided to this community were explored. An introduction to the Aging Network was provided to encourage partnerships between libraries and these agencies. National, State and local agencies were featured including the Area Agency on Aging, Sixty & Better, Alzheimer’s Association, and the North Central Texas Chapter and Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County. Featured services and programs that were discussed included: benefits counseling, Medicare training, nutrition education, legal services, transportation, respite care and home meal delivery.

Presentations were provided by:

Dr. Janice Knebl, DO, MBA, the Director for the UNTHSC Center for Geriatrics, HRSA GWEP WE HAIL PI, provided training in trends and issues facing the aging patient and trends in the field of geriatrics.

Don Smith, Director, Tarrant County Area Agency on Aging, VP Community Development Health Initiatives United Way of Tarrant County

Christina Bartha, Director of Programs for Sixty and Better (formerly Senior Citizens Services, Inc.)

Susanna Luk-Jones, Director of Programs and Services, Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter

Sherry Simon, Vice President of Nutrition and Health Programs, Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County

The NNLM SCR Staff would like to extend a special thanks to the practitioners and agencies who shared their time and expertise with our Outreach team!

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NNLM SCR Introduces Our Consumer Health Coordinator: Debbie Montenegro

Monday, January 30th, 2017

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The NNLM SCR is pleased to welcome Debbie Montenegro to the RML. Debbie will serve as the Consumer Health Coordinator and liaison to the State of Texas.

Prior to this position, Debbie worked as a Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Analyst for Baylor Scott & White Health, Library Manager for a nursing school, and Chemistry teacher. Debbie also worked at a public library while obtaining her Master of Science in Information Science degree at UNT, with a Health Informatics Specialization. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from SMU. Debbie has been published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging and in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

She is excited to join the NNLM SCR. Please feel free to contact her for projects to bring health related information to your patrons.

Contact Debbie at Debbie.Montenegro@unthsc.edu or 817-735-2469

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SCR Regional Highlight: Texas Colonias See Increased Health Problems

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Colonias. If you’re from a border state, you may be quite familiar with this word, as it is generally used to describe unsanitary or unsafe housing located along the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

In Texas, colonias date back to at least the 1950s; developed as unincorporated subdivisions because the land was agriculturally worthless, they were sold at very low prices to low-income individuals. According to the Texas Secretary of State, colonias are defined as a residential area along the Mexico-Texas border which lacks basic necessities, like potable water, sewer systems, electricity, paved roads and simply safe and sanitary housing.

As one may assume by this definition, the health of many of the nearly 500,000 colonia residents is poor.

According to a New York Times article, in the highest health risk colonias water- and mosquito-borne illnesses are rampant due to no sewer system or wastewater disposal. There are high rates of asthma, rashes and lice infestations because of the burning garbage, mold and large amount of cockroaches and rodents. But still, there are more health ailments.

Because they have poor diets, as many people in poverty do, they have poor dental hygiene, diabetes, and other diseases. But what’s worse is most of these residents have no means to help themselves. There is no easy solution of going to the doctor. With many without health insurance and little access to healthcare clinics, they have no way to receive treatment.

Thankfully, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. More rural healthcare clinics are opening to fulfill this need that is so desperately needed for colonias. Like the University of Texas recently opened a new campus—University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, which currently has its inaugural class. This new medical school will not only bring in medical students from around the country but will also allow students to serve the population they grew up in.

To read more about Texas colonias, please visit the following resources:

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Zika Testing in the Rio Grande Valley

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

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Earlier this week, we posted a feature as part of our SCR Regional Highlight series about the new medical school that opened in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and how it will bring more physicians to a part of Texas that is in dire need of more medical professionals.

Today, we are sharing some more health news relevant to the Rio Grande Valley—this time regarding Zika.

Texas, particularly the southernmost tip where the Rio Grande Valley is, has been monitored closely for signs of local Zika transmission. Previously, Texas has seen the local transmission of dengue fever and chikungunya virus, both mosquito-borne diseases. So far, Texas has seen 231 cases of illness due to Zika, but none due to local transmission.

Despite this, the Texas Department of State Health Services is still on the offensive and is urging residents, particularly pregnant women, of the Rio Grande Valley to get tested for Zika if they exhibit any two of the four major symptoms of Zika, which include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (eye redness), regardless of their travel history.

To read more about Zika testing recommendations, please visit Texas Department of State Health Services.

To read more about Zika, please visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Announcing a new chapter for the NN/LM South Central Region

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

The Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library at the UNTHSC LibraryUniversity of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas is excited to begin serving as the Regional Medical Library (RML) for the NN/LM South Central Region! The University and the Library have a long standing history of community engagement that has created solutions for a healthier community throughout North Texas. The UNT Health Science Center (UNTHSC) is a leader in the provision of primary care and rural health. The University is also home to research institutes that coordinate research focusing upon cardiovascular and metabolic disease, mental sciences, eye research and healthy aging.

We are honored to serve as the host of the NN/LM SCR and are excited to build relationships with new partners in our five state region. We are currently recruiting to expand our RML team. Existing team members include Dan Burgard, Director, Lisa Smith, Executive Director, Myriam Martinez-Banuelos, Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, and Carol Knisley, Senior Administrative Coordinator. Job announcements for our Health Professions Coordinator and Emerging Technology Coordinator have been posted on the UNTHSC jobsite.

We will be working closely with the National Library of Medicine to develop programs, funding opportunities
and services that will assist network members in increasing access to authoritative health information.

Contact us via email at nnlm-scr@unthsc.edu or phone at 817-735-2223 to discuss opportunities for partnering with the NN/LM SCR.

 

 

 

Job Ad: Nursing Librarian, San Antonio

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio invites applications for the position of Nursing Librarian. The successful applicant will join a team of energetic, curious, knowledgeable and technologically agile librarians who promote awareness of library resources and services and build partnerships. The librarian in this position is critical for strengthening the library’s support of the faculty and students in the School of Nursing. This is a stimulating mid-level position with great potential for professional and personal growth.

SUMMARY: This person will serve as liaison to the School of Nursing, working collaboratively with faculty to plan and develop curriculum-integrated instructional content and resources to support student success, increasing awareness of library resources, supporting the scholarly activity of faculty, and providing advocacy on public access policies of federal funding agencies. This librarian will be actively involved in SON curriculum committees and will help to satisfy accreditation requirements for librarian involvement within the academic environment.

DUTIES:

  • Assess library needs of School of Nursing students and faculty, increase awareness of library electronic resources, customize library services and instruction, provide enhanced information management services and resources, and provide a single point of contact for these services.
  • Create instructional materials in multiple formats (videos, online tutorials, guides, etc.) for use by nursing students, faculty, and staff.
  • Collaborate with School of Nursing researchers on systematic reviews. Provide advocacy on public access policies of federal funding agencies.
  • Provide on-call reference and research assistance, expert database searching, and instruction to library users.
  • Serve on School of Nursing curriculum committees as well as on other campus and library committees.
  • Contribute to the profession and represent the UT Health Science Center Libraries in the academic, scholarly, and professional community.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required education and experience:

  • Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Minimum of two years of post-MLS experience in a science-oriented, academic health sciences, or research library.

Preferred:

  • Experience conducting evidence-based-practice and systematic review searches
  • Experience providing reference and instruction, developing and teaching classes on use of information resources.
  • Familiarity with the research process and funding policies of federal agencies.

Apply online at the UT Health Science Center Human Resources Employment web site: https://www.uthscsajobs.com/, where the position is posted under Library Operations – Librarian-Intermediate. Please include a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three references with your application.

All positions are security sensitive and will require criminal background checks.

The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER.

I can be contacted directly with any questions.

Jonquil

Jonquil D. Feldman, MALS, AHIP

Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

7703 Floyd Curl Drive, MSC 7940

San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900

Phone: 210-567-2430

Email: feldman@uthscsa.edu

www.library.uthscsa.edu

Job Ad: Three Librarian Positions at UNTHSC Library in Fort Worth

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

The University of North Texas Health Science Center Library, Fort Worth, Texas

NN/LM South Central Region

Three (3) Position Announcements: Health Professions Coordinator, Emerging Technologies Coordinator, Research Administrator

The Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library of the University of North Texas Health Science Center invites applications for a Health Professions Coordinator, an Emerging Technologies Coordinator and a Research Administrator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR).

The Gibson D. Lewis Library at the University of North Texas Health Science Center will host the NN/LM SCR which serves as the Regional Medical Library (RML) for Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is to provide U.S. health professionals and consumers with equal access to biomedical and health information resources.

Both Coordinators will develop outreach and educational programming throughout the region in support of the mission of the NN/LM. Coordinators will also assist community partners in identifying and applying for NN/LM funding opportunities.

The Research Administrator will provide fiscal, business, and program records management and maintain accurate agreement procedures and obligations for the NN/LM SCR. This position will also serve as the liaison to program sub-awardees and the UNTHSC Office of Grants and Contract Management.

All positions report to the NN/LM SCR Executive Director and are funded via a five year National Library of Medicine (NLM) cooperative agreement.  Positions are full time, benefits-eligible. Coordinator positions require a willingness to travel and a valid driver’s license.

Application Procedure: To view the complete job descriptions and to apply, visit the University of North Texas Health Science Center website athttps://www.unthscjobs.com

The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit – and takes actions to prevent – discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate.

The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

Lisa Smith, MLS
Associate Director
Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library
University of North Texas Health Science Center
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
lisa.smith@unthsc.edu  817-735-2601

Job Ad: TMC Library Liaison Librarian Position

Monday, April 4th, 2016

The Texas Medical Center (TMC) Library is a major research library serving Texas Medical Center researchers, clinicians and students, including two major medical schools, three nursing schools and over 20 member institutions.

SUMMARY: Liaison Librarians at the TMC Library cultivate productive relationships with the Library’s affiliated institutions in order to integrate library resources in the curricula, research, and clinical operations of the Texas Medical Center. This position will be the Library’s point of contact for faculty and students as liaison to one of the designated institutions served by the TMC Library. Librarians are expected to develop and promote services and resources, participate in professional and scholarly organizations and activities, pursue personal professional development, and maintain awareness of evolving trends in library and information science.

 DUTIES:

  • Develop and maintain a working, interactive, and dynamic relationship with faculty, students, and staff in assigned disciplines
  • Conduct comprehensive literature searches and systematic reviews
  • Participate as liaison for faculty and students in a designated institution
  • Provide consultation on information discovery, retrieval and management
  • Develop outreach activities and communication to promote library resources and services
  • Provide instruction and develop and implement classes and workshops
  • Create specialized LibGuides for research methods and searching
  • Provide on-call reference service
  • Recommend appropriate resource additions to the library collection
  • Collaborate with other departments to ensure that clients’ needs are met
  • Provide assistance and support to other librarians and staff when needed

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and experience

Required:

  • Master’s degree in library science (or equivalent) from and ALA-Accredited program
  • Two year’s advanced searching experience in medical databases for non-entry level position

Desired:

  • Working knowledge of medical libraries
  • Experience conducting Systematic Reviews
  • Background in health or life sciences

Applicants should submit CV to Elizabeth.herrera@library.tmc.edu