Archive for the ‘Texas’ Category
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.
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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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Monday, May 2nd, 2016
The Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library at the University 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 email@example.com or phone at 817-735-2223 to discuss opportunities for partnering with the NN/LM SCR.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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 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
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
Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library
University of North Texas Health Science Center
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
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.
- 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
Education and experience
- 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
- Working knowledge of medical libraries
- Experience conducting Systematic Reviews
- Background in health or life sciences
Applicants should submit CV to Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
Digital Archivist – Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center
(“Office of the Library” in HR listing)
Job Number: 520685
Location: Dallas, TX
Full/Part Time/PRN: Full-Time
This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes UT Southwestern to obtain criminal history record information
Experience and Education
MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited graduate school or equivalent degree. Three years of experience working with assigning metadata, digitizing materials, managing a digital collection or other digital library-related work. Experience with digitizing materials and managing a digital collection and other digital library-related tasks. Experience working with CONTENTdm or equivalent digital assets management system. Archives management background. RDA experience or training. Experience with constructing survey instruments. Experience with Open Archives Initiative (OAI) harvesting. Experience with grant writing and project management.
- Responsible for the acquisition and appraisal, records, arrangement and description, and preservation of an organization’s long-term digital collections.
- Conducts an appraisal of existing digital archives in all media formats.
- Accessions records and decides which to retain and how to retain them for periods exceeding three to five years.
- Makes decisions about storage media, along with classification, indexing and metadata assignment.
- Preserves digital records and supervises the systematic cataloging and retention work around legacy information stores, including offline media and paper.
- Supports and participates in the e-discovery process.
**Other Duties: Performs other duties as assigned.
This person will work in the Digital Collections Unit of the Library. They will primarily be responsible for digitizing the physical paper archives of the university. They will also work with the department of Marketing and Communications to do the same for them.
To the extent provided by applicable law, no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity sponsored or conducted by The University of Texas System or any of its component institutions, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or disability.
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
Adapted from MedlinePlus (Health Day)
A recent study may explain why children with Asthma tend to suffer cold systems after a school long holiday or break. Experts believed that environmental factors, such as air quality was the culprit. Researchers analyzed asthma-related hospitalizations of children across Texas for seven years. The study concluded that the school year calendar was the primary cause. Researchers found that when children are not at school for a long period, they will be less likely exposed to other children with colds and their immunity decreases. When they return to school, there is an increase in their exposure to cold viruses and their immune systems are not ready. For more information, please visit: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_157134.html
Asthma in Children
Friday, January 15th, 2016
Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, TX seeks an innovative, versatile, service-oriented librarian for a new position at one of the top pediatric institutions in the U.S. The Library Service line at Cook Children’s includes a health sciences library, a family health library, patient library and health literacy/patient education. This person will be part of a professional team working directly with physicians, health care providers, and families. They will be knowledgeable about the changing environment of health care, technology, health literacy, and marketing in a health care environment. This person will be highly motivated, flexible, detail oriented, attentive to deadlines, and able to take initiative and work autonomously.
As the Library Services Coordinator, this librarian will collaborate with physicians, health care providers, and clinical units to provide evidence-based research. This library professional will work with the patient education and health literacy coordinator (RN) to provide background research and write/edit patient education, discharge instructions and information resources. Will coordinate statistics and assist in preparing dashboards and high-level board reports. Participates in the strategic planning for all services lines provided by Library Services. Develops marketing strategies to increase awareness of the research services provided by the health sciences library. Works with the family health librarian to provide evidence-based information to families and patients. Coordinates with library director and family librarian to locate grant and award opportunities. Trains and educates physicians, health care providers, and other library users in the use of library resources and services. Assists with review of licenses and collection development for the health sciences library. Provides interlibrary loan services for Cook Children’s staff and outside libraries. This librarian also manages the health sciences library’s online resources and serials.
Minimum Qualifications: ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science. Position requires 3-5 years of library experience, preferably in health care. Preferred experience in health literacy and consumer health. Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and customer service. Knowledge of medical and nursing databases. Ability to engage physicians and staff in the library and clinical setting. Strong commitment to teamwork. Knowledge of or interest in health literacy.
Preferred qualifications: Experience working with clinicians at all levels. Knowledge of MeSH and medical terminology.
Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Apply online at http://www.cookchildrens.org/
“Health Sciences Librarians – Saving you time so you can save lives”
Karen L. Keller, MLS
Director, Edwin G. Schwarz Health Sciences Library
Matustik Family Health Library/Bomar Patient Library
Health Literacy and Patient Education
801 Seventh Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Research Medical Library seeks an experienced manager to lead our Collections team. The collections manager provides vision and leadership in the management of the library’s online and print resources including discovery and access. The collections manager provides direct supervision of two collections librarians and our interlibrary loan supervisor. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated abilities delivering innovative solutions.
It is an exciting time in our library as we are transitioning from our current ILS to a discovery system and back-end of supporting applications.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, located in Houston’s Texas Medical Center, is one of the largest and most respected centers devoted to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. MD Anderson’s mission is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world. As part of that mission, we provide education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public. The Research Medical Library supports the mission of MD Anderson by providing premier collections, research support, and education to the faculty, staff, and students.
Required: Master’s degree in library or information sciences from an ALA-accredited program
Required: Six years of library experience in collections or resource management, including four years of supervisory experience
Preferred: Library management experience in collections or resource management acquired in a health sciences or academic library
Preferred: Membership in the Medical Library Association’s Academy of Health Information Professionals
Minimum Starting Salary: $67,200
You must apply online at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWebHost/jobdetails.aspx?partnerid=25765&siteid=5038&AReq=14311BR
Please include a cover letter, your resume or CV, and names of three professional references.
Review of applications begins January 18, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.