Lewis Library Description for Grant Writers - Spring 2019

The Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library supports the education, research, patient care, and community service missions of the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) by meeting the information needs of faculty, students, staff, and the local health sciences community.  The library offers a full complement of services, including access to scholarly bibliographic resources, borrowing privileges, use of individual and group study areas, photocopying and printing, document delivery/interlibrary loan, expert instruction in the use of information resources, and access to professionally trained librarians for reference and literature search assistance.  The library also offers a computer lab outfitted with up-to-date hardware and software used in both teaching and research on campus.

Lewis Library’s staff of 35 FTE employees, including 18 professional librarians, provides in-person assistance for 109 hours per week.  Each of the library’s three floors is available for student and faculty use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The library’s scholarly collection contains approximately 11,000 electronic journals, 14,700 print and electronic books, and 119 searchable databases in the biomedical sciences, clinical medicine, public health, and affiliated fields.  All electronic resources can be accessed through the Lewis Library web site at library.unthsc.edu and are available to UNTHSC students, staff, and faculty from anywhere in the world at any time of the day and night. 

Lewis Library maintains UNTHSC Scholar, an online resource that preserves intellectual works created by UNTHSC faculty, staff, and students and enables discovery of these works by the international scientific community.  You can view repository items, including student theses and dissertations, at unthsc-ir.tdl.org.  In addition to working on digital content creation and preservation, Lewis Library operates a special collections department consisting of a rare books and university archives.  These print-based collections give users the opportunity to access historical material in osteopathic and physical medicine as well as items related to the founding and administration of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Lewis Library uses an online system from SirsiDynix to acquire, process, and provide access to its collections.  Students and faculty may obtain books and journals not held in the library by using the ILLiad web-based order and delivery system.  Additionally, the library participates in TexShare, a state of Texas cooperative library program.  TexShare allows UNTHSC students, staff, and faculty physical access to and borrowing privileges from all public libraries as well as various public and private institutions of higher education in Texas.  As a member of the University of North Texas System, the library is able to gain access to a wide array of electronic resources outside the health sciences.  Lewis Library has also been a resource library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine since 1991 and is a member of the South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium (SCAMeL), a group of 17 academic medical/health science center libraries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas.  The library’s participation in these collaborative endeavors ensures that UNTHSC students and faculty have access to the world of information beyond the walls of Lewis Library.  

Lewis Library has been the home of the Regional Medical Library (RML) for the South Central Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM SCR) since May 2016. The library’s service as the RML is based on a National Institutes of Health award, Cooperative Agreement 1UG4LM012345-01.  As a unit of the National Library of Medicine, the NNLM SCR aims to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health through increased access to health information within the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.  The RML extends the services and programs of the NNLM and the National Library of Medicine by partnering with health information agencies and organizations, public health entities, community based organizations, libraries, and the general public to offer outreach, funding opportunities, and educational programming throughout the region.  In 2017, the NNLM SCR received a supplemental award to support the NIH All of Us program by partnering with public libraries throughout its five-state region to create awareness of personalized medicine.  The grant number for the supplement is 3UG4LM012345-02S1.

In addition to its traditional services to the UNTHSC community and its role as host to a regional office of the National Library of Medicine, Lewis Library administers a handful of other important programs and the library building is home to an important group of service units.  Since 2017, Lewis Library has managed the Clinical Library for JPS Health System, the public hospital and clinic system based in Fort Worth and the surrounding county.  In cooperation with JPS Administration, Lewis Library provides professional clinical librarian support throughout the main hospital facility along with electronic access to a robust collection of clinical care information resources.  Beginning in 2018, Lewis Library assumed responsibility for maintaining UNTHSC’s records program to preserve and protect information that is vital to the essential functions of the organization. In compliance with the Texas State records management program and infrastructure including retention regulations, the UNTHSC records program ensures that state government information is retained and accessible.