162 · Representative Documents: Regional Accrediting Agency Reports
Texas A&M University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation. Comprehensive Standard 3.8.2
Section 3: Comprehensive Standards Standard 3.8.2, Page 6
• The College of Pharmacy Information Resources Fair is held at the Kingsville facility
and is being expanded to other TAM HSC units
• In addition to the Open House events that MSL offers, the library also offers recurring
orientation classes at the beginning of each school term:
o College of Medicine
Year Students Orientation
o College of Nursing 1st Year Students Orientation
o College of Pharmacy 1st Year Students Orientation
o School of Rural Public Health New Students Orientation
o Individually scheduled sessions for any TAM HSC student, faculty or staff who is
unable to attend these orientations
Regularly Scheduled Instruction Programs
• Citation Management Software classes – held monthly
• Library Brown Bag Instructional Series – also held monthly, typically highlight a
particular library database, journal resources or service
• To quote one of the MSL faculty instructors, “regular is defined by the user group.”
Examples include College of Medicine monthly database training sessions for first year
students, the weekly attendance at the Family Practice Residency Morning Report and the
Temple campus onsite support.
• PubMed class for College of Pharmacy P1 students is scheduled just prior to the
assignment of their semester research project.
College of Pharmacy Information Resources Fair
• In September 2009 MSL and Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy
(COP) e jointly held an Information Resources Fair (IRF). The event spanned two days
[CoP Information Resources Fair flyer]. The IRF is held in late September at the COP in
Kingsville, scheduled to be held at the beginning of the fall school term to provide timely
and effective information as the COP begins their new school year.
• The IRF Planning Team consists of librarians from MSL, the COP library, and the
Coastal Bend Health Education Center library.
• The 2009 IRF attempted to reach 37 COP faculty, 235 students and the staff.
• In 2010 there were over 350 attendees.
• The IRF is a four-hour event with display tables featuring flyers and demonstrations of
databases, services, and vendor products licensed by MSL and the Texas A&M
University Libraries. MSL provides a free lunch for the attendees. In addition to learning
about the services, expertise and resources that MSL provides, students, faculty, and staff
receive free vendor items, brochures, and fact sheets.
• An in-service program, attended by about 25-30 faculty each year, provides training for
faculty on MSL services and information resources that support functions and activities
related to courses, research, grants, and administrative tasks [CoP Faculty Workshop
• A door prize contest was held for the 2010 IRF, with the first prize of an iPod Touch,
provided by Epocrates, an online resource producer.
Texas A&M University Library Electronic Resources HelpDesk
• Pilot project begun in 2006 by MSL
• Provides point-of-need instruction in the use of electronic resources and access problem