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About the TTUHSC Libraries of the Health Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who's in charge here?
What is the mission of the Libraries of the Health Sciences
What? TTUHSC has more than one library?

Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences, Lubbock
Guide to Library Services (Lubbock)
Harrington Library of the Health Sciences, Amarillo
Guide to Library Services (Amarillo)
Delia Montes-Gallo Library of the Health Sciences, El Paso
Guide to the Delia Montes-Gallo Library (El Paso)
Library of the Health Sciences, Odessa
Guide to the Library of the Health Sciences (Odessa)

Who's in charge here?

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Richard C. Wood, MLS, Executive Director of Libraries
806-743-2203
Fax: 806-743-2218
richard.wood@ttuhsc.edu

Lubbock
Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences

Richard C. Wood, MLS

Executive Director of Libraries
806-743-2203
Fax: 806-743-2218
richard.wood@ttuhsc.edu
Amarillo
Harrington Library of the Health Sciences

Cheryl Simonsen, MLIS

Unit Associate Director
806-354-5447
Fax: 806-354-5430
cheryl.simonsen@ttuhsc.edu
El Paso
Delia Montes-Gallo Library of the Health Sciences

Andrea Cancellare, MLS

Unit Associate Director
915-215-4306
Fax: 915-545-6656
andrea.cancellare@ttuhsc.edu
Odessa
Library of the Health Sciences

Erik Wilkinson, MLS

Unit Associate Director
432-703-5031
Fax: 432-335-5170
e.wilkinson@ttuhsc.edu

What is the mission of the Libraries of the Health Sciences?

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The mission of the TTUHSC Libraries of the Health Sciences is to meet the curricular, research, and patient-care information needs of the TTUHSC students, faculty, and staff, and, by extension, to meet the biomedical information needs of the informationally-underserved biomedical community and the resident citizenry of the 108-county area of West Texas.


What? TTUHSC has more than one library?

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Yes, and no. TTUHSC has one library in four locations. The central administration, under Executive Director of Libraries Richard C. Wood, and the Technical Services Department (including Acquisitions, Cataloging, and Electronic Resources), also centralized, are located in the Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences in Lubbock. Public Services and library collections, however, are dispersed among the four TTUHSC campuses in Lubbock, Amarillo, El Paso, and Odessa. Each library collection is tailored to the needs of its particular campus.

The Libraries of the Health Sciences:


So is there more than one Library Committee?

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Yes, each of the Libraries of the Health Sciences has its own Library Committee representing the library users at its location. These Committees have no administrative role, but serve as advisory bodies. Committee members communicate faculty and student concerns to the librarians, and, in turn, inform the faculty and students of new library policies and resources.

The names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of Library Committee members will be found here:

Douments and other information about the Library Committees will be found here.


Where are the Libraries of the Health Sciences?

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Lubbock

Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences
TTUHSC
3601 4th Street STOP 7781
Lubbock, TX 79430-7781
Amarillo

Harrington Library of the Health Sciences
TTUHSC at Amarillo
1400 Wallace Boulevard
Amarillo, TX 79106
El Paso

Delia Montes-Gallo Library of the Health Sciences
Health Sciences Center location
4800 Alberta Avenue
El Paso, TX 79905

Medical Education Building location
5001 El Paso Drive
El Paso, TX 79905
Odessa

Library of the Health Sciences
TTUHSC at Odessa
800 West 4th Street
Odessa, TX 79763

When are the Libraries open?

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Normal Hours

Check with Library for special Holiday and extended exam hours.


  Lubbock
Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences
Amarillo
Harrington Library of the Health Sciences
Monday-
Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 12:00 midnight 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  El Paso
Delia Montes-Gallo Library of the Health Sciences
Odessa
Library of the Health Sciences
Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 pm 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 pm
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

What are the Libraries' fax numbers?

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Lubbock
Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences


All depts. except Interlibrary Loan:
806-743-2218

Interlibrary Loan:
806-743-2186

Fax information:
806-743-2200
Amarillo
Harrington Library of the Health Sciences


806-354-5430
El Paso
Delia Montes-Gallo Library of the Health Sciences


Academic Education Center location
915-545-6656

Medical Education Building location
915-783-5640
Odessa
Library of the Health Sciences


432-335-5170

Can I eat and drink in the Libraries?

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Lubbock
Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences


Eat, yes. Drink, yes. Drink vending machines are located on the third floor.
Amarillo
Harrington Library of the Health Sciences


Eat, no. Drink, yes, although there is to be no drinking near the computers.
El Paso
Delia Montes-Gallo Library of the Health Sciences


Eat, no. Drink, yes, but not in the computer lab.
Odessa
Library of the Health Sciences


Eat, no. Drink, yes, although there is to be no drinking near the computers.

Do the Libraries have private study rooms?

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Lubbock
Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences


The Preston Smith Library has 28 study rooms available on a "first come, first served" basis. Rooms may not be reserved.
Click here for more information.
Amarillo
Harrington Library of the Health Sciences


The Harrington Library has a Conference Room that may be reserved for group study by TTUHSC students.
Contact the Circulation Dept.:
806-354-5448
El Paso
Delia Montes-Gallo Library of the Health Sciences


Study rooms may be reserved by contacting 215-4306 for the MEB Library or 215-4315 for the AEC Library.
Odessa
Library of the Health Sciences


The Odessa Library has two rooms that may be reserved by TTUHSC faculty for study/classes.
Contact Sarah Govea:
432-703-5034

How are the books, journals, and other media arranged?

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Books are shelved by call numbers derived from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Classification as defined in the National Library of Medicine classification: A scheme for the shelf arrangement of library materials in the field of medicine and its related sciences. NLM Classification utilizes the schedules QS-QZ and W-WZ which are permanently excluded from the Library of Congress (LC) Classification used by most academic libraries in the United States. For subjects bordering on medicine or for general reference materials, the Library of Congress classification schedules are used.

  • Click here for an NLM Fact Sheet including an Outline of NLM Classification.
  • Click here for access to the NLM Classification.
  • Click here for an online outline of the 6th ed. of the Library of Congress Classification produced by The Library Corporation.

Journals are arranged alphabetically according the the following scheme:

  • Initial articles (e.g., "The") are ignored;
  • Articles, conjunctions (e.g., "and" or "&"), and other minor words (e.g., "for") are ignored;
  • Journals known to the National Library of Medicine by their initials are listed at the beginning of each letter (e.g., "AJR" is found at the beginning of the "A" section). Exception: "AIDS" is treated as a word;
  • Paper journals are shelved in the Library according to the same scheme.

Audiovisual items are generally shelved by acquisition number assigned according the the type of material (e.g., VHS 424, Audio- tape 525, etc.). Software (e.g., magnetic disks, CD-ROMs) is generally classified according to the NLM Classification described above, but it is kept on reserve. Please contact the various library Circulation Departments for more information.


What are the Libraries' journal selection and deselection protocols?

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Click here to read the latest journal selection/deselection protocols. These protocols were written by Richard C. Wood, Executive Director of Libraries, on 18 May 2002 and were approved and endorsed by the TTUHSC Lubbock Library Committee on 25 March 2002.


How do I get passwords?

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The Reference Librarians of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Libraries of the Health Sciences have prepared a leaflet on Password Access to Electronic Resources.

Password Access to Electronic Resources is also available from the TTUHSC Library Guides and Tutorials Web page. A link to this Web pages will be found on the TTUHSC Libraries Home page and on the left-hand navigation bar on every TTUHSC Libraries Web page.

Many of the electronic resources found on the TTUHSC Libraries Web pages are either available free to all users or are restricted to computers with IP addresses within the TTUHSC Internet Protocol (IP) range. The TTUHSC IP range should include all computers on all campuses. For access from off-campus see the answer to the next question.

Resources restricted only by IP address are generally available to the public, including Texas Tech University faculty, staff, and students, by coming in person to one of TTUHSC Libraries.

Some electronic resources, including a number of individual electronic journals, require User Names and Passwords. If a user name or password is required for a specific resource, instructions should be provided in a Note at the access point for that resource on the TTUHSC Databases or TTUHSC Electronic Books Web pages or, for electronic journals, in the "Dates Available" column on .

Click here for the TTUHSC Electronic Journals User Names and Passwords list.

An additional step is required in order to use electronic resources from off-campus, that is, from outside the TTUHSC IP range. Once again, details are provided the answer to the next question.


Can I use the Libraries' Website from off-campus?

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The Reference Librarians of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Libraries of the Health Sciences have prepared a leaflet on Password Access to Electronic Resources.

Password Access to Electronic Resources is also available from the TTUHSC Library Guides and Tutorials Web page. A link to this Web pages will be found on the TTUHSC Libraries Home page and on the left-hand navigation bar on every TTUHSC Libraries Web page.

Although access to most of the electronic resources provided by the TTUHSC Libraries Web pages is free to everyone on the TTUHSC campuses, including members of the general public using these resources in one of the TTUHSC Libraries, access from off-campus is reserved for TTUHSC faculty, staff, and students only.

Many of the electronic resources found on the TTUHSC Libraries' Web pages are restricted to computers with Internet Protocol (IP) addresses within the TTUHSC IP range. The TTUHSC IP range should include all computers on all campuses. Access to these electronic resources from a computer outside of the TTUHSC IP range, in a home, say, or a non-TTUHSC library, are automatically routed to the Libraries of the Health Sciences' proxy server. Accessing electronic resources using the proxy server from off-campus requires an HSC eRaider Username and Password. These user names and passwords are not provided by the Libraries of the Health Sciences. They are available to TTUHSC faculty, staff, and students from the information technology department on your campus. If you are affiliated with TTUHSC and do not have a TTUHSC eRaider account, or if you cannot remember your TTUHSC eRaider username and password, call the appropriate information technology department:


Lubbock
Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences


Information Technology Services:
806-743-1234
Amarillo
Harrington Library of the Health Sciences


Information Services:
806-354-5450
El Paso
Delia Montes-Gallo Library of the Health Sciences


Information Technology:
915-545-6800
Odessa
Library of the Health Sciences


Information Technology:
432-335-2110

Once you have a HSC eRaider Username and Password, you should have access to all TTUHSC Libraries of the Health Sciences electronic resources just as if you were on campus.

When you click on the link to an IP-restricted electronic resource from off-campus, the following screen will appear:



Just fill in the blanks for "username" and "password". Click on "Sign In," and you're done! It's that easy. And you only need to log-in once per session.

Of course, once you are "in," you are still limited by the same access rules that apply on campus. Some electronic resources may require additional user names and passwords. For information on these, see the answer to the previous question.


What about my privacy?

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The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Libraries web site logs only the following information:

  • Date of request - The date, at the servers time location, that your browser's request for information reached this server
  • Time of request - The time, at the servers location, that your browser's request for information reached this server
  • Status of request - Whether the request was fulfilled or an error was occurred
  • IP address - The network address of the computer running the browser that requests information from this server
  • Page requested - The URL of the information that your browser requests from this server
  • Referrer - In the event of an error, the URL of the page that your browser linked from
  • Bytes transmitted - The number of bytes (characters) that were transmitted to your browser

This information is recorded only for the purpose of maintaining this site and is not shared with other persons or organizations.


What are my responsibilities?

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From the Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences Guide to Library Services:

PATRON ETHICS & RESPONSIBILITIES


1. Those persons using the collections and services of the Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences or TTUHSC Libraries of the Health Sciences are reminded that violations of Copyright law (Title 17, United States Code) are criminal activities. This includes the "pirating," or illegal copying of software. Violators run the risk of arrest, substantial fine, and perhaps incarceration. Students discovered in such activities will be reported to their Deans and will be denied library privileges.

2. Attempts by patrons to coerce or otherwise force library staff to violate copyright law are similarly criminal activities, and will result in the suspension of library privileges for those involved. This library system strictly adheres to copyright guidelines and is a member of the CCC (Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.)

3. It is the responsibility of library staff to maintain and monitor the use of the library's computers. It is against library policy for computers maintained by the library to be used for personal use, including personal e-mail. Furthermore, it is illegal to use state property for private or financial gain.

4. Failure to cooperate with library policies regarding circulation, overdues, payment for library services, recalled materials, and computer or scanner usage will result in suspension or cancellation of all library privileges.


What are my rights?

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TTUHSC LIBRARIES BILL OF RIGHTS

The Texas Tech University Libraries of the Health Sciences affirm that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

1. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the libraries serve. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

2. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

3. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

4. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

5. A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

6. The confidentiality of a user's personal information and information inquiries shall be respected.


Adapted by TTUHSC Libraries from the ALA Bill of Rights on September 13, 2002 as Adopted June 18, 1948.
Amended February 2, 1961, and January 23, 1980,
inclusion of "age" reaffirmed January 23, 1996,
by the ALA Council.

Where can I find TTUHSC Library's Newsbriefs?

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Printed copies of Newsbriefs were distributed by campus mail to TTUHSC faculty and administrative staff. Copies were also available at the circulation desk at each Library location. Publication of Newsbriefs has been suspended.


Who do I call to . . . ?

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. . . ask about the availability of a book, journal, or other media?

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Lubbock

Books and journals:
Circulation Dept.
806-743-2200

Non-print media:
Learning Resource Center
806-743-2213
Amarillo

Circulation Dept.
806-354-5448
El Paso

Circulation Dept. (AEC)
915-215-4315

Circulation Dept. (MEB)

915-215-4306

Odessa

Circulation Dept.
432-703-5033

. . . renew a book or non-print item?

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Lubbock

Books:
Circulation Dept.
806-743-2200
Click here for more information.

Non-print media:
Learning Resource Center
806-743-2213
Click here for more information.
Amarillo

Circulation Dept.
806-354-5448
El Paso

Circulation Dept. (AEC)
915-215-4315

Circulation Dept. (MEB)

915-215-4306

Odessa

Circulation Dept.
432-703-5036

. . . page someone in the library?

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Lubbock

Not available
Amarillo

Not available
El Paso

Paging Line
915-545-6654
Odessa

Not available

. . . ask about photocopying?

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Lubbock

Circulation Dept.
806-743-2200
Click here for more information.
Amarillo

Circulation Dept.
806-354-5448
El Paso

Circulation Dept. (AEC)
915-215-4315

Circulation Dept. (MEB)

915-215-4306

Odessa

Circulation Dept.
432-703-5036

. . . put items on reserve?

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Lubbock

Books and journals:
Circulation Dept.
806-743-2200

Non-print media:
Learning Resource Center
806-743-2213
Amarillo

Circulation Dept.
806-354-5448
El Paso

Circulation Dept. (AEC)
915-215-4315

Circulation Dept. (MEB)

915-215-4306

Odessa

Carolyn Watkins
432-703-5033

. . . ask about audiovisual and educational programs?

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Lubbock

Learning Resource Center
806-743-2213
Click here for more information.
Amarillo

Reference Desk
806-354-5450
El Paso

Audiovisual Dept.
915-215-4310
Odessa

Reference Dept.
432-703-5035

. . . ask a reference question?

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Lubbock

Peggy Edwards, AMLS
peggy.edwards@ttuhsc.edu
806-743-2212

Jennifer Teichelman, MLIS
jennifer.teichelman@ttuhsc.edu
806-743-2230

Micah Walsleben, MLS
micah.walsleben@ttuhsc.edu
806-743-2211

Margaret Vugrin, MSLS, AHIP
margaret.vugrin@ttuhsc.edu
806-743-2241

Amarillo

Reference Desk
806-354-5450


Cheryl Simonsen, MLIS
cheryl.simonsen@ttuhsc.edu
806-354-5447

Terri Wilson, BFA, MFA, MLS
terri.wilson@ttuhsc.edu
806-354-5450

Yumi Yaguchi, MSIS
yumi.yaguchi@ttuhsc.edu
806-354-5581
El Paso

Corina Bustillos, MLS
corina.bustillos@ttuhsc.edu
915-215-4313

Lillian Carl, MSLS
lillian.carl@ttuhsc.edu
915-215-4309

Milagros de Jesus Rivera, MLS
milagros.de@ttuhsc.edu
915-215-4314

Andrea Cancellare, MLS
andrea.cancellare@ttuhsc.edu
915-215-4306
Odessa

Erik Wilkinson, MLS
e.wilkinson@ttuhsc.edu
432-703-5031

Travis Real, MLIS
travis.real@ttuhsc.edu
432-703-5032


. . . ask about the Clinical Medical Librarian Program?

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Lubbock

Stephanie Shippey, MLS, AHIP
stephanie.shippey@ttuhsc.edu
806-743-2208
Amarillo

Not available
El Paso

Not available
Odessa

Erik Wilkinson, MLS
e.wilkinson@ttuhsc.edu
432-703-5031

. . . arrange tours and orientations?

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Lubbock

Library:
Stephanie Shippey, MLS, AHIP
stephanie.shippey@ttuhsc.edu
806-743-2208

Learning Resource Center:
Candia Thew, MLS
candia.thew@ttuhsc.edu
806-743-2202
Amarillo

Schools of Allied Health and Pharmacy:
Terri Wilson, BFA, MFA, MLS
terri.wilson@ttuhsc.edu
806-354-5450

School of Medicine:
Cheryl Simonsen, MLIS
cheryl.simonsen@ttuhsc.edu
806-354-5447
El Paso

Andrea Cancellare, MLS
andrea.cancellare@ttuhsc.edu
915-215-4306
Odessa

Erik Wilkinson, MLS
e.wilinson@ttuhsc.edu
432-703-5031

. . . make arrangements for persons with disabilities?

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Lubbock

Stephanie Shippey, MLS, AHIP
stephanie.shippey@ttuhsc.edu
806-743-2208

Please call at least 48 hours in advance should special equipment be required.
Amarillo

Circulation Dept.
806-354-5448


Please call at least 48 hours in advance should special equipment be required.
El Paso

Andrea Cancellare, MLS
andrea.cancellare@ttuhsc.edu
915-215-4306

Please call at least 48 hours in advance should special equipment be required.
Odessa

Circulation Dept.
432-703-5036


Please call at least 48 hours in advance should special equipment be required.

. . . request an interlibrary loan (ILL)?

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Lubbock

Interlibrary Loan Dept.
806-743-2210
Fax: 806-743-2186
Click here for more information.

The Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences does not accept ILL requests made by telephone. Please call to request an ILL form.
Amarillo

Ronetta Mills
806-354-5797
El Paso

Corina Bustillos
915-215-4313
Odessa

Interlibrary Loan Dept.
To ask a question:
432-703-5033
To request an ILL:
Fax: 432-335-5170

Include your name and telephone number and the complete reference for each item requested.

. . . ask about Loansome Doc?

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Lubbock

Barbara Ballew, MALS
barbara.ballew@ttuhsc.edu
806-743-2209
Amarillo

Ronetta Mills
806-354-5797
El Paso

Corina Bustillos
915-215-4313
Odessa

To ask about or establish service:
Erik Wilkinson, MLS
e.wilkinson@ttuhsc.edu
432-335-5130

To ask about specific Loansome Doc requests:
Carolyn Watkins
432-703-5033

. . . donate books, journals, or other media to the library?

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Lubbock

Amy Faltinek, MLS
amy.faltinek@ttuhsc.edu
806-743-4579
Amarillo

Brad Weaver
806-354-5468
El Paso

Corina Bustillos
915-215-4313
Odessa

Sarah Govea
432-703-5034

. . . recommend books, journals, or other media for purchase?

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Lubbock

Books and journals:
Richard Wood (temp)
richard.wood@ttuhsc.edu
806-743-2203

Non-print media:
Candia Thew, MLS
candia.thew@ttuhsc.edu
806-743-2202
Amarillo

Schools of Allied Health and Pharmacy:
Terri Wilson, BFA, MFA, MLS
terri.wilson@ttuhsc.edu
806-354-5450

School of Medicine:
Cheryl Simonsen, MLIS
cheryl.simonsen@ttuhsc.edu
806-354-5447
El Paso

Andrea Cancellare, MLS
andrea.cancellare@ttuhsc.edu
915-215-4306
Odessa

Erik Wilkinson, MLS
e.wilkinson@ttuhsc.edu
432-703-5031


. . . join the Friends of the Library?

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Lubbock

Barbara Ballew, MALS
barbara.ballew@ttuhsc.edu
806-743-2209
Click here for more information.
Amarillo

Cindy Harshman
806-354-5448
El Paso

Circulation Dept. (AEC)
915-215-4315

Circulation Dept. (MEB)

915-215-4306

Odessa

Erik Wilkinson, MLS
e.wilkinson@ttuhsc.edu
432-703-5031

. . . ask about outreach services?

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Lubbock

Barbara Ballew, MALS
barbara.ballew@ttuhsc.edu
806-743-2209
Click here for more information.
Amarillo

Cheryl Simonsen, MLIS
cheryl.simonsen@ttuhsc.edu
806-354-5447
El Paso

Andrea Cancellare, MLS
andrea.cancellare@ttuhsc.edu
915-215-4306
Odessa

Erik Wilkinson, MLS
e.wilkinson@ttuhsc.edu
432-703-5031

. . . reserve a conference room?

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Lubbock*

Jennifer Martinez
806-743-2203
*Study rooms may not be reserved.
Amarillo

Cindy Harshman
806-354-5448
El Paso

Irma Ramirez
irma.r.ramirez@ttuhsc.edu
915-215-4315
Odessa

Sarah Govea
432-703-5034

. . . make comments and suggestions about the TTUHSC Libraries' Website?

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Lubbock

Paul Landers
paul.landers@ttuhsc.edu
806-743-2220
Amarillo

See under Lubbock.
El Paso

See under Lubbock.
Odessa

See under Lubbock.

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