The Author
Based on M. C. Escher’s ‘Hand with Globe’

Greater Umbrage is the home of Kelley Minars, Creative Technologies Librarian at the Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Library. After receiving my MLIS in 2005 I worked for the Osceola Library System for several years, first as a reference librarian, then as e-librarian charged with overseeing the redesign and management of the system’s website. In 2008 I moved on to a medical research library at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where I serve as Web Services Librarian.

I have taught classes on emerging technologies, 3D printing and design, a variety of social media, blogging, and introductory computers and applications to a wide variety of skill levels.

My skills include:

  • 3D printing and design
  • Virtual Reality applications in education
  • Writing for the web and content strategy
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere
  • Reference, database searching, customer service

View my resume

Presentations & Publications

  • 2019 Innovations in Health Science Education Annual Conference. Feburary 21 2019. Austin, TX. “The Learning Benefits of Using 3D Printing to Fabricate an Assistive Device” Poster with Dr. Ana Allegretti, Ph.D.
  • SCC/MLA 2018 Annual Meeting. October 22, 2018. San Antonio, TX. “Taking the Health Sciences into the 4th Dimension. When 3D Printing Meets Curricula!” Presentation with Christy Tyson.
  • The Council of Research and Academic Libraries (CORAL) Spring Meeting. May 18 2018. San Antonio, TX. “3D Printing In Your Library” Presentation.
  • NLM/NNLM SCR CONNECTions Webinar. January 20 2016. “3D Printing in Health Sciences Libraries” with Jeremy Mercier.
  • Weed, J., Willman, E., Whitmire, D., Prentice, K., Minars, K. (2015). Looking both ways: Seeing the changing roles of librarians. In B. L. Eden (ed.), Partnerships and new roles in the 21st-century academic library: Collaborating, embedding, and cross-training for the future (pp. 97-112. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.)
  • Hurst, J., Rosenberger, L., Minars, K., & Prentice, K. “Expanding Library Roles through the Art of Education: Successfully Teaching Emerging Technology Topics” Paper. South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 2009. (View the presentation)
  • Hurst, E., Rosenberger, L., Minars, K., Prentice, K. “Making New and Lasting Connections through Emerging Technology Brown Bag Sessions” Poster. Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, May 2010.
  • Central Florida Library Consortium Reference Interest Group Meeting. August 16, 2007. Orlando, FL. “Reference 2.0: Academic and Public Library Perspectives” with Aysegul Kapucu, Univeristy of Central Florida and Megan Kempeneer-Danak, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System.


  • “Social Media Best Practices Guide.” University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. (View the guide)


  • MakerBot Teacher Certification
  • Scopus Certification Program for Librarians


  • Florida Library Association, Public Library Website Award, 2008