UTSA Libraries Peer Coach raises awareness of resources available at Downtown Campus library

By Ryan Schoensee
Communications Specialist

(April 22, 2014) -- Teresa Barker is one of the best resources available to architecture students on the UTSA Downtown Campus.

As both a library staff member and a UTSA senior majoring in architecture, she has undertaken the role of Peer Coach to support students and raise awareness about the many resources available at the UTSA Downtown Campus Library. She does this through facilitating student workshops and being readily available for students seeking assistance. Having previously taken the same classes and succeeding at the same projects that current students are being tasked with, she knows exactly what and where the materials are that architecture majors need to be successful.

“Some students worry over coming in too often and bothering us, but they don’t. It’s what we are here for. It’s our job,” Teresa said.

With a strong interest in studying building designs, Teresa enjoys drawing and appreciating modern architecture. Last year, Teresa enhanced her studies abroad by taking a semester in Italy. She plans on graduating in the fall of 2014, and has a tenacious focus on redesigning buildings by using the materials they already contain. Teresa describes her passion as being able to recycle old parts and increase sustainability through seeing what’s already there and knowing how best to use it.

During the spring 2014 semester, students can find Teresa during her work hours at the Downtown Campus Library: Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Students can also contact the Downtown Library at 210.458.2440 to speak with Teresa or leave her a message.