About the Library

About the Libraries

The mission of the Libraries is to advance the teaching, research, patient care, and service programs of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the health care programs of South Texas by providing library services and access to biomedical information fundamental to maintaining health and treating and preventing disease.

The Libraries include the Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Library, the Laredo Regional Campus Library in Laredo, the Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library at the South Texas Research Park, and the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.

Annual Reports

Services

Archives Projects

Cupples Casebooks 

Two handwritten casebooks by Texas surgeon George Cupples, complete with patient notes and reports on both medical and surgical cases between 1853 and 1867. Cupples was a Scotish-born surgeon who moved to Texas in 1844, and subsequently served as surgeon for the Texas Rangers in the Mexican War and then for the Confederate Army.

Founding Faculty Interviews

A series of interviews produced by the University of Texas Health Science Center, Development Office. The interviews are now part of the University Archives collection and can be viewed online through Internet Archive.

Historical Bexar County Medical Society Membership Records

Part of a Rescuing Texas History mini-grant, which helps fund the digitization of unique archival collections. These grants are funded by the University of North Texas Libraries and digitized collections are made available through the Portal To Texas History.

Historical Books about Texas

Part of a Rescuing Texas History mini-grant, which helps fund the digitization of unique archival collections. These grants are funded by the University of North Texas Libraries and digitized collections are made available through the Portal To Texas History.

Hurricane Beulah Photograph collection

A collection of photographs documenting the aftermath of Hurricane Beulah, which made landfall near the mouth of the Rio Grande River as a Category 3 hurricane on September 20, 1967. Hurricane Beulah caused extensive damage across South Texas, and left 10,000 refugees stranded for several weeks. Dr. Mario E. Ramirez was the only physician in the area, and was instrumental in the initial recovery process. The Hurricane Beulah project was funded a Library Technology Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM).

Louie Lapicque Papers

A collection of professional papers, research notebooks, and personal manuscripts of renowned, early 20th-century French physiologist Louis Lapicque. Louis Lapicque was a pioneer in the field of neural excitability. One of his main contributions was to propose the integrate-and-fire model of the neuron in an article published in 1907. This model is still one of the most popular models in computational and mathematical neuroscience. The Lapicque concepts of excitability and nerve transmission form a part of the basic framework of modern neurophysiology.

P.I. (Pat Ireland) Nixon Papers

A collection of personal papers, books, and photographs about the life of doctor P.I. Nixon. Dr. Nixon was a well-known physician in San Antonio who was a skillful writer and researcher, and is recognized as a prominent historian of Texas medicine. The P.I. Nixon Historical Library is the namesake of doctor P.I. Nixon.

Talks on History and Health

A collection of audio and video interviews, lectures and presentations on the history of medicine and healthcare.

Become a CLHIN Member

CLHIN Membership Information

If you are a hospital or clinic interested in becoming part of the CLHIN Information Network*, please contact us:

Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services
E-mail: segerp@utscsa.edu

Circuit Librarian Health Information Network
Phone: (800) 421-2432 | (956) 365-8850
Fax: (210) 567-2473 | (956) 365-8856
Email: clhin@uthscsa.edu

*CLHIN services are priced depending on size of hospital (number of beds) and other considerations.

Borrowing by Distance Learning Students

Eligibility

UT Health Science Center students who meet the following eligibility requirements may request delivery of books and journal articles though the UTHSC Libraries.

  • Students living outside of San Antonio, Harlingen or Laredo area who are currently enrolled in a distance learning class at UT Health Science Center and are not attending any class that meets in person at least once a week.
  • Students and residents who are on rotation at sites outside San Antonio or Harlingen.
  • Doctoral candidates who have completed course work and are living outside San Antonio, Harlingen or Laredo area.

Library Account Registration

  • Students must have a library account and also an ILLiad account.
  • It is important to update your account with any changes to your email or snail mail address to ensure that alerts and materials will get to you in a timely manner.

Requesting Library Materials

  • Log in from off campus to access the library’s online resources, using the same UTHSCSA account login required for Blackboard use.
  • Use the library catalog  and e-Journals list to begin your search for books and journals.
  • Search library databases to identify specific journal articles on a topic.
  • Order print books and journal articles through the ILLiad system. Use one form per article and/or book.
  • Be familiar with guidelines on Copyright and Fair Use.

Loan Periods and Renewals

  • Standard loan periods apply and fines will be assessed for late items.
  • Books may be renewed online by logging in to your library account.

Types of Materials Eligible for Delivery

  • Print books, journal articles owned by UTHSC Libraries.
  • Books, book chapters, journal articles not in the library’s collection, ordered through Interlibrary Loan—allow extra time for delivery.

Types of Materials Not Eligible for Delivery

  • Reference and Rare books are non-circulating.
  • Print Reserve materials cannot be borrowed, but chapters less than 50 pages can be delivered electronically.
  • Online course materials are available through Blackboard.
  • Any electronic delivery that is subject to licensing or copyright restrictions.

Delivery Options

  • Books are checked out to you and delivered by Express Mail. Rush requests are delivered via Federal Express and carry a fee. A postage paid mailer is provided to return books.
  • Journal articles are delivered electronically to your ILLiad account and notification is sent via email.

How Much Does it Cost?

Type of service

Regular Delivery

Rush Delivery

Library-owned books

Free

$12.00

Fedex

Library-owned journal articles(Delivered electronically)

 (2-3 days)

Free

 (same day)

$8.00

Books not owned by the UTHSC Libraries (Ordered through Interlibrary Loan)

 (1-3 weeks)

Free

Not available

Journal articles not owned by the UTHSC Libraries(Ordered through Interlibrary Loan)

 (1-3 weeks)

Free

(48 hours)

$10.00

Alternatives to Borrowing from the UTHSC Libraries

If you don’t want to wait for delivery from the UTHSC Libraries, you may prefer to visit an academic library in your area. Most state university libraries are open to the public, and many in Texas allow UTHSC borrowers to check books out under theTexShare program.

Additional Resources for Distance Learning Students

Check out the Resources for Students site for links to tipsheets, research tools, copyright guidelines and general library information.

Contact Us

Contact the Library for further information or if you have questions.

Branch Libraries

The Laredo Regional Campus Library provides services and access to electronic resources for the benefit of students in the programs affiliated with the Health Science Center’s School of Health Professions and dental programs.

The Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library provides a small print collection and computer access to the library’s electronic resources to students, faculty and researchers located at the Texas Research Park. Librarians can make arrangements to teach any of the classes that are offered at the Long Campus.

Click here to find out how you can contact library staff for assistance or to request a class or consultation.

Branch Libraries and Outreach Services: Peg Seger

Office Phone:  210-567-6398

Emergency Contact Information is on the Staff Intranet (not publicly available).

Duties related to Disaster Planning and Recovery

  • Coordinates communication with branch library staff during emergencies, keeping the Executive Director informed of developments
  • Assures that branch library staff communicate with building administration at branch location regarding emergency preparedness and branch closures
  • Follows guidelines in the Business Continuity Plan; coordinates requests for literature searches and delivery of articles to health care personnel and emergency response teams as needed
  • Communicates with CLHIN clients to assess needs and offer assistance when appropriate.

 

Back to Library Disaster Team list.

Briscoe Library Classroom Guidelines

Guidelines for Use of LIB 2.011 and the Collaboratory (LIB 4.074)

These guidelines are general and exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

The purpose of the Library’s classrooms is to support the programs and mission of the University.

Eligibility

Library classrooms are for the use of UT Health Science Center students, faculty and staff. The requestor must be affiliated with the UT Health Science Center, and the program must be sponsored by either a department or organization affiliated with the UT Health Science Center.

Reservations

  • Classrooms are reserved on a first come/first served basis. Reservations for the rooms are posted at the room entrances.
  • To make a reservation, contact 210-567-2450 or email to AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu .
  • Library classrooms may not be reserved more than 4 times per month, or for more than 20 hours per month, for a single course (or workshop/workshop series), or group meeting.
  • Only LIB 2.011 and LIB 4.074 may be reserved with library staff. Other Library Classrooms on the 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library may be reserved with University Scheduling, (210) 567-2655.
  • View photos of Library classrooms.

         LIB 2.011

    • LIB 2.011 is available for use Monday – Friday  7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m, closed nights and weekends. When the room is not in use for a class, it is open for computing use by affiliated students, faculty and staff.
    • Room LIB 2.011 may be reserved only for sessions requiring hands-on use of computers by participants. LIB 2.011 contains 25 participant computers with instructor station and projector.
    • The computers in LIB 2.011 are networked to a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). They do not have hard drives, so users are encouraged to bring USB data drives if they wish to save files.
    • When requesting a reservation in LIB 2.011, please indicate whether the following will be needed:
      • Instructor’s microphone
      • Video-teleconferencing equipment (see note below)
      • Audio-visual equipment or equipment support (see note below)
      • Special software (see note below).
      • Dry Erase Markers—may be checked out at Circulation Desk
    • Due to the high demand for LIB 2.011, a requestor will be asked for a Project ID to which a “no show” penalty of $50 will be billed if reservation is canceled less than 24 hours in advance (business days).

         The Collaboratory (LIB 4.074)

    • The Collaboratory may be reserved by UT Health Science Center students, faculty and staff during regular library hours.  The Collaboratory is open for study when it is not reserved for meetings or classes. Students may reserve the Collaboratory for large group study or meetings within the Group Study Room Guidelines.
    • The room may be used as a meeting space.
    • When requesting a Collaboratory reservation, please indicate whether the following will be needed:
      • Smartboard (requires Collaboratory laptop with compatible software)
      • Dry Erase Markers—may be checked out at Circulation Desk. Do not use any other type of markers.
    • Instruction in use of the Smartboard and Electronic markerboard can be provided by appointment. Contact (210) 567-2450 or Askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Video-teleconferencing

Downlink in LIB 2.011 must be pre-arranged by requestor directly with Videoconferencing Services, (210) 567-2214.

Audio-visual Equipment, Projectionist and Computer Support Requests

Arrangements to set up a laptop or other equipment (projectors, whiteboards, flipcharts, etc.) should be made with the AV Services Department at ext. 7-2210. Groups requiring projectionist services should make arrangements with Classroom Services, ext. 7-2210. Groups may also supply their own laptop which can be connected to the video projector located in the conference room. Library staff do not provide equipment setup or support services. Problems with computers or equipment should be reported to 210-567-7777.

Special software

Special software may be requested to be installed in advance for classes in Room LIB 2.011. Special software may only be installed by Client Support Services staff, and must be compatible with a VDI platform. Special software requirements must be made known when the room is reserved. The Library will not purchase special software for classes; the requestor must own the software and have the license to have it installed on multiple computers. All software must be used in compliance with license agreements. Special software will be uninstalled after the conclusion of the class or workshop series. Complete the Software Installation Request form and return it to askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu for forwarding to the IMS Service Desk, or cal 210-567-7777.

Food and beverages

Only covered beverages are allowed in LIB 2.011.  Covered beverages and limited food are allowed in the Collaboratory. Permission must be obtained in advance to serve food in this room. Library staff must be notified of any food deliveries and the approximate time of arrival. If University Dining caters the event, the main Library entrance may be used, although serving carts should be covered and the service elevator used to transport the carts to the classroom. Other caterers should use the service entrance (loading dock) on the Library’s south side. All food service items must be removed within 30 minutes after the end of the class. The requestor must make sure the all trash is disposed of in trash receptacles and that the room is returned to its original state. Please report spills immediately to Library staff.

Cancellations

If a scheduled class is canceled, the Library should be notified as soon as possible. For reservations in LIB 2.011, a “no show” penalty of $50 will billed, unless the reservation is canceled up to 24 hours in advance. Changes in times or dates will be accommodated when possible, although Library classrooms are heavily used and changes are not always feasible.

Updated 3/3/2016

Briscoe Library Disaster Plan

 

Definition of Disaster

The UT Health Science Center Handbook of Operating Procedures defines a physical disaster as involving potential property damage and possible safety threat to persons. (http://www.uthscsa.edu/hop2000/8.3.2.pdf)  For purposes of this plan, a disaster is defined as an unexpected, adverse event that damages the Library’s facilities or systems and/or substantially diminishes the Library’s ability to offer its usual resources and services.  Disasters may be large events that everyone on site quickly notices (e.g. fire, tornado, explosion, flood), or more minor events (e.g., slow leak of water) – of little or no danger to persons and perhaps not quickly noticed – that still can cause great harm to the Library.

Emergencies include life-threatening situations, fire, explosions, severe weather, loss of electric power, accidents and medical problems.

Non-emergency situations that may warrant action include loss of network connectivity, unruly persons, discovery of vandalism, theft, mutilation, assault or harassment, and other criminal activity. Loss of telephone service to the campus is an emergency situation if the 911 line is unavailable. In general, it is at the discretion of the supervisor on duty to determine whether UT Police should be called or other actions should be taken.

 

Library Administration Chain of Command

Senior Library Director

Director of Library and Outreach Services

Head of Collection Resources

Head of Library Technology

Business Administrator

General Plan of Action in Case of a Disaster

  • Call University Police at 911 or 567-2800
  • Evacuate the library if lives are in danger
  • Contact the Library Administration Chain of Command listed above
  • The Disaster Team Leader will contact members of the Disaster Team.


Table of Contents

Library Disaster Team Members

Procedures for Campus Emergency Situations

Emergency Building Evacuation Procedures

Policies for Emergency Closure

Emergency and Recovery Contact Information

UT Health Science Center Disaster Support

Procedures for Non-Emergency Safety or Security Situations

Appendices

Appendix 1  Briscoe Library Floor Maps

Appendix 2  Emergency Evacuation Team

Appendix 3  Priority List of Collections, Administrative Records and Equipment (not publicly available)

Appendix 4  Emergency Salvage of Wet Books and Records

Appendix 5  Packing and Removal of Wet Library Materials

Appendix 6  Departmental Emergency Evacuation Procedures

 

Distribution of the Disaster Plan

  • Each member of the Disaster Team, as well as the Senior Library Director, will have a personal copy of the full plan to be kept at home.
  • A current, electronic copy of the plan will be on the Library’s website at http://library.uthscsa.edu/2012/03/d-plan-overview/.
  • A pocket guide (maintained by Jonquil Feldman) will be distributed to the Library Operations Team.
  • A Business Continuity Plan is reviewed annually and updated as needed by Jonquil Feldman.

The Disaster Plan will be updated annually as:

The Disaster Team evolves

New procedures are developed

The supply list is modified

The Library’s physical space changes

Different disasters or recovery methods are identified.

 

Briscoe Library Holiday Schedule 2016 – 2017 (Proposed)

View the University Holiday Schedule

Day Date Holiday UT Health Science Center Access Public Access**
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Friday September 2 7 am – 10 pm 7 am – 10 pm
Saturday September 3   9 am – 10 pm 9 am – 10 pm
Sunday September 4 10 am – midnight 10 am – midnight
Monday September 5 Labor Day  10 am – midnight 10 am – midnight
THANKSGIVING WEEKEND
Wednesday November 23  
7 am – 6 pm
7 am – 6 pm
Thursday November 24 Thanksgiving Day CLOSED CLOSED
Friday November 25 University Holiday CLOSED CLOSED
Saturday November 26  Resume Regular Hours 7 am – midnight 9 am – 10 pm
Sunday November 27 7 am – 2 am 10 am – midnight
WINTER BREAK
Friday December 16  End of Fall Term 7 am – 6 pm 7 am – 6 pm
Saturday December 17 CLOSED CLOSED
Sunday December 18 CLOSED CLOSED
Monday December 19
8 am – 5 pm 8 am – 5 pm
Tuesday December 20
8 am – 5 pm
8 am – 5 pm
Wednesday December 21 8 am – 5 pm 8 am – 5 pm
Thursday December 22 8 am – 5 pm 8 am – 5 pm
Friday December 23 8 am – 5 pm 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday December 24  Christmas Eve CLOSED CLOSED
Sunday December 25  Christmas Day CLOSED CLOSED
Monday December 26  University Holiday
CLOSED CLOSED
Tuesday December 27* 8 am – 5 pm
8 am – 5 pm
Wednesday December 28* 8 am – 5 pm 8 am – 5 pm
Thursday December 29* 8 am – 5 pm 8 am – 5 pm
Friday December 30* 8 am – 5 pm 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday December 31 CLOSED CLOSED
Sunday January 1  New Year’s Day 2017 CLOSED CLOSED
Monday January 2   University Holiday CLOSED CLOSED
Tuesday January 3  Resume Regular Hours 7 am – 2 am 7 am – midnight
 * University Mission Critical Holiday
OTHER
Monday January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day 7 am – 2 am 7 am – midnight
Monday March 13 Spring Break 7 am – midnight 7 am – midnight
Tuesday March 14 Spring Break 7 am – midnight 7 am – midnight
Wednesday March 15 Spring Break 7 am – midnight 7 am – midnight
Thursday March 16 Spring Break 7 am – midnight 7 am – midnight
Friday March 17 Spring Break 7 am – 10 pm 7 am – 10 pm
Sunday April 16 Easter Sunday 7 am – midnight 1 pm midnight
Friday April 28* Battle of Flowers 7 am – midnight 7 am – 10 pm
 * University Mission Critical Holiday, date subject to change
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Friday May 26 7 am – 6 pm 7 am – 6 pm
Saturday May 27 9 am – 6 pm
9 am – 6 pm
Sunday May 28 CLOSED CLOSED
Monday May 29 Memorial Day CLOSED CLOSED
INDEPENDENCE DAY
Monday July 3 7 am – 6 pm 7 am – 6 pm
Tuesday July 4 Independence Day CLOSED CLOSED
** Access for non-UT Health Science Center ID card holders

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Briscoe Library Participates in 2015 Science Expo

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Close to 1500 high school and college students from San Antonio and South Texas attended the 2015 Science Expo this year which is held annually on the UT Health Science Center campus. The event  features activities and presentations to encourage students to consider health occupations and research careers. A number of campus departments participate including the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Health Professions, School of Nursing and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

This year, Library staff Emme Lopez, Patrick Lemelle, and Peg Seger talked with students about resources from the National Library of Medicine. Patrick Lemelle also developed a special exhibit presentation introducing students to the career of Health Science Librarianship. Accompanied by music, the presentation proved quite successful in drawing attention to a career option that seemed to appeal to many students.