About the Library

3D Printing Demo for Dental Students

3D print services in the Library are really taking off.  For this reason, staff librarians are offering more demonstrations for students to get up to speed with the process of creating 3D print objects for class assignments and individual research projects. Shown here with Dental Hygiene students are Kelley Minars, Creative Technologies Librarian, and John Weed, Head of Simulation and Immersion Technology.

For most of the current 3D print projects, there are no charges. The Library has, however, acquired a second 3D printer with more print options to meet the increasing demands. The new printer will use an increased variety of print filament and colors which may make it necessary to add a nominal charge for print projects using the new printer in the future.

For information on how to submit a file for 3D print projects click here.

Stay tuned for more 3D print announcements!

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.

Area Health Professional Service Area

Counties included in the UT Health Libraries service area for area health professionals (AHPs):

Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Duval, Edwards, Frio, Jim Wells, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, Kleberg, LaSalle, Live Oak, Maverick, McMullen, Medina, Nueces , Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Webb, Wilson, Zavala

For service outside of these counties, please contact your nearest medical library:

Houston Academy of Medicine Texas Medical Center Library — Houston

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Moody Medical Library — Galveston

University of North Texas Health Science Center Lewis Health Science Center Library — Fort Worth

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Library — Dallas

Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library — College Station

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Library of the Health Sciences — Lubbock

Scott & White Memorial Hospital Richard D. Haines Medical Library — Temple

Texas Medical Association Library — Austin

Best in State: San Antonio Annual Texas Health Literacy Conference

 

It is estimated that only 12% of American adults are considered proficient in the health literacy skills they need to effectively navigate and use our health care system. The Texas Health Literacy Conference, held annually in San Antonio for the past 13 years, is recognized as the top health literacy conference in the state. The conference is sponsored by the Bexar County Health Collaborative and the San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative, SAHLI.

The UT Health Briscoe Library supports the conference each year by demonstrating and promoting health literacy resources available from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). In addition, this year librarian Karen Barton (shown below) presented a poster on her National Network of Libraries of Medicine Award entitled The Youth Health Literacy Challenge: A Partnership between UT Health San Antonio Libraries, North East ISD, and the San Antonio Public Library. For the project award, Karen designed a calendar that elementary through high school-aged students can use to learn how to access nutritional resources and reliable health information from the NLM while working through fun and interactive exercises. She also presented on this project at the IIMS Community Engagement Symposium.

 

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 UT Health Libraries.

  • Students living outside of San Antonio or Laredo area who are currently enrolled in a UT Health Science Center school-sponsored course 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.
  • Doctoral candidates who have completed course work and are living outside San Antonio 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  or 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 UT Health Libraries. Contact the Library for more information.
  • 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 Canvas.
  • Any electronic delivery that is subject to licensing or copyright restrictions.

 Alternatives to Borrowing from the UT Health Libraries

If you don’t want to wait for delivery from the UT Health 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 UT Health borrowers to check books out under the TexShare 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, Outreach & Community Engagement: 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 Senior Director of Libraries 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 community partners to assess needs and offer assistance when appropriate.

 

Back to Library Disaster Team list.

Briscoe Library Assists with the SGA Annual Community Outreach Event

On Saturday, April 8, the Student Government Association (SGA) hosted “UTHealthier: A Grand Future, A Health Fair for Kinship Care Families” at the YWCA Olga Madrid Center with assistance from Karen Barton, Liaison to the School of Health Professions and Community Engagement Librarian. Karen has been providing outreach and health information to the San Antonio Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group since last year. In Fall 2016, she approached SGA with the idea that they ask their peers to consider the support group for Community Service Learning (CSL) or other projects. Soon after, SGA informed the library that they wanted to provide outreach to the families through a health fair as part of their annual community outreach event and they asked for the library’s assistance in planning the event. Each of UT Health San Antonio’s five schools participated in the health fair, which aimed to provide health and nutrition information and also interest youth in health careers. Children were able to take part in many hands-on activities, such as extracting DNA from strawberries, learning physical therapy balance and coordination techniques, and using various medical tools. Local company CPR 123 was also on site to provide CPR demonstrations with the use of infant and adult manikins. Additionally, an HEB Registered Dietitian presented a cooking demo and provided health and nutrition information. The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) and the Alzheimer’s Association were also present to provide information.

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 in the library classroom/meeting rooms, fill out this form. Contact 210-567-2450 or email to AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu with questions.
  • 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, LIB 4.074, and LIB 5.076 may be reserved through the library website. 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:
      • LCD monitor and laptop (available in the room)
      • Dry Erase Markers—may be checked out at Circulation Desk. Do not use any other type of markers.
    • Assistance with setting up or connecting the monitor/laptop, contact the IMS Service Desk, or call 210-567-7777.

Video-teleconferencing

Downlink in LIB 2.011 or LIB 4.074 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 screen 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 call 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 10/27/2017