Library Events

Briscoe and Ramirez Libraries will host workshop on digitization

The Briscoe Library in San Antonio and the Ramirez Library in Harlingen will host an online workshop, What You Need to Know About Starting a Digitization Project, provided by the American Library Association and sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Date: Wednesday, February 19th
Time: 1:30-3:00 pm
Location: Briscoe Library Collaboratory (4.074), and Ramirez Library, RAHC

In this 90 minute workshop, digitization expert Susanne Caro will show you what you need to get started if you are new to digitization. You’ll learn about how to assess different materials for digitization, how to get buy-in and resources for your project, and ways to familiarize yourself with the different tools that can help you do the work.

The program will cover:

  • Basic information and research needs
  • Collection selection
  • Where to find financial and human resources
  • Awareness of digital preservation needs
  • The basics of copyright as it relates to digitization

Participants will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for this event.

For more information contact Andrea N. Schorr, for the San Antonio workshop (210) 567-2403 or email: schorr@uthscsa.edu.  Contact Kathy Carter for the Harlingen workshop (956) 365-8857 or email: carterk3@uthscsa.edu.

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getHIP 2008

Held on Saturday, June 7, 2008, in San Antonio, Texas the getHIP conference welcomed 121 school librarians, school nurses, teachers, school administrators, health educators, health sciences librarians and others to promote a coordinated approach to school health.

Photograph of getHIP 2008 lecture attendeesAt the conference, in addition to keynote and panel presentations, an “experience fair” allowed attendees to exchange ideas with colleagues from a variety of schools, libraries and other organizations engaged in schools and public health. Attendees also worked together in small group exercises to generate specific ideas for collaborating across professional lines to promote a team approach to school health, following the CDC’s “coordinated school health program” model.

Photograph of getHIP 2008 attendees visiting a booth

Conference Resources

Conference Goals

  • Discuss best practices relevant to school health and identify specific information resources;
  • Explore strategies for disseminating current information about school health issues and health careers; and
  • Identify specific opportunities for collaboration among school librarians, school nurses, teachers, school administrators, health educators, and health sciences librarians resulting in a team approach to school heath issues.

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6 hours of continuing education credit were provided for nurses, school librarians and teachers.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3505 with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

getHIP 2010

Goals

  • Increase awareness of health information resources especially relevant to students, teachers, and health professionals who work with them
  • Increase the capacity of librarians to develop career centers and promote health careers
  • Identify specific opportunities to develop a collaborative approach to the health issues of children and youth

Speakers Included

  • Dr. Pat Cooper – CEO/President of Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mario Martinez, MBA – San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
  • Ximena Urrutia-Rojas, DrPH, RN – UT Health Science Center at Houston
  • Paula Wissman, RN, MSN – Retired, Northside Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas
  • Amanda Lopez, BS, CHES – South Central Area Health Education Center
  • Ann Vickman, MLS – Biblioteca Las Américas, Mercedes, Texas

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3505 with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

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Harry Potter’s World

Illustration of medieval medical practices by Hieronymus Brunschwig, 1494The UT Health Science Center Libraries are pleased to announce that Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine will open in the Briscoe Library on October 11, 2010.

The traveling exhibit, produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, and coordinated by the American Library Association, uses materials from the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine to explore Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance traditions.

The study of Renaissance science and medicine adds a fascinating dimension to the Harry Potter stories for both children and adults. For example, alchemist Nicolas Flamel, who is fictionally featured in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was a real 15th-century scholar whose experiments with metals influenced the development of modern chemistry.

A series of programs has been planned in connection with the exhibit, which will be in the Briscoe Library from October 11 to November 6, 2010.

For more information contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

Event Dates

Opening Event and Reception

Renaissance Science and the Quest for Immortality: Lessons from Albus Dumbledore, Nicolas Flamel, and Isaac Newton

C. Mackenzie Brown, Ph.D. (More Information)
Jennie Farris Railey King Professor in Religion, Department of Religion, Trinity University
October 11, 2010, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room

Potent Potions and Healing Herbs: Medicinal Practices of the Renaissance

Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D. (More Information)
Professor, Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, UT Health Science Center
October 19, 2010, 12:00 noon -1:00 pm
Pestana Lecture Hall

A Little Muggle Magic: The Wisdom of Harry Potter for Families

Pat Thompson, Ph.D. (More Information)
Senior Lecturer in History, University of Texas at San Antonio
October 23, 2010, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Annual Dinner and Presentation

Magic and Monsters in the Stacks: How Harry Potter Came to the National Library of Medicine

Stephen J. Greenberg, Ph.D. (More Information)
Coodinator of Public Services – History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine
November 1, 2010, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Double Tree Hotel: Contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, for more information and to purchase tickets for this event: Borchers@uthscsa.edu.

Presentation to students attending Science Expo

Living Dangerously: Doctors Adrift in the Dark Ages

Richard F. Ludueña, Ph.D. (More Information)
Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
November 6, 2010; two presentations: 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room

Resources

P. I. Nixon Library Books Relating to Harry Potter’s World

“Harry Potter’s World” exhibition homepage from National Library of Medicine

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. The exhibition tour is coordinated by the American Library Association Public Programs Office, Chicago.

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History of Medicine noon lecture will explore the treatment of diabetic pregnancy in the early 20th century

pregnancy“We Named Her Priscilla: Diabetic Pregnancy in early 20th century and Dr. Priscilla White”

Thursday, November 14, 12:00 noon
Howe Conference Room
5th floor, Briscoe Library

Kirsten Gardner, Ph.D., will talk about Priscilla White, a 1923 graduate of Tufts University Medical School whose groundbreaking work contributed to deeper understanding of diabetes, including diabetes in pregnancy.

Dr. Gardner, an Associate Professor of History at UTSA, is a past president of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  Her research interests include women’s health, particularly the history of female cancers. Recent articles include “Hiding the Scars: A History of Post-Mastectomy Prostheses,” “From Cotton to Silicone: A History of Breast Prosthesis Since World War II”, and “Informing Women: Early Cancer Detection Skills.”

History of Medicine noon lectures, hosted by the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, provide opportunities for informal learning and conversation. Everyone is invited. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

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One Book 2012

Cover of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child

“La conversación es el pasto del alma.”

Conversation is food for the soul.

(Mexican Dicho, Barefoot Heart, Chapter 5)

Read the Book

Join the Conversation

Hear the Author

Download a printable flyer for One Community One Book 2012

Copies of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child are available at the Briscoe, Ramirez and Laredo libraries, and at the Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library at Texas Research Park: Call number: E184.M5 H365 1999. The book is also available at the UT Health Science Center bookstore.

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One Community One Book: More

The Maine Humanities Council, creator of a national award-winning hospital-based book discussion program, has outlined on its website the benefits that come from engaging diverse groups of health care professionals in conversation about literary works on themes relevant to the work of health care providers, as well as to the human experiences of patients and their families (http://www.mainehumanities.org/programs/litandmed/index.html).  These include enhanced communications between health care professionals, patients and families, deepened understanding of the ways that institutional hierarchies can impede communication, greater awareness of how cultural and socio-economic perspectives and family history affect the health care experiences of patients, and increased vocational satisfaction.

The American Library Association publishes a guide, One Book One Community: Planning Your Community-Wide Read (http://publicprograms.ala.org/orc/pdfs/onebookguide.pdf) that has also been consulted in the development of this program on the UT Health Science Center campus.  Community reading programs have been organized by small towns and large cities, and on university campuses across the country  The benefits of community reading programs listed in the ALA planning guide—cross-cultural understanding, improved communication, a deepened sense of community– are similar to those noted for the Maine Humanities Council’s Literature and Medicine program.

In 2008 the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Briscoe Library of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio planned our first One Community/One Book project.  Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, a book by Tracy Kidder about the life and work of humanitarian physician, Paul Farmer, was selected. A series of book discussions were held during August and September, 2008, culminating in a visit to campus and a lecture by both Tracy Kidder, the author of the book, and Dr. Paul Farmer, the subject of the book.  During the lecture by Dr. Farmer and Tracy Kidder the UT Health Science Center auditorium, which seats 634, was filled to standing room only capacity with faculty, students, staff, and members of the San Antonio community. Total attendance may have been double that when video-teleconference participation at remote locations in Harlingen and Laredo are included.

A community read in 2009 focused on Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality, by Pauline Chen, MD.  In 2010 the One Community One Book selection was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.   Participation in book discussions have grown steadily, with more than 270 individuals taking part in book discussion events in 2010.  Author presentations by Pauline Chen and Rebecca Skloot were well-attended by members of the public as well as campus affiliates.

Campus and community partnerships have been critical to the success of all of the One Community One Book programs on the campus of the UT Health Science Center.  In the past, partners have included– in addition to the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching– the University Transplant Center and local offices of the National Kidney Foundation; and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  In 2012 we are pleased that the San Antonio Public Library, the Voelcker Biosciences Teachers Academy, and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy have worked with us to provide speaking venues for Elva Trevino Hart, who will be in San Antonio from February 22 through February 25.

One Community One Book has also been supported by generous donations from individual faculty members.  Humanities Texas, the local affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has been a partner in three One Community One Book events, in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

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One Community/One Book 2008

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The Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics and the UT HSC Libraries are offering a season of reading and conversation in the fall of 2008, organized around the book Mountains Beyond Mountains, journalist Tracy Kidder‘s chronicle of the life and work of infectious disease specialist and anthropologist Dr. Paul Farmer.

A Haitian proverb lies at the heart of Tracy Kidder’s story about Paul Farmer: “Beyond mountains, there are mountains”. As you solve one problem, another problem will appear . . . and so you go on, and solve that problem as well.

The centerpiece event of One Community One Book 2008 at UT HSC will take place at noon on September 22, 2008, when Dr. Paul Farmer and Tracy Kidder will present the Frank Bryant Jr MD Distinguished Lecture. Their visit is being hosted by the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics.

One Community/One Book 2009

Photograph of president Henrich holding a copy of Final ExamThe Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics have selected Dr. Pauline Chen’s Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality for our 2009 campus and community reading program.

Copies of Final Exam are available at any UT Health Science Center Library at call number WZ 100C518F 2007 or in the Health Science Center Bookstore for 25% off.

Working in partnership with the University Transplant Center, with support from the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Texas Nurses Association District 8, and nursing sorority Sigma Theta Tau – Delta Alpha, and other community partners, One Community/One Book will reach out to involve local health care professionals both on and beyond the campus in multiple book discussion opportunities leading up to Pauline Chen’s talk, which will occur at noon on September 25, 2009.

How can you get involved?

  1. Read Final Exam by Pauline Chen
  2. Participate in discussion groups to further explore issues presented in the book
  3. See Pauline Chen speak about her book on September 25 at 12 noon in the HSC Auditorium

Dr. Chen’s reading on September 25th will be telecast to the following locations:

  • RAHC in Harlingen Room 1.100
  • South Texas Research Park Room 1.120
  • Laredo Library Room 1.101.7
  • Allied Health Room 4.102

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