About the Library

Technology Sandbox Coming Soon to the UT Health Briscoe Library

 

The Briscoe Library Technology Sandbox, an area with interactive work spaces and some of the newest technology to enhance medical education, is quickly coming together on the main floor of the library. Comfortable seating, desks, and a large worktable have been installed along with a 75 inch monitor now available for use. Soon, the space will feature a 3-D printer and computers for working with some of the latest 3-D visualization and virtual technology software. The technology will include an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for students and faculty to interact with anatomy in two new, immersive ways: The Body VR and 3-D Organon VR Anatomy. The Body VR allows the user to travel through the bloodstream to discover how blood cells function and how organelles work together to fight viruses. The 3-D Organon VR Anatomy is described by Oculus as “the world’s first fully-featured virtual reality anatomy atlas.”

Also shown above is a newly installed exhibit in the Sandbox area entitled Transforming Anatomy: Then and Now. The exhibit features materials from the PI Nixon Medical Historical Library illustrating the timeline of the study of anatomy including the original works of Andreas Vesalius considered to be the father of modern anatomy. Come see how far we have come from the original anatomy masters to the latest in technology and software.

Watch for announcements regarding a launch event for the Technology Sandbox. Contact John Weed at WeedJ@uthscsa.edu for more information.

TexShare Borrowers

Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Adult Public Library Borrowers, and Members of Libraries of Clinical Medicine from participating TexShare libraries around the state are eligible to register for library services, including:

  • Books (excluding Nursing titles) and databases
  • Journals—print or electronic, in-house use only at any of the UT Health Science Center Libraries
  • Library computers (time limit)
  • Online search service (fee)
  • Photocopy and printing (fee)

Loan periods for circulating material

Material Type

Loan Period

# of Renewals Allowed

Books

14 days

n/a

Journals

n/a

n/a

Audiovisuals

n/a

n/a

Print Reserve Materials

3 hours

n/a

Library Registration:

Create an account for book checkout.

  1. Request a TexShare card from your home institution library.
  2. Bring the TexShare card to the Circulation Desk along with your Texas driver’s license or other official state ID, and complete a borrower registration form.
  3. Student cards are valid for one semester only, with breaks between semesters. See the circulation cut-off dates for this year. Faculty and staff cards expire on August 31 every year.

Library Collection Use

Users may have up to 3 items checked out at any given time.

TexShare Cut Off Dates for UT HSC students (2016 – 2017)

Begins on

Jul 01, 2016

Jan 03, 2017

Ends on

Dec 16, 2016

Jun 30, 2017

Last Date to Issue a Card

Dec 9, 2016

Jun 23, 2017

Student Cards Expire on

Dec 16, 2016

Jun 30, 2017

Dead Period – No cards issued to students   Dec 19, 2016 – Jan 2, 2017
UT HSC faculty/staff cards expire Aug 31, 2016  FY 2016
UT HSC faculty/staff cards expire Aug 31, 2017 FY 2017

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library provide a forum for those interested in the history of the health sciences. The Friends have a deep appreciation for the Nixon Library’s remarkable rare book collection and have joined together to see that the Special Collections are preserved, augmented and introduced to those who have not yet discovered them.  The society meets periodically throughout the year for lectures and holds an annual dinner presentation in November.

History of Medicine Society

In 2012 the History of Medicine Society was formed as an interest group within the Friends of the Nixon Library.  The History of Medicine Society is a student-led group that includes students and faculty across the health science center, as well as members of the wider community.  Membership in the HOM Society is free and attendance at events is welcome.

Newsletter

The Friends Annual Newsletter gives a recap of the year’s activities, lists current members and past presidents, mentions recent acquisitions, and provides information on forthcoming events.

Membership

Membership in the Friends is open to everyone! Dues are $10 per year for students, $25 for individual members, and $50 for patrons. The Friends always welcome new members. If you are interested in joining or would like to know more, please contact Andrea N. Schorr, Head of Collection Resources, at schorr@uthscsa.edu or call 567-2403.

Friends Executive Board, 2015-2016

President:   Irene Bober-Moken, D.M.D., M.P.H.
Vice-President/President-Elect:
 Daniel Rosenthal, M.D.
Past President:
 Adelita Cantu, Ph.D., R.N.
Secretary/Treasurer:   Lisa Matye Finnie, M.L.S.
Members-at-Large:   Eithan Kotkowski, M.D./Ph.D. student
  Shirley Nah, MS II
  P.I. Nixon III

The History of Enemas: A History of Medicine Society Event

Presentation by Daniel Rosenthal, M.D.

Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room (5th floor)

 The History of Medicine Society is a student-run organization,  meetings are open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served!

From the need to clean the colon of royal war elephants in India to the job of shepherding the anus of Egyptian Pharaohs, to the fad of coffee enemas….this talk will take you across five continents and thousands of years of recorded medical history. The Mayan used it, Louis the XlV loved it….Moliere popularized it in his plays.

Daniel Rosenthal, M.D.

The Library Committee

The university-wide Library Committee meets quarterly to address library service issues from the users’ perspective and works with library administration to get input from faculty, students, and staff concerning proposed changes in library policies and practices. Faculty and students who serve on this committee have a “global perspective” about services the library may be willing to provide, and become involved in committee projects.

Michael Palm, Assistant Professor, Neurology, is the chair of the UT Health Science Center Library Committee for 2016-2017.

Charge

To serve in a consultative and advisory capacity to the President and Vice President for Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs and to work with and assist the Executive Director of Libraries in making recommendations for library practices and procedures. To review and advise in the development of priorities in the areas that have an impact on academic efficiency and effectiveness to ensure that the services provided by the library reflect the needs and interests of the academic community.

Faculty Members

Terms expire August 31, 2017

*Palm, Michael (Medical)

Parsons, Helen (Medical)

Weintraub, Susan (Medical)

Terms expire August 31, 2018

Arribas, Alfredo (Dental)

Ali, Fozia Akhtar (Medical)

Ojili, Vijayanadh (Medical)

**Piernik-Yoder, Bridgett (Health Professions)

Terms expire August 31, 2019

Blader, Joseph (Medicine)

_____ (Nursing)

_____ (Dental)

Weintraub, Susan (Medical)

Ex Officio (voting)

Cartee, Brian (Senior Director, Information Technologies)

Ellard, Owen (Senior Director, Library)

 

 *Chair
**Vice Chair

University Archives Policies

P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Introduction

The University Archives are part of the Special Collections of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.  Access to the University Archives is by appointment only as some materials are in remote locations and must be retrieved.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the University Archives is to identify, preserve, and make available for research records that document the origins, development, programs, policies, and collections of the UT Health Science Center as well as the history of medicine in San Antonio and South Texas.

Definitions

Institutional records: all documentary materials, regardless of physical format, that are created or received by staff members in the course of doing their jobs, including handwritten, typewritten, or computer-generated documents; photographs; clippings from newspapers and magazines; audio-visual materials; architectural records; university publications; etc.

Archival records: those materials that are no longer regularly used by the office that created or received them, but which have lasting administrative or historical value making them worthy of long-term preservation.

Inactive records: those that receive little use in ordinary circumstances and have no long-term value.
Non-record materials: published materials (e.g., books, pamphlets, brochures) not generated by the university and not dealing with the history of the university or medicine in San Antonio and South Texas; surplus copies of university publications and articles about the university; and ephemera.

Personal papers: Some individuals keep in their offices materials relating to their personal activities. These should be kept separate from records that are created in the course of their work for the university. If the papers relate to professional activities, university personnel are encouraged to offer them to the Archives, as personal research and writing can increase understanding of university collections and activities.

Records Policies

Ownership
All Archive records are property of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and may not be destroyed or removed from the library except for purposes of digitization or copy for display in exhibits.

Creation and maintenance

Each UT Health Science Center department head is responsible for the creation and maintenance of records that document the activities under their jurisdiction and transfer of inactive records of archival value to the Archives. Archival records are kept in their original order; staff should be diligent about preserving the order and integrity of current files. Departments should contact the Archivist whenever historic records are no longer needed in the office of origin before files are dismantled or transferred elsewhere.

Scope of the Archives Collection

The University Archives contain publications, papers, photographs, and other records that document the history of the university itself. A secondary area of interest includes records documenting the history of medicine in San Antonio and South Texas. Included in the collection are publications of or about the university, correspondence of key officials, printed materials produced by an office or department of the university, minutes of meetings, bound dissertations and theses by graduate students (one copy), student yearbooks, manuscripts and personal papers of prominent San Antonio physicians, records about the history of medicine in San Antonio and South Texas, photographs, oral histories, some artifacts, etc. Records of the university which have historical or archival value but no longer have administrative, fiscal or legal value to their originating offices are transferred to the University Archives. Records are maintained permanently there and become the property of the Archives.

Collection and Retention of Archival Materials

Archival materials will be collected according to the following policies:

  • UT Health Science Center Archives
    • Publications of or about the university.
    • Internal records of offices and departments of the university. The offices of highest priority are those of the President, the deans of the individual schools, the Vice-Presidents, the Office of External Affairs, and South Texas Technology Management.
    • Printed materials produced by an office or department of the university (brochures, etc.)
    • Bound dissertations or theses by graduate students of the university (one copy)
    • Original non-print materials produced by or about the university (selectively).

Manuscripts

Personal papers of prominent individuals associated with the Health Science Center or the history of medicine in San Antonio or South Texas.

Archives of other institutions relating to the history of medicine in San Antonio or Texas

Photographs

Photographs relating to the Health Science Center or to the history of medicine in San Antonio or South Texas will be actively solicited. However, unidentified portraits of individuals will not ordinarily be accepted.

Oral History

Oral history interviews with prominent members of the Health Science Center community, the Bexar County health sciences community, and the South Texas area will be recorded as possible. The personal papers of those individuals will also be solicited.

Memorabilia

Artifacts related to the history of the Health Science Center or to the history of medicine will be accepted selectively but not actively solicited.

Duplicates

Duplicate copies of archival materials will not ordinarily be retained. Exceptions are made for published materials likely to have high reference use (student yearbooks, for example).

Acquisition and Transfer of Records

Health Science Center administrative and office personnel are requested to contact the Records Management Officer of the university before disposing of inactive records or sending non-current material to storage if they feel the records contain information of historic value. Records marked on the Health Science Center Records Retention Schedule with an I in the Archival column must automatically be sent to the Archives, not destroyed or sent to the Warehouse. Those marked with an O should be reviewed by the archivist to determine their value to the Archives. Prior to transferring records to the archives a Transfer Request Form must be completed and approved.

When records are transferred to the Archives, contents of each records box must be listed on a transfer list by the office from which the records are being transferred using the Archives Transfer List form. The records should also be listed on the Disposition Log for the office with “Archives” listed as the method of disposition.

The Records Management Officer provides the transfer list to the Archives when records are transferred and maintains a listing of records transferred. The Request for Transfer of Records to University Archives should be completed by the Department Head. Records transferred to the Archives become property of the Archives.

Management

Professional archival standards will be followed in the care and management of the archival collections.

Access

Access to the Archives will be provided to Health Science Center personnel, area health professionals, and visiting scholars. Restrictions may be imposed on sensitive records or series of records, particularly those covered by FERPA or HIPAA regulations, to protect privacy rights.

Archival records may be viewed by appointment only Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the P. I. Nixon Reading Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library. Visitors planning to arrive after 4:30 pm should contact archival staff ahead of time to ensure materials are ready for use as materials will not be retrieved at that time. Users should be prepared to show proper identification (university ID card or a government issued ID). Purses, briefcases, and folders must be placed in designated areas. Only paper, pencils, laptop computers, and digital cameras may be brought into the reading room. Cotton gloves will be provided by archival staff for handling of very rare materials.

Services

The Archives provides a reference service for the Health Science Center community and researchers and a repository for the preservation of historically important university records. Archival staff will photocopy and/or digitize materials for users. There is no charge for UT Health Science Center personnel. Non-UT Health Science Center users will be charged $25.00 per picture digitized. Fees may be charged for digitization of other materials, depending on the purpose and the amount of materials requested.

Approved by Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, November, 2008

University Health System Borrowers

Current staff of the University Health System have access to a wide variety of library services, including:

  • Books, journals, databases & audio/visual materials
  • Library computers
  • Online search service (fee)
  • Interlibrary loan (fee)
  • Study room reservations
  • Photocopy and printing (fee)
  • Proxy Borrower
  • Current fiction

Loan periods for circulating material

Material Type

Loan Period

# of Renewals Allowed

Books

14 days

2

Journals

1 week

none

Journals received in the last 30 days

none

n/a

Audiovisuals

1 week

1

Reserve materials

varies

none

Library Registration

  • Create an account for book checkout and Interlibrary Loan services.
  • Health Science Center library users may register in person at the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk or at the Laredo Regional Campus Library.
  • A UHS Staff ID card and a state-issued ID (current driver’s license or passport) are required to register.
  • Students, housestaff and faculty with clinical appointments must register annually.

Library Collection Use

Users may have up to 3 items checked out at any given time. Select library materials may be renewed in person or by calling the Circulation Desk at (210) 567-2440 or on the online catalog. Renewal will be denied if materials have reached their renewal limit, have been recalled, or are overdue.

Upcoming 2016 Events for the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

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The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library are committed to the development and use of an exceptional collection of books and manuscripts relating to the history of medicine and the health sciences. The collection was established through the efforts of Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon (1883-1965), who was born in Guadalupe County, attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and later built a practice in San Antonio. Your  support of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library  helps to assure that we will be able to maintain, build, and promote the use of the collection, both on the campus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and in the academic communities of the surrounding area.

The History of Medicine Society is a student-led interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. It meets on the third Thursday of the month during academic semesters to discuss the historical development of the health sciences and to explore the impact of medicine on society. Membership is free, and meetings are open to the general public.

The next meeting of the History of Medicine Society is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2016

6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library

The topic will be Orthopedic Eponyms, presented by Fred Olin, MD.

On Wednesday, November 2nd 2016, the 46th Annual Friends Dinner Meeting and Presentation will be held

Kirsten Gardner, PhD, will be speaking on “Patient Decisions: A History of Diabetes Since the Discovery of Insulin”

The dinner is held at the Old San Francisco Steak House, 10223 Sahara Street

(Located north of Loop 410. From San Pedro, turn right onto  Sahara Street.)

Sponsorships for students are available on request. Advanced registration is required.

Please RSVP by October 21, 2016. A link to the reservation form is available below.

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library annual dinner reservation form @ frienddinnerreservationform_2016

For more information, contact Peg Seger, Head of Outreach and Community Engagement, at 210-567-6398 or segerp@uthscsa.edu.

UT Health Libraries Outreach Services

South Texas Outreach

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The UT Health Libraries are nationally recognized for their outreach services which seek to improve access to health information in South Texas communities. The goal of  the outreach initiative is twofold: (1) to provide health professionals with the means to support evidence-based practice, and (2) to provide health care consumers with the tools to make informed health care decisions. The Libraries are strong advocates for improved access to health information as a cornerstone for community health and empowerment. Services include training in effective literature retrieval, literature searches conducted by medical librarians, and outreach to consumers and community-based organizations.

In 1993 UT Health librarian Mary Jo Dwyer received the first Michael DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award from the Friends of the National Library of Medicine. In 2009 Greysi Reyna (shown above), former Assistant Director of the Ramirez Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, received the same award. In 2004 the Institute of Museum and Library Services recognized UT Health Ramirez Library by awarding them the National Award for Museum and Library Service in recognition of their service to the Lower Rio Grande Valley community. In 2016, the Ramirez Library became part of the newly formed University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) medical school.

In addition to the Briscoe Library in San Antonio, the UT Health Libraries also include the Laredo Regional Campus Library.