About the Library

Giving to the Libraries

How You Can Help

A gift to the UT Health Science Center Libraries is a gift that keeps on giving throughout the Health Science Center and beyond. Gifts will be used to support the library’s collection, services, and programs and will keep the UT Health Science Center Libraries in the forefront of 21st century libraries.

Gifts to the library can be designated as a lasting tribute or memorial to a family member, friend, or colleague. Tribute and memorial bookplates will be placed in appropriate books for donations of $50 or more. The Office of Institutional Advancement will acknowledge all gifts and will send an announcement to the honoree or other designee. Donors can identify whether they wish to become a Friend of the UT Health Science Center Libraries or a Friend of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, the history of medicine collection of the library. All gifts to the UT Health Science Center Libraries are tax deductible.

To Donate to the Library, Use the HSConnect Donate Link:

Donate to the Libraries

If you wish to donate using a UT Health Science Center project ID or check, please use the Giving to the Libraries form or contact the UT Health Science Center Libraries Administrative Office at 210-567-2407 or by email to ellard@uthscsa.edu.

Gifts of Books and Other Library Materials

The library accepts gifts and donations of books and other materials if these items are needed for the collection. In accepting these materials, the library retains the right to dispose of them if they duplicate existing materials or are outside of the library’s collection scope. Please contact Andrea Schorr, Head of Resource Management, at 210-567-2403 or by email to schorr@uthscsa.edu if you are interested in donating materials to the UT Health Science Center Libraries.

 

Governor Dolph Briscoe Jr., 1923-2010

Photo of Dolph BriscoeThe UT Health Science Center library located on the Long Campus in San Antonio is named after Dolph Briscoe Jr., who served as the 41st governor of Texas from 1973 to 1979.

On November 14, 1985 a ceremony was held to dedicate the  library, which was  completed in 1983 after many years of planning.  Governor Briscoe was present at the event, along with his wife, UT System Regent Janey Briscoe; as well as John P. Howe, III, former president of the UT Health Science Center; Donald A.B. Lindberg, Director, National Library of Medicine; and Jess Hay, Chairman, The University of Texas System Board of Regents.

An excerpt from the dedication program speaks to Governor Briscoe’s commitment to education:

The library building at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is named to honor former Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr.  Mr. Briscoe, Uvalde rancher, served as governor during 1973-79.  During his administration, the appropriation of funds for public and higher education increased.  Since leaving office, Governor Briscoe has been active in support of community service programs.

In announcing the dedication, the former Regents’ Chairman Jon Newton said, “No resource of any campus, whether it be academic or health-related, is of more importance than the library.  At the health science center in San Antonio, the library serves medical, dental, nursing, allied health and graduate students in the medical sciences.  It stands as a symbol of excellence in their continued quest for knowledge.”

What better honor than to dedicate a library of national distinction to an individual who has been so supportive of higher education.

From: Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Library:  Celebrating 20 Years of Service and Development,  November 14, 1985

The University’s news publication covered the dedication event on the front page of its November 22, 1985, issue, shown below:

Group and Individual Study Rooms at the Briscoe Library

Ready to study?  This page has a brief description of each study room at the Briscoe Library.  Remember, only group study rooms can be reserved for groups of two or more.  See the guidelines for details.

Reserve a Group Study Room

3rd Floor

3.114 Group table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window
3.116 Group table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board
3.118 Group table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board
3.120 Group table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board
3.122 Group table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board
3.124 Group table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board
3.126 Group table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board
3.128 Group table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board
3.130 Group round table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board

4th Floor

4A Individual table, chair, window
4B Individual table, chair, window
4C Individual table, chair, window
4D Individual table, chair, window
4E Individual table, chair, window
4F Individual table, chair, window
4G Individual table, chair, window
4H Individual table, chair, window
4I Individual table, chair, window
4J Individual table, chair, window
4K Individual table, chair, window
4L Individual table, chair, window
4M Group table, chairs, chalkboard, no window

5th Floor

Room numbers were updated in March 2013.

5.010 / 5A Individual table with lamp, chair, window
5.012 / 5B Individual table with lamp, chair, window
5.014 / 5C Individual table with lamp, chair, window
5.016 / 5D Individual table with lamp, chair, window
5.018 / 5E Individual table with lamp, chair, window
5.020 / 5F Individual table with lamp, chair, window
5.022 / 5G Individual table with lamp, chair, window
5.024 / 5H Individual table with lamp, chair, window
5.026 / 5I Individual table with lamp, chair, window
5.028 / 5J Individual table with lamp, chair, window
5.030 / 5K Individual table with lamp, chair, window
3.032 / 5L Individual table with lamp, chair, window
5.034 / 5M Group table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, no window, white board wall
5.040 / 5N Group table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board wall
5.042 / 5P Group table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board wall
5.044 / 5Q Group table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board wall
5.046 / 5R Group table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, no window, white board wall
5.048 / 5S Group table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, no window, white board wall
5.050 / 5T Group table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, no window, white board wall
5.052 / 5U Group table, chairs, no window, white board
5.053 / 5V Group table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, no window, white board

 

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.

ALA and NLM Logos

Health Professionals-San Antonio Area

Health professionals with a current state issued license and working in a clinical setting may register with the Library as an Area Health Professional and have access to a variety of services including:

  • Books and audio/visual materials
  • Journals—print or electronic, in-house use at any of the UT Health Science Center Libraries
  • Library computers (time limit)
  • Online search service (fee)
  • Interlibrary Loan *(fee)
  • Photocopy and printing (fee)

Due to licensing agreements and contracts, off-site access to electronic journals, books and databases is only available to affiliates (current faculty, staff, and students). Area health professionals are welcome to use electronic resources from within the library during regular business hours.

*Interlibrary Loan services are available for area health professionals for personal or academic research and may not be used by health professionals on behalf of law firms, corporations, or organizations.

Loan periods for circulating material

Material Type     Loan Period     # of Renewals
Books                     14 days                          2

Library Registration

  • Create an account for book checkout  and Interlibrary Loan services.
  • Area health professionals may register in person at the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk or at the Laredo Regional Campus Library.
  • A state-issued ID (current driver’s license or passport), a current license to practice number, and proof of working in a clinical setting are required for registration.
  • Borrowing privileges are valid for one year from date of issue unless the license expires prior to that, and may be extended annually.
  • Registration cannot be renewed until all fines and other obligations have been cleared.

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. Renewal will be denied if materials have reached their renewal limit, have been recalled, or are overdue.

History of Brain Mapping: an HOM Society Event on Thursday, February 16th


Upcoming History of Medicine Society Event at the Briscoe Library:

The History of Brain Mapping, a presentation by Eithan Kotkowski, MD/PhD student.

When: Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Where: Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room (5th floor)

Membership to the History of Medicine Society is free, and meetings are open to the public. Light refreshments will be served!

Hope to see you there!

Human Resources and Business Administrator: Jonquil Feldman

Office Phone:  210-567-2430

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

Regular Duties related to Disaster Planning

  • Maintains and updates list of keys and card readers annually or as necessary
  • Establishes and maintains an inventory of library assets
  • Maintains current list of all staff office phone numbers for updating the telephone tree

During and After a Disaster

  • Contacts recovery vendors and services at the request of the disaster team or collections manager
  • Tracks and coordinates expenditures
  • Coordinates with Senior Director of Libraries to authorize temporary staff assignments and workspaces if needed
  • Coordinates with IMS Client Support to replace equipment and to identify key servers and equipment that should be restored first
  • Coordinates payment for supplies and services needed
  • Recruits volunteers and ensures they all sign a waiver form
  • Arranges for food and drink for recovery workers as determined necessary
  • Works with Sharon Leach, Administrative Assistant to update the inventory of library possessions as damaged items are discarded
  • Maintains a list of possessions sent out for refurbishing, if applicable
  • Works with Senior Director of Libraries to submit insurance claims for Library
  • Coordinates with Human Resources to assist any employee injured in the disaster or during recovery with workman’s compensation or insurance claims
  • Enrolls the assistance of the Employee Assistance Program if necessary

 

Back to Library Disaster Team list.

Image of Research

Image of Research Photography Competition Rules, Guidelines, and Details

The Image of Research competition is an opportunity for UT Health San Antonio students from all five schools to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in a single visual image. This competition and its accompanying exhibition showcase students’ creative visual conceptualization of their research.

Individual Submission Form
Group Submision Form

Dates:

Submission opens: April 24, 2018.
Submission deadline: September 21, 2018.
Announcement of the winners will occur via email at the end of September and there will be a reception and awards ceremony in October.

Requirements:

Who can submit?
Entries can be submitted by all current UT Health San Antonio students, residents, and fellows. Individual and group entries are welcome.
Students may submit as individuals even if they are part of a research group.
Multiple students from the same research group may also submit as individuals, as long as they use their own photograph/image.
A group entry should consist of two or more students working on the same project. A separate award will be given for an Interprofessional Education category (two or more students from at least two different disciplines).

Click here for the Individual Submission Form.
Click here for the Group Submission Form.

What should the image be?
The image should represent students’ research, whether concrete or abstract. The submission will also include a brief narrative that articulates the connection between the image and your research. Your narrative should be written in a clear, concise manner that captures the attention and imagination of both specialists and general audiences.
The image, while in the format of still photography, may depict 2D, mixed media, or 3D content. Animation and/or video content is outside the scope of this competition and will not be accepted.

Research
While all students at UT Health San Antonio perform research throughout their academic career, research takes place in multiple settings and is framed in a diverse manner. Broadly speaking, research is an iterative process that involves asking questions, seeking answers from multiple information sources, and remaining open to new or contradictory ideas. The way research and the research process are defined frequently vary by discipline. Image of Research welcomes submissions from novice to advanced researchers in any discipline reflecting any stage in the research process in any research that you’re involved with in some capacity.

The submission will be judged on three criteria:
Connection between image, text, and research
Originality
Visual Impact

Individual and group entries will be judged together to determine one first place, one second place, and one third place winner. A separate award will be given to one group entry for the Interprofessional Education category (a group of students from two or more disciplines).

The entrant must be principal creator of the image. Third party content can be used (for example, mixed with other content), but submitting a third party image unaltered is not permitted. Entrants are responsible for ensuring that any use of images or materials that are under copyright by a third party either falls under fair use or that relevant permissions have been sought, that no copyright has been infringed, and that any necessary release forms have been signed.

What is required for submission?
A title of less than 100 characters
A 100-200 word narrative that articulates the connection between the image and your research.
Images should be of the best quality and must meet the following requirements:
Maximum file size of 50 MB.
Minimum resolution of 300 ppi.
Image must be in JPEG, PNG, or other image file format.
Submissions that fail to meet these criteria may need to be changed.
Please keep in mind that all submissions will be printed and mounted for display and may be used for other functions in print or digital format.

If people other than yourself are present in your image, please provide a Model Authorization Release Form for each subject with your submission.
http://uthscsa.edu/opa/documents/Model.Authorization.Release.Form.06.13.13.pdf

You must agree to the following license agreement that allows the University to display and provide access to your image:
I am entering a submission to The UT Health San Antonio Libraries’ Image of Research Photography Competition. For purposes of this Release, my Work consists of: my submission; title and description of my submission; my name; and my biographical material. I do hereby grant The UT Health San Antonio Libraries, and those acting pursuant to its authority, a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable license to:

  1. to reproduce the Work in copies;
  2. to prepare derivative works based upon the Work;
  3. to distribute copies of the Work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
  4. in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual Works, to perform the Work publicly;
  5. in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic Works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual Work, to display the Work publicly; and
  6. in the case of sound recordings, to perform the Work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.

I warrant that to the best of my knowledge my Work does not infringe any copyright, invade any right of privacy, or infringe or violate any other right of any person or entity. I further indemnify and hold harmless The UT Health San Antonio Libraries and its licensees, agents and assigns from any claim, suit, damage, loss or expense (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of the foregoing warranties and representations.

Awards:

Cash prize amounts will be announced at a later date.

A multidisciplinary panel of judges will select one first, second, and third place winners, with a separate award for the Interprofessional Education category. Entrants must accept the contest terms to be eligible for awards.
Awards will be presented at the awards ceremony and reception in the fall.
All images will be printed and displayed at Briscoe Library throughout the duration of the competition, at the awards ceremony, and after the competition.

 

For any questions, please contact Kirsten Lorenzen – lorenzenk@uthscsa.edu

 

Information Resource Development Policy

About the Libraries

The UT Health San Antonio Libraries are at the heart of the Health Science Center community, with three locations (Long Campus, Texas Research Park Campus, and Laredo Campus) and a growing online presence, the Libraries serve as a hub for knowledge, education, and scholarship. The Libraries’ primary clientele include students, faculty, and staff who are affiliated with the Health Science Center either onsite or offsite. Secondary clientele include area health professionals, researchers, and members of the community.

Mission

The mission of the UT Health San Antonio Libraries is to promote learning, inspire discovery, and connect with our communities. This mission is accomplished by providing expert library services and access to reliable health sciences information.

Purpose of the Policy

The purpose of the Information Resource Development Policy (IRDP) is to guide collection development and management decisions and to ensure that information resources accurately and effectively support the mission and goals of the university.

Goals of the Policy

The goals of the Information Resource Development Policy (IRDP) are as follows:

• Develop and maintain collections that meet the needs of the UT Health academic, clinical, and research communities;
• Assess collections regularly for relevancy based on changes in campus programs, feedback, and usage;
• Maximize purchasing power and expand access to information through partnerships with state and regional consortia.

Scope and Guidelines

The Library collects, develops, and maintains collections in a variety of formats, however the preferred format for collection materials is electronic and/or online accessible. Collections focus on the following core subject areas: dentistry, medicine, nursing, basic medical sciences, and allied health sciences. Materials are also acquired in related subject areas such as: public health, pharmacy, psychology, health care management, and history of the health sciences.

Electronic Collections – Electronic resources are the preferred information format for the UT Health Libraries. Electronic collections consist primarily of e-journals, e-books, and databases. Access to electronic resources is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is also available off-campus for affiliated users.

Physical Collections – The Libraries physical collections are maintained both on-site and off-site. Physical collections consist primarily of journals, books, and audiovisuals (DVDs). The majority of the print journal collection is housed at a Joint Library Facility in Bryan, Texas. At present, most of the print book collections are housed within the Libraries, but many of these collections will be migrating to the Joint Library Facility in the future. Physical collections are accessible at all locations and most materials can be shared between locations.

Historical Collections – The Library’s historical collections are housed on the main university campus and include: manuscripts, rare books, historical medical instruments, and archival materials. The Library has been designated as the University Archives and maintains historical documents about the university as well as scholarly works produced by students at the university. The historical collections are open to all researchers, and access to physical materials is by appointment. Content that has been digitized is accessible 24/7 through the Library’s Digital Archive.

Decisions and Selection

Information resource decisions are based on a solid understanding of the teaching, learning, and research priorities of the Health Science Center. The Office of the Director is responsible for the overall collection budget and works collaboratively with the Resource Management department to oversee budget allocations. Selection decisions are a cooperative effort between the Library Committee, Library Liaisons, and the Collection Development Committee. Each of these entities provides valuable feedback that guides collection decisions.

The Library Committee is composed of representative faculty appointed by the President of the University and works with the Library to serve in a consultative and advisory capacity.

Library Liaisons are assigned to each of the schools, work as an integral part of the curriculum, and provide input about resource needs based on program requirements.

The Collection Development Committee is composed of Resource Management Librarians and representatives from each of the Library divisions.

Resource Management librarians are primarily responsible for collection assessment, access, discovery, selection criteria, cost analysis, consortia activities, and policies and procedures.

Selection Criteria
The Library actively reviews information resources to determine what resources should be acquired, retained, and discontinued. The following criteria are applied in the review process: quality, relevancy, cost, format, accessibility, and usage.

Deselection Criteria
In order to maintain a relevant collection, the Library employees deselection as part of its collection development practices. The following criteria are used when evaluating materials for deselection: low usage, relevance to academic programs, currency of information, historical significance, condition, duplication, and availability in the Joint Library Facility.

  • The Joint Library Facility is a collaborative storage facility that houses print resources for a network of University of Texas Libraries. Libraries that opt to store their materials in this facility retain ownership of the resources. In addition, libraries with duplicate holdings can claim ownership of stored copies. The facility is located in Bryan, Texas.

Resource Sharing and Cooperative Purchasing

The UT Health San Antonio Libraries participate in several resource sharing and cooperative purchasing partnerships that expand the depth of information resources available to its clientele. Partnerships include the UT System Digital Library Consortia, the South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium, the TexShare Consortium, the Joint Library Facility, and the OCLC Library Cooperative. Through these partnerships the Libraries are able to expand borrowing privileges and increase access to electronic resources. Participation in cooperative purchasing allows the Libraries to negotiate the best pricing for resources.

 

Approved by the Library Committee, 2-3-97
Revision approved by Mary Moore, Ph.D., Director of Libraries, 6-23-2006
Revision approved by Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, 1-29-2009
Revision approved by Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, 10-12-2011
Revision approved by Owen Ellard, Senior Director of Libraries, 04-06-2018

Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library

 

Monday-Friday Saturday & Sunday
8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed

What is available at the TRP Library?

The library has full access to the electronic resources licensed by the UT Health Science Center Libraries.

The TRP Library collects books in the research areas of the Texas Research Park including:

  • aging
  • DNA repair
  • infectious lung diseases
  • tuberculosis
  • laboratory manuals
  • molecular oncology
  • vaccines and animal models for aging and cancer

New purchase suggestions should be sent to Andrea Schorr at schorr@uthscsa.edu.  Please use the self checkout binder to remove books from the Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library. Regular lending periods apply.

Where is the TRP Library?

Map
The Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library is located in the SBC Conference Center, at the Texas Research Park, 15355 Lambda Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78245.

Driving Directions for the TRP Library

The Jones Library at the Texas Research Park (TRP) is approximately 20 miles west of downtown San Antonio.

From Highway 90, exit onto Highway 211 to the right (north). Go approximately 2.5 miles and turn left into Texas Research Park (Lambda Drive). Take Lambda Drive about 1/2 mile to University research facilities. The TRP library is located in the SBC Conference Center building.

How do I get help?

Contact the Briscoe Library Information Desk:
(210) 567-2450
AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu

Interlibrary Loan for the Texas Research Park

Materials we do not own may be requested through Interlibrary Loan. There is no charge for Interlibrary Loan requests for HSC affiliates. For more information visit the Interlibrary Loan page or contact the ILL department at 210-567-2460 or ariel-ill@uthscsa.edu.

Note: You can verify whether we own a book or journal through the Library Catalog and ,E-Journals List or by contacting any of our service desks.

Training and Classes

Hands on training for any library service is offered on request. A list of currently scheduled training classes may be found on the events calendar. Contact us to request training.

Computer Availability

Computers are available with Internet, email and Microsoft Office products and provide access to all electronic resources available on the main campus. Printing is available in the Library. Normal printing charges apply to personal and departmental accounts.