The February issue of News from the Libraries is now available. For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.
News from the Libraries
News from the Libraries Feb 2017
Vote Held for Naming of New Space in the Library
A newly developed space in the Library seeks a new name!
The space, now filled with new furniture and technology, has been made possible thanks to student funds. In earlier communications, the space had been referred to as the Technology Sandbox, however, the Library would like to open up the choice to students and anyone else who would like to cast their vote.
Voting will be available from Friday, February 3, through Tuesday, February 7.
So far, the vote has brought up some interesting opinions!
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!
UT Health Librarians Exhibit @ New Public Library in Universal City
Librarians Kirsten Lorenzen, pictured above, and Peg Seger provided a National Library of Medicine (NLM) exhibit table at an open house for the new Universal City Public Library. The exhibit was at the request of former UT Health librarian Susan (Hunnicutt) Ennis who is now the director of the Universal City Library. Over 300 Universal City residents attended the open house.
The UT Health Libraries outreach services work to promote awareness of current and authoritative health information from the NLM for South Central Texas health consumers and area health professionals through library locations in San Antonio and Laredo. Reliable health information impacts an individuals capacity to make informed decisions about their own health and that of their families. For area health professionals, access to the best current biomedical information impacts decisions on clinical care and the practice of evidence-based medicine.
Featured New Books/E-books for February 2017
For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.
News from the Libraries Jan 2017
The January issue of News from the Libraries is now available. For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.
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.
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Briscoe Library Welcomes Kirsten Lorenzen
The UT Health Science Center Libraries welcome Kirsten Lorenzen as the new Outreach and Community Engagement Librarian at the Briscoe Library. Kirsten comes to UT Health San Antonio from the San Antonio Public Library where she provided outreach programming as a children’s librarian. Previously, she worked as a Library Services Assistant IV at UTSA’s John Peace Library and as a Project Manager for an advertising and brand management company. A native of California, Kirsten received a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University in December 2015 and also holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Communication from the University of California, Davis.
With her experience in marketing, Kirsten will be instrumental in enhancing the library’s outreach and community engagement initiatives by promoting library resources, services, and events to the campus and wider community. We are thrilled to have Kirsten as a member of our Library team.
Library Space Planning: UT Health Library Staff Visit UT Austin Libraries
UT Health Library Senior Director Owen Ellard and staff librarians traveled to the UT Austin campus in December to tour recently renovated library space as shown above. Hosted by UT Austin Library staff, the tours allowed time for discussion of renovation and space planning to meet the changing needs of students and faculty. Areas toured included the UT Austin Fine Arts Library and its new maker space called “The Foundry” as well as newly renovated areas of the Perry-Castaneda main library. The transformation of library space was made visible through the range of technology, furniture, and artwork used throughout the UT Austin Library spaces. In light of recent print shelf removal at the UT Health Briscoe Library as shown below, librarians and staff will be working with students and faculty to adapt the newly open spaces to meet the needs of UT Health campus communities.
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Book Giveaway January 13-20
Briscoe Library will have a book giveaway January 13 – 20.
The book giveaway will start at 9 a.m. on Friday, January 13 at the entrance of the library and will continue through Friday, January 20 until 4 p.m.
Books to be included in the giveaway are old editions withdrawn from the library’s collection or donations given to the library, yet not needed for the collection. All give-away books are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Feel free to bring bags to carry books since there will be plenty to choose from!
For more information about the book give-away, contact Andrea N. Schorr,
Head of Resource Management, at 567-2400 or at email@example.com