The September 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 Sept 2016
BrowZine: A Modern Way of Accessing Scholarly Journals
The old way of finding health information is becoming obsolete, and with information distribution changing, the library is changing. Briscoe Library has made the decision to remove print journals, transferring many to a joint library facility, and has adopted BrowZine.
BrowZine is a service for libraries that allows you to browse, read, and monitor scholarly journals on the web or on a mobile device. It combines the discovery you loved with print journals with the convenience of technology.
With BrowZine you can:
- Easily browse thousands of scholarly journals
- Create a personalized bookshelf of your favorite titles
- Be alerted when new articles are available in your favorite journals
- Save articles for offline reading
Find out how to access and use BrowZine here and look out for the Reading Lists feature coming later this year.
Briscoe Library Removing Print Journals
In September, approximately 97,000 print journal volumes will be removed from the Briscoe Library 4th floor. This project is part of an overall effort to transition to a print-free environment, as almost all of the library’s current journals are now available online and searchable through the library’s catalog or through BrowZine. Older journal articles that are not online can be ordered at no charge through the Document Delivery service. Delivery time is estimated at under 48 hours.
Removing these journals opens up the 4th floor as the library evolves from a storage space for print materials into a place for study, instruction, and collaboration. The volumes that are being removed are already part of the collection in the Joint Library Facility, a storage unit located in Bryan, TX that is a collaboration between the University of Texas System and Texas A&M University. The library has contracted with a commercial company to remove and transport the volumes to a recycling plant.
For questions about this project, contact Jonquil Feldman, Associate Library Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liaison Librarians Provide Services to Support Faculty and Student Success
The Briscoe Library is launching a new initiative, assigning liaison librarians to work with students, faculty and researchers in each school. As the Library has migrated to a non-print environment, the majority of in-person library users are students looking for study space. The library’s website provides an access point for books, journal articles, or database searches. Changes in library use in the last five years are measured in the lower number of people entering the library, and the decreasing number of reference questions posed to librarians. In the same period, there has been an up-take in the requests for database instruction integrated into class work, one-on-one research assistance, and consultations on specific types of literature searching such as systematic reviews.
The liaison librarians will be the primary point of contact for students, faculty and researchers. They will provide:
- Assistance with literature search strategies and bibliographic management
- Curriculum-integrated classes on evidence-based practice and information literacy
- Expert information search and consultation services for researchers and doctoral students
- Advocacy on public access policies of federal agencies
- Collaboration on systematic reviews and meta-analyses
We are currently in the process of developing a liaison librarian position description for the School of Dentistry and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Currently, the liaison librarians are:
School of Health Professions
School of Medicine
School of Nursing
Briscoe Library Staff Welcomes Karen Barton
The UT Health Science Center Libraries welcome Karen Barton as the new Liaison to the School of Health Professions (SHP) and Community Engagement Librarian. Karen comes to the UTHSCSA Briscoe Library from the San Antonio Public Library where she has been involved with community outreach programming as a Teen Services Librarian . Karen graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 with an M.S. in Library and Information Science and a certificate in Community Informatics. Karen also holds a B.A. in Communication and Media Production.
Karen will work with faculty in the SHP to plan and develop curriculum-integrated content and serve as a single point of contact for library services. Karen will also work on campus and community engagement initiatives to promote library resources and services in support of education, research, and community health.
Karen has an impressive background with a wide variety of program experience. Selected as a Community Ambassador at the Urbana Free Library, she collaborated with librarians and community partners to provide digital media and other programming for both youth and adults. At her church, she currently serves as the webmaster. We look forward to having Karen as a member of our Library team and introducing her to our wider campus and community.
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Scavenger Hunt: Discover Hidden Treasures in the Briscoe Library!
The History of Medicine Society is sponsoring a treasure hunt for anyone interested in the history of the health sciences. The scavenger hunt will run from Tuesday, September 6 at 8:00 am through Thursday, September 15 at 6:00 pm. Any time during that period, participants can pick up an entry form at the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor of the Briscoe Library. Uncover treasures located throughout the building and even online! See rare historical books, and view digital collections.
Completed forms should be placed in the designated boxes at the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor or in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on the 5th floor by 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 15.
Participants must answer 8 out of 10 questions correctly to be eligible for a prize. All qualifying entrants may enter a drawing to win novelty chocolates, and student entrants are eligible for one of three $5 gift cards to Starbucks! Winners will be drawn at the September 15 meeting of the History of Medicine Society. Walter Humann, MS III and winner of the 2015 Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Contest, will present Medical Progress in the West: A Historical Perspective at 6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room.
For more information, contact Peg Seger, Head of Outreach and Community Engagement, at 210-567-6398 or email@example.com.
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2016 Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition
The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library welcome submissions for the 2016 essay competition in memory of Danny Jones, M.L.S., who served as Head of Special Collections at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Library and who was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The essay can be on any topic related to the history of the health sciences, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, or any other health science subject or profession.
The contest is open to current students in any of the schools of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, as well as affiliated interns, residents, and fellows. Unpublished essays in broad areas related to the history of the health sciences are eligible for submission. Previous essays not selected are also eligible for resubmission.
A prize of $500 will be awarded to the best essay as chosen by a panel of three judges. This prize will be presented at the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Annual Dinner on November 2, 2016.
No more than 2500 words
October 14, 2016
Please send entries in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact Peg Seger at email@example.com or 210-567-6398.
Featured New Books/E-Books for September 2016
For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.
August 2016 Historical Book of the Month
The August 2016 Historical Book of the Month highlights the oldest resource in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, De Medicina, published in Milan in 1481.
Aulus Cornelius Celsus was a first-century Roman historian who compiled this set of treatises as a home health reference for wealthy Patrician families. It includes principles of good surgery, dental practices, proper diet, and herbal remedies. De Medicina was rediscovered in the late Middle Ages and chosen as one of the first medical texts to be set in type.
For more information on the collections of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Andrea Schorr, Head of Collection Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-567-2403.
New Hours for AskALibrarian Services – August 2016
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