News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

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

Briscoe Library Welcomes Kirsten Lorenzen

Library Space Planning: UT Health Library Staff Visit UT Austin Libraries

Book Giveaway January 13-20

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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.

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.

Book Giveaway January 13-20

 Briscoe Library will have a book giveaway January 13 – 20.

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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 
schorr@uthscsa.edu

News From the Libraries Dec 2016

The December issue of News from the Libraries is now available. For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.

Virtual Reality Coming Soon

Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) Retires after 27 Years

Book Giveaway December 5-9

Laredo Regional Campus Library Hosts AHEC Students for Essay Writing Contest

Featured New Books/E-Books for December 2016

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Virtual Reality Coming Soon

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Image from BagoGames, used under Creative Commons License.

Briscoe Library recently purchased an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in order for students and faculty to interact with anatomy in new, immersive ways. The two experiences are: The Body VR and 3D 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 3D Organon VR Anatomy is described by Oculus as “the world’s first fully-featured virtual reality anatomy atlas.” The 3D anatomy models contain text descriptions for all male and female body systems. Contact John Weed at WeedJ@uthscsa.edu for more information.

Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) Retires after 27 Years

The Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) first began services in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in August of 1989. In the beginning, UT Health Science Center librarians traveled to various locations in South Texas to provide on-site literature search and article delivery services. With no medical library in the Valley, services were targeted toward area hospitals, clinics, health professionals, and UT Health Science Center faculty and students who were all too far away to utilize the San Antonio campus medical library. At the height of the service, 17 South Texas organizations were served. Over the years, services were extended to more locations throughout South Texas with the addition of the Ramirez Library at the Regional Academic Health Science Center in Harlingen and the Laredo Regional Campus Library. In 2009 an online request and delivery system began.

In light of advancing technology and increasing access to biomedical resources, the UT Health Science Center Libraries plan to transition to a new model of services that will provide more flexibility for organizations that remain interested in receiving medical library services.

Instrumental in the development of CLHIN services were recently retired UT Health Science Center Libraries Executive Director Rajia Tobia, and the Michael DeBakey Library Outreach Services Award winning and late librarians Mary Jo Dwyer and Greysi Reyna. Over the 27-year history of the CLHIN service, many librarians and library staff have devoted countless hours in the support of providing access to evidence-based medicine resources in South Texas.

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Rajia Tobia                                      Mary Jo Dwyer                               Greysi Reyna

Book Giveaway December 5-9

 Briscoe Library will have a book giveaway December 5 – 9.

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The book giveaway will start at 9 a.m. on Monday, December 5 at the entrance of the library and will continue through Friday, December 9.

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 
schorr@uthscsa.edu

Laredo Regional Campus Library Hosts AHEC Students for Essay Writing Contest

Representatives from the Mid Rio Grande Border Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Texas A&M International University, and the Laredo of Tomorrow Quality of Life Task Force spoke to AHEC students in the computer lab at the Laredo Regional Campus Library on Monday, November 21 to kick off an essay writing contest. Students competing in the contest will be asked to describe their own definition and concerns about their quality of life and to include things that they consider when evaluating quality of life for themselves, others, and the environment. They are also asked to offer what they plan to do to improve their personal quality of life and that of their community.

The Library computer lab is being made available during after school hours, so that the students may work on their essays.

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