Methicillin Resistent Staph Aureus: Librarians receive NN/LM funding to produce educational video

CTSA AwardFor the second year in a row, librarians at the UT Health Science Center have been the recipients of the CTSA Community Engagement Award from the South Central Region (SCR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The $15,000 award is given to librarians at a regional institution in the SCR that is a recipient of an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Initiated in 2012, the award seeks to assist in the development of community engagement projects that identify and promote the role of librarians working in partnership with researchers at CTSA institutions.

As a result of the award, librarians at the Briscoe Library will coordinate the production of a consumer-oriented educational video addressing the risks, prevention, and treatment of CA-MRSA (community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus). CA-MRSA is a significant health problem in the United States, particularly in the South and Southwest. A clear need for culturally appropriate educational materials about CA-MRSA, also known as “staph infection”, has been established through a recent study involving counties in South Texas.

Librarians will work with two CTSA-funded Pharm.D. content consultants, staff and interns at the South Central AHEC, and the university’s Video Production staff to develop the CA-MRSA video.  The video will be made available to community-based health care clinics in South Texas and ultimately to wider audiences through the use of social media and submission for inclusion in MedlinePlus®, the online consumer-oriented health site produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

For more information about the award or the video project, contact Peg Seger at

New library search features: Drop down search box


Librarians have  been hard at work trying to find new ways to improve your experience with the UT Health Science Center Libraries website. Starting in January the library rolled out a new website with an improved search interface on the homepage. From a search box on the homepage, it is now possible to search PubMed, Google Scholar, E-Journals, E-Books, Print Materials, and Databases.

Not settling with a search of these features on just the library homepage, the library’s Web Team has enhanced searching capabilities by creating a dropdown in the top right corner of the library’s website. This search feature is now on every library web page, and allows a search of the library’s website, PubMed, Google Scholar, E-Journals, E-Books, Print Materials, and the University site.

The library Web Team is always looking for students, faculty, and staff to participate in usability testing for the libraries website. If you have not participated before, and would like to sign up, please contact Kelley Minars, Web Services Librarian,


Library Search box screenshot

Off Campus Login Update

The UT Health Science Center librarians are preparing an update for Off Campus Login, the service that provides users with access to electronic resources via the library’s home page. This update will ensure that the service can take advantage of future security updates and allow the library to provide continued support and access for off campus users.

The update is scheduled to go live the morning of Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Service downtime is not anticipated for off campus users. However, with all updates of this nature, there is a slight risk that some users may experience temporary intermittent connectivity issues to library electronic resources. As always, UTHSCSA VPN is available as an alternative option for accessing the library’s electronic resources from off campus.

If you experience extended periods of interruption on or after this update, please don’t hesitate to contact library staff at and we will be happy to assist you.

Open call for art

The Briscoe Library is offering gallery space for student artists in the month of February 2016.

This is our first annual call for art on a theme. All types of art accepted from poems to installations.

artist's rendering of a heart
Theme for the year: The Heart
Gallery opening: 2/2/2016 @ 5:30pm (Students will be expected to stand by their piece and discuss it from 5:30-6pm).

To participate, email Emme Lopez by 1/15/2016 outlining the scope of your piece.

All art due at the library to prepare for display by noon on Friday, 1/29/2016.

P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library to be closed May 6 through 10

Nixon LibraryThe P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will be closed to users  from May 6 through 10.  Representatives of the School of Medicine will be meeting with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Monday through Wednesday, and will require the use of the Howe Conference Room and the Special Collections Reading Room.

An appraisal of the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is scheduled for May 9 and 10.

Users needing materials from the history of medicine collection should plan to schedule their visits at another time, as retrieval of rare books and archives will not be available during the LCME site visit and the appraisal of the collection that will follow.

For more information on the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or 210-567-2406.

Red Cross releases mobile hurricane and first aid apps

Two new apps from the American Red Cross provide access to hurricane tracking and first aid information.

The American Red Cross has developed a hurricane app and a First Aid app.  With the hurricane app it possible to monitor local conditions based on NOAA alerts, to locate Red Cross shelters, to develop a checklist for preparation, find help, and let others know you are okay, even if there is a power outage.

To download the hurricane app via a link, call “**REDCROSS” (**73327677).    You can also download the hurricane app from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

The First Aid app provides access to information needed to handle the most common first aid emergencies. Videos, animations and interactive quizzes are included along with safety tips. Content is pre-loaded so Internet access is not necessary.




Remembering Pat Ireland Nixon Jr., MD

P.I. Nixon, Jr. passed away on October 20, 2012.

We are sad to report the recent passing of Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon Jr., son of Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon, for whom the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is named.

The younger Dr. Nixon, who passed away on October 20 at the age of 99 years old, was a constant friend and an ardent supporter of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Born May 28, 1913, Dr. Nixon graduated from the University of Texas, Austin and went on to attend Duke University Medical School, graduating in 1939.  He completed his internship in Baltimore, MD and served in the U.S. Army at Walter Reed Hospital, where he met his wife, Army Nurse Lt. Ruby Baker. Together, they had three children, Pat III, Margaret and John.  Dr. Nixon was stationed at West Point during World War II, and practiced medicine in San Antonio from 1946 until his retirement.

Dr. Pat, as he was known, is survived by his wife, Della; two daughters, Mrs. Margaret (Peggy) Kennedy and Mrs. Nancy LaBounty and two sons, Pat Ireland Nixon III and John Nixon and his brother, Thomas A. Nixon, and many nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

The family of Dr. Nixon has generously asked that memorials be sent to the P.I. Nixon Medical History Library.  Checks can be made to UTHSCSA Library and sent to the University of Texas Health Science Center, Briscoe Library Mail Code 7940, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio Texas 78229.  

Sallieann Swanner, Associate Library Director for Systems, will retire May 31, 2012

Sallieann Swanner

Sallieann Swanner, Associate Director for Systems, will retire on May 31 following 39 years of service to the University of Texas System.

Sallieann Swanner, Associate Library Director for Systems, will retire on May 31 following 39  years of service to the University of Texas System.  Starting in 1973, Sallieann was the Head of Cataloging at the UTSA Library and helped to set up the opening day collection for the fledgling library at UTSA.  She moved to the Health Science Center Library in 1978 as Serials Librarian then was promoted to Assistant Director for Technical Services/Systems and Associate Library Director for Systems.  Sallieann worked on many library computer and systems projects – Philsom (for serials holdings), LIS online catalog, miniMEDLINE, early locally installed version of Ovid, Innovative Interfaces, and the Pharos/Trac printing and copying system.  Sallieann also purchased and managed library servers, desktop computers, and printers.  Sallieann’s knowledge and expertise helped to move the library along in the ever changing world of technology.  During her career she served as a member of the Computing Resources Committee, TSR Advisory Committee and was a TSR for the library.

We wish Sallieann the best as she embarks on her well-deserved retirement and we express our gratitude for her many years of dedication to Health Science Center faculty, students and staff and the profession of librarianship.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

Self-service checkout of books and journals: Coming to the Briscoe and Ramirez libraries in May!


Three steps to checkout: 1) scan the HSC badge barcode; 2) scan the barcode of each item being checked out; and 3) click a button to print a receipt that lists the items being checked out and provides a due date.

UT Health Science Center students, faculty and staff will soon be able to check out library books, print journals and other items without having to stand in line.

The self-service checkout system is a simple 3-step process: 1) scan the HSC badge barcode; 2) scan the barcode of each item being checked out; and 3) click a button to print a receipt that lists the items being checked out and provides a due date. Library users will also be able to see a list of items checked out or on hold and any overdue fines they may owe.

In San Antonio, the kiosk will be located on the Circulation Desk in the Briscoe Library, with easy access to staff if assistance is needed.   This service is only available to UT Health Science Center ID holders, and Borrower Registration is required prior to using self-service checkout. Items in the Reserve Collection behind the Circulation Desk will continue to require staff assistance.  Circulation staff will still be available to answer questions, process borrower registration, assist with checkouts, and receive payments for fines or photocopy/print accounts.

Self-checkout is also available at the Ramirez Library in Harlingen.

Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services and Kathy Carter, Ramirez Library Librarian