Collection

Proposed Cancellations for FY14

The library, like all departments across campus, have a reduced budget in FY14.  Budget reductions combined with subscription inflation costs of around 8%, mean that librarians must cancel some of the library’s existing journal and database subscriptions just to remain within budget.  Below is a list of proposed cancellations for 2014:

Cancellations are not made lightly; librarians look at many factors and also take into consideration comments from faculty, staff, and students.  If you would like to request any of these resources be kept, send your comments to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, at weedj@uthscsa.edu.

Proposed reductions to journals and databases in 2012

Due to flat or reduced state appropriations in past years, an impending reduction in state funds for the next biennium, and annual inflation rates of 8-10% for journal and database subscriptions, UT Health Science Center librarians are preparing a “worst case scenario” list of possible reductions to the library’s collection of journals and databases.  Librarians used criteria for possible cancellation such as cost/use over $25, annual subscription cost greater than $1,000, and less than 100 uses in the last calendar year.  The list of possible subscription cancellations includes 172 titles and 10 database or electronic book collections.

In addition to the library’s local collection, The Libraries currently participate in the UT System Digital Library which coordinates consortium licenses for a number of journal packages by publisher, including Elsevier, Wiley, Springer and a number of other publishers.  These consortium licenses have been of tremendous benefit to all UT System institutions by expanding the number of journals and databases accessible at UT campuses.  However, the downside to consortium licenses is that participating libraries are not allowed to cancel their subscribed titles or are only able to cancel a small percentage of titles.  In order for the Health Science Center Libraries to operate within available funds, we  must plan for the possibility of dropping out of several UT System Digital Library consortium licenses.  The list of possible titles that will be discontinued due to loss of consortium access numbers over 3,900 and includes subscribed titles from UT Austin, UT Southwestern, UTMB and other UT libraries.  In the event that a journal title must be canceled, interlibrary loan services will be available to provide needed articles.

The Library Committee with representatives from each school has been consulted as librarians have developed plans to operate within available funds.  We ask that you carefully review each list of possible cancellations on the library’s website, at http://www.library.uthscsa.edu/about/subscribed.cfm, and that you notify the library if any of the journals on the lists are important to your teaching, research, or clinical duties.  Please send comments to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, weedj@uthscsa.edu.

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Trial of ClinicalKey

The UT Health Science Center Libraries will sponsor a 30 day trial of ClinicalKey beginning Monday, November 4.  Similar to MD Consult, ClinicalKey is a resource providing over 1,100 electronic books, 550 electronic journals, video-based procedures, and more.  MD Consult will be retired by its publisher in 2014 and ClinicalKey is a possible replacement for MD Consult.

All comments and recommendations are welcomed and can be sent to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, at weedj@uthscsa.edu

Go to Database

Victor Oliveros’ materials on border health now available

Victor Oliveros

After his retirement from the Laredo, Texas Health Department in 2005, Mr. Victor Oliveros, who was Chief of Environmental Health Services and a founder of the US-Mexico Border Health Commission, donated a collection of materials related to border health to the UT Health Science Center Libraries.  The materials included papers and government reports as well as slides showing deteriorating environmental conditions along the U.S. Mexico border at Laredo/Nuevo Laredo. The slides, which Mr. Oliveros used during presentations, illustrate the interdependency of the sister cities, as people, animals, and disease vectors move freely between them.

The donated materials have been catalogued and can be found by using the library catalog with the keyword “Oliveros.”

  • Physical documents are located at the Laredo Regional Campus Library at 1937 East Bustamante Street.
  • The usable slides have been turned into a presentation, and these are available as a link from http://library.uthscsa.edu/exhibits/oliveros.cfm.
  • The web page also includes a brief biography of Victor Oliveros and an oral history that was conducted with Mr. Oliveros by Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian.

Linda Levy
Assistant Director for Branch Libraries and Database Services

Web of Science Cancellation

The UT Health Science Center Library is discontinuing Web of Science after the current subscription expires.  Due to a combination of funding limitations and duplication of content we could not justify the renewal.  Effective January 1, 2014, we will no longer have access to Web of Science.

Scopus is a database that provides similar information to Web of Science.  Please contact the library at (210)567-2450 or askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu if you need assistance with making the switch from Web of Scienc to Scopus.  Librarians are available for consultations or to provide group instruction to help ease the transition.  Any departmental or committee material that references Web of Science should be updated to Scopus.

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources