Event Announcement

Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child

Announcing the One Community/One Book 2012 selection

The UT Health Science Center Libraries’ popular One Community/One Book program will continue in 2012 with the theme of cultural diversity.  The book selected for reading and discussion is Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child by Elva Trevino Hart.

In Barefoot Heart, the author chronicles her memories of growing up in a migrant farm worker family in Pearsall, Texas.  The book details her family’s struggle to make a living and to overcome prejudice and poverty through education.  The author’s spare yet elegant writing style makes for a moving read that encourages reflection on a number of themes including the importance of family and community, education as a way out of poverty, cultural diversity in our own South Texas communities, and the promotion of cultural competence and empathy as we train tomorrow’s health care professionals.

Plans for One Community/One Book include workshops for discussion group leaders, book discussion groups, and several speaking engagements for the author from February 23-25, 2012.  Tentatively, Ms. Hart will speak on campus Friday, February 24 at 12:00 noon.  Copies of the book will be available through the library soon, and the bookstore will be selling Barefoot Heart at a 25% discount, beginning in September.  A book signing will follow Ms. Hart’s talk on February 24.

One Community/One Book 2012 is a collaborative effort between The Libraries, the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching (ACET), and the San Antonio Public Library.

For information about One Community/One Book, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian:  Call 567-2406 or email Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Biomedical Publishing 101: Briscoe Library will host webinar on developments in academic publishing

If you are involved in any part of the academic publishing cycle, please consider joining us for this event:

December 7, 2010

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Briscoe Library Collaboratory (4.074)

This 90-minute webinar will provide an opportunity to learn about the publishing cycle of biomedical journals, both in print and online.  The complexities of publishing in a world of rapidly changing delivery formats and devices will be explored, including the publishing challenges and opportunities posed by each.

Presenters include John Tagler of Association of American Publishers, Inc.  The session will be moderated by Jean Shipman, director of both the University of Utah’s Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region.

Key topics to be covered include:

  • The Current Biomedical Publishing Landscape
  • The Publishing Process
  • Publication Ethics
  • Production & Delivery
  • Practical Considerations
  • The Road Ahead

Participants will gain knowledge of the various roles and responsibilities of different players in the scientific publishing chain and of the international aspects of bioscience communication.  All participants will have a chance to engage in discussions with the presenters.

The Biomedical Publishing 101 is a project of the Chicago Collaborative, a joint partnership of librarians, publishers and editors, and is sponsored and hosted by NN/LM MCR, NN/LM SCR, NN/LM PSR and library directors in the Four Corners region of the U.S.

Briscoe and Ramirez Libraries will host workshop on digitization

The Briscoe Library in San Antonio and the Ramirez Library in Harlingen will host an online workshop, What You Need to Know About Starting a Digitization Project, provided by the American Library Association and sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Date: Wednesday, February 19th
Time: 1:30-3:00 pm
Location: Briscoe Library Collaboratory (4.074), and Ramirez Library, RAHC

In this 90 minute workshop, digitization expert Susanne Caro will show you what you need to get started if you are new to digitization. You’ll learn about how to assess different materials for digitization, how to get buy-in and resources for your project, and ways to familiarize yourself with the different tools that can help you do the work.

The program will cover:

  • Basic information and research needs
  • Collection selection
  • Where to find financial and human resources
  • Awareness of digital preservation needs
  • The basics of copyright as it relates to digitization

Participants will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for this event.

For more information contact Andrea N. Schorr, for the San Antonio workshop (210) 567-2403 or email: schorr@uthscsa.edu.  Contact Kathy Carter for the Harlingen workshop (956) 365-8857 or email: carterk3@uthscsa.edu.

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Briscoe Library to host two new exhibits in September

Connective Tissue: Art and Literature at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, will  celebrate its 5th year of publication in 2012.   During September and October, The Libraries will host an exhibit highlighting works from the 2011 issue of Connective Tissue.  The display can be found in the Lecture Hall Commons of the School of Medicine.

Connective Tissue is a publication of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics.  The journal solicits contributions from students, faculty and staff of all the schools and all campuses.  The deadline for submissions for the 2012 edition, which will be published in March, 2012, is January 13, 2012.  More information, including guidelines for contributors, can be found on the website of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics:  http://www.texashumanities.org/connective-tissue.  The staff of Connective Tissue can be contacted at  ConnectiveTissue2012@gmail.com.


Ridges to Ridges, by Delores O’Neill Meldrum

Brushes with Nature : Landscapes by Delores O’Neill Meldrum will be on display in the  Briscoe Library Information Commons through October 27, 2011.

The artist, who has recently moved to San Antonio from California, is an award-winning painter whose work has been featured in many juried exhibitions and galleries, including the Lana International Art Competition, Campbell Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco; Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons, Fine Arts Center; and the Georgia Watercolor Society, of which she is a Signature Member.

Ms. Meldrum’s work is held in private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan.

The watercolors and oil paintings selected for this exhibit demonstrate Meldrum’s appreciation for the beauty of nature.  Many of the landscapes represent mountains in the Sierra Nevada.  The artist sees landscapes “as gardens of the world, public, private, wild or cultivated. I want to find beauty and capture the spirit, mood, or feeling of the place.”

For more information about Brushes with Nature, contact the artist at dcapstraw@satx.rr.com, or by phone at 210-736-2251.

Briscoe Library to Partner with SAPL on NPR Campus Community Book Club



The UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library and the San Antonio Public Library Forest Hills Branch are joining forces to start a new NPR (National Public Radio) Book Club as a community engagement project. There are many community issues that can benefit from engagement utilizing a book club as a platform for interaction and conversation. The club will meet once a month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at either the Briscoe Library (room 4.074, the Collaboratory) or at the Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Rd). An NPR reviewed book will be featured at each meeting.

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh has been selected for the first meeting on September 17th, 6 -7 p.m., held at the Briscoe Library.

Do No Harm provides unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital.  Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life’s most difficult decisions.

A few copies are available at the Briscoe Library on a first come, first served basis. Other copies are available through the San Antonio Public Library. Contact Peg Seger for more details at (210) 567-6398 or segerp@uthscsa.edu.

Those interested in taking part in this project can stop by either library to pick up a bookmark with dates, times, and location information.


Cancer Cell Research: The Way of All Flesh

BBC documentary chronicles the story of HeLa cells, features many individuals familiar to readers of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Briscoe Library has acquired a DVD copy of Cancer Cell Research: The Way of All Flesh.  The 1997 BBC documentary, which tells the story of the development of the first “immortal” human cell line, is mentioned frequently in Rebecca Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  The documentary includes film footage of interviews with George Gey, Mary Kubicek, Leonard Hayflick, Roland Patillo, and many other researchers who worked with HeLa Cells during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and also with Henrietta Lacks’ children, family members, and friends.

Purchase of the DVD came with a performance license which allows it to be shown in a variety of educational settings.  For information, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, at Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

Coming to the Briscoe Library in May: Exhibit and speaker will explore the healing properties of color

Leanne Venier

Canadian artist Leanne Venier’s abstract paintings utilize color to create states of serenity and physical well-being.  Both bold and subtle, the hues in her work influence the viewer’s psyche much the same way music affects emotion through sound.

Leanne Venier’s paintings will be on view in the Briscoe Library Information Commons and the Lecture Hall Foyer during May and June.   On June 9 from noon to 1 p.m. the public is invited to hear the artist’s presentation on “The Color Effect” in the Howe Conference Room, 5th floor of the library.  The talk will be free of charge and open to all.

For more information contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian: Borchers@uthscsa.edu.

Coming to the Briscoe Library in October: Harry Potter’s World

Hieronymus Brunschwig, 1494

Harry Potter’s World:  Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine will open in the Briscoe Library on October 11.  The traveling exhibit, produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, and coordinated by the American Library Association, uses materials from the historical collection of the National Library of Medicine to explore Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance traditions.

A series of programs and a local exhibit highlighting the resources of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library have been planned for October and early November.  All events — with the exception of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Annual Dinner —  will be held in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.

For information about the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Library Annual Dinner and Presentation, “Magic and Monsters in the Stacks: How Harry Potter Came to the National Library of Medicine,” and to purchase tickets, contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian: borchers@uthscsa.edu.

Opening Reception and Presentation

“Renaissance Science and the Quest for Immortality: Lessons from Albus Dumbledore, Nicolas Flamel, and Isaac Newton”

C. Mackenzie Brown, Ph.D.
Jennie Farris Railey King Professor in Religion, Trinity University

Monday, October 11, 2010 – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Lunchtime Presentation

“Potent Potions and Healing Herbs: Medicinal Practices of the Renaissance”

Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Cellular & Structural Biology, UT Health Science Center

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 – 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday Event for Children Young & Old

“A Little Muggle Magic: The Wisdom of Harry Potter for Families”

Patricia Thompson, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in History, UTSA

Saturday, October 23, 2010 – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Annual Dinner and Presentation

“Magic and Monsters in the Stacks: How Harry Potter Came to the National Library of Medicine”

Stephen J. Greenberg, M.S.L.S., Ph.D.
Coordinator of Public Services History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine

Monday, November 1, 2010 – 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Doubletree Hotel

For Students Attending Science Expo

“Living Dangerously: Doctors Adrift in the Dark Ages”

Richard F. Ludueña, Ph.D.
Distinguished Teaching Professor Department of Biochemistry, UT Health Science Center

Saturday, November 6, 2010 – 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Community Service Learning in April: Pediatrician will speak about homeless and at-risk youth

Book cover: Ask Me Why I Hurt

The Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics will offer opportunities to discuss Dr. Christensen's book.

Randy Christensen, MD MPH, author of Ask Me Why I Hurt, will be a featured speaker at the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics‘ Fifth Annual Community Service Learning Conference on April 5, 2012.  The Libraries and the Center are encouraging students, faculty and staff to read Ask Me Why I Hurt and participate in group discussions about the book in advance of the author’s visit.

Dr. Christensen is a pediatrician for Phoenix Children’s Hospital who operates the Crews’n Healthmobile, a 38-foot mobile medical unit that goes out into the streets of central Arizona to provide free healthcare services to homeless and at-risk youth, as well as referrals for housing, food, GED, substance abuse, employment, obtaining identification, legal services, and health insurance.

Ask Me Why I Hurt is Dr. Christensen’s memoir of his work  caring for society’s throwaway kids—the often-abused, unloved children who live on the streets without access to proper health care, all the while fending off constant threats from thugs, gangs, pimps, and other predators.  You can learn more about the book and author at AskMeWhyIHurt.com, and follow Dr. Christensen on Twitter (@AskMeWhyIHurt).

We encourage you to pick up a copy of Ask Me Why I Hurt at the Health Science Center Libraries, the HSC Bookstore, the San Antonio Public Library, or your local library.  The Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics will sponsor upcoming book discussion opportunities prior to the event;  check http://bit.ly/csl2012read for more information.  Then join us on April 5, 2012 for the Community Service Learning Conference, where Dr. Christensen and Julie Watson LPN will speak on “Why do you do what you do? Caring for Underserved Populations.” at 3:35pm.

Luke Rosenberger, Director of Library Technology and Historical Collections

Earth Day and UT Health Science Center Green Initiatives in April

SAWS Water People will be on campus for Earth Day activities, planned for April 20-21.

The Green Initiatives Committee of the UT Health Science Center is planning events on April 20-21 to help spread the word about “green” practices that will promote sustainability on our campus and at home.  Activities will include a noon presentation on April 20 from NuRide, which offers rewards to members who walk, bike, carpool or use public transportation to get to work.

On April 21, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., a Go Green Fair will be held in the Pestana Lecture Hall Foyer. It will feature exhibitors including SAWS, San Antonio River Authority (SARA), State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR), VIA, and Solar San Antonio, among others. These exhibitors will be available to explain how everyone can promote green practice.

At the Go Green Fair, librarians from the Briscoe Library will demonstrate the National Library of Medicine’s Environmental Health & Toxicology databases. The library has recently revived its Green Team.  One of the team’s  immediate objectives is to prepare an interactive, 3-D exhibit on ways to protect the environment and conserve energy.  The Green Team promotes the concept of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”  One of the initiatives in the works is installation of a box for collecting used batteries in the Briscoe Library, a collaboration with the Office  of Environmental Health and Safety. More information is available on our website, or check out our page on Facebook.

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, and has been observed on this date every year since. Earth Day is now observed globally to raise awareness about environmental issues and impact public attitudes.  On campus, Health Science Center students in 2007 proposed to the administration some instances where the university could reduce energy use and save money.  The Health Science Center created a Green Initiatives Committee to develop recommendations for reducing the university’s impact on the environment while also cutting costs.  On April 22, 2009, the campus celebrated Earth Day by planting trees on the lawn at the corner of Floyd Curl and Medical Drive.  In the weeks following that event, recycling sorting bins were installed in buildings all over campus.  The Briscoe Library was one of the first buildings to take delivery of the recycling bins. A Go Green website was created that now includes the location of recycling bins on the Long Campus, and a growing list of accomplishments and plans for green initiatives and projects on Health Science Center campuses. One of these projects is installation of solar panels at the South Texas Research Facility, which is currently under construction.

For more information, visit the Go Green website (http://gogreen.uthscsa.edu/) or to keep up with developments, “Like” the Go-Green-UT Health Science SA page on Facebook.

Jonquil D. Feldman
Director of Briscoe Library Services