Library Services

3D Printing and Anatomy Education

The Briscoe Library’s 3D print service provides a unique platform for students and faculty to engage in interactive and creative 3D modeling solutions. From curios to complex models, the library’s 3D print service has been expanding rapidly over the last year. We now have two 3D printers on offer, one of which can print in both hard and flexible plastic. Students, faculty, and staff alike are always finding new ways to make the service work for them.

Several students in the Cell Systems and Anatomy program in the Graduate School of Biomedical Science are using 3D printing to create anatomical models for using in self-study and classroom use. One such project is the creation of miniature lower leg models, including bones and muscles, and another project creating bones, tendons, and muscles of the hand. These projects will hopefully help students find new and more accessible ways to study anatomy and will open the door for all sorts of new projects in the future.

The 3D print service is available to all students, faculty, and staff for a small materials fee. View our guide for more information.

 

Coming Soon to the Briscoe Library Vending Area!

 

Three new vending machines are expected to be installed in the newly redesigned vending area in the library. The machines will include a coffee machine, a snack machine, and a fresh food machine all with a beautiful Texas bluebonnet design. In addition to the vending machines, a microwave will also be available in the vending area.

The vending machines bring new food and snack options for students during long hours of study in the Library with 24/7/365 access. Funds for this new addition to Library services come thanks to an award from the Student Fee Fund.

Coming Soon: Chat With A Librarian

Briscoe Library will soon be introducing a chat service which will allow you to chat directly with a librarian. The chat will be managed during our regular on call hours (10 AM – 4 PM). Keep an eye out for the orange chat button on the bottom right of each page of the library’s website. When a librarian is available for chat, the button will display “Chat Now”. When offline, you will have the option to submit your question through an online form (all questions will be answered during on call hours) or search for your answer in our LibGuides with the “Ask Us” button.

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We will provide more information when the chat service is available!

Fresh Food and Coffee Machines are Coming!

Here’s a sneak peek at Briscoe library’s new vending machines waiting in the warehouse for shipment.

The fresh food, coffee, and snack machines are expected to arrive before the end of September.

Having these vending machines means that food and coffee will be available for students in the library 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You will no longer have to leave campus when you get hungry at night or on weekends, food and coffee will be right here in the library!

Fresh Food and Coffee Vending Now Available

The long-awaited fresh food and coffee vending machines have arrived at Briscoe Library and are now available for use! Located on the 3rd floor next to The Hub, the three brand new vending machines contain snacks, a selection of fresh food and drinks, and coffee. While the coffee machine can only accept cash for the time being (only $1.50 a cup!), the snack and fresh food machines accept both cash and credit card.

These vending machines are accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year so you’ll never go hungry or thirsty again!

Librarian Presents on Open Source Experience

On Wednesday, May 23, librarian Andrea N. Schorr presented at the Central Texas Koha Summit in Round Rock, Texas.
The Summit, an annual event, is geared toward libraries and library staff who are interested in learning more about Koha, an open source library management system. In 2015, after almost two decades with a proprietary library management system, the UT Health Libraries decided to migrate to Koha’s open source system. Library management systems handle everything from circulation operations to acquisitions, and provide reporting mechanisms for assessment. The library’s Koha installation is hosted by ByWater Solutions, a company that manages the system servers, customization, and implementation.

The presentation focused on the academic library experience of migrating to an open source system, detailing the preparation, process, and outcome. According to Schorr, “Koha offers us more flexibility and control over our system, all for a fair price.” Library staff have been very pleased with the responsiveness of ByWater Solutions to questions and suggestions. In addition to providing management services, ByWater also supports an active user community and is continuously working to make improvements. The overall migration, though a challenging undertaking, proved to be a beneficial and fruitful experience.

Librarians Create UT Health Faculty Publications List

To support our faculty’s research efforts, Briscoe Library has added an additional feature to our monthly newsletter. You will now be able to view citations and link to articles from our UT Health Faculty Publications list.  As an added feature, altmetric information is also included. This list will be produced monthly by our Library Liaison group who can also provide further assistance with scholarly publication efforts. If you do not see your publication listed, you can provide us with the proper citation information by completing this form.

Click here to view the citations for September 2018 publications.

 

Student Olivia Hart Inspires Exercise Desks at Briscoe Library

Olivia Hart
MD Candidate 2021
UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine

Based on her experience at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Colorado, Olivia Hart first proposed the idea of exercise desks to the UT Health Briscoe Library in the fall of 2017. With Olivia’s recommendations, the library identified some highly rated bike and treadmill options to consider. Olivia proposed the options to fellow Class of 2021 students in a poll to see which would prove the most popular. Based on the results of the poll and other feedback from library surveys, one treadmill desk and three exercise bikes were purchased by the Library.

By the spring of 2018, space was cleared in a light-filled area on the Library 5th floor that offers great views of the campus. The exercise equipment is available to everyone in the UT Health community 24/7/365.

Thank you to Olivia and all of the students who participated in this project!

 

The World Cup in The Hub

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup well under way, students and staff have been convening in Briscoe Library’s The Hub to watch each match. On days of the big games, the usually subdued library becomes a bustling, vibrant gathering place with cheers and boos from students rooting for both sides.

While the World Cup will come to an end this weekend, The Hub will continue to show sports games, news, and other TV shows every day. Stop by anytime, we’re open 24/7!