News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Library Fiesta Events on April 24

Save the date for the Student Fiesta and Fiesta Open House on April 24.

The Student Fiesta will run from 11am to 2pm with lots of fun activities and refreshments.

The Fiesta Open House from 4pm to 7pm will showcase the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library with a focus on local San Antonio history in light of the Tricentennial.

Connecting both events will be a presentation by the student award winner of the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award, Farhan Ahmad.

Please join us for a day full of enjoyment and enlightenment!

We Have a Winner!: The 2018 History of the Health Sciences Essay Award

On March 29, the winner of the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award, Farhan Ahmad, was presented with a check by Senior Director of Libraries Owen Ellard. Farhan won the 2018 competition with his essay, Knee History: From Early Developments to the Total Knee Replacement. The annual $500 award is sponsored by the Friends of the P.I Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Farhan will be giving a presentation on his essay on April 24 at 3:30 p.m. on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library. The presentation will cap off activities during the UT Health Library Student Fiesta and will lead into the P.I. Nixon Library Fiesta Open House also happening on the 24th.

Farhan is a first year medical student at the Long School of Medicine, and is interested in pursuing a career in Orthopaedic Surgery. He graduated from UTSA’s Honors College in the FAME B.S./M.D. program. His essay topic is a historical review of advancements in knee care from major time points in recorded human history.

“The knee,” Farhan explains, “when diseased or broken, is like any part of the body in that it tells a story. However, there is scarce documentation of medical history regarding knee injuries and developments. I found that many advancements in knee care (both operative and non-operative) contributed to and came from general advancements in the history of medicine. Some advancements were helpful to the patient while others may not have been. Ultimately, in every civilization across time, the knee was a universal concern and human curiosity pushed forth new ideas, which I aimed to capture in my essay. As the rates of knee osteoarthritis continue to increase in the U.S., my paper is a timely meditation on the progress we have made so far, as well as a reminder that there is much to discover.”

Diane Fotinos: Former Physician Assistant, Future Librarian


Diane Fotinos, Library Clerical Assistant, is earning a Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) degree from the University of North Texas and applying her knowledge and skills in medicine, cataloguing, archives, and materials preservation in the Resources Management unit at Briscoe Library. Diane has a unique background that makes her an invaluable asset to the library. She is a former Physician Assistant with eight years of experience in Pediatrics and Dermatology. As a student in the Child Health Associate program at the University of Colorado Medical School, she completed clinical internships in Neonatology in East Los Angeles and worked with the Navajo population in Gallup, NM.

After relocating every few years with her husband, a now retired Air Force MD, and taking time off to raise her two children, Diane said she was looking for a career change, yet still wanted to use her medical background. A good friend of hers who is a librarian suggested that she consider medical librarianship. She emailed Briscoe Library to inquire about volunteer opportunities, then applied for the clerical position when it became available. In her initial role at Briscoe Library, Diane assisted the library with creating cases and providing demos of the BodyViz 3D anatomy visualization software as part of the Simulation and Immersion Technology unit.

Diane expects to graduate in 2020 with an Archival Studies certificate in addition to the MSLS. Also, she has been accepted into the 17th annual Book History Workshop at Texas A&M University, a week-long summer program that provides an intensive, hands-on introduction to the history of books and printing. Diane said that she really enjoys special collections, rare books, and the creativity of archiving and cataloguing, and loves anatomy and the history of anatomy, so her dream job is working in an academic or medical academic archival setting.

Book Giveaway April 16-20

 Briscoe Library will have a book giveaway April 16-20


The book giveaway will start at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 16 at the entrance of the library and will continue through Friday, April 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

Featured New Books/E-books for April 2018

For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.

Purchase suggestions?
Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact
Andrea N. Schorr, Head of Resource Management.


News from the Libraries March 2018

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

Exercise Desks Coming to the Library!

Library Staff Celebrate 10 Year and 30 Year Work Anniversaries

3D Printing and Anatomy Education

Watch for Library Events in April!

Featured New Books/E-books for March 2018

March 2018 Historical Book of the Month

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Exercise Desks Coming to the Library!

Due to the requests of students, the library will be installing one treadmill desk and three bike desks (two designs) on the 5th floor this month. Usage will be monitored to determine the most popular options for possible future expansion.


Library Staff Celebrate 10 Year and 30 Year Work Anniversaries


July 2018 will mark Louie Barcenes’ 30 year work anniversary at the UT Health Science Center. Currently the Supervisor of Circulation Services, Louie began working in the Briscoe Library as a Library Assistant I in 1988 and was promoted to Librarian Assistant III for Circulation, then for Public Services, where he provided reference services and library tours. Prior to coming to UT Health, he worked in the library at UTSA for a year.

When Louie began working at the library, there was no internet, however, there were terminals equipped with DOS as a replacement for the card catalog. At that time, there were also much more print materials on each floor as well as more copiers. Louie recalls that he had the tedious task of removing all of the coins from the copiers and rolling them into wrappers two or three days per week. He also recalls a time when there were no other HSC campuses besides the main (now Long) campus and no classrooms on the second floor of the library.

In his time working for UT Health, Louie has worked under three university presidents and four library directors. Some of his memorable moments include being chosen twice for “Lunch with the President” with former UT Health President John Howe as part of campus birthday celebrations. Other memories of Louie’s include the campus Fiesta de Texas events in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the library would sell cheesecake every year (and when alcohol could be sold on campus).

Louie says he has found working with many library staff throughout the years most rewarding about his career, stating, “I’ve met so many wonderful people.”


Dana Whitmire, Electronic Resources Librarian, celebrated 10 years at UT Health Science Center in November 2017. Prior to becoming a librarian, she had worked as a Library Assistant I and as a Library Assistant III at Briscoe Library. Dana came to the library at a time when print resources were steadily being replaced by electronic resources. “I love the constant change of technology,” she said.

Ten years ago, the library still did not have any classrooms on the second floor and was filled with computers for the HSC campus to use. Dana recalls that the top three floors of the library did still house many print resources at that time. Since then, she has been instrumental in managing and upgrading the current electronic resources collection. She also plays a major role in troubleshooting any issues that may arise with electronic resources.

Dana has greatly enjoyed working with other library colleagues and interacting with students in her various roles at Briscoe Library.

Please feel free to congratulate Louie and Dana on their noteworthy milestones.

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.


Watch for Library Events in April!

Student Fiesta Day

Come for refreshments and Fiesta fun!


P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Open House

Join us for refreshments and help us celebrate the historical significance

of the library collection in this Tricentennial year in San Antonio!