News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Medicine’s Michelangelo: The Life and Art of Frank Netter, MD

45th Annual Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Dinner

Francine Mary Netter, daughter of famous medical illustrator Frank Netter, MD, will be the guest speaker at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. Drawing on her personal remembrances, her father’s autobiographical notes, and hundreds of interviews, she will discuss his life and work and provide a personal glimpse into the man behind the art. Copies of her book, Medicine’s Michelangelo: The Life & Art of Frank H. Netter, MD, will be for sale at the dinner for $35.00 plus sales tax. Stay after the presentation and have your book signed by the author!

Color illustration of human skullWhen
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Cash bar 6:30 PM; Dinner 7:00 PM

Old San Francisco Steak House
10223 Sahara Street (off San Pedro north of Loop 410)

$55 per person; $35 for students
Students are encouraged to apply for sponsorships to cover the cost of registration.

Send completed Reservation_Form and sponsorship requests to Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at by October 23, 2015 or call 210-567-2406 for more information.


Library School Students Receive Award

The UTHSC Libraries are hosting two current library school students for a practicum/capstone towards their degree requirements.  Tyler Moses, from Texas Woman’s University, has an interest in collection development, outreach, and archives.  Angela Piccolo, from University of North Texas, is interested in public services and outreach.

Both students applied for and received Library Student Outreach Awards from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/South Central Region.  This award provides travel and registration money to attend the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Little Rock, AR from October 2-7, 2015.

Jaclyn Georges hired as Records Manager/Archivist

The library welcomes Jaclyn “Jackie” Georges as Records Manager/Archivist.  Jackie is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin iSchool with a specialization in Archives and Records Enterprise/Preservation.  She is designated as the Records Management Officer for the university, just as Anne Comeaux was prior to her retirement in September.  Jackie can be reached for questions about Records Management or the Archives at or 567-2428.


Library Hosts Girl Scout Troop 128!


On September 17th, a very accomplished group of 5th and 6th grade girls from Troop 128 got some pointers from UT Health Science Center librarians about Internet Safety, Health Literacy, and Community Outreach. A special bookmark, shown here, was designed just for the occasion. The girls and their leaders are planning a return trip to learn more about how to do research for an upcoming community nutrition project. The project is part of the activities the girls will complete in working toward the Silver Award which is the highest award a Cadette can receive. Through the project, the girls will help a community by providing education about healthy food choices at a homeless shelter for women.

The girls also met with President William L. Henrich, M.D. during their campus visit and got a full tour of the Briscoe Library including the rare books in the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and the new library 3-D printer in action. Girls from the troop attend Saint Matthew Catholic School and their troop leader, Sandra Sanchez-Reilly, M.D. is a member of the faculty at the UT Health Science Center. Troop co-leader Stephanie Rowan RN, MSN, is a research nurse at the School of Dentistry.

The Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, headquartered in San Antonio, serves over 23,500 Girl Scouts across 21 counties.

The History of Breast Cancer and its Treatment – October 21

pink_ribbonIn honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Daniel Rosenthal, MD will present The History of Breast Cancer and Its Treatment at the October meeting of the History of Medicine Society, a student-led interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

October 21, 2015
6:00 PM

Briscoe Library
Howe Conference Room (5th floor)

Membership in the History of Medicine Society is free, and meetings are open to the public.

For more information, contact Lisa Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or 567-2406.

History of Medicine Society Draws Record Attendance

Sixty history of medicine enthusiasts attended the September 16th meeting of the History of Medicine Society, a student-led interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. Charleen Moore, PhD, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, presented Potent Potions and Healing Herbs: Medicinal Practices of the Renaissance. The Garden Health Interest Group provided Harry Potter themed snacks, including Snitch cake pops, chocolate pretzel wands, and “Butter Beer” topped with whipped cream!

Dr. Charleen Moore presents

Following the presentation, attendees adjourned to the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library to view some of the books referenced in Dr. Moore’s talk, as well as some historical herbals with magnificent illustrations.

Student views historical medical book

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

What’s New in ClinicalKey?

clinicalkey imageis a database which contains a wealth of medical and surgical information. Content includes over 1,000 e-books, over 500 e-journals (including the famous “Clinics” titles), and thousands of videos and images. Also included is point-of-care content from First Consult.

For a list of the newest ClinicalKey titles click here.


Access all titles in ClinicalKey through the library’s database page or the library catalog.

*Must register for personal account to view PDFs.

Featured New Books for October 2015

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, Metadata & Collection Management Librarian.



News From the Libraries – September 2015

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

Photograph of a wooden treasure chest with jewels

Ramirez Library Now Part of UTRGV

AccessMedicine App

Anne Comeaux Retires After 40 Years Service

History of the Health Science Scavenger Hunt

45th Annual P.I. Nixon Library Dinner

Potent Potions and Healing Herbs

P.I. Nixon Hosts Japanese Dental Students

Briscoe Library/SAPL NPR Campus Community Book Club

The Winds and Words of War – Library Presentation

Pottery Bowl Exhibit: Art for the Mind

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Ramirez Library Now Part of the UTRGV

The UT Health Science Center’s Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) in Harlingen became part of the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) effective September 1, 2015. Along with other RAHC related services, the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library became part of the UTRGV library system on September 1. The Ramirez Library will serve the UTRGV’s School of Medicine including its faculty, students, residents, staff and researchers. The Ramirez Library will also continue to serve UT Health Science Center faculty, students, and residents who are assigned to locations in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

The medical library at the RAHC was established in 2002 and quickly became a popular place for students to study and use both print and electronic materials. In 2007, the Ramirez Library was named after Dr. Mario E. Ramirez a well-known physician in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and former University of Texas Regent who also served as Vice-President for South Texas Programs at the UT Health Science Center from 1995 to 2007.

Greysi Reyna, Assistant Director for the Ramirez Library, was one of the RAHC’s first librarians. Until her retirement in 2013, Greysi was instrumental in developing the Ramirez Library’s service programs, particularly outreach to the local community. Kathy Carter succeeded Greysi as Assistant Library Director in 2013 and has been appointed as the UTRGV Library’s Associate Director for the School of Medicine. Kathy is looking forward to serving as the inaugural librarian for the new medical school.

A library with a primarily digital collection is being constructed as part of the School of Medicine Education Building on the UTRGV Edinburg campus. When fully staffed, the UTRGV School of Medicine will have librarians and staff at both Harlingen and Edinburg locations.

Perhaps the words of a UT Health Science Center medical student best express the sentiments of those who have benefited from the services of the Ramirez librarians and staff: “I was one of the full-time RAHC MS3’s last year. I used the library a ton and I really appreciated the awesome services y’all provided!  … I absolutely loved my time at the RAHC (and the RAHC library staff) and look forward to being back.

The UTRGV School of Medicine Library can be reached by phone at (956) 296-1500 and by email to