News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Explore Human Anatomy in 3D with BodyViz


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BodyViz, an interactive 3D visualization software, renders MRI and CT data to allow easy manipulation and exploration of human anatomy.  Working with the Digital Anatomy Lab, the Briscoe Library is expanding access to BodyViz for campus-wide use.  A mobile setup is currently available and a dedicated instance of BodyViz will soon be available in the library.  Contact John Weed or Jeremy Mercier with questions or if you would like a demo.

3D Printing: Cultivating Creative Collaborations

The Briscoe Library’s 3D print service provides a unique platform for students and faculty to engage in interactive and creative 3D modeling solutions. Roughly a year since the inception of this service, students continue to experiment and find interesting applications for 3D printing.

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-3-24-53-pmLaura De Jesus Solis, a Master’s student focusing on Cell Systems and Anatomy, is the most recent to work with the 3D print team. Laura is utilizing 3D printing in her thesis project which she says will “focus on introducing new active learning teaching modalities that could help students understand anatomy, especially of the pelvis and perineum regions as they are often difficult to understand. By 3D printing a bony pelvis, we will offer students the opportunity to interactively build a model and learn important spatial relationships of the anatomy.”

View our guide for more information on the library’s 3D printing service.

Featured New Books/E-Books for October 2016

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.



Upcoming 2016 Events for the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library


The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library are committed to the development and use of an exceptional collection of books and manuscripts relating to the history of medicine and the health sciences. The collection was established through the efforts of Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon (1883-1965), who was born in Guadalupe County, attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and later built a practice in San Antonio. Your  support of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library  helps to assure that we will be able to maintain, build, and promote the use of the collection, both on the campus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and in the academic communities of the surrounding area.

The History of Medicine Society is a student-led interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. It meets on the third Thursday of the month during academic semesters to discuss the historical development of the health sciences and to explore the impact of medicine on society. Membership is free, and meetings are open to the general public.

The next meeting of the History of Medicine Society is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2016

6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library

The topic will be Orthopedic Eponyms, presented by Fred Olin, MD.

On Wednesday, November 2nd 2016, the 46th Annual Friends Dinner Meeting and Presentation will be held

Kirsten Gardner, PhD, will be speaking on “Patient Decisions: A History of Diabetes Since the Discovery of Insulin”

The dinner is held at the Old San Francisco Steak House, 10223 Sahara Street

(Located north of Loop 410. From San Pedro, turn right onto  Sahara Street.)

Sponsorships for students are available on request. Advanced registration is required.

Please RSVP by October 21, 2016. A link to the reservation form is available below.

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library annual dinner reservation form @ frienddinnerreservationform_2016

For more information, contact Peg Seger, Head of Outreach and Community Engagement, at 210-567-6398 or

News from the Libraries Sept 2016

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

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Briscoe Library Removing Print Journals

Liaison Librarians Provide Services to Support Faculty and Student Success

Briscoe Library Staff Welcomes Karen Barton

Scavenger Hunt: Discover Hidden Treasures in the Briscoe Library!

2016 Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition

Featured New Books/E-Books for September 2016

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

BrowZine: A Modern Way of Accessing Scholarly Journals


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The old way of finding health information is becoming obsolete, and with information distribution changing, the library is changing. Briscoe Library has made the decision to remove print journals, transferring many to a joint library facility, and has adopted BrowZine.

BrowZine is a service for libraries that allows you to browse, read, and monitor scholarly journals on the web or on a mobile device. It combines the discovery you loved with print journals with the convenience of technology.

With BrowZine you can:

  • Easily browse thousands of scholarly journals
  • Create a personalized bookshelf of your favorite titles
  • Be alerted when new articles are available in your favorite journals
  • Save articles for offline reading

Find out how to access and use BrowZine here and look out for the Reading Lists feature coming later this year.

Briscoe Library Removing Print Journals

In September, approximately 97,000 print journal volumes will be removed from the Briscoe Library 4th floor. This project is part of an overall effort to transition to a print-free environment, as almost all of the library’s current journals are now available online and searchable through the library’s catalog or through BrowZine. Older journal articles that are not online can be ordered at no charge through the Document Delivery service. Delivery time is estimated at under 48 hours.

Removing these journals opens up the 4th floor as the library evolves from a storage space for print materials into a place for study, instruction, and collaboration. The volumes that are being removed are already part of the collection in the Joint Library Facility, a storage unit located in Bryan, TX that is a collaboration between the University of Texas System and Texas A&M University. The library has contracted with a commercial company to remove and transport the volumes to a recycling plant.

For questions about this project, contact Jonquil Feldman, Associate Library Director,


Liaison Librarians Provide Services to Support Faculty and Student Success

The Briscoe Library is launching a new initiative, assigning liaison librarians to work with students, faculty and researchers in each school. As the Library has migrated to a non-print environment, the majority of in-person library users are students looking for study space. The library’s website provides an access point for books, journal articles, or database searches. Changes in library use in the last five years are measured in the lower number of people entering the library, and the decreasing number of reference questions posed to librarians. In the same period, there has been an up-take in the requests for database instruction integrated into class work, one-on-one research assistance, and consultations on specific types of literature searching such as systematic reviews.

The liaison librarians will be the primary point of contact for students, faculty and researchers. They will provide:

  • Assistance with literature search strategies and bibliographic management
  • Curriculum-integrated classes on evidence-based practice and information literacy
  • Expert information search and consultation services for researchers and doctoral students
  • Advocacy on public access policies of federal agencies
  • Collaboration on systematic reviews and meta-analyses

We are currently in the process of developing a liaison librarian position description for the School of Dentistry and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Currently, the liaison librarians are:

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Karen Barton





School of MedicineChris Gaspard

Chris Gaspard






School of NursingEmme Lopez

Emme Lopez






Briscoe Library Staff Welcomes Karen Barton

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The UT Health Science Center Libraries welcome Karen Barton as the new Liaison to the School of Health Professions (SHP) and Community Engagement Librarian. Karen comes to the UTHSCSA Briscoe Library from the San Antonio Public Library where she has been involved with community outreach programming as a Teen Services Librarian . Karen graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 with an M.S. in Library and Information Science and a certificate in Community Informatics. Karen also holds a B.A. in Communication and Media Production.

Karen will work with faculty in the SHP to plan and develop curriculum-integrated content and serve as a single point of contact for library services. Karen will also work on campus and community engagement initiatives to promote library resources and services in support of education, research, and community health.

Karen has an impressive background with a wide variety of program experience. Selected as a Community Ambassador at the Urbana Free Library, she collaborated with librarians and community partners to provide digital media and other programming for both youth and adults. At her church, she currently serves as the webmaster. We look forward to having Karen as a member of our Library team and introducing her to our wider campus and community.

Scavenger Hunt: Discover Hidden Treasures in the Briscoe Library!


The History of Medicine Society is sponsoring a treasure hunt for anyone interested in the history of the health sciences. The scavenger hunt will run from Tuesday, September 6 at 8:00 am through Thursday, September 15 at 6:00 pm. Any time during that period, participants can pick up an entry form at the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor of the Briscoe Library. Uncover treasures located throughout the building and even online! See rare historical books, and view digital collections.


Completed forms should be placed in the designated boxes at the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor or in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on the 5th floor by 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 15.


Participants must answer 8 out of 10 questions correctly to be eligible for a prize. All qualifying entrants may enter a drawing to win novelty chocolates, and student entrants are eligible for one of three $5 gift cards to Starbucks! Winners will be drawn at the September 15 meeting of the History of Medicine Society. Walter Humann, MS III and winner of the 2015 Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Contest, will present Medical Progress in the West: A Historical Perspective at 6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room.

For more information, contact Peg Seger, Head of Outreach and Community Engagement, at 210-567-6398 or