News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

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

2016 Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition – Deadline Extended to October 10th


The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library welcome submissions for the 2016 essay competition in memory of Danny Jones, M.L.S., who served as Head of Special Collections at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Library and who was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The essay can be on any topic related to the history of the health sciences, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, or any other health science subject or profession.

The contest is open to current students in any of the schools of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, as well as affiliated interns, residents, and fellows. Unpublished essays in broad areas related to the history of the health sciences are eligible for submission. Previous essays not selected are also eligible for re-submission.

A prize of $500 will be awarded to the best essay as chosen by a panel of three judges. This prize will be presented at the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Annual Dinner on November 2, 2016.

Word Limit

No more than 2500 words


Extended to October 10, 2016


Please send entries in PDF format to

For more information, contact Peg Seger at or 210-567-6398.

Featured New Books/E-Books for September 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.



August 2016 Historical Book of the Month

The August 2016 Historical Book of the Month highlights the oldest resource in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, De Medicina, published in Milan in 1481.

Image of book: De Medicina by Celsus

Aulus Cornelius Celsus was a first-century Roman historian who compiled this set of treatises as a home health reference for wealthy Patrician families. It includes principles of good surgery, dental practices, proper diet, and herbal remedies. De Medicina was rediscovered in the late Middle Ages and chosen as one of the first medical texts to be set in type.

For more information on the collections of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Andrea Schorr, Head of Collection Resources, at or 210-567-2403.

New Hours for AskALibrarian Services – August 2016

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Check in with a librarian anytime between:
10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Call: 210-567-2450
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For more information, click here for the Get Help Page

July 2016 Historical Book of the Month

Skeleton image from Osteographia by Cheselden

This month’s featured historical treasure is Osteographia, or The Anatomy of the Bones by William Cheselden. Published in London in 1753, this exquisite volume includes depictions of human and animal skeletons in interesting vignettes and in lifelike poses. His artists, Gerard van der Gucht and Jacob Schijnvoet, were the first to use the camera obscura to create more accurate engravings for book illustration.

For more information on the collections of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Andrea Schorr, Head of Collection Resources, at or 210-567-2403.

June 2016 Historical Book of the Month

Image scanned from Charles Bell's Illustrations of the Great Operations of Surgery

The June 2016 Historical Book of the Month features the artistic masterpiece, Illustrations of the Great Operations  of Surgery: Trepan, Hernia, Amputation, Aneurism, and Lithotomy by Charles Bell published in London in 1821. Sir Charles Bell was a Scottish surgeon, neurologist, and anatomist and namesake of such structures and phenomena as Bell’s Nerve, Bell’s Palsy, and Bell’s Spasm. This classic work in the history of surgery includes 20 engraved plates of Charles Bell’s own drawings of operations he performed over the course of 20 years.

For more information on the collections of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Andrea Schorr, Head of Collection Resources, at or 210-567-2403.