News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Trial of ClinicalKey

The UT Health Science Center Libraries will sponsor a 30 day trial of ClinicalKey beginning Monday, November 4.  Similar to MD Consult, ClinicalKey is a resource providing over 1,100 electronic books, 550 electronic journals, video-based procedures, and more.  MD Consult will be retired by its publisher in 2014 and ClinicalKey is a possible replacement for MD Consult.

All comments and recommendations are welcomed and can be sent to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, at

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News From the Library – November 2013

Louise Aronson

“These stories are about medicine exactly in the way that medicine is about life.” –A review of Louise Aronson’s A History of the Present Illness.

One Community One Book

History of Medicine – noon lecture

Thanksgiving holiday hours

Trial of Clinical Key

Web of Science cancellation

Did you know? Library printers

Need poster ideas?

New outside the Briscoe Library

Jeremy Mercier joins Library staff

Library workshops

Featured new books

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One Community One Book: Author Louise Aronson will speak on campus November 14

Louise Aronson

“These stories are about medicine exactly in the way that medicine is about life.” –A review of Louise Aronson’s A History of the Present Illness.

5:30 p.m. Author Presentation
6:30 p.m. Reception and Book Signing
UT Health Science Center Holly Auditorium

Louise Aronson, M.D., M.F.A., the author of A History of the Present Illness, this fall’s One Community/On Book selection, will speak in the Holly Auditorium Thursday, November 14, at 5:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Louise Aronson is an Associate Professor of Geriatrics at the University of California at San Francisco. She directs the Northern California Geriatric Education Center and the UCSF Medical Humanities program. Dr. Aronson’s clinical practice is through the Housecalls Program where she provides care to homebound older adults in underserved San Francisco neighborhoods.

Her research and scholarship focus on geriatrics education, reflective learning, and public medical writing.

For more information about Aronson’s November 14th appearance, call the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at 210-567-0795.

This year’s One Community/One Book program is the 6th such partnership for The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. Previous book selections included Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World (2008); Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality (2009); The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010); Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child (2012); and Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World (Spring 2013). Since 2008, more than 800 individuals have participated in One Community/One Book book discussions, and as many as 2800 individuals have attended author events.

One Community/One Book is made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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History of Medicine noon lecture will explore the treatment of diabetic pregnancy in the early 20th century

pregnancy“We Named Her Priscilla: Diabetic Pregnancy in early 20th century and Dr. Priscilla White”

Thursday, November 14, 12:00 noon
Howe Conference Room
5th floor, Briscoe Library

Kirsten Gardner, Ph.D., will talk about Priscilla White, a 1923 graduate of Tufts University Medical School whose groundbreaking work contributed to deeper understanding of diabetes, including diabetes in pregnancy.

Dr. Gardner, an Associate Professor of History at UTSA, is a past president of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  Her research interests include women’s health, particularly the history of female cancers. Recent articles include “Hiding the Scars: A History of Post-Mastectomy Prostheses,” “From Cotton to Silicone: A History of Breast Prosthesis Since World War II”, and “Informing Women: Early Cancer Detection Skills.”

History of Medicine noon lectures, hosted by the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, provide opportunities for informal learning and conversation. Everyone is invited. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Briscoe Library

Day Date Holiday Affiliates Public Access
Wednesday November 27 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Thursday November 28 Thanksgiving Day CLOSED CLOSED
Friday November 29 University Holiday CLOSED CLOSED
Saturday November 30 Resume Normal Hours 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday December 1 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – midnight


Ramirez Library at the RAHC

Day Date Holiday Affiliates Public Access
Wednesday November 27 6:00 a.m. – midnight 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday November 28 Thanksgiving Day 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Friday November 29 University Holiday 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Saturday November 30 Resume Normal Hours 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday December 1 noon – midnight 1: 00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Laredo Regional Campus Library

Day Date Holiday Affiliates
Thursday November 28 Thanksgiving Day CLOSED
Friday November 29 University Holiday CLOSED

Web of Science Cancellation

The UT Health Science Center Library is discontinuing Web of Science after the current subscription expires.  Due to a combination of funding limitations and duplication of content we could not justify the renewal.  Effective January 1, 2014, we will no longer have access to Web of Science.

Scopus is a database that provides similar information to Web of Science.  Please contact the library at (210)567-2450 or if you need assistance with making the switch from Web of Scienc to Scopus.  Librarians are available for consultations or to provide group instruction to help ease the transition.  Any departmental or committee material that references Web of Science should be updated to Scopus.

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources

Did you know? Library printers

This installment of the “Did you know?” series highlights the workhorse printers at the Briscoe Library.

Retiring HP Printer

The Briscoe Library has had HP printers for black and white printing since 2006.  These printers were retired from service mid-October after many print jobs.  Over the lifetime of these printers, they printed a combined 3,072,553 pages.  Over the years, students, faculty, staff, and library visitors have all printed to these machines.  They were finally retired because replacement parts and repair were too costly.

New library printers and copiers for the Briscoe Library have been installed!  The new equipment prints, copies, and scans!  Come by and check them out.

Questions about printing and copying in the Briscoe Library?  Visit Library Circulation or contact us for more information.








Need poster ideas? Try the creating and presenting poster sessions class!

CSL PostersOn November 6th, 11:00 am-12 noon, in LIB 4.074, the special library class Creating and Presenting Professional Poster Sessions will be offered.  All students, faculty and staff who make posters or are considering submitting a poster should attend.

This introductory one hour class covers the creation of a rolled poster using Microsoft PowerPoint (both standard and non-standard shapes), presentation skills and best practices for poster sessions at professional conferences and meetings. This class is designed to enhance poster creation and presentation skills – even for experienced poster creators.

Register online to attend!

Questions about the class, contact Briscoe Library Information at or 210-567-2450.

New Outside the Briscoe Library – Raccoon Prevention

The curbside space outside the Briscoe Library is sporting two new fixtures. The former open trash can has been replaced with an animal-proof trash receptacle. Although no bears have DSC_6281been sighted, a family of raccoons finds the trash around campus quite tasty. In addition, the book drop that has seen many years of service in front of the library has been replaced with a shiny, teal colored refurbished book drop. Thank you to Facilities Management for the new trash receptacle and for their work in keeping the campus Green by helping the library to Reuse the book drop formerly located in the School of Nursing.

Jeremy Mercier joins Briscoe Library staff

Jeremy Mercier has joined the Briscoe Library staff  as an Information Technology Specialist.  Jeremy will be supervised by Eric Willman, Head of Library Technology, as part of Information Management Services.  Jeremy will be performing duties related to maintaining Web applications and database services to support the library’s Web platform, configuring computers, and supporting library software.  Jeremy will also be providing support for some Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs (AFSA) departments.  Jeremy is currently completing his master’s degree in Information and Library Science through the University of North Texas.