Chris Gaspard, Head of User Services, has been awarded a National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) Emerging Leaders Award. The NN/LM SCR partners with the South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium (SCAMeL) to offer this award to motivate and prepare a junior librarian for a position of leadership in an academic health sciences library. The award pairs the recipient with an academic health sciences library director from outside the recipient’s institution who will serve as his or her mentor. The award includes visits to the mentor’s library, attendance at two SCAMeL library directors meeting, and a visit to the NN/LM SCR office at the Texas Medical Center Library in Houston. Chris’s mentor will be Pat Ciejka, Associate Vice President of Library Services and Academic Resources at the Moody Medical Library at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Part of Chris’s mentorship will include a week-long visit to the Moody Medical Library where she will work closely with Pat and other librarians and staff of the library to learn about administration, facilities and local policies and procedures.
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Chris Gaspard Is Recipient of Emerging Leaders Award
Anne Comeaux Certified as a Digital Archives Specialist
Anne Comeaux, the Assistant Director for Special Collections at the Briscoe Library, was recently certified as a Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) after completing nine required courses within 24 months and passing the comprehensive exam in February. The DAS curriculum and certification program was designed by the Society of American Archivists to provide archivists with the information and tools needed to manage the demands of born-digital records.
Knowledge gained in the program focuses on:
- the fragility of electronic records due to deterioration and obsolescence of format, software, and equipment
- the requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives
- recommended archival formats for preserving electronic records
- formulating policies and strategies for appraising, capturing, preserving, and providing access to digital collections
The University Archives is starting to receive born digital records, and university departments are increasingly converting or keeping records in electronic format. This will provide many challenges in the future for the preservation of these records for future researchers.
Retired Librarian Receives Photography Award
Retired librarian Susan Buentello was featured in the latest edition of Connective Tissue for her photograph of an 18 year old white rhinoceros named Kutu from the San Antonio Zoo. The photo titled Kutu captures the unique features and peaceful beauty of the massive creature. The photograph received Connective Tissue’s honorable mention award for the category of photography.
Connective Tissue is an annual publication produced by the Center for Medical Ethics & Humanities, which features artistic and literary works produced by the campus community and affiliates. The publication features three categories: visual arts, photography, and literature. Awards are given for the top works in each category, and for honorable mentions in each category. Submissions include graphic arts, paintings, drawings, photographs, poetry, short stories, essays, and much more.
Susan Buentello worked as a technical services librarian at the Briscoe Library for 25 years before retiring in 2009. In her retirement, Susan now enjoys the technical challenges of photography, which fulfill her desire to learn new things and highlight her artistic abilities.
Libraries Receive NN/LM 2015-2016 Resource Library Award
The UT Health Center Libraries have received a 2015-2016 Resource Library Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) South Central Chapter (SCR). The award supports outreach services provided to communities in a 33-county area in South Texas through the Briscoe Library in San Antonio, the Ramirez Library in Harlingen and Laredo Regional Campus Library. The mission of the NN/LM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to medical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. As one of 8 NN/LM Resource Libraries in Texas, the goal of the UT Health Science Center Libraries’ outreach initiative is twofold: (1) to provide health professionals with the means to support evidence-based practice, and (2) to provide health care consumers with the tools to make informed health care decisions. Through outreach activities, the Libraries promote resources produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Three of the many resources include MedlinePlus for access to reliable consumer health information, WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders), and PubMed for access to over 24 million citations from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Many of the resources of the NLM are available as mobile apps or sites. Library services include a wide variety of activities including classes, demonstrations, and participation in health fairs, and professional conferences.
Featured New Books for May 2015
The Brewsters : an interactive adventure in ethics for the health professions, 2nd ed. /
editors, Jeffrey P. Spike, Thomas R. Cole, Richard Buday. Houston, Tex. : Archimage Inc., c2011.
WB 60 B848 2011. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
The color atlas of internal medicine / editors, Richard P. Usatine, Gary Ferenchick, E.J. Mayeaux Jr.,
Mindy A. Smith, Heidi S. Chumley. New York : McGraw-Hill Education Medical, 2015.
WB 17 C7195 2015. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
Dietary sugars and health [electronic resource] / edited by Michael I. Goran, Luc Tappy, and Kim-Anne Lé.
Boca Raton : CRC Press, 2015.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
Egan’s fundamentals of respiratory care, 10th ed. / [edited by] Robert M. Kacmarek, James K. Stoller,
Albert J. Heuer. St. Louis, Mo. : Elsevier/Mosby, c2013.
WF 145 E28 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
Evidence-based dermatology, 3rd ed. [electronic resource] / edited by Hywel C. Williams.
Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Hoboken, NJ : BMJ Books/John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
Inviting everyone : healing healthcare through positive deviance / Arvind Singhal, Prucia Buscell,
Curt Lindberg. Bordentown, N. J. : PlexusPress, c2010.
WA 525 S617i 2010. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
Mosby’s respiratory care equipment, 9th ed. / J.M. Cairo.
St. Louis, Mo. : Elsevier, c2014.
WF 26 C136m 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
Ruppel’s manual of pulmonary function testing, 10th ed. / Carl Mottram.
Maryland Heights, Mo. : Elsevier/Mosby, c2013.
WB 284 R946m 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
Statistical methods in psychiatry research and SPSS [electronic resource] / M. Venkataswamy Reddy, PhD.
Waretown, NJ : Apple Academic Press, Inc. ; Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, 2015.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
Textbook of palliative medicine, 2nd ed. [electronic resource] / edited by Eduardo Bruera, Irene Higginson,
Charles F von Gunten, Tatsuya Morita. Boca Raton : CRC Press, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
Umiker’s management skills for the new health care supervisor, 6th ed. / Charles R. McConnell.
Burlington, Mass. : Jones & Bartlett Learning, c2014.
WX 155 M479u 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
USMLE step 2 secrets, 4th ed. / Theodore X. O’Connell.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, 2014.
WB 18.2 B863u 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
News From the Libraries – April 2015
The April issue of News from the Libraries is now available. For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.
Earth Day Display of Rare Herbal Books
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~Marcus Tullius Cicero
In honor of Earth Day, the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will display several rare herbal books from its collection. Stop by the Nixon Library on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 to view these illustrated treasures.
This display will include:
- American Medical Botany, one of the first books published in the United States to contain colored plant illustrations
- William Withering’s 1785 An Account of the Foxglove
- An 1824 edition of Culpeper’s Complete Herbal
- A reprint of the 1633 edition of Gerard’s General History of Plants
For more information on the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at email@example.com or 210-567-2406.
Blackberry Image Courtesy of American Medical Botany, Volume II ©1818.
Rare Anatomical Books on Display April 8
The P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will have a collection of rare anatomical books on display for the public on Wednesday, April 8 from 3:00 – 5:30 pm. Tables of the skeleton and muscles of the human body by Bernhard Giegfried Albinus, De humani corporis fabrica libri septem by Andreas Vesalius, and Albrecht Durer’s De symmetria partium in rectis formis humanorum corporum are just a few of the more than 20 books that will be shown.
For more information or to arrange tours of the Nixon Library, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-567-2406.
Changes Coming to the Library’s Catalog in June
Over the next several months, library staff will be “migrating” the library’s catalog and integrated library system (ILS) to a new open source system. The library has maintained the same ILS since 1998. The ILS manages the life of a book, journal, database or other resource from the moment it is ordered until it is removed from the library’s collection. The ILS is also used to establish a database of library borrowers, to check out and renew print books and journals, and to manage fines.
The new ILS will be an open source system called Koha. Koha is a Maori word meaning gift or donation, somewhat in keeping with the concept of sharing that occurs in open source environments. Koha is used by thousands of libraries around the world, each adding features and functions to improve the capabilities of the system. The UT Health Science Center Library has contracted with Bywater Solutions to manage and host the library’s implementation of Koha.
In March, librarians transferred files to Bywater Solutions to begin the process of mapping records from the library’s current ILS to Koha. Library staff will receive intensive training on the new system in May, and the UT Health Science Center Library’s Koha implementation is set to go live on June 8, if all goes as planned.
What does all this mean for library users? In a nutshell, if you have used Amazon or other web based systems, the look and feel of Koha should seem familiar. The first time you check out a book after June 8, you will need to set up a new library borrower record because the database of library borrowers is not being transferred to Koha. This will allow library staff to clear out many old borrower records that are no longer in use. For library users with a UTHSCSA network domain username and password, access to the library’s electronic resources will not be affected. However, clinical faculty or other authorized library users who do not have a network login will need to register with the library and set a password on their account before resources can be accessed from off-campus.
Stay tuned for more information about Koha in the coming months. For questions about migrating to the new system, contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, email@example.com.
Librarians to Exhibit at Two Campus Events
The UT Health Science Center Library will be represented at two campus events in April.
Fiesta of Education, April 9. The First Annual Fiesta of Education will be held on April 9 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the Holly Auditorium. The event is designed to feature how faculty are engaging students and innovating in the classroom. In addition, each department within Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs (AFSA) will host an exhibit table to feature the services they offer to the campus. Librarians will demonstrate services of particular interest to faculty and will be seeking comments about resources and services.
Earth Day, April 22. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 and has been observed on this date every year since. The Health Science Center will celebrate by hosting a Go Green Fair on April 22 from 11:000 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Starbuck’s/Subway area in the lecture hall building. Librarians will be demonstrating the National Library of Medicine’s Environmental Health and Toxicology databases. In addition, images of healing plants from historical texts held in the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will be on display.