News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Leisure Reading EBooks – Great for Summertime Reading

Ebooks are gaining in popularity, even with those readers who claimed they would never crack the pages of an ebook. Commercial sources for ebooks such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble are available; however, residents of San Antonio and Bexar County are fortunate to have two sources for extensive free access to ebooks.  All that is needed to read an ebook is a tablet, smart phone, or computer and in some cases a downloaded ereader,  and a willingness to try something new.

San Antonio Public Library

The San Antonio Public Library has a number of options for obtaining digital downloads of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and music. All that is needed is a San Antonio Public Library card and in some cases, a downloadable reader or media player. More information can be found at the San Antonio Public Library’s Digital Library page


BiblioTech is Bexar County’s new all digital library. Citizens of Bexar County and San Antonio are eligible to register for access to the BiblioTech’s large collection of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music and more. Information about the BiblioTech including instructions for registration can be found at


Featured New Books for July 2014

Adams and Victor’s principles of neurology, 10th ed. [electronic resource] / Allan H. Ropper, Martin A. Samuels, Joshua P. Klein. New York : McGraw-Hill Education Medical, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record  

Adam's and Victor's Principles of Neurology, 10th ed.

Current medical diagnosis & treatment 2014 [electronic resource] / edited by Maxine A. Papadakis, Stephen J. McPhee, associate editor Michael W. Rabow. New York : McGraw-Hill  Medical, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment 2014

Davis’s drug guide for nurses, 14th ed. [electronic resource] / April Hazard Vallerand, Cynthia A. Sanoski, Judith Hopfer Deglin. Philadelphia : F.A. Davis, c2015. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses, 14th ed.

Developing global health programming : a guidebook for medical and professional schools, 2nd ed. [edited by] Jessica Evert, Paul Drain, Thomas Hall. San Francisco : Global Health Education Collaborations Press, 2014. WA 18 D489 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Developing Global Health Programming: a guidebook for medical and professional schools

Health sciences librarianship / edited by M. Sandra Wood. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
Z 675.M4 H434 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Health Sciences Librarianship edited by M. Sandra Wood

Inheritance : how our genes change our lives– and our lives change our genes / Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD, with Matthew D. LaPlante. New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
QZ 50 M687i 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Inheritance: how good genes change our lives

Pediatric neuroimaging, 5th ed. / A. James Barkovich, Charles Raybaud. Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2012.
WS 340 B256p 2012.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Pediatric Neuroimaging, 5th ed. 2012

Physician salary & benefits report 2014 : hospital-based and group practice. Oakland , N.J. : Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service, c2014.
WX 16 P578 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Physician Salary & Benefits Report 2014

Seidel’s guide to physical examination, 8th ed. / Jane W. Ball, Joyce E. Dains, John A. Flynn, Barry S. Solomon, Rosalyn W. Stewart. St. Louis, Missouri : Elsevier/Mosby, c2015.
WB 205 M894 2015.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Seidel's Guide to Physical Examination, 8th ed. 2015

Where there is no doctor : a village health care handbook / by David Werner with Carol Thuman and Jane Maxwell ; with drawings by David Werner. New rev. ed., 13th printing Palo Alto, Calif., U.S.A. : Hesperian Foundation, c2013.WA 39 W492w 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Where there is No Doctor: a village health care handbook, 2013 reprint


Purchase suggestions? Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact Andrea N. Schorr, Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian.

News From the Libraries – June 2014

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

Mobile Print Available

New Database Page

Mobile Print Now Available

LearningExpress Library 3.0

Anthropometamorphosis or Tattoos: Older Than You Think

Library Staff News

New Leisure Books

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

New Database Page

The library is launching a new database page to help in finding resources among the more than 200 databases accessible through the library.  Databases can be searched by words from the title, by subject, and by the type of format included in the database (full-text, images, video, etc).  Icons are used to readily identify key features of the database.   With the new page, mobile enabled users can browse for resources easily on all of their devices, just like they can on their desktop.  The new database page was developed using a tool called Subjects Plus, created originally by East Carolina State University; now kept current by the University of Miami and Ithaca College.

Created over the course of three months, a team of librarians worked to develop the categories, brief biographies of the resources, and over all look and feel of the database page.  The faculty and student Library Committee as well as the Student Government Association provided feedback about the features and design of the database page.

Database Page -Desktop


Mobile Print Now Available

Mobile Print AvailableThe Briscoe Library is happy to announce that an award from TexShare, the state-wide library resource sharing consortium, has allowed the library to upgrade its print service in the library. Visitors to the library can now print from their mobile phone to any of the printers located in the Briscoe Library.

For more information on locations that support mobile printing or how to use it, please visit:


LearningExpress Library 3.0

LearningExpress Library provided by TexShare, the statewide library resource sharing consortium, is an interactive online learning platform that provides the most comprehensive selection of career-oriented and academic resources available.  This resource is moving to a NEW platform.  The current version (2.0) will remain online until June 30th, 2014 when it will be taken offline.

All user profiles (logons, passwords, work saved or in progress) will NOT migrate to the new platform (version 3.0).  Furthermore, all current users will be required to register as new users to access the new platform.  If you have any questions about this conversion to a new platform, please contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources,

Anthropometamorphosis or Tattoos: Older Than You Think

The P.I.Nixon Medical Historical Library contains many important works in the history of medicine. These historical works often give modern day readers a window into social commentary from earlier years. One such book with a very long title, “Anthropometamorphosis: Man Transform’d, or the Artificial Changeling. Historically presented, in the mad and cruel Gallantry, foolish Bravery, ridiculous Beauty, filthy Fineness, and loathesome Loveliness of most Nations, fashioning & altering their Bodies from the Mould intended by Nature. With a Vindication of the Regular Beauty and Honesty of Nature, and an Appendix of the Pedigree of the English Gallant,” reflected Dr. John Bulwer’s views condemning practices that disfigured the human body. The Anthropometamorphosis was first published in 1650 with an expanded second edition published in 1653. The 1653 edition is available in the Nixon Library. Considered to be the earliest book on tattooing and body mutilations, the book is a mixture of fact and fiction, some from traveler’s tales, some from early literature. The title of the book literally means “humanity-changing.” It is one of the first studies in comparative cultural anthropology and included a strong tone of social commentary.

The frontispiece to the 1653 edition shows a European woman, a hair-covered man and a South American Indian with full body paint standing side by side. They are being judged by Nature, Adam and Eve and a body of disapproving magistrates (including the ghost of Galen) for transforming their bodies, while the devil flies above them laughing and saying, “In the image of God created he them! But I have new-molded them to my likeness.”

Anthropometamorphosis is available for viewing in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library. To schedule an appointment, contact Anne Comeaux, Assistant Director for Special Collections,, or call 567-2428. A more detailed description of the Anthropometamorphosis is available through the Treasures of the P.I. Nixon Library blog at


Frontspiece to Anthropometamorphosis

Frontspiece to Anthropometamorphosis


Library staff news

Kathy Carter, Assistant Director of the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library, presented a poster with Dr. Alfredo Sardinas, RAHC Internal Medicine Chief Resident at the Society of General Kathy Carter presents poster entitled “Resident’s perspectives on the value of iPads and point-of-care resources in the delivery of quality care and evidence-based medicine at the bedside”.Internal Medicine (SGIM) Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. The poster, entitled “Residents’s Perspectives on the Value of iPads and Point-of-Care Resources in the Delivery of Quality Care and Evidence-Based Medicine at the Bedside”, reported on the results of two program improvement projects which sought to better understand the preferences of RAHC IM residents when it comes to utilizing point-of-care resources to answer clinical questions. The project also examined the effectiveness of iPads used by RAHC IM residents for patient care, research and learning.

Kathy Carter also presented a poster at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Annual Spring Conference in San Antonio. The poster, entitled “A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teaching Evidence Based Medicine to Medical Students”, described a 4th year elective in EBM co-taught by Dr. Beatriz Tapia, Kathy Carter and Dr. Mario Tapia. The 4-week course was taught after the MATCH and offered the learner a hands-on opportunity to review the scientific literature, formulate clinical questions using the PICO framework, and review case studies based on the student’s clinical interests as a future physician-in-training.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, participated in a panel at the Council of Science Editors meeting held in San Antonio on May 4.  The topic of the panel discussion was “Libraries 101: It’s Not Your Mother’s Library,” intended to familiarize meeting attendees with the current state of academic libraries and how they have changed as technology has advanced.  Co-presenters were Diane Graves, Assistant Vice President for Information Resources and University Librarian, Trinity University, and Joan Heath, Associate Vice President and University Librarian, Texas State University.

Jonquil Feldman presented a poster at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Chicago on May 20.  The poster titled, “One Book: A Case Study of Community Reading to Explore Ethical Issues in a Health Sciences Setting”  was co-authored by Rajia Tobia and  Susan Hunnicutt, formerly Special Projects Librarian, and featured the One Community/One Book program co-sponsored by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics.

Andrea N. Schorr, Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian, has been elected president of the Council of Research and Academic Libraries (CORAL).  CORAL is a consortium of libraries in the greater San Antonio area. CORAL develops and strengthens library information resources and services through the development of cooperative programs, by providing a forum for librarians from member institutions to discuss important issues, and by promoting information literacy in the greater San Antonio area, as well as in member institutions.

Dana Whitmire, Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian, presented two posters at the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) conference in Fort Worth on May 2.Dana Whitmire presents two posters at the 2014 NASIG Conference. The posters, “Creating New Spaces for Our Future: A Weeding Workflow” and “Share With Your Friends – Resources in Common”, described some of the changes occurring at the Health Science Center library and explained the process of each project.  During the conference, Dana also accepted the Chair position of the Awards and Recognition Committee.

New Leisure Books

Looking for a good summer read?  Check out the new leisure titles at the Briscoe Library!

The Leisure Collection is located on the main floor of the Briscoe Library in the seating area across from the Circulation desk. This collection is funded through donations to the library.


The 30-day heart tune-up : a breakthrough medical plan to prevent and reverse heart disease
Steven Masley, MD,  Fellow, American Heart Association.
New York : Center Street, c2014.


Above / Isla Morley.
New York : Gallery Books, c2014.


The anatomy lesson : a novel / Nina Siegal.
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2014.


A beautiful truth / Colin McAdam.
New York : Soho Press, c2013.


The burning dark / Adam Christopher.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, c2014.


Caffeinated : how our daily habit helps, hurts, and hooks us / Murray Carpenter.
New York, New York : Hudson Street Press, c2014.


Distortion / Terri Blackstock.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, c2014.


The edge of normal / Carla Norton.
New York : Minotaur Books, c2013.


My story / Elizabeth Smart with Chris Stewart.
New York : St. Martin’s Press, c2013.


A guide for the perplexed : a novel / Dara Horn.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, c2013.


Moonlight sonata at the Mayo Clinic / Nora Gallagher.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2013.


For a complete list of all titles in the Leisure collection click here.

Leisure titles are currently selected by library staff, but suggestions are welcome. Send suggestions to


Featured New Books for June 2014

The 5-minute clinical consult 2015, 23rd ed. [electronic resource] /
edited by Frank Domino, Robert A. Baldor,
Jeremy Golding, Jill A. Grimes.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Current protocols select : imaging and microscopy / edited by Simon C. Watkins, Claudette M. St.
Croix, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., c2013.
QH 205.2 C976 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Cheating lessons : learning from academic dishonesty / James M. Lang.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, c2013.
LB 3609 L269c 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Recognizing and treating breathing disorders [electronic resource] : a multidisciplinary approach, 2nd ed. /
by Leon Chaitow, Christopher Gilbert, Dinah Morrison.
Oxford : Churchill Livingstone, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



ADEA official guide to dental schools 2014 : for students entering fall 2015 /
ADEA ; contributor Paul Garrard ; editor Nancy Lang.
Washington, D.C. : American Dental Education Association, c2014.
WU 19 A512a 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Clinical dermatology / [edited by] Carol Soutor, Maria K. Hordinsky.
New York : McGraw-Hill Education/Medical, c2013.
WR 140 C6415 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Quantitative MRI of the spinal cord / edited by Julien Cohen-Adad, Claudia A.M. Wheeler-Kingshott.
Amsterdam : Academic Press, 2014.
WL 400 Q1 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Understanding global health, 2nd ed. [electronic resource] / edited by William H. Markle, Melanie A. Fisher, Raymond A. Smego, Jr.
New York : McGraw-Hill Education, c2014
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Anatomy of writing for publication for nurses, 2nd ed. / Cynthia Saver.
Indianapolis, Ind. : Sigma Theta Tau International, c2014.
WZ 345 A535 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




For a complete list of new titles added in the month of June click here.

Purchase suggestions? Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact
Andrea N. Schorr, Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian.