News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Library Committee Appointed for 2014-15

The Library Committee is an important advisory committee composed of faculty and students who serve in a consultative and advisory capacity to the President and the Vice President for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs and who work with and assist the Executive Director of Libraries in making recommendations for library practices and procedures. Dr. Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, School of Health Professions, chairs the committee this year. Faculty members serving on the committee include Ashley Acheson, Guy Huyn-Ba, Benjamin Wallisch,  Barbara MacNeill, Omid Rahimi, Jennie Shaw, Carol Barrera, Michael Palm, Helen Parsons, and Sue Weintraub. Student representatives are Cally Boothe (Health Professions), Sun Kyung Kim (Graduate), Lauren Macias (Nursing), Kelsey Rockey (Dental), and Patrick Dideum (Medical). Faculty, students and staff are encouraged to contact a member of the Library Committee with suggestions and concerns about library services, facilities and information resources.

Libraries Hold Biannual Community Advisors Meeting, November 7th

Since 2007, the UT Health Science Center Libraries have held biannual Community Advisors Meetings for the purpose of gathering representatives of community organizations with whom the UT Health Science Center Libraries partner on community health initiatives. The meetings join  the libraries in San Antonio, Laredo, and Harlingen by V-Tel and allow participants to stay updated on community outreach activities and to identify new opportunities for collaboration. The meetings provide a forum for discussion for a wide variety of representatives from public, community and academic libraries, school systems, health departments, local and regional non-profit organizations, medical clinics, community health workers and promotores, as well as UT Health Science Center departments and researchers.

At the upcoming meeting, Stephanie McClain (Project Impact Manager with Methodist Healthcare Ministries) will speak at about the newly awarded Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant that will initiate a new program called Sí Texas: Social Innovation for a Healthy Texas for 12 counties in South Texas. The grant will allow Methodist Healthcare Ministries to implement the program designed to improve rates of depression and diabetes in high-poverty communities in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Libraries invite any interested parties to attend.

Briscoe Library Community Advisors 11/8/13

Briscoe Library Community Advisors 11/8/13

E-book Purchase Part of UT System Pilot Project



The UT Health Science Center Libraries have acquired more than 150 Elsevier/ScienceDirect e-books as part of an Evidence-Based, Demand Driven Acquisitions project funded by the University of Texas System Board of Regents. The project began in 2013 and was designed to increase e-book content for UT System libraries, while focusing on user needs. All of the newly purchased titles have a 2013 publication date and cover subjects such as biomedical science, medicine, microbiology, chemistry, computer science, and more. A full list of these titles can be found in the library catalog.


A second round in the Demand Driven program is currently underway, and includes a selection of 2014 Elsevier/ScienceDirect e-book titles. Browsing of these titles in encouraged since purchases are dependent on user participation. To view a full list of the 2014 titles click here.

All Elsevier/ScienceDirect e-books can also be browsed through the library’s database page.

Questions about the library’s electronic and print book collection can be sent to Andrea Schorr, Acquisitions and Cataloging Librarian,

Emme Lopez Joins Briscoe Library Staff

EmmeLopezIn September, Emme Lopez joined the UT Health Science Center as Education and Assessment Librarian. Emme was most recently at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Library, where she worked as a Technology Librarian and Liaison to the Leadership, Policy, and Organizations Department in the School of Education. Prior to that, Emme worked as a Reference Librarian at the University of Texas at San Antonio and interned at Fort Sam Houston’s Stimson Medical Education Library.

In her new position, Emme will provide leadership in the design, teaching, assessment and evaluation of library education programs. Librarians teach classes on optimizing use of knowledge resources, finding evidence-based literature, and critical appraisal. Many classes are held outside the confines of the library, in campus classrooms, conference rooms, and even hospital staff workrooms. Emme will continue this partnership with instructors, department heads and program managers who request classes for students, faculty and researchers. She will also be leveraging technology to develop and promote online self-directed learning opportunities.

A native of Oregon, Emme moved to Kansas to complete an undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas, double-majoring in English Literature and Sociology. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. While an undergrad, she met her husband, Andrew. His career as a soldier, took them to San Antonio, Kansas, back to San Antonio, and then to Clarksville, TN. Emme is happy to be in San Antonio again and excited to be part of the dynamic and creative library team at UTHSCSA!

Ebola: Current and Reliable Resources

There is a lot of information available about the Ebola virus. UT Health Science Center librarians have compiled a list of useful and reliable resources about the disease itself and responses to it. Please start by reading the letter from UTHSCSA President Henrich linked here.

ebola Information about the disease

  1. Association of American Medical Colleges
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  3. Disaster Information Management Research Center
  4. MedLine Plus
  5. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease
  6. National Institutes of Health
  7. United States Agency for International Development
Local Response

  1. Texas Department of State Health Services
  2. San Antonio Office of Emergency Management
  3. UTHSCSA – email questions directly to
  4. University of Texas System
Research Universities

  1. Association of American Universities
  2. Duke Global Health Institute
  3. Harvard School of Public Health
  4. Johns Hopkins University
  5. Stanford University
Professional Associations

  1. American Dental Association
  2. American Medical Association
  3. American Nurses Association
Guidelines for International Travel and Emergency Preparedness

  1. CDC Travel Notices
  2. Public Health Emergency
  3. US Department of State
  4. UTHSCSA Travel Guidelines

Featured New Books for November 2014

Basic molecular protocols in neuroscience [electronic resource] : tips, tricks, and pitfalls
John T. Corthell. Burlington : Elsevier Science, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Basic Molecular Protocols in Neuroscience: tips, tricks, and pitfalls

Cancer drug design and discovery, 2nd ed.  [electronic resource] / Stephen Neidle, School of Pharmacy,
University College London. Amsterdam [Netherlands] : Elsevier, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Cognition, intelligence, and achievement [electronic resource] : a tribute to J. P. Das
edited by Timothy C. Papadopoulos, Rauno K. Parrila, John R. Kirby. London : Academic Press, c2015.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Cognition, Intelligence, and Achievement: a tribute to  J.P. Das

Current diagnosis & treatment [electronic resource] : pediatrics, 22nd ed.
edited by William W. Hay, Jr. [and others]. New York : McGraw-Hill Education, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Current Diagnosis & Treatment : Pediatrics 22nd ed.

Demystifying the Institutional Repository for Success [electronic resource] / Marianne A. Buehler.
Oxford : Chandos Publishing, 2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Demystifying the Institutional Repository for Success

Dental implant prosthetics, 2nd ed.  [electronic resource] / Carl E. Misch.
St. Louis, Missouri : Elsevier Mosby, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Dental Implant Prosthetics, 2nd ed.

Dream science [electronic resource] : exploring the forms of consciousness / J.F. Pagel.
Oxford : Academic Press, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Dream Science : exploring the forms of consciousness

Essentials of stem cell biology, 3rd ed.  [electronic resource] / edited by Robert Lanza, Anthony Atala.
San Diego, CA : Academic Press, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Essentials of Stem Cell Biology, 3rd ed.

Handbook of nutrition, diet and the eye [electronic resource] / edited by Victor R. Preedy.
Burlington : Elsevier Science, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Heart and toxins [electronic resource] / Meenakshisundaram Ramachandran, editor.
Burlington : Elsevier Science, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Heart and Toxins

Human memory  [electronic resource] : a constructivist view / Mary B. Howes and Geoffrey O’Shea.
Amsterdam : Elsevier/Academic Press, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Human Memory : a constructivist view

Schwartz’s principles of surgery, 10th ed. [electronic resource] / editor-in-chief, F. Charles Brunicardi.
New York : McGraw-Hill Education, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Schwartz's Principles of Surgery , 10th ed.

Symptom to diagnosis [electronic resource] : an evidence-based guide, 3rd ed.
Scott D.C. Stern, Adam S. Cifu, Diane Altkorn. New York : McGraw-Hill Medical, 2015.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
Symptom to Diagnosis, 3rd ed.


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

News From the Libraries – October 2014

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

Clara Barton was honored with a United States commemorative stamp, issued in 1948

Clara Barton was honored with a United States commemorative stamp, issued in 1948

What’s New in ClinicalKey?

Top Journals for UT Health Science Center Publications

Last Chance to Enter Danny Jones Essay Contest

Community Health Education for Community Health Workers

One Community/One Book: Workshops for Discussion Leaders

Noted Medical Historian Speaks at Friends Dinner

Civil War Exhibit on Display

University Archives Receives Texas History Grant

Middleton Goldsmith and the Use of Bromine

New Leisure Books

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

What’s New in ClinicalKey?

clinicalkey imageis a database which contains a wealth of medical and surgical information. Content includes over 1,000 e-books, over 500 e-journals (including the famous “Clinics” titles), and thousands of videos and images. Also included is point-of-care content from First Consult.

Access ClinicalKey through the library’s new database page or the library catalog.

Here’s what’s new:

Aminoff’s neurology and general medicine, 5th ed. (2014)

A classic reference book that provides comprehensive coverage on the relationship between medicine and neurology. An authoritative tool that links general medical conditions to specific neurological disorders.

Aminoff's neurology and general medicine


Carranza’s clinical periodontology, 12th ed. (2015)

A core resource in periodontology that is used in both the classroom and in clinical practice. Includes the most current periodontal information with coverage from fundamental procedures to advanced technologies in reconstructive, esthetic, and implant therapy.

Carranza's clinical periodontology


Cellular and Molecular Immunology, 8th ed. (2015)

A highly visual text that provides a thorough understanding of immunology and the management of human disease.  Includes updated illustrations, 3-D art, and new online animations.

Cellular & Molecular Immunology


Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation : Musculoskeletal Disorders, Pain, and Rehabilitation, 3rd ed. (2015)

An authoritative text that includes the latest advances in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders and other conditions requiring rehabilitation. Presents a concise and well-organized format with an extensive treatment section.

Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Medical Sciences, 2nd ed. (2015)

An integrated text of basic medical and clinical science, designed to approach the basics of medicine from a clinical context. Features detailed explanations about research findings and clinical relevance sections. Appropriate for medical students and other students in the health sciences.

Medical Sciences


Ferri’s Clinical Advisor (2015)

A comprehensive reference text that covers diagnostic and therapeutic information for over 700 medical conditions. Organized in a clear and concise format, and designed for rapid retrieval of information. Appropriate for physicians and allied health professionals.

Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2015

Top Journals for UT Health Science Center Publications

The SciVal Experts system maintains a list of the top 100 journals that contain publications produced by UT Health Science Center authors.  The list is compiled using data from the Scopus database.  The full list is available through the HSC’s SciVal Research Profiles at  The top 20 journals as identified by SciVal are:

Journal of Biological Chemistry
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Cancer Research
Infection and Immunity
Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Journal of Urology
Journal of Trauma-Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Journal of Pineal Research
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
PLoS One
Journal of Immunology
New England Journal of Medicine
Journal of Virology
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Federation Proceedings
Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

Last Chance to Enter Danny Jones Essay Contest

Attention students, residents, and fellows!

Picture of skull with patent medicines as teeth and warnings of dangers

Picture appearing in Collier’s Magazine in 1906 warning of dangers of patent medicines.

The deadline for submitting an entry into the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition is Oct. 15, 2014.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to win a $500 scholarship.

The essay can be on any topic related to the history of the health sciences, including history of medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, or any other health science or profession.  Previously unpublished essays, including non-winning essays submitted previously, will be accepted.

A prize of $500 will be awarded to the best essay and will be presented at the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library’s Annual Dinner on November  6, 2014. 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 to affiliated residents and fellows.

Word limit No more than 2500 words

Deadline October 15, 2014

Format Please send entries in pdf format to

For more information about the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or 210-567-2406.

Picture:  “Death’sLaboratory.” Licensed under public domain via Wikipedia.