News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

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,

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.

History of Medicine in Poetry

Once again in honor of Poetry Month, the History of Medicine Society of the Friends of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will be meeting in the Howe Conference Room on April 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm to discuss the history of medicine in poetry. UTHSCSA faculty, students, and staff will be reading selected historical poetry, as well as their own original poems.

Take time from your work and study and come enjoy the readings and discussion.  Everyone is welcome!

Kindness First Known in a Hospital

The place seemed new and strange as death,
The white strait bed, with others strait and white,
Like graves dug side by side at measured lengths,
And quiet people walking in and out
With wonderful low voices and soft steps,
And apparitional equal care for each,
Astonished her with order, silence, law:
And when a gentle hand held out a cup,
She took it as you do a sacrament,
Half awed, half melted, – not being used, indeed,
To so much love as makes the form of love
And courtesy of manners.  Delicate drinks
And rare white bread, to which some dying eyes
Were turned in observation.  O my God,
How sick we must be ere we make men just!
I think it frets the saints in heaven to see
How many desolate creatures on the earth
Have learnt the simple dues of fellowship
And social comfort, in a hospital.

-Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Published in  The Doctor’s Window: Poems by the Doctor, For the Doctor, and About the Doctor. Ina Russelle Warren, editor.  Buffalo, New York; Charles Wells Moulton, 1898.

For more information on the History of Medicine Society, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or 210-567-2406.


Historical Bexar County Medical Society Membership Records Available Online

Picture of John M. McIntosh, MD

John A. McIntosh, MD, specialist in nervous and mental diseases. Born Oct. 19, 1878, in Brownwood, Texas. Graduated from UT Galveston in 1903.

Last fall the Special Collections of the UT Health Science Center Library received a Rescuing Texas History Grant from the University of North Texas to fund digitization of applications and photographs of members of the Bexar County Medical Association born 1910 or earlier. Many of these records are a unique resource for historical and genealogical research as they provide the names of family members (spouses, children, parents, siblings) in addition to date and place of birth of members, education, training, and current and previous work experience.

The project has been completed, and the records can now be viewed in the History of Medicine collection of the Digital Archive.  They may also be browsed on the University of North Texas’s Portal to Texas History website.

Featured New Books for April 2015

Advanced topics in forensic DNA typing [electronic resource] : interpretation / John M. Butler.
Oxford : Academic Press, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Advanced topics in forensic DNA typing

Aging [electronic resource] : oxidative stress and dietary antioxidants / edited by Victor R. Preedy.
Oxford : Academic Press, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Aging: oxidative stress and dietary antioxidants

Applied dermatotoxicology  [electronic resource] : clinical aspects / Howard I. Maibach.
Waltham, Mass. : Academic Press Inc., c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


The basics of digital privacy [electronic resource] : simple tools to protect your personal information
and your identity online / Denny Cherry ; technical editor, Thomas LaRock.
Waltham, Mass. : Syngress, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Basics of digital privacy

Bioinformatics for beginners [electronic resource] : genes, genomes, molecular evolution,
databases and analytical tools / by Supratim Choudhuri.
London : Academic Press, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Bioinformatics for beginners

Cancer theranostics  [electronic resource] / edited by Xiaoyuan Chen, Stephen Wong.
San Diego, Calif. : Elsevier, Academic Press, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Cancer Theranostics

Comprehensive clinical nephrology, 5th ed. [electronic resource] / [edited by] Richard J. Johnson,
John Feehally, Jurgen Floege. Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, 2015.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Comprehensive clinical nephrology 5th ed.

Critical care ultrasound [electronic resource] / Philip Lumb.
London : Elsevier Health Sciences, 2015.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Critical care ultrasound

Current understanding and treatment of gliomas / Jeffrey Raizer, Andrew Parsa, editors.
Cham : Springer, c2015.
QZ 380 C976 2015. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Current understanding and treatment of gliomas

Report on medical school faculty salaries 2013-2014 / Fan Zhang, Stefanie Wisniewski, [editors].
Washington, D.C. : Association of American Medical Colleges, c2015.
W 18 A849r 2013-2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Report on medical school faculty salaries 2013-2014

Tumors of the thyroid and parathyroid glands / by Juan Rosai [and 4 others].
Silver Spring, Maryland : American Registry of Pathology, 2014.
QZ 200 N277re Fasc. 21 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Tumors of the thyroid and parathyroid glands

Understanding value-based healthcare [electronic resource] / editors, Christopher Moriates,
Vineet Arora, Neel Shah. New York : McGraw-Hill, c2015.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Understanding value-based healthcare


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

News From the Libraries – March 2015

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

Photograph of Lili Elbe.

Book Giveaway March 5-8

History of Medicine Society Lecture.  Sex Reassignment Surgery:  the Early Years

Women’s Health Month Exhibit

Historical Book of the Month

What’s New in ClinicalKey

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Book Giveaway March 5-8

 The Briscoe Library will have a book giveaway March 5th – 8th.


The book giveaway will start at 9 a.m. on Thursday March 5th at the entrance of the library, and will continue through Sunday March 8th.

Books to be included in the giveaway are old editions withdrawn from the library’s collection, or donations given to the library but not needed for the collection. All give-away books are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Feel free to bring bags to carry books since there will be plenty to choose from!

For more information about the book give-away, contact Andrea N. Schorr,
Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian, at 567-2400 or at

Corinne McLeod to Present Winning Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay

Corinne McLeod, MS III and winner of the 2014 Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Contest, will present her paper at the March 18, 2015 meeting of the History of Medicine Society. Corinne’s paper, entitled Sex Reassignment Surgery: the Early Years, discusses the history of the development of surgery to treat gender dysphoric and trans* individuals.

The History of Medicine Society, a subgroup of the Friends of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, welcomes university faculty, staff, and students as well as area health professionals, students and faculty from other universities, and anyone interested in the history of medicine.


Photograph of Lili Elbe.

1926 photo of Lili Elbe, former Danish painter Einar Wegener, one of the first identifiable recipients of sex reassignment surgery.


Date & Time:      6:00 pm, March 18, 2015

Location:             Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library 5th Floor

Everyone is welcome to attend!

For more information about the History of Medicine Society, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or phone: 210-567-2406.

Photograph is from N. Hoyer, ed., Man into Woman. An Authentic Record of a Change of Sex. The true story of the miraculous transformation of the Danish painter Einar Wegener (Andreas Sparre). London: Jarrolds, 1933. Creative Commons Attribution free to share.

Women’s History Month Exhibit

March is Women’s History Month. The staff of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library have created an exhibit featuring four women who were instrumental in the development of the role of women in medicine and nursing.

Florence Nightingale, affectionately called “The Lady with the Lamp” by grateful soldiers, defined nursing practice with revolutionary theories she developed while caring for soldiers during the Crimean War of 1853. She successfully reduced the death rate in hospitalized soldiers by two thirds.

The "Angel of the Battlefield"

The “Angel of the Battlefield”

Clara Barton, the “Angel of the Battlefield,” served during the Civil War nursing injured soldiers on the battlefield and collecting supplies and distributing them to the Union Army. She went on after the war to found the American Red Cross, serving as its first president.

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive an M.D. degree from an American medical school, graduating in 1849. She and her colleagues founded the New York Infirmary for Women and Children. She was also an avid writer on a number of subjects and helped establish a medical school for women in London in 1874-75, serving as a professor of gynecology there until 1907.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was the first Englishwoman to qualify as a doctor. Inspired by Elizabeth Blackwell, she passed the Society of Apothecaries exam in 1865 and earned a certificate enabling her to become a doctor. She later earned her medical degree at the University of Paris. Anderson’s determination paved the way for other women, and in 1876 an act was passed permitting women to enter the medical professions. She was also the first female mayor in England.

Come read about the struggles these four women faced to pursue their interests in medicine. The exhibit is located on the 3rd floor of the Briscoe Library next to the elevator.

For more information, contact Mellisa DeThorne, phone 210-567-2470, email .

Illustration:  From postcard published in 1995 by an unknown publisher.  Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine, Images from the History of Medicine.

Historical Book of the Month on Digital Signage

The P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library houses many rare and historical books that are interesting to read, have wonderful illustrations, and are extremely important to the history of the health sciences. To highlight some of these treasures, the staff of the Nixon Library have started a new program that features one book each month. Brief information about the book is displayed on the digital signage throughout the Health Science Center.  The Book of the Month is available for viewing in the Nixon Library from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

This month’s book is Anthropometamorphosis: Man Transform’d: or, the

Example of face piercing

Illustration of face piercing

ArtificiallChangling, a delightful book published by English physician John Bulwer in 1653. Bulwer illustrates tattooing and body mutilations described in old literature or reported to him by sea captains and others traveling throughout the world.

For more information or to arrange a visit to the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian at or phone: 210-567-2406.