News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

State Program Provides More Library Resources


The UT Health Libraries have acquired several new e-resources through the UT System’s Academic Library Collection Enhancement Program (ALCEP). The funds for this program are allocated by the UT Board of Regents for one-time collection purchases that benefit all UT institutions.

This year’s ALCEP fund purchases include:


American Society for Microbiology e-Books, 2016-2017 (in addition to access from 1993-2015)
Wiley Probability and Statistics eBook Series, 1973-2017


Mayo Clinic Proceedings Journals, 1984-1994
Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine Archive Collection, 1929-2000


Texas County Histories Archives, 1873-1922
Key Business Ratios Archive Collection, 1979-present

Library has Access to State Medical Society Journals


The UT Health Libraries now have access to an archive of State Medical Society Journals through an open access initiative led by the Medical Heritage Library. The State Medical Journals Collection encompasses nearly 50 state medical journals and includes 117 titles dating back from 1900-2000. Journals found in the collection have been provided free of charge by individual journal publishers agreeing to open access to journal content currently under copyright.

State medical society journals document the transformation of American medicine in the twentieth century at both the local and national level.

Access the State Medical Journal Collection here.

School of Dentistry Liaison Librarian Greets 330 Area Students at 2017 Science Expo


On November 11, Christy Tyson, Liaison to the School of Dentistry, provided outreach services at the 2017 Health Science Expo held at the Holly Auditorium, where there were 330 visitors. The Expo targets area high school students, their teachers, guidance counselors, and parents and seeks to inform them of the exciting aspects of health science librarianship and access points for NIH resources. PubMed and MedlinePlus were two of the resources demonstrated and literature was available for further reference. Christy also provided several hands-on opportunities to those who visited the library’s table, including manipulation of 3D prints of anatomical structures and online VR modules created for current courses offered at UT Health.



Librarian Receives Award to Attend Library Marketing and Communications Conference

Kirsten Lorenzen, Outreach and Community Engagement Librarian,  received a Professional Development Award from the South Central Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to attend the 3rd Annual Library Marketing and Communications Conference. This conference took place in Dallas, TX from November 16-17, 2017. The conference was designed for librarians who are involved in marketing, communications, public relations, social media, and outreach. The presenters explored issues that are important for this niche of library work and allowed attendees to network and discuss mutual challenges. Marketing is an important part of being a successful library, and by improving upon marketing and communications skills with this conference, libraries will be better equipped to have their messages heard, promote their resources, and have their services well-used and appreciated. Kirsten attended breakout sessions such as Creating a Marketing Plan, Social Media Strategies, and Launching a Digital Marketing Campaign in hopes of gaining more information and ideas that can be applied to the marketing efforts at Briscoe Library.

New Speech-Language Pathology Faculty Tour the Library


New Speech-Language Pathology faculty, Dr. Fang-Ling Lu, Dr. Rosie Norman, and Angela Kennedy, took a tour of the Briscoe Library on November 7. SHP Liaison Librarian Karen Barton provided the faculty with an overview of online resources and liaison services. Creative Technologies Librarian Kelley Minars demonstrated the Virtual Reality and 3D visualization software in the HUB and helped the faculty to try the software. The SLP faculty left with many ideas on how to incorporate this software into their curriculum. For more information on library resources and services, you may email or call 210-567-2440.





New Staff at the Laredo Regional Campus Library


We are pleased to announce that the UT Health Science Center Laredo Regional Campus Library has a new staff member, Elizabeth Ramirez, who will hold the position of Library Assistant. The Laredo Regional Campus, in partnership with the Laredo Community College and Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), has been offering programs in the Laredo area since 2001. The Library  has been in its present location since 2008. Under supervision by both TAMIU and the UT Health Briscoe Library, Library Assistants provide circulation and information services to current faculty, staff, and to public users.

Featured New Books/E-books for December 2017

For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.


Purchase suggestions?
Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact
Andrea N. Schorr, Head of Resource Management.



News from the Libraries November 2017

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

Student Appreciation Week Brings Painting, Prizes, and More

47th Annual Friends Dinner a Success with Talk on History of Race

Library SECC Taco Sale Raises $400 for St. PJ’s Children’s Home

SHP Liaison Receives Award to Attend International Health Literacy Conference

Annual Health Fair at San Fernando Cathedral Reaches San Antonio Area Medically Underserved

Best in State: San Antonio Annual Texas Health Literacy Conference

Four Library Staff Attend Annual Meeting of the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association

Featured New Books/E-books for November 2017

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Student Appreciation Week Brings Painting, Prizes, and More


Briscoe Library held its 1st Annual Student Appreciation Week during the week of October 30th to November 3rd. This week was a great success with students from all five schools coming out to participate in the library’s events each day.

The week began with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the library’s new furniture, purchased with a Student Fee Award. SGA President Evan Lucas was honored to cut the ribbon. The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library was set up for tours with “spooky” artifacts on display. Also, the San Antonio Public Library came out to sign the campus community up for public library cards, promote the new digital bookshelf wallpaper, and help participants make fun Halloween buttons.



The next day was Halloween and students took pictures in front of the library’s Halloween Photo Wall. They enjoyed some tricks and treats as they spun the prize wheel for a chance to win gift cards, notebooks, candy, and other prizes.




On Wednesday, students had fun at the Paint Party and created amazing works of art, some of which are still on display in the library.




Cookies & Coloring took place on Thursday, as students relaxed by coloring pieces of our giant collages while enjoying some delicious cookies. The History of Medicine Society also came out to promote student interest and gave away t-shirts to those who signed up and answered history-related questions.




For the final day of Student Appreciation Week, students participated in Game Day with various puzzles, board games, and Virtual Reality games. Our furry friends from Therapy Animals of San Antonio also joined us for some cuddles.




View Student Appreciation Week photo albums on the library’s Facebook page.

47th Annual Friends Dinner a Success with Talk on History of Race

The 47th Annual Dinner of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library was held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the Old San Francisco Steakhouse. This year’s dinner hosted seventy- five attendees including students from all five schools at the Health Science center, the Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy, and UTSA.

The evening kicked off with announcements about upcoming P.I. Nixon events including the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Contest and the upcoming Nixon Open House in spring 2018, which will coincide with the local Tricentennial festivities. The Friends welcomed Eithan Kotkowski as the new President of the Friends board and Dr. Anand Karnad as the new Vice President. The board also welcomed Dr. Piernik-Yoder and Sue Simon as the newest Members-at-Large.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation by Dr. Jill Fleuriet, a medical anthropologist from the University of Texas at San Antonio, who delivered a very thought-provoking presentation about the history of race in America, its impact on health care, and future implications.

For more information about the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Andrea N. Schorr at or visit the Friends web page,