News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library- Events for October

Fighting Fire with FireNoon Lecture Series

Thursday, October 10, 12:00 noon

Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library

Fighting fire with fire: our microbiome and the use of probiotics in the prevention and treatment of disease.  Anthony W. Hartzler MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Hospital Medicine, will speak.  Dr. Hartzler’s lecture is the second in a three-part series organized by Gregory M. Anstead, M.D., Ph.D., current president of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  Noon lectures provide opportunities for informal learning and conversation.  Everyone is invited. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

History of Medicine Society

Wednesday, October 30, 6:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library

Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D., Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, will speak about  Body Snatching and Great Operations of the Early 19th Century.    Her presentation will include a display of books by the Scottish anatomists John Bell and Charles Bell that are held in the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  Members of the History of Medicine Society will offer Trick or Treat bags in exchange for donations to the library.

The History of Medicine Society is a student-led interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  Everyone is welcome.

The deadline for entry in the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition is October 15

In July the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library announced a new essay competition in memory of Danny Jones, M.L.S., who served as Head of Special Collections at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. 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.

Essays 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. A prize of $500 will be awarded to the best essay. Essays should be no more than 2500 words, sent in pdf format to The deadline for entry is October 15, 2013.

The prize will be presented at the Friends Annual Dinner on November 7, 2013.

Did you know? Your library collection

Finding resources hands on keyboardThis second installment of the “Did you know?” series highlights the collections.  The collections of The UT Health Science Center Libraries are both physical and online!  Find the materials you want and need.

Search the library catalog for all materials or search specifically by e-journal title or e-book title if you have something in mind.

Online collection:

  • Number of e-books: 22,383
  • Number of e-journals: 39,081
  • Number of databases: 125

Physical collection:

  • Number of print books at the Briscoe Library: 86,770
  • Number of print books at the Ramirez Library: 3,861
  • Number of print books at the Laredo Regional Campus Library: 920
  • Number of print journal volumes at the Briscoe Library: 109,546

While the library would love to have everything, the library does not own every book and journal.  Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is available to you when the Health Science Center Libraries do not have what you need.  Use ILL to request books, copies of book chapters, or journal articles that the library does not own.  ILL is free for regular requests and most requests are filled in under a week.

Contact us with your questions about using the collection!

Proposed Cancellations for FY14

The library, like all departments across campus, have a reduced budget in FY14.  Budget reductions combined with subscription inflation costs of around 8%, mean that librarians must cancel some of the library’s existing journal and database subscriptions just to remain within budget.  Below is a list of proposed cancellations for 2014:

Cancellations are not made lightly; librarians look at many factors and also take into consideration comments from faculty, staff, and students.  If you would like to request any of these resources be kept, send your comments to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, at

Open Access: Redefining impact

OOA Logopen Access Week will be observed October 21-27, 2013 with the theme “Redefining Impact.” During the week, the academic and research community will come together to promote Open Access, the concept of “free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results.” Organized by SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), events will include conferences, forum discussions and workshops on the benefits of openly sharing collaborative research tools and data. The events will be held in the United States, Canada, Brazil, several European countries and Turkey.  In the spirit of free access, the discussions and presentations will be streamed live and can be freely accessed at

National Medical Librarians Month

nmlm_poster_2013_smThe Medical Library Association dedicates each October to celebrating National Medical Librarians Month, to bring attention to the professionals who provide expert assistance to students, faculty, health care providers and the public in health science libraries.

The 2013  theme of National Medical Librarians Month is “Saving You Time So You Can Save Lives.” Medical librarians’ knowledge of resources, search skills, and response time ensures that medical professionals receive the highest quality health information available.

Librarians partner with departments, programs, offices, and courses to offer training and support for education, research, clinical activity, and community service. To learn more about what we do or to request assistance from a librarian, please contact us or browse our Annual Reports and Making Lives Better page.  If you would like to tell us your opinion of our collections, services, staff or facilities, or to make a suggestion for improvement, send an email to

UT Health Science Center Librarians:

Kathy Carter, MLIS, Ramirez Library Librarian, Harlingen
Anne Comeaux, MLS, CRM, Records Management Officer, Assistant Director for Digital and Special Collections
Jonquil Feldman, MALS, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services
Lisa Finnie, MLS, Collection Resources Librarian
Chris Gaspard, MSLS, Head of Access Services and Interlibrary Loan
Susan Hunnicutt, MLIS, Special Projects Librarian
Kelly Minars, MLIS, Web Services Librarian
Angela Myatt, M.Sc., Curriculum Liaison Librarian
Katie Prentice, MSIS, Head of Education and Information Services
Greysi Reyna, MLS, Assistant Director for the Ramirez Library, Harlingen
Andrea Schorr, MSIS, Acquisitions and Cataloging Librarian
Peg Seger, MLIS, Head of Outreach Services
Rajia Tobia, AMLS, Executive Director of Libraries
John Weed, MSIS, Head of Collection Resources
Dana Whitmire, MSLS, Electronic Resources Librarian
Eric Willman, MSIS, Head of Library Technology

JAMA article documents the evolving role of librarians

The September 25, 2013 issue of JAMA features an article on “The Evolving Role and Value of Libraries and Librarians in Health Care.” The article by Julia F. Sollenberger, MLS, and Robert G. Holloway Jr, MD, both at the University of Rochester, concludes, “With ongoing changes in health care as a result of information technology, health sciences libraries and librarians can play an important role in bringing high-quality, evidence-based medical information to the bedside, helping to make patient care both efficient and effective. Health care libraries and librarians are adapting to the changing information needs of physicians, other health care professions, researchers, and patients. With rigorous evaluation, enhanced librarian training, and continuous attention to advances in technology and needs of the users, health care librarians can provide value to patient care.”

National Preparedness Month- Librarians offer training

IMG_0533 (4)September is National Preparedness Month.  The Mid Rio Grande Border Area Health Education Center observed the occasion by offering  a staff development day on September 16th for United ISD Health Science Technology teachers.  The teachers attended training on emergency preparedness and response.  The event took place on the UT Health Science Center Laredo Regional Campus.

The UT Health Science Center Libraries offered a class on health information literacy and K-12 health science resources available for teachers from the National Library of Medicine.

Pegeen Seger
Head of Outreach Services

Pick up your copy of Connective Tissue at locations across campus

Connective Tissue 2013Copies of the 2013 issue of Connective Tissue, Art and Literature Journal at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, were released in September.  They are now available for free at the MARC, the Greehey Children’s Cancer Institute, the Cancer Therapy and Research Center, in the offices of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, and at the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk.

Faculty, staff, students, patients, volunteers and associates are among contributors to this year’s Connective Tissue, which includes 42 selections.

Submissions of previously unpublished  essays, interviews, memoirs, narratives, short stories, poetry, painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography are currently being accepted for the 2014 issue of Connective Tissue.

For information on how to submit your work, visit the Connective Tissue website:

Introducing members of the Library Committee for 2013-2014

The Library Committee will meet for the first time this academic year on Tuesday, October 8. Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, Chair of the Library Committee, will welcome new members  and Michael Gargano, Ed.D., Vice President for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, will read the charge:

To serve in a consultative and advisory capacity to the President and Vice President for Academic Administration and to work with and assist the Director of the Library in making recommendations for library practices and procedures; to review and advise in the development of priorities in the areas that have an impact on academic efficiency and effectiveness to ensure that the services provided by the library reflect the needs and interests of the academic community.

We thank these individuals for their service on the Library Committee:

  • From the Dental School: Guy Huynh-Ba, Barbara McNeill and Johvah Tidwell (student)
  • From the Graduate School: John D. Short, Omid Rahimi and Aparna Gorthi (student)
  • From the School of Health Professions: Bridgett Piernik-Yoder (Chair) and Elizabeth Garcia (student)
  • From the School of Medicine: Ray Palmer, Mohammad M. Rahman, Ashley Acheson, Benjamin Wallisch, and Gabriela Villanueva (student)
  • From the School of Nursing: Teresa Boese, Jennie Shaw, and Delia Silva (student)

Featured new books for October

Print Books

Basic skills in interpreting laboratory data / [edited by] Mary Lee.
Bethesda, Md. : American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, c2013.
QY 25 B311 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Leon Valley / Friends of the Leon Valley Public Library and Leon Valley Historical Society.
Charleston, S.C. : Arcadia Pub., c2011.
F 394.L455 L579 2011.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Iserson’s getting into a residency : a guide for medical students / Kenneth V. Iserson.
Tucson, Ariz. : Galen Press, c2013.
W 39 I78g 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Chronic pain and brain abnormalities [electronic resource] / editor, Carl Y. Saab.
London ; Boston : Academic Press, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Individual case formulation [electronic resource] / Richard S. Hallam.
Burlington : Elsevier Science, 2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Emery and Rimoin’s principles and practice of medical genetics
[electronic resource] / edited by David L. Rimoin, Reed E. Pyeritz and Bruce Korf.
San Diego : Elsevier Science, 2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

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

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