News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Book Review: How the NIH can help you get funded

The process for acquiring funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) can often be extensive and perplexing. The book, How the NIH Can Help You Get Funded: An Insider’s Guide to Grant Strategy by Michelle L. Kienholz and Jeremy M. Berg attempts to simplify the grant writing process by providing a clear understanding of NIH culture and explaining the mechanisms that drive grant approval. The authors provide tips for identifying program officers, establishing effective channels of communication, and developing strategies for identifying the most appropriate funding opportunities. The book offers practical advice for developing a personal grant strategy, and is recommended for both seasoned and unseasoned researchers.

NIH_imageMichelle L. Kienholz has extensive experience working with scientists, clinicians, and public health researchers to develop grant applications for almost every federal agency. Kienholz is also an avid blogger who enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with the research community. Her blog, Medical Writing, Editing and Grantsmanship, encourages productive conversation among researchers from all disciplines.

Jeremy M. Berg was Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the NIH for eight years. Prior to his service at the NIH, Berg spent 19 years at John Hopkins University where he received numerous awards for research and teaching. Currently, he is on faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he holds several key administrative positions and continues to conduct research in computational biology and personalized medicine.

This book is available in print at the Briscoe Library. For more information check the library catalog.

Leisure Reading at the Briscoe Library

Wanna get away? Explore the Leisure Reading Collection at the Briscoe Library and escape the stresses of daily life for a while . The Leisure Collection consists of approximately 50 books and 10 popular magazines, and is located on the main floor of the Briscoe Library in the seating area across from the Circulation Desk.

The leisure books include a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles, many of which are best sellers. In this collection you can expect to find books about mystery, romance, history, biography, science fiction, and more. The leisure books are provided through a subscription-based service, so book titles are rotated quarterly. New books are selected every three months so be sure to check the shelf periodically for new titles.  All leisure books can be checked out for a period of two weeks.

For a complete list of the leisure books click here.


The popular magazines are located next to the current journals, however they are for use in the library and do not circulate. Some of the titles in the popular magazine collection include: National Geographic, Business Week, PC World, MacWorld, Sports Illustrated, People Magazine, and The New Yorker.

The Leisure Collection is funded through library donations. Titles are currently selected by library staff, but suggestions are welcome. Send suggestions to

Lisa Matye Finnie Appointed Assistant Records and Archives Librarian

Congratulations to Lisa Matye Finnie, who was appointed in February as the Assistant Records and Archives Librarian.  She will report to Anne Comeaux, Records Management Officer and Asst. Director for Special Collections, and will have her office in the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library building.

Lisa received her Masters in Library Science from Texas Woman’s University in 2009.  She has worked part-time since 2009 at the Briscoe Library, where she worked in cataloging print and electronic books, managing electronic book collections, organizing course reserves, and participating in weeding and inventory projects.  She has also added items to the Digital Archive using CONTENTdm and looks forward to adding many more historical materials from the Special Collections so they may be viewed online.

In her new position, Lisa will learn about records management policies for the university and help with answering questions, teaching classes, and performing records reviews.  She will also help with processing of archival records and creating finding aids to help researchers locate needed materials.  Lisa has an interest in history and enjoys working with the many historical materials in the Special Collections.

Lisa Finnie, new Assistant Records and Archives Librarian

Lisa Finnie, new Assistant Records and Archives Librarian

Jeremy Mercier Graduates

JeremyJeremy Mercier, a member of the Library Technology Department, completed his Masters in Information Science from the University of North Texas. Jeremy joined the team in October after serving as an intern over the summer. Congratulations Jeremy!

Featured New Books for March 2014

Advances in nutrition and cancer / Vincenzo Zappia, Salvatore Panico, Gian Luigi Russo, Alfredo Budillon, Fulvio Della Ragione, editors.
Heidelberg ; New York : Springer, c2014.
QZ 266 A244 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Developing evidence-based generalist practice skills [electronic resource] / edited by Bruce A. Thyer, Catherine N. Dulmus, Karen M. Sowers.
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Diabetes [electronic resource] : oxidative stress and dietary antioxidant /
edited by Victor R. Preedy.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Endodontics [electronic resource] 4th ed. / edited by Kishor Gulabivala, Yuan-Ling Ng.
Edinburgh : Elsevier, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Essentials of pharmacoeconomics, 2nd ed. / Karen L. Rascati.
Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2014.
QV 736 R223e 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Quest for the cure [electronic resource] : reflections on the evolution of breast cancer treatment /
George R. Blumenschein.
Oxford : Elsevier Science, 2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Treatment planning for person-centered care [electronic resource] : shared decision making for whole health, 2nd ed. /
Neal Adams, Diane M. Grieder.
London : Academic Press, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Wheater’s functional histology : a text and colour atlas, 6th ed. / Barbara Young,
Geraldine O’Dowd, Phillip Woodford.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Churchill Livingston/Elsevier, 2014.
QS 517 F979 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



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

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

Briscoe and Ramirez Libraries will host workshop on digitization

The Briscoe Library in San Antonio and the Ramirez Library in Harlingen will host an online workshop, What You Need to Know About Starting a Digitization Project, provided by the American Library Association and sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Date: Wednesday, February 19th
Time: 1:30-3:00 pm
Location: Briscoe Library Collaboratory (4.074), and Ramirez Library, RAHC

In this 90 minute workshop, digitization expert Susanne Caro will show you what you need to get started if you are new to digitization. You’ll learn about how to assess different materials for digitization, how to get buy-in and resources for your project, and ways to familiarize yourself with the different tools that can help you do the work.

The program will cover:

  • Basic information and research needs
  • Collection selection
  • Where to find financial and human resources
  • Awareness of digital preservation needs
  • The basics of copyright as it relates to digitization

Participants will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for this event.

For more information contact Andrea N. Schorr, for the San Antonio workshop (210) 567-2403 or email:  Contact Kathy Carter for the Harlingen workshop (956) 365-8857 or email:

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News from the Libraries – February 2014

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

New Library Exhibit Features Children’s Art

Libraries Host Digitization Workshop

Libraries Save Money by Working Together

Library Education by the Numbers

ACP Medicine is now Scientific American

Book Giveaway

Kathy Carter to Lead Ramirez Library

New Face at Circulation Desk

Did you know?

Library Workshops

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

New library exhibit: Art work by pediatric cancer patients

Cancer SucksA collection of artwork by children ages 2 to 15 undergoing cancer treatment at Methodist Children’s Hospital, San Antonio is now on display in the Briscoe Library 3rd floor lobby. The exhibit includes collages like the one pictured here, by a 7-year-old artist, and several paintings that were created in Tracy’s Kids Art Therapy Program. The program helps young cancer patients and their families cope with the emotional stress and trauma of cancer and its treatment. The patients, their siblings and parents are encouraged to express their feelings on their treatment experiences through art and play therapy.

The art program, which is offered at no charge to the patient and his or her siblings, provides a child-centered, open studio approach for children to interact while they are receiving infusions and other treatments. In addition to Methodist Children’s Hospital, San Antonio, the program has three locations in the Washington, DC area. To learn more about Tracy’s Kids, visit The exhibit will be on display through March 2014.

Libraries save money by working together

There is no doubt about it…it’s tough financial times at academic institutions around the country.  Fortunately, for many years libraries have worked in cooperation with each other to increase buying power and to save money for their parent institutions.  The UT Health Science Center Library belongs to three consortia that pool resources for their members in order to increase access to electronic books, journals and databases.

TexShare is a consortium of Texas libraries joining together to share print and electronic materials, purchase online resources, and combine staff expertise.  TexShare services are available to users of member libraries all across Texas.  The consortium is administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC).  In fiscal year 2013, it would have cost the 644 libraries participating in the TexShare database program more than $59.5 million to purchase the electronic database subscriptions that were purchased by TSLAC for just over $5.4 million.  The UT Health Science Center Library spent $4,050 to receive databases including electronic journals valued at $224,811.  In addition to electronic resources, a TexShare card available at the library’s service desk allows faculty, staff and students from the Health Science Center to borrow books from many libraries around the state including UTSA and Trinity University.

The University of Texas System Digital Library (UTSDL) is a library consortium of the UT System’s nine academic and six health science institutions.  The consortium complements the collection strengths of each UT institution’s library with online scholarly resources.  UTSDL provides access to resources ranging from humanities ebooks to medical research journals. The UTSDL provides licensing services for electronic products and leverages group purchasing power in order to reduce costs across the UT System.  In fiscal year 2013, the UT Health Science Center Library as part of the UTSDL consortium spent $1,104,349 for subscriptions to electronic journals and databases resulting in cost avoidance estimated at $9,085,350 based on vendor list prices.  Journals published by Nature, Science, American Chemical Society, Elsevier, Wiley, Springer and many others are included in the UTSDL consortium subscriptions.

South Central Academic Medical Libraries (SCAMeL) is a library consortium of fifteen medical libraries across a five state region including Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.  SCAMeL provides licensing services through a joint effort provided by two member libraries.  Although this consortium does not provide cost avoidance estimates, libraries experience reduced subscription rates to electronic journals and databases that are highly specific to the health sciences.  Journals and databases published by BioMed Central, American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., BMJ, ProQuest, and Nature are included in the SCAMeL consortium subscriptions.

As academic libraries continue to move forward with providing robust collections of electronic resources for faculty, students and staff, it will continue to be vitally important to work together to reduce costs by pooling librarian expertise and financial resources.

Library education by the numbers

The UT Health Science Center librarians and staff provide a variety of educational opportunities across the Health Science Center.  Many of these classes are embedded in the curriculum and are tailored to meet specific course objectives.  Regular library classes are offered throughout the year in the library and across campuses for specific departments or groups by request.

Class participation

In the last fiscal year, 153 classes were offered and 71 of these were curricular.  Curricular instruction reached 953 students and non-curricular reached nearly 2500 participants including students, faculty, and staff.

Within curricular classes and workshops, all five schools are represented.  When orientations are included, the UT Austin College of Pharmacy and the UT School of Public Health are also represented.

Participation by School

 Library classes are attended by students, faculty, staff, interns, residents and fellows, plus health care professionals and other non-affiliates of the Health Science Center.  Pre-registration on the library website is appreciated (but not required) for regularly offered library classes.

Class Attendees

Library workshops and classes are focused around research skills and database use, but are usually tailored to meet the needs of the group.  The length of classes is also flexible, depending on the content requested.

attendance by topic


Ready to improve your library research skills?  Check out the regular classes or contact Katie Prentice, Head of Library Education and Information Services at (210-567-6606) to set up a special class for your course or department.