News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Featured New Books for January 2016

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, Metadata & Collection Management Librarian.



Group Study Room Policies


5th Floor Study Rooms: Blue = Reserved!

The Briscoe Library has group study rooms on the 3rd and 5th floors that can accommodate 4-6 people for collaborative work. The 5th floor group study rooms have media:scapes, which allow screen-sharing for up to 4 laptops. All of the study rooms are very popular and always in demand, especially in the evenings and on weekends. The display screens on the library’s 3rd and 5th floors show availability of study rooms, and the reservation system can be accessed from any computer or smart phones.

The room reservation guidelines are very clear about who may reserve the study rooms, how to reserve a room, and the 15 minute grace period: group study rooms are in high demand, so a reservation is forfeited and others may use the room if:

  • The group does not show up within 15 minutes of start time
  • Only one person from the group is in the room for more than 15 minutes
  • The room is empty for more than 15 minutes any time after the reservation start time.

Library staff do not monitor the rooms but they will provide assistance should questions arise.

To reserve a group study room, go to

Jonquil Feldman
Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services


News From the Libraries – December 2015

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

Briscoe Library Remodeling PlannedPhotograph of Francine Mary Netter signing a book

UT Libraries Working Together

Student Spotlight Series

Netter Speaks at Annual Dinner

E-book Demand Driven Program

Danny Jones Essay Winner

Healing Garden Poster on Display

2015 Science Expo

New Staff at Laredo Library

New Leisure Books

Featured New Books


See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Briscoe Library 5th Floor Remodeling Planned


Architect rendering of 5th floor after remodeling.

The 5th floor of the Briscoe Library will undergo remodeling with major work to begin during the Winter Break. The School of Medicine Office of Undergraduate Medicine, located on the 5th floor, will be expanded about 1,500 square on the northwest side of the library. Study carrels, tables, booths, and lounge seating currently in this space will be relocated to other areas of the library building.

As part of this project, library staff undertook a project during the month of November to shift print materials on the 4th floor. Space that was created on shelves this past year, when journal volumes or books were removed to send to a remote storage facility, was tightened up during the shift. Several rows of shelving were emptied in order to make room for study carrels that will be relocated from the 5th floor. Future plans include the removal of additional shelving as the library’s print collection shrinks in favor of electronic access. Study and collaborative spaces on the 3rd and 4th floors of the library will also be expanded and updated in the near future.

Jonquil Feldman
Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

UT System Libraries Working Together

Since the 1990’s UT System libraries have worked through the UT System Digital Library (UTSDL) to increase the buying power of individual UT System libraries.  The UTSDL is an active library consortium of the UT System’s academic and health related 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 2015, the UT Health Science Center Library as part of the UTSDL consortium spent $1,223,935 for subscriptions to electronic journals and databases resulting in cost avoidance estimated at $9,691,265 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.  The UTSDL is managed by librarians at UT Austin along with collection development librarians at each UT System campus.


UTHSC San Antonio 2015 UTSDL Expenditure List Price Cost Avoidance
$ 1,223,935 $ 10,915,200 $ 9,691,265

Francine Mary Netter Speaks at Friends Annual Dinner

This year’s Annual Dinner of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library was held on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the Old San Francisco Steakhouse. One hundred and six registrants, including forty-eight students from the Health Science Center’s five schools and the Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy, enjoyed an evening of dining and fellowship.


Photograph of faculty and students at Friends Dinner

Faculty and Students Gather at the Friends Dinner


The highlight of the evening was Francine Mary Netter’s informative and entertaining presentation on the life and work of her father, famous medical illustrator Frank Netter, MD. She shared family memories and personal anecdotes about this extremely talented man, as well as images of sketches and paintings outside the realm of anatomy. Following her presentation, Francine Netter signed copies of her book, Medicine’s Michelangelo: The Life and Art of Frank H. Netter, MD.


Photograph of Francine Mary Netter signing a book

Francine Netter Signs  Dr. Irene Bober-Moken’s Book


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

E-book Purchase Part of Demand Driven Program


The UT Health Science Center Libraries have acquired more than 150 Elsevier/ScienceDirect e-books as part of a Demand Driven Acquisitions program funded by the University Of Texas System Board Of Regents. The newly purchased titles have a 2014 publication date and include titles in the following subject areas: physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities. A full list of these purchases can be found in the library catalog.

Another round in the Demand Driven program is currently underway, and includes a selection of 2015-2016 Elsevier/ScienceDirect e-book titles. Browsing of these titles is encouraged since purchases are dependent on user participation. To view a list of the 2015-2016 titles click here.

All Elsevier/ScienceDirect e-book titles 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 N. Schorr, Metadata & Collection Management Librarian,

Walter Humann Wins Danny Jones Essay Contest

Second-year medical student Walter Humann is the winner of the 2015 Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition. A panel of three judges rated the six entries on the quality of writing, the comprehension of the issues, the clarity of discussion, and the applicability of the topic to the history of health care. His essay Medical Progress in the West: A Historical Perspective addresses the three eras of history in which medical developments struggled against societal norms.


Photograph of Walter Humann

Walter Humann is congratulated by Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, and Dr. Irene Bober-Moken, Incoming Friends President


Walter received his $500 prize and certificate at the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Annual Dinner on November 5. He will present his research at a History of Medicine Society meeting next fall.

For more information on the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Contest or the History of Medicine Society, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or 210-567-2406.

Healing Garden Poster on Display

11160024_388777641305899_5052750886388557489_oA poster describing the campus’ Healing Garden is now on display in the Briscoe Library. The Healing Garden is a project of the Garden & Health Interest Group, a medical student organization inclusive to any student and faculty within the UT Health Science Center community. The garden was planted last spring just outside the Briscoe Library and has thrived thanks to careful tending by the students and campus groundskeepers. All of the plants in the garden were selected because of their historically recognized medicinal properties. The Healing Garden was featured in a recent History of Medicine Society presentation by Dr. Charlene Moore.

The Garden & Health Interest Group serves to improve people’s physical and mental health through the process of planning, implementation and upkeep of the first student-run coalition to beautify the UT Health Science Center campus. They see their projects as moving beyond the school to aid the San Antonio community at large. They are working with the Health Science Center Development Office to raise funds to expand the area around the Healing Garden into a more functional space. The Group is collaborating with the libra11027999_416961198487543_6133333829956130071_nry and with UTSA art students to create murals, sculptures, and decorative seating that incorporate art and medicine into the designs.

Learn more about this project from the poster, which is located on the 3rd floor of the Briscoe Library, to the left of the elevators.

Jonquil Feldman
Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services


Briscoe Library Participates in 2015 Science Expo



Close to 1500 high school and college students from San Antonio and South Texas attended the 2015 Science Expo this year which is held annually on the UT Health Science Center campus. The event  features activities and presentations to encourage students to consider health occupations and research careers. A number of campus departments participate including the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Health Professions, School of Nursing and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

This year, Library staff Emme Lopez, Patrick Lemelle, and Peg Seger talked with students about resources from the National Library of Medicine. Patrick Lemelle also developed a special exhibit presentation introducing students to the career of Health Science Librarianship. Accompanied by music, the presentation proved quite successful in drawing attention to a career option that seemed to appeal to many students.