News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Book Review – Being Mortal

Being Mortal is an honest and thought-provoking work about the journey between life and death, and the handling of end of life issues.  Author Atul Gawande provides a sobering yet constructive account of the aging population and quality of care practices. Gawande discusses the lack of understanding between health, survival, and well-being, and how it affects aging and end of life care. Real BeingMortalPiclife stories and experiences are spread throughout the text, with many illustrating a need for change.

Being Mortal is a refreshing look at the limits of humanity with practical ideas for transforming existing philosophies. It is a must-read for all health care professionals, policy makers, caretakers, and anyone who is interested in lifelong well-being.


About the author:

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is a professor in both the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health and the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and Chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. Additionally, Gawande has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1998, and has written three New York Times best sellers: Complications, Better, and The Checklist Manifesto.


Photo by Rose Lincoln, Harvard News Office


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

Andrea N. Schorr
Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian

News From the Libraries – December 2014

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

Library holiday hours

Briscoe Library 24/7 and Holiday Hours

Google Scholar and Library Resources

Danny Jones Essay Winner

One Community/One Book Author Speaks on Campus

ACA Enrollment at Laredo Regional Campus

New Medicine Ebook Collection

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Google Scholar and Library Resources

Need to set up Google Scholar to link with Health Science Center library resources?  Here are the quick and easy steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Settings (right above the Google image)
  3. Click Library links on left sidebar
  4. Search for UT Health Science Center at San Antonio – HSC Link
  5. Make sure box is checked and click Save.

After you complete these steps, the HSC Link will appear in Google Scholar. Simply click on the HSC Link to see what resources the library has available.

HSC Link and Google Scholar



Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Winner

Six essays were submitted to the 2014 Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Drawing of paper, feather pen, and inkcontest. The essays were judged by a panel of three judges who individually rated each essay on a variety of criterion ranging from the quality of writing to clarity of discussion and conclusions. Ratings were totaled to determine the most highly rated essay, and the $500 award was presented at the Friends of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library meeting on November 6, 2014.

The winner of the 2014 essay contest is Corrine McLeod, a student at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine. Corrine’s paper was entitled Sex Reassignment Surgery: The Early Years. The paper explores the historical origins of sex reassignment surgery and how it has affected the lives of trans people across the world.

Corrine will present her paper at the March 26 meeting of the History of Medicine Society. The meeting will take place at 6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room, located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library Building.

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

One Community/One Book Author Phil Klay Speaks on Campus

Cover of book RedeploymentThis year’s One Community/One Book project culminated with an appearance on the Health Science Center campus by former Marine Phil Klay, author of Redeployment, the 2014 National Book Award in Fiction honoree. On October 30, approximately three hundred attendees filled the Holly Auditorium to hear the author discuss his collection of short stories based upon his duty as a Public Affairs Officer in Iraq’s Anbar Province during the surge. Members of the audience included individuals from the San Antonio community, local health professionals, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio faculty, staff, and students, and area veterans. Video telecast was also available at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, at the Laredo Regional Campus, and at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Mr. Klay’s presentation focused on the practice of storytelling in war and on readings from Redeployment. The author shared selections from two of his short storiesTen Kliks South and Bodies, and related how his experiences led him to write fictional accounts of members of the military as they struggle with the challenges of war and the readjustments of returning home. He also answered questions from the audience about how these communal stories of war encourage open dialogue about the meaningful issues they raise. A reception and book signing followed the engaging presentation, as enthusiastic attendees lined up to speak with the author and to have their books autographed.

Author Phil Klay at Book Signing

Photograph by Lester Rosebrock UTHSCSA Creative Media Services

Book discussion groups were held both leading up to and following the author’s presentation. Attendees examined the stories in the book, explored the various points of view, and sought to develop compassion for the veterans whom they encounter. Sixty individuals participated in book discussion groups, including UTHSCSA faculty, students, and staff, a psychiatric and mental health nursing clinical group, military health psychology students at UTSA, members of the Department of Research at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, and an area women’s writers’ group.

On November 19, 2014, Redeployment by Phil Klay was awarded the prestigious 2014 National Book Award in Fiction (Video of the Announcement and Acceptance Speech). The National Book Foundation also named Phil Klay as one of 5 under 35, a set of five emerging young writers of fiction selected by previous National Book Award winners and finalists.

One Community/One Book is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, with support from STRONG STAR. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


November 15th ACA Enrollment at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

For the second time this year, the Laredo Regional Campus Library has hosted an Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment event for residents of Laredo and Webb County. The event was sponsored in collaboration between the UT Health Science Center Libraries, the 28th District Congressional Office of Representative Henry Cuellar, the Mid Rio Grande Valley (MRGV) Area Health Education Center (AHEC), and the South Texas Development Council. Other organizations belonging to the Enroll Webb County Coalition, and the Laredo Health Coalition also participated.

Congressman Cuellar, along with Laredo area hospital CEOs, was on site to promote the event through local TV and newspaper coverage. A number of area ACA Certified Application Counselors and Navigators provided counseling and enrollment assistance to over 50 registered families who attended the event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MRGV AHEC students assisted attendees with setting up email accounts in preparation for ACA Enrollment.



New Clinical Medicine Ebook Collection


The UT Health Science Center Libraries now have access to a collection of clinical medicine e-books as part of a purchase by the UT System Academic Library Collection Enhancement Program (ALCEP). ALCEP funds are allocated to UT Austin by the Board of Regents for one-time collection purchases that can benefit all UT institutions. The CRCnetBase Medicine collection includes more than 400 titles with publication dates ranging from 2011-2014. The collection is heavily focused on clinical medicine, but includes a set of surgery and medical reference titles. Access to this collection is available through the library’s catalog and database page.

View a full list of the titles in this collection. .

Featured New Books for December 2014

Clinical decision support [electronic resource] : the road to broad adoption, 2nd ed.
edited by Rober A. Greenes, Amsterdam ; Boston, Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Clinical Decision Support 2nd ed.

Current occupational & environmental medicine, 5th ed./ editors, Joseph LaDou,
Robert J. Harrison, New York : McGraw-Hill, c2014.
WA 440 C976 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Current Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Curriculum-based library instruction : from cultivating faculty relationships to assessment
edited by Amy E. Blevins, Megan B. Inman, Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
Z 711 C976 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Curriculum-based library instruction

Epigenetics in psychiatry [electronic resource] / edited by Jacob Peedicayil, Dennis R. Grayson,
Dimitrios Avramopoulos, San Diego, CA : Academic Press, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Epigentics in Psychiatry

Esthetics and biomechanics in orthodontics, 2nd ed.  [electronic resource] / [edited by] Ravindra Nanda.
St. Louis, Missouri : Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier Inc., 2015.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Esthetiics and Biomechanics in Orthodontics

Fluorescent methods for molecular motors / Christopher P. Toseland,
Natalia Fili, Basel : Springer, 2014.
QU 55 F646 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Flourescent Methods for Molecular Motors

Forgotten people, forgotten diseases : the neglected tropical diseases and their
impact on global health and development, 2nd ed.
Peter J. Hotez, Washington, D.C. : ASM Press, ©2013.
WC 695 H832f 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases

The future of the academic journal, 2nd ed. [electronic resource] / edited by Bill Cope and Angus Phillips.
Oxford : Chandos Publishing, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Future of the Academic Journal

Microbiology for surgical infections [electronic resource] : diagnosis, prognosis and treatment
edited by Kateryna Kon, Mahendra Rai, Burlington : Elsevier Science, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Microbiology for Surgical Infections

Nursing research using grounded theory : qualitative designs and methods in nursing / Mary de Chesnay.
New York, N.Y. : Springer Publishing Company, LLC, c2015.
WY 20.5 N9745 2015. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Nursing Research Using Grounded Theory

Orthopaedic oncology : primary and metastatic tumors of the skeletal system
Terrance D. Peabody, Samer Attar, Cham : Springer, c2014.
WE 258 O775 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Orthopaedic Oncology


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

Briscoe Library 24/7 and Holiday Hours

The Briscoe Library will extend its hours for 24/7 study during fall semester final exams.  The library will be open 24 hours/day starting on the evening of Monday, December 1 and extending through the night of December 18 .  Extended hours are only available to HSC ID card holders and entry will be through ID card swipe at the library entrance.  All students, faculty and staff MUST have their HSC ID with them in order to be in the library during extended hours. Non-Health Science Center library users may use the library during regular hours.  The classroom area on the bottom floor of the Briscoe Library is also available for 24/7 study throughout the year.

The Briscoe Library Winter Break schedule begins on Friday, December 19 at 5:00 p.m. and will run through Sunday, January 4, 2015. The library will resume normal hours at 7:00 a.m. on January 5. The Calendar below shows the hours at a glance.

Library Fall 2014 Fall Exam  Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Briscoe Library

Day Date Holiday UT HSC ID Access Public Access**
Wednesday November 26 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday November 27 Thanksgiving Day CLOSED CLOSED
Friday November 28 University Holiday CLOSED CLOSED
Saturday November 29 7:00 a.m. – midnight 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday November 30 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. – midnight


Ramirez Library at the RAHC

Day Date Holiday UT HSC ID Access Public Access**
Wednesday November 26 6:00 a.m. – midnight 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday November 27 Thanksgiving Day 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Friday November 28 University Holiday 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Saturday November 29 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday November 30 noon – midnight 1: 00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Laredo Regional Campus Library

Day Date Holiday UT HSC ID Access Public Access**
Wednesday November 26 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday November 27 Thanksgiving Day CLOSED CLOSED
Friday November 28 University Holiday 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. CLOSED
Saturday November 29 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. CLOSED
Sunday November 30 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. CLOSED

** Access for non-UT Health Science Center ID card holders

View the University Holiday Schedule