News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Construction Begins on 4th Floor of Briscoe Library

The former Drug Information Services office on the south side of the Briscoe Library’s 4th floor is undergoing remodeling. The space is being prepared as a suite of offices for several staff from the Office of Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs who are responsible for institutional accreditation and effectiveness. The work will last about six weeks, through mid-August, and the workers will do their best to keep the noise to a minimum. The 4th floor is a designated Quiet Zone, where even a whisper is often met with a frown. It is understandable that construction noise may be bothersome to those who are expecting to hear a pin drop but not a hammer. Other floors of the building will continue to be available for study, and free earplugs are always available from the Circulation Desk.

Questions or comments may be directed to Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, at


Faculty Survey – Recommend a Journal

In the recent Faculty Survey conducted by Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, a number of questions were asked about satisfaction with library services, resources and facilities.  Overall, responses were very positives about the library and its librarians and staff.  Approximately 94% of faculty who completed the survey noted that they were satisfied with services provided by the library.  A number of areas were identified in the free text comment section of the survey that are areas for improvement.  One thorny problem noted was difficulty in accessing the library’s online resources.  This is no surprise considering that the library through its website provides access to thousands of ejournals, ebooks and databases from a number of different publishers and vendors.  Whenever a problem is encountered, it is helpful to contact a librarian so the source of the problem can be identified and fixed.  Sending an email to should help in getting access problems resolved.

Several faculty commented that the library did not have journals they need.  In July and August, librarians finalize journal subscriptions for the next calendar year, so it would be very helpful to hear from faculty if there are titles that the library should consider for subscription.  To recommend a journal title for subscription or a book for purchase, contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources,, 210/567-2479.

Need More Information About Complying with the NIH Public Access Policy?

The NIH Public Access Policy requires that all investigators funded by the NIH submit to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central (PMC) an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication. The manuscript must be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. The manuscript may be submitted directly by the publisher for some journals, however, the investigator is ultimately responsible for manuscript submission in those cases where submission is not accomplished by the publisher.

Sounds easy, right? In reality, there is still confusion about how to be in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.   The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine, recently gave a webinar that covered PubMed Central submissions, My NCBI My Bibliography, and SciENcv. The webinar was archived for later viewing.

The webinar reviewed the various methods for manuscript submission. It also covered linking My NCBI My Bibliography to eRA Commons and assigning awards to NCBI My Bibliography citations. The webinar discussed SciENcv, an electronic system for assembling and formatting professional information for federal funding, including preparation of the NIH Biosketch.

The UT Health Science Center Library maintains a web page  that summarizes the NIH Public Access Policy and how to be in compliance.

Looking for a new way to study?

Looking for a new way to study? Check out AccessMedicine’s Showdown self-assessment game.

Battle it out with colleagues and test your medical knowledge in a Jeopardy-style showdown. The AccessMedicine Showdown features questions in five different categories ranging from 100 to 400 points, plus a bonus question worth 500 points. Users can play live or receive email notifications when its their turn to play.



*Must create a personal account to play, existing account holders do not need to create another account.

AccessMedicine provides full-text access to more that 100 core medicine titles including Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, Hurst’s the Heart, and several Lange review series titles.

P.I. Nixon Library Hosts UTSA Art Students

On June 4th, the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library hosted a group of art students from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In conjunction with the UT Health Science Center Garden Health Interest Group, these students are conducting research in preparation for a proposal for art for the Healing Garden located in front of the Briscoe Library.

Photograph of UTSA Art Students

Teresa Eckmann, PhD, Assistant Professor of Art & Art History and three of her MFA students, along with Charleen Moore, PhD and Alice Yang MS II from the Garden Health Interest Group, viewed a collection of 25 of the Nixon Library’s rare and historical books. Items on display included some of the library’s most beautiful and intricate anatomical atlases, as well as herbals and books illustrating plant anatomy and histology.

For more information on the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library or to schedule a visit, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, 210-567-2406 or

Featured New Books for July 2015

Body shaping [electronic resource] : skin, fat, cellulite / edited by Jeffery S. Orringer, Jeffrey S. Dover, Murad Alam. Edinburgh : Elsevier, 2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Body shaping: skin, fat, cellulite

Cancer cell signaling [electronic resource] : targeting signaling pathways toward
therapeutic approaches to cancer by Ayyanathan, Kasirajan [editor.].
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Cancer cell signaling

Duke’s anesthesia secrets, 5th ed. [electronic resource] / [edited by] James C. Duke, Brian M. Keech.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Duke's anesthesia, 5th ed.

Easy EMG [electronic resource] : a guide to performing nerve conduction studies and electromyography, 2nd ed. / authors, Jay M. Weiss, Lyn D. Weiss, Julie K. Silver ; illustrator, Dennis J. Dowling. London : Elsevier, c2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Easy EMG, 2nd ed.

Kanski’s clinical ophthalmology [electronic resource] : a systematic approach, 8th ed. / Brad Bowling. Philadelphia, Pa. : Saunders, c2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Kanski's Clinical Ophthalmology, 8th ed.

Nelson textbook of pediatrics, 20th ed. [electronic resource] / Rober M. Kliegman, MD
Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier, 2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Nelson textbook of pediatrics, 20th ed.

Principles and practice of laser dentistry, 2nd ed. [electronic resource] / Robert A. Convissar. St. Louis, Missouri : Mosby, c2015. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Principles and practice of laser dentistry, 2nd ed.

Textbook of family medicine, 9th ed. [electronic resource] / [edited by] Robert E. Rakel, David P. Rakel. Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Textbook of family medicine, 9th ed.

Thompson & Thompson genetics in medicine, 8th ed. [electronic resource] / Robert L. Nussbaum, Roderick R. McInnes, Huntington F. Willard. Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2016.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Thompson & Thompson genetics in medicine, 8th ed.



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

News From the Libraries – June 2015

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

UTHSC Libraries catalog

New Library Catalog Debuts June 8

Off Campus Login Update

UT System Libraries Working Together

Springer and Nature Merger

Influuent – Connecting Industry with UT System Researchers

Librarians Attend MLA Conference

Popular E-books in ClinicalKey

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

New Library Catalog Debuts June 8

On Monday, June 8, the UT Health Science Center Library catalog will be getting a new look. Koha open source library software will be the new interface for the library catalog. It will provide:

  • A responsive theme that works on all devices
  • More robust keyword and advanced searching
  • Cover images for many books
  • Exporting of selections to citation management software (e.g. RefWorks, EndNote, etc.) via “Cart”
  • Recommended lists of resources

Borrower registration will be required for:UTHSC Libraries catalog

  • Checking out books and other materials
  • Creating lists

More tips and tutorials:

For questions or if you encounter any problems with  the new catalog, contact library staff at 567-2450 or send an email to Askalibrarian.


Off Campus Login Update

The UT Health Science Center librarians are preparing an update for Off Campus Login, the service that provides users with access to electronic resources via the library’s home page. This update will ensure that the service can take advantage of future security updates and allow the library to provide continued support and access for off campus users.

The update is scheduled to go live the morning of Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Service downtime is not anticipated for off campus users. However, with all updates of this nature, there is a slight risk that some users may experience temporary intermittent connectivity issues to library electronic resources. As always, UTHSCSA VPN is available as an alternative option for accessing the library’s electronic resources from off campus.

If you experience extended periods of interruption on or after this update, please don’t hesitate to contact library staff at and we will be happy to assist you.

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 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 2014, the UT Health Science Center Library as part of the UTSDL consortium spent $1,134,898 for subscriptions to electronic journals and databases resulting in cost avoidance estimated at $8,964,211 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 2014 UTSDL Expenditure List Price Cost Avoidance
$1,134,898 $10,099,109 $8,964,211