News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Coming soon: New database page

The library is constantly working to improve our services, both in person and online. One area of our website we have been working recently to improve is our databases page, which is one of the most used on our site. In looking at the page we decided we not only needed to address how it looked but also how it functioned. In that vein we will be offering a beta look at our new library databases page on May 1st.

The new page is more streamlined and better organized to make it easier to both get to what you want quickly and to find new resources to support your research. The new page will also offer an open place to provide us with feedback and in the future we will offer resource guides on a variety of subjects.

We willl also be performing user testing on the new page to make sure it performs well before full rollout. If you would like to participate in testing contact Kelley Minars, Web Services Librarian.

Periodical Price Survey 2014

Each year in April Library Journal publishes a study of the cost of periodicals indexed in the Institute for Scientific Information’s (ISI) various citation indexes. The journals covered in the study represent those generally acquired by large research libraries. Librarians watch this study each year in order to note trends in journal pricing and to predict prices for the next year. In addition to many other disciplines, the April 2014 study included an average of 1411 titles published in the health sciences throughout the world and detailed subscription costs for years 2012-2014. In 2014, the average cost of journals in the Library of Congress health sciences classification was $1,479, a 7% increase over the average cost of $1,385 in 2013. From 2012 to 2014, the average cost of a health sciences journal increased an average of 6% from $1,411 in 2012 to $1,479 in 2014. Among all disciplines, chemistry journals were the most costly. The study estimates that barring any major upheaval in the world economy, periodical prices are likely to rise 6.1% in 2015.

The article also discussed other factors affecting the journal subscription market this year. Library budgets have not fully recovered from the economic downturn of 2008. Average prices for STM journals remain the highest among academic disciplines. “Big Deal” bundled publisher packages continue to dominate academic licensing of e-journal content and subscriptions to print journals continue to decline as libraries convert many of their subscriptions to electronic format. Open access is evolving with funding agency mandates for public access to research results and mega open access journals such as PLoS One and Peer J gaining in popularity.  The complete Library Journal article can be accessed at:

For further information about the UT Health Science Center Library’s journal collection, contact Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries,

Library’s updated mission statement

On January 9,  library staff participated in a lively planning meeting where we reviewed the changing environment for libraries nationwide and how we can continue to provide the best possible services to the faculty, students and staff of the Health Science Center.  The end result of the planning meeting was a revised mission statement for the UT Health Science Center Libraries.  At its April 8 meeting, the Library Advisory Committee endorsed the updated mission statement.

The mission of the UT Health Science Center Libraries is to promote learning, inspire discovery, and connect with our communities.  To achieve our mission we:

  • Deliver resources for teaching, learning, and research
  • Provide expert informational and instructional services
  • Develop innovative physical and virtual spaces
  • Strengthen existing partnerships and seek new collaborations.

For comments about the library’s mission or services, contact Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries,

Farewell to Katie Prentice


On May 6, the Briscoe Library will bid a fond farewell to Katie Prentice, who will be leaving us to take a position as Associate Director for User Experience and Assessment at the Schusterman Library, OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center Campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Katie joined the Briscoe Library in July 2005 when she was recruited as Web Services Librarian. She managed the UT Health Science Center Libraries’ website while also coordinating marketing initiatives and participating in reference and instructional programs. She assumed the position of Head of Education and Information Services in 2008, managing the library’s educational program and coordinating about 10 librarians who provide reference and research services.

During her tenure, the library transitioned from a physical information desk service to an on call service, which maximized librarians’ productivity in a time when reference questions received are no longer necessarily tied to a “desk” or a telephone but can be received via email and instant messaging. Librarians continue to provide research and reference consultations through email, telephone, instant messaging, and in person when requests for in depth assistance or instruction are received.  Katie made great progress in integrating library instruction into the curriculum of nursing and health professions courses. She also expanded instructional services to residents, graduate nurses and researchers, who benefited from program-specific database instruction and literature searches.

Katie’s contributions to the institution extend to participation on university-wide committees, including the School of Nursing Council on Graduate Studies, the planning committee for the institution’s annual Community Service Learning conference, and the Institutional Review Board. Her professional activities include participation on national Medical Library Association and South Central Chapter committees, presentation of numerous papers and posters, and publication in peer reviewed library journals.

We wish Katie all the best in her new adventures.

Jonquil Feldman

Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

Laredo Regional Campus 2014 Aging Conference


Citizens of Laredo and South Texas attended the 2014 Aging Conference held on March 29 at the Laredo Regional Campus. The Annual “Stay Healthier Longer Conference Series” features experts in the field of aging, as well as demonstrations on healthy living. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. The program focus this year was on Nutrition – Its Impact on Heart Disease, Diabetes and Memory. Attendees were provided with interactive demonstrations on healthy eating, growing your own gardening tips, staying physically active and health promotion and disease prevention guides.

The Regional Campus continues a tradition of service to the communities of the Rio Grande Valley through many local outreach programs and conferences that focus on the changes needed to reduce obesity and diabetes which are so prevalent across the region.

The UT Health Science Center Libraries provided an exhibit table and display for the Conference. The Libraries promoted awareness of the wide array of free consumer health resources available from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health. The Laredo Regional Campus Library was also open to community residents attending the conference who took the opportunity to complete their enrollment for the Affordable Care Act.

Medical Information Day Celebrated at the Ramirez Library

The Ramirez Library at the RAHC-Harlingen celebrated Medical Information Day on April 11th with short presentations on medical information topics conducted throughout the day.  Andrew Lombardo, Program Director for the Rio Grande Valley Health Information Exchange (RGVHIE), provided an overview of health information exchanges and how RGVHIE is working to facilitate sharing of patient information between area hospitals and clinics.  Program coordinator for Migrant Health Promotion, Inc., Genoveva Martinez, shared the results of MHP’s CommCare project  which provides promotores de salud with smartphones equipped with a patient tracking app called CommCare.  With the CommCare app, promotores can record and share information about their clients. It has been used to build a patient database, track patient outcomes and achieve better coordination of care.  Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, provided a demonstration of RefWorks, a web-based tool for citation management.  Dr. Alfredo Sardinas, RAHC Internal Medicine Chief Resident and Kathy Carter, Assistant Director of the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., Library presented the results of two program improvement studies on the use of iPads and point-of-care information resources by RAHC IM residents.  In the spirit of fun, participants also had the opportunity to don a mustache, say cheese, and share their go-to medical information resource in a photobooth.  Verizon Wireless also demonstrated the latest tablets and smartphones for library visitors throughout the day.

Library Says Goodbye to Trinae Weldy, Archives Intern

The UTHSCSA Libraries have sponsored numerous undergraduate and graduate students over the years as interns.

Trinae Weldy, Library Archives Intern

Trinae Weldy, Library Archives Intern

These interns worked on various projects to gain experience in library operations, information services, systems, records management, or archives and historical collections while earning college credit at the same time.

Trinae Weldy, a graduate student in the History Department at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has worked for two semesters as an intern in Special Collections at the Briscoe Library.  During this time she has completed many projects that have made materials in the University Archives and the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library more accessible to researchers, faculty, and students.  She added four interesting entries to the Treasures of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library blog to highlight rare books and medical instruments in the collections including:

Trinae also identified numerous antique medical instruments in the Special Collections and scanned newspaper clippings about the university from 1995, 1996, and 1999 for preservation and to enable keyword searching.  She scanned the 2011 Medical School Yearbook for future addition to the Digital Archive’s University History Project and created an exhibit on antique obstetric and gynecological instruments, which is displayed in front of the Nixon Library.  Trinae helped inventory the rare books in the Nixon Library and worked to organize the negatives, proof sheets, and photographic prints in the University Archives from Academic Technology Services.

Trinae is graduating in May.  We wish her luck in her search for an archival position.  Thank you, Trinae for all of your hard work.

Reminder: 2014 Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition

Hieronymous Brunschwig, 1494

Hieronymous Brunschwig, 1494

Attention students, residents, and fellows!

Is there a story from the history of the health sciences or public health that has inspired you in some way or that has shaped your understanding of humanity’s quest for scientific knowledge or the development of effective clinical or public health practice? If so, consider submitting an essay for the 2014 Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition.

The essay 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. Previously unpublished essays, including non-winning essays submitted previously, will be accepted.

A prize of $500 will be awarded to the best essay and will be presented at the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library’s Annual Dinner on November  6, 2014. 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.

Word limit No more than 2500 words Deadline October 15, 2014 Format Please send entries in pdf format to

For more information on the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or 210-567-2406.

New Online Reference Books

As part of a joint venture, the Office of Communications and the WebLife group have purchased an online site license for two well-known reference books, the AP Stylebook Online and Webster’s New World College Dictionary Online. These resources are available to UT Health Science Center faculty, staff, and students and can be accessed through the library catalog.






Featured New Books for May 2014

Cardiovascular physiology, 8th ed. [electronic resource] / David E. Mohrman, Lois Jane Heller.
New York : McGraw-Hill Medical, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Diversity and cultural competence in health care [electronic resource] : a systems approach /
Janice L. Dreachslin, M. Jean Gilbert, Beverly Malone.
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, c2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Manual of temporomandibular disorders, 3rd ed. / Edward F. Wright.
Ames, Iowa : John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2014.
WU 140.5 W948m 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



The new wounded [electronic resource] : from neurosis to brain damage / Catherine Malabou ; translated by Steven Miller.
New York : Fordham University Press, 2012.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Occupational science for occupational therapy / edited by Doris Pierce.
Thorofare, N.J. : Slack Incorporated, 2014.
WB 555 O157 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Osborn’s brain : imaging, pathology, and anatomy / Anne G. Osborn.
Salt Lake City, Utah : Amirsys Pub., c2013.
WL 301 O81o 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Race, ethnicity, and health [electronic resource] : a public health reader, 2nd ed. /
Thomas A. LaVeist, Lydia A. Isaac ; editors.
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, c2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




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

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