News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Book Giveaway September 3-10

The Briscoe Library will host a book giveaway September 3rd – 10th.Flying-Books

The book giveaway will start at 9 a.m. on Wednesday September 3rd at the entrance of the library, and will continue thru the following Wednesday September 10th until 5 p.m.

Books to be included in the giveaway are old editions withdrawn from the library’s collection, or donations given to the library but not needed for the collection. All give-away books are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Feel free to bring your own bags to carry books since we will have lots to choose from!

For more information about the book give-away, contact Andrea N. Schorr,
Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian, at 567-2400 or e-mail at


History of Medicine Society Meets September 10

Tables of the skeleton and muscles of the human body by Bernhard Siegfried Albinus

Tables of the skeleton and muscles of the human body by Bernhard Siegfried Albinus

The History of Medicine Society’s next meeting is Wednesday, September 10.  The group will gather at 6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.

Charleen Moore, PhD, professor in the Department of Cellular & Structural Biology, will present Treasures of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, discussing some of the most rare and  interesting books housed in the Nixon Library.  Dr. Moore’s lecture will be followed by a drawing to determine the winner of the History of Medicine Scavenger Hunt.  See the related article in this newsletter for more information.

All History of Medicine Society meetings are open to the general public, and visitors are welcome and encouraged.

For more information on History of Medicine Society, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at (210) 567-2406 or

TEDMED 2014: Unlocking Imagination, September 10-12

The Briscoe Library and the Ramirez Library have been selected to host the TEDMED live streaming event for the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. TEDMED is a “global community dedicated to unlocking imagination in service of health and medicine.”

The event will be held from September 10 – 12 and will feature live simulcasts from the two main locations in Washington DC and San Fransisco. For more information about the event, please visit the TEDMED site.

TEDMED has announced all of the speakers and co-hosts for the nine sessions planned over the course of three days. Each session revolves around a theme ranging from recognizing the limit of our knowledge to science/health trends. For more information about all of the nine sessions including speaker bios, please visit TEDMED Sessions.


Session Number Day Time Session
Session 1 Wed., Sep. 10 8:00 – 9:00am Turn It Upside Down
Session 2 Wed., Sep. 10 12:00 – 1:45pm We Just Don’t Know
Session 3 Wed., Sep. 10 3:30 – 5:15pm Flat Out Amazing
Session 4 Thu., Sep. 11 7:30 – 9:10am Stealing Smart
Session 5 Thu., Sep. 11 11:45 – 1:30pm Don’t You Dare Talk About This
Session 6 Thu., Sep. 11 3:30 – 5:05pm Play Is Not A Waste Of Time
Session 7 Fri., Sep. 12 7:00 – 8:40am Human Nature Inside And Out
Session 8 Fri., Sep. 12 10:00 – 11:40am Weird And Wonderful
Session 9 Fri., Sep. 12 1:30 – 3:00pm I Was Just Thinking Too Small


All sessions will be streamed in the Briscoe Library, room 4.074 on the 4th floor. The sessions at the Ramirez Library at the RAHC in Harlingen will be streamed to one of the rooms in the Ramirez Library.

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Early Library closure -September 19th – no extended hours

On Friday, September 19th, the Briscoe Library will close early at 9:00 pm due to an electrical power outage on the Long Campus.  Please note that this will cancel the extended hours scheduled for that evening.  The Library will re-open on Saturday, September 20th at 7:00 am for UTHSC ID cardholders and at 9:00 am for non-UTHSC ID cardholders.  We apologize for the inconvenience. This power outage is necessary to perform maintenance on the high voltage substation serving the entire Long campus and is expected to last until 4:00 am on Saturday morning, September 20th.

Color Copying and Printing Price Change

In response to the recent Student Satisfaction Survey and a review of current local market rates for color copying, the library will be changing the price for color copying and printing to 50 cents per page . The previous price was 75 cents per page. The price for black and white copying and printing will remain 10 cents per page.  The change in price for color copying/printing will take effect September 1.

Need Help Working on Class Assignments?

Flying-BooksDuring this time in the semester, students begin working on class assignments that require finding books and journal articles on specific topics and writing a report or paper. The assignments are well-timed to test students’ research skills early on in their program. Library staff are on call to provide drop-in assistance with your research needs on Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.  We are always happy to work with students one-on-one or in a group.

Students can get help with the following:

  • Developing good search strategies for finding journal articles in databases. Depending on the topic, MEDLINE (through PubMed or Ovid) and CINAHL are the two best databases for student research assignments but Scopus and Web of Science are also excellent resources. Librarians are available to provide in-person instruction on using the databases to find and evaluate research articles.
  • Getting started with using a bibliographic manager. The two most popular programs for managing bibliographies are RefWorks and EndNote. RefWorks is a web-based program available at no charge through the library’s database links. EndNote can be purchased at the University Computer Store. We offer classes as well as one-on-one instruction on these programs.
  • Finding your way around the library’s website. The home page has links to databases, books, journals, resources for students, and library services. Remember that when you find a citation in a database, the  HSCLink button will link either to the online article or to information on how to get the article if the library does not have access.

We have compiled some suggestions to assist with using library resources.


  • Spend a little time exploring the website. Check out the Resources for… Students page and become familiar with how to find books, journal articles, and more.
  • Learn about our hours and the various study spaces in the library. Library hours are posted on the website. We are now on an extended schedule, allowing for more study time during the semester. Group Study room reservations are encouraged and there are plenty of individual study rooms and other configurations to suit your needs.
  • Become a registered borrower. Registration is necessary in order to borrow books, journals and other library materials. Go to Using the Libraries –> Forms to fill out a Library Borrower Form.
  • Get an Interlibrary Loan account. You can get articles and books that the library does not own by requesting them through Interlibrary Loan. The service is free to Health Science Center ID holders, except for rush orders.
  • Look for Tipsheets and Tutorials. We have developed a collection of tipsheets and user guides to help you use our databases and other resources.
  • Request a TexShare card from the Circulation Desk.  With this card, you may borrow items that may be available at local libraries.

We are here to help you achieve success in your educational programs. Don’t hesitate to email, call, or send us an instant message. Use the “Get Help” button on our website for our contact information. Most importantly, give yourself plenty of time to complete the the assignment before the deadline!

Jonquil Feldman
Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

One Community/One Book Selection for Fall 2014

“In Redeployment, his searing debut collection of short stories, Phil Klay … gives the civilian reader a visceral feeling for what it is like to be a soldier in a  combat zone, and what it is like to return home, still reeling from the dislocations of war.”                                                                             The Madness of War Told in the First Person      

Book cover of RedeploymentThe Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, The Libraries and STRONG STAR are pleased to announce that Phil Klay, author of Redeployment, has accepted an invitation to speak at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12 Noon in the Holly Auditorium as part of a One Community/One Book project.

After graduating from Dartmouth College with a BA in English and Creative Writing, Phil Klay was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served in Iraq’s Anbar Province as a Public Affairs Officer during the surge in 2007 and 2008. Upon discharge in 2009, he attended the City University of New York- Hunter College where he received an MFA in Creative Writing. He also sharpened his writing skills at the New York University Veterans’ Writing Workshop. His works have been published in Newsweek, the New York Times, and the New York Daily News.

In Redeployment, Phil Klay presents twelve gritty and compelling short stories on the experience of war in Iraq and the challenges faced by those returning home. Each story is told from a different perspective, including those of a young artillery man, a member of Mortuary Affairs, a military chaplain, and a Foreign Service Officer.

The Briscoe Library will offer workshops in October to support book discussion group leaders and to encourage conversation. Book discussions will then be held throughout October, leading up to Phil Klay’s visit to campus on October 30, 2014.

For more information, please visit the One Community/One Book 2014 website or contact Lisa Finnie, Assistant Records and Archives Librarian 210-567-2406.
One Community/One Book is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


What’s new in STAT!Ref


The libraries now have access to eleven new titles in the STAT!Ref E-bo0k Collection.

STAT!Ref is a collection of full text, authoritative healthcare resources in a variety of specialties such as emergency/critical care, pediatrics, psychiatry, infectious disease, nursing, evidence-based medicine and more.

Bennett & Brachman’s hospital infections, 6th ed. (2014) [electronic resource] / editor, William R. Jarvis.

Cardiac nursing, 6th ed. (2010) [electronic resource] / [edited by] Susan L. Woods … [et al.].

Escourolle & Poirier’s manual of basic neuropathology, 5th ed. (2014) [electronic resource] / Françoise Gray, Charles Duyckaerts, Umberto De Girolami

ICD-10-CM [electronic resource] : clinical modification (2014) / Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Center for Health Statistics.

ICD-10-PCS [electronic resource] : procedure coding system (2014) / Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Center for Health Statistics.

Kozier & Erb’s fundamentals of nursing [electronic resource] : concepts, process, and practice, 9th ed. (2012) / Audrey Berman … [et al.].

Reichel’s care of the elderly [electronic resource] : clinical aspects of aging, 6th ed. (2009) / edited by Christine Arenson … [et al.].

TNM classification of malignant tumours [electronic resource], 7th ed. (2010) / edited by L.H. Sobin, M.K. Gospodarowicz, and Ch. Wittekind.

The trauma manual [electronic resource] : trauma and acute care surgery, 4th ed. (2013) / editors, Andrew B. Peitzman and Mark M. Ravitch.

Understanding ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding [electronic resource] : a worktext (2011) / Mary Jo Bowie, Regina M. Schaffer.

Wintrobe’s clinical hematology [electronic resource], 13th ed. (2014) / editors, John P. Greer, Daniel A. Arber, Bertil Glader, Alan F. List, Robert T. Means Jr…[et al.]

*Please note the following two titles are no longer available through STAT!Ref:

Oxford Textbook of Surgery

Principles & Practice of Neuropathology

Find STAT!Ref e-books through the library’s Database Page and in the library catalog.

Web of Science Access

Access to Web of Science has been restored effective immediately.  Web of Science is an interdisciplinary database of references to literature in the sciences including citation tracking.  Web of Science includes citations dating back to 1900 to the present time.  Click here or search our Database page to access this resource.

Library Outreach Services Provide National Library of Medicine Exhibit


Outreach services from the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Libraries provided an exhibit promoting resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the 2nd Annual Duval County Literacy Festival held on August 19th in the Civic Center in San Diego, TX. The festival is attended by area children, parents, grandparents, and representatives from community agencies. It is sponsored by the Duval County Public Library, the Duval County Judges’ Office, and the South Texas Literacy Coalition. The Texas Literacy Coalition, created by U.S. Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, brings together community leaders in South Texas to promote literacy.

Pictured here is Patrick Lemelle, Library Outreach Services Assistant, giving an iPad demonstration on MedlinePlus, the NLM consumer health information site.  The UT Health Science Center Libraries provide outreach services to a 33-county area of South Texas.