News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

News From the Libraries – August 2014

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


Greysi Reyna – In Memoriam

TEDMED Coming in September

X-Rays & Radiation – History of Medicine Society

Medical School Yearbooks

Danny Jones Essay Contest

Records Retention Schedule

Featured New Books

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Medical School Yearbooks

Ever wonder what a medical student looked like in 1971 or how much hair the Medical School faculty had in 1984? You can now browse the Medical School yearbooks in the library’s Digital Archive and find out!

Yearbook picture

As part of an ongoing project, the UT Health Science Center Libraries have digitized more than 30 Medical School yearbooks and made them available online. All of the yearbooks are either owned by the UT Health Science Center Libraries or have been loaned to the library for digitization. The yearbooks are part of the University History Collection which is a growing collection dedicated to preserving the history of the institution.

To learn more about the yearbooks project visit the Medical School Yearbooks page.

Medical School class room

The first yearbook of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio was published in 1970 and subsequent editions have been produced annually under different titles. Presently, the library is still in need of the following years: 1974-1976, 1980, 1987-1988, 1990-1991 and anything more recent than 2011. If you own any of these yearbooks and would like to loan them to the library for digitization please contact the Digital Archive Team at


Danny Jones Essay Contest Deadline October 15, 2014

Picture of drawing anatomical drawing of skull by Leonardo Da Vinci

Skull drawing by Leonardo Da Vinci, 1489  (in public domain)

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?  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 (210) 567-2406 or


New Records Retention Schedule Search and Display Interface

The Briscoe Library is excited to announce the launch of the newly redesigned Records Retention Schedule webpage with improved search functionality and display features. This new interface should provide better search capabilities, as well as much clearer results. Here you will find a list of the most recent changes to the Records Retention Schedule and lists of vital records, research/grant records, archival records, and GME records, in addition to explanations of terms and guidelines for e-mail. Also located here is the link to Search the Records Retention Schedule.

Screenshot of Records Retention Schedule Search webpage

Most of the time you will be using the Search by Keyword field to enter words like research, grant, and faculty. This search function prioritizes search results based on a complex relevance algorithm that examines the relationship between search terms and record fields, the proximity of these search terms, and the number of times that they appear in the record. Other search fields enable you to search by Department or Record Category by use of a drop-down list or to enter a specific Record Series Item Number or Agency Item Number to retrieve particular records. Results are displayed in tabular form, and a list of explanations for all codes is available by clicking on the red hyperlink as indicated.

Screenshot of Records Retention Schedule Results webpage

For detailed information on the new features of the Records Retention Schedule webpage, please see this handout on Searching the New Records Retention Schedule.

Records Management Training – Introduction to the New Records Retention Schedule

To assist with any needs you may have in adapting to the newly redesigned Records Retention Schedule, one-hour classes are being offered on the new interface. Please, register for any of these sessions by clicking on the link below or through the Knowledge Center. Previous attendance at Module A is required.

5 Aug 2014 – 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Records Management – Introduction to the new Records Retention Schedule
San Antonio Briscoe Library, Room 2.011

8 Aug 2014 – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Records Management – Introduction to the new Records Retention Schedule
San Antonio Briscoe Library, Room 2.011

For more information on Records Management or the Records Retention Schedule, please contact Owen Ellard, Senior Director of Libraries at 210-567-2413 or

Featured New Books for August 2014

AACN essentials of critical care nursing, 3rd ed. / [edited by] Suzanne M. Burns. 
New York : McGraw Hill Education, 2014. 
WY 154 A111 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 


AACN essentials of progressive care nursing, 3rd ed. / [edited by] Suzanne M. Burns. 
New York : McGraw-Hill Education/Medical, 2014. 
WY 154 A1114 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

ACCN Essentials of Progressive Care Nursing

DNA repair in cancer therapy [electronic resource] :
molecular targets and clinical applications /
edited by Mark Kelley. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 
DNA repair in cancer therapy

Infectious complications in cancer patients / Valentina Stosor, Teresa R. Zembower, editors. 
Cham ; New York : Springer, c2014. 
QZ 200 I435 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Infectious Complications in Cancer Patients 

Infectious diseases : a clinical short course, 3rd ed. /
Frederick S. Southwick. New York : McGraw-Hill, 2014. 
WC 100 S728i 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Infectious Diseases: a clinical short course

Introduction to reference sources in the health sciences, 6th ed. /
compiled and edited by Jeffrey T. Huber, Susan Swogger. 
Chicago : ALA Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2014. 
ZWB 100 R784i 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences

Nothing but the tooth [electronic resource] : a dental odyssey /
Barry K. B. Berkovitz. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Nothing but the Tooth: a dental odyssey

The physician’s guide to eye care, 4th ed. / Jonathan D. Trobe ;
developed in cooperation with American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians. 
San Francisco, Calif. : American Academy of Ophthalmology, c2012. 
WW 140 T843p 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Physician's Guide to Eye Care

South Texas health status review [electronic resource] /
Institute for Health Promotion Research, UT Health Science Center San Antonio.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

South Texas Health Status Review

USMLE step 2 secrets, 4th ed. / Theodore X. O’Connell. 
Philadelphia, PA : Elsevier Saunders, c2014. 
WB 18.2 B836u 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

USMLE Step 2 Secrets

Women and health, 2nd ed. [electronic resource] / edited by Marlene B. Goldman,
Rebecca Troisi, Kathryn M. Rexrode. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Women & Health


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

X-rays & Radiation – History of Medicine Society Meeting August 20th

X-ray of human hand, created in 1895 by Wilhelm Röntgen

First medical X-ray by Wilhelm Röntgen of his wife Anna Bertha Ludwig’s hand – 1895

 The History of Medicine Society, sponsored by the Friends of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, will have its initial meeting for the 2014-2015 academic year on August 20, 2014, in the Howe Conference Room located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library building. Eva Glvan, MS4, will present X-rays & Radiation: The Early Days. Everyone, including the general public, is welcome to attend. A companion exhibit entitled Discovery of X-Rays will be mounted in the 3rd floor glass exhibit cases from August 15 – September 14.

The HOM Society has scheduled many interesting activities for the 2014 – 2015 year as follows:

  • August 20 – Eva Galvan –Early Days of X-Rays and Radiation
  • September 8 – 10 – History of Medicine Scavenger Hunt with presentation by Charleen Moore on Sept. 10 on Treasures of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library at 6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room.   All entries must be turned in by 6:30.
  • October 1 – Ruth Stewart, RN, Ph.D – Nurses in War: a Florence Nightingale Heritage.  6:00 pm. Howe Conference Room. Followed by viewing NLM exhibit and a small reception.
  • November – no meeting. Friends of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Annual Dinner Meeting on Nov. 6
  • December – no meeting
  • January 14 – Second Annual Trivia Contest – Ally Hertz, Medical Student. 6:00 pm Howe Conference Room
  • February 11 – History of the Mental Health Prosumer Movement. 6:00 pm Howe Conference Room
  • March 25 – Presentation by Danny Jones HOM Essay winner. 6:00 pm Howe Conference Room
  • April 22 – History of Medicine in Poetry. 6:00 pm Howe Conference Room

So, save the dates and join us for an evening of interesting discussion and fun!

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

Image by Wilhelm Röntgen. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Greysi Reyna – In Memoriam


We are saddened to announce the passing of Greysi Reyna on July 20 after a long battle with breast cancer.  From 1995 until her retirement in 2013, Greysi prostaffReynaGvided commendable service to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the Regional Academic Health Center, in Harlingen, and the South Texas community.  Her visionary leadership as Assistant Director of the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., Library facilitated expanded access to health information and resources throughout South Texas.  As a result of her altruistic service and dedication, Greysi received accolades for her notable work and outreach efforts.  Greysi was the recipient of the Michael E. Debakey Library Services Outreach Award, for outstanding outreach librarians serving rural or underserved populations, presented to her by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine in 2009.  She was involved with several outreach projects that brought improved health information to the South Texas region including information literacy training for promotoras and the MedlinePlus Peer Tutor Project at Med High in Mercedes, TX.  In 2005, the Med High Project was awarded the prestigious Institute of Museum and Library Services Award, presented to the Ramirez Library by First Lady Laura Bush. Through her love of service and her strong dedication to making lives better, Greysi made an indelible mark in South Texas.  Her gracious smile and infectious laughter was an inspiration to all who worked with Greysi.  She will be missed.

Donations in Greysi’s memory can be made to Sunshine Haven Hospice, 7105 Lakeside Blvd, Olmito, TX, 78575.

News From the Libraries – July 2014

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

Goldens Vista

Welcome to the UT Health Science Center Libraries

Golden Vistas: Art Exhibit

MRSA the Movie: It’s not a spider bite!

What’s New in ClinicalKey?

SciVal Funding Now Available

Louis Lapicque Papers

Leisure Reading Ebooks

Featured New Books


See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Welcome to the UT Health Science Center Libraries

Librarians and library staff would like to welcome new and returning students, residents, faculty, and staff.  Here is some information about the libraries, collections, and services:

The Libraries consist of:

  • The Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library at the Long Campus in San Antonio
  • The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, located on the 5th floor , Briscoe Library
  • The Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library (unstaffed) at the Texas Research Park.
  • The Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen
  • The Regional Campus Library in Laredo.

The Library Home Page can be found at You can also follow us on Facebook andTwitter.

Hours and Access

Clock by nicola.albertiniThe Briscoe Library is open to students, residents, faculty and staff until 2:00 a.m. on weeknights and until midnight on weekends during the regular school year, from September to May.  ID cards are required for entry during some hours of operation.  Summer and holiday hours vary. The 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library is available for 24 hour study by UT Health Science Center ID card access. Branch libraries can be accessed with an ID card on an extended schedule when those libraries are not staffed.  Full details on library hours and contact information are provided here.


The library has an extensive print and online collection of health sciences books and journals.  Over 95% of our journals are available online. Electronic Course Reserves are accessed through the University’s Blackboard system.


Library services include circulation, reference and research assistance, instruction in use of databases and other resources, interlibrary loan, community outreach programs, help with using library printers, copiers and scanners, and support for using resources on mobile devices. See the Get Help page for details.


Clinical Foundations Class 2013Librarians teach classes on library research, critical appraisal, finding evidence based practice literature, databases, bibliographic management tools (EndNote/RefWorks), poster presentations, and technology topics, and more. Regular classes are announced on the website and in News from the Libraries. Librarians also offer one on one instruction and classes for courses, special groups and departments upon request. Contact us about scheduling a class!


You must be registered as a library borrower to check out library items. Registration forms are available online.  Clinical or Adjunct Faculty must renew their registration annually by September 1.

Off Campus Access

Off Campus Access to library databases and online books and journals requires logging in with a UTHSCSA domain account or, for Clinical or Adjunct Faculty, with a Library ID and PIN that are set up during registration.

Library Computers

UT Health Science Center affiliated computer users at all libraries must log on using their UTHSCSA domain account.  Guest computers are provided for use by patients, families and others doing research. Please read the library’s Computer Use Policy for more details.

Study Spaces

We strive to make the library a welcoming place to study.  The library’s study areas include open seating, individual study rooms, which are first come first served, and group study rooms, which may be reserved for two or more users. Study rooms are restricted to use by UT Health Science Center affiliates. Wireless access is available throughout the Briscoe Library and branch libraries. Whiteboards, electrical outlets and internet cables are available in locations throughout the libraries.  Food and covered drinks are permitted in the libraries. More information can be found on the library’s web page on Library Policies.

We look forward to seeing you in the library, and hope you will feel free to ask questions and provide feedback on our services, collections and amenities.

Jonquil Feldman
Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

Golden Vistas: Art Exhibit on Display in the Briscoe Library

B.Painting.Hortensia.Jimena The “Golden Vistas” exhibit which opened on June 23 in the Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library features artworks, poetry, and prose selections on loan from the the Bihl Haus GO! Arts Program, a National Council on Aging award-winning arts education program. The program brings the arts directly to seniors, known as “Goldens,” at senior centers or living in affordable housing communities. The award recognizes GO! Arts in the “Expressive and Creative Arts” category as an innovative, creative and replicable program. Classes are taught by local professional artist-teachers.  The program is offered to low-income seniors, primarily Hispanic women, among the most underserved populations in the country.

The GO! Arts Program was the subject of a study1 co-authored by Dr. Adelita G. Cantu, UTHSCSA School of Nursing, and Dr. K. Jill Fleuriet, UTSA Department of Anthropology. The research findings documented overwhelmingly positive impacts, including reduction of isolation effects and mental health challenges, from the GO! Arts Program. “Structural aspects of the class, free instruction and materials, flexible participation, leadership, and teacher pedagogies facilitated…positive psychosocial changes in participants’ lives.  Participants perceiveBihlHausGOArtsGoldenInActiond significant improvements in mental and psychosocial health through increased social engagement, self-awareness, empowerment, and a sense of calm and relaxation.”  The study concluded that federal policy for senior residential complexes and nursing homes should explicitly include ongoing creative arts classes.

Visitors to the exhibit will have an opportunity to meet some of the artists at a reception in the Howe Conference Room at the Briscoe Library on July 11, 2014 at 4:00 in the afternoon. For more information, contact Jonquil Feldman at or call 210-567-2430.


1. Greer, N., Fleuriet, K. J., & Cantu, A. G. (2012). Acrylic Rx: A program evaluation of a professionally taught painting class among older Americans. Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice, 4(3), 262-273.