News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

ACA Enrollment at the Laredo Regional Campus Library Saturday, March 8th

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The Mid Rio Grande Border Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in collaboration with the South Texas Development Council and the Laredo Regional Campus Library is planning an Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment event on Saturday, March 8th. In addition to campus presentations and exhibit information tables, Certified Application Counsellors (CACs) will be on hand in the Library to provide enrollment assistance for the Laredo community. Attendees will be able to attend MedlinePlus demonstrations while they wait to speak to a Counselor.


Date:  Saturday, March 8, 2014

Time: 10 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Location:  UTHSC Regional Campus Laredo, 1937 E. Bustamante, Laredo, Texas

Wellcome Images provides high resolution historical images

London’s Wellcome Library, part of Great Britain’s Wellcome Trust, has made freely available over 100,000 high resolution images including manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements through Wellcome Images.

Illustrations of Tibetan material medica, plant and animal, used in the production of medicine.  From Weilcome Images.

Illustrations of Tibetan material medica, plant and animal, used in the production of medicine. From Weilcome Images.

The images can be downloaded in high-resolution directly from the Wellcome Images website for users to freely copy, distribute, edit, manipulate, and build upon, for personal or commercial use. The images range from ancient medical manuscripts to etchings by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Francisco Goya.

The earliest item is an Egyptian prescription on papyrus, and treasures include exquisite medieval illuminated manuscripts and anatomical drawings, from delicate 16th century fugitive sheets, whose hinged paper flaps reveal hidden viscera to Paolo Mascagni’s vibrantly colored etching of an ‘exploded’ torso.

Other treasures include a beautiful Persian horoscope for the 15th-century prince Iskandar, sharply sketched satires by Rowlandson, Gillray and Cruikshank, as well as photography from Eadweard Muybridge’s studies of motion. John Thomson’s remarkable nineteenth century portraits from his travels in China can be downloaded, as well as a newly added series of photographs of hysteric and epileptic patients at the Salpêtrière Hospital.

Simon Chaplin, Head of the Wellcome Library, says “Together the collection amounts to a dizzying visual record of centuries of human culture, and our attempts to understand our bodies, minds and health through art and observation. As a strong supporter of open access, we want to make sure these images can be used and enjoyed by anyone without restriction.”

TEDMED Live Streaming

The Briscoe Library has 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 Washington DC and San Fransisco. For more information on the event, please visit the TEDMED site.

Stay tuned as we continue to update you about the event.

First Do No Harm – an Exhibit on Medical Ethics

First Do No Harm?, a new exhibit in the Briscoe Library 3rd floor exhibit cases, focuses on medical ethics.  This exhibit describes medical experiments in the United States as well as Germany that actually harmed participants in the name of science.  People were deliberately exposed to plutonium though ingestion of food, total body irradiation, shots, and atomic explosions.  Nazi’s experimented during WW II on concentration camp inmates.  Syphilis studies were conducted on black men in Alabama where treatment was withheld deliberately.  In all cases, the experimenters seemed to justify the harm to their subjects by the knowledge they hoped to gain.

The exhibit will be available March 1 – March 31, 2014.

Troops of the Battalion Combat Team, U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division, watch a plum of radioactive smoke arise after a D-Day blast at Yucca Flats during Exercise 'Desert Rock I' reaches its peak.  Nov. 1, 1951.  (Courtesy of the National Archives & Records Administration)

Troops of the Battalion Combat Team, U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division, watch a plum of radioactive smoke arise after a D-Day blast at Yucca Flats as Exercise ‘Desert Rock I’ reaches its peak. Nov. 1, 1951. (Courtesy of the National Archives & Records Administration)

Book Review: How the NIH can help you get funded

The process for acquiring funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) can often be extensive and perplexing. The book, How the NIH Can Help You Get Funded: An Insider’s Guide to Grant Strategy by Michelle L. Kienholz and Jeremy M. Berg attempts to simplify the grant writing process by providing a clear understanding of NIH culture and explaining the mechanisms that drive grant approval. The authors provide tips for identifying program officers, establishing effective channels of communication, and developing strategies for identifying the most appropriate funding opportunities. The book offers practical advice for developing a personal grant strategy, and is recommended for both seasoned and unseasoned researchers.

NIH_imageMichelle L. Kienholz has extensive experience working with scientists, clinicians, and public health researchers to develop grant applications for almost every federal agency. Kienholz is also an avid blogger who enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with the research community. Her blog, Medical Writing, Editing and Grantsmanship, encourages productive conversation among researchers from all disciplines.

Jeremy M. Berg was Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the NIH for eight years. Prior to his service at the NIH, Berg spent 19 years at John Hopkins University where he received numerous awards for research and teaching. Currently, he is on faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he holds several key administrative positions and continues to conduct research in computational biology and personalized medicine.

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

Leisure Reading at the Briscoe Library

Wanna get away? Explore the Leisure Reading Collection at the Briscoe Library and escape the stresses of daily life for a while . The Leisure Collection consists of approximately 50 books and 10 popular magazines, and is located on the main floor of the Briscoe Library in the seating area across from the Circulation Desk.

The leisure books include a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles, many of which are best sellers. In this collection you can expect to find books about mystery, romance, history, biography, science fiction, and more. The leisure books are provided through a subscription-based service, so book titles are rotated quarterly. New books are selected every three months so be sure to check the shelf periodically for new titles.  All leisure books can be checked out for a period of two weeks.

For a complete list of the leisure books click here.


The popular magazines are located next to the current journals, however they are for use in the library and do not circulate. Some of the titles in the popular magazine collection include: National Geographic, Business Week, PC World, MacWorld, Sports Illustrated, People Magazine, and The New Yorker.

The Leisure Collection is funded through library donations. Titles are currently selected by library staff, but suggestions are welcome. Send suggestions to

Lisa Matye Finnie Appointed Assistant Records and Archives Librarian

Congratulations to Lisa Matye Finnie, who was appointed in February as the Assistant Records and Archives Librarian.  She will report to Anne Comeaux, Records Management Officer and Asst. Director for Special Collections, and will have her office in the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library building.

Lisa received her Masters in Library Science from Texas Woman’s University in 2009.  She has worked part-time since 2009 at the Briscoe Library, where she worked in cataloging print and electronic books, managing electronic book collections, organizing course reserves, and participating in weeding and inventory projects.  She has also added items to the Digital Archive using CONTENTdm and looks forward to adding many more historical materials from the Special Collections so they may be viewed online.

In her new position, Lisa will learn about records management policies for the university and help with answering questions, teaching classes, and performing records reviews.  She will also help with processing of archival records and creating finding aids to help researchers locate needed materials.  Lisa has an interest in history and enjoys working with the many historical materials in the Special Collections.

Lisa Finnie, new Assistant Records and Archives Librarian

Lisa Finnie, new Assistant Records and Archives Librarian

Jeremy Mercier Graduates

JeremyJeremy Mercier, a member of the Library Technology Department, completed his Masters in Information Science from the University of North Texas. Jeremy joined the team in October after serving as an intern over the summer. Congratulations Jeremy!

Featured New Books for March 2014

Advances in nutrition and cancer / Vincenzo Zappia, Salvatore Panico, Gian Luigi Russo, Alfredo Budillon, Fulvio Della Ragione, editors.
Heidelberg ; New York : Springer, c2014.
QZ 266 A244 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Developing evidence-based generalist practice skills [electronic resource] / edited by Bruce A. Thyer, Catherine N. Dulmus, Karen M. Sowers.
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Diabetes [electronic resource] : oxidative stress and dietary antioxidant /
edited by Victor R. Preedy.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Endodontics [electronic resource] 4th ed. / edited by Kishor Gulabivala, Yuan-Ling Ng.
Edinburgh : Elsevier, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Essentials of pharmacoeconomics, 2nd ed. / Karen L. Rascati.
Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2014.
QV 736 R223e 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Quest for the cure [electronic resource] : reflections on the evolution of breast cancer treatment /
George R. Blumenschein.
Oxford : Elsevier Science, 2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Treatment planning for person-centered care [electronic resource] : shared decision making for whole health, 2nd ed. /
Neal Adams, Diane M. Grieder.
London : Academic Press, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Wheater’s functional histology : a text and colour atlas, 6th ed. / Barbara Young,
Geraldine O’Dowd, Phillip Woodford.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Churchill Livingston/Elsevier, 2014.
QS 517 F979 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



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

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

Briscoe and Ramirez Libraries will host workshop on digitization

The Briscoe Library in San Antonio and the Ramirez Library in Harlingen will host an online workshop, What You Need to Know About Starting a Digitization Project, provided by the American Library Association and sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Date: Wednesday, February 19th
Time: 1:30-3:00 pm
Location: Briscoe Library Collaboratory (4.074), and Ramirez Library, RAHC

In this 90 minute workshop, digitization expert Susanne Caro will show you what you need to get started if you are new to digitization. You’ll learn about how to assess different materials for digitization, how to get buy-in and resources for your project, and ways to familiarize yourself with the different tools that can help you do the work.

The program will cover:

  • Basic information and research needs
  • Collection selection
  • Where to find financial and human resources
  • Awareness of digital preservation needs
  • The basics of copyright as it relates to digitization

Participants will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for this event.

For more information contact Andrea N. Schorr, for the San Antonio workshop (210) 567-2403 or email:  Contact Kathy Carter for the Harlingen workshop (956) 365-8857 or email:

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