News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Web of Science – Resource review for cancellation

Librarians often need to make difficult decisions about resources to retain and those to cancel. There are rarely enough monetary resources available to accommodate rising costs of journals, books and databases. As we review renewal decisions for 2014, we are identifying those resources that may be duplicative.

Web of Science is a citation database that indexes scientific literature to 1900. The library currently subscribes to both Web of Science and Scopus. Although these databases are not identical they are similar in their scope; they both provide citation tracking and indexing of multidisciplinary resources, authors’ H-index, and journal ranking or impact factors. Scopus is currently the knowledge base for SciVal which provides research profiles for 400 Health Science Center researchers. Web of Science, Scopus, and SciVal are available for access through the library’s website, Databases section at

Because it may not be financially feasible to continue both Web of Science and Scopus starting in 2014, we are considering cancellation of the current subscription to Web of Science. Please contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, with your comments about this possible cancellation.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

IOM releases report on the CTSA Program at NIH

iom_logoThe Institute of Medicine has released a report, The CTSA Program at NIH:  Opportunities for Advancing Clinical and Translational Research, evaluating the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program.  The IOM committee finds that “the CTSA program is contributing significantly to advancing clinical and translational research.” The committee recommends “a number of revisions that could make the program more efficient and effective and could ensure future successes.” If enacted, “these changes would help establish the CTSA Program as the national leader for advancing innovative and transformative clinical and translational research.”

The recommendations include updating the program’s leadership structure, mission and goals.

A brief of the full report can be found on the website of the Institute of Medicine.

The pre-publication report, can be accessed through the library’s catalog.

The CTSA program is administered by the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).


NIH Public Access Policy changes go into effect July 1

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the full text of peer-reviewed published articles resulting from NIH-funded research are made available to the public. The policy requires that “all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication.”

The Principle Investigator (PI) of the NIH award is ultimately responsible for ensuring compliance for all applicable articles that are generated from the research project, including those not authored by the PI.  Articles are exempt if the research is not funded by the NIH or if they are not peer-reviewed (for example, literature reviews, letters, editorials, book chapters or conference proceedings).

Recent changes to the policy include a requirement that the full text of all applicable cited articles in the bibliography, if co-authored by any of the manuscript collaborators, must also be available in PMC. Most significantly, the NIH will delay funding or renewal of non-competing continuation awards with a start date of July 1, 2013, if the applicants’ publications arising from grant awards are not in compliance with the policy. For more information about the changes and for useful campus links, go to the library’s page on the NIH Public Access Policy.

Jonquil Feldman

Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

MS3s learn about medical smartphone applications and mobile databases for clinical support

Eric Foundations 2013Over the course of one week in June, more than 200 rising third year medical students at the UT Health Science Center received instruction and demonstrations of  library resources and medical smartphone applications. With the goal of streamlining day-to-day life in their clerkship years, students learned about a number of mobile databases and smartphone applications that ranged across point of care applications, information organization and productivity applications.

As a way of sharpening their information-seeking skills, each class of about 20 students worked through a series of case-based scenarios.  Before beginning their 3rd year clinical rotations the students must complete the Information Mastery class, which is a part of their Clinical Foundations course.

Clinical Foundations (INTD 3030/Clinical Foundations) was presented by a team of instructors:  Glen Medellin, M.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and Interim Division Chief of Pediatrics; Angela Myatt, Curriculum Liaison Librarian; and Eric Willman, Head of Library Technology.

Learning Express Library offers software tutorials and practice tests

Learning Express Library

Summer is a great time to brush up on software and computer skills.  Learning Express Library is a site available to all UT Health Science Center at San Antonio affiliates that includes online training in software (such as Microsoft Access and Excel), computers (Mac and PC operating systems), and Adobe software (including Dreamweaver and Photoshop).  Learning Express Library also includes practice tests for the  National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).  Visit the site to learn more!

Learning Express Library is easy to use.  Create an account with the site to view the tutorials and track your progress.  When you see a course you wish to view, click Login to Add and the site will ask you to login or create an account.

Learning Express Access

If you have questions about Learning Express Library, please contact Library Information at or call 210-567-2450.  Access to Learning Express Library is made possible through participation in the Texas State Library and Archives Commission TexShare Database program.

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Reach out and “Instant Message”

Instant Message box
When you have a quick question and need to reach out to library staff, try the library’s Instant Message (IM) Get Help option.  The orange Get Help button displays near the bottom of the left column of the library website.

Message librarians about research help, books, journals, study rooms, library hours and more!   The IM is answered by Briscoe Library’s Information Services staff.

IM is available Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

When IM is unavailable, the best way to leave a message is to send email to or leave a voicemail at 210-567-2450.

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services





Finding aids: Tools for locating historical materials in the University Archives

Finding aids are indexes to archival and manuscript collections. A finding aid can be as simple as a list of folders. More complex finding aids place materials in context by consolidating information about the collection, for example a historical or biographical note or a description of how the collection has been arranged.

The staff of the University Archives have been creating finding aids for several years to describe the many collections of historic manuscripts and papers available at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The finding aids are very detailed, listing items at the box and folder level, and often individual items within folders. Viewing the finding aids allows researchers to locate primary source materials such as historical documents, personal papers, business records, case histories, photographs, etc., related to their research interest. The archive’s finding aids have been xml encoded using the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) format to allow searching and display via the Internet.

The finding aids may be viewed online and searched  through two different sources:

• The Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) website at is produced by the University of Texas Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin. It is a repository for finding aids from archival, manuscript, and museum collections in repositories across Texas available to the public. It is updated weekly and currently lists all 23 finding aids developed for the University Archives. Researchers may browse finding aids from specific repositories or search across all repository finding aids by title, subject, name, place or format or media.

• The History of Medicine Finding Aids Consortium website developed by the National Library of Medicine at indexes over 3,600 finding aids from 35 institutions throughout the United States that collect broadly in the area of the history of medicine and its allied sciences as well as more general special collections and archives. It is keyword searchable and is updated periodically, usually quarterly, so it may not have the most recent finding aids listed.

A list of finding aids completed for the University Archives and available online can be found here: UT Health Science Center- University Archives- Finding Aids

These finding aids represent only a portion of the many materials available in the University Archives, and work continues to make the other collections more accessible to researchers.

For more information on the University Archives and materials listed in the finding aids, contact Anne Comeaux, Assistant Director for Special Collections, at or Mellisa DeThorne, Library Archival Assistant, at or call the University Archives at 210-567-2470.

About library classes


Scan this code with your smartphone camera QR reader app to find library classes online.

The Libraries offer classes, consultations and other training to assist with the effective use of databases and research tools.  All library classes are free and open to all.  Register today to reserve your spot!

Schedule a Special Class
To schedule a special class or orientation for your department or group at other days/times, please contact the library at (210) 567-2450 or email

Integrating Library Research Skills into Blackboard and/or Academic Course Content
Faculty are encouraged to integrate library research skills into course content.  Librarians are available to develop and teach classes that meet specific needs or are about a specific resource.  To learn more or to schedule a class, contact Katie Prentice at or call 210-567-6606.

To see the upcoming classes, visit the Attend a Library Class! page.

Turning the Pages Online: Beautiful images from rare medical books



The image featured on the cover of the July newsletter, a tomato or “love apple,” is from Elizabeth Blackwell’s A Curious Herbal, an 18th century book composed almost entirely of  illustrations of medicinal plants. Blackwell, who was trained in drawing, produced A Curious Herbal in an effort to obtain her husband’s release from a London debtor’s prison.  She engraved and colored the illustrations, drawn from plants growing in the Chelsea Physic Garden, and released them in weekly editions between 1737 and 1739. Each weekly release contained four plates and a page of text. The book became quite popular among the physicians and apothecaries of London, and she was able to raise enough money to secure her husband’s release.

The images shown here are from Turning the Pages Online, a project of the National Library of Medicine that makes digitized images of rare and remarkable texts in the history of the biomedical sciences accessible from desktop computers and digital devices.  Click on the images at right to access a larger view.

St. John's Wort

St. John’s Wort

Viewers of the Turning the Pages Online website are able to ‘touch and turn’ the pages, zoom in for greater detail, and read or listen to explanations of the text, sometimes in the form of curators’ notes.

Other book that are available for viewing at the Turning the Pages website include:

Robert Hooke’s Micrographia

Conrad Gesner’s Historiae Animalium

Andreas Vesalius’s De Humani Corporis Fabrica

Johannes de Ketham’s Fasiculo de Medicina

Physical copies of several of these books, including Hooke, and Vesalius, are held in the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

News from The Libraries – June 2013

A History of the Present Illness

A History of the Present Illness by Louise Aronson is the One Community/One Book selection for Fall 2013.

Announcing the One Community/One Book selection for Fall 2013

Save the date:  Annual Dinner of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Libraries host Community Advisors in May

CLHIN fulfills JCAHO requirements for library services

Seeking cost efficiencies: Joint Library Facility opens at Texas A&M Riverside campus

Altmetrics: New measures for scholarly output

Librarians present at Medical Library Association conference

Briscoe Library hosts summer interns

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library in June

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