News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Thank you Chris and Katie


This creative message was a response from a group of students who attended a poster preparation workshop run by Chris Gaspard, Head of Access Services and Interlibrary Loan, and Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services. The students presented their posters at a Community Service Learning Conference on April 3, 2014.  Librarians offer a short class on Creating and Presenting Effective Poster Sessions which can be requested for presentation to classes or in other venues.  For more information, contact Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services,


The History of Medicine in Poetry – HOM Society Meeting in April

In honor of Poetry Month, the History of Medicine Society of the Friends of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will be meeting in the Howe Conference Room on April 23, 2014, beginning at 6:00 pm to discuss the history of medicine in poetry.  UTHSCSA faculty and students will be doing readings of selected poems and members can discuss their own original poems.

In conjunction with the meeting, an exhibit on The History of Medicine in Poetry will be displayed in the 3rd floor exhibit area of the library starting April 1.


Popular 17th century poem describing the plague doctor's costume.

Popular 17th century poem describing the plague doctor’s costume.  See the exhibit for an English translation.

Copper engraving of Doctor Schnabel [i.e Dr. Beak], a plague doctor in seventeenth-century Rome, with a satirical macaronic poem (‘Vos Creditis, als eine Fabel, / quod scribitur vom Doctor Schnabel’) in octosyllabic rhyming couplets.  Date: 1656.  Courtesy of Internet Archive.

New Online Video Collections

The UT Health Science Center Libraries have acquired two counseling video collections through a purchase by the University of Texas System Digital Library with Academic Library Collection Enhancement Program (ALCEP) funds.  ALCEP funds are allocated by the Board of Regents to UT Austin for one-time collection purchases that can be used by all UT institutions. The first collection, Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume I provides a first-hand look at working with clients and putting theoretical concepts into practice. The second collection, Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume II expands on the first volume with special emphasis on contemporary topics, and includes documentaries that provide insight into human conditions. In total, there are 708 streaming videos that cover dozens of therapeutic methods, diagnoses, and cultural groups. These collections provide practical training for counseling and therapy programs in psychology, social work, education, nursing, health, and medicine.

Both collections contain streaming videos that can be accessed online via the library catalog.

Counseling and Therapy in Video: Vol. I

Counseling and Therapy in Video: Vol. II



Featured New Books for April 2014

A system of orthopaedic medicine, 3rd ed. [electronic resource] / Ludwig Ombregt.
Edinburgh ; New York : Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Eating disorders and the brain [electronic resource] / edited by Bryan Lask, Ian Frampton.
Chichester : John Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Getting better at private practice [electronic resource] / edited by Chris E. Stout.
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2012.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Guide to laboratory and diagnostic tests, 3rd ed.[electronic resource] / Rick Daniels.
Stamford, Conn. : Cengage Learning, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record.



Nuclear medicine board review [electronic resource] : questions and answers for self-assessment / C. Richard Goldfarb … [et al.].
New York : Thieme, c2012.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic health conditions [electronic resource] /
edited by Steven S. Coughlin.
Washington, D.C. : American Public Health Association, c2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



MATLAB for neuroscientists [electronic resource] : an introduction to scientific computing in MATLAB / Pascal Wallisch … [et al.].
Burlington : Elsevier Science, 2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Social marketing and social change [electronic resource] : strategies and tools for health, well-being, and the environment / R. Craig Lefebvre.
San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass, c2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



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

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

News from the Libraries – March 2014

Kristin Budde, MS-IV, presents on the history of hysteria

Kristin Budde, MS-IV, presents on the history of hysteria

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


New Roof for the Briscoe Library

History of Medicine Society Events

ACA Enrollment – Laredo Campus

Wellcome Images

TEDMED Live Streaming

First Do Not Harm

Danny Jones Student Essay Competition

How the NIH Can Help Get You Funded – Book Review

Leisure Reading – Briscoe Library

Lisa Matye Finnie Appointed Asst Records & Archives Librarian

Jeremy Mercier Graduates

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries


New Roof for the Briscoe Library

Pictures 12-22-05 007Plans are under way to replace the roof of the Briscoe Library, a project that will begin in early March and last about 3 months. The building is 30 years old and sports its original roof, which would never stand up to today’s building codes. Over the years, the roof has been patched numerous times, usually after a heavy downpour causes staff to run for buckets and tarps to protect the rare books and archives stored on the 5th floor. There is never a good time to do library repairs. The new roof is desperately needed and this seemed to be the optimal time for UT Health Science Center Facilities Management to schedule the project. The work will only be done on weekdays, beginning before 7 am and stopping by mid-afternoon. We are cognizant of the fact that this project will affect students studying for  module tests, finals and USMLE Step 1 exams; researchers looking for a place to write or contemplate; and users of the Howe Conference Room and Special Collections Reading Room. There will be some drilling, thumping and stomping. At times it will sound like reindeer have landed on the roof! Those who have trouble studying through the noise can ask for earplugs at the Circulation Desk. You may find the 3rd and 4th floors of the library to be more quiet. The 2nd floor library classrooms are available to HSC ID holders for 24/7 study when not in use for classes or meetings. Facilities Management will do their best to mitigate the noise, work with library staff to communicate about particularly loud phases, and provide progress reports. Watch for updates and photos on the Briscoe Library Renovations blog For more information or to communicate your concerns, contact Elyse Druck, Construction Project Manager, or Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services.

History of Medicine Society events

The History of Medicine Society, a special interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, sponsors events during the academic year to promote and to encourage the study of the history of the health sciences. On February 19, Kristin Budde, MS-IV, gave a presentation on the history of hysteria.


Kristin Budde, MS-IV, presents on the history of hysteria

Kristin Budde, MS-IV on the history of hysteria

Upcoming talks in the series include:

Date Speaker Title
March 26, 2014 Daniel Barron, MD/PhD           Student The Medicine of Perfection – Persistent 20th Century Medical Utopias
April 23, 2014 Charleen Moore, PhD and others The History of Medicine in Poetry


Both events start at 6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room of the Briscoe Library, located on the 5th floor.

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

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.