News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

News from The Libraries — October 2013

Carmen Tafolla

Carmen Tafolla will read from her work Tuesday, October 15 at noon in the School of Nursing Hurd Auditorium. Find out more in this issue of News from The Libraries.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Welcome San Antonio’s first poet laureate to campus in October

One Community/One Book- Find a discussion group

Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D. to speak at Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library- Events for October

Did you know? Your library collection

Proposed cancellations for FY2014

Open Access: Redefining impact

National Medical Librarians Month

JAMA article documents evolving role of librarians

National Preparedness Month- Librarians offer training

The 2013 Connective Tissue is now available

Library Committee for 2013-2014

Featured new books for October

See all past issues of News from the Libraries

Welcome San Antonio’s first poet laureate to campus

Carmen Tafolla

Carmen Tafolla will read from her work Tuesday, October 15 at noon in the School of Nursing Hurd Auditorium.

October 15

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

School of Nursing Hurd Auditorium

The national celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month each year is September 15 through October 15.

The Hispanic Latin Faculty Association, the Briscoe Library, the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, the Latin Medical Student Association, the Hispanic Student Nurses Association, the Student Government Association, and the Office of Student Life are holding a celebration of the Hispanic culture on October 15 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the School of Nursing Hurd Auditorium. This celebration will feature Dr. Carmen Tafolla, San Antonio’s first poet laureate.

Our university’s mission is focused on South Texas, which is greatly enriched by the Hispanic culture. We are proud of the roles our Hispanic faculty, staff, students and residents play in delivering our missions of education, research, clinical care and service to South Texas and the world. Please join me in celebrating the Hispanic culture during Hispanic Heritage Month and especially during our campus activities on October 15.

William L. Henrich, MD, MACP
Professor of Medicine

One Community/One Book: Find a discussion group

A History of the Present Illness

Conversation is the heart of One Community One Book.

Louise Aronson is the author of A History of the Present Illness, this fall’s One Community/One Book selection.  She will be the keynote speaker at an author event sponsored by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and The Libraries:

Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in the Holly Auditorium.

As in the past, The Libraries offered workshops in early September to support book discussion leaders and hosts.

Book discussions will be held starting in mid- September, leading up to Louise Aronson’s visit to campus.

Information about One Community/One Book discussion events — continually updated —  is posted below.

Louise Aronson

Author Louise Aronson will speak in Holly Auditorium, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Long Campus, on Thursday, November 14 at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Training for Discussion Group Leaders and Hosts: 

  • Wednesday, September 4, 3:00 p.m., Briscoe Library Collaboratory;
  • Friday, September 6, noon, School of Nursing room 1.202.

Book Discussions:

Multi-Meeting Book Discussions

Tuesdays, October 22 and 29: School of Health Professions, Deans Conference Room, 426 MED. Facilitator: Susan Dollar,

Wednesdays, October 23 and 30, School of Health Professions, Deans Conference Room, 426 MED. Facilitator: Susan Dollar,

For information about how to to be a part of One Community/One Book, or to submit information about a discussion opportunity you are planning, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian: email


One Community/One Book is made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Make your reservation by Friday: Annual Dinner of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., MDThursday, November 7, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Old San Francisco Steak House

Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.M., will be the guest speaker at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The evening’s program, to be held at the Old San Francisco Steak House, will explore a significant chapter in San Antonio’s history, reviewing the treatment innovations developed at the Army Burn Center that have revolutionized care and improved the survival of even massively burned patients.

Dr. Pruitt received his M.D. degree in 1957 from the Tufts University School of Medicine. He was drafted in 1959. Assigned to the U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research (ISR) at Fort Sam Houston, he completed his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in 1964 and went on to serve 31 years with the ISR. For 27 of those years, he was its commander and director.

Nixon Dinner InformationComplete information about the Annual Dinner and Presentation, and other activities of the Friends, can be found in the organization’s newsletter:

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library – Newsletter 2013

Friends of the Nixon Library – Membership and Dinner Reservation Form

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library- Events for October

Fighting Fire with FireNoon Lecture Series

Thursday, October 10, 12:00 noon

Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library

Fighting fire with fire: our microbiome and the use of probiotics in the prevention and treatment of disease.  Anthony W. Hartzler MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Hospital Medicine, will speak.  Dr. Hartzler’s lecture is the second in a three-part series organized by Gregory M. Anstead, M.D., Ph.D., current president of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  Noon lectures provide opportunities for informal learning and conversation.  Everyone is invited. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

History of Medicine Society

Wednesday, October 30, 6:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library

Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D., Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, will speak about  Body Snatching and Great Operations of the Early 19th Century.    Her presentation will include a display of books by the Scottish anatomists John Bell and Charles Bell that are held in the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  Members of the History of Medicine Society will offer Trick or Treat bags in exchange for donations to the library.

The History of Medicine Society is a student-led interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  Everyone is welcome.

The deadline for entry in the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition is October 15

In July the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library announced a new essay competition in memory of Danny Jones, M.L.S., who served as Head of Special Collections at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. 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.

Essays 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. A prize of $500 will be awarded to the best essay. Essays should be no more than 2500 words, sent in pdf format to The deadline for entry is October 15, 2013.

The prize will be presented at the Friends Annual Dinner on November 7, 2013.

Did you know? Your library collection

Finding resources hands on keyboardThis second installment of the “Did you know?” series highlights the collections.  The collections of The UT Health Science Center Libraries are both physical and online!  Find the materials you want and need.

Search the library catalog for all materials or search specifically by e-journal title or e-book title if you have something in mind.

Online collection:

  • Number of e-books: 22,383
  • Number of e-journals: 39,081
  • Number of databases: 125

Physical collection:

  • Number of print books at the Briscoe Library: 86,770
  • Number of print books at the Ramirez Library: 3,861
  • Number of print books at the Laredo Regional Campus Library: 920
  • Number of print journal volumes at the Briscoe Library: 109,546

While the library would love to have everything, the library does not own every book and journal.  Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is available to you when the Health Science Center Libraries do not have what you need.  Use ILL to request books, copies of book chapters, or journal articles that the library does not own.  ILL is free for regular requests and most requests are filled in under a week.

Contact us with your questions about using the collection!

Proposed Cancellations for FY14

The library, like all departments across campus, have a reduced budget in FY14.  Budget reductions combined with subscription inflation costs of around 8%, mean that librarians must cancel some of the library’s existing journal and database subscriptions just to remain within budget.  Below is a list of proposed cancellations for 2014:

Cancellations are not made lightly; librarians look at many factors and also take into consideration comments from faculty, staff, and students.  If you would like to request any of these resources be kept, send your comments to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, at

Open Access: Redefining impact

OOA Logopen Access Week will be observed October 21-27, 2013 with the theme “Redefining Impact.” During the week, the academic and research community will come together to promote Open Access, the concept of “free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results.” Organized by SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), events will include conferences, forum discussions and workshops on the benefits of openly sharing collaborative research tools and data. The events will be held in the United States, Canada, Brazil, several European countries and Turkey.  In the spirit of free access, the discussions and presentations will be streamed live and can be freely accessed at

National Medical Librarians Month

nmlm_poster_2013_smThe Medical Library Association dedicates each October to celebrating National Medical Librarians Month, to bring attention to the professionals who provide expert assistance to students, faculty, health care providers and the public in health science libraries.

The 2013  theme of National Medical Librarians Month is “Saving You Time So You Can Save Lives.” Medical librarians’ knowledge of resources, search skills, and response time ensures that medical professionals receive the highest quality health information available.

Librarians partner with departments, programs, offices, and courses to offer training and support for education, research, clinical activity, and community service. To learn more about what we do or to request assistance from a librarian, please contact us or browse our Annual Reports and Making Lives Better page.  If you would like to tell us your opinion of our collections, services, staff or facilities, or to make a suggestion for improvement, send an email to

UT Health Science Center Librarians:

Kathy Carter, MLIS, Ramirez Library Librarian, Harlingen
Anne Comeaux, MLS, CRM, Records Management Officer, Assistant Director for Digital and Special Collections
Jonquil Feldman, MALS, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services
Lisa Finnie, MLS, Collection Resources Librarian
Chris Gaspard, MSLS, Head of Access Services and Interlibrary Loan
Susan Hunnicutt, MLIS, Special Projects Librarian
Kelly Minars, MLIS, Web Services Librarian
Angela Myatt, M.Sc., Curriculum Liaison Librarian
Katie Prentice, MSIS, Head of Education and Information Services
Greysi Reyna, MLS, Assistant Director for the Ramirez Library, Harlingen
Andrea Schorr, MSIS, Acquisitions and Cataloging Librarian
Peg Seger, MLIS, Head of Outreach Services
Rajia Tobia, AMLS, Executive Director of Libraries
John Weed, MSIS, Head of Collection Resources
Dana Whitmire, MSLS, Electronic Resources Librarian
Eric Willman, MSIS, Head of Library Technology

JAMA article documents the evolving role of librarians

The September 25, 2013 issue of JAMA features an article on “The Evolving Role and Value of Libraries and Librarians in Health Care.” The article by Julia F. Sollenberger, MLS, and Robert G. Holloway Jr, MD, both at the University of Rochester, concludes, “With ongoing changes in health care as a result of information technology, health sciences libraries and librarians can play an important role in bringing high-quality, evidence-based medical information to the bedside, helping to make patient care both efficient and effective. Health care libraries and librarians are adapting to the changing information needs of physicians, other health care professions, researchers, and patients. With rigorous evaluation, enhanced librarian training, and continuous attention to advances in technology and needs of the users, health care librarians can provide value to patient care.”