News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

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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News from the Libraries – February 2014

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

New Library Exhibit Features Children’s Art

Libraries Host Digitization Workshop

Libraries Save Money by Working Together

Library Education by the Numbers

ACP Medicine is now Scientific American

Book Giveaway

Kathy Carter to Lead Ramirez Library

New Face at Circulation Desk

Did you know?

Library Workshops

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

New library exhibit: Art work by pediatric cancer patients

Cancer SucksA collection of artwork by children ages 2 to 15 undergoing cancer treatment at Methodist Children’s Hospital, San Antonio is now on display in the Briscoe Library 3rd floor lobby. The exhibit includes collages like the one pictured here, by a 7-year-old artist, and several paintings that were created in Tracy’s Kids Art Therapy Program. The program helps young cancer patients and their families cope with the emotional stress and trauma of cancer and its treatment. The patients, their siblings and parents are encouraged to express their feelings on their treatment experiences through art and play therapy.

The art program, which is offered at no charge to the patient and his or her siblings, provides a child-centered, open studio approach for children to interact while they are receiving infusions and other treatments. In addition to Methodist Children’s Hospital, San Antonio, the program has three locations in the Washington, DC area. To learn more about Tracy’s Kids, visit The exhibit will be on display through March 2014.

Libraries save money by working together

There is no doubt about it…it’s tough financial times at academic institutions around the country.  Fortunately, for many years libraries have worked in cooperation with each other to increase buying power and to save money for their parent institutions.  The UT Health Science Center Library belongs to three consortia that pool resources for their members in order to increase access to electronic books, journals and databases.

TexShare is a consortium of Texas libraries joining together to share print and electronic materials, purchase online resources, and combine staff expertise.  TexShare services are available to users of member libraries all across Texas.  The consortium is administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC).  In fiscal year 2013, it would have cost the 644 libraries participating in the TexShare database program more than $59.5 million to purchase the electronic database subscriptions that were purchased by TSLAC for just over $5.4 million.  The UT Health Science Center Library spent $4,050 to receive databases including electronic journals valued at $224,811.  In addition to electronic resources, a TexShare card available at the library’s service desk allows faculty, staff and students from the Health Science Center to borrow books from many libraries around the state including UTSA and Trinity University.

The University of Texas System Digital Library (UTSDL) is a library consortium of the UT System’s nine academic and six health science institutions.  The consortium complements the collection strengths of each UT institution’s library with online scholarly resources.  UTSDL provides access to resources ranging from humanities ebooks to medical research journals. The UTSDL provides licensing services for electronic products and leverages group purchasing power in order to reduce costs across the UT System.  In fiscal year 2013, the UT Health Science Center Library as part of the UTSDL consortium spent $1,104,349 for subscriptions to electronic journals and databases resulting in cost avoidance estimated at $9,085,350 based on vendor list prices.  Journals published by Nature, Science, American Chemical Society, Elsevier, Wiley, Springer and many others are included in the UTSDL consortium subscriptions.

South Central Academic Medical Libraries (SCAMeL) is a library consortium of fifteen medical libraries across a five state region including Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.  SCAMeL provides licensing services through a joint effort provided by two member libraries.  Although this consortium does not provide cost avoidance estimates, libraries experience reduced subscription rates to electronic journals and databases that are highly specific to the health sciences.  Journals and databases published by BioMed Central, American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., BMJ, ProQuest, and Nature are included in the SCAMeL consortium subscriptions.

As academic libraries continue to move forward with providing robust collections of electronic resources for faculty, students and staff, it will continue to be vitally important to work together to reduce costs by pooling librarian expertise and financial resources.

Library education by the numbers

The UT Health Science Center librarians and staff provide a variety of educational opportunities across the Health Science Center.  Many of these classes are embedded in the curriculum and are tailored to meet specific course objectives.  Regular library classes are offered throughout the year in the library and across campuses for specific departments or groups by request.

Class participation

In the last fiscal year, 153 classes were offered and 71 of these were curricular.  Curricular instruction reached 953 students and non-curricular reached nearly 2500 participants including students, faculty, and staff.

Within curricular classes and workshops, all five schools are represented.  When orientations are included, the UT Austin College of Pharmacy and the UT School of Public Health are also represented.

Participation by School

 Library classes are attended by students, faculty, staff, interns, residents and fellows, plus health care professionals and other non-affiliates of the Health Science Center.  Pre-registration on the library website is appreciated (but not required) for regularly offered library classes.

Class Attendees

Library workshops and classes are focused around research skills and database use, but are usually tailored to meet the needs of the group.  The length of classes is also flexible, depending on the content requested.

attendance by topic


Ready to improve your library research skills?  Check out the regular classes or contact Katie Prentice, Head of Library Education and Information Services at (210-567-6606) to set up a special class for your course or department.


ACP Medicine is now Scientific American Medicine


The highly popular database ACP Medicine has changed names and is now called  Scientific American Medicine. For the past decade this database has carried the ACP Medicine name, and was the first comprehensive reference to carry the name of the American College of Physicians.  Scientific American Medicine is an authoritative, evidence-based, peer-reviewed patient care reference that is continually updated by reputable primary-care physicians.  Content covers all subspecialties of Internal Medicine, as well as, topics in Women’s Health, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry and more.

Scientific American Medicine is part of the library’s STAT!Ref online collection.


Book giveaway February 11th-13th

The Briscoe Library will have a book giveaway February 11th-13th. The book giveaway will start at 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the entrance of the Briscoe Library, and will continue thru Thursday until 5 p.m. Books to be included in the giveaway are old editions withdrawn from the library’s collection, or donations given to the library but not needed for the collection. All give-away books are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For information about the book give-away, contact Andrea N. Schorr, Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian, at 567-2400 or e-mail at



Kathy Carter to lead Ramirez Library and other staff changes

KCarterKathy Carter has been appointed as the Assistant Library Director for the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., Library at the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) in Harlingen.  Kathy was most recently the Ramirez Library Librarian.  Kathy received her bachelor of arts and master of library and information science at the University of Texas at Austin and has held increasingly responsible positions as a librarian at UT Brownsville and the RAHC.  She recently completed the Biomedical Informatics Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, and has completed an intensive course on Evidence Based Medicine and the Medical Librarian.  Kathy has been active in information resource instruction for students and house staff at the RAHC and in outreach to the Lower Rio Grande Valley community.

Other staff news from the Ramirez Library:
YSernaYolanda Serna has been promoted to Senior Library Assistant.  Yolanda joined the Ramirez Library staff in 2002 after 15 years with the San Benito Consolidated School District.  In her time at the Ramirez Library, Yolanda has been involved with public services, collection development, managing historical collections, and community outreach.   Yolanda also serves as a library liaison to RAHC clinical faculty, assisting with registration and access to library resources and services.  She will assume additional responsibility for overseeing night and weekend operation of the Ramirez Library.

LReyesLiz Reyes has been appointed as Associate Library Assistant.  Liz joined the Ramirez Library in August 2013 as a part-time staff member.  Liz has a bachelor of science in health administration and over 10 years of medical office experience.  In her new role, Liz will be assume responsibility for the Ramirez Library’s historical collection and will participate in outreach events and projects.

New face at Circulation Desk – Richard Kaye

We are pleased to welcome back a past employee to the Briscoe Library.  Richard Kaye is returning as a part-time Library Clerical Assistant.   Richard  has been away for about two years now but he has been busy.  He earned his BA in Geography with a minor in Geology from UTSA and is married to Wei Liu, who is pursuing a Pharm.D. from UT Austin.  Together they have a two and a half year old daughter named Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) who loves Curious George and Scooby Doo – (don’t we all)!  Please say hello and welcome back to Richard, who will be providing services at the Circulation Desk on evenings and weekends.

Did you know: Learn EndNote & RefWorks with videos

This installment of the “Did you know?” series highlights the video tutorials available for EndNote & RefWorks.

EndNote & RefWorks are two popular tools used to manage references and format papers and manuscripts.  EndNote software is available at a substantial discount for UT Health Science Center affiliates through the TechZone Computer store.  RefWorks is web-based for easy use and is free through the Libraries.

RefWorks on YouTube



No matter which tool you choose for your writing support, remember there are videos and tipsheets available to help (plus classes and support from library staff).  For more help with EndNote or RefWorks, check for upcoming classes or request help from library staff.