News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Methicillin Resistent Staph Aureus: Librarians receive NN/LM funding to produce educational video

CTSA AwardFor the second year in a row, librarians at the UT Health Science Center have been the recipients of the CTSA Community Engagement Award from the South Central Region (SCR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The $15,000 award is given to librarians at a regional institution in the SCR that is a recipient of an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Initiated in 2012, the award seeks to assist in the development of community engagement projects that identify and promote the role of librarians working in partnership with researchers at CTSA institutions.

As a result of the award, librarians at the Briscoe Library will coordinate the production of a consumer-oriented educational video addressing the risks, prevention, and treatment of CA-MRSA (community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus). CA-MRSA is a significant health problem in the United States, particularly in the South and Southwest. A clear need for culturally appropriate educational materials about CA-MRSA, also known as “staph infection”, has been established through a recent study involving counties in South Texas.

Librarians will work with two CTSA-funded Pharm.D. content consultants, staff and interns at the South Central AHEC, and the university’s Video Production staff to develop the CA-MRSA video.  The video will be made available to community-based health care clinics in South Texas and ultimately to wider audiences through the use of social media and submission for inclusion in MedlinePlus®, the online consumer-oriented health site produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

For more information about the award or the video project, contact Peg Seger at

EndNote X7 now available for PC and Mac

The newest version of EndNote X7 is now available for PCs and Macs.  EndNote is a popular reference management tool that helps writers maintain a library of citations, manage PDFs, and create bibliographies for manuscripts.

EndNote website

The library’s Getting Started with EndNote X7 guide is now available on the library website for quick reference. The guide includes information on setting up an EndNote library,  annotating PDF files within EndNote, and inserting references into a paper.  New material in the X7 guide includes creating stand-alone bibliographies and editing an existing EndNote style.

To learn more about EndNote, take a Library Class, request help from library staff, and/or view online tutorials from EndNote.  Two Endnote classes will be offered this semester: October 22 at 12:00 noon and December 6 at 1:00 pm.

EndNote is only available in the Briscoe Library LIB 2.011 during classes.  To purchase the software at a discount, contact TechZone (formerly Computer Store) for information.

Katie Prentice, MSIS, AHIP
Head of Education and Information Services


Featured new books for September

Brain Imaging-book coverBrain imaging : what it can (and cannot) tell us about consciousness / Robert G. Shulman.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2013.
WL 141.5.N47 S562b 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Chandler & Grant's GlaucomaChandler and Grant’s glaucoma, 5th ed. / edited by Malik Y. Kahook, Joel S. Schuman ; consulting editor, David L. Epstein.
Thorofare, N.J. : SLACK, c2013.
WW 290 L471 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Basic Techniques in Pediatric SurgeryBasic techniques in pediatric surgery : an operative manual / Robert Carachi, Sandeep Agarwala, Tim J. Bradnock, editors ; Salvatore Cascio, Hock Lim Tan, associate editors.
Heidelberg ; New York : Springer, c2013.
WO 925 B311 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Current diagnosis & treatment in orthopedics / edited by Harry B. Skinner, Patrick J. McMahon.
New York : McGraw-Hill Education/Medical, c2014.
WE 168 C975 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

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

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

About library classes

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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.

News from The Libraries — August 2013

Crown of Thorns

How to Landscape to Your Environment, a popular workshop by David Brahm, Manager of Landscape and Grounds for the UT Health Science Center, will be repeated on August 20 at noon in the Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library. Crown of Thorns, photo by Walter Creech.

How to Landscape to Your Environment: Program will be repeated August 20

One Community One Book: Be part of it

Anatomy resources available through the library’s website

Using Scopus to find UT Health Science Center affiliated publications

Web of Science – Resource review for cancellation

Information Standards Quarterly releases issue on altmetrics

Featured new books for August 2013

Libraries support Laredo science camp for aspiring health care professionals

AAMC Tumblr site highlights value of federally funded medical research

Summer reading: Siddhartha Mukherjee to speak at Trinity University on August 28

About library classes

See all past issues of News from the Libraries

How to Landscape to Your Environment: Program will be repeated August 20

Landscaping on the Long Campus

Cactus Garden, photo by Walter Creech

In July The Libraries and Facilities Management hosted a standing-room-only audience for a noon-hour program about landscaping on the Long Campus, and about principles that can be adapted to produce beautiful, drought-tolerant residential plantings. The program will be offered again on August 20, for those who were not able to attend the first presentation.

Mother-in-laws, Willows and Green Chile Stew:  How to Landscape to Your Environment

Tuesday, August 20, Noon to 1 p.m.

Howe Conference Room, 5th floor, Briscoe Library

Dave Brahm, Manager of Landscape and Grounds for the UT Health Science Center, will discuss how to use a diverse palate of native plant material to create a colorful landscape that is durable and suited to our climate.

The program is open to everyone.  Attendees are invited to bring their lunches.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

Anatomy resources available through the library’s website

Netter Presenter

Netter Presenter is one of the anatomy resources The Libraries make available for students, faculty, and staff.

The Libraries offer a wide range of online anatomy resources for use across campus and off campus:

Anatomy TV contains detailed 3D interactive modules.

Clinical Human Embryology explores the development of human systems from conception to birth.

NetAnatomy includes radiographic, cross-sectional, and gross anatomy. This resource is often used for USMLE preparation.

Netter Presenter contains images from the Netter: Atlas of Human Anatomy 5th Edition in a presentation and study format.

This is only a sample of the library’s online anatomy resources. Check out the full list of resources on the library’s databases web page limited by anatomy as subject:

For questions or assistance with any library resource, contact librarians at or call 567-2450.

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources

Using Scopus to find UT Health Science Center affiliated publications

ScopusThe Libraries subscribe to the Scopus database, which indexes over 20,000 publications including journal articles, trade publications, book series, and patents.

Scopus has a useful feature that simplifies searching by institutional affiliation, a process which can be cumbersome in other databases. An institutional affiliation search in Scopus creates a ready- made bibliography of publications by UTHSCSA authors sorted by journal. Scopus uses a combination of algorithms and a comprehensive knowledge base to disambiguate institutional name variants, identifying and matching an organization with its research output.

To begin an institutional affiliation search, select Scopus from the Databases section of the library’s website ( From the Scopus search screen, select “Affiliation search,” then enter University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

A recent Scopus affiliation search identified over 28,000 documents affiliated with the Health Science Center. The top five journals with publications by HSC authors were Journal of Biological Chemistry, Federation Proceedings, Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, Infection and Immunity, and Cancer Research.

Tipsheets for Scopus and other databases can be found on the library’s tipsheet page:  A Scopus Quick Reference Guide can be found here.

For questions about Scopus or any other library database, contact

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

Information Standards Quarterly releases issue on altmetrics

NISOThe National Information Standards Organization (NISO) recently announced publication of a special themed issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) on altmetrics.  Guest Content Editor for the Summer 2013 issue of ISQ is Martin Fenner, Technical Lead, Article-Level Metrics for the Public Library of Science (PLOS). The articles he has assembled look at emerging best practices and challenges around the use of altmetrics.

The first article, Consuming Article-Level Metrics: Observations and Lessons, discusses the issues encountered when using scripting interfaces to obtain data from the largest article-level metrics providers: Altmetric, ImpactStory, Plum Analytics and PLOS.  Scott Chamberlain of Simon Fraser University looks at commonalities and differences in consistency, provenance, and context, and cautions about combining data across providers.

Institutional Altmetrics and Academic Libraries, an article by Robin Chin Roemer (University of Washington Libraries) and Rachel Borchardt (American University) looks at how altmetrics has begun to address the needs of institutions, and the roles librarians can play in enhancing and promoting their usefulness.

Three additional articles provide case studies for the way altmetrics are being used today.

ISQ is available in open access in electronic format on the NISO website. Both the entire Summer 2013 Altmetrics issue and the individual articles may be freely downloaded.

Print copies are available by subscription and as print on demand. For more information and to access the free electronic version, visit:

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services in the Briscoe Library,  published an article on altmetrics in the June issue of News from the Libraries.

Adapted from a piece by Cynthia Hodgson, ISQ Managing Editor