News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Welcome new residents!

The UT Health Science Center Libraries’ staff welcomes new residents to our campuses.  As current affiliated members of the Health Science Center community,  residents have access to e-journals, e-books, and databases as well as access to materials located at  San Antonio, Harlingen and Laredo branches.

Screenshot of new off campus log in systemOnline access to e-journals, e-books, and databases begins from the moment you have an active UTHSCSA Domain Account.  After clicking on library website links, click the “Current Faculty, Staff, & Students” choice to login.  This same login/password used for UT Health Science Center computers, Blackboard, and Inside.UTHSCSA is used for online access to library materials and for requesting interlibrary loans (ILL).

The first time you visit the library to check out a book, library staff will ask you to complete a brief form to set up your in-library account.

Regular classes, including EndNote, RefWorks, PubMed, and Ovid Medline, are offered at the Libraries and are open to everyone.  In the event our regular classes conflict with your schedule, call or email to request a consultation with a librarian.  With advance notice, we can accommodate most requests for personal assistance.  You are also welcome to request special classes for groups or departments.  View the Library Events Calendar for upcoming classes: http://library.uthscsa.edu/events/.

In addition to classes and consultations, librarians are available at the Briscoe Library Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm for your immediate information needs.  While the Briscoe Library does not have a traditional reference desk, reference and information services are available in-person, via email – askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu, telephone – 210-567-2450, and instant message http://library.uthscsa.edu/2011/10/get-help/.

Good links to bookmark:

Again, welcome!  If you have questions about our services or resources, let us know.

Katie Prentice

Head of Education and Information Services

Library classes for July and August

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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 AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Integrating library research skills into 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 prenticek@uthscsa.edu or call 210-567-6606.

To register for a class or to see complete class descriptions, visit the Attend a Library Class page.

Briscoe Library – San Antonio

  • Introduction to PubMed: July 12, 2012, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: July 12, 2012, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: July 16, 2012, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Getting Started with Ovid Medline: July 18, 2012, 11:00 am – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: August 9, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: August 21, 2012, 11:00 am – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: August 22, 2012, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Google Scholar for Scientific and Clinical Literature Searches: August 28, 2012, 11:00 am – 12 noon, LIB 2.011

Applied Neuroanatomy: Exhibit showcases MS-1 elective course offering

Neuroanatomy students gather around a table

Applied Neuroanatomy, Spring 2012
Syllabus created by Vinh Dao and Pon-Pon Yeh

The caption beneath the illustration reads, “Ascending central auditory pathways.  Monaural pathways are shown in red, binaural pathways in blue, and other connections in black…”   Twenty-eight labels in 8 point (very small) font  crowd onto a page that resembles a plate of spaghetti and meatballs.  Somehow, it all has to do with percussion, rhythm and beats, harmony, and deeply felt emotion.  But who would know?

Vinh Dao and Pon-Pon Yeh, now MS-3s, struggled in their first year of medical school with “dry and boring” material that was “very abstract and difficult to grasp.”  They had an idea, which they proposed to their professors, Charleen Moore, PhD and Kristine Vogel, PhD, both of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology.  In an effort to make neuroanatomy more fun and more intuitive for students coming after them, and to help them integrate knowledge about neural pathways with their own experiences, the four worked together to create Applied Neuroanatomy.  The elective, which was attended by 18 MS-1s, took place in four units from March 30 to May 4, 2012.

  • To learn the neural pathways for proprioception and balance, students and their instructors had the opportunity to practice slacklining and yoga in the grassy area in front of the Briscoe Library, and to try out a unicycle and an Indo Board.
  • They packed up sketch pads, pastels, pencils and markers for a trip the the San Antonio Botanical Gardens where they undertook a series of exercises designed to draw attention to vision and the pathways associated with it.
  • They spent an evening spinning vinyl on turntables and using synthesizers to experiment with generating musical beats.
  • Finally, they created a feast for themselves, including fine wines and chocolate, and spent an evening reflecting on  the neural pathways associated with taste and olfaction.

An exhibit documenting the class in photos and words will be on display in the lecture hall commons of the School of Medicine beginning in early July.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

Briscoe Library participates in the 2nd Annual San Antonio CHW/Promotor(a) Summit

Librarian Peg Seeger speaking to an attendee at the Promotores SummitOver 140 Community Health Workers (CHWs) attended the 2nd Annual San Antonio CHW/Promotor(a) Summit held on June 8th at the Christus Santa Rosa Hospital City Center for Children and Families.  UT Health Science Center Briscoe  Library staff attended the summit to promote resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) that support public health workers and health consumers alike with trusted health and research information. Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services, and Patrick Lemelle, Outreach Library Assistant, provided demonstrations of  MedlinePlus and PubMed while distributing and answering questions on many other NLM products and services. Of particular interest were the NLM Mobile Apps and Sites.

Community health workers, also known as promotores, are widely recognized as a vital part of the public health workforce in part by providing health literacy training and patient navigation services to undeserved populations. Through the many roles played by CHWs, the health disparities that exist in many parts of our nation are more effectively addressed on a community level.

Texas is only one of two states that currently offer certification programs for CHWs.

Some key Texas CHW facts:

  • In the state of Texas, 280 individuals graduated from a Department of Health and Human Services-certified community health worker training program of at least 160 hours in 2011.
  • A total of 53 instructors were newly certified.
  • As of December 31, 2011, there were 1,583 community health workers, an increase of 37% as compared to 1,153 community health workers at the end of 2010.
  • The number of Texas counties with at least one certified community health worker grew from 82 counties at the end of 2010 to 101 counties as of December 31, 2011, an increase of 23%.
  • In the UT Health Science Center Libraries outreach services area, Hidalgo County has 153, Bexar 106, Cameron 98, Webb 25, Starr 7, and Willacy 0.
  • Bexar County along with Webb, Hidalgo and Cameron are all locations for Promotor(a)/Community Health Worker Training & Certification Programs.

promotora community health worker training and certification program- Texas map

Source:  Texas Department of State Health Services, Community Health Workers – Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program. 2011 Annual Report: Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Advisory Committee. Available at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mch/chw/workforce.aspx . Accessed 6/15/12

Librarians in the news

Jonquil Feldman

Jonquil Feldman will be co-chair of the National Program Committee for the Medical Library Association 2015 Annual Meeting, which will be held in Austin.

Several librarians made presentations at the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association, held in Seattle, Washington May 18 through 23, 2012:

Feldman, Jonquil D.:  A Study of the impact of research publications funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award. Poster presentation, Medical Library Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Lapiz-Bluhm, M. Danet (School of Nursing); Myatt, Angela; Gaspard, Christine; Prentice, Katherine P.:  Utilization of Evidence-Based Practice Resources by Junior Level Nursing Students.  Poster presentation, Medical Library Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Seger, Pegeen A: Smells like team spirit: MedlinePlus videos for patient education, a partnership between the University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries and CareLink, University Health System. Video presentation, Medical Library Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services has been appointed to co-chair the National Program Committee for the Medical Library Association 2015 Annual Meeting, which will take place in Austin. Her co-chair is Sandra Martin, Assistant Director of Shiffman Medical Library at Wayne State University. Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services in the Briscoe Library will serve on the Committee.

MLA annual conference attendees are health sciences information professionals from academic and hospital libraries worldwide.

 

Anne Comeaux

Anne Comeaux has been named Manager of the Year by the San Antonio chapter of ARMA International.

Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Digital and Special Collections and Records Management Officer for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio received the Manager of the Year award for the San Antonio Chapter of ARMA International.   ARMA International is a not-for-profit association of records management professionals.

Manager of the Year candidates are judged on the basis of a number of factors, including demonstrated excellence in the records management field, creation of innovative programs or program improvements, leadership, ethics, committee work, and achievements within one’s own company or organization.   Anne received 350 points for her recent accomplishments — 135 more than her closest competitor. Congratulations, Anne!

Making way for improvements at the Briscoe Library

Shifting books on the 4th floor of the Briscoe Library

Members of the library staff have been shifting books and print journals on the 4th floor of the Briscoe Library to make room for all of the books that remain on the 5th floor.

Faculty and staff of the newly constructed Office of Undergraduate Medical Education moved into their new offices on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library in May.  Further changes are planned for this floor in order to provide improved study and collaboration spaces for students.

In the very near future, new carpeting and ceiling fixtures will be installed  on the 5th floor and all furniture on the floor will be replaced with new and updated furniture.  Group study rooms will be equipped with Mediascape tables and flat screen monitors to support collaborative work.  New study carrels, lounge seating, and study booths will also be added to update and improve the study environment.

In order to make as much room as possible for the new 5th floor study area, library staff have been busy in June consolidating the book and journal collection on the 4th floor, so that the few remaining books on the 5th floor can be moved to the 4th floor.  In addition to added space for study furniture, the book move will result in the circulating collection of print books and journals all being housed on one floor of the library.

Stay tuned for more details on the progress of this project in the coming months.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

On the Origin of Species: A treasure of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Did you know that the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library owns a rare first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life?  Published in 1859, the library’s fragile volume is a treasure. The valuable first editions with iconic green spines are in high demand for book collectors and science lovers.  The library’s copy, one of only approximately 1,250 printed, is part of a collection of antiquarian texts originally donated to the the University of Texas Health Science Center in the early 1970’s by the Bexar County Medical Society.

The Witte Museum is currently hosting the American Museum of Natural History’s Darwin exhibit Darwin: How One Man’s Theory Turned the World on its Head. It runs through September 3, 2012 and includes Darwin’s handwritten journals of his observations while on the Galapagos Islands.  For additional resources for children and families, visit the American Museum of National History’s Resources for Darwin.

Darwin’s complete works can also be read online.

To view the Health Science Center’s first edition of On the Origin of Species, or any of the other 5,000 rare and historical texts, contact Special Projects Librarian Susan Hunnicutt at (210) 567-2406 or hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu; or Mellisa DeThorne at 210-567-2470 or dethorne@uthscsa.edu.  Additional and selected materials from the Nixon Library may also be viewed online in the UTHSC Digital Archives / Historical Collection.

Melva Ramirez, MLS, Records and Information Management Intern, Special Collections

Drug Information Portal now available for mobile devices

National Library of Medicine LogoThe National Library of Medicine (NLM) Drug Information Portal is now available for mobile devices.

This mobile optimized website covers over 32,000 drugs and provides descriptions, drug names, pharmaceutical categories, and structural diagrams. Each record also features information links to nineteen other resources including PubMed, LactMed, and Drugs@FDA. The mobile version of a resource is used when available.

Smart Phones accessing the main Drug Portal site will be directed to the mobile site automatically. The Drug Information Portal is a free web resource from the NLM that provides an informative, user friendly entry-way to current drug information. Links to sources span the breadth of the NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies. Current information regarding consumer health, clinical trials, AIDS–related drug information, MeSH pharmacological actions, PubMed biomedical literature, and physical properties and structure is easily retrieved by searching on a drug name. A varied selection of focused topics in medicine and drug–related information is also available from displayed subject headings.

Please send comments and suggestions about NLM’s mobile app to: tehip@teh.nlm.nih.gov

NLM Technical Bulletin, June 25, 2012

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Copyright law for librarians and educators - Book coverCopyright law for librarians and educators : creative strategies and practical solutions / Kenneth D. Crews.
Chicago : American Library Association, c2012.
Z 642 C927c 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

 

 

Preoperative standards and recommended practices - book coverPerioperative standards and recommended practices / Association of periOperative Registered Nurses ; manager, Ramona Conner ; clinical editors, Joan Blanchard … [et al.].
Denver, Colo. : AORN, c2012.
WY 162 S7845 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

 

 

Mobile genetic elements - book coverMobile genetic elements : protocols and genomic applications, 2nd ed. / edited by Yves Bigot.
New York : Humana Press, c2012.
QU 25 M687 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

 

 

Andrea N. Schorr, Collection Resources Librarian

Looking for a summer read? Explore the Leisure Reading Collection at the Briscoe Library

Need a break?  Check out the Leisure Reading Collection at the Briscoe Library.  The Leisure Collection consists of approximately 50 books, many of which are bestseller titles, and includes genres such as mystery, science fiction, and romance.  Most of the titles in the Leisure Reading Collection are fiction but recently we have incorporated some non-fiction titles.  The leisure books are provided through the McNaughton book service, which is a subscription-based service that allows the library to cycle out books on a quarterly basis.

This service is funded through library donations.  New books are received every three months, so be sure to check the shelf periodically.

The Leisure Reading Collection is located on the third floor of the library across from the Circulation Desk.  All leisure books should be checked out and have a circulation period of two weeks.

Examples of titles in the Leisure Reading Collection:

The Confession by John Grisham - book CoverThe Confession, by John Grisham

 

 

 

 

I Know Who You Are by Lori Andrews - Book CoverI Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy, by Lori Andrews

 

 

 

 

Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson - Book CoverRobopocalypse: A Novel, by Daniel H. Wilson.

 

 

 

For a full list of titles click here:  Briscoe Leisure Reading Collection

 

Andrea N. Schorr

Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian