News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Library classes for March 2013

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

Briscoe Library – San Antonio

  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: March 6, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, LIB 4.074
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: March 8, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to PubMed:  March 11, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: March 14, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, LIB 4.074
  • CSL Conference Poster Drop-In Help Session: March 18, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: March 27, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, LIB 2.011

Briscoe Library 5th floor reopens with enhanced spaces for individual and group study

fth Floor BoothDuring December through early February, the final touches were completed on the renovation of the Briscoe Library’s 5th floor.  Included in the renovation were upgrades to the heating, ventilation and cooling system, new ceiling, lighting, carpeting and paint.  Along with new study furnishings and electrical upgrades that were installed earlier in 2012, the renovations make the 5th floor a popular place for students to gather and study.

Fifth Floor Group StudyStudy spaces are designed for both individual and collaborative work.  Group study rooms on the 5th floor are equipped with media:scape furniture and computer connections that allow for “walk-up and connect” use.  Groups using this technology can easily display computer presentations from more than one computer for interaction and collaboration.  White board walls in these rooms also allow for spontaneous display of study aids and notes on a large wall surface.

Fifth Floor CarrelsThe P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and the University Archives office are also located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library, inspiring students and faculty to learn from the past as well as from the latest technology.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries







Faculty and students: take the library survey

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Please take time to give us your input.

The Libraries survey UT Health Science Center faculty and students every two years to assess their satisfaction with the library collection, space and services.  If you have not done so already, please take the survey to provide us with information about how well the library is serving your needs as we continue to evolve as a 21st century library. The survey takes no more than 10-15 minutes to complete and can be found here.

For more information, contact Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

One Community/One Book: Find a book discussion

Join the Club- Book CoverThis year’s One Community/One Book project is well underway.  We have given away almost 75 books, and trained many discussion group leaders.  Book discussions will be held throughout March, in the weeks leading up to Tina Rosenberg’s keynote address at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics Community Service Learning Conference on April 4, 2013.

Many planned book discussions are open to anyone.  To find one at a place and time that is convenient for you, visit the One Community/One Book events page.

Copies of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World are available in the Briscoe Library, the Ramirez Library at the RAHC, and the library at the Laredo Regional Campus (HM 831 R813j 2012) . The book is also available at the UT Health Science Center Bookstore for $12.71, a 25% discount off the retail price.

Humanities Texas LogoOne Community/One Book is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


History of Medicine presentation for March: Malaria in Central America

Panama CanalMarch 27, 6:00 pm

Howe Conference Room

5th floor, Briscoe Library

Eva Galvan, MSII and Member-at-Large for the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, will be the presenter at the March meeting of the History of Medicine Society.  Eva will speak about  The Impact of Mosquito Control on the Building of the Panama Canal.  Everyone is invited.

The History of Medicine Society is an interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  Membership in the Friends is open to students, faculty and staff of the UT Health Science Center as well as members of the broader community.  For information about membership, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, at 567-2406 or

P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and University Archives closed for appraisal

Interior photograph of the Nixon LibraryThe P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and the University Archives will be closed to the public and university personnel on March 7 and March 8 from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.    The Howe Conference Room, which houses part of the rare books collection, will also be closed during that time.

The university’s collection of rare books will be appraised during those two days.  Anyone needing to view rare books or archival items should schedule a different date to do so.  Please contact the Special Collections staff at 210-567-2428 (Anne Comeaux, Assistant Director for Special Collections) or 210-567-2470 (Mellisa DeThorne, Archival Assistant) with any questions.

Briscoe Library hosts workshop on Asset Mapping for Community Engagement

Dan Duncan, ABCD

Dan Duncan of ABCD Institute at Northwestern University was the speaker at a workshop on asset-based community development hosted by Briscoe Library Outreach Services in February.

On Thursday, February 21, 2013 the UT Health Center Science Center Libraries in partnership with the South Central region of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC), hosted an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Workshop as part of a pilot project for CTSA institutions in the South Central Region (SCR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). H. Daniels (Dan) Duncan, a consultant and faculty member of the ABCD Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois was the presenter.

Attendees of the workshop learned how to build community connections and partnerships in support of medical research, education and practice that really work to impact community health. Participants included CTSA librarians, researchers and administrators, public health workers, area health

Workshop attendees learned how to build  partnerships in support of medical research, education and practice.

Workshop attendees learned how to build partnerships in support of medical research, education and practice.

professionals, public and academic librarians, community health workers, and AHEC Translational Advisory Boards (TABS).

On the following day, Friday February 22, a Strategic Planning Workshop was held for librarians and other personnel from CTSA institutions to brainstorm about how librarians can be actively involved with CTSA key functions, CTSA administration, grant applications, research output and impact tracking, community engagement, and other CTSA initiatives. Staff of the  NN/LM South Central Region also attended.

The anticipated outcome of the strategic planning session is a roadmap for librarian contributions and engagement with the work of the CTSAs. A report based on the strategic planning session will be prepared and distributed to the librarians who attended the planning workshop; library directors at CTSA funded institutions in the NN/LM SCR region, and to CTSA administrators.

The session was  led by Mary Flanagan of Strategy and Leadership, LLC. Mary is uniquely qualified through her work with the UT Health Science Center’s Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS) to develop a strategic plan for implementing its CTSA grant. Mary facilitated a discussion about what librarians are already doing related to CTSA grants and how they can move forward in addressing researcher and community engagement needs.

Dr. Robert Clark, Director of the Institute for Integration of Medicine & Science (IIMS), gave a brief welcome to those gathered for the workshop, discussed the current status of the CTSA program under NCATS  and addressed the area of community engagement and CTSAs. NN/LM SCR Region Associate Director Michelle Malizia spoke after Dr. Clark and provided some background on why the National Library of Medicine has an ongoing interest in the work of CTSAs and exploring ways that resource libraries can be more involved in CTSA Community Engagement activities.

On March 7, 2013, an ABCD Workshop will be held from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at the Ramirez Library, 2102 Treasure Hills Blvd. (RACH Auditorium) in Harlingen, TX. Click here to register for this free workshop. For more information, contact Greysi Reyna at

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. HHSN-276—2011-00007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.


Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services

Librarians in the news

Photo of Jonquil FeldmanJonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, has recently renewed her credentials as a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).  AHIP is the Medical Library Association’s peer-reviewed professional development and career recognition program.  The academy recognizes the personal investment of time and effort required for exemplary professional performance and for contributions to the association and to the profession of health sciences librarianship.

Other UT Health Science Center librarians who are members of the Academy of Health Information Professionals are: Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries; Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Special Collections; and Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services.


Kathy Carter, Ramirez Library Librarian at the Regional Academic Health Center, has been accepted to the Woods Hole BioMedical Informatics course.  Kathy will spend one week at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, MA learning about the application of computer technologies and information science in the health sciences.

The week-long survey course, to be held May 26 through June 1, is designed to familiarize individuals with the application of computer technologies and information science in biomedicine and health science. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on computer exercises, participants are introduced to the conceptual and technical components of biomedical informatics. The conceptual components include principles of database design, human-computer interfaces, medical terminologies and coding systems, medical decision analysis methods, clinical information systems architectures, and methods for measuring costs and benefits in health care systems. The technical components include use of the Internet for biomedical applications, current and emerging wide area network technologies, use of literature and molecular sequence databases, and systems for telemedicine.

The Woods Hole BioMedical Informatics course is a National Library of Medicine fellowship program directed at medical educators, medical librarians, medical administrators, and young faculty who are not currently knowledgeable in the field of informatics but can become agents of change in their institutions.

White House announces policy of open access to results of federally-funded research

Office of Science And Technology Policy-LogoPresident Obama’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on February 22, 2013 issued a memo directing Federal agencies with over $100 million in extramural research expenditures to develop a plan to support free public access to federally funded, unclassified, scientific research results. Agencies affected by this policy include the Department of Health and Human Services (which includes the National Institutes of Health-NIH), the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA and the National Science Foundation, to name a few.  The memo from OSTP Director John P. Holdren addresses strategies that each agency must include for both scientific publications and digital scientific data.

Strategies include improving access; optimizing innovative search and retrieval features; notifying awardees about and enforcing compliance; and providing a timeline for implementation. The plans would ensure full access to metadata and a reference to the published article. The full text of the article may not be made available in the database for a full 12-month period.

While not stated in the memo, the recommended 12-month embargo period addresses publishers’ concerns that full and immediate access to publications impedes their ability to reap economic rewards through journal subscriptions. Other issues addressed in this memo relate to strategies for protecting copyright and intellectual property rights, and prevention of unauthorized mass redistribution of scholarly publications. The OSTP reports the policy was written with input from scientists and scientific organizations, publishers, members of Congress, and other members of the public.

This plan builds upon the 2008 NIH Public Access Policy but also addresses access to digital data. The NIH Public Access Policy requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts to PubMed Central. UT Health Science Center researchers must comply with this policy if they have received funding directly from the National Institutes of Health, or indirectly through NIH agencies or a CTSA institution such as the UT Health Science Center’s Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS). The researchers and the public benefit from open access to taxpayer-funded medical research and discovery that can be translated into quality patient care. The OSTP policy ensures that taxpayer-funded research in all areas will be freely available and preserved for long term use.

Jonquil D. Feldman
Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services