News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Save the date: Former Director of the U.S. Army Burn Center to speak at the Annual Dinner of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D.

Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D., Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, will be the speaker at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Friends of The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, Thursday, November 7, 2013.  He will speak on the topic, San Antonio’s National and International Center of Excellence for Burn Care and Research.

Dr. Pruitt, a graduate of Harvard College and the Tufts University School of Medicine, began his affiliation with the burn center when he was assigned to Fort Sam Houston as a draftee in 1959.  He completed his residency there in 1964, and was named Chief of the Burn Study Branch and Chief of the Clinical Division that same year.

In his early days at Fort Sam Houston, Dr. Pruitt traveled regularly to Viet Nam, where he provided medical care for wounded soldiers during air transport to an Army hospital in Yokahama, Japan.  After they were stabilized he would accompany the soldiers back to Texas for treatment.  In 1967, Dr. Pruitt volunteered for a tour of duty at the 12th Evacuation Hospital in Viet Nam, where he served as Chief of Professional Services.   When he returned to San Antonio he was named Commander and Director of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, a post he held for 27 years.

The Annual Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of November 7 at the Old San Francisco Steakhouse, 10223 Sahara Street in San Antonio.  Everyone is welcome, and paid sponsorships are available for students in any of the UT Health Science Center’s academic programs.  Sponsorships include a one year membership in the Friends group.  For more information, or to inquire about student sponsorships,  contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian,, or call 210-567-2406.


Libraries host Community Advisors in May

Community Advisors MeetingThe Libraries hosted a semi-annual Community Advisors meeting in the Briscoe Library on May 10, 2013.  Chris Frei, Pharm.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin, and Grace Lee, Pharm.D., Translational Science Ph.D. student under the mentorship of Dr. Frei, provided a presentation on community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA).  Since 2011, Dr. Lee has worked closely with Dr. Frei in researching CA-MRSA infections using a Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN). CA-MRSA skin and soft tissue infections are showing up increasingly in children and young adults. Untreated infections can require painful and costly surgical intervention and can even be fatal.

Community Advisors Meeting is held twice-yearly for the purpose of gathering representatives of organizations with whom the UT Health Science Center Libraries partner on community health initiatives. One benefit of the meetings is that they can lay the groundwork for community education initiatives.  Campus libraries in San Antonio, Laredo and Harlingen meet by video teleconference with local advisors. The meetings allow participants to stay informed on community outreach activities throughout the South Texas region, and to identify new opportunities for collaboration.

Those attending in San Antonio (pictured) included: Melanie Stone, Educational Development Specialist in the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics; Dr. Chris Frei; Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services; Dr. Fernando Martinez, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Community Health Worker Program at Northwest Vista College; Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries; Patrick Lemelle, Briscoe Library Outreach Assistant; Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services; Dr. Grace Lee; Claudia Herrera, CareLink Clinic Outreach and Education Coordinator; and Rafael Maldonado, CareLink Clinic Education Director.

Attending remotely at the Ramirez Library in Harlingen were: Rachel Gomez, LVN, Infection Control and Employee Health, Su Clinica; Genoveva Martinez, Program Coordinator, Migrant Health Promotion; Rachel Udow, Program Specialist, Migrant Health Promotion; Norma Cavazos, Regional Coordinator, Texas Health and Human Services Commission; Belinda Senteno, Program Specialist, Texas Health and Human Services Commission; Armando Lopez, Director, Lower Rio Grande AHEC; and Kathy Carter, Ramirez Librarian.

Attending remotely at the Laredo Regional Campus Library were: Doug Ferrier, Director of Killam Library at Texas A& M International University; Rodney Webb, Government Documents Librarian at Texas A& M International University; Erika Silva, Laredo Library Assistant; Rey Cruz, Mid Rio Grande Border Area Health Education Center; Analiza Perez-Gomez, Laredo Community College Yeary Library; and Jaime Arizpe, Health and Human Services.

Circuit Librarian Health Information Network fulfills JCAHO requirements for library services

Patrick Lemelle

Patrick Lemelle, CLHIN program manager

The Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) of the University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries is a service that provides access to medical library services in the absence of a fully staffed and equipped in-house library. Articles are provided from UT Health Science Center Libraries’ collection of over 4,000 journal titles, and searches of MEDLINE and other health sciences databases are conducted by professional librarians.

Currently, CLHIN provides services to seven member organizations in South Texas, including Doctors Hospital in Laredo, Edinburg Regional Medical Center, Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco, McAllen Family Medical Residency Program, Mission Regional Medical Center, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, and Uvalde Memorial Hospital.  In addition to library services, CLHIN also provides continuing education programming for nurses, and workshops on evidence based practice for  physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and administrative staff at participating hospitals.  CLHIN site visits are conducted periodically to register new users from each organization and to update users on training and resources available to them.

Membership in CLHIN fulfills the JCAHO requirements for library service by providing staff with MEDLINE and other database searches, copies of articles through interlibrary loan, books and audiovisual materials from the collection at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio’s Briscoe Library, the Ramirez Medical Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, and through interlibrary loan from other libraries.

Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services

Seeking cost efficiencies: Joint Library Facility opens at Texas A&M Riverside campus

Joint Library Facility

An 18,000 square-foot facility opened Friday, May 24th on the Texas A&M Riverside campus in Bryan, Texas that will house approximately one million volumes.  The University of Texas and Texas A&M University Systems developed the Joint Library Facility (JLF) to provide storage of print books and journals. Academic and health institutions from the two systems will be able to store materials, and all libraries will be able to use materials from the facility. The building site has enough land for two additional library storage facilities to be built once the current facility reaches capacity.

Joint Library Facility

The Joint Library Facility will receive and store print materials from libraries of the Texas A&M and University of Texas systems.

The facility will reduce costs associated with storing print books and journals from $4.26 per volume each year to 86 cents per volume each year. The facility will help with cost efficiency and allow universities to free up space for higher circulating materials or to create new study spaces. The facility will also allow UT System and Texas A&M University System libraries to eliminate duplications among libraries by storing one copy of infrequently used books and journals. In addition, one copy of print journal volumes for which the system libraries have digital access will be stored. This will accommodate those instances when a print copy is needed or if digital access is lost.

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, served on the Policies and Procedures task force for the JLF along with several librarians across the state. This task force created guidelines and criteria for selection of materials, recommendations for processing of materials, interlibrary loan policies, and guidelines for delivery of shipments to the facility.

Altmetrics: New measurements for scholarly output homepage

Traditional scholarly output has been measured over time by counting research publications.  Publications are also tracked by counting citations to them.  Finally, citation relationships are measured through journal impact factor.  While this explanation is simplified, scholarly output measurements are often used in tenure, grant, and employment applications and to indicate how a specific researcher has contributed to scholarship over time.  Traditional metrics are lagging indicators and non-traditional publications are often not represented.

With the explosion of social networks, online communities, and web-native publishing, new methods to measure scholarship are being developed.  The Altmetrics movement is envisioned to monitor and capture how an individual article is disseminated through the worldwide scholarly community.  By capturing links and bookmarks, from tools such as Mendeley or Twitter, and including more than just articles (data-sets, code, designs, etc.), the measurements can be more inclusive.  Altmetrics aims to measure more than just the articles; the measurement would include the conversation around an article, the views, the comments, tweets, and links.

This new movement further demonstrates that an evolvement of the paper-native era into a web-native era is occurring and that current measurement standards need to be examined.

Try it out:

For more information:

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services
Chris Gaspard, Head of Access Services and Interlibrary Loan

Librarians present at Medical Library Association conference

Chris and Katie present a poster

Briscoe Librarians made two presentations at the May 2013 Medical Library Association Conference held in Boston, Massachusetts.

Katie Prentice, Angela Myatt, Luke Rosenberger, Chris Gaspard, and Eric Willman prepared the contributed paper, “Animals, Humans, and Librarians: A Library’s Partnership Experience with the Institutional Review Board and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.”   The paper was based on their experiences as members of the IRB and IACUC at the UT Health Science Center.  This paper was presented by Katie Prentice during the “Librarians at Work: Building a One Health Perspective” session.

Chris Gaspard and Katie Prentice created and presented the poster “Focused Library Instruction in Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Care, and Physical Therapy Curricula.”  The paper described a basic framework that has been used to teach students in a variety of programs in all schools at the Health Science Center, and illustrated the integration of library instruction into the HSC curricula.  The poster presented results of instruction in OT, PT, and Respiratory Care programs.  The framework for library instruction in the medical, dental, and nursing schools has been represented in previous posters.

Overall, integration of library instruction into the HSC curricula continues to be a rewarding and collaborative opportunity for the HSC librarians.

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services
Chris Gaspard, Head of Access Services and Interlibrary Loan


Briscoe Library hosts summer interns

Heather Delgado, occupational therapy student at the UT Health Science Center School of Health Professions, has chosen to work on her capstone project at the Briscoe Library. She is observing how students study in the various spaces around the library, including the study rooms, carrels, booths and tables. She also observes student interactions with staff at the Circulation Desk. Her focus is on sensory integration and her aim is to produce a poster that will inform students about ways to re-focus if they are fatigued, sleepy, or just drifting away while they study. She will provide feedback to the library on the ergonomics of the study furniture.

Jeremy Mercier, a  graduate student in the College of Information at the University of North Texas, will be joining the library in  June to begin his capstone project. Jeremy, who is working on his MSIS in the Department of Library and Information Science, is interested in library systems, programming, and architecture. During his time in the Briscoe Library Jeremy will work with the library Web Team to build an online room reservation system. This system will allow faculty, staff, and students to reserve group study rooms without the intervention of library staff.


New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library in June

Transforming Health CareTransforming health care : the financial impact of technology, electronic tools, and data mining / Philip Fasano.
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2013.
W 74 F248t 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice in NursingStatistics for evidence-based practice in nursing / MyoungJin Kim, Caroline Mallory.
Burlington, Mass. : Jones & Bartlett Learning, c2014.
WA 950 K49s 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

In the Public InterestIn the public interest : medical licensing and the disciplinary process / Ruth Horowitz.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2013.
W 40.AA1 H816i 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic ReasoningAdvanced health assessment and diagnostic reasoning, 2nd ed. / Jacqueline Rhoads, Sandra Wiggins Petersen.
Burlington, Mass. : Jones & Bartlett Learning, c2014.
WY 49 R474a 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

The Intelligent Clinician's GuideThe intelligent clinician’s guide to the DSM-5 / Joel Paris.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2013.
WM 141 P232i 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

The Nurse Educator's GuideThe nurse educator’s guide to assessing learning outcomes, 3rd ed. / Mary E. McDonald.
Burlington, Mass. : Jones & Bartlett Learning, c2014.
WY 18 M135s 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Research EthicsResearch ethics : a philosophical guide to the responsible conduct of research / [edited by] Gary Comstock.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2013.
W 20.55.E7 R432 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Translational MedicineTranslational medicine : the future of therapy? / edited by James Mittra, Christopher-Paul Milne.
Singapore : Pan Stanford Publishing, c2013.
W 20.55.T7 T772 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Andrea N. Schorr, Collection Resources Librarian

About library classes


Scan this code with your smartphone camera QR reader app to find library classes online.

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.

Library hours for Memorial Day holiday weekend

Memorial DayThe Libraries will be closed during some periods for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.  Holiday schedules for each library can be found below:

Briscoe Library

Friday, May 24                   7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 25             9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 26                CLOSED

Monday, May 27              CLOSED

The Briscoe Library 2nd floor is available for 24/7 study by UTHSC ID card reader access.

Ramirez Library

Friday, May 24                   8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 25             CLOSED

Sunday, May 26                CLOSED

Monday, May 27              CLOSED

Laredo Regional Campus Library

Friday, May 24                   8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Saturday, May 25             CLOSED

Sunday, May 26                CLOSED

Monday, May 27              CLOSED