News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Briscoe Library extended hours begin September 3

The Briscoe Library will offer longer hours for UT Health Science Center affiliates, from September to May, excluding holidays. Health Science Center students, faculty and staff can use the library on the following schedule, with ID cards required for entry during some hours:





7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

7:00 a.m. – Midnight

7:00 a.m. – Midnight

7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.


The library will be open to non-Health Science Center guests during the following hours:





7:00 a.m. – Midnight

7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – Midnight


Contact information and hours for all UT Health Science Center Libraries are posted on the website. For more information, contact Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services at 210-567-2430 or email

Did you know? August by the numbers

Welcome to “Did you know?” a new periodic newsletter feature that will highlight the UT Health Science Center Libraries.  This month is “August by the numbers.”

Interactions with Library Staff:Get Help web page

  • All questions answered: 1,810
  • Questions answered at Briscoe Library Circulation: 1,256
  • Questions answered by On-Call Briscoe Library services: 256
  • Questions answered at the Ramirez Library: 382

85% of all questions were asked in-person!

Visiting the Libraries:

  • Gate Count, Briscoe Library: 29,558
  • Gate Count, Ramirez Library: 2,359

Members of the library staff are available to help visitors in the library as well as by phone, email, and instant message.  For the times when you can’t reach librarians for assistance, check out our Tipsheets and Tutorials page.

Contact us with your questions about research!


A History of the Present Illness: Book discussions are being planned for September and October

A History of the Present IllnessA History of the Present Illness, a collection of short stories by Louise Aronson, M.D., M.F.A., is the One Community/One Book selection for Fall of 2013.  Fifteen volunteer book discussion leaders have registered to attend training in early September. Dates and times of public book discussions will be announced later in the month.

It is still possible to register for the workshop, Talking About Books Over Lunch: A Workshop for Discussion Group Leaders and Hosts Workshops will be offered Wednesday, September 4 at 3:00 p.m., and Friday, September 6 at noon.

More complete information, including workshop locations and online registration, can be found in the Library Events section at  Or, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, at

Louise Aronson will be the keynote speaker at the One Community/One Book author event sponsored by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and The Libraries, which will take place Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in the Holly Auditorium.

One Community/One Book is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Upcoming events: Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Wonder Bugs vs. Super Drugs: Dr. Jose A. Cadena Zuluaga to speak

Thursday, September 19 at noon

Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library 5th Floor

Jose A. Cadena Zuluaga, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Director, Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology for the South Texas Veterans’ Health Care System, will talk about the struggle to preserve the utility of our antibiotic arsenal.

Dr. Cadena’s lecture is the first in a three part noon lecture series organized by Gregory M. Anstead, M.D., Ph.D., current president of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.


History of Medicine Society: Ron Philo, Ph.D., will talk about the anatomical art of Leonardo DaVinci

Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library 5th Floor

The History of Medicine Society is a newly-formed interest group within the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The student-led History of Medicine Society meets monthly to discuss the historical development of medicine and the health sciences, and the impact of medicine on society.  Membership is open to everyone who is interested in the history of the health professions.

Ron Philo, Ph.D., retired Senior Lecturer, will speak about The Anatomical Drawings of Leonardo DaVinci at the group’s first fall meeting on September 25.

More than 100 individuals from the campus and the community attended meetings of the History of Medicine Society in 2012-2013.


BasilPruittSave the date: Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D. to speak at Annual Meeting of the Friends 

Thursday, November 7, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Old San Francisco Steak House

Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.M., will be the guest speaker at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The evening’s program, to be held at the Old San Francisco Steak House, will explore a significant chapter in San Antonio’s history, reviewing the treatment innovations developed at the Army Burn Center that have revolutionized care and improved the survival of even massively burned patients.
Dr. Pruitt received his M.D. degree in 1957 from the Tufts University School of Medicine. He was drafted in 1959. Assigned to the U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research (ISR) at Fort Sam Houston, he completed his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in 1964 and went on to serve 31 years with the ISR. For 27 of those years, he was its commander and director.

Nixon Dinner InformationComplete information about the Annual Dinner and Presentation, and other activities of the Friends, can be found in the organization’s newsletter:

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library – Newsletter 2013

Friends of the Nixon Library – Membership and Dinner Reservation Form

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

Calling for submissions: The Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition

Hieronymous Brunschwig, 1494

Hieronymous Brunschwig, 1494

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library invite submissions for a new student essay competition in memory of Danny Jones, M.L.S., who served as Head of Special Collections at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Previously unpublished essays will be accepted on any topic related to the history of the health sciences, including the history of medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, or any other health science or profession.

A prize of $500 will be awarded to the best essay. The prize will be presented at the Friends Annual Dinner on November 7, 2013.

The contest is open to current students in any of the schools of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, as well as to affiliated residents.

Word limit
No more than 2500 words

October 15, 2013

Please send entries in pdf format to

For further information
Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

Plan to attend the 1st Annual Postdoctoral Research Forum and Distinguished Lecture

UTHSCSA sculptureThe 1st Annual Postdoctoral Research Forum and Distinguished Lecture will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 12:45-6:00 p.m. at the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute.

Poster presentations from this event will be judged and the winning posters will be displayed in the Briscoe Library following the Research Forum.

Registration for the Research Forum is available at

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

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

REGISTER TODAY! 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.