News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

National Network of Libraries of Medicine to offer classes in San Antonio and Harlingen

NN-LMTwo new classes offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) are scheduled for the Briscoe and Ramirez Libraries in May and June.

No More Yawning: Designing and Delivering Successful Presentations
In this class participants will learn to:

  • understand characteristics of adult learners
  • create a lesson plan
  • develop learning objectives
  • design effective visual aids and supporting training material
  • apply basic tips to create a more engaging and dynamic presentation

Ramirez Library in Harlingen on Tuesday May 21, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Registration deadline is May 10.
Briscoe Library in San Antonio on Monday June 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library
In this class participants will learn to:

  • gain awareness of mental health issues
  • learn to respond to challenging reference questions for mental health information
  • be informed of tools for collection development and mental health research including the latest web sites and databases

Ramirez Library in Harlingen on Tuesday May 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Registration deadline is May 10.
Briscoe Library in San Antonio on Monday June 3, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Those interested may register for these classes directly through the NN/LM website. Class size is limited.


Exhibit in the Briscoe Library highlights the science and art of anatomical illustration

Carlos Machado, MD

An exhibit, The Artistic Style of Carlos Machado, MD: Selected Illustrations from the Netter Art Collection, is currently on display on the third floor of the Briscoe Library.

In the mid-1990s Carlos Machado was selected to continue the work of Dr. Frank Netter, a 20th century physician and artist who had come to be known as “Medicine’s Michelangelo.”   Starting in the late 1940s, Netter had initiated a series of illustrations that were based on painstaking research and study of the human body.  He developed groundbreaking techniques for presenting anatomical information in ways that enhance its accessibility to students, and over the next 40 years the collection grew into an eight-part series, with each part depicting a body system.  It is a classic resource on human anatomy for students of medicine and the health sciences.

Carlos Machado, who received his medical degree at the Faculdade Medicina de Teresopolis in Rio de Janeiro and later trained in cardiology at Santa Casa de Misericordia, has been a principal illustrator for the Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations for the past 19 years.  Dr. Machado has added over 1,000 new illustrations to the collection, and also updated many of the Netter images to reflect current medical practice and knowledge.  His work can be seen in Netter Presenter, a database containing images from the Netter: Atlas of Human Anatomy 5th Edition. 

Netter Presenter can be accessed from the library’s database pages

The exhibit will remain on display through the summer.  It  is on loan from, ©Elsevier.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian


Library mounts community health education efforts in San Antonio and Laredo

Community Health Worker Summit4th Annual Community Health Worker Regional Summit in San Antonio

For the fourth year in a row, the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library participated in the San Antonio Community Health Worker (CHW) /Promotor(a) Summit.  The conference, held on March 22, attracted more than 100 area community health workers and students.

Dr. Thomas Schlenker, Director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, spoke on major health issues impacting the city.  Other topics covered during the day-long event included: Developing a Career as a Promotor(a), CHW Certification Update and Legislative Action, Clinical Trials, Family Violence, and Colonia Health.

The conference was sponsored by Northwest Vista College and Christus Santa Rosa Healthcare.  Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services and Patrick Lemelle, Outreach Services Assistant, demonstrated National Library of Medicine resources for health consumers and the public health workforce.

 Senior Moments Health Fair“Senior Moments” of Aging Health Fair at the Laredo Regional Campus

Peg Seger demonstrated consumer health resources from the National Library of Medicine at the “Senior Moments” of Aging Health Fair held on the Laredo Regional Campus on March 23. Over 60 people visited the library exhibit table, including Laredo community residents, nursing students, and local area health professionals.

The library’s exhibit space was located adjacent to a Tai Chi demonstration area where nursing students and campus administration alike took advantage of a free lesson.  Seniors learned about resources including MedlinePlus, where they can view tutorials on diabetes and other health topics, and NIHSenior Health, which provides information on topics for those over 60.  Nursing students in attendance expressed interest in learning more about MedlinePlus patient handouts and the PubMed database.

Texas Emergency Management ConferenceTexas Emergency Management Conference

The Texas Emergency Management Conference was held March 25-28 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio.  The conference attracts around 3,000 elected officials, first responders, emergency managers, and decision makers from across Texas, and provides jurisdictions the opportunity to learn about innovative products and services.

The Briscoe Library began exhibiting at this conference last year, to provide demonstrations of resources available through the National Library of Medicine.  Pictured here is Briscoe Library Outreach Services Assistant Patrick Lemelle, explaining the use of WISER — Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders– to a conference attendee.  WISER, a free online resource provided by NLM, is accessible from mobile devices.


Rare texts support inquiry in the School of Medicine and the School of Health Professions

De Symmetria Partium in Rectis Formis Humanorum Corporum

De Symmetria Partium in Rectis Formis Humanorum Corporum (1532), Albert Durer’s illustrated study of the proportions of the human body, was one of 41 historical anatomy titles that were on display in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on April 30.

Seven MS1s and one graduate student from the School of Health Professions visited the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on April 30.  The visit to the library  was the conclusion of a history of anatomy elective taught by Dr. Charleen M. Moore of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology.

The course for medical students, Enrichment Elective 5022, and the graduate course, CSBL 5015, covered anatomy from ancient times to the present.

Forty-one rare books were on display, including:

Albinus, Bernhard Siegfried, Tables of the Skeleton and Muscles of the Human Body, 1749

Durer, Albert, De Symmetria Partium in Rectis Formis Humanorum Corporum, 1532

Gray, Henry, Anatomy of the Human Body, 1859

Hooke, Robert, Micrographia: Or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses with Observations and Inquiries Thereupon, 1667

Vesalius, Andreas, De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem, 1543

For more information about the collection of the Nixon Library, or to schedule a visit, contact Anne Comeaux or Mellisa DeThorne


Rosetta Stone Spanish available at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

laredoexteriorlargeTwo new items have been added to the collection during the month of April at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

Rosetta Stone Spanish Latin America has been installed for use on one of the library loaner laptops.  The laptop can be checked out for in-library use for up to 3 hours.

The library also acquired the 2011 updated version of Evidence Based Public Health by R.C. Brownson.

Both of these items were added to the collection in response to a request by a faculty member.

For collection requests, questions or suggestions for the Laredo Regional Campus Library please contact Peg Seger,, or call 210-567-6398.


P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library to be closed May 6 through 10

Nixon LibraryThe P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will be closed to users  from May 6 through 10.  Representatives of the School of Medicine will be meeting with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Monday through Wednesday, and will require the use of the Howe Conference Room and the Special Collections Reading Room.

An appraisal of the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is scheduled for May 9 and 10.

Users needing materials from the history of medicine collection should plan to schedule their visits at another time, as retrieval of rare books and archives will not be available during the LCME site visit and the appraisal of the collection that will follow.

For more information, contact Anne Comeaux, or Mellisa DeThorne,


Briscoe Library to be open 24/7 during exams

The Briscoe Library will remain open 24 hours a day for two brief periods during Spring Semester exams, as follows:

Sunday, April 28, 7:00 a.m.  through Friday, May 10, 10:00 p.m.

To accommodate most schools

Friday, May 17, 10:00 a.m. through Friday, May 24, 6:00 p.m.

To accommodate MS 1 students

During this time, only students and others with a current UT Health Science Center ID will be able to enter the building after 12:00 midnight (10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays), by swiping their ID cards in the reader at the Briscoe Library main entrance.

For security reasons, every person in the library
is required to carry their UT Health Science Center ID.

Library computers, printing and photocopying will be available, but minimal support services will be offered during overnight hours.

Between May 10 and May 17, the classrooms on the 2nd floor of the library will continue to be available 24/7 to UT Health Science Center students needing study space.

For schedule details, check the library Hours page, or contact Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, at or 210-567-2430.



Library expands access to dental journals

quintessenceFaculty, staff, and students now have the ability to access the following Quintessence journals, on and off-campus:

  • International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
  • International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
  • International Journal of Prosthodontics
  • Journal of Orofacial Pain
  • Journal of Adhesive Dentistry
  • Quintessence International

If you have any questions regarding access, please contact Dana Whitmire, Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian at

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library in May

Physical Therapy Case FilesPhysical therapy case files. Orthopaedics /Jason Brumitt.

New York : McGraw-Hill Education Medical, c2013.

WB 460 B893p 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 


Simulation Scenarios for Nursing Educators

Simulation scenarios for nurse educators : making it real / Suzanne Hetzel Campbell, Karen M. Daley, editors.

New York : Springer, c2013.

WY 18 S615 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 


Practical Body MRIPractical body MRI : protocols, applications, and image interpretation / David J. Grand, Courtney A. Woodfield, William W. Mayo-Smith.

Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2012.

WN 185 G751p 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 


Diversity and Cultural Competence in Health CareDiversity and cultural competence in health care : a systems approach / Janice L. Dreachslin, M. Jean Gilbert, Beverly Malone.

San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, c2013.

WA 31 D771d 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 


Accurate Results in the Clinical LaboratoryAccurate results in the clinical laboratory : a guide to error detection and correction / edited by Amitava Dasgupta, Jorge L. Sepulveda.

London ; Waltham, Mass. : Elsevier, c2013.

QY 25 A172 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 


Evidence Based Practice for Health ProfessionalsEvidence-based practice for health professionals : an interprofessional approach / Bernadette Howlett, Ellen J. Rogo, Teresa Gabiola Shelton.

Burlington, Mass. : Jones & Bartlett Learning, c2014.

WB 102.5 H865e 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 


Doing Case Study ResearchDoing case study research : a practical guide for beginning researchers, 2nd ed. / Dawson R. Hancock, Bob Algozzine.

New York : Teachers College Press/Columbia University, c2011.

H 62 H235d 2011. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 


Contemporary Restoration of Endodontically Treated TeethContemporary restoration of endodontically treated teeth : evidence-based diagnosis and treatment planning / edited by Nadim Z. Baba.

Hanover Park, Ill. : Quintessence Pub., c2013.

WU 230 C761 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record 

Andrea N. Schorr, Collection Resources Librarian



About library classes

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 see the upcoming classes, visit the Attend a Library Class! page.