News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

JAMA article documents the evolving role of librarians

The September 25, 2013 issue of JAMA features an article on “The Evolving Role and Value of Libraries and Librarians in Health Care.” The article by Julia F. Sollenberger, MLS, and Robert G. Holloway Jr, MD, both at the University of Rochester, concludes, “With ongoing changes in health care as a result of information technology, health sciences libraries and librarians can play an important role in bringing high-quality, evidence-based medical information to the bedside, helping to make patient care both efficient and effective. Health care libraries and librarians are adapting to the changing information needs of physicians, other health care professions, researchers, and patients. With rigorous evaluation, enhanced librarian training, and continuous attention to advances in technology and needs of the users, health care librarians can provide value to patient care.”

National Preparedness Month- Librarians offer training

IMG_0533 (4)September is National Preparedness Month.  The Mid Rio Grande Border Area Health Education Center observed the occasion by offering  a staff development day on September 16th for United ISD Health Science Technology teachers.  The teachers attended training on emergency preparedness and response.  The event took place on the UT Health Science Center Laredo Regional Campus.

The UT Health Science Center Libraries offered a class on health information literacy and K-12 health science resources available for teachers from the National Library of Medicine.

Pegeen Seger
Head of Outreach Services

Pick up your copy of Connective Tissue at locations across campus

Connective Tissue 2013Copies of the 2013 issue of Connective Tissue, Art and Literature Journal at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, were released in September.  They are now available for free at the MARC, the Greehey Children’s Cancer Institute, the Cancer Therapy and Research Center, in the offices of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, and at the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk.

Faculty, staff, students, patients, volunteers and associates are among contributors to this year’s Connective Tissue, which includes 42 selections.

Submissions of previously unpublished  essays, interviews, memoirs, narratives, short stories, poetry, painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography are currently being accepted for the 2014 issue of Connective Tissue.

For information on how to submit your work, visit the Connective Tissue website:

Introducing members of the Library Committee for 2013-2014

The Library Committee will meet for the first time this academic year on Tuesday, October 8. Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, Chair of the Library Committee, will welcome new members  and Michael Gargano, Ed.D., Vice President for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, will read the charge:

To serve in a consultative and advisory capacity to the President and Vice President for Academic Administration and to work with and assist the Director of the Library in making recommendations for library practices and procedures; to review and advise in the development of priorities in the areas that have an impact on academic efficiency and effectiveness to ensure that the services provided by the library reflect the needs and interests of the academic community.

We thank these individuals for their service on the Library Committee:

  • From the Dental School: Guy Huynh-Ba, Barbara McNeill and Johvah Tidwell (student)
  • From the Graduate School: John D. Short, Omid Rahimi and Aparna Gorthi (student)
  • From the School of Health Professions: Bridgett Piernik-Yoder (Chair) and Elizabeth Garcia (student)
  • From the School of Medicine: Ray Palmer, Mohammad M. Rahman, Ashley Acheson, Benjamin Wallisch, and Gabriela Villanueva (student)
  • From the School of Nursing: Teresa Boese, Jennie Shaw, and Delia Silva (student)

Featured new books for October

Print Books

Basic skills in interpreting laboratory data / [edited by] Mary Lee.
Bethesda, Md. : American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, c2013.
QY 25 B311 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Leon Valley / Friends of the Leon Valley Public Library and Leon Valley Historical Society.
Charleston, S.C. : Arcadia Pub., c2011.
F 394.L455 L579 2011.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Iserson’s getting into a residency : a guide for medical students / Kenneth V. Iserson.
Tucson, Ariz. : Galen Press, c2013.
W 39 I78g 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Chronic pain and brain abnormalities [electronic resource] / editor, Carl Y. Saab.
London ; Boston : Academic Press, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Individual case formulation [electronic resource] / Richard S. Hallam.
Burlington : Elsevier Science, 2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Emery and Rimoin’s principles and practice of medical genetics
[electronic resource] / edited by David L. Rimoin, Reed E. Pyeritz and Bruce Korf.
San Diego : Elsevier Science, 2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

For a complete list of new titles added in the month of October click here.

Purchase suggestions? Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact
Andrea N. Schorr, Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian.

News from The Libraries – September 2013

Rebozos, Carmen Tafolla

Carmen Tafolla, San Antonio’s Poet Laureate, will read from her poetry on October 15, from noon to 1:00 p.m., in the Hurd Auditorium. The reading is a Hispanic Heritage Month event. Watch for more information on the library website, and in the October issue of News From the Libraries.

Welcome to the UT Health Science Center Libraries

Briscoe Library extended hours begin September 3

Did you know? August by the numbers

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

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

Call for submissions: Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Contest

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

Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus: Librarians receive funding to produce educational video

Endnote X7 now available for PC and Mac

Featured new books for September

About library classes

See all past issues of News from the Libraries

Welcome to the UT Health Science Center Libraries

Librarians and library staff would like to welcome new and returning students, residents, faculty, and staff.  Here is some information about the libraries, collections, and services:

The Libraries consist of:

  • The Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library at the Long Campus in San Antonio
  • The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, located on the 5th floor , Briscoe Library
  • The Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library (unstaffed) at the Texas Research Park.
  • The Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen
  • The Regional Campus Library in Laredo.

The Library Home Page can be found at You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Hours and Access

Clock by nicola.albertiniThe Briscoe Library is open to students, residents, faculty and staff until 2:00 a.m. on weeknights and until midnight on weekends during the regular school year, from September to May.  ID cards are required for entry during some hours of operation.  Summer and holiday hours vary. The 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library is available for 24 hour study by UT Health Science Center ID card access. Branch libraries can be accessed with an ID card on an extended schedule when those libraries are not staffed.  Full details on library hours and contact information are provided here.


The library has an extensive print and online collection of health sciences books and journals.  Over 95% of our journals are available online. Electronic Course Reserves are accessed through the University’s Blackboard system.


Library services include circulation, reference and research assistance, instruction in use of databases and other resources, interlibrary loan, community outreach programs, help with using library printers, copiers and scanners, and support for using resources on mobile devices. See the Get Help page for details.


Clinical Foundations Class 2013Librarians teach classes on library research, critical appraisal, finding evidence based practice literature, databases, bibliographic management tools (EndNote/RefWorks), poster presentations, and technology topics, and more. Regular classes are announced on the website and in News from the Libraries. Librarians also offer one on one instruction and classes for courses, special groups and departments upon request. Contact us about scheduling a class!


You must be registered as a library borrower to check out library items. Registration forms are available online.  Clinical or Adjunct Faculty must renew their registration annually by September 1.

Off Campus Access

Off Campus Access to library databases and online books and journals requires logging in with a UTHSCSA domain account or, for Clinical or Adjunct Faculty, with a Library ID and PIN that are set up during registration.

Library Computers

UT Health Science Center affiliated computer users at all libraries must log on using their UTHSCSA domain account.  Guest computers are provided for use by patients, families and others doing research. Please read the library’s Computer Use Policy for more details.

Study Spaces

Study SpaceWe strive to make the library a welcoming place to study.  The library’s study areas include open seating, individual study rooms, which are first come first served, and group study rooms, which may be reserved for two or more users. Study rooms are restricted to use by UT Health Science Center affiliates. Wireless access is available throughout the Briscoe Library and branch libraries. Whiteboards, electrical outlets and internet cables are available in locations throughout the libraries.  Food and covered drinks are permitted in the libraries. More information can be found on the library’s web page on Library Policies.

We look forward to seeing you in the library, and hope you will feel free to ask questions and provide feedback on our services, collections and amenities.

Jonquil Feldman
Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

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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