News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Hurricane Beulah exhibit makes many stops as it travels through South Texas

Hurricane Beulah Exhibit- viewed by community

Community members view the Hurricane Beulah exhibit in Harlingen, Texas in June 2011.

An exhibit documenting the dedication, compassion and resourcefulness of community and health professionals in the aftermath of Hurricane Beulah recently traveled to several locations throughout South Texas, including areas where memories of the hurricane and its aftermath were still fresh in the minds of those who visited the exhibit.   In addition to being displayed at the Ramirez Library in Harlingen, the exhibit has traveled to Operation Lone Star in Rio Grande City (2011) and Brownsville (2012).  It also made a month-long stop at Rio Grande City Public Library where a reception was held to honor the work of Dr. Mario E. Ramirez and other volunteers who helped flood victims following the hurricane.

The exhibit has been displayed at the Laredo Public Library, the Briscoe Library at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, the Killam Library at Texas A&M International, the University of Texas Health Science Center Regional Campus Library in Laredo and the University of Texas Pan American Library.

During June 2011 and 2012, the Hurricane Beulah exhibit also made stops at Hurricane Preparedness Fairs throughout the Rio Grande Valley.  Hurricane Preparedness Fairs are organized annually by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and spotlight disaster preparedness services and resources available to the community.

Beulah made landfall at the mouth of the Rio Grande on September 21, 1967.   It caused extensive flooding on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.  To escape the rising flood waters, over 14,000 refugees from Camargo, Tamaulipas crossed the border into the small town of Roma, Texas.  It was in Roma that Dr. Mario E. Ramirez, the only physician in town and Starr County’s Public Health Service Director, rose to action in the face of a crisis.  For several weeks, Dr. Ramirez along with volunteers from the local community, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, as well as the U.S. Army, worked to help the hurricane victims.


Hurricane Beulah exhibit viewed by health professionals

Health professionals view the Hurricane Beulah exhibit during Operation Lone Star at Fort Ringgold in Rio Grande City. The Fort Ringgold gymnasium, where this photograph was taken, served as an emergency shelter following Hurricane Beulah. Several photographs in the collection were taken in the same spot over 45 years ago.

The documents included in the exhibit are part of the Dr. Mario E. Ramirez Collection, which is housed in the Ramirez Library in Harlingen.   They were taken by George Tuley, a Rio Grande City teacher, who would later go on to a 39-year career as a photojournalist at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.  The photographs portray the use of makeshift medical equipment in the absence of IV poles, incubators, and oxygen tents.  They also document the transformation of a high school into a packaged disaster hospital where blackboards were used to record patient information including diagnoses and treatments.

Work on the Hurricane Beulah exhibit began in 2009 when the Ramirez Library received a Library Technology Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) to support the digitization of 139 photographs and 185 pages of letters, newspaper clippings, and personal journal entries related to the aftermath of the hurricane. The full collection of Hurricane Beulah photographs from the Ramirez Collection can be viewed online at

For more information, contact Graciela Reyna, Assistant Director, Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at (956) 365-8850 or

This project was  funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract N01-LM-6-3505 with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

Kathy Carter, Librarian at the Ramirez Library in Harlingen



Katie Prentice receives Emerging Leaders Award

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services

Katie Prentice

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services, is the recipient of a $3,500 Emerging Leaders Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/South Central Region (NN/LM SCR).

The award pairs Katie with a mentor, Debbie Sibley,  who is the director of the library at Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans.  It will  also cover the costs of Katie’s travel to New Orleans,  to the NN/LM SCR office in Houston, and to the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association meeting which will be held in Lubbock in October.

The Emerging Leaders Award is designed to develop leadership and management skills for mid-career health science librarians.  This is the first time the award has been offered.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries



Library purchases Amazon Kindle Touch

In an effort to expand into emerging technologies and to offer another means for readers to interact with different e-book formats, the library has purchased a Kindle Touch e-book reader.  The Kindle will be available for check-out in early September.  Faculty, staff, and students with a current library account are eligible to check out the Kindle, which is available at the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk. The Kindle will circulate for a two week period and is non-renewable.  Holds can be placed on the Kindle by logging into a personal library account.

The Kindle must physically be returned to the Circulation Desk.  Please DO NOT place it in the Book Return boxes.  Once physically returned, if there are no other library patrons waiting to check it out, the Kindle may be eligible for a second check-out.

Due to Amazon restrictions the library is not allowed to share Kindle content with other Kindle owners.  In addition, users should not contribute unauthorized content to the library Kindle.

Currently there are two e-books available on the Kindle:

The Health Care HandbookThe Health Care Handbook by Elisabeth Askin and Nathan Moore, 2012.   Written by two medical students, this book attempts to provide a simplified explanation of the U.S. health care system as it stands today.  For more information check out a review of the book by Dr. Pauline Chen in the New York Times article, Two Medical Students Navigate the Health Care Maze.


I Heard the Sirens ScreamI Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks by Laurie Garrett, 2011. This book provides a first-hand account of the events that occurred on and after September 11th 2001.  Laurie Garrett is a best-selling author and a respected journalist who is also the Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Ms. Garrett will deliver the 10th Annual Frank Bryant, Jr., MD Memorial Lecture on Thursday, October 11 at 12:00 noon, Holly Auditorium as part of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics 10th year anniversary celebration.

Books currently available on the Kindle can be found in the Briscoe Library Catalog.

Requests for titles to be added to the Kindle should be specified in a Purchase Suggestion Form.  Please specify “Kindle e-book” in the request.

Andrea N. Schorr

Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian

Anatomists and Their Art: History of medicine presentation by Dr. Charleen M. Moore can now be viewed online

In October 2011, Dr. Charleen Moore, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Health Science Center’s Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, gave a presentation on “Anatomists and Their Art” which featured many of the most important works in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  Dr. Moore explained the interrelationship between anatomical study and art by looking at:

  • Artists who dissected (such as Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer),
  • Anatomists who drew (such as Robert Hooke and the Bell brothers), and
  • Anatomists who teamed up with artists (as  Vesalius did with van Calcar, or Albinus did with Wandelaar).

You can see and hear Dr. Moore’s presentation (28 minutes long) by clicking the “play” button below.


Briscoe Library: Building in the news

The 5th floor of the Briscoe Library will be closed from August 31 – September 9 for new furniture installation and electrical and data wiring. 

Library users are asked to use the other floors of the library for study during this time.  Once the renovation work is completed, there will be updated furniture for group and individual study as well as for computer use.

Over the winter break, the 5th floor will also be closed for carpet installation, painting and ceiling improvements.

New study carrels will be installed on the 3rd and 4th floors of the library in September.


The School of Medicine Dean’s Office has temporarily moved into vacated office space on the 4th floor of the library while the Dean’s Office suite is being remodeled. 

Anticipated completion date for the office renovation is January 2013.  The long-term plans for the vacated office space on the 4th floor of the library is to renovate the offices for study rooms and group collaboration space.

Changes coming for the UT Health Science Center Laredo Regional Campus Library

The UT Health Science Center Laredo Regional Campus Library is currently undergoing some changes that will include a revision of hours and the placement of new library staff.

While the Laredo Library has been closed to the public in August, UT Health Science Center students, faculty and staff continue to have ID card swipe access 7 days per week from 7 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. There is no expected change to card swipe access days or times. Campus and public users can also contact the Briscoe Library in San Antonio for reference and circulation assistance. Calls to the Laredo Library are currently being forwarded to the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk.

Anticipated reopening of the Laredo Library is scheduled for some time in September. The library with be staffed through an agreement with the Texas A&M International Killam Library. Once reopened, the library hours will be Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (including during the lunch hour) and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The new staff will provide circulation and reference assistance to campus and community patrons. The Briscoe Library will continue to oversee the circulating collection, computers, printers, copiers, and supplies and will continue to participate in library orientation/classes and Laredo community outreach events.Photograph of the Exterior of the Laredo Library

For additional information, contact Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services:





New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Current practice guidelines in primary care 2012 Current practice guidelines in primary care 2012 / Joseph S. Esherick, Daniel S. Clark, Evan D. Slater.
New York : McGraw-Hill Medical, c2012.
W 84.6 G643c 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Grant's dissector, 15th ed. / Patrick W. Tank.Grant’s dissector, 15th ed. / Patrick W. Tank.
Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2013.
QS 130 H236 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Picturing the book of nature Picturing the book of nature : image, text, and argument in sixteenth- century human anatomy and medical botany / Sachiko Kusukawa.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2012.
QH 46.5 K97p 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Computer-aided tissue engineeringComputer-aided tissue engineering / edited by Michael A. K. Liebschner.
New York : Humana Press, c2012.
QT 37 C738 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




They all want magicThey all want magic : curanderas and folk healing / Elizabeth de la Portilla.
[College Station, Tex.] : Texas A & M University Press, c2009.
WB 55 P852t 2009. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




News from the Libraries — August 2012

The Healing of America- bookJournalist T.R. Reid, author of The Healing of America, to speak at Health Science Center July 30 (The location for this event has been changed to Holly Auditorium)

Welcome from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Libraries

Library classes for August and September

Library resources: What’s new, and what’s been improved

MS2s study principles of evidence based medicine

MS3s learn to identify best resources for clinical care

42nd Annual Dinner and Presentation of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library: Save the date

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Barn swallows call Briscoe loading dock home

See all past issues of News from the Libraries



Journalist T.R. Reid to speak at Health Science Center July 30- Location changed to Holly Auditorium

T.R. Reid

T. R. Reid

T.R. Reid: “A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care”

Monday, July 30, 6:00 p.m.
UT Health Science Center– The location for this event has been changed to the HOLLY AUDITORIUM

Videoconference to RAHC, Harlingen, Room 1.132



T.R. Reid, noted healthcare expert, NPR and PBS correspondent, and author of The Healing of America, will speak at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Monday, July 30, 6:00 p.m.  in Holly Auditorium, on the topic “A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care.”

Other free-market industrialized democracies around the world provide health care of high quality for everyone, and they do it at much lower cost than here in the U.S. How did those countries arrive at this fundamental decision? How have they carried it out on a national scale? And what can we learn from them?

T.R. Reid has suffered for most of his life with a bad shoulder that resulted from an accident he sustained while serving in the Navy. He worked for many years as an international correspondent for The Washington Post, in places like London and Tokyo. These two circumstances provided him and his family with the opportunity to experience firsthand the health care systems of a number of countries around the world. His personal experience and professional research ultimately led to the PBS/Frontline documentary Sick Around the World in 2008, and provided the inspiration for his book The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care in 2009.

Join us Monday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m. for a stimulating and informative discussion with T.R. Reid, co-sponsored by the UT Health Science Center Libraries and the School of Nursing.  The program is free and open to the public.  Copies of The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care will be available, with a book signing to follow the presentation.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian