News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

UT System Libraries Working Together

Since the 1990’s UT System libraries have worked through the UT System Digital Library (UTSDL) to increase the buying power of individual UT System libraries.  The UTSDL is an active library consortium of the UT System’s academic and health related institutions. The consortium complements the collection strengths of each UT institution’s library with online scholarly resources. UTSDL provides access to resources ranging from humanities ebooks to medical research journals. The UTSDL provides licensing services for electronic products and leverages group purchasing power in order to reduce costs across the UT System. In fiscal year 2015, the UT Health Science Center Library as part of the UTSDL consortium spent $1,223,935 for subscriptions to electronic journals and databases resulting in cost avoidance estimated at $9,691,265 based on vendor list prices. Journals published by Nature, Science, American Chemical Society, Elsevier, Wiley, Springer and many others are included in the UTSDL consortium subscriptions.  The UTSDL is managed by librarians at UT Austin along with collection development librarians at each UT System campus.


UTHSC San Antonio 2015 UTSDL Expenditure List Price Cost Avoidance
$ 1,223,935 $ 10,915,200 $ 9,691,265

Francine Mary Netter Speaks at Friends Annual Dinner

This year’s Annual Dinner of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library was held on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the Old San Francisco Steakhouse. One hundred and six registrants, including forty-eight students from the Health Science Center’s five schools and the Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy, enjoyed an evening of dining and fellowship.


Photograph of faculty and students at Friends Dinner

Faculty and Students Gather at the Friends Dinner


The highlight of the evening was Francine Mary Netter’s informative and entertaining presentation on the life and work of her father, famous medical illustrator Frank Netter, MD. She shared family memories and personal anecdotes about this extremely talented man, as well as images of sketches and paintings outside the realm of anatomy. Following her presentation, Francine Netter signed copies of her book, Medicine’s Michelangelo: The Life and Art of Frank H. Netter, MD.


Photograph of Francine Mary Netter signing a book

Francine Netter Signs  Dr. Irene Bober-Moken’s Book


For more information on the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or 567-2406.

E-book Purchase Part of Demand Driven Program


The UT Health Science Center Libraries have acquired more than 150 Elsevier/ScienceDirect e-books as part of a Demand Driven Acquisitions program funded by the University Of Texas System Board Of Regents. The newly purchased titles have a 2014 publication date and include titles in the following subject areas: physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities. A full list of these purchases can be found in the library catalog.

Another round in the Demand Driven program is currently underway, and includes a selection of 2015-2016 Elsevier/ScienceDirect e-book titles. Browsing of these titles is encouraged since purchases are dependent on user participation. To view a list of the 2015-2016 titles click here.

All Elsevier/ScienceDirect e-book titles can also be browsed through the library’s database page.

Questions about the library’s electronic and print book collection can be sent to Andrea N. Schorr, Metadata & Collection Management Librarian,

Walter Humann Wins Danny Jones Essay Contest

Second-year medical student Walter Humann is the winner of the 2015 Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition. A panel of three judges rated the six entries on the quality of writing, the comprehension of the issues, the clarity of discussion, and the applicability of the topic to the history of health care. His essay Medical Progress in the West: A Historical Perspective addresses the three eras of history in which medical developments struggled against societal norms.


Photograph of Walter Humann

Walter Humann is congratulated by Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, and Dr. Irene Bober-Moken, Incoming Friends President


Walter received his $500 prize and certificate at the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Annual Dinner on November 5. He will present his research at a History of Medicine Society meeting next fall.

For more information on the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Contest or the History of Medicine Society, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or 210-567-2406.

Healing Garden Poster on Display

11160024_388777641305899_5052750886388557489_oA poster describing the campus’ Healing Garden is now on display in the Briscoe Library. The Healing Garden is a project of the Garden & Health Interest Group, a medical student organization inclusive to any student and faculty within the UT Health Science Center community. The garden was planted last spring just outside the Briscoe Library and has thrived thanks to careful tending by the students and campus groundskeepers. All of the plants in the garden were selected because of their historically recognized medicinal properties. The Healing Garden was featured in a recent History of Medicine Society presentation by Dr. Charlene Moore.

The Garden & Health Interest Group serves to improve people’s physical and mental health through the process of planning, implementation and upkeep of the first student-run coalition to beautify the UT Health Science Center campus. They see their projects as moving beyond the school to aid the San Antonio community at large. They are working with the Health Science Center Development Office to raise funds to expand the area around the Healing Garden into a more functional space. The Group is collaborating with the libra11027999_416961198487543_6133333829956130071_nry and with UTSA art students to create murals, sculptures, and decorative seating that incorporate art and medicine into the designs.

Learn more about this project from the poster, which is located on the 3rd floor of the Briscoe Library, to the left of the elevators.

Jonquil Feldman
Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services


Briscoe Library Participates in 2015 Science Expo



Close to 1500 high school and college students from San Antonio and South Texas attended the 2015 Science Expo this year which is held annually on the UT Health Science Center campus. The event  features activities and presentations to encourage students to consider health occupations and research careers. A number of campus departments participate including the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Health Professions, School of Nursing and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

This year, Library staff Emme Lopez, Patrick Lemelle, and Peg Seger talked with students about resources from the National Library of Medicine. Patrick Lemelle also developed a special exhibit presentation introducing students to the career of Health Science Librarianship. Accompanied by music, the presentation proved quite successful in drawing attention to a career option that seemed to appeal to many students.

New Staff at the Laredo Regional Campus Library


We are pleased to announce that the UT Health Science Center Laredo Regional Campus Library has a new staff member, Aida Almanza. Aida will hold the position of Library Assistant and will share duties with Library Assistant, Erika Silva. Aida received her MLS from Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in 2014 and has previous experience in both academic and public libraries.

The Laredo Regional Campus, in partnerships with the Laredo Community College and Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), has been offering programs in the Laredo area since 2001. The Library  has been in its present location since 2008. Under supervision by both TAMIU and the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library, Library Assistants provide circulation and information services to current faculty, students, staff, and to public users.

New Leisure Books – December 2015

Need a break? Check out the latest titles in the Leisure collection.


The Leisure collection is located on the main floor of the Briscoe Library in the seating area across from the Circulation desk. This collection is funded through library donations.

For a complete list of all titles in the Leisure collection click here.

Leisure titles are currently selected by library staff, but suggestions are welcome. Send suggestions to


Featured New Books for December 2015

For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.


Purchase suggestions?
Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact Andrea N. Schorr, Metadata & Collection Management Librarian.



News From the Libraries – November 2015

The November issue of News from the Libraries is now available.  For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.

Newsletter photo

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, Retiring in January


AIDS National Library of Medicine Exhibit

Bodies Revealed Exhibition

TEDMED 2015: Nov 18-20

Dr. Gregory Anstead Lectures on Suffering and Progress: HIV Epidemic

NPR Book Club Selection

Library Staff Exhibit at Health Literacy Conference

San Fernando Health and Safety – 25th Anniversary

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries