News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

P.I. Nixon Library Hosts UTSA Art Students

On June 4th, the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library hosted a group of art students from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In conjunction with the UT Health Science Center Garden Health Interest Group, these students are conducting research in preparation for a proposal for art for the Healing Garden located in front of the Briscoe Library.

Photograph of UTSA Art Students

Teresa Eckmann, PhD, Assistant Professor of Art & Art History and three of her MFA students, along with Charleen Moore, PhD and Alice Yang MS II from the Garden Health Interest Group, viewed a collection of 25 of the Nixon Library’s rare and historical books. Items on display included some of the library’s most beautiful and intricate anatomical atlases, as well as herbals and books illustrating plant anatomy and histology.

For more information on the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library or to schedule a visit, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, 210-567-2406 or

Featured New Books for July 2015

Body shaping [electronic resource] : skin, fat, cellulite / edited by Jeffery S. Orringer, Jeffrey S. Dover, Murad Alam. Edinburgh : Elsevier, 2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Body shaping: skin, fat, cellulite

Cancer cell signaling [electronic resource] : targeting signaling pathways toward
therapeutic approaches to cancer by Ayyanathan, Kasirajan [editor.].
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Cancer cell signaling

Duke’s anesthesia secrets, 5th ed. [electronic resource] / [edited by] James C. Duke, Brian M. Keech.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Duke's anesthesia, 5th ed.

Easy EMG [electronic resource] : a guide to performing nerve conduction studies and electromyography, 2nd ed. / authors, Jay M. Weiss, Lyn D. Weiss, Julie K. Silver ; illustrator, Dennis J. Dowling. London : Elsevier, c2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Easy EMG, 2nd ed.

Kanski’s clinical ophthalmology [electronic resource] : a systematic approach, 8th ed. / Brad Bowling. Philadelphia, Pa. : Saunders, c2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Kanski's Clinical Ophthalmology, 8th ed.

Nelson textbook of pediatrics, 20th ed. [electronic resource] / Rober M. Kliegman, MD
Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier, 2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Nelson textbook of pediatrics, 20th ed.

Principles and practice of laser dentistry, 2nd ed. [electronic resource] / Robert A. Convissar. St. Louis, Missouri : Mosby, c2015. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Principles and practice of laser dentistry, 2nd ed.

Textbook of family medicine, 9th ed. [electronic resource] / [edited by] Robert E. Rakel, David P. Rakel. Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Textbook of family medicine, 9th ed.

Thompson & Thompson genetics in medicine, 8th ed. [electronic resource] / Robert L. Nussbaum, Roderick R. McInnes, Huntington F. Willard. Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2016.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Thompson & Thompson genetics in medicine, 8th ed.



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

News From the Libraries – June 2015

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

UTHSC Libraries catalog

New Library Catalog Debuts June 8

Off Campus Login Update

UT System Libraries Working Together

Springer and Nature Merger

Influuent – Connecting Industry with UT System Researchers

Librarians Attend MLA Conference

Popular E-books in ClinicalKey

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

New Library Catalog Debuts June 8

On Monday, June 8, the UT Health Science Center Library catalog will be getting a new look. Koha open source library software will be the new interface for the library catalog. It will provide:

  • A responsive theme that works on all devices
  • More robust keyword and advanced searching
  • Cover images for many books
  • Exporting of selections to citation management software (e.g. RefWorks, EndNote, etc.) via “Cart”
  • Recommended lists of resources

Borrower registration will be required for:UTHSC Libraries catalog

  • Checking out books and other materials
  • Creating lists

More tips and tutorials:

For questions or if you encounter any problems with  the new catalog, contact library staff at 567-2450 or send an email to Askalibrarian.


Off Campus Login Update

The UT Health Science Center librarians are preparing an update for Off Campus Login, the service that provides users with access to electronic resources via the library’s home page. This update will ensure that the service can take advantage of future security updates and allow the library to provide continued support and access for off campus users.

The update is scheduled to go live the morning of Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Service downtime is not anticipated for off campus users. However, with all updates of this nature, there is a slight risk that some users may experience temporary intermittent connectivity issues to library electronic resources. As always, UTHSCSA VPN is available as an alternative option for accessing the library’s electronic resources from off campus.

If you experience extended periods of interruption on or after this update, please don’t hesitate to contact library staff at and we will be happy to assist you.

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 nine academic and six health science 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 2014, the UT Health Science Center Library as part of the UTSDL consortium spent $1,134,898 for subscriptions to electronic journals and databases resulting in cost avoidance estimated at $8,964,211 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 2014 UTSDL Expenditure List Price Cost Avoidance
$1,134,898 $10,099,109 $8,964,211

Springer and Nature Merger

On May 6, STEM publishers Springer and Macmillian Science and Education (which includes Nature Publishing Group) announced the finalizing of a merger.  The new publishing company will be called Springer Nature.

Librarians will work with Springer Nature to ensure the renewal of UT Health Science Center subscriptions for 2016.

Public announcements regarding the merger can be read at:



Contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, with any questions.

Influuent – Connecting Industry with UT System Researchers

On May 14, the UT System launched a cutting-edge web portal that allows private sector and government agencies to quickly find thousands of researchers and facilities at the Systems’ campuses and health institutions.

Influuent is a free online searchable database of researchers and resources that enable potential collaborators to easily identify faculty experts to conduct all levels of research (basic, applied and clinical), develop new technologies and processes and overcome technical challenges. The UT System is the first major university system in the nation to launch a database with such capabilities. Influuent is the gateway to more than 15,000 UT System researchers who have produced nearly 110,000 publications in the last five years in science, medicine, engineering, energy, transportation and business.

Watch video about Influuent:

Influuent’s search tool scans and analyzes every publication in Scopus, these data are then used to produce a fingerprint of each researcher’s expertise. The database is designed to provide access to not only a faculty researcher, but also their entire research ecosystem including their collaborators, specialized facilities and equipment and other faculty in the same academic department.

Influuent searches can be based on a keyword, concept, last name or published abstract. Once users have found the right experts, they can contact them directly. In addition to boosting the state’s economy, Influuent makes Texas more business-friendly. This powerful tool will also foster cross-institution collaborations among UT researchers from different campuses and institutions.  Influuent was funded as part of the Innovation Framework approved by the UT System Board of Regents last year.  Influuent was developed in collaboration with Elsevier, a provider of information solutions for science, health and technology professionals.


Librarians Attend Annual Medical Library Association Conference

The Medical Library Association held its annual meeting in Austin, TX on May 15-20. UT Health Science Center librarians traveled from San Antonio and Harlingen to attend the conference.  Jonquil Feldman, director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services co-chaired the committee that organized the program for this meeting. The plenary speaker was Dr. Mae Jemison, a former NASA astronaut who was the first African-American woman in space. A physician and engineer, Dr. Jemison leads the 100 Year Starship project, which proposes to leverage advances in technology and medicine that will make interstellar travel possible and will at the same time transform life on earth. The speaker for the closing session was Dr. Eszter Hargittai, professor at Northwestern University, who spoke about her research on Internet functionality of people college of age and older. The conference was attended by over 1,100 librarians from the U.S., and Canada as well as from countries in Europe, Australia, Asia and South America.

Kathy Carter, assistant director of the Ramirez Library at the RAHC in Harlingen, TX attended a class before the meeting and took advantage of opportunities to network with colleagues. Peg Seger presented a poster, “Expanding the limits of outreach education and collaboration,” co-authored with Rajia Tobia, Jonquil Feldman, Kathy Carter, Paula Winkler, Chris Frei and Grace Lee. Several librarians took advantage of one-day passes to meet face-to-face with exhibitors who represent the publishers and organizations who license e-journals, e-books and databases.


Jonquil Feldman introduces speaker Dr. Eszter Hargittai


Dr. Mae Jemison

Popular E-Books in ClinicalKey

The library recently licensed Elsevier’s ClinicalKey, a clinical resource that contains the most recent editions of over 1,000 medical books published by Elsevier. Although this collection represents the output of only one publisher, it does provide useful information about the books that are most heavily used in this particular e-book collection. During April, the top 15 books accessed at the Health Science Center through ClinicalKey were:

Learning Radiology (Second Edition)

Dermatology (Third Edition)

Clinical Cases in Anesthesia (Fourth Edition)

Odze and Goldblum Surgical Pathology of the GI Tract, Liver, Biliary Tract and Pancreas (Third Edition)

Braunwald’s Heart Disease: a Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine (Tenth Edition)

Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery

Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology (Twelfth Edition)

Essential Clinical Procedures (Third Edition)

The Retinal Atlas

Ferri’s Clinical Advisor 2015

Abeloff’s Clinical Oncology (Fifth Edition)

Clinical Wards Secrets

Point of Care Ultrasound

Campbell-Walsh Urology (Tenth Edition)

Theory and Practice of Histological Techniques (Sixth Edition)