News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Public WiFi is coming to the Briscoe Library

BriscoeWiFiStarting April 1st the Briscoe Library will  offer public WiFi for campus visitors. The new WiFi connection will give any library visitor with their own device the ability to utilize all of the library’s online resources.

Connection is as simple as opening a laptop or other mobile device to look for the network named BriscoeWiFi. Visitors will be prompted to accept the terms of service, and will then have the ability to search all of the library’s materials from their device. Library staff have been trained on how to connect to the new WiFi, and can provide help to anyone who has problems connecting.

The new WiFi will be limited to the Briscoe Library, so faculty, staff, and students should continue to use HSCWave.

If you have any questions please contact Eric Willman, Systems Librarian, at 210-567-2433 or

Visitors to the Special Collections Reading Room in March

Visitors to the Nixon LibraryJacqueline Rosenkranz and her mother Laura Rosenkranz, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, visited the Special Collections Reading Room of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library two times in early March.

On their first visit, Dr. Rosenkranz and Jacqueline looked through the library’s Catalog of Rare Book Treasures to learn about the collection, and to prepare a list of books they wanted to view.  Their list of nine books included Leonardo da Vinci on Movement of the Heart and Blood by Kenneth D. Keele (1952); Illustrations of the Great Operations of Surgery by Sir Charles Bell (1821); and a 1582 Latin edition of Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine.

Visitors to the Nixon LIbrary

Laura Rosenkranz, M.D. and her daughter Jacqueline visited the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library in early March.

When Jacqueline and Dr. Rosenkranz returned to the library a few days later Mellisa De Thorne, Special Collections Library Assistant, had organized the books so that they could spend the morning examining them.

One of the main differences between the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and the Briscoe Library general collection is that visitors to the Nixon library need to request that specific books be arranged for viewing by the library staff.  The books must be used in the Special Collections Reading Room, and returned at the end of the visit.

Other visitors to the Nixon library in March included:

  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters– Kipp Academy:  Three mentors and their charges visited on March 5, asking to see “the oldest book in the collection”.
  • Dr. Dan Peavy, D.D.S., M.S.D., from the Department of Developmental Dentistry:  While waiting for a meeting in the Howe Conference Room, he inquired about the library’s orthodontics collection.

The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library contains more than 5000 rare and historical medical texts dating from the 15th to the early 20th century.  Among its treasures are important works by Vesalius (De Humani Corporis Fabrica– 1543), Albinus (Tables of the Skeleton and Muscles of the Human Body — 1749), Burton (The Anatomy of Melancholy — 1632), and Hooke (Micrographia — 1667).  The oldest book in the collection– the one requested by the visitors from Kipp Academy– is the 1481 edition of De Medicina, written in 30 A.D. by Aulus Cornelius Celsus.  The De Medicina (1481) that is owned by the library was one of the first books to be produced after the invention of the printing press.

The core of the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library was donated to the Health Science Center in the early 1970s by the Bexar County Medical Society.

The library is open to the public, and the staff of the library welcomes visitors.   To schedule an appointment, email

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

Read up on open access publishing

open_access-logoRecently, a few interesting articles have appeared debating the future of scientific publishing and the impact of open access publishing.  Both Nature and New England Journal of Medicine have devoted issues to open access and the future of scholarly publishing, airing viewpoints on both sides of the debate regarding how open scientific publishing should be.  A selection of those articles are noted here.

In Nature, March 28, 2013:

Disciplinary action:  How scientists share and reuse information is driven by technology but shaped by discipline, Nature, DOI:10.1038/495409b

Open access: The true cost of science publishing, Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 426–429; DOI:10.1038/495426a

Licence restrictions: A fool’s errand, John Wilbanks, Nature, 28 March 2013; 495: 440-441; DOI:10.1038/495440a

In New England Journal of Medicine, February 28, 2013

For the Sake of Inquiry and Knowledge — The Inevitability of Open Access, Ann J. Wolpert, M.L.S., N Engl J Med 2013; 368:785-787; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1211410

Open but Not Free — Publishing in the 21st Century, Martin Frank, Ph.D., N Engl J Med 2013; 368:787-789; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1211259

Creative Commons and the Openness of Open Access, Michael W. Carroll, J.D., N Engl J Med 2013; 368:789-791; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1300040

The Downside of Open-Access Publishing, Charlotte Haug, M.D., Ph.D., N Engl J Med 2013; 368:791-793; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1214750


New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library in April

Risk assessment and oral diagnosticsRisk assessment and oral diagnostics in clinical dentistry / Dena J. Fischer, Nathaniel S. Treister, Andres Pinto.
Ames, Iowa : Wiley-Blackwell, c2013.
WU 141 F529r 2013.  Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Physician alignment: constructig viable roadmaps for the futurePhysician alignment : constructing viable roadmaps for the future / George Mayzell, William R. Breen Jr. ; foreword by David Stern.  Boca Raton, Fla. : CRC Press, c2013.
WA 540.AA1 M474p 2013.  Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Physics and radiobiology of nuclear medicinePhysics and radiobiology of nuclear medicine / Gopal B. Saha.
New York : Springer, c2013.
WN 440 S131p 2013.  Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


Remote access technologies for library collectionsRemote access technologies for library collections : tools for library users and managers / Diane M. Fulkerson.
Hershey, Pa. : Information Science Reference, c2012.
Z 675.U5 F964r 2012.  Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


The biology of multiple sclerosisThe biology of multiple sclerosis / Gregory J. Atkins … [et al.].
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2012.
WL 360 B615 2012.  Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


evidence-into-practiceEvidence into practice : integrating judgment, values, and research / Laurita M. Hack, Jan Gwyer.
Philadelphia : F.A. Davis Co., c2013.
WB 460 H118e 2013.  Click here to view the Full Catalog Record


social-media-for-nursesSocial media for nurses : educating practitioners and patients in a networked world / Ramona Nelson, Irene Joos, Debra M. Wolf.  New York : Springer Pub. Co., c2013.
WY 26.5 N429s 2013.  Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Angela N. Schorr, Collection Resources Librarian

News from the Libraries — March 2013


Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World, is the One Community/One Book selection for 2013. Tina Rosenberg, the author, will be the speaker at the 6th Annual Community Service Learning Conference, April 4, 2013. The Conference is a program of  the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics.

Library classes for March 2013

Briscoe Library 5th floor reopens with enhanced spaces for individual and group study

Faculty and students: Take the library survey

One Community/One Book- Find a book discussion

History of Medicine presentation for March- Malaria in Central America

P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and University Archives closed for appraisal

Briscoe Library hosts workshop on Asset Mapping for Community Engagement

Librarians in the news

White House announces policy of open access to results of federally-funded research

MEDLINE, PubMed, and PMC: How are they different?

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

See all past issues of News from the Libraries



Library classes for March 2013

Link to Library Classes

REGISTER TODAY! Scan this code with your smartphone camera QR reader app to find library classes online.

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 register for a class or to see complete class descriptions, visit the Attend a Library Class page.

Briscoe Library – San Antonio

  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: March 6, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, LIB 4.074
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: March 8, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to PubMed:  March 11, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: March 14, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, LIB 4.074
  • CSL Conference Poster Drop-In Help Session: March 18, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: March 27, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, LIB 2.011

Briscoe Library 5th floor reopens with enhanced spaces for individual and group study

fth Floor BoothDuring December through early February, the final touches were completed on the renovation of the Briscoe Library’s 5th floor.  Included in the renovation were upgrades to the heating, ventilation and cooling system, new ceiling, lighting, carpeting and paint.  Along with new study furnishings and electrical upgrades that were installed earlier in 2012, the renovations make the 5th floor a popular place for students to gather and study.

Fifth Floor Group StudyStudy spaces are designed for both individual and collaborative work.  Group study rooms on the 5th floor are equipped with media:scape furniture and computer connections that allow for “walk-up and connect” use.  Groups using this technology can easily display computer presentations from more than one computer for interaction and collaboration.  White board walls in these rooms also allow for spontaneous display of study aids and notes on a large wall surface.

Fifth Floor CarrelsThe P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and the University Archives office are also located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library, inspiring students and faculty to learn from the past as well as from the latest technology.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries







Faculty and students: take the library survey

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Please take time to give us your input.

The Libraries survey UT Health Science Center faculty and students every two years to assess their satisfaction with the library collection, space and services.  If you have not done so already, please take the survey to provide us with information about how well the library is serving your needs as we continue to evolve as a 21st century library. The survey takes no more than 10-15 minutes to complete and can be found here.

For more information, contact Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

One Community/One Book: Find a book discussion

Join the Club- Book CoverThis year’s One Community/One Book project is well underway.  We have given away almost 75 books, and trained many discussion group leaders.  Book discussions will be held throughout March, in the weeks leading up to Tina Rosenberg’s keynote address at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics Community Service Learning Conference on April 4, 2013.

Many planned book discussions are open to anyone.  To find one at a place and time that is convenient for you, visit the One Community/One Book events page.

Copies of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World are available in the Briscoe Library, the Ramirez Library at the RAHC, and the library at the Laredo Regional Campus (HM 831 R813j 2012) . The book is also available at the UT Health Science Center Bookstore for $12.71, a 25% discount off the retail price.

Humanities Texas LogoOne Community/One Book is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.