News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Two Cups of Coffee- photos document a medical service experience in Ethiopia

In June of this year Dr. Richard Usatine and eight students from the School of Medicine departed for a four-week medical service experience in Ethiopia.  Lester Rosebrock, a photographer and videographer who works with IMS- Academic Technology Services, accompanied the group on a trip that took them through Washington D.C. on the way to Addis Ababa, and then on to the village of Aleta Wondo, Ethiopia.  Two Cups of Coffee, a series of fifteen photos currently on display in the Briscoe Library Information Commons, documents their time in Africa.  The exhibit has been planned to coincide with the UT Health Science Center’s International Education Week activities.

In recent years, the  Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics has provided 204 students with opportunities to experience medical service abroad.  In addition to Ethiopia, students and faculty have traveled to Guatemala, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and India.  Students engaged in global health work participate in medical rotations and help communities do planning to address common and preventable conditions.  They bring back information that can be incorporated into research projects, gain leadership experience, and provide compassionate care.

“My approach to photography is photojournalistic,” Rosebrock says of his exhibit. “It’s exciting to visit a country for the first time and explore it with a camera.  When we drove from the airport to the hotel, I was amazed to see so many people just standing around, and shocked to see people sleeping on the ground wherever they could find a little shade.  People in the city, seeing that I was white and probably having money, tried to sell me anything and everything.  They were so persistent that I wound up staying in my hotel room.  But once we traveled to Aleta Wondo, people became very friendly.  Everybody loved to have their photo taken and laughed when they saw their image on the back of the camera.”

In addition to Dr. Usatine and Lester Rosebrock, the team that traveled to Ethiopia included Elena Bery, Julia Boster, Eric Brown, Adam Dunstone, Nicholas Harrell, Amanda Lipsitt, David Meyer, and Lauren Scalercio.

Lester hopes his photos will inspire others to learn about global health opportunities, and possibly to undertake a global health  journey of their own.  The exhibit will be on display in the Briscoe Library Information Commons through the end of the year.

Susan Hunnicutt

Special Projects Librarian


Most frequently used electronic journals

The UT Health Science Center Libraries’ current journal subscriptions are now almost entirely available in electronic format, following a continual conversion from print to electronic journals that began in the late 1990’s.  At last count, the library has 89 journals that are received in print-only format.  Librarians monitor the use of electronic journals through data provided by publishers.

During the 2011 academic year, more than 1 million electronic journal articles were viewed by UT Health Science Center faculty, students, staff, and visitors to the Briscoe Library and its branch locations.  The ten most frequently used electronic journals were Journal of Biological Chemistry, Nature, Science, Cancer Research, Journal of Neuroscience, Cell, Blood, Journal of Immunology, Lancet, and PLoS One.   For the first time, PLoS One, a rapid publication open access journal, is among the top ten most frequently viewed electronic journals in the library’s collection.

Questions or comments about the library’s journal collection?  Contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources,

Thanksgiving holiday hours

Briscoe Library

Wednesday, November 23          7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Thursday, November 24               Thanksgiving Day Closed

Friday, November 25                     Thanksgiving Holiday Closed

Saturday, November 26                9:00 am – 10:00 pm

Sunday, November 27                   10:00 am – midnight


Ramirez Library

Wednesday, November 23          7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 24              Thanksgiving Day Closed

Friday, November 25                     Thanksgiving Holiday Closed

Saturday, November 26                Closed

Sunday, November 27                   1:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Laredo Library

Wednesday, November 23          8:00 am – 12, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thursday, November 24              Closed

Through Sunday, November 27

Briscoe Library book giveaways in November

The Briscoe Library will have a series of book giveaways throughout the month of November at the main entrance of the library. Books to be included in the giveaway are old editions withdrawn from the library’s collection or donations given to the library but not needed for the collection.

All books are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information contact Andrea N. Schorr, Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian, at 567-2400 or email at

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Book: Advanced health assessment and clinical diagnosis in primary careAdvanced health assessment and clinical diagnosis in primary care, 4th ed.

Joyce E. Dains, Linda Ciofu Baumann, Pamela Scheibel. St. Louis : Elsevier/Mosby, c2012.
WB 141.5 D133a 2012.





Book: Skin disease: diagnosis and treatment

Skin disease : diagnosis and treatment, 3rd ed.

Thomas P. Habif … [et al.].
Edinburgh ; New York : Saunders/Elsevier, c2011.
WR 39 S628 2011.





Book: Harrison's principles of internal medicineHarrison’s principles of internal medicine, 18th ed.

editors, Dan L. Longo … [et al.].
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2012.
WB 100 P958 2012.






Book: ImmunobiologyJaneway’s immunobiology, 8th ed.

Kenneth Murphy ; with acknowledgment to Charles A. Janeway, Jr., Paul Travers, Mark Walport ; with contributions by Allan Mowat, Casey T. Weaver.
New York : Garland Science, c2012.
QW 504 J36i 2012.

Andrea N. Schorr
Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian

News from The Libraries – October 2011

In the news this month:

Library classes for October and November

October 5th – Anatomists and Their Art: Dr. Charleen Moore will speak

November 7th – 41st Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Treasures of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Librarians Assume New Responsibilities

Librarians participate in HazMat training exercise in Harlingen

University Archives agrees to house papers of the Texas Neural Tube Defects Project

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Library classes for October and November

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

All library classes are free and open to all. Advance registration is appreciated but not required. If you would like to request a class or schedule a consultation at any HSC campus, please contact the library at (210) 567-2450 or email

If you would like to schedule a special class or orientation for your department or group at other days/times, please contact us!  To register for a class or to read class descriptions, visit the online class schedule.

When you register for a library class, your registration confirmation email includes a file that you can save as an appointment into your electronic calendar.

Briscoe Library – San Antonio

  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: October 12, 2011, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: October 12, 2011, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks:, October 26, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:30 am, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: November 15, 2011, 11:00 am – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: November 17, 2011, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to PubMed: November 17, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: November 18, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:30 am, LIB 2.011

October 5 – Anatomists and Their Art: Dr. Charleen Moore will speak

Illustration: Bernhard Siegfried Albinus and Jan Wanderlaar: Tabulae Sceleti e Musculorum Corporis Humani, London 1749.Dr. Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D., Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, will give a presentation on Anatomists and Their Art in the Howe Conference Room, 5th Floor, Briscoe Library at noon on Wednesday, October 5, 2011.  Dr. Moore’s lecture will include stories of artists who dissected, anatomists who illustrated their own works, and anatomist/artist teams who worked together in the early days of printing to produce some of the most important anatomical texts of all time.  The public is welcome to attend.

After the presentation, a display of more than 25 rare anatomical books will be on exhibit in the P.I. Nixon Reading Room, including many of the books described in Dr. Moore’s lecture.

For more information, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian: 567-2406 or

Image: Bernhard Siegfried Albinus and Jan Wanderlaar: Tabulae Sceleti e Musculorum Corporis Humani, London 1749. Image courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.

November 7 – 41st Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Dr. Fernando Guerra, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the UT Health Science Center, and recently retired Director of Health for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, will be the speaker at the 41st Annual Meeting, Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  The event will take place Monday, November 7, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Airport Hotel.

The topic of Dr. Guerra’s presentation, “Doctors and Dollars May Not Always Be Enough!” will provide the occasion for him to reflect on the health care system, its institutions, professionals, personnel, technology and investments, as well as measurable progress in the delivery of health care over the past forty years. Dr. Guerra will also consider ongoing challenges and opportunities, especially in light of the Affordable Health Care Act.  How is it possible to fill the gaps when doctors and dollars may not be enough?

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library invite all those interested in the history of medicine   to an enjoyable evening of good food and conversation.

The cost of attendance is $40/person.  Advance registration is required.  Student attendance is $30 and includes Friends membership.  Opportunities to sponsor student attendees at the dinner are available.

Please register by October 3: Send registration form to Briscoe Library – MSC 7940, UTHSCSA, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229-9674, Attention: Susan Hunnicutt.  Email questions to

Treasures of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Students examine early anatomical texts in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Some of the most historically significant of the early illustrated anatomical works -- by artist-anatomists such as Vesalius (1514-1564), Albinus (1697-1770), Paolo Mascagni (1755-1815), William Hunter (1718-1783) and John Hunter (1728-1793) – can be found in the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library began as the private collection of San Antonio physician Pat Ireland Nixon.  Born in Guadalupe County in 1883, Dr. Nixon studied at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he developed an interest in the history of medicine, as well as a love of rare medical texts, which he collected.  When Dr. Nixon moved to San Antonio in 1912 to open his practice, he sought out other physicians and organized a journal club, which eventually evolved into the Bexar County Medical Library Association (BCMLA).  Over the years the collection of the association grew to contain more than 15,000 volumes.

In 1970, the Bexar County Medical Society donated the rare books from the collection of the BCMLA to the new medical school in San Antonio — then called The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, but later becoming part of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.  In 1983 the collection was officially named the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.   At that time it was moved to its present location, on the fifth floor of the Briscoe Library.

Today, as one of the sites of an annual art and anatomy workshop, as well as of a course in the history of anatomy, the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library supports the teaching mission of both The University of Texas at San Antonio and the The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  The library reading room is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  In addition to many historically significant volumes in the fields of anatomy, surgery, psychiatry and ophthalmology, the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library also includes works of local importance, including Dr. Rudolph Menger’s Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscences (1913).  A Century of Medicine in San Antonio (1936) and The Medical Story of Early Texas (1946), both by Pat Ireland Nixon, are held in the library’s collection.

Membership in the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is open to anyone who is interested in the history of the health sciences.    Dues are $10/year for students, $25 for individual members, and $50 for patrons. Membership in the Friends and gifts to the library  help to assure that we will be able to maintain, build and promote the use of the collection, both on the campus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and in the academic communities of the surrounding area.

For more information about membership in the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, or about any of its programs, please contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, at (210) 567-2406, or email Information about membership can also be found on the library’s website.