News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

News From the Libraries – September 2015

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

Photograph of a wooden treasure chest with jewels

Ramirez Library Now Part of UTRGV

AccessMedicine App

Anne Comeaux Retires After 40 Years Service

History of the Health Science Scavenger Hunt

45th Annual P.I. Nixon Library Dinner

Potent Potions and Healing Herbs

P.I. Nixon Hosts Japanese Dental Students

Briscoe Library/SAPL NPR Campus Community Book Club

The Winds and Words of War – Library Presentation

Pottery Bowl Exhibit: Art for the Mind

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Ramirez Library Now Part of the UTRGV

The UT Health Science Center’s Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) in Harlingen became part of the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) effective September 1, 2015. Along with other RAHC related services, the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library became part of the UTRGV library system on September 1. The Ramirez Library will serve the UTRGV’s School of Medicine including its faculty, students, residents, staff and researchers. The Ramirez Library will also continue to serve UT Health Science Center faculty, students, and residents who are assigned to locations in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

The medical library at the RAHC was established in 2002 and quickly became a popular place for students to study and use both print and electronic materials. In 2007, the Ramirez Library was named after Dr. Mario E. Ramirez a well-known physician in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and former University of Texas Regent who also served as Vice-President for South Texas Programs at the UT Health Science Center from 1995 to 2007.

Greysi Reyna, Assistant Director for the Ramirez Library, was one of the RAHC’s first librarians. Until her retirement in 2013, Greysi was instrumental in developing the Ramirez Library’s service programs, particularly outreach to the local community. Kathy Carter succeeded Greysi as Assistant Library Director in 2013 and has been appointed as the UTRGV Library’s Associate Director for the School of Medicine. Kathy is looking forward to serving as the inaugural librarian for the new medical school.

A library with a primarily digital collection is being constructed as part of the School of Medicine Education Building on the UTRGV Edinburg campus. When fully staffed, the UTRGV School of Medicine will have librarians and staff at both Harlingen and Edinburg locations.

Perhaps the words of a UT Health Science Center medical student best express the sentiments of those who have benefited from the services of the Ramirez librarians and staff: “I was one of the full-time RAHC MS3’s last year. I used the library a ton and I really appreciated the awesome services y’all provided!  … I absolutely loved my time at the RAHC (and the RAHC library staff) and look forward to being back.

The UTRGV School of Medicine Library can be reached by phone at (956) 296-1500 and by email to

AccessMedicine App

The AcessMedicine app is now available to UTHSC San Antonio faculty, staff, and students.  A sample of digital features include:

  • Quick Medical Dx and Rx
  • Fitzpatrick’s Color Atlas of Clinical Dermatology
  • Differential Diagnosis Tool
  • Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests

For download and continued use of the app, users must have an active MyAccess account and sign in every 90 days through our institution, either on-site or through VPN.  Create your free MyAccess account using these steps:

  • Navigate to the AccessMedicine homepage.
  • Click on the “Univ of Texas Health Sci Ctr Library” drop-down box in the upper right-hand corner of any page.
  • Click on “Create a Free Personal Account”.
  • A new window will appear.  Click on the “Don’t have a MyAccess account” link.
  • Fill in the registration form under the heading, “Create a MyAccess Account”.
  • Press the “Create Account” button at the bottom.  (To keep your MyAccess Account active, you must sign in every 90 days.)

Once the MyAccess account is set up you can download the AccessMedicine app for free from the App Store or Google Play.  Use your MyAccess account credentials to sign in.

Contact the library at (210)567-2450 or if you have any questions or problems installing the app.

Anne Comeaux Retires After 40 Years of Service to the UT System

Anne Comeaux, AHIP, CRM, DAS will retire on Sept. 11, 2015, after more than 41 years as a health science librarian.   Anne began working in libraries as an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin in 1970, continuing to work for UT while attending library school and receiving her MLS. Her first professional job was at the Texas Medical Association Library in Austin, where she served as a reference librariaComeauxEn from 1974 – 1977 and became a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. Anne moved to San Antonio in November of 1977 to begin work at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and remained there in various capacities for the next 38 years. She started as the Search Analyst in charge of online searching, switching to programming and systems in support of the library’s LIS online catalog system, miniMedline, and other functions. When the library converted from LIS to Innovative Interfaces, Anne was responsible for writing the programs needed to export the library’s data for import into the new catalog. She worked for several years as the head of Interlibrary Loan, designing an automated system for tracking ILL borrowing and lending before ILLiad was available. She also wrote financial databases to track library expenditures and bill departments for services and created an archival database to manage collections in the University Archives.

In December 2000 Anne was appointed as the records management officer (RMO) for the university when the library was assigned responsibility for this function, and started a whole new career as a records manager. She developed records management training classes for university staff, created a database to retain information on retention of records and generate retention schedules, set up a system of Records Management Representatives to manage state records for departments and divisions, and developed an online, searchable Records Retention Schedule. She has been very active in the San Antonio Chapter of ARMA International, serving as an officer and on the Board since 2006, and received her Certified Records Manager (CRM) designation from the Institute of Certified Records Managers in January 2012.

In 2007 Anne became the Assistant Director for Special Collections, adding the roles of University Archivist and rare books librarian to existing RMO duties. She received a grant to finance a preservation specialist’s evaluation of current practices in the University Archives and P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and recommend improvements for better preservation. She was also successful in securing several Rescuing Texas History grants to digitize interesting books about San Antonio and early physician pioneers in the Nixon Library and Bexar County Medical Society membership records for physicians born before 1911. Both of these collections are now available through the Portal to Texas History. Anne worked with others to set up the CONTENTdm Digital Archive for the university and earned her Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) designation from the Society of American Archivists in 2015. She has successfully supported the Friends of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and its student-led group the History of Medicine Society since November 2014, marketing events, designing newsletters, arranging speakers, and supporting the Board.

Anne is looking forward to traveling, reading, gardening, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and other family. She feels extremely lucky to have had such a varied and interesting career and the opportunity to learn many, many new skills – from database searching to programming to creating finding aids and doing historical research. She says it has never been dull and always a challenge!

History of the Health Sciences Scavenger Hunt

Discover Hidden Treasures in the Briscoe Library!

Photograph of a wooden treasure chest with jewelsThe History of Medicine Society is sponsoring a treasure hunt for anyone interested in the history of the health sciences. The scavenger hunt will run from Tuesday, September 1 at 8:00 am through Wednesday, September 16 at 6:30 pm. Any time during that period, participants can pick up an entry form at the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor of the Briscoe Library or in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on the 5th floor. Uncover treasures located throughout the building and even online! See an ancient Roman coin, examine rare historical books, and view World War I posters.


All forms must be returned to the Circulation Desk or to Nixon Library staff by 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 16.


Participants must answer 8 out of 10 questions correctly to be eligible for a prize. All qualifying entrants may enter a drawing to win novelty chocolates, and student entrants are eligible for one of five $5 gift cards to Starbucks! Winners will be drawn at the September 16 meeting of the History of Medicine Society. Charleen Moore, Ph.D. and members of the Garden Health Interest Group will present Potent Potions and Healing Herbs: Medicinal Practices of the Renaissance at 6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room.

For more information, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at 210-567-2406 or

Francine Mary Netter to Speak at 45th Annual Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Dinner

Medicine’s Michelangelo: The Life and Art of Frank H. Netter, MD

Francine Mary Netter, daughter of famous medical illustrator Frank Netter, MD, will be the guest speaker at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. Drawing on her personal remembrances, her father’s autobiographical notes, and hundreds of interviews, she will discuss his life and work and provide a personal glimpse into the man behind the art.


Photograph of Frank Netter, MD and Francine Mary Netter

Frank Netter, MD and Francine Netter
Photograph courtesy of Francine Netter

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Cash bar 6:30 PM
Dinner 7:00 PM

Old San Francisco Steak House
10223 Sahara Street (off San Pedro north of Loop 410)

$55 per person
$35 for students (Student price includes dinner and annual membership in the Friends)

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library invite students to attend the dinner and to become members of the Friends. Students are encouraged to apply for sponsorships to cover the cost of registration and membership.

Advanced registration is required.

Send completed Reservation_Form and sponsorship requests to Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at by October 23, 2015 or call 210-567-2406 for more information.








Potent Potions and Healing Herbs: Medicinal Practices of the Renaissance – History of Medicine Society

Do you enjoy plants and botanical gardens, Harry Potter and the Renaissance? You will find a touch of all of these in this month’s presentation of the History of Medicine Society.

Drawing of a mandrake plantCharleen M. Moore, PhD and members of the Garden Health Interest Group will present Potent Potions and Healing Herbs: Medicinal Practices of the Renaissance at the September 16, 2015 meeting of the History of Medicine Society, a student-led interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. Please wear your Harry Potter robes and witches hats. Harry Potter’s favorite snacks will be served.

When: September 16, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Where: Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room (5th floor)

Membership in the History of Medicine Society is free, and meetings are open to the public.

For more information, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or 210-567-2406.

P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Hosts Japanese Dental Students

On August 11, 2015, twelve students and faculty members from Japanese Dental Schools toured the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. Their visit was part of the Japanese Exchange Program sponsored each August by the School of Dentistry at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Eight treasures from the rare book collection were on display, including dental classics, The Natural History of the Human Teeth, 1778 by John Hunter and The History and Treatment of the Diseases of the Teeth, 1806 by Joseph Fox.


Photograph of Japanese Dental Students in P.I. Nixon Library

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

Briscoe Library to Partner with SAPL on NPR Campus Community Book Club



The UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library and the San Antonio Public Library Forest Hills Branch are joining forces to start a new NPR (National Public Radio) Book Club as a community engagement project. There are many community issues that can benefit from engagement utilizing a book club as a platform for interaction and conversation. The club will meet once a month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at either the Briscoe Library (room 4.074, the Collaboratory) or at the Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Rd). An NPR reviewed book will be featured at each meeting.

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh has been selected for the first meeting on September 17th, 6 -7 p.m., held at the Briscoe Library.

Do No Harm provides unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital.  Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life’s most difficult decisions.

A few copies are available at the Briscoe Library on a first come, first served basis. Other copies are available through the San Antonio Public Library. Contact Peg Seger for more details at (210) 567-6398 or

Those interested in taking part in this project can stop by either library to pick up a bookmark with dates, times, and location information.


The Winds and Words of War–Library Presentation

  • Presented by Allison Hays Lane, Archivist, University Health System
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
  • Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library 5th Floor

An exhibit of World War I posters, on loan from the Texana Collection of the San Antonio Public Library, is now on display on the 3rd floor of the Briscoe Library.

I-Want-YouThe collection consists of lithographs depicting war propaganda that were commissioned in 1916-1917 by the U.S. government to inspire people to enlist, to pick up a flag, to support the men and women who participated as soldiers and nurses. The illustrators, including James Montgomery Flagg, Charles Buckle Falls, Haskell Coffin, and others whose works also appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, volunteered their creativity to the war effort.  These prints are excellent examples of use of advertising strategies and graphic design of the period.

Curator Allison Hays Lane will talk about her research and share many interesting stories about the artists and the fascinating prints in this vintage collection.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP 210-567-2430 or