News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Librarian Exchange Program

Library Exchange Program

From left to right: John Weed, Dana Whitmire, Rajia Tobia, Terrie Smalls-Hall, and Joanne Romano

John Weed and Dana Whitmire recently won a grant through the South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium (SCAMeL). The grant enables librarians within the region to visit other health science center libraries and familiarize themselves with operations similar to their own. John and Dana joined the Library Exchange Program with Joanne Romano and Terrie Smalls-Hall from the Texas Medical Center (TMC) Library.

The goals for the visit were to learn about TMC’s organizational structure, their State of the Collection presentation and how they developed it, deselection and sending of items to the Joint Library Facility in Bryan, Texas, their Historical Research Center, their institutional repository, and liaison program.

What’s New in ClinicalKey?

clinicalkey imageis a database which contains a wealth of medical and surgical information. Content includes over 1,000 e-books, over 500 e-journals (including the famous “Clinics” titles), and thousands of videos and images. Also included is point-of-care content from First Consult.

Access ClinicalKey through the library’s database page or the library catalog.

Here’s what’s new:

Click on the cover to view the e-book record.

CTofTraumCriticalCare               Eye               Ferri_2016



MemoryLoss               NoltesBrain                OrbitalImaging



RichsVasTrauma               Textbook_pediatricrheum                UltrasoundReq3


More new and updated titles:

2016 Intravenous Medications: a Handbook for Nurses and Health Professionals

Andrew’s Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology, 12th ed.

Cardiovascular Intervention : a Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease

Clinical Dermatology : a Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy, 6th ed.

Goldman-Cecil Medicine, 25th ed.

Massachusetts General Hospital Psychopharmacology and Neurotherapeutics


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Featured New Books for August 2015

For a list of the latest print titles click here.
For a list of the latest leisure titles click here.


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



News From the Libraries – July 2015

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

Laredo area 6th & 7th grade students attending an AHEC summer science camp enjoy looking at the anatomical models at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

Laredo area 6th & 7th grade students attending an AHEC
summer science camp enjoy looking at the anatomical
models at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

Holiday Hours – July 4th Weekend

Construction on 4th Floor

Faculty Survey – Recommend a Journal

Laredo Library – AHEC Orientations & Tours

NIH Public Access Policy

Looking For a New Way to Study?

P.I. Nixon Library Hosts UTSA Art Students

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Library Hours for July 4th Weekend

In observance of Independence Day, all UT Health Science Center Library locations will be closed on the 4th of July, 2015. Hours of operation during the weekend are shown below.

Briscoe Library

Day Date Holiday UT Health Science Center Access Public Access
Friday July 3* Independence Day Observance 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday July 4 Independence Day CLOSED CLOSED
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – midnight 10:00 a.m. – midnight
* University Mission Critical day – Limited services will be available.


Ramirez Library (Harlingen)

Day Date Holiday UT Health Science Center Access ** Public Access
Friday July 3* Independence Day Observance 6:00 a.m. – midnight 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday July 4 Independence Day 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday noon – midnight 1 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
* University Mission Critical day – Limited services will be available.
** Access for UT Health Science Center ID card holders


Laredo Regional Campus Library

Day Date Holiday UT Health Science Center Access** Public Access
Friday July 3 Independence Day Observance 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Saturday July 4 Independence Day 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CLOSED
Sunday 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CLOSED
** Access for UT Health Science Center ID card holders

View the University Holiday Schedule

Construction Begins on 4th Floor of Briscoe Library

The former Drug Information Services office on the south side of the Briscoe Library’s 4th floor is undergoing remodeling. The space is being prepared as a suite of offices for several staff from the Office of Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs who are responsible for institutional accreditation and effectiveness. The work will last about six weeks, through mid-August, and the workers will do their best to keep the noise to a minimum. The 4th floor is a designated Quiet Zone, where even a whisper is often met with a frown. It is understandable that construction noise may be bothersome to those who are expecting to hear a pin drop but not a hammer. Other floors of the building will continue to be available for study, and free earplugs are always available from the Circulation Desk.

Questions or comments may be directed to Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, at


Faculty Survey – Recommend a Journal

In the recent Faculty Survey conducted by Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, a number of questions were asked about satisfaction with library services, resources and facilities.  Overall, responses were very positives about the library and its librarians and staff.  Approximately 94% of faculty who completed the survey noted that they were satisfied with services provided by the library.  A number of areas were identified in the free text comment section of the survey that are areas for improvement.  One thorny problem noted was difficulty in accessing the library’s online resources.  This is no surprise considering that the library through its website provides access to thousands of ejournals, ebooks and databases from a number of different publishers and vendors.  Whenever a problem is encountered, it is helpful to contact a librarian so the source of the problem can be identified and fixed.  Sending an email to should help in getting access problems resolved.

Several faculty commented that the library did not have journals they need.  In July and August, librarians finalize journal subscriptions for the next calendar year, so it would be very helpful to hear from faculty if there are titles that the library should consider for subscription.  To recommend a journal title for subscription or a book for purchase, contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources,, 210/567-2479.

Need More Information About Complying with the NIH Public Access Policy?

The NIH Public Access Policy requires that all investigators funded by the NIH submit to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central (PMC) an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication. The manuscript must be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. The manuscript may be submitted directly by the publisher for some journals, however, the investigator is ultimately responsible for manuscript submission in those cases where submission is not accomplished by the publisher.

Sounds easy, right? In reality, there is still confusion about how to be in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.   The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine, recently gave a webinar that covered PubMed Central submissions, My NCBI My Bibliography, and SciENcv. The webinar was archived for later viewing.

The webinar reviewed the various methods for manuscript submission. It also covered linking My NCBI My Bibliography to eRA Commons and assigning awards to NCBI My Bibliography citations. The webinar discussed SciENcv, an electronic system for assembling and formatting professional information for federal funding, including preparation of the NIH Biosketch.

The UT Health Science Center Library maintains a web page  that summarizes the NIH Public Access Policy and how to be in compliance.

Looking for a new way to study?

Looking for a new way to study? Check out AccessMedicine’s Showdown self-assessment game.

Battle it out with colleagues and test your medical knowledge in a Jeopardy-style showdown. The AccessMedicine Showdown features questions in five different categories ranging from 100 to 400 points, plus a bonus question worth 500 points. Users can play live or receive email notifications when its their turn to play.



*Must create a personal account to play, existing account holders do not need to create another account.

AccessMedicine provides full-text access to more that 100 core medicine titles including Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, Hurst’s the Heart, and several Lange review series titles.

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