News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Jaclyn Georges hired as Records Manager/Archivist

The library welcomes Jaclyn “Jackie” Georges as Records Manager/Archivist.  Jackie is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin iSchool with a specialization in Archives and Records Enterprise/Preservation.  She is designated as the Records Management Officer for the university, just as Anne Comeaux was prior to her retirement in September.  Jackie can be reached for questions about Records Management or the Archives at or 567-2428.


Library Hosts Girl Scout Troop 128!


On September 17th, a very accomplished group of 5th and 6th grade girls from Troop 128 got some pointers from UT Health Science Center librarians about Internet Safety, Health Literacy, and Community Outreach. A special bookmark, shown here, was designed just for the occasion. The girls and their leaders are planning a return trip to learn more about how to do research for an upcoming community nutrition project. The project is part of the activities the girls will complete in working toward the Silver Award which is the highest award a Cadette can receive. Through the project, the girls will help a community by providing education about healthy food choices at a homeless shelter for women.

The girls also met with President William L. Henrich, M.D. during their campus visit and got a full tour of the Briscoe Library including the rare books in the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and the new library 3-D printer in action. Girls from the troop attend Saint Matthew Catholic School and their troop leader, Sandra Sanchez-Reilly, M.D. is a member of the faculty at the UT Health Science Center. Troop co-leader Stephanie Rowan RN, MSN, is a research nurse at the School of Dentistry.

The Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, headquartered in San Antonio, serves over 23,500 Girl Scouts across 21 counties.

The History of Breast Cancer and its Treatment – October 21

pink_ribbonIn honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Daniel Rosenthal, MD will present The History of Breast Cancer and Its Treatment at the October meeting of the History of Medicine Society, a student-led interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

October 21, 2015
6:00 PM

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 Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or 567-2406.

History of Medicine Society Draws Record Attendance

Sixty history of medicine enthusiasts attended the September 16th meeting of the History of Medicine Society, a student-led interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. Charleen Moore, PhD, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, presented Potent Potions and Healing Herbs: Medicinal Practices of the Renaissance. The Garden Health Interest Group provided Harry Potter themed snacks, including Snitch cake pops, chocolate pretzel wands, and “Butter Beer” topped with whipped cream!

Dr. Charleen Moore presents

Following the presentation, attendees adjourned to the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library to view some of the books referenced in Dr. Moore’s talk, as well as some historical herbals with magnificent illustrations.

Student views historical medical book

For more information about the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library or the History of Medicine Society, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or 210-567-2406.

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.

For a list of the newest ClinicalKey titles click here.


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

*Must register for personal account to view PDFs.

Featured New Books for October 2015

For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.


Purchase suggestions?
Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact Andrea N. Schorr, Metadata & Collection Management Librarian.



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!