The University’s holiday schedule as well as schedules for each of the libraries can be found here:
News from the Libraries
Library classes for December and January
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 AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu.
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
- Tech the Halls: Holiday Tips and Tools – Technology Brownbag: December 14, 2011, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, Howe Conference Room
- Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: December 6, 2011, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
- Library Basics: December 8, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011
- Facilitator and Host Training for One Community/One Book 2012: December 12, 2011; 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, LIB 4.074 (Collaboratory, videoconferencing available on request)
- Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: January 4, 2012, 11:00 am – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
- Introduction to RefWorks: January 11, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
- Introduction to PubMed: January 19, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.01
Ramirez Library – Harlingen
- Life Made Mobile: Medical Apps for Smartphones – Technology Brownbag: December 7, 2011, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm, Room 1.132
Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services
One Community/One Book selection tells stories of migrant life in South Texas
The UT Health Science Center Libraries’ popular One Community/One Book program will continue in the months ahead with reading and discussion of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child, by Elva Trevino Hart. The Libraries are pleased to announce that One Community/One Book 2012 recently received the support of Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities in the form of a community projects grant award.
The Health Science Center’s 4th One Community/One Book selection is a book with deep roots in South Texas. Author Elva Trevino Hart tells stories of growing up in Pearsall, Texas as the youngest child in a family of migrant farm workers who traveled north to Minnesota and Wisconsin over several summers in the 1950s to work in the beet fields. The book details her family’s struggle to make a living and to overcome prejudice and poverty through education. She also explores her family’s roots in Mexico, and the historical events that carried her father and his family north to Texas and beyond. Barefoot Heart encourages reflection on a number of themes including the importance of family and community, education as a way out of poverty, cultural diversity in our own South Texas communities, and the promotion of cultural competence and empathy as we train tomorrow’s health care professionals.
Plans for One Community/One Book include workshops for discussion group leaders, book discussion groups, and several speaking engagements for the author from February 23-25, 2012. Ms. Hart will speak on campus Friday, February 24 at 12:00 noon. She will also speak on Saturday, February 25 at the Spring Conference of the Voelcker Biosciences Teacher Academy. Copies of the book are available through the library, and the bookstore is selling Barefoot Heart at a 25% discount.
A book signing will follow Ms. Hart’s talk on February 24.
One Community/One Book 2012 is a collaborative effort between The Libraries, the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching (ACET), and the San Antonio Public Library. It is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For information about One Community/One Book, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian: Call 567-2406 or email Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.
Barefoot Heart- Volunteer to lead a discussion group, and receive the book for free
Thanks to a community project grant award from Humanities Texas, The Libraries are once again able to provide books to individuals who volunteer to lead or host a discussion group in connection with the One Community/One Book program.
The first of several workshops for discussion group leaders and hosts will take place Monday, December 12, 2011 at noon in the Collaboratory of the Briscoe Library. Online registration is available. For more information contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Briscoe Library Renovations- stay informed about construction in the Briscoe Library
Renovations to the Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Library started in early November. The project, which involves creating new space for the School of Medicine’s Office of Education out of 5000 square feet on the library’s 5th floor, is expected to be completed in May 2012.
The Briscoe Library Renovations blog will chronicle changes to the 5th floor in the coming months. Current posts include construction updates, information about available study locations both in and outside the library, an explanation of the process of moving and “weeding” the library’s collection that has been undertaken to make space for the new offices, and President Henrich’s announcement of the project. The site also includes YouTube video of how many tons of books and shelving were moved in only a few hours to clear space for the construction of the new offices.
To receive email updates from the Briscoe Library Renovations blog, sign up here.
Exhibit: Medical response to the Haiti earthquake, 2010
An exhibit documenting emergency medical response to the Haiti earthquake of 2010 is currently on display in the lecture hall commons of the School of Medicine. The photos were taken by Dr. Ruth Berggren, Director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics; Dr. Tyler Curiel, Professor of Medicine; and Dr. Cesar Ricci, General Surgery Resident. Dr. Berggren, Dr. Curiel, and Dr. Ricci, (who was at the time an MS4) traveled to Haiti in the days following the January12, 2010 earthquake to volunteer with Remote Area Medical, a non-profit airborne relief organization. The photos in the exhibit were taken in Haiti and at Hospital Buen Samaritano in Jimani, Dominican Republican.
Also on display in the Information Commons of the Briscoe Library: Two Cups of Coffee, an exhibit documenting a four-week medical service experience in Ethiopia. Both exhibits will remain on display through the end of 2011.
Connective Tissue: literature and visual arts journal seeks submissions
Connective Tissue, a publication of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, is seeking submissions of prose, essays, interviews, memoirs, narratives, short stories, poetry, painting, drawing, sculpture and photography for its 2012 issue. Work does not need to be health related, but should be original and previously unpublished. Visual work should be submitted in digital format for initial review.
Submissions should be sent to ConnectiveTissue2012@gmail.com by 11:59 p.m. on January 13, 2012. Please include your name and category in the subject line.
For more information, visit the Connective Tissue website: http://www.texashumanities.org/connective-tissue.
SCAMeL Libraries Increase Their Interlibrary Lending Rate
Effective January 1, 2012, libraries in the South Central Academic Medical Libraries (SCAMeL) group will be increasing the base rate they charge other libraries in the region to borrow journal articles, books, and other materials. The charge will increase from $9.00 per loan to $10.00. The SCAMeL region includes the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The UT Health Science Center Libraries will increase their interlibrary loan lending rate to libraries in region to $10.00, while out of region lending will remain at $11.00 for each loan.
NLM honors winners of software development challenge
Five innovative software applications that help researchers, health professionals, and the general public in their quest for medical and scientific information are the winners of the National Library of Medicine’s first software development challenge.
The winning applications can help people learn about anatomy, help researchers find gene information in research literature, and help people sift through large amounts of scientific and medical information.
The library’s software development challenge, Show off Your Apps: Innovative Uses of NLM Information, solicited applications that used the library’s data to develop innovative ways for people to obtain and share scientific and medical information. Entrants could create a new app, or submit an existing one. An independent panel of judges chose five winners and five honorable mentions.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health, is the world’s largest medical library and itself a pioneer and innovator in the use of technology to improve access to biomedical and health information. NLM provides a wide variety of information online by developing groundbreaking databases and software tools that enable people to explore medical literature, clinical trials, historical images, DNA sequences and much more.
Millions of people worldwide use the library’s free online resources every day. Additionally, for more than 40 years, the library has been making the data it compiles for its electronic resources available for use in systems produced by others. Academic institutions, government organizations, businesses, non-profits and individuals can use NLM data to develop their own products, tools and services.
Find the complete story about the contest, including descriptions of the winning entries, at http://www.nih.gov/news/health/oct2011/nlm-27.htm.
Patrick Lemelle joins the staff of the Briscoe Library
Patrick Lemelle is the new coordinator and contact person for Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN), outreach services at the Briscoe Library.
Before coming to the Briscoe Library, Patrick was employed in the library at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures. He assisted in organization and sales for the photo archives and coordinated the ordering, scheduling and delivery of a variety of library services. Patrick has more than 20 years of experience at the UTSA library, as well as at other private library facilities.
A San Antonio native, Patrick earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Holy Redeemer College, in Waterford Wisconsin and pursued an elementary teaching certification from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
The Libraries welcome Patrick to the CLHIN team!