News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Librarians in the news

Photo of Jonquil FeldmanJonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, has recently renewed her credentials as a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).  AHIP is the Medical Library Association’s peer-reviewed professional development and career recognition program.  The academy recognizes the personal investment of time and effort required for exemplary professional performance and for contributions to the association and to the profession of health sciences librarianship.

Other UT Health Science Center librarians who are members of the Academy of Health Information Professionals are: Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries; Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Special Collections; and Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services.


Kathy Carter, Ramirez Library Librarian at the Regional Academic Health Center, has been accepted to the Woods Hole BioMedical Informatics course.  Kathy will spend one week at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, MA learning about the application of computer technologies and information science in the health sciences.

The week-long survey course, to be held May 26 through June 1, is designed to familiarize individuals with the application of computer technologies and information science in biomedicine and health science. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on computer exercises, participants are introduced to the conceptual and technical components of biomedical informatics. The conceptual components include principles of database design, human-computer interfaces, medical terminologies and coding systems, medical decision analysis methods, clinical information systems architectures, and methods for measuring costs and benefits in health care systems. The technical components include use of the Internet for biomedical applications, current and emerging wide area network technologies, use of literature and molecular sequence databases, and systems for telemedicine.

The Woods Hole BioMedical Informatics course is a National Library of Medicine fellowship program directed at medical educators, medical librarians, medical administrators, and young faculty who are not currently knowledgeable in the field of informatics but can become agents of change in their institutions.

White House announces policy of open access to results of federally-funded research

Office of Science And Technology Policy-LogoPresident Obama’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on February 22, 2013 issued a memo directing Federal agencies with over $100 million in extramural research expenditures to develop a plan to support free public access to federally funded, unclassified, scientific research results. Agencies affected by this policy include the Department of Health and Human Services (which includes the National Institutes of Health-NIH), the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA and the National Science Foundation, to name a few.  The memo from OSTP Director John P. Holdren addresses strategies that each agency must include for both scientific publications and digital scientific data.

Strategies include improving access; optimizing innovative search and retrieval features; notifying awardees about and enforcing compliance; and providing a timeline for implementation. The plans would ensure full access to metadata and a reference to the published article. The full text of the article may not be made available in the database for a full 12-month period.

While not stated in the memo, the recommended 12-month embargo period addresses publishers’ concerns that full and immediate access to publications impedes their ability to reap economic rewards through journal subscriptions. Other issues addressed in this memo relate to strategies for protecting copyright and intellectual property rights, and prevention of unauthorized mass redistribution of scholarly publications. The OSTP reports the policy was written with input from scientists and scientific organizations, publishers, members of Congress, and other members of the public.

This plan builds upon the 2008 NIH Public Access Policy but also addresses access to digital data. The NIH Public Access Policy requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts to PubMed Central. UT Health Science Center researchers must comply with this policy if they have received funding directly from the National Institutes of Health, or indirectly through NIH agencies or a CTSA institution such as the UT Health Science Center’s Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS). The researchers and the public benefit from open access to taxpayer-funded medical research and discovery that can be translated into quality patient care. The OSTP policy ensures that taxpayer-funded research in all areas will be freely available and preserved for long term use.

Jonquil D. Feldman
Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services



New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library in March

Qualitative Data AnalysisQualitative data analysis with ATLAS.ti / Susanne Friese.
London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE, c2012.
Q 180.55.E4 F912q 2012.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Pediatric DentistryPediatric dentistry : infancy through adolescence, 5th ed. / [edited by] Paul S. Casamassimo … [et al.].
St. Louis, Mo. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2013.
WU 480 P3715 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Teaching Evidence-Based Practice in NursingTeaching evidence-based practice in nursing, 2nd ed. / Rona F. Levin, Harriet R. Feldman, editors.
New York : Springer Publishing, c2013.
WY 18 T2516 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Genetics: Analysis & PrinciplesGenetics : analysis & principles, 4th ed. / Robert J. Brooker.
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2012.
QH 430 B872g 2012.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Physics in Nuclear MedicinePhysics in nuclear medicine, 4th ed. / Simon R. Cherry, James A. Sorenson, Michael E. Phelps.
Philadelphia : Elsevier/Saunders, c2012.
WN 110 S713p 2012.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Writing literature reviews : a guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences, 5th ed. / Jose L. Galvan.
Glendale, Calif. : Pyrczak Publishing, c2013.
H 62 G182w 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Andrea N. Schorr, Collection Resources Librarian

News from the Libraries — February 2013

Portrait of Shakespeare

Shakespeare and the Four Humors, a traveling exhibit produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Folger Shakespeare Library, opens in the Briscoe Library the evening of February 13.

Library classes for February 2013

Shakespeare and the Four Humors: History of medicine exhibit to open in the Briscoe Library

Local exhibit showcases rare books from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

One Community/One Book: Workshops for discussion leaders February 4 and 13

ABCD Workshops in San Antonio and Harlingen

Dr. Sam Friedberg: People and Places

Information outreach: Laredo Regional Campus Library provides services to seniors

“Night of the Arts”: Support the Health Science Center’s Student-Run Free Clinics

Changes to Micromedex drug database- Please update the url

NCBI Insights: Blog of the National Center for Biotechnology Information

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library in February



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Library classes for February 2013

Link to Library Classes

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

The Libraries offer classes, consultations and other training to assist with the effective use of databases and research tools.  All library classes are free and open to all.  Register today to reserve your spot!

Schedule a Special Class
To schedule a special class or orientation for your department or group at other days/times, please contact the library at (210) 567-2450 or email

Integrating Library Research Skills into Blackboard and/or Academic Course Content
Faculty are encouraged to integrate library research skills into course content.  Librarians are available to develop and teach classes that meet specific needs or are about a specific resource.  To learn more or to schedule a class, contact Katie Prentice at or call 210-567-6606.

To register for a class or to see complete class descriptions, visit the Attend a Library Class page.

Briscoe Library – San Antonio

  • Library Basics: February 12, 2013, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, LIB 2.011
  • Getting Started with Ovid MEDLINE: February 20, 2013, 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: February 21, 2013, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, LIB 2.011
  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: February 26, 2013, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, LIB 4.074
  • Introduction to EndNote: February 27, 2013, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, LIB 2.011


Shakespeare and the Four Humors: Exhibit opens Wednesday in the Briscoe Library


This image of the sanguine personality type was created by Henry Peacham in 1612. In Shakespeare’s day, sanguine personality was believed to be associated with the predominance of blood in relation to the three other bodily humors– yellow bile or choler, black bile or melancholer, and phlegm. Image courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Dr. Mark Bayer, guest speaker

February 13, 6:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library

William Shakespeare’s (1564–1616) characters are timeless, yet he described human personality in the language of his age.  The theory of  the four bodily humors—blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm–  extends across Shakespeare‘s works, and is connected with the belief that emotional states have physical causes.  In Elizabethan England the four bodily humors were thought to engender the passions of anger, grief, hope, and fear— emotions that drive much of the action in Shakespeare‘s plays.

There’s the Humor of It: Shakespeare and the Four Humors is a  traveling exhibit produced by the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health and the Folger Shakespeare Library to explore the inner logic of humoral theory as well as its connections to modern medical thought and practices.

The exhibit will open in the Briscoe Library at 6:00 p.m. on the evening of February 13 with a guest presentation by Dr. Mark Bayer, a member of the faculty in the Department of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Dr. Bayer will speak on the topic, Why the Four Humours Make Sense: Shakespeare and the Four Humours.

The exhibit will remain on display through March 22.

In another event planned in conjunction with the exhibit,  Dr. Charleen Moore of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology will speak on the topic,  A Balancing Act: Medical Practices and the Four Humors in the Renaissance. Her presentation will take place at noon on Wednesday, February 27th.

Both presentations are programs of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, and will take place in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.


Local exhibit showcases rare books from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Regimen Sanitatus Salerni

Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum, a primary source for medieval humorism, appeared in manuscript form between the 11 and the 14th centuries. It was enormously popular. Following its first appearance in print it was translated into almost every European language. Nearly forty different editions were produced before 1501. The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library owns a 1575 edition of the work, Regimen Sanitatis Salerni, that was produced in London.

Humoral medicine, with its roots in ancient Greece, held that an excess or deficiency of any of four bodily liquids was a primary source of differences in temperment and health.  Humorism was the most commonly held view of the human body in the West before the advent of modern scientific medicine in the nineteenth century.

A local exhibit currently on display in the Briscoe Library provides an introduction to humoral thinking and showcases some of the resources of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library that shed light on that tradition.

The local exhibit, which has been planned in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine exhibit There’s the Humor of It: Shakespeare and the Four Humors, can be found  in the seating area at the entrance to the Briscoe Library.  Books from the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library that are highlighted in the exhibit include:

Regimen Sanitatis Salerni (1575)

Avicenna, The Canon of Medicine (1582)

Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1632)

Both exhibits and their accompanying presentations are programs of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  For information about either exhibit, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian,

One Community/One Book: Workshops for discussion leaders February 4 and 13

Humanities Texas LogoThe Libraries, in cooperation with the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, have chosen Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World for a One Community/One Book read.   Tina Rosenberg, the author of Join the Club, will be the keynote speaker at the CMH&E’s Community Service Learning Conference, which will take place on April 4, 2013.

The Libraries will offer noon-hour workshops  on February 4 and February 13 to support discussion group leaders and hosts. The workshops are open to faculty, staff, and students of the UT Health Science Center and members of the broader community who are interested in planning a discussion opportunity.

The workshops will be available on request in Harlingen and Laredo via V-tel.

Book discussions will be held throughout February and March, in the weeks leading up to Tina Rosenberg’s keynote address at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics Community Service Learning Conference on April 4, 2013.  For information about how to to be a part of One Community/One Book, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian: email

One Community/One Book is made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Training for discussion group leaders

Patrick Lemelle, an outreach library assistant in the Briscoe Library, talks about books and small groups with Tatjana Walker of Family and Community Medicine and Amanda Miller, a physician assistant student in the School of Health Professions. The three attended a workshop for book discussion leaders in late January.


ABCD Workshops in San Antonio and Harlingen

The UT Health Science Center Libraries are
Proud to Announce:

ABCD Workshops in San Antonio and Harlingen
(Asset-Based Community Development)

 Building community connections and partnerships in support of
medical research, education and practices
that really work to impact community health.

 The workshop will be presented by H. Daniels (Dan) Duncan, a consultant and faculty member of the ABCD Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois. Dan is a longtime human services professional who helps agencies recognize the value of working with citizens and community organizations.

You are invited to attend either of the following workshops:

San Antonio – UT Health Science Center Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library

To Register Click Here 

Thursday, February 21, 2013 – Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Workshop, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Harlingen – Mario E. Ramirez Library
  To Register Click Here

Thursday, March 7, 2013 – Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Workshop, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.