News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Amy Nurnberger completes internship in the Briscoe Library

We have been fortunate to have Amy Nurnberger work with us this summer at the Briscoe Library. Amy joined us in June to observe the various facets of library services. She assisted with a website usability study and also completed a number of projects, including creating a report on the impact factor of journals in which researchers funded by the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science have published; assigning local journal links to the Reading List published by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecologists; cataloging medical instrument artifacts; developing an instructional video; and updating several tip sheets for using library resources.

Following on a career in the pharmaceutical industry, Amy is in the midst of earning a Masters in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She has finished her first year in the program, and will continue in her final year to focus on her main area of interest, academic libraries. Amy looks forward to delving deeper into areas of academic librarianship that will make use of her background in biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, and quality control. We wish her well as she continues her studies.

Jonquil D. Feldman
Director of Briscoe Library Services

Goodbye to the Robert B. Green Campus Library

Evelyn Olivier, Dr. Virginia Bowden, Rajia Tobia, Linda Levy, and Ron Mesa all attended a farewell reception recognizing many years of library service at Robert B. Green Campus. The library closed on July 28, 2011.

The branch library of the UT Health Science Center Libraries located at the Robert B. Green Campus of the University Health System (UHS) closed its doors for the last time on July 28, 2011. The building in which the library is located is scheduled to be demolished, and there will be no identified library space at the downtown facility. This lack of space, combined with declining use of the library over the years and the need to reassign staff to the Briscoe Library on the central campus, led to the decision to close the Robert B. Green Library.

The UT Health Science Center Library took over management of the Robert B. Green Hospital Library in 1976. The library was then named the Robert B. Green Educational Resource Center and served the needs of faculty, students, and residents at the downtown location. At that time, inpatient Labor and Delivery, the Newborn Nursery, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit were located at the Robert B. Green Hospital, resulting in a very busy environment. Eventually, maternity services were moved to the University Hospital adjacent to the Health Science Center campus.

The library and facility have had several names – Robert B. Green Library, Robert B. Green Educational Resources Center, Brady/Green Library and Downtown Library at the UHC-D. Evelyn Olivier was the first librarian at the RBG/ERC in 1976. Rajia Tobia, current Executive Director of Libraries, held her first job at the Health Science Center as Robert B. Green Librarian in 1980. Linda Levy, Assistant Director for Database and Branch Services, has been the longest-serving librarian, working in the Robert B. Green campus since 1999, and Ron Mesa, Library Assistant, has been the face of the downtown library for many years and is well known for his excellent customer service.

At a farewell reception held on July 21, Robert B. Green Campus and UT Health Science Center staff honored the library that had given many years of service to UT Health Science Center faculty, students and staff and to UHS personnel, residents, and patients. UHS administration hosted the reception with Dr. Gary McWilliams, UHS Executive Vice President, Ambulatory Services, providing reminiscences of the Robert B. Green Hospital. Evelyn Olivier, the first librarian at the Robert B. Green Educational Resource Center, attended the reception as did Dr. Virginia Bowden, Library Director Emeritus.

Although the library is closed, library services will continue to be provided through electronic resources including email, visits and instructional sessions offered by librarians, and by phone.

 Rajia Tobia
 Executive Director of Libraries

New to the shelves in the Briscoe Library

Clinical wisdom and interventions in acute and critical care : a thinking-in-action approach, 2nd ed.

Patricia Benner, Patricia Hooper Kyriakidis, Daphne Stannard
New York : Springer Pub., c2011.
WY 154 B469c 2011.

Rubin’s pathology : clinicopathologic foundations of medicine, 6th ed.

editors, Raphael Rubin, David S. Strayer ; founder and consulting editor, Emanuel Rubin
Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2012.
QZ 4 P2961 2012.

Theoretical nursing : development and progress, 5th ed.

Afaf Ibrahim Meleis
Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2012.
WY 86 M519t 2012.

Physical therapy of the shoulder, 5th ed.

edited by Robert A. Donatelli
St. Louis, Mo. : Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone, c2012.
WE 810 P578 2012.

Andrea N. Scorr
Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian

News from the Libraries – July 2011

In the news this month:

Information Mastery: Class provides orientation for third year medical students at the beginning of clerkship rotations

Journal cancellation list: Please take time to review possible titles

Report documents growth in open access journals

Website redesign: Refworks 2.0

John Weed will serve on library storage facility task force

Librarians attend Medical Library Association annual meeting

Visit the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library: Get acquainted with the book as artifact

Save these dates: Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library sponsored events

Library classes for July and August

Librarians complete Clinical Safety and Effectiveness course

UT Health Science Center Library-Downtown to close July 28

Health Research Funding: Online databases facilitate communication about research funding opportunities

On display in the Briscoe Library July 7: Art of ancient Mexico

Best idea for staying cool this summer: READ

New to the shelves in the Briscoe Library

A printable pdf of the newsletter is also available.

Information Mastery: Class provides orientation for third year medical students at the beginning of clerkship rotations

Where can you find the best information to support clinical decision making? In June, third year medical students learned about clinical decision support tools in preparation for their 3rd year clerkships.

On Friday, June 24, more than 200 third year medical students in San Antonio and Harlingen received instruction in library resources that support clinical decision making.  As a way of sharpening their information-seeking skills, they worked through a series of case-based scenarios.  Before beginning their 3rd year clinical rotations, the students must complete the Information Mastery class, a part of their Clinical Foundations course.

Information Mastery was presented by a team of instructors in San Antonio which included:  Glen Medellin, M.D., Associate Professor and Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Pediatrics; Eric Willman, Systems Librarian; and Angela Myatt, Curriculum Liaison Librarian.  Kathy Carter, Ramirez Library Librarian, presented the class in Harlingen.

The growing collection of mobile websites that are available to assist students in clinical decision making is just one of many important components that were highlighted.

Journal cancellation list: Please take time to review possible titles

In the May issue of the newsletter, we posted a list of possible journal and database cancellations for 2012.  If you have not reviewed the list and sent comments, please take the time to do so.  Comments can be sent to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, weedj@uthscsa.edu.

Report documents growth in open access journals

A recent issue of PLoS ONE (http://www.plosone.org) includes an article summarizing the growth in open access (OA) journals. Since the early 1990s the number of OA journals has grown significantly, with more than 6,000 titles now included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (http://www.doaj.org). These journals rely on fees paid by authors and other sources of revenue in place of subscription fees. The article reports that the number of OA journals has increased by 18% annually since 1993, while the overall number of journal titles has increased 3.5% annually in the same time period. The article is available from PLoS ONE’s website:

Laakso M, Welling P, Bukvova H, Nyman L, Björk B-C, et al. 2011 The Development of Open Access Journal Publishing from 1993 to 2009. PLoS ONE 6(6): e20961. http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0020961

Since January 2008 NIH has required that any report of research sponsored by NIH be available from PubMed Central (http://www.pubmedcentral.gov) within 12 months of its publication in a journal. For more information about the NIH public access policy, visit http://publicaccess.nih.gov/.

Journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals are included in the library’s E-Journal list and individual articles can be retrieved by using the “Find at UTHSCSA” button in many databases.

Keith Cogdill
Director of South Texas Regional Information Services

Website redesign: Refworks 2.0

Just a reminder that in July, RefWorks 2.0 will become the default interface for UT Health Science Center RefWorks users. The classic version will still be available, and all references stored in current accounts will be accessible through the new interface, so current users will not lose any information.

RefWorks users who are comfortable with the current “classic” version should have little trouble adapting to the new clean version, which makes use of icons, tabs, and a “Quick List” for easy navigation.  Tasks such as editing references by browsing your computer and adding attachments like links to PDF articles or a JPG are even easier than before.  New features such as citation information have been added as well.

If you have questions about the new RefWorks interface, contact the library Information Desk at 7-2450 or via email to askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Linda Levy
Assistant Director for Branch Libraries and Database Services

John Weed will serve on library storage facility task force

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources in the Briscoe Library, has been selected to serve on a newly-created Joint Library Storage Facility Policy and Procedure Task Force.  The task force is charged with developing operating guidelines for a planned one million-volume library storage facility, which will be built on the Texas A&M Riverside campus in College Station.

The storage facility is a project of University of Texas System and Texas A&M University.

UT System and Texas A&M libraries will be able to store books and journals in this facility using the Resource in Common principle: If one library deposits a book or journal volume in the storage facility, other libraries will be able to discard the book or journal if they hold it in their collection, yet still claim ownership of the book or volume.

Librarians attend Medical Library Association annual meeting

The Medical Library Association held its annual meeting on May 13-18 in Minneapolis.  Two UT Health Science Center librarians, Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library Services, and Keith Cogdill, Ph.D., Director of South Texas Regional Information Services, attended the meeting.

Jonquil Feldman served on a panel discussing resources for managing scholarly publications.  She spoke on SciVal® Experts, a resource that identifies campus expertise and enables collaboration.  She also judged research papers for the Research Awards Committee and completed a term on the Awards and Scholarship Committee, where she participated on the Jury for the David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship.  The Kronick Fellowship is named for David A. Kronick, Ph.D. , the Briscoe Library’s first director.

Keith Cogdill, a 2010 recipient of the Kronick award, made a presentation on his study of libraries at four new medical schools which he visited in connection with the award.  He also presented a paper on the Frontera Collaboration of health sciences libraries along the US-Mexico border, and participated in events related to his fellowship this year in a leadership program organized by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) with sponsorship from the National Library of Medicine.