News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Proposed Journal Cancellations for 2016

On an annual basis, librarians review current journal subscriptions to assure that titles are continuing to be used and are meeting the needs of the Health Science Center community.  This annual review of journals allows the library to stay within budget while freeing some funds to add new titles requested by faculty and students.  Below is our tentative journal cancellation list for 2016.  The titles on this list have low usage (less than 100 uses during the year), no usage, or the publisher could not provide use statistics.  Because some publishers are not able to provide use statistics, librarians are particularly interested in feedback on titles that appear to have no use.

Librarians used 2014 cost/use as a baseline because it is the last full calendar year of usage statistics we could gather.

Cancellations are not made lightly; librarians look at many factors and also take into consideration comments from faculty, staff, and students.  If any of the titles suggested for cancellation are needed,  send your comments to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, at

For titles not owned by the library or that may be cancelled, interlibrary loan is available to obtain articles or books from lending libraries around the country.

New England Journal of Medicine Backfiles Now Available

The Briscoe Library now has access to the complete run of  New England Journal of Medicine. Access for NEJM begins with 1928 and previous titles range from 1812-1927. This backfile collection was purchased through our consortial partnership with the University of Texas System using Academic Library Collection Enhancement Program (ALCEP) funds allocated by the UT System Board of Regents for one-time collection purchases.


AccessMedicine and AccessSurgery Upgrades

The UT Health Science Center Library is pleased to report a recent upgrade to our McGraw-Hill database subscriptions.  AccessMedicine and AccessSurgery now have unlimited access for Health Science Center users.  Previously, only a limited number of users could be signed on to these databases at any one time.  In addition, the Access Neurology Collection will be available for a one year trial period.

A sample of titles in the Neurology Collection include:

Adams and Victor’s Principles of Neurology, 10th edition
Clinical Neuroanatomy, 27th edition
Clinical Neurology, 2nd edition
DeMyer’s The Neurologic Examination: A Programmed Text, 6th edition
Principles of Neural Science, 5th edition

Coming in the September newsletter will be information on the AccessMedicine app.

3D Printing at the Library

The UT Health Science Center Library has purchased a 3D printer for students, faculty, researchers and others affiliated with the Health Science Center. The newly established Makercloset, located on the 3rd floor of the Briscoe Library, provides an “intellectual playground” for exploring 3D printing and design creation in an environment that encourages collaboration, innovation and experimentation. 3D printer users can submit a job request via an online form and library staff will initiate the print job. The requestor is welcome to view the printer in action—although this is a slow process that can take hours!

3D printer users are encouraged to take advantage of shared files located on the NIH 3D Print Exchange, and to share original print files on the Exchange. Additionally, library staff have created a 3D print blog where photos of completed objects can be shared.

The3D printer was purchased with funding from an Emerging Technology Award supported by Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. There will be no charge for the printing of objects as long as supplies last. Many HSC users may find this to be the first stop for printing and tweaking a prototype before they have a final version printed at Creative Media Services. Future plans are to obtain funding to purchase a 3D digital scanner to add to the Makercloset.

For more information, contact

2015 Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition

Painting of Avicenna

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library welcome submissions for the 2015 essay competition in memory of Danny Jones, M.L.S., who served as Head of Special Collections at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Library and who was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The essay can be on any topic related to the history of the health sciences, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, or any other health science subject or profession.

The contest is open to current students in any of the schools of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, as well as affiliated interns, residents, and fellows. Unpublished essays in broad areas related to the history of the health sciences are eligible for submission. Previous essays not selected are also eligible for resubmission.

A prize of $500 will be awarded to the best essay as chosen by a panel of three judges. This prize will be presented at the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Annual Dinner on November 5, 2015.

Word Limit

No more than 2500 words


October 12, 2015


Please send entries in PDF format to

For more information, contact Lisa Matye Finnie at or 210-567-2406.

Dentists: Prisoners of the Rising Sun – History of Medicine Society

Photograph of Dentist of the Rising Sun

How does one provide dental treatment without any instruments or materials while being used as slave labor along a death railroad? Simple, you forge your own instruments. Along with sculpting dental chairs out of termite mounds, making bamboo chairs, and tapping rubber trees for latex, 83 military dentists during their 45 months of captivity proved that necessity is the mother of invention.

Irene Bober-Moken, DMD, MPH presents Dentists: Prisoners of the Rising Sun at the August 19, 2015 meeting of the History of Medicine Society, a student-led interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. Membership in the History of Medicine Society is free, and meetings are open to the public.

When: August 19, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Where: Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room (5th floor)

The History of Medicine Society has an exciting list of programs scheduled for this academic year! HOM_Activities_2015_2016. Hope to see you there!

For more information, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or 210-567-2406.



World War I Poster Exhibit Opens in the Briscoe Library

A collection of ten World War I posters is now on display in the Briscoe Library. The collection, on loan from the San Antonio Public Library, features some very famous vintage posters dating back to 1917, such as Wake Up America, which depicts lady liberty personifying America asleep while the storm of war is brewing behind her, and “Uncle Sam’s” I Want You, considered the “most famous poster in the world”.

I-Want-YouThe display consists of lithographs depicting war propaganda that were commissioned by the U.S. government to inspire people to enlist. Posters were considered visually appealing, easily reproducible, and conveniently sized to paste on walls of buildings and windows of homes. The Division of Pictorial Publicity reached out to illustrators and encouraged them to volunteer their creativity to the war effort. The artists included James Montgomery Flagg, Charles Buckle Falls, Haskell Coffin, and others whose works also appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post and other popular magazines. These posters are excellent examples of use of advertising strategies and graphic design of the period. They were designed to elicit a patriotic response, an urge to enlist, to pick up a flag, to support the men and women who participated as soldiers and nurses.

The collection will be on display in the library through the end of October.


The Washington Post. (2014, July 29). The posters that sold World War I. Retrieved from

Jonquil Feldman
Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

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.