The UT Health Science Center Libraries’ staff welcomes new residents to our campuses. As current affiliated members of the Health Science Center community, residents have access to e-journals, e-books, and databases as well as access to materials located at San Antonio, Harlingen and Laredo branches.
Online access to e-journals, e-books, and databases begins from the moment you have an active UTHSCSA Domain Account. After clicking on library website links, click the “Current Faculty, Staff, & Students” choice to login. This same login/password used for UT Health Science Center computers, Blackboard, and Inside.UTHSCSA is used for online access to library materials and for requesting interlibrary loans (ILL).
The first time you visit the library to check out a book, library staff will ask you to complete a brief form to set up your in-library account.
Regular classes, including EndNote, RefWorks, PubMed, and Ovid Medline, are offered at the Libraries and are open to everyone. In the event our regular classes conflict with your schedule, call or email to request a consultation with a librarian. With advance notice, we can accommodate most requests for personal assistance. You are also welcome to request special classes for groups or departments. View the Library Events Calendar for upcoming classes: http://library.uthscsa.edu/events/.
In addition to classes and consultations, librarians are available at the Briscoe Library Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm for your immediate information needs. While the Briscoe Library does not have a traditional reference desk, reference and information services are available in-person, via email – firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone – 210-567-2450, and instant message http://library.uthscsa.edu/2011/10/get-help/.
Good links to bookmark:
Again, welcome! If you have questions about our services or resources, let us know.
Head of Education and Information Services
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 AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu.
Integrating library research skills into 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 email@example.com 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
The caption beneath the illustration reads, “Ascending central auditory pathways. Monaural pathways are shown in red, binaural pathways in blue, and other connections in black…” Twenty-eight labels in 8 point (very small) font crowd onto a page that resembles a plate of spaghetti and meatballs. Somehow, it all has to do with percussion, rhythm and beats, harmony, and deeply felt emotion. But who would know?
Vinh Dao and Pon-Pon Yeh, now MS-3s, struggled in their first year of medical school with “dry and boring” material that was “very abstract and difficult to grasp.” They had an idea, which they proposed to their professors, Charleen Moore, PhD and Kristine Vogel, PhD, both of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology. In an effort to make neuroanatomy more fun and more intuitive for students coming after them, and to help them integrate knowledge about neural pathways with their own experiences, the four worked together to create Applied Neuroanatomy. The elective, which was attended by 18 MS-1s, took place in four units from March 30 to May 4, 2012.
An exhibit documenting the class in photos and words will be on display in the lecture hall commons of the School of Medicine beginning in early July.
Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian
Over 140 Community Health Workers (CHWs) attended the 2nd Annual San Antonio CHW/Promotor(a) Summit held on June 8th at the Christus Santa Rosa Hospital City Center for Children and Families. UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library staff attended the summit to promote resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) that support public health workers and health consumers alike with trusted health and research information. Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services, and Patrick Lemelle, Outreach Library Assistant, provided demonstrations of MedlinePlus and PubMed while distributing and answering questions on many other NLM products and services. Of particular interest were the NLM Mobile Apps and Sites.
Community health workers, also known as promotores, are widely recognized as a vital part of the public health workforce in part by providing health literacy training and patient navigation services to undeserved populations. Through the many roles played by CHWs, the health disparities that exist in many parts of our nation are more effectively addressed on a community level.
Texas is only one of two states that currently offer certification programs for CHWs.
Some key Texas CHW facts:
Source: Texas Department of State Health Services, Community Health Workers – Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program. 2011 Annual Report: Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Advisory Committee. Available at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mch/chw/workforce.aspx . Accessed 6/15/12
Several librarians made presentations at the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association, held in Seattle, Washington May 18 through 23, 2012:
Feldman, Jonquil D.: A Study of the impact of research publications funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award. Poster presentation, Medical Library Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.
Lapiz-Bluhm, M. Danet (School of Nursing); Myatt, Angela; Gaspard, Christine; Prentice, Katherine P.: Utilization of Evidence-Based Practice Resources by Junior Level Nursing Students. Poster presentation, Medical Library Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.
Seger, Pegeen A: Smells like team spirit: MedlinePlus videos for patient education, a partnership between the University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries and CareLink, University Health System. Video presentation, Medical Library Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.
Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services has been appointed to co-chair the National Program Committee for the Medical Library Association 2015 Annual Meeting, which will take place in Austin. Her co-chair is Sandra Martin, Assistant Director of Shiffman Medical Library at Wayne State University. Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services in the Briscoe Library will serve on the Committee.
MLA annual conference attendees are health sciences information professionals from academic and hospital libraries worldwide.
Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Digital and Special Collections and Records Management Officer for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio received the Manager of the Year award for the San Antonio Chapter of ARMA International. ARMA International is a not-for-profit association of records management professionals.
Manager of the Year candidates are judged on the basis of a number of factors, including demonstrated excellence in the records management field, creation of innovative programs or program improvements, leadership, ethics, committee work, and achievements within one’s own company or organization. Anne received 350 points for her recent accomplishments — 135 more than her closest competitor. Congratulations, Anne!
Faculty and staff of the newly constructed Office of Undergraduate Medical Education moved into their new offices on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library in May. Further changes are planned for this floor in order to provide improved study and collaboration spaces for students.
In the very near future, new carpeting and ceiling fixtures will be installed on the 5th floor and all furniture on the floor will be replaced with new and updated furniture. Group study rooms will be equipped with Mediascape tables and flat screen monitors to support collaborative work. New study carrels, lounge seating, and study booths will also be added to update and improve the study environment.
In order to make as much room as possible for the new 5th floor study area, library staff have been busy in June consolidating the book and journal collection on the 4th floor, so that the few remaining books on the 5th floor can be moved to the 4th floor. In addition to added space for study furniture, the book move will result in the circulating collection of print books and journals all being housed on one floor of the library.
Stay tuned for more details on the progress of this project in the coming months.
Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries
Did you know that the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library owns a rare first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life? Published in 1859, the library’s fragile volume is a treasure. The valuable first editions with iconic green spines are in high demand for book collectors and science lovers. The library’s copy, one of only approximately 1,250 printed, is part of a collection of antiquarian texts originally donated to the the University of Texas Health Science Center in the early 1970’s by the Bexar County Medical Society.
The Witte Museum is currently hosting the American Museum of Natural History’s Darwin exhibit Darwin: How One Man’s Theory Turned the World on its Head. It runs through September 3, 2012 and includes Darwin’s handwritten journals of his observations while on the Galapagos Islands. For additional resources for children and families, visit the American Museum of National History’s Resources for Darwin.
Darwin’s complete works can also be read online.
To view the Health Science Center’s first edition of On the Origin of Species, or any of the other 5,000 rare and historical texts, contact Special Projects Librarian Susan Hunnicutt at (210) 567-2406 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Mellisa DeThorne at 210-567-2470 or email@example.com. Additional and selected materials from the Nixon Library may also be viewed online in the UTHSC Digital Archives / Historical Collection.
Melva Ramirez, MLS, Records and Information Management Intern, Special Collections
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Drug Information Portal is now available for mobile devices.
This mobile optimized website covers over 32,000 drugs and provides descriptions, drug names, pharmaceutical categories, and structural diagrams. Each record also features information links to nineteen other resources including PubMed, LactMed, and Drugs@FDA. The mobile version of a resource is used when available.
Smart Phones accessing the main Drug Portal site will be directed to the mobile site automatically. The Drug Information Portal is a free web resource from the NLM that provides an informative, user friendly entry-way to current drug information. Links to sources span the breadth of the NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies. Current information regarding consumer health, clinical trials, AIDS–related drug information, MeSH pharmacological actions, PubMed biomedical literature, and physical properties and structure is easily retrieved by searching on a drug name. A varied selection of focused topics in medicine and drug–related information is also available from displayed subject headings.
Please send comments and suggestions about NLM’s mobile app to: firstname.lastname@example.org
NLM Technical Bulletin, June 25, 2012
Copyright law for librarians and educators : creative strategies and practical solutions / Kenneth D. Crews.
Chicago : American Library Association, c2012.
Z 642 C927c 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
Perioperative standards and recommended practices / Association of periOperative Registered Nurses ; manager, Ramona Conner ; clinical editors, Joan Blanchard … [et al.].
Denver, Colo. : AORN, c2012.
WY 162 S7845 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
Mobile genetic elements : protocols and genomic applications, 2nd ed. / edited by Yves Bigot.
New York : Humana Press, c2012.
QU 25 M687 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
Andrea N. Schorr, Collection Resources Librarian
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