News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Briscoe Library adds more hours for study

Briscoe Library

Briscoe Library

Starting January 27, the Briscoe Library will be open for additional hours on weekends and during the week.  The additional hours will allow students to have more time to study in the library.  Work study students from the Schools of Health Professions, Medicine, and Nursing will be working during the increased hours to keep the library open.

The library’s new hours will be:

Sunday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Friday and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight

During the additional hours, the library will be closed to the public with access to the library available to Health Science Center students, faculty and staff using card swipe.  The library will only be open for study, services such as circulation and reference assistance will not be available.

Card swipe access will be in effect during the following times:

Sunday, 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight – 2:00 a.m.

Monday – Thursday, 12:00 midnight – 2:00 a.m.

Friday, 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight

Saturday, 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight

Please remember to bring your ID with you when visiting the library and keep the ID displayed at all times.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

Anne Comeaux earns designation as a Certified Records Manager

Anne Comeaux

Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Digital and Special Collections

Anne Comeaux, Assistant Director for Digital and Special Collections and the appointed Records Management Officer for the UT Health Science Center, recently earned the Certified Records Manager (CRM) designation from the Institute of Certified Records Managers.  The certification became effective on January 1, 2012.  There are currently 903 active certified CRMs worldwide.

The Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM) is an international certifying organization of and for professional records and information managers. The ICRM was incorporated in 1975 to meet the requirement to have a standard by which persons involved in records and information management could be measured, accredited and recognized according to criteria of experience and capability established by their peers.  The primary mission of the ICRM is to develop and administer the professional certification of Records and Information Managers including the relevant examinations and certification maintenance program. The ICRM serves as the official certifying body for both ARMA International and the Nuclear Information and Records Management Association (NIRMA).

Attaining the CRM designation is based on educational background, professional work experience and the passing of a six part examination covering management principles and the records and information program; records and information creation and use; records systems, storage, and retrieval; records appraisal, retention, protection and disposition; technology (computers, networks, microfilm, electronic records, video, audio, digitization, etc.); and case studies where the candidate must provide written solutions to several problem scenarios.  Work experience must include conducting studies and surveys or developing, designing and implementing Records and Information Management (RIM) systems; having direct managerial or operational responsibility for programs; or teaching courses in Records and Information Management (RIM) for an accredited institution of higher education.

The Health Science Center’s records management program provides guidance and overview of records management for all departments and clinics at the university.  The library took over responsibility for managing records and updating the UT Health Science Center Records Retention Schedule in December 2000.  212 departments/divisions have appointed Records Management Representatives to work with the Records Management Officer to handle state records on all campuses.  Several classes have been developed to help RMRs and other employees learn the state requirements for records and to train them to conduct inventories, protect vital records, discard records that have met their retention requirements, and plan for digitization or microfilming of records.   Over 2000 employees have attended the classes to date.  Staff may register for classes through the Knowledge Center at .   Consultation on records management issues are also available, and the Records Management Officer periodically visits each department/division to ensure compliance with university records requirements.

Questions on the retention requirements for records, using the online Records Retention Schedule, storage options, digitization or microfilming options, conducting records inventories, protecting vital records, and other issues involving state records may all be referred to Anne Comeaux, CRM at or 210-567-2428.

Featured resource: Journal of Visualized Experiments

JOVE-Journal of Visualized ExperimentsYou requested it and we listened.  Due to the large number of requests for a subscription to Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), the library started a subscription for 2012.  The subscription allows current access for JoVE General.  Additional sections require a separate subscription but they are freely available through PubMed Central if the video is older than 24 months. Librarians will monitor use of JoVE during 2012 to determine if this new format journal is used frequently and we welcome your comments about JoVE.  JoVE can be accessed through the library’s E-Journal page or through a catalog search; access is available on and off-campus.

JoVE features videos of experimental techniques.  Some examples from recent video articles include: Intracellular refolding assay, pull-down of calmodulin-binding proteins, quantifying mixing using magnetic resonance imaging, and analysis of cell cycle position in mammalian cells. JoVE also provides the opportunity for video viewers to comment on the experimental technique through blog entries.

From the JoVE website: “With participation of scientists from leading research institutions, the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) was established as a new, open access tool in life science publication and communication. We utilize a video-based approach to scientific publishing to fully capture all dimensions of life science research. Visualization greatly facilitates the understanding and efficient reproduction of fundamental experimental techniques, therefore contributing to the solution of two of the most challenging problems faced by today’s life science research community: (1) low transparency and reproducibility of biological experiments and (2) time-consuming learning of experimental techniques.”

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Book: Adaptive and flexible clinical trials by Richard ChinAdaptive and flexible clinical trials / Richard Chin.
Boca Raton : CRC Press, c2012.
QV 771 C539a 2012.





Book: Craig's Restorative Dental MaterialsCraig’s restorative dental materials, 13th ed. / edited by Ronald L. Sakaguchi, John M. Powers.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Mosby, c2012.
WU 190 R436 2012.




Book: Ask Me Why I Hurt

Ask me why I hurt : the kids nobody wants and the doctor who heals them / Randy Christensen with Rene Denfeld.
New York : Broadway Books, c2011.
WZ 100 C555a 2011.




Book: Guyton and Hall textbook of medical physiologyGuyton and Hall textbook of medical physiology, 12th ed. / John Hall.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Saunders/Elsevier, c2011.
QT 104 G992t 2011.

New resources from the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus ConnectMedlinePlus Connect links EHR users to consumer health information

The National Library of Medicine recently announced the debut of MedlinePlus Connect (, a free service that allows electronic health record (EHR) systems to link users to MedlinePlus.  MedlinePlus is an authoritative up-to-date health information resource for patients, families and health care providers, and delivers information about conditions and disorders, medications, and health and wellness. MedlinePlus has hundreds of health topic pages that bring together information from the National Institutes of Health, other US government agencies and authoritative health information providers.

General information about MedlinePlus Connect can be found at

Technical support for MedlinePlus Connect can be found at


Photo- John Shaw Billings

John Shaw Billings, c. 1870s


Online exhibit: “Building a National Medical Library on a Shoestring: 1872, the First Year

The National Library of Medicine recently mounted a new online exhibition, “Building a National Medical Library on a Shoestring: 1872, the First Year.” The exhibition may be found at:

The exhibition focuses on the dramatic 1872 change in the library’s mission. Founded in 1836 as the office library for the Army Surgeon General, the library came under the stewardship of Army Major John Shaw Billings in 1865. Seven years later, the library embarked on a venture to acquire the most complete set possible of medical books and journals. Billings and his work set the course for the library’s identity today as the world’s largest medical library.

The core of the exhibition is found in the stories, difficulties, and situations that Billings encountered as he began building a comprehensive collection as quickly and frugally as possible. The exhibition also shows the library’s early years, exploring the practical uses that the limited collection then supported.

The online exhibit includes a full bibliography of published materials by and about John Shaw Billings, including articles and pamphlets, reports, books and monographs, and speeches.


News from the Libraries – January 2012

In the news this month:  The staff of The Libraries wishes you the happiest of New Years

Happy New Year!

One Community/ One Book 2012: Facilitator and host training continues on January 11

Library classes for January and February 2012

Redesigned library website debuts over the holidays

eBook and eJournal users: The Libraries have a new link resolver

Linda Levy retires after 20 years of service

MD Consult: Two easy ways to earn CME credit

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library


Happy New Year!

The staff of the UT Health Science Center Libraries wishes all of our campus community a happy, healthy and productive new year!

2012 is already shaping up to be a busy year for librarians and library staff.  Construction continues on the Briscoe Library’s 5th floor to build the School of Medicine’s Office of Education.  Options for creating additional study space in the library are being explored, as is a plan for relocating print journals and books in the library building.

A task force of the Library Committee that includes Library Committee members, librarians, student representatives, and Facilities Management staff is discussing the “library of the future.”  The task force will develop a report based on stakeholder input about services, physical space, and amenities needed in the library of the future.  A recent study titled “Redefining the Academic Library” by the Education Advisory Board for the University Leadership Council, a council made up of university provosts throughout the country, details many of the changes the task force has discussed already.  Some of the top trends in next-generation library space planning that both the “Redefining” report and the task force have identified include:

  • fewer physical print collections on site as more books and journals move to electronic form;
  • space designed for comfort, collaboration, and varied student study needs;
  • flexibility and modularity in furnishings and design;
  • ubiquitous wireless connectivity and electrical access for laptops and mobile devices;
  • integration of academic support services;
  • food, drink and other amenities readily available.

The Library Committee task force welcomes comments and thoughts about the library of the future.  Comments can be sent to Adelita Cantu, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, and Library Committee Chair,

A pilot of 24/7 access to the Briscoe Library was conducted during the fall semester exam period in December. Following on this pilot project, options are being explored to extend hours using work study students.  As part of the 24/7 pilot project, we conducted a survey of academic health science center libraries.  Of the 60 libraries responding to the survey approximately half of the libraries provide 24/7 access to the library building for student study.  Exact days and hours for extended library hours are still being explored but we hope to have a schedule settled by mid-January.

The library’s new website, A-Z journal list, and link resolver are all debuting this month.  Read more about each in this issue of our newsletter.

In 2012 and as always, librarians and library staff in San Antonio, Harlingen, and Laredo are ready to assist our campus community with their information and study needs.  Please contact us at

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

One Community/ One Book 2012: Facilitator and host training continues on January 11

Attend training, receive the book for free!

Perhaps you have thought about becoming involved in One Community/One Book, either as a book discussion facilitator or by hosting  a discussion.  If so, consider attending the final Facilitator and Host Training for One Community/One Book  2012, 12:00 noon, Wednesday, January 11 in the Briscoe Library Collaboratory, room 4.074.   Taught by Dr. John Littlefield, director of the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching, the workshop will teach skills for planning and leading a book discussion that will continue to be useful, even after One Community/One Book  2012 is over.  Lunch is included in the class, and individuals who volunteer to host or lead a book discussion will also receive a free copy of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child, the One Community/One Book selection for 2011-2012.

In Barefoot Heart, Elva Trevino Hart, who is retired after 17 years with IBM, writes of  being 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 beet fields.  As a personal memoir, Hart’s book invites reflection on a number of themes including the importance of family and community, education as a way out of poverty, cultural diversity, and the promotion of cultural competence and empathy.

Elva Trevino Hart will speak in the Holly Auditorium on the Long Campus on Friday, February 24, 2012, at 12:00 noon.  The event, which is open to the public, is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To register for Facilitator and Host Training on January 11, email Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, at

Library classes for January and February 2012

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

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

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.


Briscoe Library – San Antonio

  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE:January 10, 2012, 1:00 pm -2:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: January 11, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Facilitator and Host Training for One Community/One Book 2012, January 11, 2012: Noon – 1 p.m., LIB 4.074
  • Introduction to EndNote: January 12, 2012: 10:00 am – 11:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Records Management Quick Review, January 18, 2012, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to PubMed: January 19, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Records Management Module A: Records Retention and Inventory, January 25, 2012, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, LIB 2.011


  • Records Management Module C: Managing Permanent Records and Electronic Records, February 22, 2012, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, LIB 4.074
  • Library Basics: February 13, 2011, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: February 16, 2012, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, LIB 2.011

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services

Redesigned library website debuts over the holidays

The UT Health Science Center Libraries debuted a redesigned website over the holidays.  The new website went live on Sunday, December 25, 2011.  The new website incorporates a number of ideas developed through usability testing with students, faculty and staff:

  • A new Library Search box is featured in the center of the Libraries’ main webpage.  One tab in that search box allows you to perform a library catalog keyword search from the home page; another will allow you to enter a PubMed Identifier (PMID) for an article to immediately check for online access to that article.  Other tabs allow you to search the database list, e journal list, or e-book list by title.
  • “Resources For…” is a new set of portal pages designed for the unique needs of main groups of library users: custom collections of resources for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community.
  • The “I Need To…” pages are guides to some of the most common tasks that library users need to perform: researching a topic, finding a specific article or book, finding study space or using computers, and more.

That is  just the beginning — we have incorporated many improvements throughout this new website and hope it will meet the needs of our campus community.  You can still find a link to each of the UT Health Science Center Libraries – Briscoe, Ramirez, Laredo, P.I. Nixon Medical Historical, and the Jesse H. Jones at TRP — on the new home page.  We are eager to hear your feedback and suggestions so we can continue to develop and improve our website going forward.  Let us know what you think!  Comments can be sent to

Luke Rosenberger, Director for Library Technology and Historical Collections