News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

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 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.

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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.



ScienceDirect Maintenance

ScienceDirect will be offline for maintenance for approximately 4.5 hours starting at 05:00 PM on Saturday, 1 August. 

News From the Libraries – July 2015

The July issue of News from the Libraries is now available.  For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.

Laredo area 6th & 7th grade students attending an AHEC  summer science camp enjoy looking at the anatomical  models at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

Laredo area 6th & 7th grade students attending an AHEC
summer science camp enjoy looking at the anatomical
models at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

Holiday Hours – July 4th Weekend

Construction on 4th Floor

Faculty Survey – Recommend a Journal

Laredo Library – AHEC Orientations & Tours

NIH Public Access Policy

Looking For a New Way to Study?

P.I. Nixon Library Hosts UTSA Art Students

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Library Hours for July 4th Weekend

In observance of Independence Day, all UT Health Science Center Library locations will be closed on the 4th of July, 2015. Hours of operation during the weekend are shown below.

Briscoe Library

Day Date Holiday UT Health Science Center Access Public Access
Friday July 3* Independence Day Observance 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday July 4 Independence Day CLOSED CLOSED
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – midnight 10:00 a.m. – midnight
* University Mission Critical day – Limited services will be available.


Ramirez Library (Harlingen)

Day Date Holiday UT Health Science Center Access ** Public Access
Friday July 3* Independence Day Observance 6:00 a.m. – midnight 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday July 4 Independence Day 6:00 a.m. – midnight CLOSED
Sunday noon – midnight 1 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
* University Mission Critical day – Limited services will be available.
** Access for UT Health Science Center ID card holders


Laredo Regional Campus Library

Day Date Holiday UT Health Science Center Access** Public Access
Friday July 3 Independence Day Observance 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Saturday July 4 Independence Day 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CLOSED
Sunday 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CLOSED
** Access for UT Health Science Center ID card holders

View the University Holiday Schedule

Construction Begins on 4th Floor of Briscoe Library

The former Drug Information Services office on the south side of the Briscoe Library’s 4th floor is undergoing remodeling. The space is being prepared as a suite of offices for several staff from the Office of Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs who are responsible for institutional accreditation and effectiveness. The work will last about six weeks, through mid-August, and the workers will do their best to keep the noise to a minimum. The 4th floor is a designated Quiet Zone, where even a whisper is often met with a frown. It is understandable that construction noise may be bothersome to those who are expecting to hear a pin drop but not a hammer. Other floors of the building will continue to be available for study, and free earplugs are always available from the Circulation Desk.

Questions or comments may be directed to Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, at


Faculty Survey – Recommend a Journal

In the recent Faculty Survey conducted by Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, a number of questions were asked about satisfaction with library services, resources and facilities.  Overall, responses were very positives about the library and its librarians and staff.  Approximately 94% of faculty who completed the survey noted that they were satisfied with services provided by the library.  A number of areas were identified in the free text comment section of the survey that are areas for improvement.  One thorny problem noted was difficulty in accessing the library’s online resources.  This is no surprise considering that the library through its website provides access to thousands of ejournals, ebooks and databases from a number of different publishers and vendors.  Whenever a problem is encountered, it is helpful to contact a librarian so the source of the problem can be identified and fixed.  Sending an email to should help in getting access problems resolved.

Several faculty commented that the library did not have journals they need.  In July and August, librarians finalize journal subscriptions for the next calendar year, so it would be very helpful to hear from faculty if there are titles that the library should consider for subscription.  To recommend a journal title for subscription or a book for purchase, contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources,, 210/567-2479.