News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Briscoe Library to Partner with SAPL on NPR Campus Community Book Club



The UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library and the San Antonio Public Library Forest Hills Branch are joining forces to start a new NPR (National Public Radio) Book Club as a community engagement project. There are many community issues that can benefit from engagement utilizing a book club as a platform for interaction and conversation. The club will meet once a month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at either the Briscoe Library (room 4.074, the Collaboratory) or at the Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Rd). An NPR reviewed book will be featured at each meeting.

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh has been selected for the first meeting on September 17th, 6 -7 p.m., held at the Briscoe Library.

Do No Harm provides unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital.  Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life’s most difficult decisions.

A few copies are available at the Briscoe Library on a first come, first served basis. Other copies are available through the San Antonio Public Library. Contact Peg Seger for more details at (210) 567-6398 or

Those interested in taking part in this project can stop by either library to pick up a bookmark with dates, times, and location information.


The Winds and Words of War–Library Presentation

  • Presented by Allison Hays Lane, Archivist, University Health System
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
  • Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library 5th Floor

An exhibit of World War I posters, on loan from the Texana Collection of the San Antonio Public Library, is now on display on the 3rd floor of the Briscoe Library.

I-Want-YouThe collection consists of lithographs depicting war propaganda that were commissioned in 1916-1917 by the U.S. government to inspire people to enlist, to pick up a flag, to support the men and women who participated as soldiers and nurses. The illustrators, including James Montgomery Flagg, Charles Buckle Falls, Haskell Coffin, and others whose works also appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, volunteered their creativity to the war effort.  These prints are excellent examples of use of advertising strategies and graphic design of the period.

Curator Allison Hays Lane will talk about her research and share many interesting stories about the artists and the fascinating prints in this vintage collection.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP 210-567-2430 or

New Pottery Bowl Exhibit: Art for the Mind

Dudley Harris, MD likes to say he doesn’t make art, he makes things. Art is for your mind.

There is no doubt, the delicate pottery bowls on display at the Briscoe Library are works of art. The bowls were made at Dr. Harris’ San Antonio studio using a Japanese method that the artist has perfected by working with artists in Japan. The process of creating each bowl takes a full month, with multiple glazings and firings, and the result is truly stunning.

IMG_2227 A mostly retired ophthalmologist, Dr. Harris has a long history with the UT Health Science Center. He was among the first group of interns to train in 1969 at Bexar County Hospital (now University Hospital). After his residency, he served in the U.S. Navy and then entered private practice in San Antonio. He spent his career performing cataract surgeries. He has made numerous trips to Central America and Asia, doing pro bono surgeries.

Dr. Harris began working with pottery 30 years ago, and has always been attracted to the Japanese style tea bowl. He insists his bowls are for the kitchen and table. He says, “My bowls are for goulash. But if you think my bowls are beautiful, we are both happy.” He holds an annual open house in December at his studio. Proceeds from the sales event benefit Texas Public Radio. Dr. Harris can be contacted at

Jonquil Feldman
Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

World War I Posters on Display at 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’s Texana Collection, 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 is curated by Allison Hays Lane, Archivist with University Health System, who has worked with the vintage poster collection since 2006. The poster collection has traveled throughout the United States with funding from a National Endowment for the Humanities grant from 2008-2012, reaching over 150,000 people.

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

Featured New Books for September 2015

For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.


Purchase suggestions?
Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact Andrea N. Schorr, Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian.



News From the Libraries – August 2015

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

3D Print now available

Proposed Journal Cancellations for FY16

New England Journal of Medicine Backfiles Now Available

AccessMedicine and AccessSurgery Upgrades

3D Printing at the Library

Danny Jones Essay Competition

Dentists: Prisoners of the Rising Sun

WWI Poster Exhibit

Promotores and Community Health Worker Groups

Library Exchange Program

What’s New in ClinicalKey?

Featured New Books

See all past issues of 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