News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

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

Beginning with the new UT Health Science Center Libraries website redesign in late December, Find at UTHSCSA will become HSCLink.  When searching for articles, whether in PubMed, Ovid, CINAHL, Google Scholar, or another database instead of the familiar blue Find at UTHSCSA button, library users will find HSCLink.

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Find at UTHSCSA and HSCLink are both link resolvers, software that allows library users to go from a database entry directly to the article of choice in one or two clicks.  The UT Health Science Center Libraries are in the process of changing to a new link resolver.  Collection Resources librarians, along with our Web Services librarian, are working to make this transition as seamless as possible.

Pages on the library’s website that will be affected by this change are the e-journal page (currently and the e-book page (currently  The look and feel of the new link resolver pages will be slightly different but the functionality will be essentially the same.  Each of the new pages will have a new Web address so any bookmarks you stored for these pages will require updating.

Collection Resources librarians are testing the link resolver from various sources to ensure proper linking.  Although we are attempting to keep problems to a minimum, as with any change of this magnitude we expect a small number of problems to surface.  If you experience any issues with the new link resolver, whether the problem is incorrect linking, an error message, or something completely different, please let us know so we can investigate and fix the problem.  Contact us at or use the “report a problem” link at the bottom of each link resolver page.

Librarians are excited about the new link resolver and expect it will continue to be a useful tool for library users.

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources

Linda Levy retires after 20 years of service


Linda Levy, Assistant Director for Branch Library and Database Services, retired on December 31 following 20 years of service to the Health Science Center.  Linda began working at the UT Health Science Center Library in 1991 as an Information Services Librarian.  She managed the library’s literature search services, including instruction in effective literature search techniques.  In 1998 she began managing the branch library at the Robert B. Green Campus, and in 2007 she became responsible for supervising the new branch library at the Laredo Regional Campus.  Linda was active in library outreach services in Laredo and San Antonio including managing several successful outreach grants. Linda also was a member of several campus committees including the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Institutional Review Board, the School of Nursing Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS), and the Program Committee of the annual Summer Institute on Evidence-Based Practice.  In 2010, Linda was named to the Health Science Center’s  Academy of Master Teachers.   She has served on several committees for the Medical Library Association and the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association and has presented at numerous professional meetings.  She is an emeritus member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).

Linda plans to spend her retirement as an active volunteer for several organizations in San Antonio, and she plans to continue to enjoy her children (and hopefully grandchildren) in Chicago.  We wish Linda the best as she embarks on her well-deserved retirement and we express our gratitude for her many years of dedication to Health Science Center faculty, students and staff and the profession of librarianship.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

MD Consult: Two easy ways to earn CME credit

The online resource MD Consult, which is available to Health Science Center affiliated users through the database list on the library’s website, offers two easy activities to earn CME credit:

  1. Free Internet Point of Care CME credit
  2.  Cyberounds®

The Point of Care CME option is provided by the Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education.  It focuses on structured, online learning. Physicians may earn 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for each search conducted through MD Consult. Certificates are available immediately, and each user has access to a transcript of credits earned through MD Consult.

Cyberounds® are interactive grand rounds moderated by distinguished academics, exclusively for physicians, medical students, and other selected health professionals. Conferences are administered by the Cyberounds® committee at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. New presentations are uploaded regularly. Members then have the opportunity to pose questions and comments directly to the moderators or guest authors. Previous conferences are archived and available for review.  Free CME is granted for the first 5 conferences submitted through MD Consult.   If you are interested in additional credit for interactive grand rounds, you can create a separate, fee-based account through Cyberounds.

Searchable access to full text books, journals, medical images, and the popular “Clinics” series that are part of MD Consult is available to all Health Science Center affiliated personnel and students.  Some features, including the CME option do require setting up a personal account, but the set-up is easy, fast, and free.

To take advantage of the CME opportunities offered through MD Consult:

  1. Link to MD Consult through the library’s website.
  2. Click on Create Account in the upper right corner of the main MD Consult screen.
  3. Create your personal account (this must be done from a computer within the institutional IP range but the account can be used from any location after it is created).
  4. Click on the CME tab to read the instructions for earning CME.

Linda Levy, Assistant Library Director for Branch Libraries and Database Services

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

The essentials of biostatistics for physicians, nurses, and clinicians /
Michael R. Chernick. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, c2011. 

WA 950 C521e 2011.






Medical writing : a guide for clinicians, educators, and researchers /
Robert B. Taylor. New York : Springer, c2011. 

WZ 345 T245c 2011. 





Improving medical outcomes : the psychology of doctor-patient visits/Jessica Leavitt and Fred Leavitt. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2011.

W 62 L439i 2011.





Leadership and management for doctors in training : a practical guide/ Stephen Gillam.  London ; New York : Radcliffe Publishing, c2011.

W 80 G475L 2011.





Andrea N. Schorr, Collection Resources Librarian


News from the Libraries – December 2011

Cover of Barefoot Heart

In this newsletter: The Libraries are pleased to announce that One Community/One Book 2012 recently received the support of Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities in the form of a community projects grant award.

In the news this month:

Good wishes for the holidays

Holiday hours

Library classes for December and January

One Community/One Book selection tells stories of migrant life in South Texas

Barefoot Heart- Volunteer to lead a discussion group, and receive the book for free

Briscoe Library Renovations blog- Stay informed about construction in the Briscoe Library

Exhibit: Medical response to the Haiti earthquake 2010

Connective Tissue: Literature and visual arts journal seeks submissions

SCAMeL Libraries Increase Their Interlibrary Lending Rate

NLM honors winners of software development challenge

Patrick Lemelle joins the staff of the Briscoe Library

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Good wishes for the holidays

holiday poinsettiaThe staff of The Libraries wish you a happy and healthy holiday celebration.

At this busy holiday time, it is often difficult to find the perfect gift for all the people on your list.  Consider a monetary gift to the library!  A gift to the library in honor of a friend, relative, or colleague is a gift that keeps on giving.  The library uses gift donations to fund purchases of books and to support special events, such as the One Community/One Book program. Tribute and memorial bookplates are placed in appropriate books for donations of $50 or more. Larger gifts can be designated for an express purpose.  For example, the library received a generous gift from Virginia Bowden PhD, emerita Library Director, and Charles Bowden MD, clinical professor of psychiatry and pharmacology, designated for support of the University Archives.

All gifts are tax deductible and will be acknowledged.

Donations can be made through the HSC Connect Donate secure website at or through the Giving to the Libraries page at  Larger donations can be discussed with the Development Office or with Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries.

All gifts are greatly appreciated and put to good use.

Holiday hours

The University’s holiday schedule as well as schedules for each of the libraries can be found here:

holiday candlesBriscoe Library

Ramirez Library

Laredo Regional Campus Library

Library classes for December and January

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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.

When you register for a library class, your registration confirmation email includes a file that you can save as an appointment into your electronic calendar.

Briscoe Library – San Antonio

  • Tech the Halls: Holiday Tips and Tools – Technology Brownbag: December 14, 2011, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, Howe Conference Room
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: December 6, 2011, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: December 8, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Facilitator and Host Training for One Community/One Book 2012: December 12, 2011; 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, LIB 4.074 (Collaboratory, videoconferencing available on request)
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: January 4, 2012, 11:00 am – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: January 11, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to PubMed: January 19, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.01

Ramirez Library – Harlingen

  • Life Made Mobile: Medical Apps for Smartphones – Technology Brownbag: December 7, 2011, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm, Room 1.132

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services

One Community/One Book selection tells stories of migrant life in South Texas

Photograph of Elva Trevino Hart

Elva Trevino Hart is the author of the 2012 One Community/One Book selection.

The UT Health Science Center Libraries’ popular One Community/One Book program will continue in the months ahead with reading and discussion of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child, by Elva Trevino HartThe Libraries are pleased to announce that One Community/One Book 2012 recently received the support of Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities in the form of a community projects grant award.

The Health Science Center’s 4th One Community/One Book selection is a book with deep roots in South Texas. Author Elva Trevino Hart tells stories of growing up in Pearsall, Texas as 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 the beet fields.   The book details her family’s struggle to make a living and to overcome prejudice and poverty through education.  She also explores her family’s roots in Mexico, and the historical events that carried her father and his family north to Texas and beyond.  Barefoot Heart encourages reflection on a number of themes including the importance of family and community, education as a way out of poverty, cultural diversity in our own South Texas communities, and the promotion of cultural competence and empathy as we train tomorrow’s health care professionals.

Plans for One Community/One Book include workshops for discussion group leaders, book discussion groups, and several speaking engagements for the author from February 23-25, 2012.   Ms. Hart will speak on campus Friday, February 24 at 12:00 noon.  She will also speak on Saturday, February 25  at the Spring Conference of the Voelcker Biosciences Teacher Academy.  Copies of the book are available through the library, and the bookstore is selling Barefoot Heart at a 25% discount.

A book signing will follow Ms. Hart’s talk on February 24.

One Community/One Book 2012 is a collaborative effort between The Libraries, the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching (ACET), and the San Antonio Public Library.  It is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For information about One Community/One Book, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian: Call 567-2406 or email

Barefoot Heart- Volunteer to lead a discussion group, and receive the book for free

Barefoot Heart- Book coverThanks to a community project grant award from Humanities Texas, The Libraries are once again able to provide books to individuals who volunteer to lead or host a discussion group in connection with the One Community/One Book program.

The first of several workshops for discussion group leaders and hosts will take place Monday, December 12, 2011 at noon in the Collaboratory of the Briscoe Library.  Online registration is available.  For more information contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, at

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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