News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

On display in the Briscoe Library in August: Art of ancient Mexico

The UT Health Science Center Libraries are hosting an exhibit of artwork from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM-San Antonio) through August 2011. The featured art —  reproductions of funerary artifacts from the cultures of West Mexico that were produced between 100 B.C and 300 B.C.— will be on display in the School of Medicine’s Lecture Hall Commons through the end of August.

The figurines are  made from reddish or orange clay with geometric decorations in red, white, black and yellow. They depict women preparing food, musicians, dancers, flutists and warriors, all going about their daily activities. A unique and interesting feature of these figurines is their adornments: oversize ear and nose ornaments in the shape of a bar or a half moon, as well as bracelets and necklaces of several strands.

What’s in a name? History of Medicine lecture will present an informal approach to “Hispanic” genetics and history

The ten largest Latino population groups in the U.S. by country of origin (based on self-described family ancestry or place of birth). By Permission: Pew Hispanic Center.

Monday, August 8, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room Briscoe Library

In this noon hour presentation, Dr. Richard F. Ludueña, Ph.D., distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, will explore multiple aspects of Hispanic identity in the U.S. “If we start drawing medical conclusions,” he says, “we need to be clear what we are talking about.” 

The talk will move in the direction of a working genetic definition that takes account of the variety of Hispanic populations in the U.S., including Peninsular, Native American, African, and others.

Dr. Ludueña’s lecture is a sponsored activity of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and is open to the public. 

For more information about this event, or about how to become a member of the Friends group, contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, at Borchers@uthscsa.edu.

Integrating the humanities into anatomy instruction

Article documents art and anatomy workshop offered at the UT Health Science Center

Penelope Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, is a co-author with Dr. Charleen Moore of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, of an article in an upcoming issue of Anatomical Sciences Education:

Moore, C. M., Lowe, C., Lawrence, J., & Borchers, P. (2011). Developing observational skills and knowledge of anatomical relationships in an art and anatomy workshop using plastinated specimens, in press. Anatomical Sciences Education. Epub ahead of print retrieved July 29, 2011. doi: 10.1002/ase.244.

Constance Lowe, M.F.A. and Jayne Lawrence, M.F.A., both of UTSA, are also co-authors.

The article describes art and anatomy workshops that took place in the Briscoe Library in 2009 and 2011.  The workshops rely in part on materials housed in the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

From the abstract: Many medical schools have developed formal art observation training in conjunction with nearby art museums to enhance the visual diagnostic skills of their medical students. We report here on an art and anatomy workshop that paired medical and art students who did drawing exercises from plastinated anatomical specimens and the animated face to hone observational skills… We propose workshops such as these …  will assist the medical student in developing diagnostic skills for identifying disease and the art student in using the human body as subject. We further propose that these programs will help students develop humanistic sensitivities and provide an outlet for expression of the emotional aspects of dealing with disease and mortality.

Journal cancellation list: We are still interested in receiving your input

In the May issue of the newsletter, we posted a list of possible journal and database cancellations for 2012.  If you have not reviewed the list and sent comments, please take the time to do so.  Comments can be sent to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, weedj@uthscsa.edu.

Changes affect Stat!Ref and NetLibrary users

Changes to Stat!Ref

Stat!Ref provides quick access to a number of full-text electronic medical reference books in the areas of diagnosis and treatment in specialties such as psychiatry, geriatrics, and surgery.  Titles include Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Holland-Frei Cancer Medicine, and Quick Reference Guide to Pediatric Care, just to name a few.  Two significant changes are scheduled for August 1, 2011.

A new version of Stat!Ref Online will be released.  The interface offers more robust technology with more functionality such as:

  • Updated search functions
  • Enhanced access to tools needed to make research easier
  • Ability to quickly download tables, figures and images for presentations and lectures
  • Redesigned layout to locate resources and find information easier
  • Enhanced ease of access to bibliographic citations including Refworks and EndNote

Also beginning August 1, titles published by McGraw-Hill will no longer be available through Stat!Ref.  Most of these titles are still available through AccessMedicine and AccessSurgery, or in print format.  Several new titles that are comparable to the McGraw-Hill books will be added to the Stat!Ref collection.

Changes to NetLibrary e-books

The UT Health Science Center Libraries has access to a number of NetLibrary e-books as the result of purchases by the UT System and TexShare over the past several years.  EBSCO purchased NetLibrary, and as a result these e-books are currently being transferred to the EBSCO platform.  Here is some information regarding the transition that may be helpful to e-book users accessing materials through the library catalog:

  • Personal NetLibrary accounts that were created will cease to function after the transition is made.  Users are encouraged to create new EBSCO accounts.
  • Only one person will be able to browse an e-book at a time.  The e-books may be searched, viewed, and browsed online but they may not be checked out.  When a user’s session ends, any e-books they were viewing will become available to others.
  • Due to licensing agreements, e-books we have access to will not be downloadable to a computer or portable reader.
  • Links from the catalog and e-books page should seamlessly redirect from NetLibrary to EBSCO.  Please contact the library at AskALibrarian@uthscsa.edu if you experience any linking problems.

John Weed
Head of Collection Resources

Library classes for August and September

Scan this code with your smartphone camera QR reader app— for example ScanLife— 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 AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

If you would like to request 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

  • Library Basics: August 16, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: August 17, 2011, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.,  LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to PubMed: August 23, 2011, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: August 23, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: September 7, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: September 15, 2011, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: September 15, 2011, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., LIB 4.074 – Collaboratory
  • Introduction to PubMed: September 27, 2011, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, LIB 2.011

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Information and circulation services are now available at one desk in the Briscoe Library

Librarians and library assistants now provide services from the one-stop service desk on the main floor of the Briscoe Library. 

On July 29, the library’s familiar Information Desk was dismantled and removed.  This desk, a work of art built with several types of wood, was designed for the Briscoe Library when it opened in 1983.  Changes in library use have made it possible to consolidate circulation, information, reference, and research services to one service point located at the Circulation Desk at the main entrance to the library.

One motivation for removing the Information Desk is the increased demand for electricity.  The former location of the Information Desk has abundant electrical and data connections and it will be transformed into a comfortable  and convenient hub for using laptops and other mobile devices.

Another reason to move to a single service point is consolidation of services to one central location.  The number of transactions that take place at the Information Desk decreased  in recent years, thus allowing the library to plan for services to be offered at one central location.  When the Briscoe Library opened its doors, library users were dependent on librarians to obtain reference assistance and to compile citations to articles in their research topics.  In recent years, Web  access to MEDLINE and other databases evolved, journals and books became available in electronic format, and searching tools such as PubMed and Google made it possible to look up information and obtain online texts without coming into a library.  Librarians spend a good part of their day teaching people how to use resources to effectively find and organize information on their own.  With the removal of the Information Desk, librarians will be available on call, and they will monitor telephone, email and instant messages while working from their offices.

To contact an Information Services librarian, stop by the Circulation Desk, call 567-2450, schedule a consultation appointment, or send an email to AskALibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Jonquil Feldman
Director of Briscoe Library Services

Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, retires this month

Penelope Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, will retire in August with thirteen years of service in the Briscoe Library. 

Over the years Pennie has held several positions and taken a leadership role in many library projects.  Her first position, in 1998, was as Collection Development/Technical Services Librarian.  In that position she provided cataloging services and managed course reserves, including ERes.  She was promoted to Special Collections Librarian in 2002, and since that time has coordinated activities of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, answered reference questions, conducted oral histories, assisted with digitization projects, and researched and created fifteen major exhibits.   She has also participated in the library’s orientation and instruction programs, conducted tours of the Nixon Library, hosted two Art & Anatomy workshops and welcomed History of Anatomy students from San Antonio and from Italy. 

Pennie was instrumental in development of special programming in connection with three traveling exhibits created by the National Library of Medicine: 

  • Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature (2003)
  • Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians (2008)
  • Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine (2010)

 Recently Pennie has focused on the creation of a print catalog of outstanding holdings of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, grouped by specialty.  This catalog will be an invaluable aid for future research. 

Pennie’s people skills, her creativity, and her enthusiasm for the history of medicine and other disciplines have contributed much to the development and promotion of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library in recent years, and she will be missed.

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Please save the date: Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

41ST ANNUAL MEETING

Dinner and Presentation

Fernando Guerra, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.,

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and recently retired Director of Health for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will speak on the topic

 “Doctors and Dollars May Not Always Be Enough!”

Monday, November 7, 2011 6:30 p.m.

Doubletree Hotel      37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough

Cost: $40/person; $30 for students includes Friends membership

Keith Cogdill to become director of library services at NIH

Keith Cogdill, Ph.D., Director of South Texas Regional Information Services, will leave his position in the library at the end of August to become Director of Library Services at the National Institutes of Health. 

Keith has been responsible for leading four branch libraries, the circuit librarian program, and the interlibrary loan and community engagement initiatives for the UT Health Science Center Libraries.  He also serves as an adjunct professor, teaching online courses in the area of health sciences libraries and informatics for Drexel University in the College of Information Science and Technology.

Prior to Keith’s position at the UT Health Science Center, he worked for the National Library of Medicine in the National Network Office for five years, so he is no stranger to NIH.  He worked as an assistant professor for the University of Maryland, College of Information Studies, and as a research and teaching assistant for the University of North Carolina’s College of Medicine and School of Information and Library Science.  He was also an NLM Health Informatics Fellow and librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Since he joined the library staff in 2007, Keith has developed active outreach programs and has participated in or led a number of grants, including the Frontera Collaboration, a cooperative effort among border region libraries to promote evidence-based practice resources.   He is currently completing the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program and completed the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians in 2010. Keith has also received several prestigious awards including the Medical Library Association’s David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship in 2010, which allowed Keith to travel to new and emerging medical school libraries, and the Ida and George Eliot Prize for publications in 2004 and 2008.

Keith’s knowledge and enthusiasm for community engagement will be missed; however, we wish him the best as he assumes his new leadership role at the NIH.

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraraies