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News from The Libraries – October 2011
Library classes for October and November
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 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
- Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: October 12, 2011, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, LIB 2.011
- Library Basics: October 12, 2011, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
- Introduction to RefWorks:, October 26, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:30 am, LIB 2.011
- Introduction to EndNote: November 15, 2011, 11:00 am – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
- Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: November 17, 2011, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, LIB 2.011
- Introduction to PubMed: November 17, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011
- Introduction to RefWorks: November 18, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:30 am, LIB 2.011
October 5 – Anatomists and Their Art: Dr. Charleen Moore will speak
Dr. Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D., Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, will give a presentation on Anatomists and Their Art in the Howe Conference Room, 5th Floor, Briscoe Library at noon on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. Dr. Moore’s lecture will include stories of artists who dissected, anatomists who illustrated their own works, and anatomist/artist teams who worked together in the early days of printing to produce some of the most important anatomical texts of all time. The public is welcome to attend.
After the presentation, a display of more than 25 rare anatomical books will be on exhibit in the P.I. Nixon Reading Room, including many of the books described in Dr. Moore’s lecture.
For more information, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian: 567-2406 or email@example.com.
Image: Bernhard Siegfried Albinus and Jan Wanderlaar: Tabulae Sceleti e Musculorum Corporis Humani, London 1749. Image courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.
November 7 – 41st Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library
Dr. Fernando Guerra, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the UT Health Science Center, and recently retired Director of Health for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, will be the speaker at the 41st Annual Meeting, Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The event will take place Monday, November 7, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Airport Hotel.
The topic of Dr. Guerra’s presentation, “Doctors and Dollars May Not Always Be Enough!” will provide the occasion for him to reflect on the health care system, its institutions, professionals, personnel, technology and investments, as well as measurable progress in the delivery of health care over the past forty years. Dr. Guerra will also consider ongoing challenges and opportunities, especially in light of the Affordable Health Care Act. How is it possible to fill the gaps when doctors and dollars may not be enough?
The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library invite all those interested in the history of medicine to an enjoyable evening of good food and conversation.
The cost of attendance is $40/person. Advance registration is required. Student attendance is $30 and includes Friends membership. Opportunities to sponsor student attendees at the dinner are available.
Please register by October 3: Send registration form to Briscoe Library – MSC 7940, UTHSCSA, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229-9674, Attention: Susan Hunnicutt. Email questions to Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.
Treasures of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library
The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library began as the private collection of San Antonio physician Pat Ireland Nixon. Born in Guadalupe County in 1883, Dr. Nixon studied at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he developed an interest in the history of medicine, as well as a love of rare medical texts, which he collected. When Dr. Nixon moved to San Antonio in 1912 to open his practice, he sought out other physicians and organized a journal club, which eventually evolved into the Bexar County Medical Library Association (BCMLA). Over the years the collection of the association grew to contain more than 15,000 volumes.
In 1970, the Bexar County Medical Society donated the rare books from the collection of the BCMLA to the new medical school in San Antonio — then called The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, but later becoming part of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. In 1983 the collection was officially named the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. At that time it was moved to its present location, on the fifth floor of the Briscoe Library.
Today, as one of the sites of an annual art and anatomy workshop, as well as of a course in the history of anatomy, the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library supports the teaching mission of both The University of Texas at San Antonio and the The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The library reading room is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition to many historically significant volumes in the fields of anatomy, surgery, psychiatry and ophthalmology, the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library also includes works of local importance, including Dr. Rudolph Menger’s Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscences (1913). A Century of Medicine in San Antonio (1936) and The Medical Story of Early Texas (1946), both by Pat Ireland Nixon, are held in the library’s collection.
Membership in the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is open to anyone who is interested in the history of the health sciences. Dues are $10/year for students, $25 for individual members, and $50 for patrons. Membership in the Friends and gifts to the library help to assure that we will be able to maintain, build and promote the use of the collection, both on the campus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and in the academic communities of the surrounding area.
For more information about membership in the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, or about any of its programs, please contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, at (210) 567-2406, or email Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu. Information about membership can also be found on the library’s website.
Librarians Assume New Responsibilities
Due to recent retirements and resignations, a number of the UT Health Science Center Libraries’s divisions and sections have been reorganized and librarians have new working titles to reflect changes in responsibility.
The functions of the former South Texas Regional Information Services division are being divided among several library operational sections. Library Outreach and the Circuit Librarian Service will report to Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, and will be managed by Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services. Chris Gaspard, Head of Access Services and Interlibrary Loan, will assume management responsibility for the Interlibrary Loan section. Branch libraries at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, the Laredo Regional Campus, and the Texas Research Park will report to Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries in the Administration division. Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, will be assigned to work in Special Collections, particularly with programming related to the historical collections and Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.
These changes in organization and responsibility will keep the library efficient and productive with reduced staff as it seeks to support the UT Health Science Center’s mission of education, research, clinical care, and service.
Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries
Librarians participate in hazMmat training exercise in Harlingen
In September Greysi Reyna and Kathy Carter, librarians at the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at the H-RAHC, attended a hazardous materials training exercise conducted by the Harlingen Fire Department. Harlingen firefighters simulated containment of a chlorine leak as part of the exercise.
RAHC librarians participated to learn more about how WISER, a database produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), is used by HazMat specialists to respond to hazardous material emergencies.
A key feature of WISER is support for identification of unknown substances. Emergency responders use WISER to identify and validate unknown substances based on the following:
- signs/symptoms of victims of exposure
- physical properties of the substance gathered by observation or sensors
- hazard values from NFPA 704 placards
- the ability to categorize a substance, such as a substance used in a meth lab, a flammable substance, etc.
- transportation identification, including DOT placards, type of road trailer, and type of rail car
Information gathered during the exercise will be used by librarians to plan future classes on the use of WISER and other NLM databases for the Harlingen Fire Department.
University Archives agrees to house the papers of the Texas Neural Tube Defects Project
Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Birth Defect Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch recently contacted The University Archives about housing the papers of the Texas Neural Tube Defects(NTD) Project. This project investigated a cluster of three babies with anencephaly that were born at a Brownsville, Texas hospital within 36 hours of each other in 1991. An 8-year federally-funded project investigated the risk factors for neural tube defects and provided counseling and folic acid supplements to mothers to help prevent recurrent NTD cases. Members of the faculty of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio played key roles in this study, which may be of interest to current researchers or graduate students working in the area of neural tube defects.
Papers of the Texas Neural Tube Defects Project that are stored in the University Archives include reports, statistical analyses, journal and newspaper articles, training materials, and correspondence with researchers regarding findings. View the finding aid listing the papers.
New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library
Manufacturing depression : the secret history of a modern disease / Gary Greenberg.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011.
WM 11.AA1 G799m 2011.
Essentials of functional MRI / Patrick W. Stroman.
Boca Raton : CRC Press, c2011.
WN 185 S922e 2011.
Netter’s pediatrics / editors, Todd A. Florin, Stephen Ludwig ; associate editors, Paul L. Aronson, Heidi C. Werner ; illustrations by Frank H. Netter ; contributing illustrators, Carlos A.G. Machado … [et al.].
Philadelphia : Elsevier/Saunders, c2011.
WS 100 N474 2011.
Science research writing for non-native speakers of English / Hilary Glasman-Deal.
London : Imperial College Press ; Hackensack, N.J. : World Scientific Publishing, 2011.
PE 1475 G549s 2011.
Principles of oral and maxillofacial surgery, 6th ed. / edited by U.J. Moore.
Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Ames, Iowa : Wiley-Blackwell, c2011.
WU 600 P9575 2011.
Andrea N. Scorr
Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian
News from the Libraries – September 2011
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