News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Library purchases Amazon Kindle Touch

In an effort to expand into emerging technologies and to offer another means for readers to interact with different e-book formats, the library has purchased a Kindle Touch e-book reader.  The Kindle will be available for check-out in early September.  Faculty, staff, and students with a current library account are eligible to check out the Kindle, which is available at the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk. The Kindle will circulate for a two week period and is non-renewable.  Holds can be placed on the Kindle by logging into a personal library account.

The Kindle must physically be returned to the Circulation Desk.  Please DO NOT place it in the Book Return boxes.  Once physically returned, if there are no other library patrons waiting to check it out, the Kindle may be eligible for a second check-out.

Due to Amazon restrictions the library is not allowed to share Kindle content with other Kindle owners.  In addition, users should not contribute unauthorized content to the library Kindle.

Currently there are two e-books available on the Kindle:

The Health Care HandbookThe Health Care Handbook by Elisabeth Askin and Nathan Moore, 2012.   Written by two medical students, this book attempts to provide a simplified explanation of the U.S. health care system as it stands today.  For more information check out a review of the book by Dr. Pauline Chen in the New York Times article, Two Medical Students Navigate the Health Care Maze.


I Heard the Sirens ScreamI Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks by Laurie Garrett, 2011. This book provides a first-hand account of the events that occurred on and after September 11th 2001.  Laurie Garrett is a best-selling author and a respected journalist who is also the Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Ms. Garrett will deliver the 10th Annual Frank Bryant, Jr., MD Memorial Lecture on Thursday, October 11 at 12:00 noon, Holly Auditorium as part of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics 10th year anniversary celebration.

Books currently available on the Kindle can be found in the Briscoe Library Catalog.

Requests for titles to be added to the Kindle should be specified in a Purchase Suggestion Form.  Please specify “Kindle e-book” in the request.

Andrea N. Schorr

Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian

Anatomists and Their Art: History of medicine presentation by Dr. Charleen M. Moore can now be viewed online

In October 2011, Dr. Charleen Moore, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Health Science Center’s Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, gave a presentation on “Anatomists and Their Art” which featured many of the most important works in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  Dr. Moore explained the interrelationship between anatomical study and art by looking at:

  • Artists who dissected (such as Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer),
  • Anatomists who drew (such as Robert Hooke and the Bell brothers), and
  • Anatomists who teamed up with artists (as  Vesalius did with van Calcar, or Albinus did with Wandelaar).

You can see and hear Dr. Moore’s presentation (28 minutes long) by clicking the “play” button below.


Briscoe Library: Building in the news

The 5th floor of the Briscoe Library will be closed from August 31 – September 9 for new furniture installation and electrical and data wiring. 

Library users are asked to use the other floors of the library for study during this time.  Once the renovation work is completed, there will be updated furniture for group and individual study as well as for computer use.

Over the winter break, the 5th floor will also be closed for carpet installation, painting and ceiling improvements.

New study carrels will be installed on the 3rd and 4th floors of the library in September.


The School of Medicine Dean’s Office has temporarily moved into vacated office space on the 4th floor of the library while the Dean’s Office suite is being remodeled. 

Anticipated completion date for the office renovation is January 2013.  The long-term plans for the vacated office space on the 4th floor of the library is to renovate the offices for study rooms and group collaboration space.

Changes coming for the UT Health Science Center Laredo Regional Campus Library

The UT Health Science Center Laredo Regional Campus Library is currently undergoing some changes that will include a revision of hours and the placement of new library staff.

While the Laredo Library has been closed to the public in August, UT Health Science Center students, faculty and staff continue to have ID card swipe access 7 days per week from 7 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. There is no expected change to card swipe access days or times. Campus and public users can also contact the Briscoe Library in San Antonio for reference and circulation assistance. Calls to the Laredo Library are currently being forwarded to the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk.

Anticipated reopening of the Laredo Library is scheduled for some time in September. The library with be staffed through an agreement with the Texas A&M International Killam Library. Once reopened, the library hours will be Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (including during the lunch hour) and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The new staff will provide circulation and reference assistance to campus and community patrons. The Briscoe Library will continue to oversee the circulating collection, computers, printers, copiers, and supplies and will continue to participate in library orientation/classes and Laredo community outreach events.Photograph of the Exterior of the Laredo Library

For additional information, contact Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services:





New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Current practice guidelines in primary care 2012 Current practice guidelines in primary care 2012 / Joseph S. Esherick, Daniel S. Clark, Evan D. Slater.
New York : McGraw-Hill Medical, c2012.
W 84.6 G643c 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Grant's dissector, 15th ed. / Patrick W. Tank.Grant’s dissector, 15th ed. / Patrick W. Tank.
Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2013.
QS 130 H236 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Picturing the book of nature Picturing the book of nature : image, text, and argument in sixteenth- century human anatomy and medical botany / Sachiko Kusukawa.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2012.
QH 46.5 K97p 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Computer-aided tissue engineeringComputer-aided tissue engineering / edited by Michael A. K. Liebschner.
New York : Humana Press, c2012.
QT 37 C738 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




They all want magicThey all want magic : curanderas and folk healing / Elizabeth de la Portilla.
[College Station, Tex.] : Texas A & M University Press, c2009.
WB 55 P852t 2009. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




News from the Libraries — August 2012

The Healing of America- bookJournalist T.R. Reid, author of The Healing of America, to speak at Health Science Center July 30 (The location for this event has been changed to Holly Auditorium)

Welcome from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Libraries

Library classes for August and September

Library resources: What’s new, and what’s been improved

MS2s study principles of evidence based medicine

MS3s learn to identify best resources for clinical care

42nd Annual Dinner and Presentation of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library: Save the date

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Barn swallows call Briscoe loading dock home

See all past issues of News from the Libraries



Journalist T.R. Reid to speak at Health Science Center July 30- Location changed to Holly Auditorium

T.R. Reid

T. R. Reid

T.R. Reid: “A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care”

Monday, July 30, 6:00 p.m.
UT Health Science Center– The location for this event has been changed to the HOLLY AUDITORIUM

Videoconference to RAHC, Harlingen, Room 1.132



T.R. Reid, noted healthcare expert, NPR and PBS correspondent, and author of The Healing of America, will speak at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Monday, July 30, 6:00 p.m.  in Holly Auditorium, on the topic “A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care.”

Other free-market industrialized democracies around the world provide health care of high quality for everyone, and they do it at much lower cost than here in the U.S. How did those countries arrive at this fundamental decision? How have they carried it out on a national scale? And what can we learn from them?

T.R. Reid has suffered for most of his life with a bad shoulder that resulted from an accident he sustained while serving in the Navy. He worked for many years as an international correspondent for The Washington Post, in places like London and Tokyo. These two circumstances provided him and his family with the opportunity to experience firsthand the health care systems of a number of countries around the world. His personal experience and professional research ultimately led to the PBS/Frontline documentary Sick Around the World in 2008, and provided the inspiration for his book The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care in 2009.

Join us Monday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m. for a stimulating and informative discussion with T.R. Reid, co-sponsored by the UT Health Science Center Libraries and the School of Nursing.  The program is free and open to the public.  Copies of The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care will be available, with a book signing to follow the presentation.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian



Welcome from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Libraries

Briscoe Library

Briscoe Library

Librarians and library staff would like to welcome new and returning students, faculty and staff.  Here is some information about the libraries, collections and services:

  • The Libraries consist of the Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library at the Long Campus in San Antonio, the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, the Regional Campus Library in Laredo, and an unstaffed library at the Texas Research Park outside San Antonio. The Library Home Page can be found at You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
  • The Briscoe Library is open until 2:00 a.m. on weeknights during the regular school year, from September to May. Summer and holiday hours vary. The 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library is available for 24 hour study. Branch libraries can be accessed with a UT Health Science Center ID card on an extended schedule when those libraries are not staffed. Full details on library hours, policies and contact information are provided here.
  • We have an extensive print and online collection of health sciences books and journals.  Over 95% of our journals are available online. Electronic Course Reserves are accessed through the University’s Blackboard system.
  • Library services include circulation, reference and research assistance, instruction in use of databases and other resources, interlibrary loan, community outreach, help with using library printers, copiers and scanners, and support for using resources for mobile devices. See the Get Help page for details.
  • Registration: You must be registered to check out library items. Students and Clinical or Adjunct Faculty must renew their library registration annually using the Borrower Registration or Renewal Form.
  • Off campus access to our online collections requires logging in with a UTHSCSA domain account or, for Clinical or Adjunct Faculty, a Library ID and PIN that are set up during registration.
  • UT Health Science Center computer users at all libraries must log on using their UTHSCSA domain account; we also provide guest computers for use by patients, families and others doing research. Please read our Computer Use Policy.
  • We strive to make the library a welcoming place to study.  We have a variety of study areas including open seating; individual study rooms, which are first come first served; and group study rooms, which may be reserved for two or more UT Health Science Center affiliates. Wireless access is available throughout the Briscoe Library and branch libraries. We provide electrical outlets and data lines wherever possible.  Food and covered drinks are permitted in the libraries. More information can be found on our web page on Library Policies.

We look forward to seeing you, and hope you will feel free to ask questions and provide feedback on our services, collections and space.

Jonquil Feldman

Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services


Library classes for August and September


Scan this code with your smartphone camera QR reader app to find library classes online.

The Libraries offer classes, consultations and other training to assist with the effective use of databases and research tools.  All library classes are free and open to all.  Register today to reserve your spot!

Schedule a Special Class
To schedule a special class or orientation for your department or group at other days/times, please contact the library at (210) 567-2450 or email

Integrating Library Research Skills into Academic Course Content
Faculty are encouraged to integrate library research skills into course content.  Librarians are available to develop and teach classes that meet specific needs or are about a specific resource.  To learn more or to schedule a class, contact Katie Prentice at or call 210-567-6606.

To register for a class or to see complete class descriptions, visit the Attend a Library Class page.

Briscoe Library – San Antonio

  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: August 9, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: August 21, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: August 22, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Google Scholar for Scientific and Clinical Literature Searches: August 28, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to PubMed: September 5, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: September 6, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Creating and Presenting a Poster Session: September 12, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 4.074
  • Getting Started with Ovid Medline: September 17, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011