News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Briscoe Library participates in the 2nd Annual San Antonio CHW/Promotor(a) Summit

Librarian Peg Seeger speaking to an attendee at the Promotores SummitOver 140 Community Health Workers (CHWs) attended the 2nd Annual San Antonio CHW/Promotor(a) Summit held on June 8th at the Christus Santa Rosa Hospital City Center for Children and Families.  UT Health Science Center Briscoe  Library staff attended the summit to promote resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) that support public health workers and health consumers alike with trusted health and research information. Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services, and Patrick Lemelle, Outreach Library Assistant, provided demonstrations of  MedlinePlus and PubMed while distributing and answering questions on many other NLM products and services. Of particular interest were the NLM Mobile Apps and Sites.

Community health workers, also known as promotores, are widely recognized as a vital part of the public health workforce in part by providing health literacy training and patient navigation services to undeserved populations. Through the many roles played by CHWs, the health disparities that exist in many parts of our nation are more effectively addressed on a community level.

Texas is only one of two states that currently offer certification programs for CHWs.

Some key Texas CHW facts:

  • In the state of Texas, 280 individuals graduated from a Department of Health and Human Services-certified community health worker training program of at least 160 hours in 2011.
  • A total of 53 instructors were newly certified.
  • As of December 31, 2011, there were 1,583 community health workers, an increase of 37% as compared to 1,153 community health workers at the end of 2010.
  • The number of Texas counties with at least one certified community health worker grew from 82 counties at the end of 2010 to 101 counties as of December 31, 2011, an increase of 23%.
  • In the UT Health Science Center Libraries outreach services area, Hidalgo County has 153, Bexar 106, Cameron 98, Webb 25, Starr 7, and Willacy 0.
  • Bexar County along with Webb, Hidalgo and Cameron are all locations for Promotor(a)/Community Health Worker Training & Certification Programs.

promotora community health worker training and certification program- Texas map

Source:  Texas Department of State Health Services, Community Health Workers – Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program. 2011 Annual Report: Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Advisory Committee. Available at: . Accessed 6/15/12

Librarians in the news

Jonquil Feldman

Jonquil Feldman will be co-chair of the National Program Committee for the Medical Library Association 2015 Annual Meeting, which will be held in Austin.

Several librarians made presentations at the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association, held in Seattle, Washington May 18 through 23, 2012:

Feldman, Jonquil D.:  A Study of the impact of research publications funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award. Poster presentation, Medical Library Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Lapiz-Bluhm, M. Danet (School of Nursing); Myatt, Angela; Gaspard, Christine; Prentice, Katherine P.:  Utilization of Evidence-Based Practice Resources by Junior Level Nursing Students.  Poster presentation, Medical Library Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Seger, Pegeen A: Smells like team spirit: MedlinePlus videos for patient education, a partnership between the University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries and CareLink, University Health System. Video presentation, Medical Library Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services has been appointed to co-chair the National Program Committee for the Medical Library Association 2015 Annual Meeting, which will take place in Austin. Her co-chair is Sandra Martin, Assistant Director of Shiffman Medical Library at Wayne State University. Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services in the Briscoe Library will serve on the Committee.

MLA annual conference attendees are health sciences information professionals from academic and hospital libraries worldwide.


Anne Comeaux

Anne Comeaux has been named Manager of the Year by the San Antonio chapter of ARMA International.

Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Digital and Special Collections and Records Management Officer for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio received the Manager of the Year award for the San Antonio Chapter of ARMA International.   ARMA International is a not-for-profit association of records management professionals.

Manager of the Year candidates are judged on the basis of a number of factors, including demonstrated excellence in the records management field, creation of innovative programs or program improvements, leadership, ethics, committee work, and achievements within one’s own company or organization.   Anne received 350 points for her recent accomplishments — 135 more than her closest competitor. Congratulations, Anne!

Making way for improvements at the Briscoe Library

Shifting books on the 4th floor of the Briscoe Library

Members of the library staff have been shifting books and print journals on the 4th floor of the Briscoe Library to make room for all of the books that remain on the 5th floor.

Faculty and staff of the newly constructed Office of Undergraduate Medical Education moved into their new offices on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library in May.  Further changes are planned for this floor in order to provide improved study and collaboration spaces for students.

In the very near future, new carpeting and ceiling fixtures will be installed  on the 5th floor and all furniture on the floor will be replaced with new and updated furniture.  Group study rooms will be equipped with Mediascape tables and flat screen monitors to support collaborative work.  New study carrels, lounge seating, and study booths will also be added to update and improve the study environment.

In order to make as much room as possible for the new 5th floor study area, library staff have been busy in June consolidating the book and journal collection on the 4th floor, so that the few remaining books on the 5th floor can be moved to the 4th floor.  In addition to added space for study furniture, the book move will result in the circulating collection of print books and journals all being housed on one floor of the library.

Stay tuned for more details on the progress of this project in the coming months.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

On the Origin of Species: A treasure of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Did you know that the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library owns a rare first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life?  Published in 1859, the library’s fragile volume is a treasure. The valuable first editions with iconic green spines are in high demand for book collectors and science lovers.  The library’s copy, one of only approximately 1,250 printed, is part of a collection of antiquarian texts originally donated to the the University of Texas Health Science Center in the early 1970’s by the Bexar County Medical Society.

The Witte Museum is currently hosting the American Museum of Natural History’s Darwin exhibit Darwin: How One Man’s Theory Turned the World on its Head. It runs through September 3, 2012 and includes Darwin’s handwritten journals of his observations while on the Galapagos Islands.  For additional resources for children and families, visit the American Museum of National History’s Resources for Darwin.

Darwin’s complete works can also be read online.

To view the Health Science Center’s first edition of On the Origin of Species, or any of the other 5,000 rare and historical texts, contact Special Projects Librarian Susan Hunnicutt at (210) 567-2406 or; or Mellisa DeThorne at 210-567-2470 or  Additional and selected materials from the Nixon Library may also be viewed online in the UTHSC Digital Archives / Historical Collection.

Melva Ramirez, MLS, Records and Information Management Intern, Special Collections

Drug Information Portal now available for mobile devices

National Library of Medicine LogoThe National Library of Medicine (NLM) Drug Information Portal is now available for mobile devices.

This mobile optimized website covers over 32,000 drugs and provides descriptions, drug names, pharmaceutical categories, and structural diagrams. Each record also features information links to nineteen other resources including PubMed, LactMed, and Drugs@FDA. The mobile version of a resource is used when available.

Smart Phones accessing the main Drug Portal site will be directed to the mobile site automatically. The Drug Information Portal is a free web resource from the NLM that provides an informative, user friendly entry-way to current drug information. Links to sources span the breadth of the NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies. Current information regarding consumer health, clinical trials, AIDS–related drug information, MeSH pharmacological actions, PubMed biomedical literature, and physical properties and structure is easily retrieved by searching on a drug name. A varied selection of focused topics in medicine and drug–related information is also available from displayed subject headings.

Please send comments and suggestions about NLM’s mobile app to:

NLM Technical Bulletin, June 25, 2012

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Copyright law for librarians and educators - Book coverCopyright law for librarians and educators : creative strategies and practical solutions / Kenneth D. Crews.
Chicago : American Library Association, c2012.
Z 642 C927c 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Preoperative standards and recommended practices - book coverPerioperative standards and recommended practices / Association of periOperative Registered Nurses ; manager, Ramona Conner ; clinical editors, Joan Blanchard … [et al.].
Denver, Colo. : AORN, c2012.
WY 162 S7845 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Mobile genetic elements - book coverMobile genetic elements : protocols and genomic applications, 2nd ed. / edited by Yves Bigot.
New York : Humana Press, c2012.
QU 25 M687 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Andrea N. Schorr, Collection Resources Librarian

Looking for a summer read? Explore the Leisure Reading Collection at the Briscoe Library

Need a break?  Check out the Leisure Reading Collection at the Briscoe Library.  The Leisure Collection consists of approximately 50 books, many of which are bestseller titles, and includes genres such as mystery, science fiction, and romance.  Most of the titles in the Leisure Reading Collection are fiction but recently we have incorporated some non-fiction titles.  The leisure books are provided through the McNaughton book service, which is a subscription-based service that allows the library to cycle out books on a quarterly basis.

This service is funded through library donations.  New books are received every three months, so be sure to check the shelf periodically.

The Leisure Reading Collection is located on the third floor of the library across from the Circulation Desk.  All leisure books should be checked out and have a circulation period of two weeks.

Examples of titles in the Leisure Reading Collection:

The Confession by John Grisham - book CoverThe Confession, by John Grisham





I Know Who You Are by Lori Andrews - Book CoverI Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy, by Lori Andrews





Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson - Book CoverRobopocalypse: A Novel, by Daniel H. Wilson.




For a full list of titles click here:  Briscoe Leisure Reading Collection


Andrea N. Schorr

Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian

America’s libraries: Did you know?

  • Library Champions LogoResearch shows the highest achieving students attend schools with well-staffed and well-funded library media centers.
  • The average copyright year for health and medicine titles in school libraries is 1995.  A student using these resources would not learn about mad cow disease outbreak in Britain (1996) or about the cloning of Dolly the sheep (1997).
  • Academic librarians answer 56.1 million reference questions each year— almost 10 million more than attend college football games.
  • College libraries receive just less than six cents of every dollar spent on higher education.
  • If the cost of People magazine had risen as fast as the cost of academic library periodicals since 1990, it would cost about $182 for a one-year subscription.

For more facts about America’s libraries, visit:

News from The Libraries — June 2012

Ex Votos

Everyday Miracles: Medical Imagery in Ex-Votos is an exhibit produced by the National Library of Medicine. Everyday Miracles will be on display in the Ramirez Library in Harlingen through June 16.  Ex-Votos can also be viewed online at

Did you know?  The Libraries by the numbers

Everyday Miracles:  On display at the Ramirez Library through June 16

NN/LM SCR classes coming to the Ramirez Library in June

Library classes for June and July

Updates to off-campus access and ILLiad logins

Access e-journals quickly on your smartphone or tablet at the Briscoe Library

In the history of medicine — Early ophthalmology text turns 500 this year

Joint Texas A&M – UT System library facility will house low-circulation books

New Information Services hours at the Briscoe Library

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Summer reading recommendations

Former student visits childhood home of Henrietta Lacks

See all past issues of News from the Libraries

Did you know? The Libraries by the numbers

Briscoe Library

The library is in the 92nd percentile for visits to all academic health sciences libraries in the U.S. and Canada, and had more visits than any other health sciences library in Texas during the 2011 fiscal year.

The UT Health Science Center Libraries provide a wide array of services that support the university’s mission to make lives better through excellence in education, research, health care and community engagement.  It can be difficult to quantify the value of a library to the academic community, especially when that community is as varied and diverse as the Health Science Center and the South Texas community it serves.

Here are a few facts about the UT Health Science Center Libraries that help to paint a picture of the varied ways librarians and library staff provide services to the Health Science Center.

  • 1,058,763 – The number of pages that were viewed through the library’s website in the last year.  The library’s website is a portal to information resources that can be used by the campus community anytime, anywhere.
  • 440,637 – The number of visits to the UT Health Science Center Libraries in the last year.  The Libraries are comprised of four facilities in three cities – the Briscoe Library on the Long Campus and the Jesse H. Comprehensive Research Library at the Texas Research Park in San Antonio, the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library in Harlingen, and the Laredo Library at the Regional Campus in Laredo.  The library is in the 92nd percentile for visits to all academic health sciences libraries in the U.S. and Canada, and had more visits than any other health sciences library in Texas during the 2011 fiscal year.
  • 31,903 – The number of print books and journals that were checked out from our locations in the last year, placing our library in the 90th percentile for check-outs from health science libraries around the country.
  • 24,000 – The number of electronic journals available to the UT Health Science Center through the library.  Librarians manage these subscriptions and work with other libraries in the UT System, TexShare, and elsewhere to maximize buying power through library consortia.
  • 21,000 – The number of electronic book titles available.  Many of these e-books are the result of purchases made by the UT System for access at all UT campuses.
  • 1481 – 133 years after the Black Death of 1348 raged through Europe; also, the publication date of an edition of Celsus’ De Medicina, the oldest book in the UT Health Science Center’s P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.
  • 225 – The number of classes librarians and library staff conducted in the last year, reaching 4,874 individuals through curriculum integrated and other  instruction.
  • 125 – Research databases licensed through the library and linked to the library’s website (, including Web of Science, Scopus, CINAHL, Ovid MEDLINE, Cochrane Library, Anatomy TV, Netter Presenter, Micromedex, UpToDate, to name a few.
  • 123 – The number of community and health professional outreach events in San Antonio and elsewhere in South Texas where the UT Health Science Center was represented by its librarians and library staff.
  • 4 – The number of ways to contact librarians and library staff.  1) Call the library, 2) email us, 3) send an instant message, or 4) stop by in person.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  The library’s Contact Us web page ( will assist you in contacting the library and a staff directory is available at

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries