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News from the Libraries – February 2012
Hear Elva Treviño Hart: Author to speak February 24
Elva Treviño Hart, author of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child, is the featured guest for this year’s One Community/One Book program. She will speak Friday, February 24, 2012 at 12:00 noon in the Holly Auditorium on the campus of the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. The program will be followed by a book signing.
The program can also be viewed via videoconferencing in Harlingen (RAHC 2.120) and Laredo (AB 1.106). Update (2/23): For those who can’t attend in person, the program will also be webcast live. Tune in at http://bit.ly/ETH0224 at 12 noon CST on the day of the presentation.
“My whole childhood, I never had a bed,” Hart’s story begins. It traces her journey from rural South Texas and the beet farms of the Upper Midwest to the graceful campus of Stanford University and, eventually, corporate America.
The book vividly details the deprivation and discrimination faced by the Treviños, along with their joys, triumphs and everyday life. Hart went on to earn degrees in theoretical mathematics and computer science/engineering, which allowed her to make more money than she had ever dreamed possible. Still, she felt out of place, and she ultimately left the corporate world and used writing to bridge her past and present.
The importance of storytelling is a thread that is woven throughout Barefoot Heart. As a young child in the mid- 1950s, Hart would wait by the family car during the long hours that her parents and her five siblings worked in the beet fields of Minnesota and Wisconsin. She would make up stories to pass the time. Later in the evenings, the family would gather to listen and to tell stories. In a world without toys, books or television, storytelling was both art and entertainment.
In Barefoot Heart, Hart gathers the stories of several lifetimes within one cover. Each chapter begins with a dicho, or saying. She says she organized her writing in this way to honor her father, who sometimes would make up dichos on the spot, though he also knew many traditional Mexican folk sayings. Each dicho carries the same message of the chapter that follows. “I wanted to take people with me to the migrant camps and the fields so they could see what it was like,” she told an interviewer last March, when Barefoot Heart was selected for a community read in Huntington Beach, California.
“I didn’t start out wanting to write a book,” she says. Instead, she signed up for a “write your life story” class at a local YMCA. One of her classmates loved Hart’s stories so much she shared them with her husband, a communications professor, who decided to feature them at an annual short story event he hosted. At the end of the evening, the professor got a standing ovation, and people said they would like to buy the book. “That’s when I decided it might be a book,” she says.
Elva Trevino Hart’s February 24 presentation on the UT Health Science Center’s Long campus is part of One Community/One Book 2012. Partners in this year’s program include the San Antonio Public Library– where Hart will speak on the evening of Thursday, February 23, the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, and the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching.
The program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
More information about One Community/One Book can be found on the project website: http://library.uthscsa.edu/2012/01/onebook/.
Download a printed flyer for One Community/ One Book, and help us spread the word:
Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian with Sheila Hotchkin, Media Communications Officer
One Community/One Book: Find out how you can participate
One Community/One Book 2012 is well on its way! More than 30 individuals attended training for discussion group leaders in December and January. The training is not required, and anyone can plan a book discussion. The encouragement and the information we provide helps build confidence to get the discussion groups off the ground.
Another resource to support book discussions is the One Community/One Book project website:
Some of the things that can be found there:
- A printable flyer
- Information about the One Community/One Book 2012 selection, Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child, by Elva Treviño Hart
- A set of clinically-oriented questions written by Dr. Adelita Cantu of the School of Nursing, which some groups may find useful
- Post Your Book Discussion, a form to use if you would like us to help you publicize your book discussion on the website
- A Book Discussion Sign In Sheet that we will use to evaluate the effectiveness of the program once it is complete
- Information about Elva Treviño Hart’s two public events in San Antonio, on the evening of February 23 (at San Antonio Public Library) and at noon on February 24 (in the Holly Auditorium in San Antoni0, with videoconferencing to Harlingen and Laredo)
- A little bit about the history of One Community/One Book at the UT Health Science Center, and about our planning process
If you do host or lead a book discussion, please be sure your group completes the Book Discussion Sign In Sheet. These can be sent to Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.
One Community/One Book 2012 is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Library classes for February and March
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 AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu.
Integrating library research skills into academic course content
Faculty are encouraged to consider integrating 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 email@example.com 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: February 9, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, LIB 2.011
- Library Basics: February 13, 2012, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, LIB 2.011
- Introduction to RefWorks: February 16, 2012, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, LIB 2.011
- Google Scholar for Scientific and Clinical Literature Searches: February 29, 2012, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011
- Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: March 7, 2012, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, LIB 4.074
- Introduction to EndNote: March 8, 2012: 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011
- Getting Started with Ovid MEDLINE: March 9, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
- Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: March 15, 2012, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, LIB 4.074
- Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: March 20, 2012, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, LIB 4.074
- Introduction to PubMed: March 28, 2012, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011
Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services
Chocolate: Exhibit opens February 10
For centuries chocolate has been treasured not only for its amazing and delightful taste, but also for its healthful benefits.
The first historical evidence for dietary uses of chocolate dates back more than 3000 years. The native peoples of Mesoamerica– among them the Inca, the Maya and the Aztec– believed that cocoa was a gift from the gods. From the earliest days, chocolate (in Nahuatl, xocolatl) was seen as a medium of divine communication. Goblets of chocolate appear frequently in pre-Columbian art and legend, in stories involving figures both divine and human.
The Spanish explorer Hernan Cortez was the first European to taste chocolate– possibly because he was mistaken for a god by the Aztec emperor Montezuma. In 1519, Cortez reported that the beverage the Aztecs concocted from fruit of the cocoa tree was believed by Montezuma to be a “divine drink, which builds up resistance and fights fatigue.” Also, “a cup of this precious drink permits a man to walk for a whole day without food.”
Chocolate has been gathering extravagant claims and accolades of one kind or another ever since.
Recently, scientific studies of the health benefits of chocolate , and specifically of cocoa, which is the essential ingredient in chocolate, have focused on the actions of two flavonoids, catechin and epicatechin. Both have protective antioxidant properties and are found in tea and many fruits, including apricots, cherries, peaches, blackberries and apples. However, they occur in extravagantly high levels in cocoa. As it turns out, chocolate — or more precisely cocoa– may actually be very good for your heart, and for other things as well.
At least that’s what some people are saying…
Contemplate the many uses of chocolate while visiting our exhibit, Not Just Another Love Story, in the Medical School Lecture Hall Commons beginning February 10. Then, stop by the Circulation Desk on Valentine’s Day. Chocolate will be enjoyed.
Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian
Briscoe Library adds more hours for study
Starting January 27, the Briscoe Library will be open for additional hours on weekends and during the week. The additional hours will allow students to have more time to study in the library. Work study students from the Schools of Health Professions, Medicine, and Nursing will be working during the increased hours to keep the library open.
The library’s new hours will be:
Sunday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Friday and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
During the additional hours, the library will be closed to the public with access to the library available to Health Science Center students, faculty and staff using card swipe. The library will only be open for study, services such as circulation and reference assistance will not be available.
Card swipe access will be in effect during the following times:
Sunday, 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight – 2:00 a.m.
Monday – Thursday, 12:00 midnight – 2:00 a.m.
Friday, 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight
Saturday, 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight
Please remember to bring your ID with you when visiting the library and keep the ID displayed at all times.
Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries
Anne Comeaux earns designation as a Certified Records Manager
Anne Comeaux, Assistant Director for Digital and Special Collections and the appointed Records Management Officer for the UT Health Science Center, recently earned the Certified Records Manager (CRM) designation from the Institute of Certified Records Managers. The certification became effective on January 1, 2012. There are currently 903 active certified CRMs worldwide.
The Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM) is an international certifying organization of and for professional records and information managers. The ICRM was incorporated in 1975 to meet the requirement to have a standard by which persons involved in records and information management could be measured, accredited and recognized according to criteria of experience and capability established by their peers. The primary mission of the ICRM is to develop and administer the professional certification of Records and Information Managers including the relevant examinations and certification maintenance program. The ICRM serves as the official certifying body for both ARMA International and the Nuclear Information and Records Management Association (NIRMA).
Attaining the CRM designation is based on educational background, professional work experience and the passing of a six part examination covering management principles and the records and information program; records and information creation and use; records systems, storage, and retrieval; records appraisal, retention, protection and disposition; technology (computers, networks, microfilm, electronic records, video, audio, digitization, etc.); and case studies where the candidate must provide written solutions to several problem scenarios. Work experience must include conducting studies and surveys or developing, designing and implementing Records and Information Management (RIM) systems; having direct managerial or operational responsibility for programs; or teaching courses in Records and Information Management (RIM) for an accredited institution of higher education.
The Health Science Center’s records management program provides guidance and overview of records management for all departments and clinics at the university. The library took over responsibility for managing records and updating the UT Health Science Center Records Retention Schedule in December 2000. 212 departments/divisions have appointed Records Management Representatives to work with the Records Management Officer to handle state records on all campuses. Several classes have been developed to help RMRs and other employees learn the state requirements for records and to train them to conduct inventories, protect vital records, discard records that have met their retention requirements, and plan for digitization or microfilming of records. Over 2000 employees have attended the classes to date. Staff may register for classes through the Knowledge Center at https://kc.uthscsa.edu/kc/login.asp . Consultation on records management issues are also available, and the Records Management Officer periodically visits each department/division to ensure compliance with university records requirements.
Questions on the retention requirements for records, using the online Records Retention Schedule, storage options, digitization or microfilming options, conducting records inventories, protecting vital records, and other issues involving state records may all be referred to Anne Comeaux, CRM at Comeaux@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2428.
Featured resource: Journal of Visualized Experiments
You requested it and we listened. Due to the large number of requests for a subscription to Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), the library started a subscription for 2012. The subscription allows current access for JoVE General. Additional sections require a separate subscription but they are freely available through PubMed Central if the video is older than 24 months. Librarians will monitor use of JoVE during 2012 to determine if this new format journal is used frequently and we welcome your comments about JoVE. JoVE can be accessed through the library’s E-Journal page or through a catalog search; access is available on and off-campus.
JoVE features videos of experimental techniques. Some examples from recent video articles include: Intracellular refolding assay, pull-down of calmodulin-binding proteins, quantifying mixing using magnetic resonance imaging, and analysis of cell cycle position in mammalian cells. JoVE also provides the opportunity for video viewers to comment on the experimental technique through blog entries.
From the JoVE website: “With participation of scientists from leading research institutions, the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) was established as a new, open access tool in life science publication and communication. We utilize a video-based approach to scientific publishing to fully capture all dimensions of life science research. Visualization greatly facilitates the understanding and efficient reproduction of fundamental experimental techniques, therefore contributing to the solution of two of the most challenging problems faced by today’s life science research community: (1) low transparency and reproducibility of biological experiments and (2) time-consuming learning of experimental techniques.”
John Weed, Head of Collection Resources
New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library
Adaptive and flexible clinical trials / Richard Chin.
Boca Raton : CRC Press, c2012.
QV 771 C539a 2012.
Craig’s restorative dental materials, 13th ed. / edited by Ronald L. Sakaguchi, John M. Powers.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Mosby, c2012.
WU 190 R436 2012.
Ask me why I hurt : the kids nobody wants and the doctor who heals them / Randy Christensen with Rene Denfeld.
New York : Broadway Books, c2011.
WZ 100 C555a 2011.
Guyton and Hall textbook of medical physiology, 12th ed. / John Hall.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Saunders/Elsevier, c2011.
QT 104 G992t 2011.
New resources from the National Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine recently announced the debut of MedlinePlus Connect (http://medlineplus.gov/connect), a free service that allows electronic health record (EHR) systems to link users to MedlinePlus. MedlinePlus is an authoritative up-to-date health information resource for patients, families and health care providers, and delivers information about conditions and disorders, medications, and health and wellness. MedlinePlus has hundreds of health topic pages that bring together information from the National Institutes of Health, other US government agencies and authoritative health information providers.
General information about MedlinePlus Connect can be found at
Technical support for MedlinePlus Connect can be found at
Online exhibit: “Building a National Medical Library on a Shoestring: 1872, the First Year
The National Library of Medicine recently mounted a new online exhibition, “Building a National Medical Library on a Shoestring: 1872, the First Year.” The exhibition may be found at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/buildingnlm/index.html.
The exhibition focuses on the dramatic 1872 change in the library’s mission. Founded in 1836 as the office library for the Army Surgeon General, the library came under the stewardship of Army Major John Shaw Billings in 1865. Seven years later, the library embarked on a venture to acquire the most complete set possible of medical books and journals. Billings and his work set the course for the library’s identity today as the world’s largest medical library.
The core of the exhibition is found in the stories, difficulties, and situations that Billings encountered as he began building a comprehensive collection as quickly and frugally as possible. The exhibition also shows the library’s early years, exploring the practical uses that the limited collection then supported.
The online exhibit includes a full bibliography of published materials by and about John Shaw Billings, including articles and pamphlets, reports, books and monographs, and speeches.