News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Briscoe Library’s new furniture gets rave reviews

Group study rooms on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library are now equipped with media:scape tables.

The Briscoe Library went through some “growing pains” this year, with the construction of a suite of offices and removal of all of the books from the 5th floor. The end of August saw more changes as we closed the 5th floor for a week for installation of new furniture. Students were very gracious and understanding, perhaps because we clearly communicated the reason and because they were able to peek in and see the progress. The end result was worth the temporary inconvenience of having fewer available study tables in the library.

Thanks to collaboration between library administration and UT Health Science Center Facilities Management staff, the 5th floor now has a variety of study options, including 12 individual study rooms with lighted tables, 69 carrels, 32 booths, 9 club chairs, and innovative lounge seating. Electrical outlets are available in all study rooms, at every carrel, and at most of the booths. Twelve computers and four data connections for hardwired laptops are available.

Group study rooms are equipped with media:scapes like the one pictured here.  The media:scapes facilitate collaboration through shared viewing of what’s on an individual laptop screen. The X-Ray collection is still located in Room 5U and continues to be heavily used.

Student feedback has been very positive, and the proof is in how busy the 5th floor is throughout the day and into the evening. Future work, scheduled during the winter break, includes some aesthetic carpet and ceiling enhancements, improvements in lighting, and use of an innovative whiteboard paint in the group study rooms, which will increase the writing surface area from the current 4 x 6 ft whiteboards to the width of a wall.

For updates on future improvements and more photos of the changes to date, go to

Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

History of Medicine Society will hold organizational meeting October 3

Illustration of a fly’s eye from Robert Hooke’s Micrographia (1665), collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The Micrographia is one of the books that will be featured in Dr. Charleen Moore’s presentation on some of the treasures of the Nixon library.

A new organization is being formed at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The History of Medicine Society will provide a relaxed, interactive setting, with opportunities to discuss interesting stories of our predecessors as enrichment to our scientific and medical endeavors.  Membership will be open to students, faculty, and staff from all schools at UT Health Science Center, as well as from local undergraduate institutions.

Everyone is invited to learn more at the group’s introductory meeting, which will be held October 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room, 5th floor, Briscoe Library next to the Special Collections Reading Room.

For the group’s first program, Dr. Charleen Moore from the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology will speak about some of the rare book treasures of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  Among the books she will discuss that will be on display following her presentation are:

Oldest book in the Nixon library

1481 Celsus, De Medicina, Roman medicine


1543 A. Vesalius, De Fabrica

1597 (1924 facsimile) Ketham, The fasciculus medicinae

1749 B. Albinus, Tables of Skeleton and Muscles

Natural History

1859 C. Darwin On the Origin of Species (1st edition)


1778 J. Hunter, Natural History of Human Teeth

General Medicine

1582 Avicenna, Canon of Medicine


1667 R. Hooke, Micrographia


1851 J. Hunter, The Gravid Uterus


1583 G. Bartisch, Ophthalmodouleia (1st edition)


1859 F. Nightingale, Notes on Nursing (1st edition)


1821 C. Bell, Illustrations of the Great Operations of Surgery


1632 Burton Anatomy of Melancholy – oldest printed book in English


1785 W. Withering, An Account of the Foxglove (1st edition)

Early San Antonio and Texas

1853 G. Cupples, Case Books (one of San Antonio’s early physicians)

1936 P.I. Nixon, A Century of Medicine in San Antonio

1946 P.I. Nixon, The Medical Story of Early Texas

Newest  Addition

1801, 1806, 1808 J. Bell, The Principles of Surgery (3 vol. 1st editions)


An RSVP will be appreciated. For more information or to RSVP, please contact one of the individuals below.

Suzanne Thibodeaux, MS-4,

Daniel Barron, GS-2,

Lindsey Jackson, MS-4,

Dr. Charleen Moore, Faculty Advisor,

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library- Annual Dinner and Presentation is November 7

Hieronymous Brunschwig, 1494

The Annual Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will take place the evening of November 7, 2012 at 6:30 in the evening at the Airport Doubletree Hotel.  Richard Ludueña, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, will speak on the topic, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly:  Inbreeding and Incest in Royal Families.

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library invite students in all of the schools to attend the dinner and become members of the Friends’ group.  The cost to students for the dinner and annual membership is $30.  Students are encouraged to apply for sponsorships which cover the cost of registration and membership for one year.

For all others, the cost of the dinner is $55.

All who are interested in the history of medicine are invited to an intriguing presentation and an enjoyable evening of good food and conversation.

Complete information about the dinner and presentation, as well as the year’s activities of the Friends group, can be found in the organization’s newsletter, which is available online or in the Special Collections Reading Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.

Students interested in requesting a sponsorship for the dinner should contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian:  The general registration form for the Annual Dinner and Presentation can be found here:  Registration Form.



Library classes for October and November


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

  • Library Basics: October 4, 2012, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: October 18, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: October 25, 2012, 11:00 am – 12 noon, LIB 4.074
  • Introduction to EndNote: October 25, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Getting Started With Ovid Medline: November 7, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: November 13, 2012, 11:00 am – 12 noon, LIB 4.074
  • Google Scholar for Scientific and Clinical Literature Searches: November 13, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to PubMed: November 15, 2012, 11:00 am – 12 noon, LIB 2.011



UT Health Science Center Libraries will participate in October health literacy events

On October 5th, the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library will exhibit at the 8th Annual San Antonio Health Literacy Conference. The theme selected for this year’s conference, held at the Hilton San Antonio Airport, is Health Literacy in the Electronic Age: High Tech/High Touch. Exhibitors will focus on the promotion of health literacy through the use of technology such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

The Briscoe Library exhibit will feature hands-on demonstrations of online and mobile resources available through the National Library of Medicine. Over 200 conference attendees will include community service providers, dieticians, health educators, healthcare professionals, nurses/nursing students, patient navigators, pharmacologists/pharmacy students, physicians, promotoras, public health officials and others who are involved in health literacy throughout the state of Texas. Click here to see a video of last year’s conference.

On October 10th, the UT Health Science Center Ramirez Library in Harlingen will participate in a Health Literacy Symposium sponsored by the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District and Valley Baptist Medical Center.

Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services

October is National Medical Librarians Month

The Medical Library Association dedicates each October to celebrating National Medical Librarians Month to bring attention to the professionals who provide expert assistance to students, faculty, health care providers and the public in health science libraries.  The librarians at the UT Health Science Center Briscoe and Ramirez Libraries offer expertise in evidence-based practice, literature searching, database instruction, designing and presenting poster sessions, information management using RefWorks and EndNote, web design, programming and website usability, health outreach, records management, serials management, rare book curation, collection development, and managing electronic resources.

Librarians partner with departments, programs, offices, and courses to offer training and support for education, research, and clinical activity.  To learn more about what we do or to request assistance from a librarian, please contact us or browse our Annual Reports and Making Lives Better page.

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services

Red Cross releases mobile hurricane and first aid apps

Two new apps from the American Red Cross provide access to hurricane tracking and first aid information.

The American Red Cross has developed a hurricane app and a First Aid app.  With the hurricane app it possible to monitor local conditions based on NOAA alerts, to locate Red Cross shelters, to develop a checklist for preparation, find help, and let others know you are okay, even if there is a power outage.

To download the hurricane app via a link, call “**REDCROSS” (**73327677).    You can also download the hurricane app from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

The First Aid app provides access to information needed to handle the most common first aid emergencies. Videos, animations and interactive quizzes are included along with safety tips. Content is pre-loaded so Internet access is not necessary.




Regulation of Research on Human Subjects: American Association of University Professors issues a new report

A report issued in early September by the American Association of University Professors explores the tensions between preservation of academic freedom and the protection of human participants in research through the establishment of institutional review boards (IRBs). The report, Regulation of Research on Human Subjects: Academic Freedom and the Institutional Review Board, is available online at



Reach Out and Read: Physician Assistant program is collecting books for children

Each year one-third of all children entering kindergarten lack the basic skills needed to learn to read.  By fourth grade, most of these children who were initially behind in reading will not catch up with their peers.  Juvenile delinquency, absenteeism, polysubstance abuse, and school failure have all been shown to have an association with poor reading skills in childhood.  These statements, from the evidence base for Reach Out and Read, highlight the importance promoting literacy skills in children before they begin elementary school.

In light of these staggering statistics, this year Reach Out and Read was selected as the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA) President’s Project.  TAPA President Lauren Dobbs chose Reach Out and Read because it is a national, non-profit organization that trains medical providers to counsel parents during well-child visits on the importance of reading aloud to their children.  Reach Out and Read also provides children’s books to participating pediatric clinics to be given out every six months for the child’s first five years of life.

During this year’s National Physician Assistant (PA) Week, October 6th through 12th, the seven Physician Assistant education programs in Texas will be competing to see which program can collect the most books for Reach Out and Read.  Faculty, staff and students at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio are encouraged to donate new or used children’s books (ages 6 months to 5 years old).  All books collected will be donated to the Center for Children and Families, a Reach Out and Read-participating clinic.  Donation bins will be located in the Dolph Briscoe Library, 3rd floor lobby, Texas Star Café, Research Administration Building lobby and the Christus Santa Rosa Professional Pavilion Suite 1295.  To make arrangements for a special pick-up, please e-mail Amanda Miller at

For more information on TAPA please visit

For more information on Reach Out and Read please visit

Amanda K. Miller, MPH, CPH


New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

The health care handbook : a clear and concise guide to the United States health care system / Elisabeth Askin and Nathan Moore.
St. Louis, Mo. : Washington University ; Wash., c2012.

W 84.AA1 A835h 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Fundamentals of fixed prosthodontics, 4th ed. / Herbert T. Shillingburg Jr ; with David A. Sather … [et al.].
Hanover Park, Ill. : Quintessence Pub., c2012.

WU 515 F981 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Leitman, Eye Examination and DiagnosisManual for eye examination and diagnosis, 8th ed. / Mark W. Leitman.
Chichester, West Sussex ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

WW 39 L533m 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record





Contemporary orthodontics, 5th ed. / William R. Proffit … [et al.].
St. Louis, Mo. : Elsevier/Mosby, c2013.
WU 400 P964c 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record





Robbins basic pathology, 9th ed. / [edited by] Vinay Kumar, Abul K. Abbas, Jon C. Aster ; artist, James A. Perkins.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2013.
QZ 4 B312 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Proton therapy physics / edited by Harald Paganetti.
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, c2012.
WN 250.5.R2 P967 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Andrea N. Schorr, Collection Resources Librarian