News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Report finds that searches for health information continue to rank high among Internet users

According to Health Topics, a report released in February by the Pew Research Center and the California Healthcare Foundation, eight in ten Internet users, or 59% of the U.S. population, search for health information online.  Searches for health information are the third most popular online activity, behind checking email and using search engines.   The report was based on telephone interviews conducted between August 9 and September 13, 2010.

Among possible health-related searches, the most frequent (by 66% of respondents) was for information about a specific disease or condition.  Searches of this type have occupied the top spot since 2002, ahead of searches for information about specific medical treatments or procedures, information about physicians and other health professionals, and information about health care facilities.

The Health Topics report is part of the Pew Internet and American Life Project.  The full text of the report can be found online.

Chart: The % of internet users who have looked online for information about...

Library classes for March and April

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 request 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.

San Antonio – Briscoe Library

  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: March 3, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, LIB 4.074 – Collaboratory
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: March 8, 2011, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: March 8, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Picture This: Online Photo-Sharing – Technology Brownbag: March 9, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room
  • Introduction to PubMed: March 15, 2011, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Webinar: Copyright at Work: March 22, 2011, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, LIB 4.074 – Collaboratory
  • Introduction to RefWorks: March 25, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: April 6, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:30 am, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: April 20, 2011, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: April 21, 2011, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: April 22, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011

Harlingen and Edinburg – Ramirez Library and Edinburg RAHC

  • PubMed Advanced: March 1, 2011, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Edinburg – RAHC Building room 1.202
  • Managing PubMed Search Results: March 10, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, Ramirez Library, Harlingen room 1.132
  • Customizing PubMed with MyNCBI: April 5, 2011, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Edinburg – RAHC Building room 1.202
  • Customizing PubMed with MyNCBI: April 7, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, Ramirez Library, Harlingen room 1.132

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Featured resource: Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is a tool for evaluating the influence of journals by comparing them to other journals in the same field, to identify those that are the most frequently cited and that have the highest impact factors.  Citation and article counts can be important indicators of how frequently current researchers are using individual journals.

The JCR database covers over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals in the fields of science, technology and social sciences.

UT Health Science Center students, faculty and staff can access Journal Citation Reports from the Database page of The Libraries’ website, or at http://admin-apps.isiknowledge.com.login.libproxy.uthscsa.edu/JCR/JCR.

Spring Lecture Series Opening: Influenza: Past, Present, and Future

Opening Lecture in New Spring Series on Infectious Diseases

Preventive treatment against influenza - American Red Cross - Love Field, Texas - 11/6/18 National Museum of Health and Medicine Washington, D.C.

Influenza:  Past, Present, and Future

Gregory Anstead, MD, PhD

Thursday, February 24 – 12:00 noon

Howe Conference Room – Briscoe Library – 5th Floor

The word ‘influenza’ can trigger thoughts of something only slightly worse than a cold, a killer of the elderly and infirm, or even the potential cause of global cataclysm.  In his presentation on February 24, Dr. Anstead will recount flu pandemics that have occurred in the 20th and 21st centuries, the advances in flu diagnostics, vaccinology, and treatment, and the continuing challenges that this disease poses for the human race.

Gregory Anstead, MD, PhD, is associate professor in the Division of infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, UTHSCSA and director of the Immuno-suppression and Infectious Diseases Clinics of the South Texas, Veterans Healthcare System.

His interests include clinical trials of new antiretroviral and antifungal drugs, the historical epidemiology of infectious diseases, zoonotic and vector-borne infections, and nutritional effects on immune function.

Please bring your lunch and join us.  Everyone is welcome!  For more information, contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, borchers@uthscsa.edu.

Full Lecture Series

  • Feb 24                   Influenza
  • Mar 24                  Syphilis
  • Apr 28                   Hantavirus
  • May 26                 HIV in America

News from the Libraries – February 2011

February 2011

In the news this month:

The University Archives, which contain photos and papers documenting the history of The UT Health Science Center and area health care efforts, recently received two significant gifts in support of preservation efforts. Shown here: A 1903 photo of an ambulance at the entrance to Physicians and Surgeons Hospital in San Antonio is one of many historic photos housed in the collection.

Major gift will enhance archives program

Special Collections receives preservation assistance from the National Endowment for Humanities

A message from Dr. Robert V. Blystone, Ph.D, incoming president of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

A report on the impact of proposed state budget for public and academic libraries

Library Classes for February and March

Library suspends book purchases / book inventory underway

New looks for the websites of the NLM and the DHHS

Aging Across America: A photo exhibit at the Briscoe Library

CLHIN partners with San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

A printable pdf of the newsletter is also available.

Major gift will enhance archives program

A generous gift from Virginia Bowden, PhD, Library Director emeritus and Charles

Virginia Bowden, PhD, and Charles Bowden, MD recently made a gift in support of the University Archives and other special collections.

Bowden, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry and pharmacology, will enhance the development of the UT Health Science Center University Archives. As a repository for the preservation of historically important university records, the archives house university publications, correspondence of key UT Health Science Center officials, minutes of meetings, and student yearbooks. The archives also include photographs and papers of many early San Antonio physicians.

In the past the archives have been used to research the history of the UT Health Science Center for publications and exhibit materials, genealogy searches, photographs, resources for classes in the history of medicine and anatomical drawing and for many other purposes. Current archives projects include development of a digital collection of important materials in the archives, processing of photographs and negatives received from Academic Technology Services and the Ruth Stewart nursing archives scrapbooks, and the creation of finding aids available via the Internet for manuscript collections of prominent San Antonio physicians. Photographs and personal papers of Dr. Mario E. Ramirez, donated to the Ramirez Library at the RAHC in Harlingen, are being processed and digitized to tell the story of Dr. Ramirez’s career as a physician in the Rio Grande Valley. Of particular note is Dr. Ramirez’s collection of photos taken during the devastation wrought by Hurricane Beulah in 1967. These are only some of the projects in progress through the University Archives.

In addition to the Bowdens’ gift, The Libraries were recently awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities to improve the library’s preservation practices. See the related article on page 3.

The archives are managed by Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Digital and Special Collections. Ms. Comeaux also serves as the UT Health Science Center’s Records Management Officer and frequently consults with departments on the types of records that must be retained, including archival records.

The Bowdens’ commitment to enhancing the Health Science Center’s library will ensure that the archives continue to provide important materials for historical research into the future.

For additional information about the archives, including guidelines for submitting documents and other materials, contact Anne Comeaux at 210-567-2428 or via email at comeaux@uthscsa.edu.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

Special Collections receives preservation assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Dr. Graham Watts was a founding member of the Bexar County Medical Society.

Dr. F.M. Hicks practiced surgery in San Antonio from 1888 to 1929 and was one of the first Texans to be elected to the American College of Surgery.

In January the Special Collections of the UT Health Science Center Libraries received a $5,547 Preservation Assistance grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  Special Collections houses the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, a collection of rare and historical books on the history of the health sciences; and the University Archives, a collection of historical papers and audiovisuals documenting the history of the university and of physicians and other health care professionals practicing in San Antonio and Central and South Texas in the 1800’s and 1900’s.   The books and archives are housed in several different locations on the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th floors of the Briscoe Library.

The NEH grant will pay for a preservation/conservation assessment of the collections by a professional materials conservator, who will help draft a long-range plan for the care of the collections.  The conservator , Rebecca Elder, will visit the Special Collections to assess policies, practices, and conditions affecting the care and preservation of the collections.  She will make recommendations for improving the storage or re-housing of collections, prioritize future preservation action on aging materials, and suggest appropriate preservation supplies.

The grant will also pay for the purchase of environmental monitoring equipment, allowing library staff to track environmental conditions in the various collection locations, and to adjust temperature, humidity, and dew point to create the best preservation conditions possible.

Anna Beyer, a University of North Texas Library and Information Science student, will work as an intern in Special Collections during Spring 2011.  She will help with the preservation needs identified by the consultant and record and analyze environmental data information.

Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Digital and Special Collections

A message from the incoming president of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library:Dr. Robert V. Blystone, Ph.D.

It is my honor and duty to serve as the President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, beginning in November of 2010.  I have worked alongside Tom Nixon, the son of P.I. Nixon, Jr., for many years at Trinity.  Nixon memorabilia is housed in the Rare Books section of Trinity University’s Coates Library.   Some of my lectures at Trinity were greatly influenced by access to the histology collection found in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Members of the board of directors of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library include, left to right, Dr. Charles Sargent, member-at-large; Dr. David Cappelli, president-elect; Rajia Tobia, secretary-treasurer; Dr. Julie K. Brown, past-president; and Dr. Robert Blystone, president. Not shown are Dr. Philip T. Valente, Dr. Charleen M. Moore and Dr. Richard Luduena, all past-presidents, as well as Dr. Adelita Cantu and Dr. James Henry, members-at-large.

It has been my impression that the Nixon Library is a treasure that needs to be spaded by the larger educational community in the San Antonio area. Several educational touch-points should be identified from the various college campuses in the area. The Special Collections could prosper by bringing a select group of college instructors to the library so that they can realize how these wonderful materials can support their teaching and learning efforts.

A second opportunity to pursue is to inform the older members of the medical community that historical medical books they may own might find their way to the Nixon collection.

I would appreciate your help in forwarding these objectives. Please contact me should you have suggestions as to how we might build on the strengths of the collection and use of the facility. I hope that during my tenure as President, The Friends can add to the legacy begun by P.I. Nixon, Sr.

Thank you .

– Robert V. Blystone, Ph.D. -

rblyston@trinity.edu, (210) 999-7243

Dr. Blystone is a member of a team that teaches the Integrative Biology course program at Trinity University.  He also teaches upper division classes in microanatomy and developmental anatomy.