News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Journal cancellation list: We are still interested in receiving your input

In the May issue of the newsletter, we posted a list of possible journal and database cancellations for 2012.  If you have not reviewed the list and sent comments, please take the time to do so.  Comments can be sent to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, weedj@uthscsa.edu.

Changes affect Stat!Ref and NetLibrary users

Changes to Stat!Ref

Stat!Ref provides quick access to a number of full-text electronic medical reference books in the areas of diagnosis and treatment in specialties such as psychiatry, geriatrics, and surgery.  Titles include Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Holland-Frei Cancer Medicine, and Quick Reference Guide to Pediatric Care, just to name a few.  Two significant changes are scheduled for August 1, 2011.

A new version of Stat!Ref Online will be released.  The interface offers more robust technology with more functionality such as:

  • Updated search functions
  • Enhanced access to tools needed to make research easier
  • Ability to quickly download tables, figures and images for presentations and lectures
  • Redesigned layout to locate resources and find information easier
  • Enhanced ease of access to bibliographic citations including Refworks and EndNote

Also beginning August 1, titles published by McGraw-Hill will no longer be available through Stat!Ref.  Most of these titles are still available through AccessMedicine and AccessSurgery, or in print format.  Several new titles that are comparable to the McGraw-Hill books will be added to the Stat!Ref collection.

Changes to NetLibrary e-books

The UT Health Science Center Libraries has access to a number of NetLibrary e-books as the result of purchases by the UT System and TexShare over the past several years.  EBSCO purchased NetLibrary, and as a result these e-books are currently being transferred to the EBSCO platform.  Here is some information regarding the transition that may be helpful to e-book users accessing materials through the library catalog:

  • Personal NetLibrary accounts that were created will cease to function after the transition is made.  Users are encouraged to create new EBSCO accounts.
  • Only one person will be able to browse an e-book at a time.  The e-books may be searched, viewed, and browsed online but they may not be checked out.  When a user’s session ends, any e-books they were viewing will become available to others.
  • Due to licensing agreements, e-books we have access to will not be downloadable to a computer or portable reader.
  • Links from the catalog and e-books page should seamlessly redirect from NetLibrary to EBSCO.  Please contact the library at AskALibrarian@uthscsa.edu if you experience any linking problems.

John Weed
Head of Collection Resources

Library classes for August and September

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

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.

Briscoe Library – San Antonio

  • Library Basics: August 16, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: August 17, 2011, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.,  LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to PubMed: August 23, 2011, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: August 23, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: September 7, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: September 15, 2011, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: September 15, 2011, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., LIB 4.074 – Collaboratory
  • Introduction to PubMed: September 27, 2011, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, LIB 2.011

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Information and circulation services are now available at one desk in the Briscoe Library

Librarians and library assistants now provide services from the one-stop service desk on the main floor of the Briscoe Library. 

On July 29, the library’s familiar Information Desk was dismantled and removed.  This desk, a work of art built with several types of wood, was designed for the Briscoe Library when it opened in 1983.  Changes in library use have made it possible to consolidate circulation, information, reference, and research services to one service point located at the Circulation Desk at the main entrance to the library.

One motivation for removing the Information Desk is the increased demand for electricity.  The former location of the Information Desk has abundant electrical and data connections and it will be transformed into a comfortable  and convenient hub for using laptops and other mobile devices.

Another reason to move to a single service point is consolidation of services to one central location.  The number of transactions that take place at the Information Desk decreased  in recent years, thus allowing the library to plan for services to be offered at one central location.  When the Briscoe Library opened its doors, library users were dependent on librarians to obtain reference assistance and to compile citations to articles in their research topics.  In recent years, Web  access to MEDLINE and other databases evolved, journals and books became available in electronic format, and searching tools such as PubMed and Google made it possible to look up information and obtain online texts without coming into a library.  Librarians spend a good part of their day teaching people how to use resources to effectively find and organize information on their own.  With the removal of the Information Desk, librarians will be available on call, and they will monitor telephone, email and instant messages while working from their offices.

To contact an Information Services librarian, stop by the Circulation Desk, call 567-2450, schedule a consultation appointment, or send an email to AskALibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Jonquil Feldman
Director of Briscoe Library Services

Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, retires this month

Penelope Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, will retire in August with thirteen years of service in the Briscoe Library. 

Over the years Pennie has held several positions and taken a leadership role in many library projects.  Her first position, in 1998, was as Collection Development/Technical Services Librarian.  In that position she provided cataloging services and managed course reserves, including ERes.  She was promoted to Special Collections Librarian in 2002, and since that time has coordinated activities of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, answered reference questions, conducted oral histories, assisted with digitization projects, and researched and created fifteen major exhibits.   She has also participated in the library’s orientation and instruction programs, conducted tours of the Nixon Library, hosted two Art & Anatomy workshops and welcomed History of Anatomy students from San Antonio and from Italy. 

Pennie was instrumental in development of special programming in connection with three traveling exhibits created by the National Library of Medicine: 

  • Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature (2003)
  • Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians (2008)
  • Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine (2010)

 Recently Pennie has focused on the creation of a print catalog of outstanding holdings of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, grouped by specialty.  This catalog will be an invaluable aid for future research. 

Pennie’s people skills, her creativity, and her enthusiasm for the history of medicine and other disciplines have contributed much to the development and promotion of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library in recent years, and she will be missed.

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Please save the date: Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

41ST ANNUAL MEETING

Dinner and Presentation

Fernando Guerra, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.,

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and recently retired Director of Health for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will speak on the topic

 “Doctors and Dollars May Not Always Be Enough!”

Monday, November 7, 2011 6:30 p.m.

Doubletree Hotel      37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough

Cost: $40/person; $30 for students includes Friends membership

Keith Cogdill to become director of library services at NIH

Keith Cogdill, Ph.D., Director of South Texas Regional Information Services, will leave his position in the library at the end of August to become Director of Library Services at the National Institutes of Health. 

Keith has been responsible for leading four branch libraries, the circuit librarian program, and the interlibrary loan and community engagement initiatives for the UT Health Science Center Libraries.  He also serves as an adjunct professor, teaching online courses in the area of health sciences libraries and informatics for Drexel University in the College of Information Science and Technology.

Prior to Keith’s position at the UT Health Science Center, he worked for the National Library of Medicine in the National Network Office for five years, so he is no stranger to NIH.  He worked as an assistant professor for the University of Maryland, College of Information Studies, and as a research and teaching assistant for the University of North Carolina’s College of Medicine and School of Information and Library Science.  He was also an NLM Health Informatics Fellow and librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Since he joined the library staff in 2007, Keith has developed active outreach programs and has participated in or led a number of grants, including the Frontera Collaboration, a cooperative effort among border region libraries to promote evidence-based practice resources.   He is currently completing the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program and completed the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians in 2010. Keith has also received several prestigious awards including the Medical Library Association’s David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship in 2010, which allowed Keith to travel to new and emerging medical school libraries, and the Ida and George Eliot Prize for publications in 2004 and 2008.

Keith’s knowledge and enthusiasm for community engagement will be missed; however, we wish him the best as he assumes his new leadership role at the NIH.

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraraies

The Laredo Regional Campus Library will have new hours beginning September 1

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: closed

Sunday: closed

 

Alice Pakravan retires after 27 years with the Briscoe Library

After 27 years of service at the Briscoe Library, Alice Pakravan will retire at the end of July.  Alice began her journey at the Briscoe Library in 1984. At that time she became part of the Technical Services division, where she was primarily responsible for the physical processing of new books. Today Alice is responsible for ordering new books for the Briscoe Library and all branch locations. She also handles payment for new books and assists with the maintenance of catalog records. Over the years Alice has been involved in many collection management activities and has been a key contributor in helping expand and maintain the book collection at the Briscoe Library.

Alice has a tremendous amount of historical knowledge and has witnessed first-hand the transition from print to electronic resources. She has watched her job evolve over the years and has enjoyed working in a dynamic environment. Alice has always been a friendly face around the library and will be greatly missed by all of her colleagues.

In her retirement, Alice will enjoy spending time with friends and family and traveling as much as possible.  She hopes to plan a trip to Disneyland with her grandkids in the near future.

Andrea N. Schorr
Collection Resources Librarian

Amy Nurnberger completes internship in the Briscoe Library

We have been fortunate to have Amy Nurnberger work with us this summer at the Briscoe Library. Amy joined us in June to observe the various facets of library services. She assisted with a website usability study and also completed a number of projects, including creating a report on the impact factor of journals in which researchers funded by the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science have published; assigning local journal links to the Reading List published by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecologists; cataloging medical instrument artifacts; developing an instructional video; and updating several tip sheets for using library resources.

Following on a career in the pharmaceutical industry, Amy is in the midst of earning a Masters in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She has finished her first year in the program, and will continue in her final year to focus on her main area of interest, academic libraries. Amy looks forward to delving deeper into areas of academic librarianship that will make use of her background in biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, and quality control. We wish her well as she continues her studies.

Jonquil D. Feldman
Director of Briscoe Library Services