News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

42nd Annual Dinner and Presentation of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library: Save the date

Richard Luduena, PhDThe Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Inbreeding and Incest in Royal Families will be the topic of the 42nd Annual Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

6:30 p.m.

Doubletree Airport Hotel, 37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough


Richard Ludueña, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, will deliver the address at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, November 7, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.  The dinner will be held at the Doubletree Airport Hotel, 37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough.  Dr. Ludueña will discuss incest and inbreeding in the Spanish, Egyptian and Inca royal families, describing their behaviors and exploring reasons why inbreeding and/or incest, despite the taboo, persisted in these families.

Watch for more information in future newsletters.

Student attendance at the Annual Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is $30, and includes membership in the Friends organization.  Sponsorships are available for students who would like to attend but who need financial assistance. 

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

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library invite all those interested in the history of medicine to an intriguing presentation and an enjoyable evening of good food and conversation.

Advance registration is required.  Please RSVP, including requests for scholarship assistance, by November 2, 2012 to Susan Hunnicutt:



New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Book-Human Embryonic Stem Cells Handbook

Human embryonic stem cells handbook / edited by Kursad Turksen.
New York : Humana Press, c2012.
QU 328 H918 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Book-Panorama of PsychologyPanorama of psychology / Vilen Vardanyan.
Central Milton Keynes, [U.K.] : AuthorHouse UK, c2011.
BF 81 V291p 2011. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Book-Join the ClubJoin the club : how peer pressure can transform the world / Tina Rosenberg.
New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2012.
HM 831 R813j 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Andrea N. Schorr, Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian


Barn swallows call Briscoe loading dock home

Barn Swallows babies: Briscoe Library Loading Dock, July 2012Barn swallows have taken up residence in the Briscoe Library loading dock, and recently, we observed that we have barn swallow babies.  And this is not the first time!

A couple of years ago the  loading dock became home to a pair of North American Barn Swallows. They chose a spot high over the rear entry door to the library. They built an open nest plastered onto a wall and a sprinkler head with construction materials that included bits of mud mixed with grass.  The nest was heavily lined with feathers.



Barn Swallows: Briscoe Loading DockDuring their first year, it is believed the barn swallows had three clutches of eggs.  In time, library staff witnessed the newly hatched birds being fed by their parents and growing into adulthood. They were seen flying around and darting in and out of the dock area catching and feeding insects to their young.

Our current family of barn swallow chicks was first observed in late June. Every morning we arrive to their long and twittering song. In some books on swallows, it’s said that the female selects the healthiest male by listening to his song.

Robert Zuniga, Senior Clerk

News from The Libraries — July 2012

Student and Synthesizer

An exhibit opening in July provides a glimpse into Applied Neuroanatomy, a student-led elective for MS-1s that was offered in the Spring of 2012. Find the story in this issue.

Welcome new residents!

Library classes for July and August

Applied Neuroanatomy: Exhibit showcases MS-1 elective course offering

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

Librarians in the news

Making way for improvements at the Briscoe Library

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

Drug Information Portal now available for mobile devices

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

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

America’s libraries: Did you know?

See all past issues of News from the Libraries



Welcome new residents!

The UT Health Science Center Libraries’ staff welcomes new residents to our campuses.  As current affiliated members of the Health Science Center community,  residents have access to e-journals, e-books, and databases as well as access to materials located at  San Antonio, Harlingen and Laredo branches.

Screenshot of new off campus log in systemOnline access to e-journals, e-books, and databases begins from the moment you have an active UTHSCSA Domain Account.  After clicking on library website links, click the “Current Faculty, Staff, & Students” choice to login.  This same login/password used for UT Health Science Center computers, Blackboard, and Inside.UTHSCSA is used for online access to library materials and for requesting interlibrary loans (ILL).

The first time you visit the library to check out a book, library staff will ask you to complete a brief form to set up your in-library account.

Regular classes, including EndNote, RefWorks, PubMed, and Ovid Medline, are offered at the Libraries and are open to everyone.  In the event our regular classes conflict with your schedule, call or email to request a consultation with a librarian.  With advance notice, we can accommodate most requests for personal assistance.  You are also welcome to request special classes for groups or departments.  View the Library Events Calendar for upcoming classes:

In addition to classes and consultations, librarians are available at the Briscoe Library Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm for your immediate information needs.  While the Briscoe Library does not have a traditional reference desk, reference and information services are available in-person, via email –, telephone – 210-567-2450, and instant message

Good links to bookmark:

Again, welcome!  If you have questions about our services or resources, let us know.

Katie Prentice

Head of Education and Information Services

Library classes for July and August


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

  • Introduction to PubMed: July 12, 2012, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: July 12, 2012, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: July 16, 2012, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Getting Started with Ovid Medline: July 18, 2012, 11:00 am – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: August 9, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: August 21, 2012, 11:00 am – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: August 22, 2012, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Google Scholar for Scientific and Clinical Literature Searches: August 28, 2012, 11:00 am – 12 noon, LIB 2.011

Applied Neuroanatomy: Exhibit showcases MS-1 elective course offering

Neuroanatomy students gather around a table

Applied Neuroanatomy, Spring 2012
Syllabus created by Vinh Dao and Pon-Pon Yeh

The caption beneath the illustration reads, “Ascending central auditory pathways.  Monaural pathways are shown in red, binaural pathways in blue, and other connections in black…”   Twenty-eight labels in 8 point (very small) font  crowd onto a page that resembles a plate of spaghetti and meatballs.  Somehow, it all has to do with percussion, rhythm and beats, harmony, and deeply felt emotion.  But who would know?

Vinh Dao and Pon-Pon Yeh, now MS-3s, struggled in their first year of medical school with “dry and boring” material that was “very abstract and difficult to grasp.”  They had an idea, which they proposed to their professors, Charleen Moore, PhD and Kristine Vogel, PhD, both of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology.  In an effort to make neuroanatomy more fun and more intuitive for students coming after them, and to help them integrate knowledge about neural pathways with their own experiences, the four worked together to create Applied Neuroanatomy.  The elective, which was attended by 18 MS-1s, took place in four units from March 30 to May 4, 2012.

  • To learn the neural pathways for proprioception and balance, students and their instructors had the opportunity to practice slacklining and yoga in the grassy area in front of the Briscoe Library, and to try out a unicycle and an Indo Board.
  • They packed up sketch pads, pastels, pencils and markers for a trip the the San Antonio Botanical Gardens where they undertook a series of exercises designed to draw attention to vision and the pathways associated with it.
  • They spent an evening spinning vinyl on turntables and using synthesizers to experiment with generating musical beats.
  • Finally, they created a feast for themselves, including fine wines and chocolate, and spent an evening reflecting on  the neural pathways associated with taste and olfaction.

An exhibit documenting the class in photos and words will be on display in the lecture hall commons of the School of Medicine beginning in early July.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

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