News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Happy New Year!

The staff of the UT Health Science Center Libraries wishes all of our campus community a happy, healthy and productive new year!

2012 is already shaping up to be a busy year for librarians and library staff.  Construction continues on the Briscoe Library’s 5th floor to build the School of Medicine’s Office of Education.  Options for creating additional study space in the library are being explored, as is a plan for relocating print journals and books in the library building.

A task force of the Library Committee that includes Library Committee members, librarians, student representatives, and Facilities Management staff is discussing the “library of the future.”  The task force will develop a report based on stakeholder input about services, physical space, and amenities needed in the library of the future.  A recent study titled “Redefining the Academic Library” by the Education Advisory Board for the University Leadership Council, a council made up of university provosts throughout the country, details many of the changes the task force has discussed already.  Some of the top trends in next-generation library space planning that both the “Redefining” report and the task force have identified include:

  • fewer physical print collections on site as more books and journals move to electronic form;
  • space designed for comfort, collaboration, and varied student study needs;
  • flexibility and modularity in furnishings and design;
  • ubiquitous wireless connectivity and electrical access for laptops and mobile devices;
  • integration of academic support services;
  • food, drink and other amenities readily available.

The Library Committee task force welcomes comments and thoughts about the library of the future.  Comments can be sent to Adelita Cantu, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, and Library Committee Chair,

A pilot of 24/7 access to the Briscoe Library was conducted during the fall semester exam period in December. Following on this pilot project, options are being explored to extend hours using work study students.  As part of the 24/7 pilot project, we conducted a survey of academic health science center libraries.  Of the 60 libraries responding to the survey approximately half of the libraries provide 24/7 access to the library building for student study.  Exact days and hours for extended library hours are still being explored but we hope to have a schedule settled by mid-January.

The library’s new website, A-Z journal list, and link resolver are all debuting this month.  Read more about each in this issue of our newsletter.

In 2012 and as always, librarians and library staff in San Antonio, Harlingen, and Laredo are ready to assist our campus community with their information and study needs.  Please contact us at

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

One Community/ One Book 2012: Facilitator and host training continues on January 11

Attend training, receive the book for free!

Perhaps you have thought about becoming involved in One Community/One Book, either as a book discussion facilitator or by hosting  a discussion.  If so, consider attending the final Facilitator and Host Training for One Community/One Book  2012, 12:00 noon, Wednesday, January 11 in the Briscoe Library Collaboratory, room 4.074.   Taught by Dr. John Littlefield, director of the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching, the workshop will teach skills for planning and leading a book discussion that will continue to be useful, even after One Community/One Book  2012 is over.  Lunch is included in the class, and individuals who volunteer to host or lead a book discussion will also receive a free copy of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child, the One Community/One Book selection for 2011-2012.

In Barefoot Heart, Elva Trevino Hart, who is retired after 17 years with IBM, writes of  being the youngest child in a family of migrant farm workers who traveled north to Minnesota and Wisconsin over several summers in the 1950s to work in beet fields.  As a personal memoir, Hart’s book invites reflection on a number of themes including the importance of family and community, education as a way out of poverty, cultural diversity, and the promotion of cultural competence and empathy.

Elva Trevino Hart will speak in the Holly Auditorium on the Long Campus on Friday, February 24, 2012, at 12:00 noon.  The event, which is open to the public, is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To register for Facilitator and Host Training on January 11, email Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, at

Library classes for January and February 2012

REGISTER TODAY! Scan this code with your smartphone camera QR reader app 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

If you would like to schedule 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.


Briscoe Library – San Antonio

  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE:January 10, 2012, 1:00 pm -2:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: January 11, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Facilitator and Host Training for One Community/One Book 2012, January 11, 2012: Noon – 1 p.m., LIB 4.074
  • Introduction to EndNote: January 12, 2012: 10:00 am – 11:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Records Management Quick Review, January 18, 2012, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to PubMed: January 19, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Records Management Module A: Records Retention and Inventory, January 25, 2012, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, LIB 2.011


  • Records Management Module C: Managing Permanent Records and Electronic Records, February 22, 2012, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, LIB 4.074
  • Library Basics: February 13, 2011, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: February 16, 2012, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, LIB 2.011

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services

Redesigned library website debuts over the holidays

The UT Health Science Center Libraries debuted a redesigned website over the holidays.  The new website went live on Sunday, December 25, 2011.  The new website incorporates a number of ideas developed through usability testing with students, faculty and staff:

  • A new Library Search box is featured in the center of the Libraries’ main webpage.  One tab in that search box allows you to perform a library catalog keyword search from the home page; another will allow you to enter a PubMed Identifier (PMID) for an article to immediately check for online access to that article.  Other tabs allow you to search the database list, e journal list, or e-book list by title.
  • “Resources For…” is a new set of portal pages designed for the unique needs of main groups of library users: custom collections of resources for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community.
  • The “I Need To…” pages are guides to some of the most common tasks that library users need to perform: researching a topic, finding a specific article or book, finding study space or using computers, and more.

That is  just the beginning — we have incorporated many improvements throughout this new website and hope it will meet the needs of our campus community.  You can still find a link to each of the UT Health Science Center Libraries – Briscoe, Ramirez, Laredo, P.I. Nixon Medical Historical, and the Jesse H. Jones at TRP — on the new home page.  We are eager to hear your feedback and suggestions so we can continue to develop and improve our website going forward.  Let us know what you think!  Comments can be sent to

Luke Rosenberger, Director for Library Technology and Historical Collections


eBook and eJournal users: The Libraries have a new link resolver

Beginning with the new UT Health Science Center Libraries website redesign in late December, Find at UTHSCSA will become HSCLink.  When searching for articles, whether in PubMed, Ovid, CINAHL, Google Scholar, or another database instead of the familiar blue Find at UTHSCSA button, library users will find HSCLink.

will become

Find at UTHSCSA and HSCLink are both link resolvers, software that allows library users to go from a database entry directly to the article of choice in one or two clicks.  The UT Health Science Center Libraries are in the process of changing to a new link resolver.  Collection Resources librarians, along with our Web Services librarian, are working to make this transition as seamless as possible.

Pages on the library’s website that will be affected by this change are the e-journal page (currently and the e-book page (currently  The look and feel of the new link resolver pages will be slightly different but the functionality will be essentially the same.  Each of the new pages will have a new Web address so any bookmarks you stored for these pages will require updating.

Collection Resources librarians are testing the link resolver from various sources to ensure proper linking.  Although we are attempting to keep problems to a minimum, as with any change of this magnitude we expect a small number of problems to surface.  If you experience any issues with the new link resolver, whether the problem is incorrect linking, an error message, or something completely different, please let us know so we can investigate and fix the problem.  Contact us at or use the “report a problem” link at the bottom of each link resolver page.

Librarians are excited about the new link resolver and expect it will continue to be a useful tool for library users.

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources

Linda Levy retires after 20 years of service


Linda Levy, Assistant Director for Branch Library and Database Services, retired on December 31 following 20 years of service to the Health Science Center.  Linda began working at the UT Health Science Center Library in 1991 as an Information Services Librarian.  She managed the library’s literature search services, including instruction in effective literature search techniques.  In 1998 she began managing the branch library at the Robert B. Green Campus, and in 2007 she became responsible for supervising the new branch library at the Laredo Regional Campus.  Linda was active in library outreach services in Laredo and San Antonio including managing several successful outreach grants. Linda also was a member of several campus committees including the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Institutional Review Board, the School of Nursing Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS), and the Program Committee of the annual Summer Institute on Evidence-Based Practice.  In 2010, Linda was named to the Health Science Center’s  Academy of Master Teachers.   She has served on several committees for the Medical Library Association and the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association and has presented at numerous professional meetings.  She is an emeritus member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).

Linda plans to spend her retirement as an active volunteer for several organizations in San Antonio, and she plans to continue to enjoy her children (and hopefully grandchildren) in Chicago.  We wish Linda the best as she embarks on her well-deserved retirement and we express our gratitude for her many years of dedication to Health Science Center faculty, students and staff and the profession of librarianship.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

MD Consult: Two easy ways to earn CME credit

The online resource MD Consult, which is available to Health Science Center affiliated users through the database list on the library’s website, offers two easy activities to earn CME credit:

  1. Free Internet Point of Care CME credit
  2.  Cyberounds®

The Point of Care CME option is provided by the Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education.  It focuses on structured, online learning. Physicians may earn 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for each search conducted through MD Consult. Certificates are available immediately, and each user has access to a transcript of credits earned through MD Consult.

Cyberounds® are interactive grand rounds moderated by distinguished academics, exclusively for physicians, medical students, and other selected health professionals. Conferences are administered by the Cyberounds® committee at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. New presentations are uploaded regularly. Members then have the opportunity to pose questions and comments directly to the moderators or guest authors. Previous conferences are archived and available for review.  Free CME is granted for the first 5 conferences submitted through MD Consult.   If you are interested in additional credit for interactive grand rounds, you can create a separate, fee-based account through Cyberounds.

Searchable access to full text books, journals, medical images, and the popular “Clinics” series that are part of MD Consult is available to all Health Science Center affiliated personnel and students.  Some features, including the CME option do require setting up a personal account, but the set-up is easy, fast, and free.

To take advantage of the CME opportunities offered through MD Consult:

  1. Link to MD Consult through the library’s website.
  2. Click on Create Account in the upper right corner of the main MD Consult screen.
  3. Create your personal account (this must be done from a computer within the institutional IP range but the account can be used from any location after it is created).
  4. Click on the CME tab to read the instructions for earning CME.

Linda Levy, Assistant Library Director for Branch Libraries and Database Services

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

The essentials of biostatistics for physicians, nurses, and clinicians /
Michael R. Chernick. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, c2011. 

WA 950 C521e 2011.






Medical writing : a guide for clinicians, educators, and researchers /
Robert B. Taylor. New York : Springer, c2011. 

WZ 345 T245c 2011. 





Improving medical outcomes : the psychology of doctor-patient visits/Jessica Leavitt and Fred Leavitt. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2011.

W 62 L439i 2011.





Leadership and management for doctors in training : a practical guide/ Stephen Gillam.  London ; New York : Radcliffe Publishing, c2011.

W 80 G475L 2011.





Andrea N. Schorr, Collection Resources Librarian


News from the Libraries – December 2011

Cover of Barefoot Heart

In this newsletter: The Libraries are pleased to announce that One Community/One Book 2012 recently received the support of Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities in the form of a community projects grant award.

In the news this month:

Good wishes for the holidays

Holiday hours

Library classes for December and January

One Community/One Book selection tells stories of migrant life in South Texas

Barefoot Heart- Volunteer to lead a discussion group, and receive the book for free

Briscoe Library Renovations blog- Stay informed about construction in the Briscoe Library

Exhibit: Medical response to the Haiti earthquake 2010

Connective Tissue: Literature and visual arts journal seeks submissions

SCAMeL Libraries Increase Their Interlibrary Lending Rate

NLM honors winners of software development challenge

Patrick Lemelle joins the staff of the Briscoe Library

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Good wishes for the holidays

holiday poinsettiaThe staff of The Libraries wish you a happy and healthy holiday celebration.

At this busy holiday time, it is often difficult to find the perfect gift for all the people on your list.  Consider a monetary gift to the library!  A gift to the library in honor of a friend, relative, or colleague is a gift that keeps on giving.  The library uses gift donations to fund purchases of books and to support special events, such as the One Community/One Book program. Tribute and memorial bookplates are placed in appropriate books for donations of $50 or more. Larger gifts can be designated for an express purpose.  For example, the library received a generous gift from Virginia Bowden PhD, emerita Library Director, and Charles Bowden MD, clinical professor of psychiatry and pharmacology, designated for support of the University Archives.

All gifts are tax deductible and will be acknowledged.

Donations can be made through the HSC Connect Donate secure website at or through the Giving to the Libraries page at  Larger donations can be discussed with the Development Office or with Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries.

All gifts are greatly appreciated and put to good use.