News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Updates to off-campus access and ILLiad logins

Starting Monday, June 11th the library website will offer a simpler, consolidated login page to access electronic resources from off-campus as well as to place an interlibrary loan request through the ILLiad system.  The changes are being made to simplify and improve one of the most frequently used pages on the library’s website.

UT Health Science Center faculty, staff and students will select the first option and be instructed to use their Health Science Center domain authentication (email username/password). This change will eliminate the need to remember another username/password.  It will also allow requests for interlibrary loan of articles and books to be processed immediately without the previous wait of 24 hours for registration processing.

The second option (Clinical Faculty & All Other Users) is only for users who do not have a Health Science Center domain account.  Users must first register with the library in order to use this login method.  Login using this method uses your library ID and corresponding PIN.  For all clinical and adjunct faculty members the library ID will be your HSC badge number.

This update to the library logins saves UT Health Science Center faculty, staff and students from creating a separate library account to access materials from off campus or to login to our interlibrary loan service, ILLiad.  Please note that all users will still need to be registered with the library to check out materials.

If you have any questions about the upcoming changes, please feel free to contact Eric Willman, Systems Librarian:

Access E-journals quickly on your smartphone or tablet at the Briscoe Library

QR codes in the Briscoe Library provide access to online resources

QR Codes in the stacks of the Briscoe Library now provide smart phone users with easy access to some online resources.

The majority of our journal access is online and now we offer a fast way for you to find the latest issues:  When you see a yellow card on the shelves, scan the QR code and view the journal on your smart phone or other mobile device.

The QR code labels are being placed in the print journal stacks where a print journal subscription ends and the online subscription begins.  The QR code is linked directly to the online version of the journal, taking you directly to a list of issues available for viewing.  If your smart phone is using a data plan, the QR code link will first take you to the library’s login page and you will need to login before using the online journal.  If your smart phone or tablet device is connected to the Health Science Center’s wireless network, you will be connected automatically  to the journal’s mobile website without the need to log in.

For the time being, only current journals with mobile sites are labeled.  As more and more of these sites are integrated to mobile standards, we will incorporate codes for easy access from the stacks.  QR code readers such as ScanLife are available through the App Store.

Have any questions or comments?  Contact Dana Whitmire, Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian,

In the history of medicine — Early ophthalmology text turns 500 this year

First page of treatise "De oculis" from Champier's _Speculum Galeni_

The first page of the treatise "De oculis" from Symphorien Champier's _Speculum Galeni_ (Lyon, 1512)

The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is celebrating the 500th birthday of one of its treasures, an edition of Symphorien Champier’s Speculum Galeni.  The book includes one of the first treatises on ophthalmology ever printed.

Symphorien Champier (1472-1539) was an early French humanist and physician to Charles VIII, Louis XII, and the Duke of Lorraine.  He settled in Lyon, where he established the College of the Doctors of Lyon and studied Greek and Arab scholars, as well as medicinal science, composing a great number of historical works.   He was also an admirer of Galen, the great second-century Greek physician and philosopher.  Champier set out to expand his contemporary colleagues’ knowledge of Galen by using a powerful new tool: the printing press.  

Speculum Galeni, printed in Lyon in 1512, begins with Champier’s own biography of Galen and a list of Galenic works.  It continues with Champier’s careful compilation of Latin translations of key works that were (at that time) attributed to Galen, to form a complete Treatise of Medicine.  Included in the compilation is “De oculis,” a treatise on the eyes, the first page of which appears in the photo above. According to later historians, “De oculis” may not have been Galen’s at all — it is only known today from this Latin translation, and no Greek original has ever been found.  Nonetheless, its inclusion in Champier’s compilation makes it one of the first printed works on the subject of ophthalmology.

Our copy of Speculum Galeni is bound together with another work of Champier called Practica nova in medicina which was probably printed several years earlier, around 1509. The beautiful binding was also created around the same time; it is stamped pigskin over wooden boards with metal clasp closures.  The whole volume is in beautiful condition.

Photo of cover of our copy of Champier's book

The handcrafted early-16th-century cover of Champier's book.

We know from the stamps and inscriptions in the book that it once belonged to the Strahov Monastery Library in Prague.

Speculum Galeni came to the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library as part of the Andrew A. Sandor Ophthalmology collection, a group of some 400 rare and historical books that the library acquired in 1988. We invite you to come and see this historical treasure, along with many other treasures on the history of ophthalmology such as Georg Bartisch’s Ophthalmodouleia (1583) and Samuel Thomas Sommering’s Abbildungen des menschlichen Auges (1801).

The P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Reading Room is located on the fifth floor of the Briscoe Library and is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  In order to view books in the collection, it is best to schedule an appointment prior to visiting by calling 567-2470.

Luke Rosenberger, Director of Library Technology and Historical Collections

Joint Texas A&M – UT System library facility will house low-circulation books and journals

A&M-UT System Library Facility

Construction of a facility to preserve library resources of Texas A&M University and The University of Texas System is set to begin in June near Bryan, Texas.

Texas A&M University System board of regents formally approved a $6.3 million appropriation to build a facility preserving library resources of Texas A&M University and the University of Texas System.  Construction of the 18,000-square-foot facility on Texas A&M’s Riverside Campus will begin in June and is scheduled to be completed by March 2013.

The library facility will house about 1 million low-circulation books and older journal volumes and make them available to scholars and other interested parties upon request.

Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin stated, “This is an excellent example of cooperation between Texas A&M and the University of Texas for the benefit of our students and faculties, and potentially other scholars and researchers and it’s ultimately of cost-saving benefit to the taxpayers of Texas.”  A process is being implemented through which institutions can “share” a single copy of duplicated holdings in storage.  This allows for the elimination of redundancy in individual collections while preserving a collective copy that can be recalled for use in research and study among users at multiple institutions.

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources

Member, Joint Library Facility Task Force on Policies and Procedures



New Information Services hours at the Briscoe Library

Librarians are available to provide assistance with reference questions, with the library’s print and electronic collections, and with one-on-one assistance in searching databases and bibliographic management programs such as EndNote and RefWorks.

At the Briscoe Library, librarians are now on-call Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. During these hours, we can be reached in person, by telephone at 210-567-2450, through email at or via Instant Messaging.

Consultation appointments are also available for your in-depth questions.  We look forward to assisting you with your information needs.

Jonquil Feldman

Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Introduction to Research - BlessingIntroduction to research and medical literature for health professionals / edited by J. Dennis Blessing, J. Glenn Forister.
Burlington, Mass. : Jones & Bartlett Learning, c2013.
W 20.5 P578 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Clinical Trials - MeinertClinical trials : design, conduct, and analysis, 2nd ed. / Curtis L. Meinert.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
QV 771 M514c 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record





Obesity and type 2 diabetes - SheehanObesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus / John P. Sheehan, Margaret M. Ulchaker.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
WK 810 S541o 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Legal and ethical issues for health professionals - PozgarLegal and ethical issues for health professionals, 3rd ed. / George D. Pozgar ; legal review, Nina Santucci ; medical review, John W. Pinnella.
Burlington, Mass. : Jones & Bartlett Learning, c2013.
W 32.5.AA1 P893La 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Informed consent - BowmanInformed consent : a primer for clinical practice / Deborah Bowman, John Spicer, Rehana Iqbal.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2012.
W 85 B787i 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Neuroanatomy - FischNeuroanatomy : draw it to know it, 2nd ed. / Adam Fisch.
New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
WL 101 F529n 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Nursing : scope and standards of practice, 2nd ed. Nursing : scope and standards of practice, 2nd ed. / American Nurses Association.
Silver Spring, Md. : American Nurses Association, c2010.
WY 16 A512n 2010. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Andrea N. Schorr, Collection Resources Librarian

Summer reading recommendations


Rajia Tobia recommends Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall:  “I am not a runner so when a tri-athlete friend recommended this book, I was skeptical.  Why would anyone want to run ultra-marathons of 100 miles or more in places like Death Valley and Mexico’s Copper Canyon?  This book answered the question for me – they are all obsessed!   Starting with the simple question -why does my foot hurt? – Christopher McDougall in Born to Run explores the physiology of running, running’s place in human evolution, the commercialization of running as a sport, and the psychology and unique individualism of ultra-runners.  The book also explores Mexico’s Tarahumara Indians and their techniques of happily running hundreds of miles without rest or injury.  This book is an interesting and entertaining read, even if you are not a runner.”


Sarah's Key- book coverKatie Prentice recommends Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay: “The story of Sarah’s Key centers around July 1942 when Jewish families in Paris, France were rounded up and transported to concentration camps by French authorities.  The book weaves the story of a modern French family with the story of young Sarah whose family at one time lived in the same apartment.  The book alternates 1942 with the present in each chapter and offers insight into the experiences of a child living through traumatic events.  The book is a fairly easy read and a movie came out in 2010.  I haven’t seen the movie yet, but now that I’ve read the book I plan to see the movie.”



1491 - book coverSusan Hunnicutt recommends 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles C. Mann:  “This book explores current thinking about the cultural histories of native American peoples.  They are much richer and more complicated than I ever imagined! One example that was very interesting to me was Mann’s discussion of milpas, companion plantings of corn, squash and beans, also known as “Three Sisters”.  Most of us learned part of this story in elementary school.  But Mann says the milpas show the extent of communication that took place in the ancient Americas, because by the time Europeans arrived variations of the technique, which was developed in what is today Mexico, had spread across North America to the mid-Atlantic coast.”

Former student visits childhood home of Henrietta Lacks

Virginia Historical Marker- Henrietta LacksThank you to Falisha Carman, a graduate of the School of Nursing, who shared this recent photo of a  historical marker commemorating Henrietta Lacks and her contributions to medical research.  The photo was taken in Clover, Virginia.  Falisha commented that she might never have known about Henrietta Lacks if she had not read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot read as part of  the UT Health Science Center’s One Community/One Book project in 2010.

News from The Libraries — May 2012

School Librarians visit the Ramirez Library in Harlingen

Eighteen school librarians from the Rio Grande City Independent School District visited the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library during National Library Week, April 9 – 13.

Library classes for May and June 2012

How to request library classes for your department or office

Self-service checkout of books and journals: Coming to the Briscoe and Ramirez libraries in May!

New library search features: drop down search box

History of Anatomy class visits the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

National Library Week: School librarians remember Dr. Mario E. Ramirez during visit to the Ramirez Library

Sallieann Swanner, Associate Library Director for Systems, will retire May 31, 2012

Library hours on Memorial Weekend

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Library classes for May and June 2012


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 consider integrating 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 Classpage.

Briscoe Library – San Antonio

  • Introduction to PubMed: May 4, 2012, 11:00 am – 12 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: May 9, 2012, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: May 10, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Google Scholar for Scientific and Clinical Literature Searches: May 15, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Getting Started with Ovid MEDLINE: May 16, 2012, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: June 8, 2012, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: June 12, 2012. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: June 13, 2012, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: June 14, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, LIB 2.011