News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Information Mastery: Class provides orientation for third year medical students at the beginning of clerkship rotations

Where can you find the best information to support clinical decision making? In June, third year medical students learned about clinical decision support tools in preparation for their 3rd year clerkships.

On Friday, June 24, more than 200 third year medical students in San Antonio and Harlingen received instruction in library resources that support clinical decision making.  As a way of sharpening their information-seeking skills, they worked through a series of case-based scenarios.  Before beginning their 3rd year clinical rotations, the students must complete the Information Mastery class, a part of their Clinical Foundations course.

Information Mastery was presented by a team of instructors in San Antonio which included:  Glen Medellin, M.D., Associate Professor and Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Pediatrics; Eric Willman, Systems Librarian; and Angela Myatt, Curriculum Liaison Librarian.  Kathy Carter, Ramirez Library Librarian, presented the class in Harlingen.

The growing collection of mobile websites that are available to assist students in clinical decision making is just one of many important components that were highlighted.

Journal cancellation list: Please take time to review possible titles

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,

Report documents growth in open access journals

A recent issue of PLoS ONE ( includes an article summarizing the growth in open access (OA) journals. Since the early 1990s the number of OA journals has grown significantly, with more than 6,000 titles now included in the Directory of Open Access Journals ( These journals rely on fees paid by authors and other sources of revenue in place of subscription fees. The article reports that the number of OA journals has increased by 18% annually since 1993, while the overall number of journal titles has increased 3.5% annually in the same time period. The article is available from PLoS ONE’s website:

Laakso M, Welling P, Bukvova H, Nyman L, Björk B-C, et al. 2011 The Development of Open Access Journal Publishing from 1993 to 2009. PLoS ONE 6(6): e20961.

Since January 2008 NIH has required that any report of research sponsored by NIH be available from PubMed Central ( within 12 months of its publication in a journal. For more information about the NIH public access policy, visit

Journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals are included in the library’s E-Journal list and individual articles can be retrieved by using the “Find at UTHSCSA” button in many databases.

Keith Cogdill
Director of South Texas Regional Information Services

Website redesign: Refworks 2.0

Just a reminder that in July, RefWorks 2.0 will become the default interface for UT Health Science Center RefWorks users. The classic version will still be available, and all references stored in current accounts will be accessible through the new interface, so current users will not lose any information.

RefWorks users who are comfortable with the current “classic” version should have little trouble adapting to the new clean version, which makes use of icons, tabs, and a “Quick List” for easy navigation.  Tasks such as editing references by browsing your computer and adding attachments like links to PDF articles or a JPG are even easier than before.  New features such as citation information have been added as well.

If you have questions about the new RefWorks interface, contact the library Information Desk at 7-2450 or via email to

Linda Levy
Assistant Director for Branch Libraries and Database Services

John Weed will serve on library storage facility task force

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources in the Briscoe Library, has been selected to serve on a newly-created Joint Library Storage Facility Policy and Procedure Task Force.  The task force is charged with developing operating guidelines for a planned one million-volume library storage facility, which will be built on the Texas A&M Riverside campus in College Station.

The storage facility is a project of University of Texas System and Texas A&M University.

UT System and Texas A&M libraries will be able to store books and journals in this facility using the Resource in Common principle: If one library deposits a book or journal volume in the storage facility, other libraries will be able to discard the book or journal if they hold it in their collection, yet still claim ownership of the book or volume.

Librarians attend Medical Library Association annual meeting

The Medical Library Association held its annual meeting on May 13-18 in Minneapolis.  Two UT Health Science Center librarians, Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library Services, and Keith Cogdill, Ph.D., Director of South Texas Regional Information Services, attended the meeting.

Jonquil Feldman served on a panel discussing resources for managing scholarly publications.  She spoke on SciVal® Experts, a resource that identifies campus expertise and enables collaboration.  She also judged research papers for the Research Awards Committee and completed a term on the Awards and Scholarship Committee, where she participated on the Jury for the David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship.  The Kronick Fellowship is named for David A. Kronick, Ph.D. , the Briscoe Library’s first director.

Keith Cogdill, a 2010 recipient of the Kronick award, made a presentation on his study of libraries at four new medical schools which he visited in connection with the award.  He also presented a paper on the Frontera Collaboration of health sciences libraries along the US-Mexico border, and participated in events related to his fellowship this year in a leadership program organized by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) with sponsorship from the National Library of Medicine.

Visit the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library: Get acquainted with the book as artifact

Bartisch, Georg, Ophthalmodouleia:das ist, Augendienst. 1583.

Hold the book in your hands, feel its weight, turn its pages, admire its binding and the texture of the paper, breathe in the musty smell of age, delight in the illustrations, read the inscriptions and learn of its provenance.

Only this way, first-hand, can you truly appreciate a great book.

Visit the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and get to know some of the finest books in the history of medicine, nursing, dentistry and the sciences.

For more information, contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, at

Save these dates: Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library sponsored events

Friends’ Presentations

What’s In a Name? An Informal Approach to ‘Hispanic’ Genetics and History

Richard F. Ludueña, Ph.D., Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Biochemistry

Monday, August 8, 12:00 noon, Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library

Anatomists and Their Art

Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Cellular and Structural Biology

Thursday, October 5, 12:00 noon, Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library

41st Annual Meeting, Dinner and Presentation

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Fernando A. Guerra, M.D., M.P.H.,.F.A.A.P, retired director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, will speak on the topic Doctors and Dollars May Not Always Be Enough!

Monday, November 7, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., Doubletree Hotel

Learn more about the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Library classes for July and August

Register Today! 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

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

  • Introduction to PubMed: July 6, 2011, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: July 7, 2011, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., LIB 4.074, Collaboratory
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: July 11, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: July 14, 2011, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: July 21, 2011, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: July 25, 2011, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.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 RefWorks: August 23, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to PubMed: August 24, 2011, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LIB 2.011

Texas Research Park – San Antonio

  • Citation Information: Tracking Research and Journals: July 27, 2011, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., IBT Building 3.002.  Registration is required for this special class at the TRP.  Register online by 1:00 p.m. on July 26.

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Librarians complete Clinical Safety and Effectiveness course

Katie Prentice, Chris Gaspard, Dr. Danet Lapiz-Bluhm and Angela Myatt show their certificates after completing the CS&E Course.

Throughout the last six months, librarians Chris Gaspard, M.S.L.S, Angela Myatt, M.Sc., and Katie Prentice, M.S.I.S., AHIP participated in the UT System Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Education Program provided through the Center for Patient Safety & Health Policy at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

The purpose of the course, which is one of several programs run by the Center for Patient Safety and Health Policy, (, is to provide physicians, other clinicians and administrators the skills and knowledge required to lead breakthrough change initiatives.

For their course project “Utilization of Evidence-Based Practice Resources by Junior Nursing Students, ” the librarians partnered with M. Danet Lapiz-Bluhm, Ph.D., R.N. of the UT Health Science Center School of Nursing to develop and conduct a quality improvement project.  The project aim was to study and increase the self-reported use of evidence-based practice resources by junior nursing students during the spring 2011 semester.  At the conclusion of the project in May, results were presented to nursing faculty at the Committee on Undergraduate Studies and also to a group of UT Health Science Center librarians.