News from the Libraries
News from the Libraries – August 2011
Welcome from the UT Health Science Center Libraries
Librarians and library staff would like to welcome new and returning students, residents, fellows, faculty and staff. Here are some things you need to know about using the libraries in San Antonio (Briscoe Library and Texas Research Park), Harlingen (Ramirez Library) and the Laredo Regional Campus library:
- The website for The Libraries provides links to the catalog, databases, classes, services, hours of operation, policies and contact information for each library (http://library.uthscsa.edu/ ). You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
- Faculty, staff and students must register to check out or renew materials, or to use services by submitting the Borrower Registration or Renewal Form (http://www.library.uthscsa.edu/using/borrower.pdf). Students and house staff must renew their library registration annually.
- We have an extensive print and online collection of books and journals. Library services include circulation and reserves, reference and research assistance, instruction in use of databases and bibliographic management software, expert database searches and consultations, interlibrary loan, community outreach, help with using library printers, copiers and scanners, and support for using resources for mobile devices.
- Librarians offer classes on a wide range of topics designed to enable efficient use of research tools and to promote evidence-based practice. A list of regularly scheduled classes is available online. Classes are also offered by arrangement with faculty or university departments (http://library.uthscsa.edu/gethelp/classes.cfm ).
- More than 100 computers are available in the Briscoe Library on the Long Campus, including 25 in the library computer classroom on the 2nd floor. Branch libraries are also equipped with computers. UT Health Science Center computer users at the Briscoe Library log on using their UTHSCSA domain account; non-HSC guests obtain a login code from the Circulation staff and are limited to one hour per day. Please read our Computer Use Policy (http://www.library.uthscsa.edu/about/computeruse.cfm).
- Librarians and library staff strive to make the library a welcoming place to study. Food and covered drinks are permitted in all libraries. Wireless laptop use is available throughout all the libraries, and we provide electrical outlets and data lines wherever possible. A variety of study areas are available, including open seating, individual study rooms that are first come first served, and group study rooms, which may be reserved for two or more UT Health Science Center affiliates. At the Briscoe Library, room reservations are made at the Circulation Desk, by email at AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu or by phone at (210) 567-2440. Study room reservations must include the names of two persons who will use the room. Contact the branch libraries to make reservations at those locations.
- Classrooms on the 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library building are available for after-hours study.
Librarians and library staff look forward to seeing you at one of the UT Health Science Center Libraries or in your classroom or office. We encourage you to ask questions and provide feedback on our services, collection and space.
Director of Briscoe Library Services
On display in the Briscoe Library in August: Art of ancient Mexico
The UT Health Science Center Libraries are hosting an exhibit of artwork from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM-San Antonio) through August 2011. The featured art — reproductions of funerary artifacts from the cultures of West Mexico that were produced between 100 B.C and 300 B.C.— will be on display in the School of Medicine’s Lecture Hall Commons through the end of August.
The figurines are made from reddish or orange clay with geometric decorations in red, white, black and yellow. They depict women preparing food, musicians, dancers, flutists and warriors, all going about their daily activities. A unique and interesting feature of these figurines is their adornments: oversize ear and nose ornaments in the shape of a bar or a half moon, as well as bracelets and necklaces of several strands.
What’s in a name? History of Medicine lecture will present an informal approach to “Hispanic” genetics and history
Monday, August 8, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Howe Conference Room Briscoe Library
In this noon hour presentation, Dr. Richard F. Ludueña, Ph.D., distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, will explore multiple aspects of Hispanic identity in the U.S. “If we start drawing medical conclusions,” he says, “we need to be clear what we are talking about.”
The talk will move in the direction of a working genetic definition that takes account of the variety of Hispanic populations in the U.S., including Peninsular, Native American, African, and others.
Dr. Ludueña’s lecture is a sponsored activity of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and is open to the public.
For more information about this event, or about how to become a member of the Friends group, contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, at Borchers@uthscsa.edu.
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Integrating the humanities into anatomy instruction
Penelope Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, is a co-author with Dr. Charleen Moore of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, of an article in an upcoming issue of Anatomical Sciences Education:
Moore, C. M., Lowe, C., Lawrence, J., & Borchers, P. (2011). Developing observational skills and knowledge of anatomical relationships in an art and anatomy workshop using plastinated specimens, in press. Anatomical Sciences Education. Epub ahead of print retrieved July 29, 2011. doi: 10.1002/ase.244.
Constance Lowe, M.F.A. and Jayne Lawrence, M.F.A., both of UTSA, are also co-authors.
The article describes art and anatomy workshops that took place in the Briscoe Library in 2009 and 2011. The workshops rely in part on materials housed in the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.
From the abstract: Many medical schools have developed formal art observation training in conjunction with nearby art museums to enhance the visual diagnostic skills of their medical students. We report here on an art and anatomy workshop that paired medical and art students who did drawing exercises from plastinated anatomical specimens and the animated face to hone observational skills… We propose workshops such as these … will assist the medical student in developing diagnostic skills for identifying disease and the art student in using the human body as subject. We further propose that these programs will help students develop humanistic sensitivities and provide an outlet for expression of the emotional aspects of dealing with disease and mortality.
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, email@example.com.
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.
Head of Collection Resources
Library classes for August and September
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
Head of Education and Information Services
Information and circulation services are now available at one desk in 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.
Director of Briscoe Library Services
Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, retires this month
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.
Executive Director of Libraries