News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries – May 2011

In the news this month:

The Art and Anatomy Workshop brought together senior art students, second and third year medical and dental students, medical illustrators, and scientist/historians for an experience that focused on seeing the human body more clearly.

Library services for alumni, help us spread the word

Quick Guide: Setting up the library proxy on your smartphone

History of Medicine lecture series continues with HIV-AIDS

AHRQ report examines health literacy among English-speaking adults

Diabetes Information: programs focus on online consumer health resources

Library Classes for May

Interdisciplinary workshop showcases rare historical anatomy resources

From the Library Toolbox: use LibX for a streamlined research process

New border health materials from Victor Oliveros

Upcoming Exhibit will explore the healing properties of color

New Collections in the Digital Archives

History of Medicine volunteer internship program

New to the shelves at the Briscoe Library

A printable pdf of the newsletter is also available.

Library services for alumni: help us spread the word

As we end another academic year, the UT Health Science Center librarians and staff want to congratulate the new graduates and to wish them good luck in their future endeavors. We also want to remind everyone that Health Science Center alumni may continue to use many library resources after graduation.

Alumni must register in person at the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk or at the Ramirez or Laredo Regional Campus Libraries. There is no cost to register but registration must be renewed annually.  Alumni may check out up to three items at a time, generally for up to two weeks, and items may be renewed online up to two times.

Due to licensing agreements and contracts, remote or off-campus access to electronic resources is available only to currently employed faculty and staff, and currently enrolled students. Alumni with professional hospital affiliations should contact their hospital librarians, systems or education staff for details on access to databases, journals or books for staff use.

On-site access to Health Science Center library databases and to print and online resources is available to all. Free computers are provided in the libraries for access to the Internet and other electronic resources for health-related research.  Alumni receive a Patron ID to use library computers and can add unlimited minutes per day to their Patron account.

The Libraries offer reference services and classes at no charge. Fee-based literature search services by our expert librarians may be requested, and practicing health professionals in South Texas may request articles for a fee through the ILLiad system.

For more information about services to Health Science Center Alumni, contact us at

Jonquil D. Feldman
Director of Briscoe Library Services

Briscoe Library Information Commons

Quick Guide: Setting up the library proxy on your smartphone

If you would like to be able to find and access full-text articles from your device you will need to enter a specific URL into the applications settings. The location to enter the information depends on the application itself, but it can typically be found in the settings section of the applications. Our EZProxy URL prefix is

but to use it with these mobile applications you need to add %@ to the end of that:  See below for the screenshots of PubMed On Tap.

1. Open the application and select settings

2. Select the Library Proxy tab

3. Place the following URL in the box, and turn on the EZProxy:

Other applications that use the same URL structure to access full-text articles via EZProxy include Papers for Mac OSX, and Papers for iPhone and iPad.

If you have any comments or questions about setting up your device for article access, contact

Eric Willman
Systems Librarian

History of Medicine lecture series continues with HIV-AIDS

  • Thursday, May 26, noon to 1 p.m.
  • Howe Conference Room

In the fall of 1980, Dr. Michael Gottlieb of UCLA Medical Center received a referral on a gay, white male in failing health with wasting, Pneumocystis pneumonia, and oral candidiasis.  Over the next few months, he and other colleagues observed the syndrome in four other patients, and described the new entity of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in 1981.  In 1984, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) responsible for this syndrome was discovered.

Infection with the HIV virus was found to predispose persons to opportunistic infections and cancers.  Epidemiologic investigations revealed the disease was transmitted sexually, by blood products, IV drug use, and from mother-to-child. Cases of AIDS exploded throughout the world in 1980s and 1990s. Millions upon millions have suffered and died. Efforts to control the disease have been hampered by prejudice against infected persons.  AIDS has become one of the greatest public health challenges in modern medicine.  Currently, about 33 million people are infected across the globe.    Efforts to develop vaccines against HIV have failed.  Nevertheless, in the last 15 years, combination antiretroviral therapy has transformed the treatment of HIV infection, converting a deadly disease into a chronic, manageable condition.  Analysis of the history of the HIV epidemic in the United States reveals the power of these drugs and also the deficiencies of drug therapy to combat this disease.

Dr. Gregory M. Anstead
Director, Immunosuppression and Infectious Diseases Clinics
South Texas Veterans Health Care System

Updated AHRQ report examines health literacy among English-speaking adults, identifies areas for future research

An updated report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) finds that many English-speaking adults experience difficulties understanding and using basic health information.  Health Literacy Interventions and Outcomes: An Updated Systematic Review, which examines the literature since 2004, also finds growing evidence that suggests differences in health literacy levels are related to racial and ethnic disparities. The complete report in PDF form can be accessed online at the AHRQ website:

The questions guiding the review included the relationship between health literacy and use of health services, health outcomes, costs of care and health disparities. The review also encompassed studies of interventions.

Based on searches of multiple bibliographic databases, the reviewers identified approximately 3,500 unduplicated records of relevant publications. Among these, 140 were rated either good or fair in terms of strength of evidence. Among opportunities for future research, the report mentions “Testing novel approaches to increase motivation; improved techniques for delivering written, oral, or numerical information; and ‘work-around’ interventions such as patient advocates.”

Keith Cogdill
Director of South Texas Regional Information Services

Diabetes Information: programs focus on online consumer health resources

Diabetes class at Bulverde/Spring Branch Library

Bulverde/Spring Branch Library, March 23, 2011

Diabetes Information: Finding Answers to Your Questions is the topic of a series of classes being offered in area public libraries in April, May and June.  Peg Seger, Outreach Services Librarian for South Texas Regional Information Services in the Briscoe Library, organized the programs to highlight resources available through two NIH websites, MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth.

The program has been presented in Bulverde/Spring Branch, Lytle, Kerrville, and Comfort. Additional programs are scheduled  at the Universal City Public Library on June 6 and later in the summer at the Boerne Public Library.  All libraries are part of the Alamo Area Library System.

Susan Hunnicutt
Special Projects Librarian

Library classes for May

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.

San Antonio – Briscoe Library

Ovid Tips & Tricks, Getting Started with MEDLINE: May 2, 2011, 1:30 pm – 3 p.m., LIB 2.011

Introduction to PubMed: May 6, 2011, 10 a.m.- 11 a.m., LIB 2.011

Introduction to EndNote: May 10, 2011, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., LIB 2.011

Introduction to RefWorks: May 11, 2011, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., LIB 2.011

Medical Apps for Smartphones – Emerging Technology Brownbag: May 11, 2011, 12 noon – 1 p.m., Howe Conference Room

Harlingen and Edinburg – Ramirez Library and Edinburg RAHC

Managing PubMed Search Results: May 3, 2011, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., Edinburg – RAHC Building room 1.20

Customizing PubMed with MyNCBI: May 5, 2011, 12 noon – 1 p.m., Ramirez Library, Harlingen room 1.132

Emerging Technology Brownbag

Medical Apps for Smart Phones

  • Wednesday, May 11, 12 noon to 1 p.m.
  • Howe Conference Room

Medical Apps for Smartphones is part of an ongoing series of noon-hour classes.  This session will address a variety of technologies related to the utilization of smartphones in professional clinical environments.

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Interdisciplinary Art and Anatomy Workshop showcases the resources of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Dr. Charleen Moore, Ph.D. of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, Jayne Lawrence, M.F.A., of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and Penelope Borchers, M.L.S., Special Collections Librarian in the Briscoe Library, organized the Art and Anatomy Workshop as an interdisciplinary experience in the representation of the human body.  The workshop is built around the resources of the rare book collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, including original works by Vesalius (1514-1564), Albinus (1697-1770), Paolo Mascagni (1755-1815), William Hunter (1718-1783) and John Hunter (1728-1793).

On April 8, senior art students from Ms. Lawrence’s advanced special studies class at UTSA joined second and third year medical and dental students for the day-long workshop, which took place in the Howe Conference Room and the Special Collections Reading Room of the Briscoe Library.

Dr. Moore  spoke about anatomists/artists from the 15th to the 19th centuries, and Nancy Place, M.S., Director of Multimedia Services, provided an introduction to the contemporary field of medical illustration.   Two guests, Carlos Machado, M.D., medical illustrator for the Elsevier Netter Collection; and Ron Philo, Ph.D., retired senior lecturer in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, were available to interact one-on-one with the students. Dr. Philo is the author of two books on the anatomical drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci.  David Baker, M.A., Sam Newman, B.F.A,. and Christopher McKee, B.F.A., medical illustrators in the Department of Information Management and Services – Academic Technology Services, were also present.

Students had the opportunity to examine many rare anatomical texts from the P.I. Nixon collection.  They ended the day with a studio drawing session organized around plastinated human specimens from the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology.

Susan Hunnicutt
Special Projects Librarian

Also in April

Students of the history of anatomy visited the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on Friday, April 22.

The History of Anatomy course is offered each spring as an Enrichment Elective for first year medical students and a Special Topics course for graduate students.  Dr. Charleen Moore is director of the course.

Rare Books in the Special Collections Reading Room

From the Library Toolbox: use LibX for a streamlined research process

Do you want a tool that streamlines the research process?

Do you need a tool that will tell if that book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Borders is available in the library?

Do you want to be able to search the Library Catalog, Pubmed, E-Journals, or Google Scholar without going to the library website?

When you find an e-journal article that requires a subscription, do you wish there was a way you could just reload the page using The Libraries’ subscription?

Would you like to know instantly if the article you found on Google Scholar is available through the library?

LibX, a new research tool from your Libraries, does all this and more. LibX works with Firefox and Internet Explorer, and allows you to integrate your workflow and The Libraries’ resources wherever you are. LibX provides you with a toolbar for searching a variety of The Libraries’ resources, integrates itself with any Web page that provides you with an ISBN, and reloads pages via our proxy service so you can quickly access subscription e-journal articles off-campus.  Use LibX to search for your information any way you like!

If you have not downloaded LibX you can download from the LibraryTools page. For more information on how to use LibX you can view our LibX guide.

Luke Rosenberger, Director of Library Technology & Special Collections

Kelley Minars, Web Services Librarian

Eric Willman, Systems Librarian

Library Toolbox Screenshot

Victor Oliveros’ materials on border health now available

Victor Oliveros

After his retirement from the Laredo, Texas Health Department in 2005, Mr. Victor Oliveros, who was Chief of Environmental Health Services and a founder of the US-Mexico Border Health Commission, donated a collection of materials related to border health to the UT Health Science Center Libraries.  The materials included papers and government reports as well as slides showing deteriorating environmental conditions along the U.S. Mexico border at Laredo/Nuevo Laredo. The slides, which Mr. Oliveros used during presentations, illustrate the interdependency of the sister cities, as people, animals, and disease vectors move freely between them.

The donated materials have been catalogued and can be found by using the library catalog with the keyword “Oliveros.”

  • Physical documents are located at the Laredo Regional Campus Library at 1937 East Bustamante Street.
  • The usable slides have been turned into a presentation, and these are available as a link from
  • The web page also includes a brief biography of Victor Oliveros and an oral history that was conducted with Mr. Oliveros by Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian.

Linda Levy
Assistant Director for Branch Libraries and Database Services