News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Teaching in the School of Medicine: Second year students

In July, librarians and clinicians worked together to teach literature searching and the principles of Evidence Based Medicine to all second year medical students.

Donald Dudley M.D., led the students through a real life case scenario on day 1, explaining the plusses and minuses of several valuable resources. On day 2, Jose Cavazos M.D., Ph.D., continued the theme and provided personal insights into EBM.

Librarians on the teaching team included Angela Myatt, Chris Gaspard, Katie Prentice and Dana Whitmire.

Briscoe Library to host two new exhibits in September

Connective Tissue: Art and Literature at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, will  celebrate its 5th year of publication in 2012.   During September and October, The Libraries will host an exhibit highlighting works from the 2011 issue of Connective Tissue.  The display can be found in the Lecture Hall Commons of the School of Medicine.

Connective Tissue is a publication of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics.  The journal solicits contributions from students, faculty and staff of all the schools and all campuses.  The deadline for submissions for the 2012 edition, which will be published in March, 2012, is January 13, 2012.  More information, including guidelines for contributors, can be found on the website of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics:  The staff of Connective Tissue can be contacted at


Ridges to Ridges, by Delores O’Neill Meldrum

Brushes with Nature : Landscapes by Delores O’Neill Meldrum will be on display in the  Briscoe Library Information Commons through October 27, 2011.

The artist, who has recently moved to San Antonio from California, is an award-winning painter whose work has been featured in many juried exhibitions and galleries, including the Lana International Art Competition, Campbell Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco; Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons, Fine Arts Center; and the Georgia Watercolor Society, of which she is a Signature Member.

Ms. Meldrum’s work is held in private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan.

The watercolors and oil paintings selected for this exhibit demonstrate Meldrum’s appreciation for the beauty of nature.  Many of the landscapes represent mountains in the Sierra Nevada.  The artist sees landscapes “as gardens of the world, public, private, wild or cultivated. I want to find beauty and capture the spirit, mood, or feeling of the place.”

For more information about Brushes with Nature, contact the artist at, or by phone at 210-736-2251.

Library classes for September and October


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 UT Health Science Center 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.

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 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
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: October 12, 2011, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: October 12, 2011, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: October 26, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:30 am, LIB 2.011

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Upcoming lecture: Doctors and Dollars May Not Always Be Enough

Dr. Fernando Guerra, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the UT Health Science Center, and recently retired Director of Health for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, will be the speaker at the 41st Annual Meeting, Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  The event will take place Monday, November 7, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Airport Hotel.

The topic of Dr. Guerra’s presentation, “Doctors and Dollars May Not Always Be Enough!” will provide the occasion for him to reflect on the health care system, its institutions, professionals, personnel, technology and investments, as well as measurable progress in the delivery of health care over the past forty years. Dr. Guerra will also consider ongoing challenges and opportunities, especially in light of the Affordable Health Care Act.  How is it possible to fill the gaps when doctors and dollars may not be enough?

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library invite all those interested in the history of medicine   to an enjoyable evening of good food and conversation.

The cost of attendance is $40/person.  Advance registration is required.  Student attendance is $30 and includes Friends membership.  Opportunities to sponsor student attendees at the dinner are available.

Please RSVP by October 31, 2011:  The registration form should be mailed to Briscoe Library – MSC 7940 UTHSCSA 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229-9674.  For more information, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian:

Exhibit: Antique medical instruments from the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

“Ouch, that looks painful!”

That is a common reaction from viewers of the library’s new exhibit on antique medical instruments, located next to the Administrative Offices on the 3rd floor.  The exhibit highlights several aspects of medicine in the 17th and 18th centuries, displaying instruments donated to the library’s historical collections by the Bexar County Medical Society and individuals.  A scarificator, lancet, and blood cups were used with bloodletting to cure diseases such as fever, madness, anemia, and debility, often making the patient worse, rather than better.

An old amputation kit and tourniquet and an Army Civil War surgical kit remind us that amputation was often the only way to prevent gangrene resulting from traumatic war injuries, although the lack of antiseptic practices often caused rather than prevented problems.  A reproduction of a tintype held by the University Archives illustrates Dr. Crawford Long’s discovery of the use of ether for surgical anesthesia in 1842. There is also an old saddlebag used by physicians riding horseback and an ophthalmological testing kit belonging to Dr. Ferdinand Herff, a physician who moved to Texas from Germany in 1849 and became a prominent surgeon in San Antonio.  Finally, the display features a medical case belonging to Dr. Charles Dixon, a physician who lead the fight against medical quackery and nostrums in San Antonio in the early 1900s.

More information on these as well as other interesting items in the library’s historical collections can be found in the Treasures of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library blog.  The library has many other  medical and dental instruments that have not yet been cataloged, and archival staff would welcome help in identifying how they were used.

For more information, contact Anne Comeaux, phone 567-2428 email:, or Mellisa DeThorne, phone 567-2470 email:

The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library houses a collection of approximately 5000 rare and classic texts in the history of medicine, nursing, dentistry and other health care disciplines, dating from the 15th to the early 20th centuries. The library is named after Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon, a distinguished San Antonio physician and historian who worked  to build an exceptional medical history collection.

To learn more, visit the library blog Treasures of the P.I. Nixon  Medical Historical Library.

Around The Libraries in August

Around Briscoe

The Briscoe Library’s Information Desk was removed at the end of July, opening up additional space for study, group collaboration and laptop use.  This area, located directly across from the main entrance, is equipped with electrical outlets and data lines, both  rare commodities in a building that was constructed before the era of personal computers.

Current issues of 40 print journal titles are  shelved in this area for those who wish to browse the latest issues without having to search through the entire journal collection on the 4th floor. Popular magazines funded through a generous donation are also shelved here. Comfortable armchairs invite quiet reading, reflection or conversation. Tables provide ample space for those who wish to spread out with study materials or work on their laptops or other mobile devices while sipping a cup of coffee. We welcome comments and suggestions on how we might improve this space.

The services once provided at the Information Desk have been consolidated with Circulation Services and librarians are on call to assist with research and reference help. To provide feedback or contact a librarian, stop by the Circulation Desk, call 567-2450, schedule a consultation appointment, or send an email to

Jonquil Feldman
Director of Briscoe Library Services


 Around Laredo

The Laredo Regional Campus Library provided new student library orientation for the Physician Assistant Program on August 22. Students received information about library services, card ID access and campus safety. Students were also informed about the policies and procedures for after hours and weekend access.

The Laredo Regional Campus Library welcomes the students to our library and to our campus!

Patti Gutierrez
Library Assistant

New to the shelves in the Briscoe Library

Biomechanics in orthodontics : principles and practice
Ram S. Nanda, Yahya S. Tosun
Chicago : Quintessence Pub. Co., c2010.
WU 426 N176b 2010.

Essential medical genetics, 6th ed.
Edward S. Tobias, Michael Connor, Malcolm Ferguson-Smith
Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. ; Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
QZ 50 C752e 2011.

Management principles for health professionals, 6th ed.
Joan Gratto Liebler, Charles R. McConnell
Sudbury, Mass. : Jones & Bartlett Learning, c2012.
WX 150 L716m 2012.

Problem solving in neuroradiology
[edited by] Meng Law, Peter M. Som, Thomas P. Naidich
Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2011.
WL 141 P963 2011.

News from the Libraries – August 2011

Beginning in August, librarians and library assistants will provide services from the one-stop service desk on the main floor of the Briscoe Library.

Welcome from the UT Health Science Center Libraries

On display in the Briscoe Library in August: Art of ancient Mexico

Lecture will present an informal approach to ―Hispanic‖ genetics, history

Article documents Art and Anatomy Workshop

Journal cancellation list: We are still interested in receiving your input

Changes affect Stat!Ref and NetLibrary users

Library classes for August and September

Information and circulation services are now available at one desk in the Briscoe Library

Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, retires this month

Please save the date: Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Keith Cogdill to become director of library services at NIH

The Laredo Regional Campus Library: New hours beginning September 1

Alice Pakravan retires after 27 years with the Briscoe Library

Amy Nurnberger completes internship in the Briscoe Library

Goodbye to the Robert B. Green Campus Library

New books on the shelves of the Briscoe Library

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 ( ). 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 (  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 ( ).
  • 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 (
  • 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 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. 

Jonquil Feldman

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.