News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Featured resource: Journal of Visualized Experiments

JOVE-Journal of Visualized ExperimentsYou requested it and we listened.  Due to the large number of requests for a subscription to Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), the library started a subscription for 2012.  The subscription allows current access for JoVE General.  Additional sections require a separate subscription but they are freely available through PubMed Central if the video is older than 24 months. Librarians will monitor use of JoVE during 2012 to determine if this new format journal is used frequently and we welcome your comments about JoVE.  JoVE can be accessed through the library’s E-Journal page or through a catalog search; access is available on and off-campus.

JoVE features videos of experimental techniques.  Some examples from recent video articles include: Intracellular refolding assay, pull-down of calmodulin-binding proteins, quantifying mixing using magnetic resonance imaging, and analysis of cell cycle position in mammalian cells. JoVE also provides the opportunity for video viewers to comment on the experimental technique through blog entries.

From the JoVE website: “With participation of scientists from leading research institutions, the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) was established as a new, open access tool in life science publication and communication. We utilize a video-based approach to scientific publishing to fully capture all dimensions of life science research. Visualization greatly facilitates the understanding and efficient reproduction of fundamental experimental techniques, therefore contributing to the solution of two of the most challenging problems faced by today’s life science research community: (1) low transparency and reproducibility of biological experiments and (2) time-consuming learning of experimental techniques.”

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Book: Adaptive and flexible clinical trials by Richard ChinAdaptive and flexible clinical trials / Richard Chin.
Boca Raton : CRC Press, c2012.
QV 771 C539a 2012.





Book: Craig's Restorative Dental MaterialsCraig’s restorative dental materials, 13th ed. / edited by Ronald L. Sakaguchi, John M. Powers.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Mosby, c2012.
WU 190 R436 2012.




Book: Ask Me Why I Hurt

Ask me why I hurt : the kids nobody wants and the doctor who heals them / Randy Christensen with Rene Denfeld.
New York : Broadway Books, c2011.
WZ 100 C555a 2011.




Book: Guyton and Hall textbook of medical physiologyGuyton and Hall textbook of medical physiology, 12th ed. / John Hall.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Saunders/Elsevier, c2011.
QT 104 G992t 2011.

New resources from the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus ConnectMedlinePlus Connect links EHR users to consumer health information

The National Library of Medicine recently announced the debut of MedlinePlus Connect (, a free service that allows electronic health record (EHR) systems to link users to MedlinePlus.  MedlinePlus is an authoritative up-to-date health information resource for patients, families and health care providers, and delivers information about conditions and disorders, medications, and health and wellness. MedlinePlus has hundreds of health topic pages that bring together information from the National Institutes of Health, other US government agencies and authoritative health information providers.

General information about MedlinePlus Connect can be found at

Technical support for MedlinePlus Connect can be found at


Photo- John Shaw Billings

John Shaw Billings, c. 1870s


Online exhibit: “Building a National Medical Library on a Shoestring: 1872, the First Year

The National Library of Medicine recently mounted a new online exhibition, “Building a National Medical Library on a Shoestring: 1872, the First Year.” The exhibition may be found at:

The exhibition focuses on the dramatic 1872 change in the library’s mission. Founded in 1836 as the office library for the Army Surgeon General, the library came under the stewardship of Army Major John Shaw Billings in 1865. Seven years later, the library embarked on a venture to acquire the most complete set possible of medical books and journals. Billings and his work set the course for the library’s identity today as the world’s largest medical library.

The core of the exhibition is found in the stories, difficulties, and situations that Billings encountered as he began building a comprehensive collection as quickly and frugally as possible. The exhibition also shows the library’s early years, exploring the practical uses that the limited collection then supported.

The online exhibit includes a full bibliography of published materials by and about John Shaw Billings, including articles and pamphlets, reports, books and monographs, and speeches.


News from the Libraries – January 2012

In the news this month:  The staff of The Libraries wishes you the happiest of New Years

Happy New Year!

One Community/ One Book 2012: Facilitator and host training continues on January 11

Library classes for January and February 2012

Redesigned library website debuts over the holidays

eBook and eJournal users: The Libraries have a new link resolver

Linda Levy retires after 20 years of service

MD Consult: Two easy ways to earn CME credit

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library


Happy New Year!

The staff of the UT Health Science Center Libraries wishes all of our campus community a happy, healthy and productive new year!

2012 is already shaping up to be a busy year for librarians and library staff.  Construction continues on the Briscoe Library’s 5th floor to build the School of Medicine’s Office of Education.  Options for creating additional study space in the library are being explored, as is a plan for relocating print journals and books in the library building.

A task force of the Library Committee that includes Library Committee members, librarians, student representatives, and Facilities Management staff is discussing the “library of the future.”  The task force will develop a report based on stakeholder input about services, physical space, and amenities needed in the library of the future.  A recent study titled “Redefining the Academic Library” by the Education Advisory Board for the University Leadership Council, a council made up of university provosts throughout the country, details many of the changes the task force has discussed already.  Some of the top trends in next-generation library space planning that both the “Redefining” report and the task force have identified include:

  • fewer physical print collections on site as more books and journals move to electronic form;
  • space designed for comfort, collaboration, and varied student study needs;
  • flexibility and modularity in furnishings and design;
  • ubiquitous wireless connectivity and electrical access for laptops and mobile devices;
  • integration of academic support services;
  • food, drink and other amenities readily available.

The Library Committee task force welcomes comments and thoughts about the library of the future.  Comments can be sent to Adelita Cantu, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, and Library Committee Chair,

A pilot of 24/7 access to the Briscoe Library was conducted during the fall semester exam period in December. Following on this pilot project, options are being explored to extend hours using work study students.  As part of the 24/7 pilot project, we conducted a survey of academic health science center libraries.  Of the 60 libraries responding to the survey approximately half of the libraries provide 24/7 access to the library building for student study.  Exact days and hours for extended library hours are still being explored but we hope to have a schedule settled by mid-January.

The library’s new website, A-Z journal list, and link resolver are all debuting this month.  Read more about each in this issue of our newsletter.

In 2012 and as always, librarians and library staff in San Antonio, Harlingen, and Laredo are ready to assist our campus community with their information and study needs.  Please contact us at

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

One Community/ One Book 2012: Facilitator and host training continues on January 11

Attend training, receive the book for free!

Perhaps you have thought about becoming involved in One Community/One Book, either as a book discussion facilitator or by hosting  a discussion.  If so, consider attending the final Facilitator and Host Training for One Community/One Book  2012, 12:00 noon, Wednesday, January 11 in the Briscoe Library Collaboratory, room 4.074.   Taught by Dr. John Littlefield, director of the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching, the workshop will teach skills for planning and leading a book discussion that will continue to be useful, even after One Community/One Book  2012 is over.  Lunch is included in the class, and individuals who volunteer to host or lead a book discussion will also receive a free copy of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child, the One Community/One Book selection for 2011-2012.

In Barefoot Heart, Elva Trevino Hart, who is retired after 17 years with IBM, writes of  being the youngest child in a family of migrant farm workers who traveled north to Minnesota and Wisconsin over several summers in the 1950s to work in beet fields.  As a personal memoir, Hart’s book invites reflection on a number of themes including the importance of family and community, education as a way out of poverty, cultural diversity, and the promotion of cultural competence and empathy.

Elva Trevino Hart will speak in the Holly Auditorium on the Long Campus on Friday, February 24, 2012, at 12:00 noon.  The event, which is open to the public, is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To register for Facilitator and Host Training on January 11, email Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, at

Library classes for January and February 2012

REGISTER TODAY! Scan this code with your smartphone camera QR reader app 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 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.


Briscoe Library – San Antonio

  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE:January 10, 2012, 1:00 pm -2:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: January 11, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Facilitator and Host Training for One Community/One Book 2012, January 11, 2012: Noon – 1 p.m., LIB 4.074
  • Introduction to EndNote: January 12, 2012: 10:00 am – 11:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Records Management Quick Review, January 18, 2012, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to PubMed: January 19, 2012, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Records Management Module A: Records Retention and Inventory, January 25, 2012, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, LIB 2.011


  • Records Management Module C: Managing Permanent Records and Electronic Records, February 22, 2012, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, LIB 4.074
  • Library Basics: February 13, 2011, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: February 16, 2012, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, LIB 2.011

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services

Redesigned library website debuts over the holidays

The UT Health Science Center Libraries debuted a redesigned website over the holidays.  The new website went live on Sunday, December 25, 2011.  The new website incorporates a number of ideas developed through usability testing with students, faculty and staff:

  • A new Library Search box is featured in the center of the Libraries’ main webpage.  One tab in that search box allows you to perform a library catalog keyword search from the home page; another will allow you to enter a PubMed Identifier (PMID) for an article to immediately check for online access to that article.  Other tabs allow you to search the database list, e journal list, or e-book list by title.
  • “Resources For…” is a new set of portal pages designed for the unique needs of main groups of library users: custom collections of resources for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community.
  • The “I Need To…” pages are guides to some of the most common tasks that library users need to perform: researching a topic, finding a specific article or book, finding study space or using computers, and more.

That is  just the beginning — we have incorporated many improvements throughout this new website and hope it will meet the needs of our campus community.  You can still find a link to each of the UT Health Science Center Libraries – Briscoe, Ramirez, Laredo, P.I. Nixon Medical Historical, and the Jesse H. Jones at TRP — on the new home page.  We are eager to hear your feedback and suggestions so we can continue to develop and improve our website going forward.  Let us know what you think!  Comments can be sent to

Luke Rosenberger, Director for Library Technology and Historical Collections


eBook and eJournal users: The Libraries have a new link resolver

Beginning with the new UT Health Science Center Libraries website redesign in late December, Find at UTHSCSA will become HSCLink.  When searching for articles, whether in PubMed, Ovid, CINAHL, Google Scholar, or another database instead of the familiar blue Find at UTHSCSA button, library users will find HSCLink.

will become

Find at UTHSCSA and HSCLink are both link resolvers, software that allows library users to go from a database entry directly to the article of choice in one or two clicks.  The UT Health Science Center Libraries are in the process of changing to a new link resolver.  Collection Resources librarians, along with our Web Services librarian, are working to make this transition as seamless as possible.

Pages on the library’s website that will be affected by this change are the e-journal page (currently and the e-book page (currently  The look and feel of the new link resolver pages will be slightly different but the functionality will be essentially the same.  Each of the new pages will have a new Web address so any bookmarks you stored for these pages will require updating.

Collection Resources librarians are testing the link resolver from various sources to ensure proper linking.  Although we are attempting to keep problems to a minimum, as with any change of this magnitude we expect a small number of problems to surface.  If you experience any issues with the new link resolver, whether the problem is incorrect linking, an error message, or something completely different, please let us know so we can investigate and fix the problem.  Contact us at or use the “report a problem” link at the bottom of each link resolver page.

Librarians are excited about the new link resolver and expect it will continue to be a useful tool for library users.

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources

Linda Levy retires after 20 years of service


Linda Levy, Assistant Director for Branch Library and Database Services, retired on December 31 following 20 years of service to the Health Science Center.  Linda began working at the UT Health Science Center Library in 1991 as an Information Services Librarian.  She managed the library’s literature search services, including instruction in effective literature search techniques.  In 1998 she began managing the branch library at the Robert B. Green Campus, and in 2007 she became responsible for supervising the new branch library at the Laredo Regional Campus.  Linda was active in library outreach services in Laredo and San Antonio including managing several successful outreach grants. Linda also was a member of several campus committees including the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Institutional Review Board, the School of Nursing Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS), and the Program Committee of the annual Summer Institute on Evidence-Based Practice.  In 2010, Linda was named to the Health Science Center’s  Academy of Master Teachers.   She has served on several committees for the Medical Library Association and the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association and has presented at numerous professional meetings.  She is an emeritus member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).

Linda plans to spend her retirement as an active volunteer for several organizations in San Antonio, and she plans to continue to enjoy her children (and hopefully grandchildren) in Chicago.  We wish Linda the best as she embarks on her well-deserved retirement and we express our gratitude for her many years of dedication to Health Science Center faculty, students and staff and the profession of librarianship.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries