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News from the Libraries – October 2010
In the news this month:
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October is National Medical Librarians Month— Help us celebrate
October has the distinction of being National Pizza Month, National Pickled Pepper Month, National Spinach Lovers Month, but did you know that October is also National Medical Librarians Month?
Medical librarians are information professionals who support universities, hospitals and other health care organizations in their mission to teach the next generation of health care providers, advance health through research, provide excellence in clinical care, and offer service to communities. At the UT Health Science Center, librarians teach classes to students on resources for evidence-based practice, manage the Briscoe Library and four branch libraries, handle licensing and access to over 16,000 electronic journals and databases, serve as the official records manager and archives depository for the university, provide service on university committees, design and mount exhibits, and offer information services to our campus communities— in addition to many other duties.
By serving as a Resource Library within the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the service reach of the UT Health Science Center Libraries goes beyond the UTHSC campuses to 32 counties in South Texas served by outreach, educational, and interlibrary loan services provided by UT Health Science Center librarians and library assistants.
Please join us in celebrating National Medical Librarians Month by letting us know in a few words What Your Library and Librarians Mean to You. Take the survey and let us know what medical libraries and librarians mean to you in your daily life.
Do you use journals and databases? Check-out books? Study in the library? Ask librarians for assistance when you can’t find the information you need?
Has one of our librarians helped you with EndNote or Refworks, records management, or a computer issue?
Did we cancel your favorite journal (yes, we want to hear the bad as well as the good)?
Teach a class for your students? Help with a grant application? Serve on a committee with you?
Let us hear from you!
Executive Director of Libraries
To celebrate National Medical Librarians Month, we invite you to be our guests in the Briscoe Library on October 28 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for coffee, tea and breakfast treats.
October 28 is also “Library Snapshot Day,” sponsored by the Texas Library Association. Please take time to have your photo taken while you are here.
We hope to see you!
One Community/One Book 2010: Calendar of Events
Human(e) Research– Your responsibilities as a scientist
When: Tuesday, October 12
3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where: Medical School Room 309L
Reception to follow, hosted by the Graduate Dean
- Dr. Michael Lichtenstein: History of human subject research: “the ugly, the bad, and the good”
- Dr. Joseph Schmelz– Director, Institutional Review Board: Human research at the UT Health Science Center: “working together”
8th Annual Frank Bryant, Jr., M.D. Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics
Speaker: Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks
When: Friday, October 15
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Reception and Book Signing: 1:30 PM
Where: Health Science Center Auditorium, 7703 Floyd Curl Dr San Antonio, TX
Lecture telecast live to the RAHC in Harlingen and the Laredo Regional Campus
More information about the lecture
October Book Discussions
When: Friday, October 1
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Location on RSVP
Facilitator: Penelope Borchers
RSVP to: Penelope Borchers, firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Tuesday, October 5
Where: Howe Room,
5th floor, Briscoe Library
Facilitator: Rajia Tobia
RSVP to: Rajia Tobia, email@example.com
When: Wednesday, October 6
12 noon-1:00 p.m.
Where: Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute
Facilitator: Helen Sorenson
RSVP to: Helen Sorenson, firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Thursday, October 7
12 noon-1:00 p.m.
Where: RAHC, 313A (Faculty Lounge), 3rd floor
UT Pan American Library
Facilitator: Dr. Johnny D. Short
When: Monday, October 11
12 noon-1:30 p.m.
Where: Room 432F
Facilitator: Donald J. Dudley, M.D., Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
When: Wednesday, October 13
6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
Where: Ramirez Library, RAHC Library Classroom 1.132
Facilitator: Martin Hechanova
RSVP to: RAHC Library, email@example.com
Online Book Discussion: Join anytime!
Facilitator: Luke Rosenberger
This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Harry Potter’s World: Exhibit opens this month
On July 21, 2007 author J.K. Rowling and her publishers released the last of her record-breaking novels featuring the young wizard Harry Potter. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold 15 million copies in the first twenty-four hours following its release.
Three days earlier, a group of middle-school visitors to the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD were shown an early 17th century treatise with an intriguing connection to J.K. Rowling and her tales. The visitors were fascinated and wanted to know more, so the staff of the History of Medicine Division began combing the collection in search of other historical materials that are conceptually linked to the fictional world created in Rowling’s stories. This labor eventually produced a lecture series, two Web exhibits, and a traveling exhibit that has been coordinated by the American Library Association.
Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine, produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland and coordinated by the American Library Association, will open in the Briscoe Library on October 11.
A complete schedule of events can be found on our website.
C. Mackenzie Brown, Ph.D., Jennie Farris Railey King Professor in Religion at Trinity University, will speak at the exhibit’s opening event on the topic “Renaissance Science and the Quest for Immortality: Lessons from Albus Dumbledore, Nicolas Flamel and Isaac Newton.” The opening will take place in the Howe Conference Room, 5th Floor of the Briscoe Library from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Annual Meeting of The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library — November 1
Stephen J. Greenberg, Ph.D., Coordinator of Public Services for the History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, will tell the story of the Harry Potter exhibit and how it took shape at the National Library of Medicine as the speaker at this year’s meeting of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Society. The dinner takes place November 1, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough.
We invite Friends, their guests, and all those interested in the history of medicine to a terrific presentation.
Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library
40th Annual Meeting: Dinner and Presentation
“Magic & Monsters in the Stacks: How Harry Potter Came to NLM”
Monday, November 1, 2010 – Doubletree Hotel – 37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough
Cash bar: 6:30 p.m. Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
RSVP by October 27th to Pennie Borchers: Borchers@uthscsa.edu
Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine: Local exhibit showcases the resources of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library
“Instead of roots, a small, muddy, and extremely ugly baby popped out of the earth. The leaves were growing right out of his head. He had pale green, mottled skin, and was clearly bawling at the top of his lungs.” – from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling
A new exhibit mounted in the lecture hall foyer was created by Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, as a companion piece to the NLM traveling exhibit, Harry Potter’s World. The themes are similar – alchemy, medicine, herbology and monsters – but the local display highlights materials found in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. There are images from Vesalius’ anatomical atlas, Paré’s book on teratology, Bartisch’s classic work on ophthalmology, Dürer’s canon of proportions, and many more. The exhibit will remain on display through early November.
“Like Harry’s professors, many Renaissance thinkers valued the study of the natural world. For example, both the naturalist Konrad Gesner and the surgeon Ambroise Paré argued that knowing more about the living things around them would help them to better understand the way the world worked. Their publications often catalogued the traits and medicinal value of odd creatures, including some featured hundreds of years later in Harry Potter.” - from exhibit brochure, Harry Potter’s World, Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine, produced by the National Library of Medicine
Library classes for October
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 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, view the 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, Long Campus – San Antonio
- Introduction to RefWorks: Monday, October 4, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
- Library Basics: Tuesday, October 12, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
- Online Tools to Upgrade Your Research: Technology Brownbag: Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., Library Howe Conference Room
- Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: Thursday, October 21, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
- Introduction to EndNote: Thursday, October 28, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
- Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., LIB 4.074 – Collaboratory
- Google Collaboration Tools: Technology Brownbag: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., Library Howe Conference Room
- Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: Wednesday, November 10, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
- Introduction to RefWorks: Tuesday, November 16, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
- Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: Thursday, November 18, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
- Getting the Most out of PubMed: Thursday, November 29, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
Head of Education and Information Services
More library classes
Secrets to Success: Library Basics
Do you (or someone your work with) need to review the basics of library research? Come to the free Library Basics class on October 12, 2010, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in LIB 2.011.
Library Basics is a hands-on class for everyone who wants tips and tricks for effective research, finding books and journals in the library catalog, how to get e-journals, reading references, citations, and much more. The class also includes a tour and an overview of library services that can help your research.
Have you seen the new Library Toolbox?
A new page has been added to the library Web site that features a number of different research tools for accessing journals, databases, and books. Also included are tools for bibliography management, organization, and sharing of research.
To find out more about the new tools, including the LibX Toolbar, Catalog Bookmarklet, Proxy Bookmarklet, UTHSC Link, BibMe, Evernote and Zotero, register for our Emerging Technology Brown Bag on October 13th: Online Tools to Upgrade Your Research. We will cover different scenarios of research, and how the research tools page can help streamline and broaden the way that you search, organize, and share your information.
For more information, contact Eric Willman, Systems Librarian: Willman@uthscsa.edu.
National Network of Libraries of Medicine offers grant and proposal writing class
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Library Classroom 2.011
Grants and Proposal Writing is intended for beginning grant proposal writers. Attendees will gain a general overview of the grant and funding processes, as well as the level of detail required in preparing a successful proposal. Each component of the writing process will be addressed including: documenting the need, identifying the target population, writing measurable objectives, and developing a work plan, evaluation plan and dissemination plan. Go to http://nnlm.gov/scr/services/ and click on Class Calendar to register.
For more information contact Peg Seger, Interlibrary Loan and Outreach Librarian, SegerP@uthscsa.edu.
Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine: Calendar of Events
Opening Reception and Presentation
Monday, October 11, 2010 – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.,
Howe Conference Room
C. Mackenzie Brown, Ph.D.
Jennie Farris Railey King Professor in Religion, Department of Religion, Trinity University
“Renaissance Science and the Quest for Immortality: Lessons from Albus Dumbledore, Nicolas Flamel, and Isaac Newton”
What do Sir Isaac Newton, Albus Dumbledore, and Professor Severus Snape have in common? What is the difference between the Philosopher’s Stone, a Horcrux, and a Crucifix? What does J.K. Rowling share with the gospel writer Matthew? Dr. C. Mackenzie Brown will answer these questions in exploring the relation of religion and natural philosophy in the Renaissance and Enlightenment, and their role in the development of modern science.
Friends Lunchtime Presentation
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 – 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Pestana Lecture Hall
Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Cellular & Structural Biology, UT Health Science Center
“Potent Potions and Healing Herbs: Medicinal Practices of the Renaissance”
Would you like to have a recipe for a “good vomit” or learn how to make an effective theriac? Do you know why Professor Sprout wore earmuffs or how to diagnose melancholy from a urine sample? You will find the answers to these questions in the talk by Dr. Charleen Moore on the medicinal practices of the Renaissance. She will also discuss the humeral basis of disease and describe two of the oldest medicinal botanical gardens in the world at Padua and Oxford.
Saturday Event for Young Readers
Saturday, October 23, 2010 – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Howe Conference Room
Patricia Thompson, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in History, University of Texas at San Antonio
“A Little Muggle Magic: The Wisdom of Harry Potter for Families”
Having read the entire Potter series eight times over and gathered insights from a large brood of grandsons, Dr. Thompson is eminently qualified to reflect on the most interesting customs of both the muggle and the magical worlds.
For Students Attending Science Expo
Saturday, November 6, 2010 – 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Howe Conference Room
Richard F. Ludueña, Ph.D.
Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UT Health Science Center
“Living Dangerously: Doctors Adrift in the Dark Ages”
In the Middle Ages, there were a few good doctors and lots of bad ones, operating in a context of ignorance. The practice of medicine was very dangerous for patients—and even for doctors– who met various unpleasant ends when their medicine failed, as it often did.