News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Welcome to members of the Library Committee, 2011-12

The mission of the Library Committee is to serve in a consultative and advisory capacity to the President and Vice President for Academic Administration and to work with and assist the Executive Director of Libraries in making recommendations for library practices and procedures; to review and advise in the development of priorities in the areas that have an impact on academic efficiency and effectiveness to ensure that the services provided by the library reflect the needs and interests of the academic community.

This year’s committee members are:

Terms expiring in 2012: Martha X. Baez, R.D.H., M.P.H., Dental School; Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D., School of Medicine; Martin Schwacha, Ph.D., School of Medicine; Helen Sorenson, M.A., R.R.T., School of Health Professions

Terms expiring in 2013: Adelita G. Cantu, School of Nursing (Committee Chair); Dana English, M.S., R.D.H., School of Health Professions; Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D., Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Edward F. Wright, M.S., D.D.S., Dental School

Terms expiring in 2014:  Amanda Flagg, Ph.D., School of Nursing; Salvatore Oddo, Ph.D., Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Ray Palmer, Ph.D., School of Medicine; Mohammad Mizaner Rahman, Ph.D., School of Medicine

Student members:  Timothy Hunt, School of Health Professions; Kate Mahoney, School of Nursing; Whitney McBrayer, Dental School; Sarah Yang, School of Medicine

Writing tutors available in the Briscoe Library

Through a collaborative effort between the School of Nursing, School of Health Professions, and Student Life, a drop-in Writing Center will be available to students in the Briscoe Library starting September 7.

The School of Medicine will provide peer tutors for the writing center through a work- study program sponsored by Student Financial Aid.  The peer writing tutors are medical students who have volunteered to provide writing assistance to fellow students from all Health Science Center schools.  The tutors will be available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Briscoe Library room 4.074 (Collaboratory) on a drop-in basis.

A small collection of writing guides will be available in the Collaboratory for students and tutors to use.

The tutors will receive instruction from librarians on reference management systems such as RefWorks.

For further information about the writing tutor program contact Jeff Jackson, Student Activities Director,

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