News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Library classes for April and 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: April 6, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:30 am, LIB 2.011
  • Knowledge Pursuit: Finding Online Learning Opportunities – Technology Brown Bag: April 13, 2011, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, Howe Conference Room
  • Introduction to RefWorks: April 20, 2011, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: April 21, 2011, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: April 22, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks, Getting Started with MEDLINE: May 2, 2011, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to PubMed: May 6, 2011, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: May 11, 2011, 9:30 am – 10:30 am, LIB 2.011

Harlingen and Edinburg – Ramirez Library and Edinburg RAHC

  • Customizing PubMed with MyNCBI: April 5, 2011, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Edinburg – RAHC Building room 1.202
  • Customizing PubMed with MyNCBI: April 7, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, Ramirez Library, Harlingen room 1.132
  • Managing PubMed Search Results: May 3, 2011, 4;00 pm – 5:00 pm, Edinburg – RAHC Building room 1.20
  • Customizing PubMed with MyNCBI: May 5, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, Ramirez Library, Harlingen room 1.132

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Study looks at recent pricing trends for scholarly journals

Allen Press, a scholarly journal publisher, has released its 2010 Study of Subscription Prices for Scholarly Journals.  Price trends for journals were based on a group of approximately 250 publications appearing in the Allen Press Buyer’s Guide to Scientific, Medical, and Scholarly Journals TM.

Among the findings outlined in the report:

  • Since 1989, prices for US society journals have increased, on average, 7.3% annually.
  • For each of the past three years, average price increases for US-based journals have hovered around 6%, more than a full percentage point lower than the historical average.
  • The average price increase of non-US-based journals was nearly a full percentage point higher than US-based journals.
  • Most of the titles in the study are peer-reviewed journals.  Prices of peer-reviewed titles increased by an annual average of 6.5% from 2009 to 2011.
  • In all years since 1989, increases in journal prices are higher than the increase in the Consumer Price Index.

The report details efforts by library organizations and libraries to control costs due to increased subscription costs and diminishing library budgets.  It also documents the Medical Library Association’s efforts to assemble a list of publishers that have frozen 2011 prices at 2010 levels.

Download the free full report

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Website showcases emerging mobile technologies for health care professionals

iMedicalApps is an online resource developed by a team of physicians and medical students to provide current reviews of emerging mobile medical technology and applications.  The creators of iMedicalApps have been interviewed multiple times by American Medical News, and the Web site has been identified by Cochrane as an evidence based and trusted Web 2.0 site.  It has also been featured in the Annals of Emergency Medicine and the Journal of Surgical Oncology.  Among recent posts that may be of interest:

Susan Hunnicutt
Special Projects Librarian

National Public Health Week is April 4-11

National Public Health Week (NPHW) is April 4-10.  This year’s theme is “Safety is NO Accident,” and the focus of the week will be on educating citizens about preventing injuries at home, at work, and in the community.

The American Public Health Association (APHA), organizer of NPHW, develops a national campaign to educate the public, policy-makers and practitioners about issues related to each year’s theme. APHA creates comprehensive planning, organizing and outreach materials that can be used to raise awareness.

The National Public Health Week Web site encourages assessment of home, workplace, and community spaces for easily-remedied hazards such as:

  • Maintaining fire alarms
  • Changing burnt-out light bulbs
  • Covering electrical outlets in homes with small children
  • Understanding national and state laws on workplace safety
  • Joining the neighborhood watch association.

The Libraries have created an exhibit showcasing the public health programs offered at the UT Health Science Center.  The exhibit is currently on display outside the Briscoe Library on the Long Campus.

Lydia Fletcher
Outreach Library Assistant

Safeguarding the library’s collection: Security exit procedure

Library staff are charged to safeguard the library collections.  The Briscoe Library exit gate is designed to detect the removal of library materials.  An alarm will sound if any library item passes through the gate.  To avoid the alarm sounding, materials should be passed to Circulation Desk staff prior to walking through the exit gate.  Circulation staff will then return the materials after checking the items’ borrowed status. 

If the alarm sounds, you will be stopped by Circulation staff and asked to check for library materials in your possession.  This ensures that items are properly checked out.  We hope that this will reduce the number of overdue and missing books. 

Library staff wants to be sure that materials are available for the widest possible use.  Thank you for assisting us in preserving our library collection.  If you have any suggestions or concerns regarding this procedure, please contact Chris Gaspard at or (210) 567-2429.

Library on the go: Mobile AccessMedicine

Another mobile-optimized database has been added to the Libraries’ mobile website: Mobile AccessMedicine. Resources available through Mobile AccessMedicine include:

  • Harrison’s Online (Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine)
  • Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Current Practice Guidelines in Primary Care
  • Diagnosaurus

To use Mobile AccessMedicine, first set up an AccessMedicine Personal Profile; Health Science Center students, faculty and staff can use this link to do so.  Once an account has been created, simply go to on your mobile device and log in with your Personal Profile username and password.

Be sure to check out the other handy resources on the Libraries’ mobile Web site, under the “Mobile Databases” link.

Luke Rosenberger
Director of Library Technology and Historical Collections

Lauren Beavin is the newest intern at the Briscoe Library

Lauren Beavin has joined the staff of the Briscoe Library as an intern in the Public Services Division.  During her time here, Lauren will have an opportunity to observe the workings of a large academic health sciences library.   She will gain experience with library users at the Information and Circulation Desks, meet with staff from every division, learn what they do and how their responsibilities are related to those of other staff and to the Libraries’ mission. She will also steer development of an exhibit in observance of Earth Day, April 22.

Lauren’s internship completes one of the requirements for graduation in May 2011 with a Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman’s University School of Library and Information Science.

The beta version of RefWorks 2.0 is now available

Refworks 2.0 screenshot

RefWorks, the popular bibliographic management tool, has launched the beta version of its new RefWorks 2.0 interface.  The core functions of RefWorks— storing references in an online repository, creating bibliographies, and information sharing and collaboration— are all enhanced through the improved interface.

RefWorks users who are comfortable with the current version should have little trouble adapting to the new  version, which makes use of icons, tabs, and a “Quick List” for easy navigation.  Editing references by browsing your computer and adding attachments like links to PDF articles or a JPG are even easier than before.

Sometime this spring, RefWorks 2.0 will become the default interface for Health Science Center RefWorks users; however, the classic version will continue to be available.  All references stored in current accounts will be accessible through the new interface, so current users will not lose any information.

If you want to test drive the new interface before it becomes the default for our site, you will need to create a new test account here. Remember that this account is not linked to your classic RefWorks account through UT Health Science Center  at this time.

Linda Levy
Assistant Director for Branch Libraries and Database Services