News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Website redesign: Refworks 2.0

Just a reminder that in July, RefWorks 2.0 will become the default interface for UT Health Science Center RefWorks users. The classic version will still be available, and all references stored in current accounts will be accessible through the new interface, so current users will not lose any information.

RefWorks users who are comfortable with the current “classic” version should have little trouble adapting to the new clean version, which makes use of icons, tabs, and a “Quick List” for easy navigation.  Tasks such as editing references by browsing your computer and adding attachments like links to PDF articles or a JPG are even easier than before.  New features such as citation information have been added as well.

If you have questions about the new RefWorks interface, contact the library Information Desk at 7-2450 or via email to

Linda Levy
Assistant Director for Branch Libraries and Database Services

John Weed will serve on library storage facility task force

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources in the Briscoe Library, has been selected to serve on a newly-created Joint Library Storage Facility Policy and Procedure Task Force.  The task force is charged with developing operating guidelines for a planned one million-volume library storage facility, which will be built on the Texas A&M Riverside campus in College Station.

The storage facility is a project of University of Texas System and Texas A&M University.

UT System and Texas A&M libraries will be able to store books and journals in this facility using the Resource in Common principle: If one library deposits a book or journal volume in the storage facility, other libraries will be able to discard the book or journal if they hold it in their collection, yet still claim ownership of the book or volume.

Librarians attend Medical Library Association annual meeting

The Medical Library Association held its annual meeting on May 13-18 in Minneapolis.  Two UT Health Science Center librarians, Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library Services, and Keith Cogdill, Ph.D., Director of South Texas Regional Information Services, attended the meeting.

Jonquil Feldman served on a panel discussing resources for managing scholarly publications.  She spoke on SciVal® Experts, a resource that identifies campus expertise and enables collaboration.  She also judged research papers for the Research Awards Committee and completed a term on the Awards and Scholarship Committee, where she participated on the Jury for the David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship.  The Kronick Fellowship is named for David A. Kronick, Ph.D. , the Briscoe Library’s first director.

Keith Cogdill, a 2010 recipient of the Kronick award, made a presentation on his study of libraries at four new medical schools which he visited in connection with the award.  He also presented a paper on the Frontera Collaboration of health sciences libraries along the US-Mexico border, and participated in events related to his fellowship this year in a leadership program organized by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) with sponsorship from the National Library of Medicine.

Visit the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library: Get acquainted with the book as artifact

Bartisch, Georg, Ophthalmodouleia:das ist, Augendienst. 1583.

Hold the book in your hands, feel its weight, turn its pages, admire its binding and the texture of the paper, breathe in the musty smell of age, delight in the illustrations, read the inscriptions and learn of its provenance.

Only this way, first-hand, can you truly appreciate a great book.

Visit the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and get to know some of the finest books in the history of medicine, nursing, dentistry and the sciences.

For more information, contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, at

Save these dates: Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library sponsored events

Friends’ Presentations

What’s In a Name? An Informal Approach to ‘Hispanic’ Genetics and History

Richard F. Ludueña, Ph.D., Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Biochemistry

Monday, August 8, 12:00 noon, Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library

Anatomists and Their Art

Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Cellular and Structural Biology

Thursday, October 5, 12:00 noon, Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library

41st Annual Meeting, Dinner and Presentation

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Fernando A. Guerra, M.D., M.P.H.,.F.A.A.P, retired director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, will speak on the topic Doctors and Dollars May Not Always Be Enough!

Monday, November 7, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., Doubletree Hotel

Learn more about the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Library classes for July and August

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 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.

Briscoe Library – San Antonio

  • Introduction to PubMed: July 6, 2011, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: July 7, 2011, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., LIB 4.074, Collaboratory
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: July 11, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: July 14, 2011, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: July 21, 2011, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: July 25, 2011, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: August 17, 2011, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: August 23, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to PubMed: August 24, 2011, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LIB 2.011

Texas Research Park – San Antonio

  • Citation Information: Tracking Research and Journals: July 27, 2011, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., IBT Building 3.002.  Registration is required for this special class at the TRP.  Register online by 1:00 p.m. on July 26.

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Librarians complete Clinical Safety and Effectiveness course

Katie Prentice, Chris Gaspard, Dr. Danet Lapiz-Bluhm and Angela Myatt show their certificates after completing the CS&E Course.

Throughout the last six months, librarians Chris Gaspard, M.S.L.S, Angela Myatt, M.Sc., and Katie Prentice, M.S.I.S., AHIP participated in the UT System Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Education Program provided through the Center for Patient Safety & Health Policy at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

The purpose of the course, which is one of several programs run by the Center for Patient Safety and Health Policy, (, is to provide physicians, other clinicians and administrators the skills and knowledge required to lead breakthrough change initiatives.

For their course project “Utilization of Evidence-Based Practice Resources by Junior Nursing Students, ” the librarians partnered with M. Danet Lapiz-Bluhm, Ph.D., R.N. of the UT Health Science Center School of Nursing to develop and conduct a quality improvement project.  The project aim was to study and increase the self-reported use of evidence-based practice resources by junior nursing students during the spring 2011 semester.  At the conclusion of the project in May, results were presented to nursing faculty at the Committee on Undergraduate Studies and also to a group of UT Health Science Center librarians.

UT Health Science Center Library-Downtown to close July 28

After a rich history of service to the UT Health Science Center and to University Health System (UHS), the UT Health Science Center Library-Downtown will close on July 28.  The library began as the Robert B. Green Hospital Library and continued its presence when the hospital became the Brady Green Clinic and then the University Health Center-Downtown.  The library has always focused on maintaining a collection that would be most useful for UT Health Science Center physicians and residents.  Over the years, library staff members taught many classes and consultations on using traditional library resources such as PubMed and even brought popular “Emerging Technologies Brown Bag” sessions like Medical Applications for Smart Phones and Using eBook readers  to the downtown library. The library has served as a convenient gathering place for many residents over the years as well.

As part of the UHS plans to remodel the UHC-D facility, the building housing the library will be torn down.  Although formal library space is not planned in the new facility, we will continue to provide reference services and electronic resources to faculty and staff, and we will continue to offer training opportunities and special technology programs through the cooperation of UHC-D.

Linda Levy
Assistant Director for Branch Libraries and Database Services

Health Research Funding: Online databases facilitate communication about research funding opportunities

Each year, numerous research proposals for promising new treatments make their way through a peer-review process but do not receive funding, although they have the potential to make significant contribution to scientific discovery. The National Health Council (NHC), with input from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has developed a web database designed to bring researchers together with patient advocacy organizations and other funding sources. It’s called HealthResearchFunding.Org.

How it works:  Researchers whose proposals have been peer reviewed by either the NIH or by an NHC member patient advocacy organization will be invited to register with HealthReseachFunding.Org and add an abstract. They will have the ability to also search for NHC member organizations that fund research. NHC member organizations will be able to search for research proposals, search for individual researchers, and search and view other funding organizations. They will also be able to upload requests for proposals, including posting ideas for collaboration with other funding sources.

The site will eventually expand to include corporations and private investors.

On display in the Briscoe Library July 7: Art of ancient Mexico

The UT Health Science Center Libraries are pleased to be able to host an exhibit of artwork from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM-San Antonio), beginning July 7th, 2011. The featured art —  reproductions of funerary artifacts from the cultures of West Mexico — will be on display in the School of Medicine’s Lecture Hall Commons through the end of August.

According to Paula de Gortari, who is mounting the exhibit for UNAM, the items to be displayed represent a vast area that includes  parts of the present-day states of Jalisco, Colima and Nayarit. The art that will be exhibited can be dated back to the years between 100 B.C and 300 B.C.

The figurines are  made from reddish or orange clay with geometric decorations in red, white, black and yellow. They depict pregnant women or 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.