News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries – June 2011

In the news this month:

Army and medical personnel prepare to transport two men on stretchers to a packaged disaster hospital following Hurricane Beulah (1967) . The photo is part of the Dr. Mario E. Ramirez Hurricane Beulah Photograph Collection, currently on display at the Ramirez Library in Harlingen.

Proposed reductions to journals and databases in 2012

Artist’s work examines color and its impact on emotional life

SciFinder goes web only June 30th

Library mobile databases: everywhere you are

Embryo: New app for iPhone and iPad

Micromedex has a new look: instructions available

June and July library classes

Exhibit documents health professional and volunteer involvement in the aftermath of Hurricane Buleah

Librarians contribute to new reference book

MedlinePlus 2010 user survey results

Katie Prentice completes Academy of Health Information Professionals membership requirements

Andrea Schorr joins YBP Medical Library Advisory Group

New books at the Briscoe Library

A printable pdf of the newsletter is also available.

Proposed reductions to journals and databases in 2012

Due to flat or reduced state appropriations in past years, an impending reduction in state funds for the next biennium, and annual inflation rates of 8-10% for journal and database subscriptions, UT Health Science Center librarians are preparing a “worst case scenario” list of possible reductions to the library’s collection of journals and databases.  Librarians used criteria for possible cancellation such as cost/use over $25, annual subscription cost greater than $1,000, and less than 100 uses in the last calendar year.  The list of possible subscription cancellations includes 172 titles and 10 database or electronic book collections.

In addition to the library’s local collection, The Libraries currently participate in the UT System Digital Library which coordinates consortium licenses for a number of journal packages by publisher, including Elsevier, Wiley, Springer and a number of other publishers.  These consortium licenses have been of tremendous benefit to all UT System institutions by expanding the number of journals and databases accessible at UT campuses.  However, the downside to consortium licenses is that participating libraries are not allowed to cancel their subscribed titles or are only able to cancel a small percentage of titles.  In order for the Health Science Center Libraries to operate within available funds, we  must plan for the possibility of dropping out of several UT System Digital Library consortium licenses.  The list of possible titles that will be discontinued due to loss of consortium access numbers over 3,900 and includes subscribed titles from UT Austin, UT Southwestern, UTMB and other UT libraries.  In the event that a journal title must be canceled, interlibrary loan services will be available to provide needed articles.

The Library Committee with representatives from each school has been consulted as librarians have developed plans to operate within available funds.  We ask that you carefully review each list of possible cancellations on the library’s website, at, and that you notify the library if any of the journals on the lists are important to your teaching, research, or clinical duties.  Please send comments to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources,

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Artist’s work examines color and its impact on emotional life

Leanne Venier’s work is currently on display in the Briscoe Library Information Commons and in the medical school’s Lecture Hall Foyer.

Leanne Venier, an Austin area artist whose work explores the healing properties of color and, more generally, the relationship between color and the emotional life, will speak in the Briscoe Library on Thursday, June 9 from noon to 1 p.m.

Leanne’s work has received international recognition:  She was awarded the Grand Prize of the Jury for Outstanding Artwork in Vico del Gargano, Italy. She was also a finalist for the prestigious Hunting Art Prize in Houston, and has been profiled in the Touch Décor international design magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and Austin Woman magazine.   She has been interviewed numerous times on Austin Radio stations KUT 90.5 FM and KOOP 91.7 FM.

Leanne’s June 9 presentation, on The Color Effect, will take place in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.  The talk is free of charge and open to all.

Leanne’s paintings can be viewed through the end of June in the Briscoe Library Information Commons and the medical school’s Lecture Hall Foyer.

For more information contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian:

SciFinder goes web-only June 30

SciFinder is a research discovery tool.  It provides access to the CAS databases produced by the Chemical Abstracts Services.  CAS databases contain literature from many scientific disciplines including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science, and more.  SciFinder also provides access to patent information, conference proceedings, and the CAS Registry of Chemical Substances.

The client version of SciFinder will be discontinued on June 30, 2011.  After this date, all U.S. institutions will only have access to the web version of SciFinder.  Instructions to register for a username and password for the web version were posted on our database page in late 2010.  If you have not already, please register for the web access to SciFinder to ensure uninterrupted access.

Contact the library at if you have any questions or concerns.

John Weed
Head of Collection Resources

Library mobile databases: everywhere you are

Do you need to do a quick literature search, but don’t have a computer with you?

Do you want to be able to look up information, but can’t find the right app in the app store?

Do you want to provide information to your patients quickly and through their smartphone?

Did you know that the library has access to mobile databases that are optimized for your smartphone or mobile device?

The Libraries’ mobile databases are located at on your smart phone, or at if you would like to browse the mobile databases from your computer.

Users who are not using campus wireless will be asked to login; this will allow full-text article searching straight from your phone.

Mobile databases currently offered include: MedlinePlus Mobile, PubMed for Handhelds, Academic Search Complete, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, ERIC, MEDLINE, Mobile AccessMedicine, and Stat!Ref.

MedlinePlus Mobile provides materials available to and designed for all patients and caregivers, while Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, ERIC, Mobile AccessMedicine, and Stat!Ref provide full-text articles and reference material to Health Science Center faculty, staff and students using their library or university login.

Luke Rosenberger
Director of Library Technology and Historical Collections

Kelley Minars
Web Services Librarian

Eric Willman
Systems Librarian

Micromedex has a new look: Instructions now available

Micromedex is an online reference resource for information about drugs, toxicology, diseases, acute care, and alternative medicine for informed clinical diagnosis and treatment decisions. As of June 1, Micromedex is only available in a new version 2.0 design. Instruction in how to use Micromedex is available online here. Additionally, the library’s Information Services staff are available to provide instruction in how to use Micromedex effectively. Contact A mobile version of Micromedex version 2.0 is available for iPhones, iPads, Blackberries, Androids, Palm OS, and Pocket PC. The mobile version is available from the Micromedex home page.

June and July library classes

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.

June Classes, San Antonio – Briscoe Library

  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: June 7, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: June 16, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: June 16, 2011, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: June 17, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., LIB 2.011

July Classes, San Antonio – Briscoe Library

  • Introduction to PubMed: July 6, 2011, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: July 14, 2011, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., LIB 2.011

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

PrISM (Professional Interest in Social Media) Group

Next meetup: Wednesday June 22, 2pm-3:30pm

Classroom 2.040 under Lecture Halls

Details & RSVP:

Historical exhibit documents the resourcefulness of health professionals and volunteers in the aftermath of Hurricane Beulah

Hurricane Beulah is still recognized as one of the most significant storms to make landfall in Texas.  On September 21, 1967 the storm moved into the mouth of the Rio Grande and inundated South Texas with heavy rainfall.  The memories of the hurricane and its aftermath were still fresh in the minds of many who attended the May 6th opening of a photography exhibit which chronicles the response of health professionals and local volunteers to refugees displaced by flooding in Starr County.

Hurricane Beulah caused extensive flooding on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.  To escape the rising floodwaters, over 14,000 refugees from Camargo, Tamaulipas crossed the border into the small town of Roma, Texas.  The refugees were in desperate need of food, shelter, and medical care.  It was in Roma that Dr. Mario E. Ramirez, the only physician in town and Starr County’s Public Health Service Director, rose to action in the face of a crisis.  For several weeks, Dr. Ramirez along with volunteers from the local community, UT Medical Branch in Galveston, Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio as well as the U.S. Army worked to help the hurricane victims.

In 2007 the Library at the UT Health Science Center Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen was named for Dr. Mario E. Ramirez. The Ramirez Library subsequently received materials from Dr. Ramirez’ personal archive and library, a rich collection of photographs, letters, and documents. Many of the materials donated by Dr. Ramirez are related to Hurricane Beulah, including 139 photographs and 185 pages of letters, newspaper clippings, and personal journal entries.  The photographs were taken by George Tuley, a Rio Grande City teacher, who would later go on to a 39-year career as a photojournalist at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

The photographs portray the use of makeshift medical equipment in the absence of IV poles, incubators, and oxygen tents.  The photographs also document the transformation of a high school into a packaged disaster hospital where blackboards were used to record patient information including diagnoses and treatments.

In 2009 the Ramirez Library received a Library Technology Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) to support the digitization, cataloging, and uploading of the Hurricane Beulah photographs to the UT Health Science Center Libraries Digital Archive as well as the creation of a traveling exhibit.  The full collection of Hurricane Beulah photographs from the Ramirez Collection can be viewed online at  The photography exhibit will remain on display at the Ramirez Library, and a traveling version of the exhibit will be made available to local schools, libraries and museums.  For more information, please contact Graciela Reyna, Assistant Director, Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at (956) 365-8850 or

Kathleen Carter
Ramirez Library Librarian

Librarians contribute to new reference book

Jayson Felty, Rajia Tobia, Katie Prentice and Jonquil Feldman all contributed to The Medical Library Association’s Master Guide to Authoritative Information Resources in the Health Sciences.

Four San Antonio health sciences librarians contributed to a new reference book – The Medical Library Association’s Master Guide to Authoritative Information Resources in the Health Sciences.  Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries at the UT Health Science Center, is one of three associate editors.  Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library Services; Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services; and Jayson Felty, Information Services Librarian at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute; all contributed to the General Reference section of the book which includes bibliographic, indexing, abstracting, terminology, statistical, directory, biographical, and grant resources.

The MLA Guide describes 2,011 authoritative books, journals, databases, and Internet resources in the health sciences literature including the clinical specialties, subspecialties, basic sciences, and emerging disciplines.  The book is not intended to be a comprehensive bibliography, rather the 108 contributors were limited to selecting a maximum of the ten best books, journals and other resources in their discipline.

The recently released book was edited by Laurie Thompson, Assistant Vice President for Library Services at the UT Southwestern Library.  Mori Lou Higa, Manager, Collection Development at UT Southwestern, and Esther Carrigan, Associate Dean and Director of the Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library, were also associate editors.