News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Biomedical Publishing 101: Briscoe Library will host webinar on developments in academic publishing

If you are involved in any part of the academic publishing cycle, please consider joining us for this event:

December 7, 2010

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Briscoe Library Collaboratory (4.074)

This 90-minute webinar will provide an opportunity to learn about the publishing cycle of biomedical journals, both in print and online.  The complexities of publishing in a world of rapidly changing delivery formats and devices will be explored, including the publishing challenges and opportunities posed by each.

Presenters include John Tagler of the Association of American Publishers, Inc.  The session will be moderated by Jean Shipman, director of both the University of Utah’s Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region.

Key topics to be covered include:

  • The Current Biomedical Publishing Landscape
  • The Publishing Process
  • Publication Ethics
  • Production & Delivery
  • Practical Considerations
  • The Road Ahead

Participants will gain knowledge of the various roles and responsibilities of different players in the scientific publishing chain and of the international aspects of bioscience communication.  All participants will have a chance to engage in discussions with the presenters.

The Biomedical Publishing 101 is a project of the Chicago Collaborative, a joint partnership of librarians, publishers and editors, and is sponsored and hosted by NN/LM MCR, NN/LM SCR, NN/LM PSR and library directors in the Four Corners region of the U.S.

Reminder: Libraries to retire ERes system in December

As reported in May, The Libraries will retire the ERes system ( used for electronic course reserves at the end of December 2010.  Starting in 2011, only print materials and books will be accepted for course reserves.  All electronic reserves will be handled through Blackboard.

If you need assistance with your ERes account, please contact the Briscoe Library Information Desk at (210) 567-2450 or email To get started using Blackboard for your courses, call Blackboard Support at (210) 567-7777 option #4.

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Flexner Report: Academic Medicine releases first eBook

Academic Medicine, the official journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), has released its first eBook.  This new electronic publication consists of articles published by the journal on topics related to the centenary of the Flexner Report, the 1910 report on medical education that triggered much needed reforms. 

The eBook is free to download and is compatible with several different eReader devices, including Kindle, Nook, iPad, and the Sony eReader.  To access the eBook, visit the announcements section in Academic Medicine at

Briscoe Library elevator upgrades are now underway

UT Health Science Center Facilities has begun a project to replace the motors of the two main elevators in the Briscoe Library.  Work began on October 13 with the right side elevator, labeled L2. Repair of the  left side elevator,  L1, will begin on November 22. Most of the work will be done on the 2nd floor in the machine room behind the elevators.  Library staff will monitor the noise levels and ask Facilities to stop if the noise gets too loud, especially during phase exams and finals. A conservative estimate for completion is the end of February. 

For more information, contact Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library Services at

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Library Snapshot Day in the Briscoe Library

News from the Libraries – October 2010

October 2010

In the news this month:

October is National Medical Librarians Month – Help us Celebrate

One Community/One Book 2010: Calendar of Events

Harry Potter’s World opens this month

Harry Potter’s World Calendar of Events

Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine Exhibit showcases P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library resources

October Library Classes

Specialty classes at the library in October

Keith Cogdill selected for NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

Libraries partner with School of Nursing in diabetes study

Farewell to Gary Goodson

Student Global Health exhibit featured in the Briscoe Library

2010 EDUCAUSE Online Conference, showing at the Library

6th Annual Health Literacy Conference: Register now!

A printable pdf of this months newsletter is also available.

October is National Medical Librarians Month— Help us celebrate

Graphic courtesy of the Medical Library Association

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 YouTake 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!

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Join us!

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

Science Communication Workshop

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,

When: Tuesday, October 5
12noon-1:00 p.m.
Where: Howe Room,
5th floor, Briscoe Library
Facilitator: Rajia Tobia
RSVP to: Rajia Tobia,

When: Wednesday, October 6
12 noon-1:00 p.m.
Where: Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute
Facilitator: Helen Sorenson
RSVP to: Helen Sorenson,

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: Monday, October 11
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Where: Anaqua Room (2.03.08), UC Phase II, UTSA (map)
Facilitator: Carley R. Bach
RSVP to: Carley R. Bach,

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,

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.