News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Library classes for August and September

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

  • Library Basics: August 16, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.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 PubMed: August 23, 2011, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: August 23, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • 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

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Information and circulation services are now available at one desk in the Briscoe Library

Librarians and library assistants now provide services from the one-stop service desk on the main floor of the Briscoe Library. 

On July 29, the library’s familiar Information Desk was dismantled and removed.  This desk, a work of art built with several types of wood, was designed for the Briscoe Library when it opened in 1983.  Changes in library use have made it possible to consolidate circulation, information, reference, and research services to one service point located at the Circulation Desk at the main entrance to the library.

One motivation for removing the Information Desk is the increased demand for electricity.  The former location of the Information Desk has abundant electrical and data connections and it will be transformed into a comfortable  and convenient hub for using laptops and other mobile devices.

Another reason to move to a single service point is consolidation of services to one central location.  The number of transactions that take place at the Information Desk decreased  in recent years, thus allowing the library to plan for services to be offered at one central location.  When the Briscoe Library opened its doors, library users were dependent on librarians to obtain reference assistance and to compile citations to articles in their research topics.  In recent years, Web  access to MEDLINE and other databases evolved, journals and books became available in electronic format, and searching tools such as PubMed and Google made it possible to look up information and obtain online texts without coming into a library.  Librarians spend a good part of their day teaching people how to use resources to effectively find and organize information on their own.  With the removal of the Information Desk, librarians will be available on call, and they will monitor telephone, email and instant messages while working from their offices.

To contact an Information Services 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

Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, retires this month

Penelope Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, will retire in August with thirteen years of service in the Briscoe Library. 

Over the years Pennie has held several positions and taken a leadership role in many library projects.  Her first position, in 1998, was as Collection Development/Technical Services Librarian.  In that position she provided cataloging services and managed course reserves, including ERes.  She was promoted to Special Collections Librarian in 2002, and since that time has coordinated activities of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, answered reference questions, conducted oral histories, assisted with digitization projects, and researched and created fifteen major exhibits.   She has also participated in the library’s orientation and instruction programs, conducted tours of the Nixon Library, hosted two Art & Anatomy workshops and welcomed History of Anatomy students from San Antonio and from Italy. 

Pennie was instrumental in development of special programming in connection with three traveling exhibits created by the National Library of Medicine: 

  • Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature (2003)
  • Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians (2008)
  • Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine (2010)

 Recently Pennie has focused on the creation of a print catalog of outstanding holdings of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, grouped by specialty.  This catalog will be an invaluable aid for future research. 

Pennie’s people skills, her creativity, and her enthusiasm for the history of medicine and other disciplines have contributed much to the development and promotion of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library in recent years, and she will be missed.

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Please save the date: Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library


Dinner and Presentation

Fernando Guerra, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.,

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and recently retired Director of Health for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will speak on the topic

 “Doctors and Dollars May Not Always Be Enough!”

Monday, November 7, 2011 6:30 p.m.

Doubletree Hotel      37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough

Cost: $40/person; $30 for students includes Friends membership

Keith Cogdill to become director of library services at NIH

Keith Cogdill, Ph.D., Director of South Texas Regional Information Services, will leave his position in the library at the end of August to become Director of Library Services at the National Institutes of Health. 

Keith has been responsible for leading four branch libraries, the circuit librarian program, and the interlibrary loan and community engagement initiatives for the UT Health Science Center Libraries.  He also serves as an adjunct professor, teaching online courses in the area of health sciences libraries and informatics for Drexel University in the College of Information Science and Technology.

Prior to Keith’s position at the UT Health Science Center, he worked for the National Library of Medicine in the National Network Office for five years, so he is no stranger to NIH.  He worked as an assistant professor for the University of Maryland, College of Information Studies, and as a research and teaching assistant for the University of North Carolina’s College of Medicine and School of Information and Library Science.  He was also an NLM Health Informatics Fellow and librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Since he joined the library staff in 2007, Keith has developed active outreach programs and has participated in or led a number of grants, including the Frontera Collaboration, a cooperative effort among border region libraries to promote evidence-based practice resources.   He is currently completing the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program and completed the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians in 2010. Keith has also received several prestigious awards including the Medical Library Association’s David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship in 2010, which allowed Keith to travel to new and emerging medical school libraries, and the Ida and George Eliot Prize for publications in 2004 and 2008.

Keith’s knowledge and enthusiasm for community engagement will be missed; however, we wish him the best as he assumes his new leadership role at the NIH.

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraraies

The Laredo Regional Campus Library will have new hours beginning September 1

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: closed

Sunday: closed


Alice Pakravan retires after 27 years with the Briscoe Library

After 27 years of service at the Briscoe Library, Alice Pakravan will retire at the end of July.  Alice began her journey at the Briscoe Library in 1984. At that time she became part of the Technical Services division, where she was primarily responsible for the physical processing of new books. Today Alice is responsible for ordering new books for the Briscoe Library and all branch locations. She also handles payment for new books and assists with the maintenance of catalog records. Over the years Alice has been involved in many collection management activities and has been a key contributor in helping expand and maintain the book collection at the Briscoe Library.

Alice has a tremendous amount of historical knowledge and has witnessed first-hand the transition from print to electronic resources. She has watched her job evolve over the years and has enjoyed working in a dynamic environment. Alice has always been a friendly face around the library and will be greatly missed by all of her colleagues.

In her retirement, Alice will enjoy spending time with friends and family and traveling as much as possible.  She hopes to plan a trip to Disneyland with her grandkids in the near future.

Andrea N. Schorr
Collection Resources Librarian

Amy Nurnberger completes internship in the Briscoe Library

We have been fortunate to have Amy Nurnberger work with us this summer at the Briscoe Library. Amy joined us in June to observe the various facets of library services. She assisted with a website usability study and also completed a number of projects, including creating a report on the impact factor of journals in which researchers funded by the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science have published; assigning local journal links to the Reading List published by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecologists; cataloging medical instrument artifacts; developing an instructional video; and updating several tip sheets for using library resources.

Following on a career in the pharmaceutical industry, Amy is in the midst of earning a Masters in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She has finished her first year in the program, and will continue in her final year to focus on her main area of interest, academic libraries. Amy looks forward to delving deeper into areas of academic librarianship that will make use of her background in biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, and quality control. We wish her well as she continues her studies.

Jonquil D. Feldman
Director of Briscoe Library Services

Goodbye to the Robert B. Green Campus Library

Evelyn Olivier, Dr. Virginia Bowden, Rajia Tobia, Linda Levy, and Ron Mesa all attended a farewell reception recognizing many years of library service at Robert B. Green Campus. The library closed on July 28, 2011.

The branch library of the UT Health Science Center Libraries located at the Robert B. Green Campus of the University Health System (UHS) closed its doors for the last time on July 28, 2011. The building in which the library is located is scheduled to be demolished, and there will be no identified library space at the downtown facility. This lack of space, combined with declining use of the library over the years and the need to reassign staff to the Briscoe Library on the central campus, led to the decision to close the Robert B. Green Library.

The UT Health Science Center Library took over management of the Robert B. Green Hospital Library in 1976. The library was then named the Robert B. Green Educational Resource Center and served the needs of faculty, students, and residents at the downtown location. At that time, inpatient Labor and Delivery, the Newborn Nursery, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit were located at the Robert B. Green Hospital, resulting in a very busy environment. Eventually, maternity services were moved to the University Hospital adjacent to the Health Science Center campus.

The library and facility have had several names – Robert B. Green Library, Robert B. Green Educational Resources Center, Brady/Green Library and Downtown Library at the UHC-D. Evelyn Olivier was the first librarian at the RBG/ERC in 1976. Rajia Tobia, current Executive Director of Libraries, held her first job at the Health Science Center as Robert B. Green Librarian in 1980. Linda Levy, Assistant Director for Database and Branch Services, has been the longest-serving librarian, working in the Robert B. Green campus since 1999, and Ron Mesa, Library Assistant, has been the face of the downtown library for many years and is well known for his excellent customer service.

At a farewell reception held on July 21, Robert B. Green Campus and UT Health Science Center staff honored the library that had given many years of service to UT Health Science Center faculty, students and staff and to UHS personnel, residents, and patients. UHS administration hosted the reception with Dr. Gary McWilliams, UHS Executive Vice President, Ambulatory Services, providing reminiscences of the Robert B. Green Hospital. Evelyn Olivier, the first librarian at the Robert B. Green Educational Resource Center, attended the reception as did Dr. Virginia Bowden, Library Director Emeritus.

Although the library is closed, library services will continue to be provided through electronic resources including email, visits and instructional sessions offered by librarians, and by phone.

 Rajia Tobia
 Executive Director of Libraries

New to the shelves in the Briscoe Library

Clinical wisdom and interventions in acute and critical care : a thinking-in-action approach, 2nd ed.

Patricia Benner, Patricia Hooper Kyriakidis, Daphne Stannard
New York : Springer Pub., c2011.
WY 154 B469c 2011.

Rubin’s pathology : clinicopathologic foundations of medicine, 6th ed.

editors, Raphael Rubin, David S. Strayer ; founder and consulting editor, Emanuel Rubin
Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2012.
QZ 4 P2961 2012.

Theoretical nursing : development and progress, 5th ed.

Afaf Ibrahim Meleis
Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2012.
WY 86 M519t 2012.

Physical therapy of the shoulder, 5th ed.

edited by Robert A. Donatelli
St. Louis, Mo. : Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone, c2012.
WE 810 P578 2012.

Andrea N. Scorr
Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian