News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

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.

MedlinePlus 2010 user survey results

Recently, the National Library of Medicine announced the results of the 2010 MedlinePlus user survey, providing a snapshot of representative MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español users,  their demographics, their reasons for visiting the site, and how they use the health information provided by MedlinePlus.

Results of the MedlinePlus survey can be viewed here.

Results for MedlinePlus Español can be viewed here.

Katie Prentice completes Academy of Health Information Professionals membership requirements

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services in the Briscoe Library, has been approved by the Medical Library Association for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) at the Senior level.  The Academy of Health Information Professionals is MLA’s peer-reviewed professional development program that recognizes achievements in continuing education, teaching, publishing, research and other contributions to the profession.  The AHIP credential denotes the highest standards of professional competency and achievement in the field of health care information and must be renewed every five years.  Someone who has the AHIP credential must participate in continuing education courses and other professional development activities to maintain the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully support the institution’s mission and goals.

Katie worked for five years to achieve the AHIP credential.  Please join me in congratulating her on this important distinction!

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Andrea Schorr joins YBP Medical Library Advisory Group

Andrea Schorr, Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian in the Briscoe Library, is among a select group of medical librarians who have been invited to serve a one year term on the newly formed YBP Medical Library Advisory Group.

YBP (Yankee Book Peddler) is a respected library vendor that focuses primarily on books for the health sciences.  This advisory group will offer feedback and suggestions for how YBP can best meet the evolving needs of medical libraries.  Expected topics to cover include eBooks in medical libraries, streamlining workflows, and patron-driven acquisitions.

John Weed
Head of Collection Resources

New books at the Briscoe Library

Evidence-based teaching in nursing : a foundation for educators

Sharon Cannon, Carol Boswell
Sudbury, Mass. : Jones & Bartlett Learning, c2012.
WY 105 C226e 2012

Leadership roles and management functions in nursing : theory and application, 7th ed.

Bessie L. Marquis, Carol J. Huston
Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2012.
WY 105 M357L 2012

Medical terminology : a word-building approach

Jane Rice
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Education, c2012.
W 15 R496m 2012

Carranza’s clinical periodontology, 11th ed.

[edited by] Michael G. Newman, Henry H. Takei, Perry R. Klokkevold ; editor emeritus, Fermin A. Carranza
St. Louis, Mo. : Saunders Elsevier, c2012.
WU 240 C641 2012

News from the Libraries – May 2011

In the news this month:

The Art and Anatomy Workshop brought together senior art students, second and third year medical and dental students, medical illustrators, and scientist/historians for an experience that focused on seeing the human body more clearly.

Library services for alumni, help us spread the word

Quick Guide: Setting up the library proxy on your smartphone

History of Medicine lecture series continues with HIV-AIDS

AHRQ report examines health literacy among English-speaking adults

Diabetes Information: programs focus on online consumer health resources

Library Classes for May

Interdisciplinary workshop showcases rare historical anatomy resources

From the Library Toolbox: use LibX for a streamlined research process

New border health materials from Victor Oliveros

Upcoming Exhibit will explore the healing properties of color

New Collections in the Digital Archives

History of Medicine volunteer internship program

New to the shelves at the Briscoe Library

A printable pdf of the newsletter is also available.

Library services for alumni: help us spread the word

As we end another academic year, the UT Health Science Center librarians and staff want to congratulate the new graduates and to wish them good luck in their future endeavors. We also want to remind everyone that Health Science Center alumni may continue to use many library resources after graduation.

Alumni must register in person at the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk or at the Ramirez or Laredo Regional Campus Libraries. There is no cost to register but registration must be renewed annually.  Alumni may check out up to three items at a time, generally for up to two weeks, and items may be renewed online up to two times.

Due to licensing agreements and contracts, remote or off-campus access to electronic resources is available only to currently employed faculty and staff, and currently enrolled students. Alumni with professional hospital affiliations should contact their hospital librarians, systems or education staff for details on access to databases, journals or books for staff use.

On-site access to Health Science Center library databases and to print and online resources is available to all. Free computers are provided in the libraries for access to the Internet and other electronic resources for health-related research.  Alumni receive a Patron ID to use library computers and can add unlimited minutes per day to their Patron account.

The Libraries offer reference services and classes at no charge. Fee-based literature search services by our expert librarians may be requested, and practicing health professionals in South Texas may request articles for a fee through the ILLiad system.

For more information about services to Health Science Center Alumni, contact us at

Jonquil D. Feldman
Director of Briscoe Library Services

Briscoe Library Information Commons

Quick Guide: Setting up the library proxy on your smartphone

If you would like to be able to find and access full-text articles from your device you will need to enter a specific URL into the applications settings. The location to enter the information depends on the application itself, but it can typically be found in the settings section of the applications. Our EZProxy URL prefix is

but to use it with these mobile applications you need to add %@ to the end of that:  See below for the screenshots of PubMed On Tap.

1. Open the application and select settings

2. Select the Library Proxy tab

3. Place the following URL in the box, and turn on the EZProxy:

Other applications that use the same URL structure to access full-text articles via EZProxy include Papers for Mac OSX, and Papers for iPhone and iPad.

If you have any comments or questions about setting up your device for article access, contact

Eric Willman
Systems Librarian

History of Medicine lecture series continues with HIV-AIDS

  • Thursday, May 26, noon to 1 p.m.
  • Howe Conference Room

In the fall of 1980, Dr. Michael Gottlieb of UCLA Medical Center received a referral on a gay, white male in failing health with wasting, Pneumocystis pneumonia, and oral candidiasis.  Over the next few months, he and other colleagues observed the syndrome in four other patients, and described the new entity of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in 1981.  In 1984, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) responsible for this syndrome was discovered.

Infection with the HIV virus was found to predispose persons to opportunistic infections and cancers.  Epidemiologic investigations revealed the disease was transmitted sexually, by blood products, IV drug use, and from mother-to-child. Cases of AIDS exploded throughout the world in 1980s and 1990s. Millions upon millions have suffered and died. Efforts to control the disease have been hampered by prejudice against infected persons.  AIDS has become one of the greatest public health challenges in modern medicine.  Currently, about 33 million people are infected across the globe.    Efforts to develop vaccines against HIV have failed.  Nevertheless, in the last 15 years, combination antiretroviral therapy has transformed the treatment of HIV infection, converting a deadly disease into a chronic, manageable condition.  Analysis of the history of the HIV epidemic in the United States reveals the power of these drugs and also the deficiencies of drug therapy to combat this disease.

Dr. Gregory M. Anstead
Director, Immunosuppression and Infectious Diseases Clinics
South Texas Veterans Health Care System