News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Updated AHRQ report examines health literacy among English-speaking adults, identifies areas for future research

An updated report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) finds that many English-speaking adults experience difficulties understanding and using basic health information.  Health Literacy Interventions and Outcomes: An Updated Systematic Review, which examines the literature since 2004, also finds growing evidence that suggests differences in health literacy levels are related to racial and ethnic disparities. The complete report in PDF form can be accessed online at the AHRQ website:

The questions guiding the review included the relationship between health literacy and use of health services, health outcomes, costs of care and health disparities. The review also encompassed studies of interventions.

Based on searches of multiple bibliographic databases, the reviewers identified approximately 3,500 unduplicated records of relevant publications. Among these, 140 were rated either good or fair in terms of strength of evidence. Among opportunities for future research, the report mentions “Testing novel approaches to increase motivation; improved techniques for delivering written, oral, or numerical information; and ‘work-around’ interventions such as patient advocates.”

Keith Cogdill
Director of South Texas Regional Information Services

Diabetes Information: programs focus on online consumer health resources

Diabetes class at Bulverde/Spring Branch Library

Bulverde/Spring Branch Library, March 23, 2011

Diabetes Information: Finding Answers to Your Questions is the topic of a series of classes being offered in area public libraries in April, May and June.  Peg Seger, Outreach Services Librarian for South Texas Regional Information Services in the Briscoe Library, organized the programs to highlight resources available through two NIH websites, MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth.

The program has been presented in Bulverde/Spring Branch, Lytle, Kerrville, and Comfort. Additional programs are scheduled  at the Universal City Public Library on June 6 and later in the summer at the Boerne Public Library.  All libraries are part of the Alamo Area Library System.

Susan Hunnicutt
Special Projects Librarian

Library classes for May

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.

San Antonio – Briscoe Library

Ovid Tips & Tricks, Getting Started with MEDLINE: May 2, 2011, 1:30 pm – 3 p.m., LIB 2.011

Introduction to PubMed: May 6, 2011, 10 a.m.- 11 a.m., LIB 2.011

Introduction to EndNote: May 10, 2011, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., LIB 2.011

Introduction to RefWorks: May 11, 2011, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., LIB 2.011

Medical Apps for Smartphones – Emerging Technology Brownbag: May 11, 2011, 12 noon – 1 p.m., Howe Conference Room

Harlingen and Edinburg – Ramirez Library and Edinburg RAHC

Managing PubMed Search Results: May 3, 2011, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., Edinburg – RAHC Building room 1.20

Customizing PubMed with MyNCBI: May 5, 2011, 12 noon – 1 p.m., Ramirez Library, Harlingen room 1.132

Emerging Technology Brownbag

Medical Apps for Smart Phones

  • Wednesday, May 11, 12 noon to 1 p.m.
  • Howe Conference Room

Medical Apps for Smartphones is part of an ongoing series of noon-hour classes.  This session will address a variety of technologies related to the utilization of smartphones in professional clinical environments.

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Interdisciplinary Art and Anatomy Workshop showcases the resources of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Dr. Charleen Moore, Ph.D. of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, Jayne Lawrence, M.F.A., of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and Penelope Borchers, M.L.S., Special Collections Librarian in the Briscoe Library, organized the Art and Anatomy Workshop as an interdisciplinary experience in the representation of the human body.  The workshop is built around the resources of the rare book collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, including original works by Vesalius (1514-1564), Albinus (1697-1770), Paolo Mascagni (1755-1815), William Hunter (1718-1783) and John Hunter (1728-1793).

On April 8, senior art students from Ms. Lawrence’s advanced special studies class at UTSA joined second and third year medical and dental students for the day-long workshop, which took place in the Howe Conference Room and the Special Collections Reading Room of the Briscoe Library.

Dr. Moore  spoke about anatomists/artists from the 15th to the 19th centuries, and Nancy Place, M.S., Director of Multimedia Services, provided an introduction to the contemporary field of medical illustration.   Two guests, Carlos Machado, M.D., medical illustrator for the Elsevier Netter Collection; and Ron Philo, Ph.D., retired senior lecturer in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, were available to interact one-on-one with the students. Dr. Philo is the author of two books on the anatomical drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci.  David Baker, M.A., Sam Newman, B.F.A,. and Christopher McKee, B.F.A., medical illustrators in the Department of Information Management and Services – Academic Technology Services, were also present.

Students had the opportunity to examine many rare anatomical texts from the P.I. Nixon collection.  They ended the day with a studio drawing session organized around plastinated human specimens from the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology.

Susan Hunnicutt
Special Projects Librarian

Also in April

Students of the history of anatomy visited the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on Friday, April 22.

The History of Anatomy course is offered each spring as an Enrichment Elective for first year medical students and a Special Topics course for graduate students.  Dr. Charleen Moore is director of the course.

Rare Books in the Special Collections Reading Room

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

Do you want a tool that streamlines the research process?

Do you need a tool that will tell if that book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Borders is available in the library?

Do you want to be able to search the Library Catalog, Pubmed, E-Journals, or Google Scholar without going to the library website?

When you find an e-journal article that requires a subscription, do you wish there was a way you could just reload the page using The Libraries’ subscription?

Would you like to know instantly if the article you found on Google Scholar is available through the library?

LibX, a new research tool from your Libraries, does all this and more. LibX works with Firefox and Internet Explorer, and allows you to integrate your workflow and The Libraries’ resources wherever you are. LibX provides you with a toolbar for searching a variety of The Libraries’ resources, integrates itself with any Web page that provides you with an ISBN, and reloads pages via our proxy service so you can quickly access subscription e-journal articles off-campus.  Use LibX to search for your information any way you like!

If you have not downloaded LibX you can download from the LibraryTools page. For more information on how to use LibX you can view our LibX guide.

Luke Rosenberger, Director of Library Technology & Special Collections

Kelley Minars, Web Services Librarian

Eric Willman, Systems Librarian

Library Toolbox Screenshot

Victor Oliveros’ materials on border health now available

Victor Oliveros

After his retirement from the Laredo, Texas Health Department in 2005, Mr. Victor Oliveros, who was Chief of Environmental Health Services and a founder of the US-Mexico Border Health Commission, donated a collection of materials related to border health to the UT Health Science Center Libraries.  The materials included papers and government reports as well as slides showing deteriorating environmental conditions along the U.S. Mexico border at Laredo/Nuevo Laredo. The slides, which Mr. Oliveros used during presentations, illustrate the interdependency of the sister cities, as people, animals, and disease vectors move freely between them.

The donated materials have been catalogued and can be found by using the library catalog with the keyword “Oliveros.”

  • Physical documents are located at the Laredo Regional Campus Library at 1937 East Bustamante Street.
  • The usable slides have been turned into a presentation, and these are available as a link from
  • The web page also includes a brief biography of Victor Oliveros and an oral history that was conducted with Mr. Oliveros by Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian.

Linda Levy
Assistant Director for Branch Libraries and Database Services

Coming to the Briscoe Library in May: Exhibit and speaker will explore the healing properties of color

Leanne Venier

Canadian artist Leanne Venier’s abstract paintings utilize color to create states of serenity and physical well-being.  Both bold and subtle, the hues in her work influence the viewer’s psyche much the same way music affects emotion through sound.

Leanne Venier’s paintings will be on view in the Briscoe Library Information Commons and the Lecture Hall Foyer during May and June.   On June 9 from noon to 1 p.m. the public is invited to hear the artist’s presentation on “The Color Effect” in the Howe Conference Room, 5th floor of the library.  The talk will be free of charge and open to all.

For more information contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian:

New Collections in the Digital Archive

The UT Health Science Center Libraries have added new items to the Digital Archive: The Medical School Yearbooks Project and the Electronic ThesisYearbook Photographs and Dissertation Collection.

Medical School Yearbooks Project

Curious about what a Health Science Center student looked like in 1971 or what the School of Medicine faculty looked like in 1981?  Check out the Medical School Yearbooks Project in the library’s Digital Archive.  The Medical School Yearbooks Project is part of the University History Collection and consists of several volumes of the medical school yearbook in digital format.  All of the yearbooks in the Digital Archive are either owned by the UT Health Science Center Libraries or have been loaned to the library for digitization purposes.  For more information about the Medical School Yearbooks Project visit:

Currently, years 1983 and 1984 are missing from the Digital Archive; if you have a copy of either of these years and would be willing to lend it to the library for digitization, please contact the Digital Archive Team at

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Collection

The Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Collection is a compilation of theses and dissertations produced at the UT Health Science Center in digital format.  Currently the Digital Archive has copies from 2004 to the present.  This collection will be updated on a continuous basis.  More information about the ETD Collection:

Andrea N. Schorr
Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian

Eric Willman
Systems Librarian

NLM offers History of Medicine volunteer internship program

The National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division in Bethesda, MD, welcomes applications for its volunteer internship program from undergraduate students in any discipline, current graduate students in library science or information studies, archival studies, cultural studies, film studies, history of medicine and science, museum studies, preservation, public heath, or related programs.  The program is open to qualified individuals of any age and background who would wish to offer their experiences and skills.

For further information, visit the website of the National Library of Medicine:

New to the shelves at the Briscoe Library

The American Psychiatric Publishing textbook of psychosomatic medicine : psychiatric care of the medically ill

edited by James L. Levenson.
Washington, D.C. : American Psychiatric Pub., c2011.
WM 90 A512 2011

Curriculum development and evaluation in nursing

edited by Sarah B. Keating.
New York : Springer Pub. Co., c2011.
WY 18 K25c 2011

Essential guide to blood coagulation

edited by Jovan P. Antovic, Margareta Blomback.
Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley-Blackwell, c2010.
WH 310 E78 2010

Evidence-based public health

Ross C. Brownson … [et al.].
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.
WA 100 E93 2011

Andrea N. Schorr
Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian