News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

The Graduate Dean’s office will host a second science communication workshop in November

Speaking to the public, the media and legislators about science:

“Can you hear us now?”

Thursday, November 11, 2010

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Room AAB 114/116/118

Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte
“Talking science to legislators: When, where and how?”

Dr. Thomas Baldwin, Dean, University of California Riverside
“Talking science to non-scientists: The role of universities”

Mr. Benjamin Corb, Public Affairs, ASBMB
“Talking science: How your professional society can help you”

Dr. Carmen Rios, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
“Talking science: Students and postdocs can do it too!”

with Dr. Bettie Sue Masters, panel moderator

The Graduate Dean will host a reception immediately following the presentation.  For more information, contact Dr. Ellen Kraig,

NLM marks the 50th anniversary of MeSH

On November 18 the National Library of Medicine® (NLM®) marks the 50th anniversary of MeSH with a talk by Robert Braude, PhD. The talk entitled “MeSH at 50 – 50th Anniversary of Medical Subject Headings” will be videocast with captioning at

The videocast is scheduled from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  It can be viewed in the Briscoe Library Collaboratory– Room 4.074.

Library classes for November and December

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 library 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, Long Campus – San Antonio

  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session:   Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., LIB 4.074 – Collaboratory
  • Google Collaboration Tools: Technology Brownbag: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., Library Howe Conference Room
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: Wednesday, November 10, 1:30 p.m.  – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: Tuesday, November 16, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: Thursday, November 18, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Getting the Most out of PubMed: Thursday, November 29, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: Monday, December 6, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Tech the Halls: 30 Holiday Tips and Tools – Technology Brownbag: Wednesday, December 8, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., Library Howe Conference Room
  • Library Basics:  Thursday, December 9, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: Thursday, December 9, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: Monday, December 13, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services

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