News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Library classes for December and January

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 health science center campus, contact the library at (210) 567-2450 or email

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 – Long Campus, San Antonio

  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: December 2, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: December 6, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Tech the Halls: 30 Holiday Tips and Tools – Technology Brownbag: December 8, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., Library Howe Conference Room
  • Introduction to EndNote: December 9, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: December 9, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: December 13, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Getting the Most out of PubMed: January 11, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Why Twitter? – Technology Brownbag: January 12, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., Library Howe Conference Room
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: January 20, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011

Texas Research Park, San Antonio

  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: January 10, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., IBT Building 3.002

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Are you thinking about purchasing an e-book reader?

The December 2010 issue of Consumer Reports includes reviews of the latest e-book readers as well as the iPad and other tablet computers.  E-book readers considered include the Amazon Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi, Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi, Barnes & Noble Nook 3G + Wi-Fi, two versions of the Pandigital Novel, BeBook, Spring Design, ViewSonic, Kobo, and Augen.

It is possible to read e-books on many different kinds of devices, including laptop and desk top computers. The article on e-books notes that “the greater versatility of some other devices, notably the iPad, makes them worthy of consideration if you want a multipurpose, portable device that’s also a decent e-book reader with the added benefit of a color screen.”

Consumer Reports reviews of tablets and e-book readers can be accessed through the library catalog or at the following links:

(2010). E-book readers. Consumer Reports75(12), 40-41. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database.

(2010). Tablets. Consumer Reports75(12), 39. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database.

Photos on display in the Briscoe Library: Part of the silent auction for Project Haiti and Ethiopia Outreach

Twenty photographs currently on display in the Briscoe Library Information Commons and in the exhibit case in the Lecture Hall Commons of the School of Medicine are part of the Project Haiti and Ethiopia Outreach Silent Auction, which takes place Thursday, December 2 in the Parman Auditorium.

News from the Libraries – November 2010

November 2010

In the news this month:

We asked: What does your library mean to you?

4th Binational Promotores de Salud conference recognized by the National Library of Medicine

Gifts for Children: Donate at the Briscoe Library

Technology Brownbag Session: Google Collaboration Tools

Graduate Dean’s office to host second science communication workshop

NLM marks the 50th anniversary of MeSH

NIH introduces new database of images from biomedical literature

November and December library classes

Biomedical Publishing 101: Developments in academic publishing webinar

Reminder: ERes system retiring in December

Academic Medicine releases first ebook for Flexner Report anniversary

Updated MedlinePlus content: Herbs and Supplements

Briscoe Library elevator upgrades now underway

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Library Snapshot Day a success at the Briscoe Library

A printable pdf of this months newsletter is also available.

We asked: What does your library mean to you?

Graphic courtesy of the Medical Library Association

Medical libraries around the country celebrated October as National Medical Librarians Month.  On October 28, UT Health Science Center librarians and library staff hosted a breakfast to celebrate this special month and to participate in Texas Library Snapshot Day, an initiative of the Texas Library Association to highlight the importance of Texas libraries.  Persons entering the library were asked to take a snapshot and write some comments about “what your librarians and library mean to you.”

Here are some of the comments we received:

  • A place to study late nights!
  • The librarians here have been so incredibly helpful and friendly – they make my life (and research) less painful.
  • I’ve used the library study rooms often and it’s great.  I’ve also asked the librarians for assistance when searching for articles on databases.  They’ve always been a great help.
  • They are great resource guiders.  The library has helped me throughout the past two semesters.
  • In my current job, I could not accomplish what I have to do without the library and the medical librarians.  The librarians are friendly, know how to help bewildered users, and are able to provide solutions to a variety of questions.  Librarians are good people!
  • Access to professional literature to stay abreast of work in my discipline.
  • They mean a lot.  They tell us how to get stuff around the library and they are nice about it!
  • I think everyone is very helpful and the library hours work well with my school hours for study time.
  • The library has opened a whole new world for me relative to all the different aspects of the services they provide.  No longer do I believe that libraries are just for accessing books and journals.  The expertise available in our library and the personnel regarding databases, searches and events is outstanding.  I have enjoyed their efforts to bring the campus together in their special events.  A wonderful resource!
  • Bondage.  Study time.  Always helpful.

Thank you to everyone who stopped to share a cup of coffee and have their photo taken.  Thank you for taking time to let us know what the library means to you.

Rajia Tobia

Executive Director of Libraries

The 4th Binational Conference for Promotores de Salud draws recognition from the National Library of Medicine

More than 175 individuals attended the 4th Binational Conference for Promotores de Salud.

Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies was the theme of the 4th Binational Conference for Promotores de Salud, held on South Padre Island in October 2009.  The project was recently selected as a featured project of 2010 by the South Central Region of the National Library of Medicine.

More than 175 promotores, or community health workers, from around South Texas attended the conference, which was planned by Greysi Reyna and Kathy Carter of the UT Health Science Center Ramirez Library, in partnership with local community health agencies.

Other projects selected for special recognition include Communication and Education: Equipping the Community to Fight CA-MRSA, a project of the St. Edward Mercy Medical Library in Forth Smith Arkansas; BuildingDynamic Partnerships in Public Health, a project of Tulsa Schusterman Center Library, University of Oklahoma—Tulsa; From Band Aids to Twisters: Enhancing Community and Personal Preparedness, a project of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; and A World of Medical Information  Access from NLM’s MedlinePlus and the  American Indian Health Web Site to the Okmulgee Indian Health Center, a project of The Medical Library, Oklahoma State University Center for the Health Sciences.

Information about each of the featured projects can be found at:

Gifts for Children: The Briscoe Library will receive toy donations beginning in mid-November

For more than 25 years, Gifts for Children has been helping to brighten the holidays for children in hospitals and clinics across San Antonio.  Last year, more than 4200 items were collected.

This year, the Briscoe Library will once again be a collection point for toy donations.  Look for our decked-out holiday book cart donation station, coming soon to the third floor of the Briscoe Library, near the Administration Offices.  Donations will be received until December 8.  A list of recommended toys can be found at

Google Collaboration Tools: Technology Brownbag Session

Wednesday, November 10Google Docs

12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library

Join us for a brown bag session to learn how Google Docs, featuring free online document development including Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations and Forms, can work for you.  Key features of Google Docs include file upload from your desktop, the ability to edit and view your docs from any computer or smart phone and real-time on-the-fly collaboration.

Bring your lunch and join your colleagues at Google Collaboration Tools.

For more information, contact Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services, at

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.