News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Librarians complete Clinical Safety and Effectiveness course

Katie Prentice, Chris Gaspard, Dr. Danet Lapiz-Bluhm and Angela Myatt show their certificates after completing the CS&E Course.

Throughout the last six months, librarians Chris Gaspard, M.S.L.S, Angela Myatt, M.Sc., and Katie Prentice, M.S.I.S., AHIP participated in the UT System Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Education Program provided through the Center for Patient Safety & Health Policy at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

The purpose of the course, which is one of several programs run by the Center for Patient Safety and Health Policy, (, is to provide physicians, other clinicians and administrators the skills and knowledge required to lead breakthrough change initiatives.

For their course project “Utilization of Evidence-Based Practice Resources by Junior Nursing Students, ” the librarians partnered with M. Danet Lapiz-Bluhm, Ph.D., R.N. of the UT Health Science Center School of Nursing to develop and conduct a quality improvement project.  The project aim was to study and increase the self-reported use of evidence-based practice resources by junior nursing students during the spring 2011 semester.  At the conclusion of the project in May, results were presented to nursing faculty at the Committee on Undergraduate Studies and also to a group of UT Health Science Center librarians.

UT Health Science Center Library-Downtown to close July 28

After a rich history of service to the UT Health Science Center and to University Health System (UHS), the UT Health Science Center Library-Downtown will close on July 28.  The library began as the Robert B. Green Hospital Library and continued its presence when the hospital became the Brady Green Clinic and then the University Health Center-Downtown.  The library has always focused on maintaining a collection that would be most useful for UT Health Science Center physicians and residents.  Over the years, library staff members taught many classes and consultations on using traditional library resources such as PubMed and even brought popular “Emerging Technologies Brown Bag” sessions like Medical Applications for Smart Phones and Using eBook readers  to the downtown library. The library has served as a convenient gathering place for many residents over the years as well.

As part of the UHS plans to remodel the UHC-D facility, the building housing the library will be torn down.  Although formal library space is not planned in the new facility, we will continue to provide reference services and electronic resources to faculty and staff, and we will continue to offer training opportunities and special technology programs through the cooperation of UHC-D.

Linda Levy
Assistant Director for Branch Libraries and Database Services

Health Research Funding: Online databases facilitate communication about research funding opportunities

Each year, numerous research proposals for promising new treatments make their way through a peer-review process but do not receive funding, although they have the potential to make significant contribution to scientific discovery. The National Health Council (NHC), with input from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has developed a web database designed to bring researchers together with patient advocacy organizations and other funding sources. It’s called HealthResearchFunding.Org.

How it works:  Researchers whose proposals have been peer reviewed by either the NIH or by an NHC member patient advocacy organization will be invited to register with HealthReseachFunding.Org and add an abstract. They will have the ability to also search for NHC member organizations that fund research. NHC member organizations will be able to search for research proposals, search for individual researchers, and search and view other funding organizations. They will also be able to upload requests for proposals, including posting ideas for collaboration with other funding sources.

The site will eventually expand to include corporations and private investors.

On display in the Briscoe Library July 7: Art of ancient Mexico

The UT Health Science Center Libraries are pleased to be able to host an exhibit of artwork from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM-San Antonio), beginning July 7th, 2011. The featured art —  reproductions of funerary artifacts from the cultures of West Mexico — will be on display in the School of Medicine’s Lecture Hall Commons through the end of August.

According to Paula de Gortari, who is mounting the exhibit for UNAM, the items to be displayed represent a vast area that includes  parts of the present-day states of Jalisco, Colima and Nayarit. The art that will be exhibited can be dated back to the years between 100 B.C and 300 B.C.

The figurines are  made from reddish or orange clay with geometric decorations in red, white, black and yellow. They depict pregnant women or women preparing food, musicians, dancers, flutists and warriors, all going about their daily activities. A unique and interesting feature of these figurines is their adornments: oversize ear and nose ornaments in the shape of a bar or a half moon, as well as bracelets and necklaces of several strands.

Best idea for staying cool this summer: READ

Summer reading suggestions from the staff of the Briscoe Library

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson

Recommended by Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries

“I love the main characters in this book… Major Pettigrew, the English widower with the stiff upper lip, and Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani widow shopkeeper.  These two with little on the surface to make them compatible, find companionship and love in the English countryside.  In a  way, the book could have been written by a 21st century Jane Austen.  A great summer read if you are looking for interesting characters and great prose writing.”

Ice Station Zebra, by Alistair Maclean

Recommended by Ken Wise, Access Services Library Assistant: “because you asked for something cool…”

“The atomic submarine Dolphin has impossible orders: to sail beneath the ice-floes of the Arctic Ocean to locate and rescue the men of weather-station Zebra, gutted by fire and drifting with the ice-pack somewhere north of the Arctic Circle. But the orders do not say what the Dolphin will find if she succeeds — that the fire at Ice Station Zebra was sabotage, and that one of the survivors is a killer!”

Dogs: A Natural History, by Jake Page

Recommended by Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

“Dogs are amazing creatures, as everyone who loves them knows.  Jake Page writes about the wolf-dog connection, and about the co-evolution of dogs and human beings going all the way back to before the dawn of recorded history.  Where did the first domestic dogs come from?  How did they get to be the dogs they are today?  How do dogs see the world? What do they think about us?  This bookis full of  interesting and useful information, yet you will feel like you are ‘wasting time’, in the best sense of the word.”

New to the shelves in the Briscoe Library

Wrong medicine : doctors, patients, and futile treatment
Lawrence J. Schneiderman and Nancy S. Jecker.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2011.
W 50 S359w 2011.

Out of practice : fighting for primary care medicine in America
Frederick M. Barken.
Ithaca, N.Y. : ILR Press, c2011.
W 84.6 B254o 2011.

Adler’s physiology of the eye, 11th ed.
editors, Leonard A. Levin … [et al.] ; managing editors, Paul L. Kaufman, Albert Alm.
Edinburgh ; New York : Saunders/Elsevier, c2011.
WW 103 P5772 2011.

Emergency orthopedics, 6th ed.
editors, Robert R. Simon, Scott C. Sherman ; contributing author, Ghazala Q. Sharieff ; with illustrations by Susan Gilbert.  New York : McGraw-Hill Medical, c2011.
WE 800 S596e 2011.

News from the Libraries – June 2011

In the news this month:

Army and medical personnel prepare to transport two men on stretchers to a packaged disaster hospital following Hurricane Beulah (1967) . The photo is part of the Dr. Mario E. Ramirez Hurricane Beulah Photograph Collection, currently on display at the Ramirez Library in Harlingen.

Proposed reductions to journals and databases in 2012

Artist’s work examines color and its impact on emotional life

SciFinder goes web only June 30th

Library mobile databases: everywhere you are

Embryo: New app for iPhone and iPad

Micromedex has a new look: instructions available

June and July library classes

Exhibit documents health professional and volunteer involvement in the aftermath of Hurricane Buleah

Librarians contribute to new reference book

MedlinePlus 2010 user survey results

Katie Prentice completes Academy of Health Information Professionals membership requirements

Andrea Schorr joins YBP Medical Library Advisory Group

New books at the Briscoe Library

A printable pdf of the newsletter is also available.

Proposed reductions to journals and databases in 2012

Due to flat or reduced state appropriations in past years, an impending reduction in state funds for the next biennium, and annual inflation rates of 8-10% for journal and database subscriptions, UT Health Science Center librarians are preparing a “worst case scenario” list of possible reductions to the library’s collection of journals and databases.  Librarians used criteria for possible cancellation such as cost/use over $25, annual subscription cost greater than $1,000, and less than 100 uses in the last calendar year.  The list of possible subscription cancellations includes 172 titles and 10 database or electronic book collections.

In addition to the library’s local collection, The Libraries currently participate in the UT System Digital Library which coordinates consortium licenses for a number of journal packages by publisher, including Elsevier, Wiley, Springer and a number of other publishers.  These consortium licenses have been of tremendous benefit to all UT System institutions by expanding the number of journals and databases accessible at UT campuses.  However, the downside to consortium licenses is that participating libraries are not allowed to cancel their subscribed titles or are only able to cancel a small percentage of titles.  In order for the Health Science Center Libraries to operate within available funds, we  must plan for the possibility of dropping out of several UT System Digital Library consortium licenses.  The list of possible titles that will be discontinued due to loss of consortium access numbers over 3,900 and includes subscribed titles from UT Austin, UT Southwestern, UTMB and other UT libraries.  In the event that a journal title must be canceled, interlibrary loan services will be available to provide needed articles.

The Library Committee with representatives from each school has been consulted as librarians have developed plans to operate within available funds.  We ask that you carefully review each list of possible cancellations on the library’s website, at, and that you notify the library if any of the journals on the lists are important to your teaching, research, or clinical duties.  Please send comments to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources,

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Artist’s work examines color and its impact on emotional life

Leanne Venier’s work is currently on display in the Briscoe Library Information Commons and in the medical school’s Lecture Hall Foyer.

Leanne Venier, an Austin area artist whose work explores the healing properties of color and, more generally, the relationship between color and the emotional life, will speak in the Briscoe Library on Thursday, June 9 from noon to 1 p.m.

Leanne’s work has received international recognition:  She was awarded the Grand Prize of the Jury for Outstanding Artwork in Vico del Gargano, Italy. She was also a finalist for the prestigious Hunting Art Prize in Houston, and has been profiled in the Touch Décor international design magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and Austin Woman magazine.   She has been interviewed numerous times on Austin Radio stations KUT 90.5 FM and KOOP 91.7 FM.

Leanne’s June 9 presentation, on The Color Effect, will take place in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.  The talk is free of charge and open to all.

Leanne’s paintings can be viewed through the end of June in the Briscoe Library Information Commons and the medical school’s Lecture Hall Foyer.

For more information contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian:

SciFinder goes web-only June 30

SciFinder is a research discovery tool.  It provides access to the CAS databases produced by the Chemical Abstracts Services.  CAS databases contain literature from many scientific disciplines including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science, and more.  SciFinder also provides access to patent information, conference proceedings, and the CAS Registry of Chemical Substances.

The client version of SciFinder will be discontinued on June 30, 2011.  After this date, all U.S. institutions will only have access to the web version of SciFinder.  Instructions to register for a username and password for the web version were posted on our database page in late 2010.  If you have not already, please register for the web access to SciFinder to ensure uninterrupted access.

Contact the library at if you have any questions or concerns.

John Weed
Head of Collection Resources