News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

List of possible non-renewals for FY 2011


  • Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  • Journal Watch
  • Medical Teacher
  • Perceptual and Motor Skills
  • Psychological Reports
  • Teaching Professor

Journal Packages

BioMed Central

  • Critical Care
  • Breast Cancer Research
  • Genome Biology

Cambridge University Press

  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • British Journal of Nutrition
  • Epidemiology and Infection
  • International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Parasitology
  • Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
  • Psychological Medicine
  • Public Health Nutrition

View full list

Mary Ann Liebert

  • Alternative and Complementary Therapies
  • DNA and Cell Biology
  • Human Gene Therapy
  • Journal of Endourology and Part B, Videourology
  • Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
  • Thyroid
  • Viral Immunology

View full list (Excel)

Nature Materials

  • Nature Chemical Biology
  • Nature Materials
  • Nature Physics

Nature Review Journals

  • Nature Reviews Cardiology
  • Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology
  • Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology
  • Nature Reviews Urology
  • Nature Reviews Endocrinology
  • Nature Reviews Nephrology
  • Nature Reviews Neurology
  • Nature Reviews Rheumatology


  • Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
  • Current Protocols
  • ebrary
  • eMedicine
  • NetAnatomy
  • SciFinder
  • Scopus

The Libraries remember Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr.

Photo of Dolph BriscoeOn June 27, 2010 members of the library staff were saddened to learn of the death of former Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr.   The UT Health Science Center library located on the Long Campus is named after Governor Briscoe.

On November 14, 1985 a ceremony was held to dedicate the  library, which was  completed in 1983 after many years of planning.  Governor Briscoe was present at the event, along with John P. Howe, III, former president of the UT Health Science Center; Donald A.B. Lindberg, Director, National Library of Medicine; and Jess Hay, Chairman, The University of Texas System Board of Regents.

An excerpt from the dedication program speaks to Governor Briscoe’s commitment to education:

The library building at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is named to honor former Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr.  Mr. Briscoe, Uvalde rancher, served as governor during 1973-79.  During his administration, the appropriation of funds for public and higher education increased.  Since leaving office, Governor Briscoe has been active in support of community service programs.

In announcing the dedication, the former Regents’ Chairman Jon Newton said, “No resource of any campus, whether it be academic or health-related, is of more importance than the library.  At the health science center in San Antonio, the library serves medical, dental, nursing, allied health and graduate students in the medical sciences.  It stands as a symbol of excellence in their continued quest for knowledge.”

What better honor than to dedicate a library of national distinction to an individual who has been so supportive of higher education.

From: Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Library:  Celebrating 20 Years of Service and Development,  November 14, 1985

Support The Libraries with a gift

A gift to the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Libraries is an investment in discovery …

  • the discovery students make every day when they come to the library to study with their peers,
  • the discovery our researchers make when they read one of the library’s electronic journals in their office or lab,
  • the discovery clinicians make when they seek to find evidence for treatment by using one of the library’s databases,
  • and the discovery we all make when we learn how to lead healthy lifestyles by searching resources selected by expert librarians.

Help us to make discoveries through the library possible by contributing to the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Libraries.

Your contribution will be used to support the library’s print and electronic book and journal collections, or a gift can be designated for a particular purpose.

A contribution form is located on page 12.  To make a contribution, print the form and return it with your check to the address noted on the form.  All contributions are greatly appreciated.

Rajia Tobia

Executive Director of Libraries

Hands-On Workshop from the Office of the Vice President for Research

The Power of Data Visualization for Expression and Genetic Analysis
Wednesday & Thursday, July 7 & 8

UT Health Science Center, San Antonio |Briscoe Library, Room LIB 2.011

The Office of the Vice President for Research is hosting two mornings of hands-on discovery focused on analysis of gene expression and genetic markers.  Application Scientist Jordan Hiller of SAS will be the instructor for both sessions. He will also be available for individual appointments in the afternoons to address specific questions about the analysis of  genomic data.

Gene expression, July 7, 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.: JMP Genomics 4.1 incorporates many tools valuable in gene expression analysis. Jordan Hiller will discuss capabilities for principal components analysis, hierarchical clustering, alternative splicing analysis for exon arrays and more. He also will provide a walk-through of the Basic Expression Workflow in JMP Genomics that provides a simplified path through standard quality control and statistical analysis of data sets.

Genetic marker analysis, July 8, 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Explore the unsurpassed breadth and depth of analytics for genetics data, as well as new genome visualization and predictive modeling. Jordan Hiller will show features for quality control, Q-K mixed models association analysis, and more. He also will demonstrate the Basic Genetics Workflow, which incorporates flexible filtering and analysis in a single, easy-to-use dialog.

Both workshops are offered free of charge.

Explore the agendas and register today.

For more information, contact Mike Wilson, Ph.D., Director of Institutional Research Core Facilities:

Briscoe Library book give-away on July 14th

The Briscoe Library will have a book give-away on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, starting at 8 a.m.  at the main entrance to the library. Books to be included in the giveaway are old editions withdrawn from the library’s collection or donations given to the library but not needed for the collection.

All books are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For information contact Andrea N. Schorr, Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian, at 567-2400 or email at

Rajia Tobia renews credentials in the American Academy of Health Information Professionals

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, recently renewed her credentials as a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).  AHIP is the Medical Library Association’s peer-reviewed professional development and career recognition program.  The academy recognizes the personal investment of time and effort required for exemplary professional performance and for contributions to the association and to the profession of health sciences librarianship.

Other UT Health Science Center librarians who are members of AHIP are:  Keith Cogdill, Director of South Texas Regional Information Services; Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Digital and Special Collections; Jonquil Feldman, Director for Briscoe Library Services; and Linda Levy, Assistant Library Director for Branch Library Services.

Library classes for July and August

All 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 consult 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

When you register for a library class, your registration confirmation email now includes a file that you can save as an appointment into your electronic calendar.

Briscoe Library, Long Campus – San Antonio

  • Introduction to PubMed: Friday, July 16, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: Wednesday, July 21, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: Monday, August 9, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: Thursday, August 12, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information:  Thursday, August 19, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: Thursday, August 26, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: Thursday, August 26, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., LIB 2.011

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services

Health and Human Services introduces new National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy

Health Literacy GraphicOn May 27 the US Department of Health and Human Services released its National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. The plan includes seven goals that rely on the participation of health professionals, payers, the media and government agencies.

With the release of the plan, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius placed the issue of health literacy in the context of health reform: “Health literacy is needed to make health reform a reality. Without health information that makes sense to them, people can’t access cost effective, safe, and high quality health services.”

The National Action Plan is available at A recent interview with the National Action Plan’s lead author, Cynthia Baur, is available as a podcast at

Keith Cogdill
Director of South Texas Regional Information Services

Seven goals to improve health literacy:

1. Develop and disseminate health and safety information that is accurate, accessible, and actionable

2. Promote changes in the health care system that improve health information, communication, informed decision making, and access to health services

3. Incorporate accurate, standards-based, and developmentally appropriate health and science information and curricula in child care and education through the university level

4. Support and expand local efforts to provide adult education, English language instruction, and culturally and linguistically appropriate health information services in the community

5. Build partnerships, develop guidance, and change policies

6. Increase basic research and the development, implementation, and evaluation of practices and interventions to improve health literacy

7. Increase the dissemination and use of evidence-based health literacy practices and interventions

Books from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will be digitized for inclusion in The Portal to Texas History

Drawing of Chaparral (Roadrunner) with LizardThe Libraries have received a “Rescuing Texas History” mini-project grant to pay for the digitization of thirteen historical books from the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library collection.  The books will be digitized by the University of North Texas Libraries’ Digital Project Unit and included in The Portal to Texas History.

The Portal to Texas History is an Internet gateway to Texas history materials created and maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries.  The portal features unique collections of materials dating from prehistory to the present day, from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, genealogical societies, and private family collections.  The contents include images, text, and sound and video recordings and are made publicly available by the collection-holding partners for use in research, teaching, and private study.

The books sent to the Portal from the Nixon collection focus on Texas history, climate, and culture.  They include:

  • The Climate of Texas, published in 1894 by Isaac Monroe Cline. This book describes the effects of climate and weather changes in causing diseases and deaths.
  • Queer Quaint Old San Antonio: Its Climate in Throat and Lung Diseases, published in 1895 by C. E. Fisher
  • San Antonio de Bexar: a Guide and History, written in 1890 by William Corner
  • Texas Surgeon, an Autobiography, by D. T. Atkinson, a surgeon born in 1874 who practiced in rural Texas and the Oklahoma Indian country before moving to Dallas and San Antonio.  Published in 1958.
  • A  Frontier Doctor, by H. F. Hoyt, published in 1929 and describing the experiences and  adventures of his pioneering days.  Hoyt was the first physician to practice medicine in the Texas Panhandle.
  • Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscences, Dr. Rudolph Menger’s observations and reminiscences on Texas insect and animal life, published in 1913.  Contains numerous photo-micrographs taken by the author.
  • The Menace: An Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor,  a concise history written by Charles Dixon in 1914 of the work involved in ridding Bexar county of quacks and nostrum exploiters.
  • Notes on the Newer Remedies, 2nd ed.,  a book by David Cerna, written in 1894 on the therapeutic applications of various remedies
  • An account of the early history of surgery in Texas, Presidential address presented by A. Singleton to the Texas Surgical Society in October 1932
  • A Treatise on the Eclectic Southern Practice of Medicine,  written by J. Cam Massie in 1854 to describe the treatment of diseases as specially adapted to the peculiar manner in which diseases manifested themselves in Texas