News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Tech the Halls: 30 Holiday Tips and Tools

Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room

Bring your lunch and learn about 30 tools and tips to make your holidays merrier.

Faculty of 1000 and The Scientist: subscription changes

The UT Health Science Center Libraries currently has an electronic subscription to The Scientist.  The publisher, F1000, will combine its three products — Faculty of 1000 Medicine, Faculty of 1000 Biology, and The Scientist — into one product, effective January 2011.  Because of the cost increase for the bundled collection, the library is not able to continue the electronic version of The Scientist in 2011 as we have for the last two years.

In order to continue an electronic subscription to The Scientist, the library would be required to subscribe to all three products resulting in more than a 400% increase in subscription cost in 2011 compared to the cost in 2010.  We realize that The Scientist is a popular publication for keeping up with the latest news and views in science; however, as with all departments on campus, the library is looking at a reduced budget in the next biennium and we must be fiscally responsible.

The library will continue our print subscription to The Scientist but discontinue electronic access starting in 2011.  Contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, with any questions or comments at

Reminder: ERes course reserves system retires this month

As reported since May, The Libraries will retire the ERes system ( used for electronic course reserves on December 22, 2010.   After December 22, ERes will no longer be available.  Electronic materials uploaded for previous courses must be downloaded before that date.

Starting in 2011, only print materials and books will be accepted for course reserves. All electronic reserves will be handled through Blackboard.  Books and materials on reserve at the libraries will be found through the Library Catalog.

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

Library holiday hours

The Libraries of the University of Texas Health Science Center (Briscoe, Ramirez, Laredo and Downtown) will be following the University Holiday schedule in December. Briscoe Library Hours are as follows:

December 17                                    7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 18-19                              Closed

December 20-23                             7 :00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 24-27                            Closed

December 28-30                            7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 31                                    Closed

January 1-2                                      Closed

Services will be limited on these days.

The Ramirez Library will keep the same closing schedule as Briscoe Library, but hours of operation will be 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Additional information about holiday hours at all the libraries can be found on our website.

Gifts for Children: The Briscoe Library will receive toy donations through December 7

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 is once again be a collection point for toy donations.  Look for our decked-out holiday book cart donation station, located on the main floor of the Briscoe Library near the Information Desk.  Donations will be received through December 7. 

Gift donations are also being accepted at the Ramirez Library in Harlingen. 

A list of recommended toys can be found at

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.