News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

After Shock: Humanities Perspectives on Trauma

The Maine Humanities Council is planning a conference for health care professionals who work with veterans and others who have experienced trauma.  The conference will take place November 12 and 13 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.  Speakers include Tim O’Brien, Viet Nam veteran, National Book Award winner and author of The Things They Carried; and Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD, former Veterans Health Administration psychiatrist and author of Achilles in Vietnam.  Shay is the winner of a MacArthur Genius Grant for his work with veterans. 

The conference is organized as part of  Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care, a   literature and discussion program  for health care professionals that has been held in 25 states and at 14 Veterans Administration Medical Centers.  More information can be found at

Susan Hunnicutt

Special Projects Librarian

NEW! OvidSP interface changes: Personal logins add flexibility and increase workflow options

On or around August 1, 2010, the OvidSP interface that has been available for several months in “Try It Now” mode will become the default interface for Ovid’s suite of databases.  Familiar search features like mapping to MeSH headings and using limits are basically unchanged, but the new interface greatly enhances workflow options.   

On this page and the next, we highlight some features of the new OvidSP interface.  

My Account: customizable personal space within Ovid 

Setting a personal login allows you to take advantage of new “My Workspace” features including My Projects, My Searches and Alerts, and my eTOCS. (Click on image to enlarge for viewing.)


One important addition to OvidSP is the ability to create personal logins through “My Account.”  Setting a personal login allows you to take advantage of new “My Workspace” features, including My Projects, My Searches and Alerts, and my eTOCS.   

Once a search is completed, you can still select the items to be printed, downloaded, emailed.  In addition, these items can now be added to My Projects, a structured storage area that can contain projects and folders to store full text, citations or graphics.  


Using My Projects

When first attempting to access My Projects, an Ovid user who has never created a personal account will be prompted to create an account, while users with accounts will simply log in. (Ovid users who already have a personal account will continue to use that account.)  Citations selected from the search retrieval can be added to an existing project, or a new project can be created.  In the My Workspace area, up to 50MB of storage can hold additional project-related items imported from other resources. 

Save searches and create auto-alerts

Being able to set up timely personal accounts also means that you can take advantage of the “My Searches and Alerts” feature.  With a personal account, you can save search strategies permanently, or you can create AutoAlerts so that you are notified by email when new citations based on your search strategy are added to Medline.  And taking advantage of the My eTOCS feature means that you will be notified whenever a new table of contents is available for your selected journals. 

Watch for additional information when the new interface goes live.  Questions about OvidSP and other library resources can be answered by phone, email, instant message, or in person at the library’s Information Desk. 

 Linda Levy 

Assistant Library Director for Database and Branch Services 

Peg Seger will manage interlibrary loan and outreach services

The Libraries are pleased to welcome Peg Seger as Interlibrary Loan/Outreach Services Librarian in the division of South Texas Regional Information Services. 

In her new position, Peg will manage  interlibrary loan and document delivery services, coordinate the library’s resource library outreach subcontract, and plan library outreach services for San Antonio and the South Texas  region.

Immediately prior to joining the staff of the Briscoe Library, Peg was employed as Reader’s Advisory Librarian for the Tulsa City-County Library in Tulsa, Oklahoma.   She worked as a library technician  at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library from 2006 to 2009. In that position she was responsible for processing all Docline and other medical document requests.

Peg received an MLIS from the University of Oklahoma at Norman in 2008.  She also has degrees in journalism and mass communication, fine arts and education. 

We welcome Peg to the staff of the Briscoe Library!

Paula Maez accepts a public library position in Tucson, Arizona

Paula Maez, who will complete the second year of a National Library of Medicine Fellowship at the Briscoe Library in August, has accepted a position as Adult Services Librarian at the Pima County Public Library in Tucson, Arizona. 

As one of four fellows in the 2008-2009 NLM Fellowship program Paula focused on developing her outreach skills.   She worked with the Southeastern/Atlantic Region of the NLM’s National Network and also with the Specialized Information Services of NLM on exhibiting, as well as teaching NLM resources to local high school students and students from the NIH Youth Initiative.  She also worked with the Bibliographic Services Division developing a suite of Quick Tour learning packages, and with Specialized Information Services, enhancing the circumpolar health topics section for the Arctic Health Web site. 

At the UT Health Science Center Libraries Paula has focused on the library’s outreach program to South Texas students, faculty, staff, and the community.  She has gained experience with multiple areas of  library operations including administration, information and access services, interlibrary loan, collection development, cataloging, and electronic resource management. 

Although we will miss Paula, we know she is very happy to be returning to her home town of Tucson.  Paula has been a valuable member of our staff during her fellowship, and we wish her all the best as she moves westward.

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