News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Cancer Cell Research: The Way of All Flesh

BBC documentary chronicles the story of HeLa cells, features many individuals familiar to readers of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Briscoe Library has acquired a DVD copy of Cancer Cell Research: The Way of All Flesh.  The 1997 BBC documentary, which tells the story of the development of the first “immortal” human cell line, is mentioned frequently in Rebecca Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  The documentary includes film footage of interviews with George Gey, Mary Kubicek, Leonard Hayflick, Roland Patillo, and many other researchers who worked with HeLa Cells during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and also with Henrietta Lacks’ children, family members, and friends.

Purchase of the DVD came with a performance license which allows it to be shown in a variety of educational settings.  For information, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, at

Libraries offer access to new Web-based Netter Presenter

The UT Health Science Center Libraries have access to the new Web-based version of Netter Presenter. This new version does not require the installation of a media player to run the program.

Netter Presenter is a Web-based presentation tool comprised of Netter medical images from Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy and other Netter textbooks. Users can review, print, edit and export images into different presentation programs.  Included in this version are images from the 5th edition of Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy.

Netter Presenter can be accessed through the library’s catalog and from the database section of the UT Health Science Center Libraries Web site. Remote access is available for UT Health Science Center students, faculty, and staff.

Find it here:

The Libraries launch new e-books page

The UT Health Science Center Libraries announce the launch of our new e-book page. Similar to the library’s e-journal page, the new e-book page will showcase many of the e-books the library has access to and may be used for searching exclusively electronic book titles.

Currently the library has access to over 13,000 electronic books, many of which are already available through the library’s catalog.  Initially, the e-books page will feature electronic books from the following collections:

  • Ebrary – medical, nursing, and allied health collection
  • Springer – biomedical and life sciences collection and mathematics/statistics collection

Titles will be added to the e-books page on a continuous basis, so be sure to check back regularly.

The e-books page contains only a subset of all available e-book titles.  For a more complete list of titles search the library catalog.

Visit the new e-books page

Andrea N. Schorr
Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian

A preview of the new e-books page

NCBI Bookshelf: Another source for biomedical books online

The NCBI Bookshelf is a searchable collection of online biomedical textbooks and other literature. In addition to some classic biology and medical textbooks and monographs, it also includes books and databases produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

The NCBI Bookshelf can be accessed at

September library classes

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 the online class schedule.

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 EndNote: Thursday, September 2, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: Thursday, September 16, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Getting the Most out of PubMed: Tuesday, September 21, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: Wednesday, September 29,  2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: Monday, October 4, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: Tuesday, October 12, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: Thursday, October 21, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: Thursday, October 28, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011

The Library’s Emerging Technology Brownbags are back in September!

Medical Apps for Smartphones

Wednesday, September 8th, Noon – 1pm, Howe Conference Room

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Jude Lynch to retire after 25 years of Library service

At the end of September Jude Lynch, Serials Specialist, will retire with more than 25 years of service at the Briscoe Library.  Starting as a Library Assistant I in 1985, Jude has spent most of her time working with journals.  She was primarily responsible for recording receipt of print issues and moved seamlessly to working with electronic journals once they became prolific in the late 1990s.

In her present position as Serials Specialist, Jude has undoubtedly had a hand in almost all of the library’s records pertaining to journals, in print or electronic format.  In recent years, she has worked to assure that catalog records were correct, contacted publishers for resolutions of problems related to accessing electronic journals, and worked diligently to keep our journal subscriptions working for faculty and students.

Jude was instrumental in implementing and populating data in the library’s link resolver, which automates the process of accessing electronic journals through OpenURL linking.  The link resolver allows our library users quick access to e-journal articles from a variety of databases ranging from Ovid, PubMed, Web of Science, and CINAHL, just to name a few.

For most of her career, Jude has worked behind the scenes. However,  her efforts and dedication were recognized on a grand scale when she was awarded a Presidential Employee Excellence in Service Award in 2009.

In her retirement, Jude will enjoy reading, watching movies, and spending more time with friends, her husband, and her dog.  All of Jude’s colleagues in the library will certainly miss her and the dedication to the Health Science Center that she has practiced during her 25 years of service.

John Weed
Head of Collection Resources

Reminder: ERes system to retire in December

As reported in May, the Libraries will retire the ERes system ( used for electronic course reserves at the end of December 2010.  Starting in 2011, only print materials and books will be accepted at The Libraries for course reserves.  All electronic reserves will be handled through Blackboard.

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

Students asked, and we listened: Technology upgrades in the Library

The Briscoe Library building was completed in 1983 when laptops, cell phones, iPods, iPads, and other mobile computing devices were just a gleam in someone’s imagination.  Today, most students and others who enter the library building have a need for electrical power to keep their mobile devices charged up and ready to go.  Students have often requested more electrical outlets in the Briscoe Library building for laptop use.

In 2009 and 2010, the Briscoe Library was upgraded with additional electrical outlets on the main floor Information Commons.  This still left the library lacking in electricity to most study tables on the upper floors.  As an interim measure, in August electrical power strips were added to a number of study tables on the 4th and 5th floors of the library.  In addition, D-rings were added to some study tables so students can easily attach laptop security cables.

Robert Zuniga, Library Technology Assistant, worked diligently to come up with a solution for laptop security and electrical improvements as well as completing the installation.  In addition to these improvements, badly worn study tables with peeling finishes have been laminated in order to restore a smooth finish and better appearance.

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Robert Zuniga installs security anchors to library tables

Anne Comeaux receives scholarship from ARMA SA

Anne Comeaux, Assistant Director for Digital and Special Collections, has received a $500 scholarship from the San Antonio chapter of ARMA International to attend a workshop Understanding Photos: An Intro to Archival Principles & Practice.  The scholarship is offered to members of the San Antonio chapter of ARMA and to students who are interested in continuing education to strengthen their capacity to deal with significant issues in records management or in their job as a records manager.

ARMA International is a not-for-profit professional association and the authority on managing records and information— paper or electronic.  The workshop will provide information on the basics of managing and caring for photographs including appraising and acquiring; reading and researching; identification and handling; preservation, storage and housing; accessioning and arrangement; description and cataloging; copying; and public service and outreach.

Anne Comeaux is the official records manager for the UT Health Science Center.

Coming to the Briscoe Library in October: Harry Potter’s World

Hieronymus Brunschwig, 1494

Harry Potter’s World:  Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine will open in the Briscoe Library on October 11.  The traveling exhibit, produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, and coordinated by the American Library Association, uses materials from the historical collection of the National Library of Medicine to explore Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance traditions.

A series of programs and a local exhibit highlighting the resources of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library have been planned for October and early November.  All events — with the exception of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Annual Dinner –  will be held in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.

For information about the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Library Annual Dinner and Presentation, “Magic and Monsters in the Stacks: How Harry Potter Came to the National Library of Medicine,” and to purchase tickets, contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian:

Opening Reception and Presentation

“Renaissance Science and the Quest for Immortality: Lessons from Albus Dumbledore, Nicolas Flamel, and Isaac Newton”

C. Mackenzie Brown, Ph.D.
Jennie Farris Railey King Professor in Religion, Trinity University

Monday, October 11, 2010 – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Lunchtime Presentation

“Potent Potions and Healing Herbs: Medicinal Practices of the Renaissance”

Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Cellular & Structural Biology, UT Health Science Center

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 – 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday Event for Children Young & Old

“A Little Muggle Magic: The Wisdom of Harry Potter for Families”

Patricia Thompson, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in History, UTSA

Saturday, October 23, 2010 – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Annual Dinner and Presentation

“Magic and Monsters in the Stacks: How Harry Potter Came to the National Library of Medicine”

Stephen J. Greenberg, M.S.L.S., Ph.D.
Coordinator of Public Services History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine

Monday, November 1, 2010 – 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Doubletree Hotel

For Students Attending Science Expo

“Living Dangerously: Doctors Adrift in the Dark Ages”

Richard F. Ludueña, Ph.D.
Distinguished Teaching Professor Department of Biochemistry, UT Health Science Center

Saturday, November 6, 2010 – 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.