News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

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.

We asked: What does your library mean to you?

Graphic courtesy of the Medical Library Association

Medical libraries around the country celebrated October as National Medical Librarians Month.  On October 28, UT Health Science Center librarians and library staff hosted a breakfast to celebrate this special month and to participate in Texas Library Snapshot Day, an initiative of the Texas Library Association to highlight the importance of Texas libraries.  Persons entering the library were asked to take a snapshot and write some comments about “what your librarians and library mean to you.”

Here are some of the comments we received:

  • A place to study late nights!
  • The librarians here have been so incredibly helpful and friendly – they make my life (and research) less painful.
  • I’ve used the library study rooms often and it’s great.  I’ve also asked the librarians for assistance when searching for articles on databases.  They’ve always been a great help.
  • They are great resource guiders.  The library has helped me throughout the past two semesters.
  • In my current job, I could not accomplish what I have to do without the library and the medical librarians.  The librarians are friendly, know how to help bewildered users, and are able to provide solutions to a variety of questions.  Librarians are good people!
  • Access to professional literature to stay abreast of work in my discipline.
  • They mean a lot.  They tell us how to get stuff around the library and they are nice about it!
  • I think everyone is very helpful and the library hours work well with my school hours for study time.
  • The library has opened a whole new world for me relative to all the different aspects of the services they provide.  No longer do I believe that libraries are just for accessing books and journals.  The expertise available in our library and the personnel regarding databases, searches and events is outstanding.  I have enjoyed their efforts to bring the campus together in their special events.  A wonderful resource!
  • Bondage.  Study time.  Always helpful.

Thank you to everyone who stopped to share a cup of coffee and have their photo taken.  Thank you for taking time to let us know what the library means to you.

Rajia Tobia

Executive Director of Libraries

The 4th Binational Conference for Promotores de Salud draws recognition from the National Library of Medicine

More than 175 individuals attended the 4th Binational Conference for Promotores de Salud.

Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies was the theme of the 4th Binational Conference for Promotores de Salud, held on South Padre Island in October 2009.  The project was recently selected as a featured project of 2010 by the South Central Region of the National Library of Medicine.

More than 175 promotores, or community health workers, from around South Texas attended the conference, which was planned by Greysi Reyna and Kathy Carter of the UT Health Science Center Ramirez Library, in partnership with local community health agencies.

Other projects selected for special recognition include Communication and Education: Equipping the Community to Fight CA-MRSA, a project of the St. Edward Mercy Medical Library in Forth Smith Arkansas; BuildingDynamic Partnerships in Public Health, a project of Tulsa Schusterman Center Library, University of Oklahoma—Tulsa; From Band Aids to Twisters: Enhancing Community and Personal Preparedness, a project of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; and A World of Medical Information  Access from NLM’s MedlinePlus and the  American Indian Health Web Site to the Okmulgee Indian Health Center, a project of The Medical Library, Oklahoma State University Center for the Health Sciences.

Information about each of the featured projects can be found at: