News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Safeguarding the library’s collection: Security exit procedure

Library staff are charged to safeguard the library collections.  The Briscoe Library exit gate is designed to detect the removal of library materials.  An alarm will sound if any library item passes through the gate.  To avoid the alarm sounding, materials should be passed to Circulation Desk staff prior to walking through the exit gate.  Circulation staff will then return the materials after checking the items’ borrowed status. 

If the alarm sounds, you will be stopped by Circulation staff and asked to check for library materials in your possession.  This ensures that items are properly checked out.  We hope that this will reduce the number of overdue and missing books. 

Library staff wants to be sure that materials are available for the widest possible use.  Thank you for assisting us in preserving our library collection.  If you have any suggestions or concerns regarding this procedure, please contact Chris Gaspard at or (210) 567-2429.

Library on the go: Mobile AccessMedicine

Another mobile-optimized database has been added to the Libraries’ mobile website: Mobile AccessMedicine. Resources available through Mobile AccessMedicine include:

  • Harrison’s Online (Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine)
  • Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Current Practice Guidelines in Primary Care
  • Diagnosaurus

To use Mobile AccessMedicine, first set up an AccessMedicine Personal Profile; Health Science Center students, faculty and staff can use this link to do so.  Once an account has been created, simply go to on your mobile device and log in with your Personal Profile username and password.

Be sure to check out the other handy resources on the Libraries’ mobile Web site, under the “Mobile Databases” link.

Luke Rosenberger
Director of Library Technology and Historical Collections

Lauren Beavin is the newest intern at the Briscoe Library

Lauren Beavin has joined the staff of the Briscoe Library as an intern in the Public Services Division.  During her time here, Lauren will have an opportunity to observe the workings of a large academic health sciences library.   She will gain experience with library users at the Information and Circulation Desks, meet with staff from every division, learn what they do and how their responsibilities are related to those of other staff and to the Libraries’ mission. She will also steer development of an exhibit in observance of Earth Day, April 22.

Lauren’s internship completes one of the requirements for graduation in May 2011 with a Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman’s University School of Library and Information Science.

The beta version of RefWorks 2.0 is now available

Refworks 2.0 screenshot

RefWorks, the popular bibliographic management tool, has launched the beta version of its new RefWorks 2.0 interface.  The core functions of RefWorks— storing references in an online repository, creating bibliographies, and information sharing and collaboration— are all enhanced through the improved interface.

RefWorks users who are comfortable with the current version should have little trouble adapting to the new  version, which makes use of icons, tabs, and a “Quick List” for easy navigation.  Editing references by browsing your computer and adding attachments like links to PDF articles or a JPG are even easier than before.

Sometime this spring, RefWorks 2.0 will become the default interface for Health Science Center RefWorks users; however, the classic version will continue to be available.  All references stored in current accounts will be accessible through the new interface, so current users will not lose any information.

If you want to test drive the new interface before it becomes the default for our site, you will need to create a new test account here. Remember that this account is not linked to your classic RefWorks account through UT Health Science Center  at this time.

Linda Levy
Assistant Director for Branch Libraries and Database Services

National Library Week

Get Involved – You @ The Libraries

Share a photo of how you use the library!

Snap a picture of you and your activities in any UT Health Science Center Library location, share it on Facebook by April 16, and tag us ‘@The Libraries of UT Health Science Center San Antonio’ in the picture.  Visit the The Libraries on Facebook for complete details!

If you aren’t on Facebook and want to participate, email your picture to and we’ll put it online.

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

Other New Books

Antibiotics : the perfect storm / David M. Shlaes. Dordrecht. QV 350 S558a 2010

The successful match : 200 rules to succeed in the residency match / Rajani Katta, Samir P. Desai. W 20 K19s 2009

Andrea N. Schorr
Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian

News from the Libraries – March 2011

March 2011

In the news this month:

Books from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library now viewable on The Portal to Texas History

Upcoming Webinar: Copyright at Work

Dana Whitmire receives professional development award

Spring Lecture series focuses on infectious disease discovery and epidemiology

Featured Resource: Images from the History of Medicine

Pew Internet and American Life Project releases Health Topics report

Library Classes for March and April

Featured Resource: Journal Citation Reports

New Skill Kit from the National Library of Medicine: Searching for phrases in PubMed

A printable pdf of the newsletter is also available.

Image: Major Henry Franklin Hoyt, the author of an autobiography, A Frontier Doctor, published in 1929.

Books from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library now viewable online at The Portal to Texas History

From Queer, Quaint Old San Antonio: Its Climate in Throat and Lung Diseases (1895): Views of San Pedro Springs and San Pedro Park.

A dozen books on Texas and medical history from the collection of the P.I .Nixon Medical Historical Library are now available as ebooks through the Portal to Texas History, an Internet gateway created and maintained by the University of North Texas.  In 2008, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) identified the Portal to Texas History as one of the best online resources for education in the humanities.  The Libraries’ contributions to the Portal to Texas History were made possible by a “Rescuing Texas History” mini-grant awarded to Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Special Collections. The books include:

Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscenses (1913) by Dr. Rudolph Menger, complete with many of Menger’s own photographs and photo-micrographs of native animal and insect life

San Antonio de Bexar: A Guide and History (1890) by William Corner, including a historical sketch of the city written by Sidney Lanier

An Account of the Early History of Surgery in Texas (1932) by Albert O. Singleton, originally presented as a presidential address to the Texas Surgical Society

Queer, Quaint Old San Antonio: Its Climate in Throat and Lung Diseases (1895) by C. E. Fisher, an illustrated “medical tourism” guide extolling the virtues of San Antonio’s climate, lifestyle and amusements for respiratory disease sufferers

A Frontier Doctor (1929), an autobiography by Henry Franklin Holt, a pioneer who was the first physician to practice medicine in the Texas Panhandle

A Treatise on the Eclectic Southern Practice of Medicine (1854) by J. Cam. Massie, a 720-page reference text on the theory and practice of medicine

Texas Surgeon, An Autobiography (1958) by Donald Taylor Atkinson, who practiced medicine in rural Texas and the Oklahoma Indian country before moving to Dallas and San Antonio

The Menace: An Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor (1914) by Charles Dixon, about the work of ridding Bexar County of quacks and nostrum exploiters

Notes on the Newer Remedies (2nd edition, 1894) by David Cerna, a pharmacological reference text including physical characteristics, therapeutic applications and dosages for various synthetic and natural drugs

Luke Rosenberger
Director of Library Technology and Historical Collections