News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

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:

Gifts for Children: The Briscoe Library will receive toy donations beginning in mid-November

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 will once again be a collection point for toy donations.  Look for our decked-out holiday book cart donation station, coming soon to the third floor of the Briscoe Library, near the Administration Offices.  Donations will be received until December 8.  A list of recommended toys can be found at

Google Collaboration Tools: Technology Brownbag Session

Wednesday, November 10Google Docs

12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library

Join us for a brown bag session to learn how Google Docs, featuring free online document development including Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations and Forms, can work for you.  Key features of Google Docs include file upload from your desktop, the ability to edit and view your docs from any computer or smart phone and real-time on-the-fly collaboration.

Bring your lunch and join your colleagues at Google Collaboration Tools.

For more information, contact Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services, at

The Graduate Dean’s office will host a second science communication workshop in November

Speaking to the public, the media and legislators about science:

“Can you hear us now?”

Thursday, November 11, 2010

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Room AAB 114/116/118

Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte
“Talking science to legislators: When, where and how?”

Dr. Thomas Baldwin, Dean, University of California Riverside
“Talking science to non-scientists: The role of universities”

Mr. Benjamin Corb, Public Affairs, ASBMB
“Talking science: How your professional society can help you”

Dr. Carmen Rios, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
“Talking science: Students and postdocs can do it too!”

with Dr. Bettie Sue Masters, panel moderator

The Graduate Dean will host a reception immediately following the presentation.  For more information, contact Dr. Ellen Kraig,

NLM marks the 50th anniversary of MeSH

On November 18 the National Library of Medicine® (NLM®) marks the 50th anniversary of MeSH with a talk by Robert Braude, PhD. The talk entitled “MeSH at 50 – 50th Anniversary of Medical Subject Headings” will be videocast with captioning at

The videocast is scheduled from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  It can be viewed in the Briscoe Library Collaboratory– Room 4.074.

Library classes for November and December

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 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 library 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

  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session:   Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., LIB 4.074 – Collaboratory
  • Google Collaboration Tools: Technology Brownbag: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., Library Howe Conference Room
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: Wednesday, November 10, 1:30 p.m.  – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: Tuesday, November 16, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: Thursday, November 18, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Getting the Most out of PubMed: Thursday, November 29, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: Monday, December 6, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Tech the Halls: 30 Holiday Tips and Tools – Technology Brownbag: Wednesday, December 8, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., Library Howe Conference Room
  • Library Basics:  Thursday, December 9, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: Thursday, December 9, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: Monday, December 13, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services

Biomedical Publishing 101: Briscoe Library will host webinar on developments in academic publishing

If you are involved in any part of the academic publishing cycle, please consider joining us for this event:

December 7, 2010

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Briscoe Library Collaboratory (4.074)

This 90-minute webinar will provide an opportunity to learn about the publishing cycle of biomedical journals, both in print and online.  The complexities of publishing in a world of rapidly changing delivery formats and devices will be explored, including the publishing challenges and opportunities posed by each.

Presenters include John Tagler of the Association of American Publishers, Inc.  The session will be moderated by Jean Shipman, director of both the University of Utah’s Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region.

Key topics to be covered include:

  • The Current Biomedical Publishing Landscape
  • The Publishing Process
  • Publication Ethics
  • Production & Delivery
  • Practical Considerations
  • The Road Ahead

Participants will gain knowledge of the various roles and responsibilities of different players in the scientific publishing chain and of the international aspects of bioscience communication.  All participants will have a chance to engage in discussions with the presenters.

The Biomedical Publishing 101 is a project of the Chicago Collaborative, a joint partnership of librarians, publishers and editors, and is sponsored and hosted by NN/LM MCR, NN/LM SCR, NN/LM PSR and library directors in the Four Corners region of the U.S.

Reminder: Libraries to retire ERes system 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 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