News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Library mobile databases: everywhere you are

Do you need to do a quick literature search, but don’t have a computer with you?

Do you want to be able to look up information, but can’t find the right app in the app store?

Do you want to provide information to your patients quickly and through their smartphone?

Did you know that the library has access to mobile databases that are optimized for your smartphone or mobile device?

The Libraries’ mobile databases are located at on your smart phone, or at if you would like to browse the mobile databases from your computer.

Users who are not using campus wireless will be asked to login; this will allow full-text article searching straight from your phone.

Mobile databases currently offered include: MedlinePlus Mobile, PubMed for Handhelds, Academic Search Complete, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, ERIC, MEDLINE, Mobile AccessMedicine, and Stat!Ref.

MedlinePlus Mobile provides materials available to and designed for all patients and caregivers, while Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, ERIC, Mobile AccessMedicine, and Stat!Ref provide full-text articles and reference material to Health Science Center faculty, staff and students using their library or university login.

Luke Rosenberger
Director of Library Technology and Historical Collections

Kelley Minars
Web Services Librarian

Eric Willman
Systems Librarian

Micromedex has a new look: Instructions now available

Micromedex is an online reference resource for information about drugs, toxicology, diseases, acute care, and alternative medicine for informed clinical diagnosis and treatment decisions. As of June 1, Micromedex is only available in a new version 2.0 design. Instruction in how to use Micromedex is available online here. Additionally, the library’s Information Services staff are available to provide instruction in how to use Micromedex effectively. Contact A mobile version of Micromedex version 2.0 is available for iPhones, iPads, Blackberries, Androids, Palm OS, and Pocket PC. The mobile version is available from the Micromedex home page.

June and July library classes

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 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.

June Classes, San Antonio – Briscoe Library

  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: June 7, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: June 16, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: June 16, 2011, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: June 17, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., LIB 2.011

July Classes, San Antonio – Briscoe Library

  • Introduction to PubMed: July 6, 2011, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: July 14, 2011, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., LIB 2.011

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

PrISM (Professional Interest in Social Media) Group

Next meetup: Wednesday June 22, 2pm-3:30pm

Classroom 2.040 under Lecture Halls

Details & RSVP:

Historical exhibit documents the resourcefulness of health professionals and volunteers in the aftermath of Hurricane Beulah

Hurricane Beulah is still recognized as one of the most significant storms to make landfall in Texas.  On September 21, 1967 the storm moved into the mouth of the Rio Grande and inundated South Texas with heavy rainfall.  The memories of the hurricane and its aftermath were still fresh in the minds of many who attended the May 6th opening of a photography exhibit which chronicles the response of health professionals and local volunteers to refugees displaced by flooding in Starr County.

Hurricane Beulah caused extensive flooding on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.  To escape the rising floodwaters, over 14,000 refugees from Camargo, Tamaulipas crossed the border into the small town of Roma, Texas.  The refugees were in desperate need of food, shelter, and medical care.  It was in Roma that Dr. Mario E. Ramirez, the only physician in town and Starr County’s Public Health Service Director, rose to action in the face of a crisis.  For several weeks, Dr. Ramirez along with volunteers from the local community, UT Medical Branch in Galveston, Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio as well as the U.S. Army worked to help the hurricane victims.

In 2007 the Library at the UT Health Science Center Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen was named for Dr. Mario E. Ramirez. The Ramirez Library subsequently received materials from Dr. Ramirez’ personal archive and library, a rich collection of photographs, letters, and documents. Many of the materials donated by Dr. Ramirez are related to Hurricane Beulah, including 139 photographs and 185 pages of letters, newspaper clippings, and personal journal entries.  The photographs were taken by George Tuley, a Rio Grande City teacher, who would later go on to a 39-year career as a photojournalist at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

The photographs portray the use of makeshift medical equipment in the absence of IV poles, incubators, and oxygen tents.  The photographs also document the transformation of a high school into a packaged disaster hospital where blackboards were used to record patient information including diagnoses and treatments.

In 2009 the Ramirez Library received a Library Technology Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) to support the digitization, cataloging, and uploading of the Hurricane Beulah photographs to the UT Health Science Center Libraries Digital Archive as well as the creation of a traveling exhibit.  The full collection of Hurricane Beulah photographs from the Ramirez Collection can be viewed online at  The photography exhibit will remain on display at the Ramirez Library, and a traveling version of the exhibit will be made available to local schools, libraries and museums.  For more information, please contact Graciela Reyna, Assistant Director, Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at (956) 365-8850 or

Kathleen Carter
Ramirez Library Librarian

Librarians contribute to new reference book

Jayson Felty, Rajia Tobia, Katie Prentice and Jonquil Feldman all contributed to The Medical Library Association’s Master Guide to Authoritative Information Resources in the Health Sciences.

Four San Antonio health sciences librarians contributed to a new reference book – The Medical Library Association’s Master Guide to Authoritative Information Resources in the Health Sciences.  Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries at the UT Health Science Center, is one of three associate editors.  Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library Services; Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services; and Jayson Felty, Information Services Librarian at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute; all contributed to the General Reference section of the book which includes bibliographic, indexing, abstracting, terminology, statistical, directory, biographical, and grant resources.

The MLA Guide describes 2,011 authoritative books, journals, databases, and Internet resources in the health sciences literature including the clinical specialties, subspecialties, basic sciences, and emerging disciplines.  The book is not intended to be a comprehensive bibliography, rather the 108 contributors were limited to selecting a maximum of the ten best books, journals and other resources in their discipline.

The recently released book was edited by Laurie Thompson, Assistant Vice President for Library Services at the UT Southwestern Library.  Mori Lou Higa, Manager, Collection Development at UT Southwestern, and Esther Carrigan, Associate Dean and Director of the Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library, were also associate editors.

MedlinePlus 2010 user survey results

Recently, the National Library of Medicine announced the results of the 2010 MedlinePlus user survey, providing a snapshot of representative MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español users,  their demographics, their reasons for visiting the site, and how they use the health information provided by MedlinePlus.

Results of the MedlinePlus survey can be viewed here.

Results for MedlinePlus Español can be viewed here.

Katie Prentice completes Academy of Health Information Professionals membership requirements

Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services in the Briscoe Library, has been approved by the Medical Library Association for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) at the Senior level.  The Academy of Health Information Professionals is MLA’s peer-reviewed professional development program that recognizes achievements in continuing education, teaching, publishing, research and other contributions to the profession.  The AHIP credential denotes the highest standards of professional competency and achievement in the field of health care information and must be renewed every five years.  Someone who has the AHIP credential must participate in continuing education courses and other professional development activities to maintain the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully support the institution’s mission and goals.

Katie worked for five years to achieve the AHIP credential.  Please join me in congratulating her on this important distinction!

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Andrea Schorr joins YBP Medical Library Advisory Group

Andrea Schorr, Cataloging and Acquisitions Librarian in the Briscoe Library, is among a select group of medical librarians who have been invited to serve a one year term on the newly formed YBP Medical Library Advisory Group.

YBP (Yankee Book Peddler) is a respected library vendor that focuses primarily on books for the health sciences.  This advisory group will offer feedback and suggestions for how YBP can best meet the evolving needs of medical libraries.  Expected topics to cover include eBooks in medical libraries, streamlining workflows, and patron-driven acquisitions.

John Weed
Head of Collection Resources

New books at the Briscoe Library

Evidence-based teaching in nursing : a foundation for educators

Sharon Cannon, Carol Boswell
Sudbury, Mass. : Jones & Bartlett Learning, c2012.
WY 105 C226e 2012

Leadership roles and management functions in nursing : theory and application, 7th ed.

Bessie L. Marquis, Carol J. Huston
Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2012.
WY 105 M357L 2012

Medical terminology : a word-building approach

Jane Rice
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Education, c2012.
W 15 R496m 2012

Carranza’s clinical periodontology, 11th ed.

[edited by] Michael G. Newman, Henry H. Takei, Perry R. Klokkevold ; editor emeritus, Fermin A. Carranza
St. Louis, Mo. : Saunders Elsevier, c2012.
WU 240 C641 2012