News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

October is National Medical Librarians Month— Help us celebrate

Graphic courtesy of the Medical Library Association

October has the distinction of being National Pizza Month, National Pickled Pepper Month, National Spinach Lovers Month, but did you know that October is also National Medical Librarians Month?

Medical librarians are information professionals who support universities, hospitals and other health care organizations in their mission to teach the next generation of health care providers, advance health through research, provide excellence in clinical care, and offer service to communities.  At the UT Health Science Center, librarians teach classes to students on resources for evidence-based practice, manage the Briscoe Library and four branch libraries, handle licensing and access to over 16,000 electronic journals and databases, serve as the official records manager and archives depository for the university, provide service on university committees, design and mount exhibits, and offer information services to our campus communities— in addition to many other duties.

By serving as a Resource Library within the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the service reach of the UT Health Science Center Libraries goes beyond the UTHSC campuses to 32 counties in South Texas served by outreach, educational, and interlibrary loan services provided by UT Health Science Center librarians and library assistants.

Please join us in celebrating National Medical Librarians Month by letting us know in a few words What Your Library and Librarians Mean to YouTake the survey and let us know what medical libraries and librarians mean to you in your daily life.

Do you use journals and databases?  Check-out books?  Study in the library?  Ask librarians for assistance when you can’t find the information you need?

Has one of our librarians helped you with EndNote or Refworks, records management, or a computer issue?

Did we cancel your favorite journal (yes, we want to hear the bad as well as the good)?

Teach a class for your students?  Help with a grant application?  Serve on a committee with you?

Let us hear from you!

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Join us!

To celebrate National Medical Librarians Month, we invite you to be our guests in the Briscoe Library on October 28 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for coffee, tea and breakfast treats.

October 28 is also “Library Snapshot Day,” sponsored by the Texas Library Association.   Please take time to have your photo taken while you are here.

We hope to see you!

One Community/One Book 2010: Calendar of Events

Science Communication Workshop

Human(e) Research– Your responsibilities as a scientist

When:  Tuesday, October 12
3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where: Medical School Room 309L
Reception to follow, hosted by the Graduate Dean

  • Dr. Michael Lichtenstein: History of human subject research: “the ugly, the bad, and the good”
  • Dr. Joseph Schmelz– Director, Institutional Review Board: Human research at the UT Health Science Center: “working together”

8th Annual Frank Bryant, Jr., M.D. Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics

Speaker: Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks
When: Friday, October 15
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Reception and Book Signing: 1:30 PM
Where: Health Science Center Auditorium, 7703 Floyd Curl Dr San Antonio, TX
Lecture telecast live to the RAHC in Harlingen and the Laredo Regional Campus
More information about the lecture

October Book Discussions

When: Friday, October 1
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Location on RSVP
Facilitator: Penelope Borchers
RSVP to: Penelope Borchers,

When: Tuesday, October 5
12noon-1:00 p.m.
Where: Howe Room,
5th floor, Briscoe Library
Facilitator: Rajia Tobia
RSVP to: Rajia Tobia,

When: Wednesday, October 6
12 noon-1:00 p.m.
Where: Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute
Facilitator: Helen Sorenson
RSVP to: Helen Sorenson,

When: Thursday, October 7
12 noon-1:00 p.m.
Where: RAHC, 313A (Faculty Lounge), 3rd floor
UT Pan American Library
Facilitator: Dr. Johnny D. Short

When: Monday, October 11
12 noon-1:30 p.m.
Where: Room 432F
Facilitator: Donald J. Dudley, M.D., Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

When: Monday, October 11
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Where: Anaqua Room (2.03.08), UC Phase II, UTSA (map)
Facilitator: Carley R. Bach
RSVP to: Carley R. Bach,

When: Wednesday, October 13
6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
Where: Ramirez Library, RAHC Library Classroom 1.132
Facilitator: Martin Hechanova
RSVP to: RAHC Library,

Online Book Discussion: Join anytime!
Facilitator: Luke Rosenberger

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Harry Potter’s World: Exhibit opens this month

Stephen J. Greenberg, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine

On July 21, 2007 author J.K. Rowling and her publishers released the last of her record-breaking novels featuring the young wizard Harry Potter.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold 15 million copies in the first twenty-four hours following its release.

Three days earlier, a group of middle-school visitors to the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD were shown an early 17th century treatise with an intriguing connection to J.K. Rowling and her tales. The visitors were fascinated and wanted to know more, so the staff of the History of Medicine Division began combing the collection in search of other historical materials that are conceptually linked to the fictional world created in Rowling’s stories.  This labor eventually produced a lecture series, two Web exhibits, and a traveling exhibit that has been coordinated by the American Library Association.

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine, produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland and coordinated by the American Library Association, will open in the Briscoe Library on October 11.

A complete schedule of events can be found on our website.

C. Mackenzie Brown, Ph.D., Jennie Farris Railey King Professor in Religion at Trinity University, will speak at the exhibit’s opening event on the topic “Renaissance Science and the Quest for Immortality: Lessons from Albus Dumbledore, Nicolas Flamel and Isaac Newton.”  The opening  will take place in the Howe Conference Room, 5th Floor of the Briscoe Library from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Annual Meeting of The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library —  November 1

Stephen J. Greenberg, Ph.D., Coordinator of Public Services for the History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, will tell the story of the Harry Potter exhibit and how it took shape at the National Library of Medicine as the speaker at this year’s meeting of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Society.  The dinner takes place November 1, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough.

We invite  Friends, their guests, and all those interested in the history of medicine to a terrific presentation.

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library
40th Annual Meeting: Dinner and Presentation

“Magic & Monsters in the Stacks: How Harry Potter Came to NLM”
Monday, November 1, 2010 – Doubletree Hotel – 37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough
Cash bar:  6:30 p.m.     Dinner:  7:00 p.m.
RSVP by October 27th to Pennie Borchers:

Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine: Local exhibit showcases the resources of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

“Instead of roots, a small, muddy, and extremely ugly baby popped out of the earth. The leaves were growing right out of his head. He had pale green, mottled skin, and was clearly bawling at the top of his lungs.” – from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling

A new exhibit mounted in the lecture hall foyer was created by Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, as a companion piece to the NLM traveling exhibit, Harry Potter’s World.  The themes are similar – alchemy, medicine, herbology and monsters – but the local display highlights materials found in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  There are images from Vesalius’ anatomical atlas, Paré’s book on teratology, Bartisch’s classic work on ophthalmology, Dürer’s canon of proportions, and many more.  The exhibit will remain on display through early November.

Harvesting mandrake, from Histoire de la Medecine, de la Pharmacie, de l/Art Dentaire et de l'Art Veterinarire

“Like Harry’s professors, many Renaissance thinkers valued the study of the natural world. For example, both the naturalist Konrad Gesner and the surgeon Ambroise Paré argued that knowing more about the living things around them would help them to better understand the way the world worked. Their publications often catalogued the traits and medicinal value of odd creatures, including some featured hundreds of years later in Harry Potter.”  – from exhibit brochure, Harry Potter’s World, Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine, produced by the National Library of Medicine

Library classes for October

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 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, view the 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

  • 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
  • Online Tools to Upgrade Your Research: Technology Brownbag: Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., Library Howe Conference Room
  • 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
  • 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

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

More library classes

Secrets to Success: Library Basics

Do you (or someone your work with) need to review the basics of library research?  Come to the free Library Basics class on October 12, 2010, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in LIB 2.011.

Library Basics is a hands-on class for everyone who wants tips and tricks for effective research, finding books and journals in the library catalog, how to get e-journals, reading references, citations, and much more.  The class also includes a tour and an overview of library services that can help your research.

To register, visit the online schedule. For more information, contact Katie Prentice at

Have you seen the new Library Toolbox?

A new page has been added to the library Web site that features a number of different research tools for accessing journals, databases, and books. Also included are tools for bibliography management, organization, and sharing of research.

To find out more about the new tools, including the LibX Toolbar, Catalog Bookmarklet, Proxy Bookmarklet, UTHSC Link, BibMe, Evernote and Zotero,  register for our Emerging Technology Brown Bag on October 13th:  Online Tools to Upgrade Your Research. We will cover different scenarios of research, and how the research tools page can help streamline and broaden the way that you search, organize, and share your information.

For more information, contact Eric Willman, Systems Librarian:

National Network of Libraries of Medicine offers grant and proposal writing class

October 28th
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Library Classroom 2.011

Grants and Proposal Writing is intended for beginning grant proposal writers. Attendees will gain a general overview of the grant and funding processes, as well as the level of detail required in preparing a successful proposal. Each component of the writing process will be addressed including: documenting the need, identifying the target population, writing measurable objectives, and developing a work plan, evaluation plan and dissemination plan.  Go to and click on Class Calendar to register.

For more information contact Peg Seger, Interlibrary Loan and Outreach Librarian,

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine: Calendar of Events

Illustration of an alchemy workshop, courtesy National Library of Medicine

Opening Reception and Presentation

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

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

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

What do Sir Isaac Newton, Albus Dumbledore, and Professor Severus Snape have in common?  What is the difference between the Philosopher’s Stone, a Horcrux, and a Crucifix? What does J.K. Rowling share with the gospel writer Matthew?  Dr. C. Mackenzie Brown will answer these questions in exploring the relation of religion and natural philosophy in the Renaissance and Enlightenment, and their role in the development of modern science.

Friends Lunchtime Presentation

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

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

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

Would you like to have a recipe for a “good vomit” or learn how to make an effective theriac?  Do you know why Professor Sprout wore earmuffs or how to diagnose melancholy from a urine sample? You will find the answers to these questions in the talk by Dr. Charleen Moore on the medicinal practices of the Renaissance. She will also discuss the humeral basis of disease and describe two of the oldest medicinal botanical gardens in the world at Padua and Oxford.

Saturday Event for Young Readers

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

Patricia Thompson, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in History, University of Texas at San Antonio

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

Having read the entire Potter series eight times over  and gathered insights from a large brood of grandsons, Dr. Thompson is eminently qualified to reflect on the most interesting customs of both the muggle and the magical worlds.

For Students Attending Science Expo

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

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

“Living Dangerously: Doctors Adrift in the Dark Ages”

In the Middle Ages, there were a few good doctors and lots of bad ones, operating in a context of  ignorance.  The practice of medicine was very dangerous for patients—and even for doctors– who met various unpleasant ends when their medicine failed, as it often did.

Keith Cogdill selected for NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

Keith Cogdill, Director of South Texas Regional Information Services at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Libraries, has been selected to be a member of the 2010-2011 class of the National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program. Dr. Cogdill has been paired with a mentor, Cynthia L. Henderson, Executive Director of the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library at Howard University.  In the coming year he, along with four other fellows, will have the opportunity to develop his knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment.   The purpose of the fellowship program is to prepare emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries.

Libraries partner with School of Nursing, others, in diabetes study

Dr. Adelita Cantu of the UT Health Science Center School of Nursing and colleagues from UTSA, the Texas Diabetes Institute, and The Libraries recently received funding from the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science for a one-year pilot project on diabetes education. The purpose of the partnership is to learn more about how Mexican Americans with diabetes or at risk for diabetes use health information to make daily decisions about self care.

Investigators hope to determine whether participation in Salsa Caliente, a specially tailored curriculum, and enhanced education about accessing health information on the Internet will make a difference in diabetes awareness, management, and knowledge versus participation in Salsa Caliente alone.

Half of the participants in this project will receive a laptop computer to use at home and will be trained to use MedlinePlus, Healthy Texas and other reliable Internet sites. The other half of the participants will receive general education and will not have immediate access to a computer.   The project will end on April 30, 2011.

Farewell to Gary Goodson

Gary Goodson

The staff of The Libraries wish Gary Goodson, Outreach Library Assistant in the Briscoe Library, all the best as he and his wife Robin prepare to move to Atlanta. Gary’s last day in the library was Thursday, September 23.

Gary has made many significant contributions to the library’s outreach programs. Thanks to his efforts, the Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) website has been revamped, and we now have online evaluation instruments for our outreach activities. Gary has also prepared  monthly newsletters for all CLHIN participants. He represented The Libraries at several health fairs, and  provided valuable program support at the evidence-based practice summer institute in July. He has also done a masterful job coordinating the renewal of our contracts with CLHIN institutions.

Once settled in Atlanta, Gary will continue his online studies in the Master’s of Library Science program at the University of North Texas, while his wife completes a fellowship in public health at the Centers for Disease Control.  We wish them all the best!