News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Dana Whitmire receives professional development award from North American Serials Group

Dana Whitmire, Electronic Resources/Serials Librarian, has been awarded a Horizon Award to attend the 2011 North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) meeting to be held in St. Louis, MO, June 2-5, 2011.  NASIG is an independent organization that promotes communication, information, and continuing education about serials and the broader issues of scholarly communication.

The Horizon Award is given to promising new serials professionals.  It covers the cost of conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America.  Recipients of the award are also invited to serve on a NASIG committee.

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library: Spring lecture series focuses on infectious disease discovery and epidemiology

U.S. Public Health Service Poster- Syphilis

U.S. Public Health Service poster: Images from the History of Medicine database, National Library of Medicine

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and the Briscoe Library launched a spring lecture series in February featuring Dr. Gregory Anstead of the School of Medicine speaking on the topic, Beyond Bugs and Drugs: Infectious Disease Discovery and Epidemiology.  The second installment in the series, focusing on Syphilis, will take place at noon on Thursday, March 24 in the Howe Conference Room, on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.

Dr. Anstead, whose interests include clinical trials of new antiretroviral and antifungal drugs and the historical epidemiology of infectious diseases, is director of the Immuno- suppression and Infectious Diseases clinics of the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System.

As always, the event is free and open to everyone.  Please bring your lunch and join us!

The series will continue in April and May with talks on Hantavirus (April 28) and HIV in America (May 26).

For more information about the spring lecture series, contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, at

Report finds that searches for health information continue to rank high among Internet users

According to Health Topics, a report released in February by the Pew Research Center and the California Healthcare Foundation, eight in ten Internet users, or 59% of the U.S. population, search for health information online.  Searches for health information are the third most popular online activity, behind checking email and using search engines.   The report was based on telephone interviews conducted between August 9 and September 13, 2010.

Among possible health-related searches, the most frequent (by 66% of respondents) was for information about a specific disease or condition.  Searches of this type have occupied the top spot since 2002, ahead of searches for information about specific medical treatments or procedures, information about physicians and other health professionals, and information about health care facilities.

The Health Topics report is part of the Pew Internet and American Life Project.  The full text of the report can be found online.

Chart: The % of internet users who have looked online for information about...

Library classes for March and April

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.

San Antonio – Briscoe Library

  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: March 3, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, LIB 4.074 – Collaboratory
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: March 8, 2011, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: March 8, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Picture This: Online Photo-Sharing – Technology Brownbag: March 9, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room
  • Introduction to PubMed: March 15, 2011, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Webinar: Copyright at Work: March 22, 2011, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, LIB 4.074 – Collaboratory
  • Introduction to RefWorks: March 25, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: April 6, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:30 am, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: April 20, 2011, 10:00 am – 11:00 am, LIB 2.011
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: April 21, 2011, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: April 22, 2011, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, LIB 2.011

Harlingen and Edinburg – Ramirez Library and Edinburg RAHC

  • PubMed Advanced: March 1, 2011, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Edinburg – RAHC Building room 1.202
  • Managing PubMed Search Results: March 10, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, Ramirez Library, Harlingen room 1.132
  • Customizing PubMed with MyNCBI: April 5, 2011, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Edinburg – RAHC Building room 1.202
  • Customizing PubMed with MyNCBI: April 7, 2011, 12 noon – 1:00 pm, Ramirez Library, Harlingen room 1.132

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Featured resource: Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is a tool for evaluating the influence of journals by comparing them to other journals in the same field, to identify those that are the most frequently cited and that have the highest impact factors.  Citation and article counts can be important indicators of how frequently current researchers are using individual journals.

The JCR database covers over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals in the fields of science, technology and social sciences.

UT Health Science Center students, faculty and staff can access Journal Citation Reports from the Database page of The Libraries’ website, or at

Spring Lecture Series Opening: Influenza: Past, Present, and Future

Opening Lecture in New Spring Series on Infectious Diseases

Preventive treatment against influenza - American Red Cross - Love Field, Texas - 11/6/18 National Museum of Health and Medicine Washington, D.C.

Influenza:  Past, Present, and Future

Gregory Anstead, MD, PhD

Thursday, February 24 – 12:00 noon

Howe Conference Room – Briscoe Library – 5th Floor

The word ‘influenza’ can trigger thoughts of something only slightly worse than a cold, a killer of the elderly and infirm, or even the potential cause of global cataclysm.  In his presentation on February 24, Dr. Anstead will recount flu pandemics that have occurred in the 20th and 21st centuries, the advances in flu diagnostics, vaccinology, and treatment, and the continuing challenges that this disease poses for the human race.

Gregory Anstead, MD, PhD, is associate professor in the Division of infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, UTHSCSA and director of the Immuno-suppression and Infectious Diseases Clinics of the South Texas, Veterans Healthcare System.

His interests include clinical trials of new antiretroviral and antifungal drugs, the historical epidemiology of infectious diseases, zoonotic and vector-borne infections, and nutritional effects on immune function.

Please bring your lunch and join us.  Everyone is welcome!  For more information, contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian,

Full Lecture Series

  • Feb 24                   Influenza
  • Mar 24                  Syphilis
  • Apr 28                   Hantavirus
  • May 26                 HIV in America

News from the Libraries – February 2011

February 2011

In the news this month:

The University Archives, which contain photos and papers documenting the history of The UT Health Science Center and area health care efforts, recently received two significant gifts in support of preservation efforts. Shown here: A 1903 photo of an ambulance at the entrance to Physicians and Surgeons Hospital in San Antonio is one of many historic photos housed in the collection.

Major gift will enhance archives program

Special Collections receives preservation assistance from the National Endowment for Humanities

A message from Dr. Robert V. Blystone, Ph.D, incoming president of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

A report on the impact of proposed state budget for public and academic libraries

Library Classes for February and March

Library suspends book purchases / book inventory underway

New looks for the websites of the NLM and the DHHS

Aging Across America: A photo exhibit at the Briscoe Library

CLHIN partners with San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

A printable pdf of the newsletter is also available.

Major gift will enhance archives program

A generous gift from Virginia Bowden, PhD, Library Director emeritus and Charles

Virginia Bowden, PhD, and Charles Bowden, MD recently made a gift in support of the University Archives and other special collections.

Bowden, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry and pharmacology, will enhance the development of the UT Health Science Center University Archives. As a repository for the preservation of historically important university records, the archives house university publications, correspondence of key UT Health Science Center officials, minutes of meetings, and student yearbooks. The archives also include photographs and papers of many early San Antonio physicians.

In the past the archives have been used to research the history of the UT Health Science Center for publications and exhibit materials, genealogy searches, photographs, resources for classes in the history of medicine and anatomical drawing and for many other purposes. Current archives projects include development of a digital collection of important materials in the archives, processing of photographs and negatives received from Academic Technology Services and the Ruth Stewart nursing archives scrapbooks, and the creation of finding aids available via the Internet for manuscript collections of prominent San Antonio physicians. Photographs and personal papers of Dr. Mario E. Ramirez, donated to the Ramirez Library at the RAHC in Harlingen, are being processed and digitized to tell the story of Dr. Ramirez’s career as a physician in the Rio Grande Valley. Of particular note is Dr. Ramirez’s collection of photos taken during the devastation wrought by Hurricane Beulah in 1967. These are only some of the projects in progress through the University Archives.

In addition to the Bowdens’ gift, The Libraries were recently awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities to improve the library’s preservation practices. See the related article on page 3.

The archives are managed by Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Digital and Special Collections. Ms. Comeaux also serves as the UT Health Science Center’s Records Management Officer and frequently consults with departments on the types of records that must be retained, including archival records.

The Bowdens’ commitment to enhancing the Health Science Center’s library will ensure that the archives continue to provide important materials for historical research into the future.

For additional information about the archives, including guidelines for submitting documents and other materials, contact Anne Comeaux at 210-567-2428 or via email at

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries