News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries July 2017

The July issue of News from the Libraries is now available. For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.

New 3D Printing Charges as of July 1 to be Retired on August 1

Featured New Books/E-books for July 2017

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New 3D Printing Charges as of July 1


The Library has been able to provide 3D prints free of charge for two years for faculty, staff, and students as a result of a National Network of Libraries of Medicine grant.  Now that the grant-funded filament is running low, the Library will need to implement a fee-based model for 3D printing as of July 1.  PLA, a hard plastic filament, will cost $0.10 per gram while PVA (a dissolvable filament) and Ninjaflex will each cost $0.15 per gram.  All 3D print requests received prior to July 1 will be honored as free of charge. Funds received by the Library for 3D printing will be used to replenish filament.

With the fee-based model, printing should be low-cost and librarians will contact the requestor with an estimated cost prior to printing.  All print requests may be submitted via the 3D Print online form linked through the library’s homepage.

Please contact Kelly Minars, Creative Technologies Librarian, with any questions. to be Retired on August 1



Through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), a number of online health information sites are freely available and seek to improve health literacy by providing reliable, up-to-date health information. Studies have shown that an individual’s health literacy level is a key indicator of an individual’s level of health. To address the health of seniors, was introduced in 2003 and was the only one of its kind. The original developers of the site recognized that older adults often faced a number of challenges with utilizing online information due to underlying cognitive and visual needs.   For this reason, innovative options such as text resizing, color contrast, text-to-voice, “chunked” content, and the use of plain language were incorporated with content targeted specifically toward individuals 60 years and older.

In the current online environment, the same innovative practices have become more commonplace and there has been an explosion of other resources that can be accessed by people of all ages.  Due to this, the decision has been made to retire the NIHSeniorHealth website, however, much of the valuable and updated content will be available through other NIH and NLM sites. As of August 1, 2017, users will be redirected to the Health and Aging section of NIA website.  Other sites that continue to provide evidence-based health information for seniors include the NIHSeniorHealth YouTube Channel, NIA Go4Life, and the premier NLM consumer health site MedlinePlus.

Featured New Books/E-books for July 2017

For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.


Purchase suggestions?
Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact
Andrea N. Schorr, Head of Resource Management.



News from the Libraries June 2017

The June issue of News from the Libraries is now available. For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.

Briscoe Library is Now Open 24/7

Traveling Exhibit: African Americans in Civil War Medicine

Library Staff Present at the Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Meeting

New Signage for the Hub

Briscoe Library Builds a Wall

Featured New Books/E-books for June 2017


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Briscoe Library is Now Open 24/7

As of June 1st, the Briscoe Library is now open 24/7 to UT Health students, faculty, and staff. Entry into the building and all floors of the library are accessible by swiping your ID badge after regular hours.

The new General Public Hours are as follows:
Monday-Thursday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Your UT Health ID badge is your key to the Briscoe Library outside of these hours!

Traveling Exhibit: African Americans in Civil War Medicine

A traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine has been installed at the entrance of the Briscoe Library and will remain on display until July 8. The exhibit is entitled Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine. Many historians have written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons, and hospital workers often has been overlooked. The participation of these men and women in the war effort challenged the prescribed notions of both race and gender, and pushed the boundaries of the role of blacks in America. Learn more about those whose desire to participate in the cause for freedom led them to transcend class, education, and social position in the exhibition Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine.

Library Staff Present at the Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Meeting

Library liaisons Jonquil Feldman, Karen Barton, Chris Gaspard, Emme Lopez, and Circulation Desk supervisor Louis Barcenes created a poster titled “Daring to Reexamine and Reexamine a Reference Service: Is It Needed?,” which was presented at the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) Annual Meeting at the end of May. The poster outlined the reasoning behind the transformation of the library’s AskALibrarian reference service model, which occurred twice within the past year in order to better serve patrons. After the presentation, some MLA participants requested a reference services resource created by the librarians, which was featured in the poster.

In addition to the poster, Jonquil Feldman moderated a Lightning Papers session in which 15 papers were presented on topics ranging from library initiatives to library-community partnerships.

New Signage for The Hub


New signage has gone up in The Hub, directing students to the 3D printer, Multimedia Station, and The Hub itself. Along with this signage, whiteboards and display shelves have been installed on the walls. Keep an eye out for 3D prints and other displays on the new shelves!

All resources in The Hub are available for immediate use, including the 3D printer, BodyViz, an Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset, a large monitor that can be hooked up to a personal laptop for projects or presentations, and a Mac computer in the Multimedia Station complete with Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office, and other editing and design programs.

Come check out our new signage and explore The Hub’s resources at the Briscoe Library.



Briscoe Library Builds a Wall

It all started with a request to the library from Sandra Sanchez-Reilly MD (Clinical Professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine) on behalf of a project in collaboration with community partners (Vitas Hospice, University Health System, GRECC, Audie L. Murphy VA) and UT Health San Antonio. Starting with just one two-sided wall section, librarians and staff began the wall building process utilizing mobile poster boards.

Librarians Chris Gaspard, Christy Tyson, and Kirsten Lorenzen

1st wall section in the library

The wall was designed based on an international interactive public art project entitled Before I Die created by artist Candy Chang. Materials were provided by project partners facilitated by Jennifer LaCoss MD ( Assistant Professor of Medicine UT Health Palliative Medicine) and Rachel Vandermeer MD (Assistant Professor Pediatrics – Ambulatory Care) pictured below.

Rachel Vandermeer MD and Jennifer LaCoss MD

I want to…Be a Grandma!

From May 8 to 16, the wall eventually grew to 6 sections, 12 sides, as over 300 people contributed their personal responses to the statement, Before I die, I want to… Later in conjunction with a showing of the FRONTLINE documentary Being Mortal featuring author Atul Gwande, the wall was moved to the Lecture hall commons area just outside of the Pestana Lecture Hall.

Wall in Lecture Commons area

Sandra Sanchez-Reilly MD