News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

New E-book Collections

The UT Health Science Center Libraries now have access to four new e-book collections.

ACS
The American Chemical Society e-book collection
Includes access to ACS Symposium Series 1974-2011 and Advances in Chemistry 1950-1998
Purchased through the University of Texas System using Academic Library Collection Enhancement funding.
Access: database page and library catalog

IOP
Institute of Physics e-book collection
Includes access to titles between 2013-2015.
Purchased through the University of Texas System using Academic Library Collection Enhancement funding.
Access: database page and library catalog

ASM
American Society for Microbiology e-book collection
Includes access to titles between 1993-2015
Purchased through the University of Texas System using Academic Library Collection Enhancement funding.
Access: database page and library catalog

cp
Current Protocols in Molecular Biology e-book collection
Includes access from 1987 to the present.
Access: database page and library catalog

One Community One Book: Find a Discussion Group

Cover Photograph of God's Hotel by Victoria Sweet

The Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Libraries of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio have chosen God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD as a 2016 One Community One Book selection. Dr. Sweet will present The Ewing Halsell Distinguished Lecture in the Holly Auditorium on the Long Campus of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio on the evening of Thursday, March 17, 2016. A reception will be held at 5:30 pm with the author’s presentation at 6:00 pm and a book signing to follow at 7:00 pm.

Conversation is the heart of One Community One Book. Book discussions will be held throughout February and March, leading up to Dr. Victoria Sweet’s visit to campus. To find a book discussion group or to register your discussion group, visit the One Community One Book 2016: Join the Conversation site.

The Library is also partnering with the Garden & Health Interest Group and the Discussions in Medical Ethics Group to host a book discussion in the Healing Garden on March 1 at 5:30 pm. More information is available here.

For more information on One Community One Book, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

Featured New Books/E-books February 2016

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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, Metadata & Collection Management Librarian.

 

 

News From the Libraries – January 2016

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

Farewell From Rajia TobiaRajiaMLANews

Patrick Lemelle Retires

Group Study Room Policies

Open Call for Art

One Community/One Book 2016 Selection

History of Medicine Trivia Contest

Medical Instruments Exhibit

Physicians from Mexico Visit Briscoe Library

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Farewell from the Executive Director of Libraries

As previously announced in the November library newsletter, I will be retiring on January 8 after 35 years of service to the Health Science Center.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my career as a health sciences librarian and have been fortunateRajiaMLANews to spend most of my professional career at the Health Science Center.  Even in the days of digital collections and Google, librarians and libraries continue to be important to an informed community and to the advancement of knowledge.  I know the dedicated librarians and library staff at the Health Science Center will continue to provide innovative services, resources, and facilities for our students, faculty, staff, and the citizenry of South Texas.  My best to all of you as I embark on the next chapter in my life!

Patrick Lemelle, Library Outreach Assistant, Retires

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Patrick Lemelle, Library Outreach Assistant, will be retiring on January 31, 2016. For the past four years Patrick has been an integral part of the UT Health Science Center Library outreach services. Through outreach to a 33-county area in South Texas, library outreach services seek to improve access to health information in South Texas communities. Services include training in effective literature retrieval, literature searches, article delivery, outreach to consumers and community-based organizations, and circuit librarian services to hospitals, clinics and other organizations. Patrick has made many significant contributions to the library’s outreach programs. Thanks to his efforts, the Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) has provided valued and timely services to client institutions. Patrick has also prepared  monthly newsletters for all CLHIN participants and has tirelessly coordinated the renewal of CLHIN contracts. He has represented the Libraries at numerous health fairs and professional conferences, and  provided dedicated program support. An accomplished musician, Patrick provided the lyrics and music for a library video produced in 2012 on the value of community outreach collaboration and partnerships.  Patrick has worked within the University of Texas System libraries in San Antonio for a total of 23 years. Patrick’s engaging manner and dedication to area health consumers will be missed. All of our best wishes go to Patrick and his wife Olivia for a wonderful retirement!

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Patrick provides information to aspiring health science students, May 2015

One Community One Book 2016 Selection: God’s Hotel

“Others have written about the relationship between time and medical care with similar eloquence and urgency, but the centuries of perspective that Dr. Sweet brings infuse the point with unforgettable clarity. Sick people need time, she demonstrates repeatedly, and their doctors do, too.”                                                                                                                                                                                                             –A Hospital That Gave Its Patients Time to Heal

Cover Photograph of God's Hotel by Victoria Sweet

The Briscoe Library in collaboration with the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics has chosen God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine as a 2016 One Community/One Book selection. The book’s author Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD will present the Ewing Halsell Distinguished Lecture on the evening of March 17, 2016 in the Holly Auditorium. A reception will be held at 5:30 pm with the author’s presentation at 6:00 pm and a book signing to follow at 7:00 pm.

Dr. Sweet is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Following her BS in Mathematics from Stanford University and her MD from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Dr. Sweet earned an MA and a PhD in the History of the Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco. Her research focuses on the 12th-century German abbess, composer, theologian, visionary, and medical practitioner Hildegard von Bingen.

In God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, the author weaves stories of her experiences caring for patients at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, the last almshouse in the country, with her studies of medieval medicine. In the process, Dr. Sweet comes to appreciate the importance of slow medicine and the efficiency of inefficiency.

The Briscoe Library will hold a kick-off event and workshop on February 2, 2016 at 12 Noon in the Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library 5th floor, to support book discussion group leaders and to encourage conversation. This event is open to faculty, staff, and students of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, as well as members of the broader community, who are interested in planning a book discussion opportunity. Register Here. Book discussions will then be held throughout February and March, leading up to Dr. Sweet’s visit to campus on March 17, 2016.

For more information, please visit the One Community/One Book 2016: God’s Hotel website or contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

3rd Annual History of Medicine Trivia Contest – January 20

triviaJoin the History of Medicine Society for the 3rd Annual History of Medicine Trivia Contest on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library. Jack Flores, MS III, will challenge contestants on their knowledge of the history of the health sciences and medical pop culture. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team!

Membership in the History of Medicine Society is free, and meetings are open to the public. Light refreshments will be served!

For more information on the History of Medicine Society, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

Medical Instruments Exhibit

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Ever wonder what types of instruments were used to treat ailments during the early ages of medicine? Check out the new library exhibit Tools of the Trade and find out. The exhibit features antique medical instruments from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. In this collection you will find items such as a scarificator and cupping device. Both were used during the 19th century in a process called bloodletting, which treated conditions such as fever, anemia, and mental illness. Also included in this exhibit is a Spencer Monocular microscope, produced by the first American microscope manufacturer Charles A. Spencer. Other items in this collection include a urine testing kit, a blood transfusion kit, and an ophthalmological lens set used for eye exams.

The Tools of the Trade exhibit is located on the main floor of the Briscoe Library. This exhibit will be ongoing, but may be removed temporarily for special events. Special Collections staff will rotate the selection of instruments periodically, so check back for new items.

Questions about this exhibit? Contact Special Collections staff at SpecialCollections@uthscsa.edu

Resident Physicians from Mexico Visit Briscoe Library

The Briscoe Library hosted a group of 40 resident physicians from Mexico on December 2. These health care providers are studying Medical English for one month at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Education and Outreach Librarians provided information about services librarians provide and about the library’s collection.

Physicians from Mexico

The Special Collections staff showcased eight rare and historical medical books from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, as well as stereoscopes from the collection of antique medical instruments. Titles on display included:

  • De humani corporis fabrica libri septem (1543) by Andreas Vesalius
  • Tables of the skeleton and muscles of the human body (1749) by Bernhard Siegfried Albinus
  • De medicina (1481) by Aulus Cornelius Celsus, the Nixon library’s oldest book

Photograph of Resident Examining Book