News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Influuent – Connecting Industry with UT System Researchers

On May 14, the UT System launched a cutting-edge web portal that allows private sector and government agencies to quickly find thousands of researchers and facilities at the Systems’ campuses and health institutions.

Influuent is a free online searchable database of researchers and resources that enable potential collaborators to easily identify faculty experts to conduct all levels of research (basic, applied and clinical), develop new technologies and processes and overcome technical challenges. The UT System is the first major university system in the nation to launch a database with such capabilities. Influuent is the gateway to more than 15,000 UT System researchers who have produced nearly 110,000 publications in the last five years in science, medicine, engineering, energy, transportation and business.

Watch video about Influuent:

Influuent’s search tool scans and analyzes every publication in Scopus, these data are then used to produce a fingerprint of each researcher’s expertise. The database is designed to provide access to not only a faculty researcher, but also their entire research ecosystem including their collaborators, specialized facilities and equipment and other faculty in the same academic department.

Influuent searches can be based on a keyword, concept, last name or published abstract. Once users have found the right experts, they can contact them directly. In addition to boosting the state’s economy, Influuent makes Texas more business-friendly. This powerful tool will also foster cross-institution collaborations among UT researchers from different campuses and institutions.  Influuent was funded as part of the Innovation Framework approved by the UT System Board of Regents last year.  Influuent was developed in collaboration with Elsevier, a provider of information solutions for science, health and technology professionals.


Librarians Attend Annual Medical Library Association Conference

The Medical Library Association held its annual meeting in Austin, TX on May 15-20. UT Health Science Center librarians traveled from San Antonio and Harlingen to attend the conference.  Jonquil Feldman, director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services co-chaired the committee that organized the program for this meeting. The plenary speaker was Dr. Mae Jemison, a former NASA astronaut who was the first African-American woman in space. A physician and engineer, Dr. Jemison leads the 100 Year Starship project, which proposes to leverage advances in technology and medicine that will make interstellar travel possible and will at the same time transform life on earth. The speaker for the closing session was Dr. Eszter Hargittai, professor at Northwestern University, who spoke about her research on Internet functionality of people college of age and older. The conference was attended by over 1,100 librarians from the U.S., and Canada as well as from countries in Europe, Australia, Asia and South America.

Kathy Carter, assistant director of the Ramirez Library at the RAHC in Harlingen, TX attended a class before the meeting and took advantage of opportunities to network with colleagues. Peg Seger presented a poster, “Expanding the limits of outreach education and collaboration,” co-authored with Rajia Tobia, Jonquil Feldman, Kathy Carter, Paula Winkler, Chris Frei and Grace Lee. Several librarians took advantage of one-day passes to meet face-to-face with exhibitors who represent the publishers and organizations who license e-journals, e-books and databases.


Jonquil Feldman introduces speaker Dr. Eszter Hargittai


Dr. Mae Jemison

Popular E-Books in ClinicalKey

The library recently licensed Elsevier’s ClinicalKey, a clinical resource that contains the most recent editions of over 1,000 medical books published by Elsevier. Although this collection represents the output of only one publisher, it does provide useful information about the books that are most heavily used in this particular e-book collection. During April, the top 15 books accessed at the Health Science Center through ClinicalKey were:

Learning Radiology (Second Edition)

Dermatology (Third Edition)

Clinical Cases in Anesthesia (Fourth Edition)

Odze and Goldblum Surgical Pathology of the GI Tract, Liver, Biliary Tract and Pancreas (Third Edition)

Braunwald’s Heart Disease: a Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine (Tenth Edition)

Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery

Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology (Twelfth Edition)

Essential Clinical Procedures (Third Edition)

The Retinal Atlas

Ferri’s Clinical Advisor 2015

Abeloff’s Clinical Oncology (Fifth Edition)

Clinical Wards Secrets

Point of Care Ultrasound

Campbell-Walsh Urology (Tenth Edition)

Theory and Practice of Histological Techniques (Sixth Edition)

Featured New Books for June 2015

The 5-minute clinical consult 2016 [electronic resource] / edited by Frank Domino, Robert A. Baldor,
Jeremy Golding, Mark B. Stephens. Philadelphia, Pa. : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2015.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Five Minute Clinical Consult 2016

Comparative effectiveness in surgical oncology : key questions and how to answer them
Karl Y. Bilimoria, Christina A. Minami, David M. Mahvi, editors. Cham : Springer, 2015.
QZ 268 C737 2015. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Comparative Effectiveness in Surgical Oncology

Erosive tooth wear : from diagnosis to therapy / volume editors, Adrian Lussi, Carolina Ganss.
Basel ; New York : Karger, c2014.
WU 140 E71 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Erosive Tooth Wear

Ethical decision making in dentistry [electronic resource] / Suzanne U. Stucki-McCormick.
Shelton, Conn. : People’s Medical Publishing Company, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Ethical Decision Making in Dentistry

The good doctor : a father, a son, and the evolution of medical ethics / Barron H. Lerner, MD
Boston : Beacon Press, c2014.
WZ 100 L616 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Good Doctor

Harrison’s principles of internal medicine, 19th ed. / editors, Dennis L. Kasper, Anthony S. Fauci,
Stephen L. Hauser, Dan L. Longo, J. Larry Jameson, Joseph Loscalzo. New York : McGraw Hill Education, c2015.
WB 100 P958 2015. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Harrison's 19ed

Kozier & Erb’s fundamentals of nursing [electronic resource] : concepts, process, and practice, 10th ed.
Audrey Berman, Shirlee Snyder, and Geralyn Frandsen. Boston : Pearson, c2016.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Kozier & Erb's10th ed

Leadership roles and management functions in nursing : theory and application, 8th.
Bessie L. Marquis, Carol J. Huston. Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health, c2015.
WY 105 M357L 2015. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Leadership roles and management functions in nursing

Medical physiology : a cellular and molecular approach, updated 2nd ed. / [edited by] Walter F. Boron,
and Emile L. Boulpaep.  Philadelphia, Pa : Saunders/Elsevier, c2012.
QT 104 B7356m 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Medical Physiology

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma : pathology, imaging, and current therapy / Andrew M. Evens, Kristie A. Blum.
Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2015.
WH 525 N8121 2015. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: pathology, imaging, and current therapy

Oxford textbook of global public health, 6th ed. [electronic resource] / edited by Roger Detels.
Oxford; New York : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Oxford textbook of public health

Spin dynamics : basics of nuclear magnetic resonance, 2nd ed. / Malcolm H. Levitt.
Chichester, England ; Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2008..
QC 762 L665 2008. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Spin Dynamics


Purchase suggestions? Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact Andrea N. Schorr, Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian.




Library Staff Honored for Years of Service

Congratulations, and a big Thank You! to our Library staff who were honored for their many years of service at a ceremony held on April 29. The ceremony, recognizing UT Health Science Center staff for their years of service to the institution and to the State of Texas, was conducted by University President William Heinrich and Vice-President for Human Resources James (Mike) Tesh.  The following Library staff received Service Awards:



5 years      Patty Goldspink, Administrative Assistant
15 years    John Weed, Head of Collection Resources
25 years   Chris Gaspard, Head of User Services
35 years    Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries
40 years   Elizabeth (Anne) Comeaux, Assistant Director and Records Management Officer


News From the Libraries – May 2015

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

Briscoe Library 24/7 Hours

Periodical Price Survey 2015

MedlinePlus Has a New Look

P.I. Nixon Hosts History of Anatomy Class

Traveling Exhibit on George Washington

Proyecto de la Mujer Bateyana – Library Photo Exhibit

Library Staff Honored for Years of Service

Chris Gaspard – Emerging Leaders Award

Anne Comeaux Certified as Digital Archives Specialist

Retired Librarian Receives Photography Award

Libraries Receive NN/LM Library Award

Featured New Books

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Briscoe Library 24/7 Hours for Spring Exams

The Briscoe Library will extend its hours for 24/7 study during fall semester final exams.  The library will be open 24 hours/day starting on the evening of Monday, April 27 and extending through the night of May 8. To accommodate School of Medicine students, the library will also be open 24 hours/day on May 18 through May 22.

Extended hours are only available to HSC ID card holders and entry will be through ID card swipe at the library entrance.  All students, faculty and staff MUST have their HSC ID with them in order to remain in the library during overnight hours. Non-Health Science Center library users may use the library during regular hours.  The classroom area on the 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library is also available for 24/7 study throughout the year.

The Calendar below shows the hours at a glance.

Briscoe Library Spring Exam and Memorial Weekend Hours


Periodical Price Survey 2015

Each year in April Library Journal publishes a study of the cost of periodicals indexed in the Institute for Scientific Information’s (ISI) various citation indexes. The journals covered in the study represent journals generally acquired by large research libraries. Librarians watch this study each year in order to note trends in journals pricing and to predict prices for the next year. In addition to many other disciplines, the April 2015 study included an average of 1,290 titles published in the health sciences throughout the world and detailed subscription costs for years 2013-2015. In 2015, the average cost of journals in the Library of Congress health sciences classification was $1,694, a 7% increase over the average cost of $1,585 in 2014. From 2013 to 2015, the average cost of a health sciences journal increased an average of 7% from $1,488 in 2013 to $1,694 in 2015. The study estimates that barring any major upheaval in the world economy, periodical prices are likely to rise 6.2% in 2016.

The article also discussed other factors affecting the journals subscription market this year. Library budgets have not fully recovered from the economic downturn of 2008, and are further affected by subscription costs that rise higher than the Consumer Price Index. Average prices for STM journals remain the highest among academic disciplines with chemistry journals costing the most. “Big Deal” bundled publisher packages continue to dominate academic licensing of e-journal content, however, there is some movement among libraries to “unbundle” journal packages from large commercial publishers. Subscriptions to print journals are declining with electronic versions of journals being the preferred method of access. Open access continues to develop but some analysts believe that open access may no longer be a pressure point on commercial publishing. The complete Library Journal article can be accessed at:

For information about the UTHSCSA Library’s journal collection, contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources,

P.I. Nixon Library Hosts History of Anatomy Class

The P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library hosted a group of History of Anatomy students on April 8th. The visit was the culmination of an enrichment elective in the School of Medicine and a course in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences taught by Dr. Charleen Moore, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology. The class covered the History of Anatomy from ancient times to the present.

 Photograph of History of Anatomy class

The students viewed 25 items from the library’s rare book collection, including:

  • De humani corporis fabrica libri septem (1543) by Andreas Vesalius
  • Micrographia (1667) by Robert Hooke
  • De medicina (1481) by Aulus Cornelius Celsus, the Nixon library’s oldest book

 Photograph of students viewing rare book

For more information on the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library or to schedule a visit, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or 210-567-2406.