News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Featured New Books for December 2015

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 – November 2015

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

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Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, Retiring in January


AIDS National Library of Medicine Exhibit

Bodies Revealed Exhibition

TEDMED 2015: Nov 18-20

Dr. Gregory Anstead Lectures on Suffering and Progress: HIV Epidemic

NPR Book Club Selection

Library Staff Exhibit at Health Literacy Conference

San Fernando Health and Safety – 25th Anniversary

Featured New Books

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Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, Retiring in January

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, has announced her retirement effective January 8, 2016. Rajia has been employed in various capacities in the library for over 35 years. She began working at the UT Health Science Center in 1980 as the librarian for the Robert B. Green branch library and in 1984 became the Assistant Library Director for Public Services. In 1998, she became Associate Library Director for Collection Development during the time when the library began migrating its print collection to online formats. In 2008, she assumed the role of Executive Director of Libraries.Newsletter photo

During her career, Rajia has been instrumental in developing the library’s electronic collections of journals, books, and databases and has worked with several library consortia to increase the buying power of academic libraries by working cooperatively on acquisitions of electronic content.  She has been active in developing outreach services for the South Texas region, helping to establish library services at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen and the library at the Laredo Regional Campus. Most recently she assisted with developing library services for the new UTRGV School of Medicine.

Over the years, Rajia worked on a number of projects funded by the National Library of Medicine and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region to improve access to health information by health professionals and the citizens of south Texas. In partnership with the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, Rajia has been a strong advocate of the One Community One Book program.  This program has introduced the campus and community to books such as Mountains Beyond Mountains, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality, Barefoot Heart, and most recently Redeployment, winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction.             

Rajia has been active as a member of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), the Medical Library Association and its regional chapter as well as with the South Central Academic Medical Libraries (SCAMeL) consortium. Rajia is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). The Academy of Master Teachers honored Rajia for her 35 years of service to the university during the Second Annual Faculty Showcase of Innovations on October 30.

Rajia began her career as a health sciences librarian at the University of South Alabama Biomedical Library in Mobile, AL where she met and married her late husband, Danny Jones, who was also a health sciences librarian. She received her master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan and her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. Her retirement plans include herding her three cats, gardening and home repairs, Jazzercise at hours other than 5:30 a.m., managing a book club, enjoying live music, volunteer work, and travel.

A search committee chaired by LeKeisha Johnson, Director of Student Life, is conducting a national search for Senior Director of Libraries.

NLM Exhibition on AIDS on Display in Information Commons

Surviving and ThrivingThe Briscoe Library is hosting a traveling exhibition from the National Library of Medicine, called Surviving & Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture. The exhibit explores the history of the disease, beginning with it’s appearance in the United States in the early 1980s. Individual panels describe the reactions to the disease, the struggle of scientists and public health officials to understand the disease and determine how AIDS spread, advocacy and activism on behalf of those who were stricken, how the United States government finally reacted to the epidemic, and the challenges still posed by AIDS today.

The exhibition will be on display in the 3rd floor Information Commons until December 6, 2015. In conjunction with this exhibition, and in honor of AIDS Awareness Week, the library will host a presentation by Gregory Anstead, M.D., Ph.D. entitled, Suffering and Progress: A History of the HIV Epidemic in the United States on December 3, 2015 at 12 Noon in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.


TEDMED 2015: Sharing Ideas, November 18-20

Online and Blended Learning and the Briscoe Library have teamed up to host the TEDMED 2015 live streaming event for the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. TEDMED is a “global community dedicated to unlocking imagination in service of health and medicine.”

The event will be held from November 18 – 20 and will feature live simulcasts from the Palm Springs, CA. For more information about the event, please visit the TEDMED site.

TEDMED has announced all of the speakers and co-hosts for the nine sessions planned over the course of three days. Each session revolves around a theme ranging from recognizing the limit of our knowledge to science/health trends. For more information about all of the nine sessions including speaker bios, please visit TEDMED Sessions.


Session Number Day Time Session
Session 1 Wed., Nov. 18 8:00 – 10:00am Human Explorations
Session 2 Thu., Nov. 19 10:30am – 12:00pm Mind Matters
Session 3 Thu., Nov. 19 1:00 – 2:30pm Catalyzing Great Science
Session 4 Thu., Nov. 19 4:45 – 6:30pm Back to Basics
Session 5 Thu., Nov. 19 7:30 – 9:00pm Food Fix
Session 6 Fri., Nov. 20 10:30am – 12:00pm Techno-Utopia
Session 7 Fri., Nov. 20 1:00 – 2:30pm Who Cares for Health Care?
Session 8 Fri., Nov. 20 4:30 – 6:00pm Out There


All sessions will be streamed in the 21st Century Classroom, Dental Building room 4.476.2T on the 4th floor. Drop in viewing is encouraged.

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Suffering and Progress: A History of the HIV Epidemic in the United States – December 3

Red Ribbon for AIDS AwarenessIn honor of AIDS Awareness Week, Gregory Anstead, M.D., Ph.D. will present Suffering and Progress: A History of the HIV Epidemic in the United States on December 3, 2015 at 12 Noon in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library. This lecture is also being held in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibition, Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture, which will be on display on the 3rd floor of the Briscoe Library from October 26, 2015 – December 5, 2015.

Dr. Anstead is an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the School of Medicine and Director of the Immunosuppression and Infectious Diseases Clinics at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. He has previously delivered noontime lectures on historical developments in Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and West Nile Virus Encephalitis.

The event is free and open to everyone. Please, bring your lunch and join us for dessert!

For more information, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or 210-567-2406.

November NPR Book Club Choice



Come join us for a discussion of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks at the next NPR Book Club meeting on November 19th, 6 -7 p.m. The November meeting will be held at the Briscoe Library room 4.074 (the Collaboratory).

A few copies of the book will be available at the Briscoe Library on a first come, first served basis. Other copies are available through the San Antonio Public Library. Contact Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services, for more details at (210) 567-6398 or

This is a joint community engagement program offered by the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library and the San Antonio Public Library Forest Hills Branch. Those interested in taking part in this project can stop by either library to pick up a bookmark with dates, times, and location information.

San Fernando Health and Safety Fair Celebrates 25th Anniversary


This year was the 25th Anniversary of the San Fernando Health & Safety Fair. The fair offers health screening to individuals in the community who have no insurance or are under insured. Over 400 volunteer doctors, nurses, health specialists, community volunteers and students provide the screening services.

Briscoe Library staff Patrick Lemelle and Peg Seger teamed up again this year on October 3rd to provide an exhibit table at the fair featuring reliable consumer health information from the National Library of Medicine.



Featured New Books for November 2015

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.