News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Liaisons Help Youth in STEM Club Prepare for Science Fair



On September 20, the Library Liaisons visited and presented to the St. Matthew Catholic School STEM Club. The club consists of 45 highly-motivated 4th-8th graders who meet weekly at 6:30 a.m. to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics activities.   The visit was a great opportunity for the Library Liaisons to engage with the younger research community and acquaint them with UT Health San Antonio Libraries and its resources.  Many of the students are preparing for their annual science fair and the National Library of Medicine’s K-12 resources will help them in their quest for information.  Students also learned how to formulate a research question and reviewed internet safety.  The STEM Club is led by Sandra Sanchez-Reilly, M.D., a UT Health faculty member in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine.

SON Liaison Co-authors Article on “Sizing Up” Systematic Reviews

Emme Lopez, MLS, Liaison to the School of Nursing, recently published her first article entitled, “Methodology minute: A guide for infection preventionists for sizing up systematic reviews”. Dr. Patti Grota, PhD, CNS-M-S, CIC, FAPIC and faculty at the SON invited Emme to work on the publication with her and Linda McKinley, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC to provide input on the systematic review process. The article is intended to familiarize clinicians in the field of infection prevention with identifying key aspects of a systematic review and applying the review to practice.

Liaisons Present a Poster at the Fall Education Showcase


The Library Liaisons presented a poster (linked below) entitled “Briscoe Library Liaison Program – Supporting the Curriculum” at the Fall Education Showcase and the Academy of Master Teachers Induction Ceremony held on September 28.  At the showcase, liaisons were able to network with faculty about education research and share information about teaching strategies within the UT Health community.  The poster visually represents how the Liaison Program contributes to UT Health’s educational efforts.  The program, which has been in existence since April 2016, focuses on integrating liaison activities, such as producing specialized subject guides, providing evidence-based practice instruction, and connecting patrons to appropriate information resources, into the curriculum.  The liaisons work on promoting the library as not only a place for active collaboration, but also promote active collaborative partnerships with faculty, staff, and students.

Liaison poster_Sept 2017

Featured New Books/E-books for October 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.



Believing in Race: Its Legacy in Our Nation’s Health

Presentation at the 47th Annual Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Dinner

Believing in Race: Its Legacy in Our Nation’s Health

Speaker: Dr. Jill Fleuriet

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Jill Fleuriet is a cultural and medical anthropologist. She is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean of the Honors College at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Her roots are in South Texas. She grew up in Harlingen, Texas, in a family with a long history of professional and volunteer service. She earned her BA in Anthropology from Harvard College, MA from San Diego State University, MA from Stanford University, and PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University. What drew her to UTSA remains her primary professional motivation: to engage in research, teaching, and service that help to understand sociocultural processes that influence ethnic and gendered health disparities in South Texas. In 2015, Dr. Fleuriet won the UTSA President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2016, won the UTSA President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Community Engagement. This summer, Dr. Fleuriet was honored with the prestigious UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

Where: Old San Francisco Steak House | 10223 Sahara Street

Located north of Loop 410. From San Pedro, turn right onto Sahara Street.

Cost: $55 per person, $35 for students

Paid sponsorships for students are available on request. Advance registration is required.

Register online at:



$500 Student Essay Award

Painting of Avicenna

Avicenna c.980-1037

For the fifth year, the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library are welcoming submissions for a student essay award in memory of Danny Jones, M.L.S., who served as Head of Special Collections at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Library and who was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The essay can be on any topic related to the history of the health sciences, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, or any other health science subject or profession.

The contest is open to current students in any of UT Health San Antonio’s five schools, as well as affiliated interns, residents, and fellows. This year, eligibility has also been extended to UTSA students. Unpublished essays in broad areas related to the history of the health sciences are eligible for submission. Previous essays not selected are also eligible for re-submission.

A prize of $500 will be awarded to the best essay as chosen by a panel of three judges. Deadline for submission is January 31, 2018. The prize will be awarded at the spring P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library open house.

Click here for more details on contest rules.

Treasures from the P.I. Nixon Library: Gold Stemmed Pessaries



Check out the latest blog entry from the Treasures of the P.I. Nixon Library:  Gold Stemmed Pessaries: A Shadow of the Past

SON Liaison visits TAMU College Station Medical Sciences Library for Professional Development Exchange

Emme Lopez, MLS, Liaison to the School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio, visited Texas A&M University (TAMU) College Station in early September as part of a professional development exchange opportunity funded by SCAMeL. Ms. Lopez spent a week shadowing Margaret Foster, MS, MPH, AHIP as she taught, consulted on, and performed systematic reviews. Ms. Foster, who recently visited UT Health San Antonio Libraries as part of the exchange (read more here), is an Associate Professor and the Systematic Reviews and Research Services Coordinator at TAMU.  Growing faculty interest in systematic reviews has created a need to develop librarians’ skills in managing and conducting systematic review protocols. This visit was intended to serve as a fast-track learning opportunity about the systematic review process in addition to fostering peer review in search methodologies and developing collegiality amongst medical librarians in the south central region. Lessons learned include the many ways a systematic review service may be structured, techniques for moving patrons along in the review process, and leveraging existing skillsets to develop confidence in the process.

Book Giveaway October 2-8

 Briscoe Library will have a book giveaway October 2 – 8


The book giveaway will start at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 2 at the entrance of the library and will continue through Sunday, October 8.

Books to be included in the giveaway are old editions withdrawn from the library’s collection or donations given to the library, yet not needed for the collection. All give-away books are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Feel free to bring bags to carry books since there will be plenty to choose from!

For more information about the book give-away, contact Andrea N. Schorr,
Head of Resource Management, at 567-2400 or at

New Leisure Books – October 2017


Need a break? Check out the latest titles in the Leisure collection.


The Leisure collection is located on the main floor of the Briscoe Library across from the Circulation desk. This collection is funded through library donations.

For a complete list of all titles in the Leisure collection click here.

Leisure titles are currently selected by library staff, but suggestions are welcome. Send suggestions to