News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Library Participates in Historical Symposium

The UT Health Libraries participated in a historical symposium celebrating San Antonio’s 300th anniversary and the School of Medicine’s 50th anniversary. The symposium titled, 300 Years of History and Advances in Health was held on Saturday, May 12 in the Holly Auditorium. The symposium highlighted the past, present, and future of health care in San Antonio.

There were several exhibits on display including a library exhibit featuring historical photographs, programs, timelines, and yearbooks. Presented throughout the auditorium foyer was a historical slideshow featuring founding faculty, building developments, and early students. Also on display, a snapshot of the library’s rare book collection and information about the P.I. Nixon Historical Library.

The symposium included representatives from local organizations and included several esteemed speakers such as County Judge Nelson Wolff, Carlos Pestana, and Henry Cisneros.

Coming Soon – Library Reflection Room Renovations

While a room for reflection, meditation, or prayer has previously been under consideration for library space, a recent request from students has finally brought the idea into reality. The room, on the 4th floor (4N) of the Library, is now open for use.  There are no reservations required and the room can be used by up to five people at one time.

Soon the room will be updated with new paint, carpeting, and other features appropriate for a reflection space. As with the rest of the library space since June 1st of last year, the room will be available 24/7/365.

Reflection Room:

The Briscoe Library Reflection Room is designed for wellness breaks, quiet meditation, and brief retreats from studying. The UT Health Community is encouraged to use this space to relax and reflect in a calm environment.

De-stress: Use this space for quiet reflection. Keep the volume to a minimum.

Share: The space can accommodate approximately five people comfortably.

Relax: Make yourself comfortable. Please do not remove any items from the space.

Librarian Presents on Open Source Experience

On Wednesday, May 23, librarian Andrea N. Schorr presented at the Central Texas Koha Summit in Round Rock, Texas.
The Summit, an annual event, is geared toward libraries and library staff who are interested in learning more about Koha, an open source library management system. In 2015, after almost two decades with a proprietary library management system, the UT Health Libraries decided to migrate to Koha’s open source system. Library management systems handle everything from circulation operations to acquisitions, and provide reporting mechanisms for assessment. The library’s Koha installation is hosted by ByWater Solutions, a company that manages the system servers, customization, and implementation.

The presentation focused on the academic library experience of migrating to an open source system, detailing the preparation, process, and outcome. According to Schorr, “Koha offers us more flexibility and control over our system, all for a fair price.” Library staff have been very pleased with the responsiveness of ByWater Solutions to questions and suggestions. In addition to providing management services, ByWater also supports an active user community and is continuously working to make improvements. The overall migration, though a challenging undertaking, proved to be a beneficial and fruitful experience.

New Room Reservation System

On June 4th, the library will be migrating to a new room reservation and calendar system. Although the system looks similar to our previous version, there are a few benefits to the move. Now you can:

  • Schedule an appointment with your liaison
  • Schedule an appointment to discuss 3D printing options
  • Reserve The Hub to utilize our newest technology options (including virtual reality)

Please remove any old bookmarks and set new to be directed to new system.  Thank you.

Nano Online Database Now Available

Nano Online Database is now available to all faculty, staff, and students. This resource was purchased by the UT System ALCEP funds and offered to each school.

The one-stop-shop for nano-science – offers a comprehensive coverage of the subject area nano science and technology. This online reference allows for easy access to research results from a cross section of disciplines active in this area – including physics, chemistry and materials science as well as engineering and medicine. Due to a carefully chosen classification system and massive linking between entries, the user can find relevant and related information quickly.

The online reference includes more than 1,200 entries (an equivalent of more than 17,000 print pages) from journals and books as well as Open Access content. Annual updates of more than 200 entries (about 2,000 print pages) will supply state-of-the-art research results.

Featured New Books/E-books for June 2018

NewBooksImage
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.

 

Archivists Visit Nixon Library

On Thursday, May 24, a group from the Society of Southwest Archivists toured the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. They were welcomed by a thoughtful selection of classic and rare books, including works by Andreas Vesalius (De Humani Corporis Fabrica – 1543), Bernhard Siegfried Albinus (Tables of the Skeleton and Muscles of the Human Body – 1749), and Robert Hooke (The Micrographia – 1667). Also featured were several local archival documents and historical medical instruments from the 18th and 19th century.

The Society of Southwest Archivists is an organization focused on preserving documentary heritage, and caters to archivists, preservationists, special collections librarians, conservators, and records managers. The Society of Southwest Archivists held their annual conference here  in San Antonio on May 23-26, and the Nixon Library was selected as an official tourist venue for the conference.

 

 

News from the Libraries May 2018

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

Image of Research Photography Competition

Student Fiesta Fun!

Students Gather for Essay Award Presentation

YWCA and CPS Health Fair and Family Day

Thank You to Library Exam-Time Refreshment Sponsors!

Featured New Books/E-books for May 2018

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Image of Research Photography Competition

 

Briscoe Library has launched a new photography competition called Image of Research. This competition is an opportunity for UT Health San Antonio students, residents, and fellows from all five schools to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in a single visual image. The competition and its accompanying exhibition showcase students’ creative visual conceptualization of their research.

The Image of Research competition is put on by libraries in colleges and universities all over the world, including Kansas University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Alberta, and University of Leicester.

Briscoe Library’s Image of Research competition is currently accepting submissions now through September 21, 2018. As submissions are received, they will be printed and displayed throughout the library. There will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as an Interprofessional Education award. Awards will be presented during a ceremony and reception in the Fall.

Click here for more information or to submit your photograph!

Students Gather for Essay Award Presentation

 

The Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award is an annual competition sponsored by the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library which is housed on the Briscoe Library 5th floor. The competition is open  to all students, residents and fellows at UT Health in San Antonio. This year, due to a generous donation by Rajia Tobia, the past Executive Director of the UT Health Libraries who began the competition in honor of her late husband Danny Jones, there were five award winners. Winners were recognized during the Library Student Fiesta. From left to right in the first photo below are: Farhan Ahmad (1st place winner), Amanda Lipsitt (3rd place), Rajia Tobia, Adeyinka Dayo (5th place Honorable Mention), and Steven Bunin (4th place). The 2nd place award winner, Omar Akram, is not pictured. In the second photo, Farhan Ahmad presents on his essay topic.

 

Essay Titles:

  1. Farhan Ahmad, School of Medicine – Knee History: From Early Developments to the Total Knee Replacement
  2. Omar Akram, School of Medicine – Bad Blood: Medical and Ethical Implications of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study
  3. Amanda E. Lipsitt MD, first year fellow – The History of the Disease of “Stigmata” and a Reflection on How History Can Create Biases that Negatively Affect Medical Management
  4. Steven Bunin, School of Medicine – Human Dissection and Attitudes Regarding this Procedure in the History of Medicine and Medical Education: Degradation Becomes Honor as the Cadaver is Transformed
  5. Adeyinka F. Dayo, School of Dentistry – The Evolution of the X-Ray and Its Implications for Humanity