News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

“Lit Search 101” Webinar Presented to Poison Control Centers across the U.S. and Canada

Chris Gaspard, Senior Librarian Liaison to the School of Medicine, was invited to present a webinar entitled “Lit Search 101” to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) on February 15.  AAPCC members from across the United States and Canada were able to learn about evidence-based medicine basics and then incorporate these principles into an effective organized medical literature search using PubMed.  Dr. George Layton, a Certified Senior Specialist in Poison Information from the South Texas Poison Center, is currently an Associate Member of the AAPCC SPI Research Committee and requested the Briscoe Library’s assistance in producing the webinar.

The South Texas Poison Center at UT Health is a part of the Department of Emergency Medicine and is one of six regional poison centers located in the State of Texas that is accredited by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.  Lizette Villarreal, the Director of the South Texas Poison Center, states that there are currently 8 Specialists in Poison Information (SPIs) answering over 200 calls each day from healthcare professionals, parents, grandparents, caregivers, and other members of the community.   The South Texas Poison Center provides immediate, free, and expert treatment advice, information, and referral over the phone in case of exposure to poisonous or toxic substances.  Pharmacists, physicians, and nurses answer the calls to 1-800-222-1222 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  This was a great opportunity for the Library to collaborate with another UT Health Department.  If you are interested in working with us on any such endeavors, please contact us.

National Poison Prevention Week: March 19-25, 2017

New Library Hub: Site of Oculus Virtual Reality Demonstrations

Want to learn how to use the new Oculus Rift in the Library Hub? Now is your chance!

Virtual reality demonstrations are being scheduled for groups of students, faculty, or staff who would like to learn more. The Oculus offers a broad scope of possibilities for education as well as recreation.

To schedule a demonstration, email

The History of Enemas: A History of Medicine Society Event

Presentation by Daniel Rosenthal, M.D.

Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room (5th floor)

 The History of Medicine Society is a student-run organization,  meetings are open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served!

From the need to clean the colon of royal war elephants in India to the job of shepherding the anus of Egyptian Pharaohs, to the fad of coffee enemas….this talk will take you across five continents and thousands of years of recorded medical history. The Mayan used it, Louis the XlV loved it….Moliere popularized it in his plays.

Daniel Rosenthal, M.D.

Laredo Regional Campus Library: Computer Class for Stroke Support Group

Adapting resources from the NIHSenior Health website, Laredo staff Erika Silva and Cindy Carrillo provided a beginning computer class for members of the Laredo Stroke Support Group. Not only did the group learn basic computer skills, but they also started on a path that will allow them to access reliable online health information. The UT Health Laredo Regional Campus Library works with community organizations to support the development of health information literacy skills. Health literacy is a key, if not the most important factor in determining an individual’s health status.

For more information on developments in health literacy see the following:

The Role of Universal Health Literacy Precautions in Minimizing “Medspeak” and Promoting Shared Decision Making. AMA Journal of Ethics. March 2017, Volume 19, Number 3: 296-303.

The entire March issue of the (open access) AMA Journal of Ethics is devoted to Language Hierarchy in Medicine.

Featured New Books/E-books for March 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.



New Leisure Books – March 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


ScienceDirect Journals – Error Message

We have received problem reports in regard to linking to ScienceDirect articles and journals. These reports have been forwarded to the publisher and an update to their system is scheduled for February 21.

Articles can still be accessed by going through the Library Catalog and searching for the journal name.

If you have any questions, please contact Dana Whitmire, Electronic Resources Librarian.

News from the Libraries Feb 2017

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

Voting Held for Naming of New Space in the Library

3D Printing Demo for Dental Hygiene Students

UT Health Librarians Exhibit @ New Public Library in Universal City

Featured New Books/E-books for February 2017

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Vote Held for Naming of New Space in the Library

A newly developed space in the Library seeks a new name!

The space, now filled with new furniture and technology, has been made possible thanks to student funds. In earlier communications, the space had been referred to as the Technology Sandbox, however, the Library would like to open up the choice to students and anyone else who would like to cast their vote.

Voting will be available from Friday, February 3, through Tuesday, February 7.

So far, the vote has brought up some interesting opinions!

3D Printing Demo for Dental Students

3D print services in the Library are really taking off.  For this reason, staff librarians are offering more demonstrations for students to get up to speed with the process of creating 3D print objects for class assignments and individual research projects. Shown here with Dental Hygiene students are Kelley Minars, Creative Technologies Librarian, and John Weed, Head of Simulation and Immersion Technology.

For most of the current 3D print projects, there are no charges. The Library has, however, acquired a second 3D printer with more print options to meet the increasing demands. The new printer will use an increased variety of print filament and colors which may make it necessary to add a nominal charge for print projects using the new printer in the future.

For information on how to submit a file for 3D print projects click here.

Stay tuned for more 3D print announcements!