Using the Library

Area Health Professional Service Area

Counties included in the UT Health Libraries service area for area health professionals (AHPs):

Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Duval, Edwards, Frio, Jim Wells, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, Kleberg, LaSalle, Live Oak, Maverick, McMullen, Medina, Nueces , Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Webb, Wilson, Zavala

For service outside of these counties, please contact your nearest medical library:

Houston Academy of Medicine Texas Medical Center Library — Houston

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Moody Medical Library — Galveston

University of North Texas Health Science Center Lewis Health Science Center Library — Fort Worth

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Library — Dallas

Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library — College Station

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Library of the Health Sciences — Lubbock

Scott & White Memorial Hospital Richard D. Haines Medical Library — Temple

Texas Medical Association Library — Austin

Coming Later This Fall: New Library Furniture and Space Arrangements

Thanks to an award from the Student Fee Fund, the Library will be developing new small scale furniture arrangements and installing other new furniture options later this Fall as part of a pilot space design project. Three spaces will be developed to enhance areas for student individual study, group study, and relaxation.

Individual study chairs or pods will be installed on the 3rd and 4th floors. The relaxation area will be located on the 5th floor adjacent to a new collaboration study area comprised of two counter-height tables, stools, and whiteboards. Feedback from students will guide the library on expanding furniture and space design options in the future.

Stay tuned for updates. See below for illustrations.

3rd Floor – Front corner window area – 2 pods for individual study

4th Floor – Columns adjacent to the front window area – 6 pods for individual study

5th Floor – Relaxation spaces and group study collaboration tables

Fresh Food and Coffee Machines are Coming!

Here’s a sneak peek at Briscoe library’s new vending machines waiting in the warehouse for shipment.

The fresh food, coffee, and snack machines are expected to arrive before the end of September.

Having these vending machines means that food and coffee will be available for students in the library 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You will no longer have to leave campus when you get hungry at night or on weekends, food and coffee will be right here in the library!

Get Some Exercise at the Library!

Did you know that you can exercise and study at the same time?

Well, now you can, and you will have a great view of our beautiful campus!

Come to the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library to check out the new equipment.

There are 3 exercise bikes with attached desk-tops that can be used night or day, 24/7/365.

Standing power hubs are also available to charge your phone or laptop while you are exercising.

Stay tuned for a treadmill desk coming soon.

Library Policies

 

Library Space Planning: UT Health Library Staff Visit UT Austin Libraries

 

UT Health Library Senior Director Owen Ellard and staff librarians traveled to the UT Austin campus in December to tour recently renovated library space as shown above. Hosted by UT Austin Library staff, the tours allowed time for discussion of renovation and space planning to meet the changing needs of students and faculty.  Areas toured included the UT Austin Fine Arts Library and its new maker space called “The Foundry” as well as newly renovated areas of the Perry-Castaneda main library. The transformation of library space was made visible through the range of technology, furniture, and artwork used throughout the UT Austin Library spaces.  In light of recent print shelf removal at the UT Health Briscoe Library as shown below, librarians and staff will be working with students and faculty to adapt the newly open spaces to meet the needs of UT Health campus communities.

Library Water Bottle Filling Stations Are Here! Thank You SGA!

New water bottle filling stations have come to the library just in time for the hot weather. Stations have been installed on the 3rd and 5th floors and are soon to come to the 2nd and 4th floors. The stations were made possible by an award from the Student Government Association (SGA).

Benefits to the stations include:

Refreshingly cool and consistent water temperature

Health benefits of drinking water instead of sweetened drinks

Improved water filtering reducing lead and other contaminants

Improved water taste

Hands-free operation

Reduction of plastic bottle waste, a ticker keeps track of 20 oz water bottles saved from waste

Antimicrobial protection inhibits the growth of mold and mildew

Literature Search Services

UT Health San Antonio Librarians are available to conduct mediated searches for UT Health San Antonio faculty, staff, residents and researchers.  Non-affiliated patrons are welcome to come in to the library to receive assistance from librarians or to search available resources on their own.  UT Health San Antonio students should contact their Library Liaison for assistance/training on how to search databases and other library resources.

Complete this form to request a search of library databases by a librarian. Once the form is submitted, you will be contacted by a librarian to discuss the search. Results generally include citations, abstracts (when available), and/or links to other relevant resources. If you have any questions about the literature search process, please contact Library Information Services at (210) 567-2450 or email askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Costs – There is no cost for UT Health San Antonio affiliates (including clinical faculty).

Mobile Standing Desks Come to the Library

Beginning with standing height tables, study pods, and exercise desks that have been added to library study options over the past few years, there are now 10 new mobile standing desks available on floors 3, 4, and 5.

Students studying in the library can move the desks to take advantage of  window light and power outlets. Some students just prefer to stand while studying. For health benefits, the desks adjust from 29 to 45 inches allowing users to sit or stand.

Standing desks have often been requested by students and have been made possible thanks to an award from the Student Fee Fund. Thanks also to the quick work by library staff, desks were assembled and ready for use within days of delivery.

 

Louie Barcenes – Supervisor, Library Information Resources

New Changes Coming to PubMed in 2020

NCBI has been experimenting over the past few years for ways to improve the overall search quality and user experience for PubMed users. The new PubMed will be incorporating a new, modern interface, updated features including advanced search, clipboard, options for sharing results, and a new “cite” button that provides easy access to citation information in AMA, MLA and APA formats. Take a look at a complete list of new features.

An experimental platform, PubMed Labs, is now open allowing users to test new features and provide input.

Stay tuned for more details to come. In the mean time, check out some recent NLM Bulletins:

NLM Technical Bulletin – March/April 2019

 NLM Technical Bulletin – July August 2019

 

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