Leisure Reading EBooks – Great for Summertime Reading

Ebooks are gaining in popularity, even with those readers who claimed they would never crack the pages of an ebook. Commercial sources for ebooks such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble are available; however, residents of San Antonio and Bexar County are fortunate to have two sources for extensive free access to ebooks.  All that is needed to read an ebook is a tablet, smart phone, or computer and in some cases a downloaded ereader,  and a willingness to try something new.

San Antonio Public Library

The San Antonio Public Library has a number of options for obtaining digital downloads of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and music. All that is needed is a San Antonio Public Library card and in some cases, a downloadable reader or media player. More information can be found at the San Antonio Public Library’s Digital Library page http://www.mysapl.org/downloadables.aspx.


BiblioTech is Bexar County’s new all digital library. Citizens of Bexar County and San Antonio are eligible to register for access to the BiblioTech’s large collection of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music and more. Information about the BiblioTech including instructions for registration can be found at http://bexarbibliotech.org/.


Libraries offer access to new Web-based Netter Presenter

The UT Health Science Center Libraries have access to the new Web-based version of Netter Presenter. This new version does not require the installation of a media player to run the program.

Netter Presenter is a Web-based presentation tool comprised of Netter medical images from Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy and other Netter textbooks. Users can review, print, edit and export images into different presentation programs.  Included in this version are images from the 5th edition of Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy.

Netter Presenter can be accessed through the library’s catalog and from the database section of the UT Health Science Center Libraries Web site. Remote access is available for UT Health Science Center students, faculty, and staff.

Find it here: http://briscoe.uthscsa.edu/record=b1200324~S3.

Library Facts and Figures: FY2010

Entrance gate count, all locations: 485,388

Questions answered by librarians at all locations: 36,862

Classes offered by libraries at all locations: 226

Class attendance at all locations: 4351

Circuit Librarian Health Information Network: documents delivered: 774

Interlibrary loan requests filled by other libraries for UT Health Science Center users: 1,750

Interlibrary loan requests filled by the Briscoe Library for other libraries: 14,435

Print book and journal volumes: 218,247

Journal titles accessible, regardless of format: 23,136

Journal titles available in print only: 90

Library holiday hours

The Libraries of the University of Texas Health Science Center (Briscoe, Ramirez, Laredo and Downtown) will be following the University Holiday schedule in December. Briscoe Library Hours are as follows:

December 17                                    7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 18-19                              Closed

December 20-23                             7 :00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 24-27                            Closed

December 28-30                            7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 31                                    Closed

January 1-2                                      Closed

Services will be limited on these days.

The Ramirez Library will keep the same closing schedule as Briscoe Library, but hours of operation will be 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Additional information about holiday hours at all the libraries can be found on our website.

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Medical Information Day Celebrated at the Ramirez Library

The Ramirez Library at the RAHC-Harlingen celebrated Medical Information Day on April 11th with short presentations on medical information topics conducted throughout the day.  Andrew Lombardo, Program Director for the Rio Grande Valley Health Information Exchange (RGVHIE), provided an overview of health information exchanges and how RGVHIE is working to facilitate sharing of patient information between area hospitals and clinics.  Program coordinator for Migrant Health Promotion, Inc., Genoveva Martinez, shared the results of MHP’s CommCare project  which provides promotores de salud with smartphones equipped with a patient tracking app called CommCare.  With the CommCare app, promotores can record and share information about their clients. It has been used to build a patient database, track patient outcomes and achieve better coordination of care.  Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, provided a demonstration of RefWorks, a web-based tool for citation management.  Dr. Alfredo Sardinas, RAHC Internal Medicine Chief Resident and Kathy Carter, Assistant Director of the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., Library presented the results of two program improvement studies on the use of iPads and point-of-care information resources by RAHC IM residents.  In the spirit of fun, participants also had the opportunity to don a mustache, say cheese, and share their go-to medical information resource in a photobooth.  Verizon Wireless also demonstrated the latest tablets and smartphones for library visitors throughout the day.



MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more from over 4,800 current biomedical journals. Citations are included from Index Medicus, the International Nursing Index and the Index to Dental Literature. Additionally includes table of contents information for 2,400 titles from the British Document Supply Centre.

This database is also available mobily.

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MEDLINE is produced by the National Library of Medicine and indexes almost 5000 international biomedical journals from 1950 to the present. It includes all references from Index Medicus, the International Nursing Index, and the Index to Dental Literature and is considered the premiere biomedical database. Abstracts are included for many of the citations.

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MEDLINE is produced by the National Library of Medicine. It includes all references from Index Medicus, the International Nursing Index, and the Index to Dental Literature and is considered the premiere biomedical database. Abstracts are included for many of the citations.

MRSA the Movie: It’s not a spider bite!


A CTSA (Clinical Translational Science Award) Community Engagement Project Award received by the UT Health Science Center Libraries from the South Central Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has resulted in a 12-minute educational video to improve awareness of the skin staph infection CA-MRSA. The primary goal of this project was to promote the role of librarians as partners with CTSA-funded researchers in production of community focused educational materials.  Partnering with librarians on the project were researchers from the Pharmacotherapy Education & Research Center and the South Central Area Health Education Center.
Watch the movie and see if you can spot the UT Health Science Center staff that play prominent roles in MRSA the Movie: It’s not a spider bite!

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National lnstitutes of Health, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library


NCBI Bookshelf: Another source for biomedical books online

The NCBI Bookshelf is a searchable collection of online biomedical textbooks and other literature. In addition to some classic biology and medical textbooks and monographs, it also includes books and databases produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

The NCBI Bookshelf can be accessed at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=books.

New Roof for the Briscoe Library

Pictures 12-22-05 007Plans are under way to replace the roof of the Briscoe Library, a project that will begin in early March and last about 3 months. The building is 30 years old and sports its original roof, which would never stand up to today’s building codes. Over the years, the roof has been patched numerous times, usually after a heavy downpour causes staff to run for buckets and tarps to protect the rare books and archives stored on the 5th floor. There is never a good time to do library repairs. The new roof is desperately needed and this seemed to be the optimal time for UT Health Science Center Facilities Management to schedule the project. The work will only be done on weekdays, beginning before 7 am and stopping by mid-afternoon. We are cognizant of the fact that this project will affect students studying for  module tests, finals and USMLE Step 1 exams; researchers looking for a place to write or contemplate; and users of the Howe Conference Room and Special Collections Reading Room. There will be some drilling, thumping and stomping. At times it will sound like reindeer have landed on the roof! Those who have trouble studying through the noise can ask for earplugs at the Circulation Desk. You may find the 3rd and 4th floors of the library to be more quiet. The 2nd floor library classrooms are available to HSC ID holders for 24/7 study when not in use for classes or meetings. Facilities Management will do their best to mitigate the noise, work with library staff to communicate about particularly loud phases, and provide progress reports. Watch for updates and photos on the Briscoe Library Renovations blog http://renovate-briscoe.tumblr.com/. For more information or to communicate your concerns, contact Elyse Druck, Construction Project Manager, or Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services.