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.

Library Holiday Hours – December & January

The Libraries’ schedules will change during Winter Break, with designated days when the UT Health Science Center Libraries will be closed or operating with reduced hours and limited services.  Holiday Schedules can be found by clicking on the links for the libraries, below:

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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.

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.

News from the Libraries – December 2010

December 2010

In the news this month:

Biomedical Publishing 101: Briscoe Library to host academic publishing webinar

Tech the Halls: 30 Holiday Tips and Tools

Coming Soon: PubMed Author ID

Subscription changes for Faculty of 1000 and The Scientist

ERes course reserve system retires this month

Library holiday hours

Gifts for Children: Donate at the Briscoe Library

December and January library classes

Thinking about purchasing an e-book reader? Check here first.

Project Haiti and Ethiopia Outreach Silent Auction and photo exhibit

A printable pdf of the newsletter is also available.

News From the Libraries Archive

Additional back issues of News from the Libraries can be found in this collection on the Libraries’ Scribd channel.

October is American Archives Month—How to make a Humidification Chamber

Humidification is the process of introducing moisture into paper by placing the document inside an enclosed area with a water source.  This is often done for tightly rolled documents such as large maps, posters, or large pictures.  Water vapor enters the fibers of the document, allowing them to relax.  Often the document may then be opened safely, after which it can be pressed and dried to keep it flat. 

 A conservator is a professional whose primary occupation is the practice of conservation and who, through specialized education, knowledge, training and experience, formulates and implements all the activities of conservation in accordance with an ethical code such as the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.

 Humidification is relatively safe, but there is always some risk when documents are exposed to water.

 Items that should only be treated by professional conservators are:

  • Rare and valuable documents.
  • Non-paper documents such as parchment and vellum.
  • Photographs.
  • Documents that are heavily soiled.
  • Documents that show previous mold growth
  • Documents with water soluble inks or paints as they may smear or bleed into the paper.

 For help finding a conservator, contact the American Institute for Conservation at 202-452-9545 or visit their website at www.conservation-us.org.

 Moving on to the fun stuff!  What supplies do I need to make a Humidification Chamber?

 Supply list:

  • Plastic container with a tight-fitting lid, they come in different sizes and shapes.  Select one made of plastic with no ventilation holes.  Remember to choose a container which works best for the documents you want to flatten.  Examples below:

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  • 2-3 bath towels.
  • Water pitcher.
  • 4 freezer containers.  You can find these at any grocery store, Walmart or Target for less than $4.00. 
  • Warm water.
  • “Egg Crate” light panel.  These are plastic grids with holes in them.  The documents will rest on this panel so it should have a small grid, approximately ½”, to give even support.  The panel should be at least 3/8” thick, to prevent the document from touching the water filled containers beneath it.  Cut the panel to fit on the lip of the container.  You may need to cut the panel to fit in the container. Use caution when cutting because the plastic is brittle, and bits may fly about as it is cut.  Wear protective eye gear when cutting the panel.  Another option is asking hardware store staff to trim it for you.    

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  • Blotting paper—purchase online at suppliers such as universityproducts.com or Gaylord.com. 
  • Paper for signage.  Use this wording for the Sign: Humidification in Process.

 Pre-humidification steps:

  • Unfold or unroll the document before humidifying, if that can be done without damaging it. 
  • Remove staples and paper clips.  Metal fasteners can rust in humid conditions. 

 Humidification procedure:

  • Step 1—Fold towels and place at the bottom of the container. 
  • Step 2- Place 4 freezer containers of equal size on top of the towels
  • Step3- Pour warm water into the freezer containers. 
  • Step4-Place egg crate panel on the lip of the container. It should fit snuggly, raised a few inches above the freezer containers to avoid their contact with document.
  • Step 5- Cover the container and wait patiently for 4-8 hours.  Check the progress of the document every 15-20 minutes.  If you have to open the container, do not leave the lid off for long, or the humid air will escape, and this will prolong the humidification process.
  • Step 6- Remove document from container, it will unroll on its own. 
  • Step 7- Lay the document flat on blotting paper.  Make sure blotting paper covers top and bottom of the document you are drying.  Use a book to provide even pressure while the document is drying.  Leave on blotter paper for a minimum of 12 hours. 
  • Final step-Remove document from blotter stack.  You are finished with humidifying your document. 

 Video on how to make humidification chamber to come later. Stay tuned!

 If you have questions about humidifying your documents, please call or email Anne Comeaux or Mellisa DeThorne at the telephone/email below. 

 If you have a story of the early days of the Health Science Center or medicine in San Antonio to share, please send to dethorne@uthscsa.edu or call 210-567-2470.


Happy American Archives Month, All!


Mellisa DeThorne, Keeper of precious things


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Open Access Week, PhD Comics Explains It All

Open Access Week 2013

Open Access Week

Open Access Week, now in its 7th year, is a global event promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.  This year Open Access Week is being celebrated October 21-27.

PhD Comics has released a creative explanation of open access and its importance to research and health care. It’s a great 8-minute video explanation of what Open Access Science Communication is all about.  The narrators are Nick Shockey of SPARC and Jonathan Eisen of University of California Davis, and the brilliant animation is by Jorge Cham of PhD Comics.