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Reminder: ERes system to retire in December

As reported in May, the Libraries will retire the ERes system (http://eres.library.uthscsa.edu/) used for electronic course reserves at the end of December 2010.  Starting in 2011, only print materials and books will be accepted at The Libraries for course reserves.  All electronic reserves will be handled through Blackboard.

If you need assistance with your ERes account, please contact the Briscoe Library Information Desk at (210) 567-2450 or email askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu. To get started using Blackboard for your courses, call Blackboard Support at (210) 567-7777 option #4.

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Report finds that searches for health information continue to rank high among Internet users

According to Health Topics, a report released in February by the Pew Research Center and the California Healthcare Foundation, eight in ten Internet users, or 59% of the U.S. population, search for health information online.  Searches for health information are the third most popular online activity, behind checking email and using search engines.   The report was based on telephone interviews conducted between August 9 and September 13, 2010.

Among possible health-related searches, the most frequent (by 66% of respondents) was for information about a specific disease or condition.  Searches of this type have occupied the top spot since 2002, ahead of searches for information about specific medical treatments or procedures, information about physicians and other health professionals, and information about health care facilities.

The Health Topics report is part of the Pew Internet and American Life Project.  The full text of the report can be found online.

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Ron Philo to speak about the anatomical art of Leonardo DaVinci

Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library 5th Floor

The History of Medicine Society is an interest group within the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The student-led group meets monthly to discuss the historical development of medicine and the health sciences, and the impact of medicine on society.  Membership is open to everyone who is interested in the history of the health professions.

Ron Philo, Ph.D., retired Senior Lecturer, will speak about The Anatomical Drawings of Leonardo DaVinci at the group’s first fall meeting on September 25.

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ScienceDirect and Scopus Maintenance

ScienceDirect and Scopus will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance on Saturday, July 20 from 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM. It is also possible that you may experience service disruptions such as slower response times and unexpected outages throughout the day.

 

Special Collections receives preservation assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Dr. Graham Watts was a founding member of the Bexar County Medical Society.

Dr. F.M. Hicks practiced surgery in San Antonio from 1888 to 1929 and was one of the first Texans to be elected to the American College of Surgery.

In January the Special Collections of the UT Health Science Center Libraries received a $5,547 Preservation Assistance grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  Special Collections houses the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, a collection of rare and historical books on the history of the health sciences; and the University Archives, a collection of historical papers and audiovisuals documenting the history of the university and of physicians and other health care professionals practicing in San Antonio and Central and South Texas in the 1800’s and 1900’s.   The books and archives are housed in several different locations on the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th floors of the Briscoe Library.

The NEH grant will pay for a preservation/conservation assessment of the collections by a professional materials conservator, who will help draft a long-range plan for the care of the collections.  The conservator , Rebecca Elder, will visit the Special Collections to assess policies, practices, and conditions affecting the care and preservation of the collections.  She will make recommendations for improving the storage or re-housing of collections, prioritize future preservation action on aging materials, and suggest appropriate preservation supplies.

The grant will also pay for the purchase of environmental monitoring equipment, allowing library staff to track environmental conditions in the various collection locations, and to adjust temperature, humidity, and dew point to create the best preservation conditions possible.

Anna Beyer, a University of North Texas Library and Information Science student, will work as an intern in Special Collections during Spring 2011.  She will help with the preservation needs identified by the consultant and record and analyze environmental data information.

Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Digital and Special Collections

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Strategic Planning Workshop

Strategic Planning to Support CTSA Institutions

Attendance at this workshop is limited to librarians and other personnel from institutions with a current Clinical and Translation Science Award or with a CTSA application pending or in the planning stages.  Space is limited so please register early to assure a space in this workshop.

The purpose of the session will be to participate in brainstorming about how librarians currently are or can become actively involved with CTSA key functions, CTSA administration, grant applications, research output and impact tracking, community engagement, and other CTSA initiatives. A report based on the strategic planning session will be prepared and distributed to the librarians who attend the planning workshop; library directors at CTSA funded institutions in the NN/LM SCR region and to CTSA administrators. The anticipated outcome of the strategic planning process will be a roadmap for librarian contributions and engagement with the work of the CTSAs.

Workshop Date:

San Antonio

Friday, February 22, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
(Continental Breakfast: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.)

Location:
Howe Conference Room
5th Floor, Briscoe Library
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Dr., San Antonio, TX

Contact: Peg Seger segerp@uthscsa.edu

Hosted by UT Health Science Center Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library & South Central AHEC

To Register, click Here

About the Facilitator

Mary Flanagan of Management Solutions Group, LLC, is uniquely qualified through her work with the UT Health Science Center’s Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS) to develop a strategic plan for implementing its CTSA grant. Mary will facilitate the discussion and resulting report detailing what librarians are already doing related to CTSA grants and how they can move forward in addressing researcher and community engagement needs.

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

Texas Library Association: Impact of proposed State budget for public and academic libraries

Recently the Texas Library Association (TLA) outlined the anticipated impact for libraries statewide if the State’s budget proposal for 2012-13 were to pass in its original form.   According to TLA, the proposed plan would decrease by 99% funding for local library aid programs, and by 93% funding for library resource sharing programs.  Specific strategies for meeting these targets include the following:

  • Direct aid grants to public libraries would be eliminated.
  • State funding for TexShare databases would be eliminated, and TexShare libraries would instead pay increased fees for these resources.
  • The K-12 database program would be eliminated.
  • Funding for records management at state institutions would be replaced with increased institutional fees.
  • The Texas Education Agency’s Technology Allotment would be eliminated.

For The Libraries of the UT Health Science Center, the greatest impact of the proposed cuts would result from the loss of funding for TexShare databases, commercial database subscriptions that are paid for by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) for use by participating public libraries, Texas State governmental agency libraries, Texas academic libraries and libraries of clinical medicine.  According to TSLAC,  the state currently pays $7,042,558 to purchase database resources that are subsequently made available through the TexShare program.  If academic and public libraries and state agencies were to purchase these resources individually, the cost would be more than $97,044,000.

The UT Health Science Center Libraries currently pay $3,000 for membership in TexShare which provides access to the entire suite of TexShare databases.  If the library were to purchase individually databases that are currently provided through TexShare, the cost to the library and the UT Health Science Center would be approximately $135,000.

TexShare also manages a state-wide reciprocal borrowing program for academic, community college and public libraries, allowing anyone with a TexShare card to borrow books from participating libraries throughout Texas.

General information about the TexShare program can be found here:  http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/texshare/#.

The complete menu of TexShare databases is here:  http://www.libraryoftexas.org/?page=texshare.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

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