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SciENcv webinar on July 30

Staff from the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) will present a webinar on SciENcv on July 30, 2015 at 12 noon – 1 pm. The webinar will show you how to use SciENcv to maintain your scientific record and generate a new NIH BioSketch.

SciENcv is an electronic system used by researchers applying for federally funded grants to maintain their record of research accomplishment in the form of a CV. SciENcv gathers and compiles information on expertise, employment, education and professional accomplishments. Researchers can use SciENcv to create and maintain biosketches that are submitted with grant applications and annual reports.

Sign up for this webinar here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7147698960003179522.

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

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The DSM-5 is here!

DSM-5The fifth edition of the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is now available through the Briscoe Library, in print and online. The print edition is located in the library’s Reserve collection and online access is available through the Psychiatry Online database.
Both versions can also be found in the library catalog.

The DSM-5 is the most definitive resource for the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders. This edition includes a revised organizational structure that strives to meet the needs of various health professionals.

For an in-depth look at the revisions made in the DSM-5, check out The Intelligent Clinician’s Guide to the DSM-5, by Joel Paris. In this book, Paris provides an evidence-based critique of DSM-5 and offers suggestions for how to get the most out of this resource.

Andrea N. Schorr
Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian

The Libraries launch new e-books page

The UT Health Science Center Libraries announce the launch of our new e-book page. Similar to the library’s e-journal page, the new e-book page will showcase many of the e-books the library has access to and may be used for searching exclusively electronic book titles.

Currently the library has access to over 13,000 electronic books, many of which are already available through the library’s catalog.  Initially, the e-books page will feature electronic books from the following collections:

  • Ebrary – medical, nursing, and allied health collection
  • Springer – biomedical and life sciences collection and mathematics/statistics collection

Titles will be added to the e-books page on a continuous basis, so be sure to check back regularly.

The e-books page contains only a subset of all available e-book titles.  For a more complete list of titles search the library catalog.

Visit the new e-books page

Andrea N. Schorr
Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian

A preview of the new e-books page

The Libraries remember Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr.

Photo of Dolph BriscoeOn June 27, 2010 members of the library staff were saddened to learn of the death of former Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr.   The UT Health Science Center library located on the Long Campus is named after Governor Briscoe.

On November 14, 1985 a ceremony was held to dedicate the  library, which was  completed in 1983 after many years of planning.  Governor Briscoe was present at the event, along with John P. Howe, III, former president of the UT Health Science Center; Donald A.B. Lindberg, Director, National Library of Medicine; and Jess Hay, Chairman, The University of Texas System Board of Regents.

An excerpt from the dedication program speaks to Governor Briscoe’s commitment to education:

The library building at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is named to honor former Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr.  Mr. Briscoe, Uvalde rancher, served as governor during 1973-79.  During his administration, the appropriation of funds for public and higher education increased.  Since leaving office, Governor Briscoe has been active in support of community service programs.

In announcing the dedication, the former Regents’ Chairman Jon Newton said, “No resource of any campus, whether it be academic or health-related, is of more importance than the library.  At the health science center in San Antonio, the library serves medical, dental, nursing, allied health and graduate students in the medical sciences.  It stands as a symbol of excellence in their continued quest for knowledge.”

What better honor than to dedicate a library of national distinction to an individual who has been so supportive of higher education.

From: Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Library:  Celebrating 20 Years of Service and Development,  November 14, 1985

The Natural History of Human Teeth -John Hunter

John Hunter. Painted by John Jackson in 1813

John Hunter. Painted by John Jackson in 1813

Would you believe it if someone told you that there once lived a man that was involved in the dissection of over 2,000 bodies; established circulation of the placenta; traced the nerves of smell; explained causes of congenital hernias; demonstrated circulation of the lymphatic system; wrote numerous papers on treating gunshot wounds, descent of the testis, and physical digestion; described the role of inflammation in the healing process; set up the foundations for bypass surgeries; and revolutionized dentistry? As hard as it is to believe, a man like this did exist, and his name was John Hunter, a distinguished scientist and a surgeon of his day.

Early Years

John Hunter was born to his father John Hunter, in Scotland on February 13, 1728 (he observed his birthday on the 14th and died on October 16, 1793), the last of 10 children. Of his childhood John Hunter is quoted as stating, “I watched the ants, bees, birds, tadpoles and caddisworms; I pestered people with questions about what nobody knew or cared anything about.” This quote shows the curiosity that led him to become such a prolific contributor to scientific knowledge in the different branches of medicine.”

Medical Training

John Hunter had a famous brother, William Hunter FRS (May 23, 1718 – March 30, 1783), who was a Scottish anatomist and physician. He was also considered a leading teacher of anatomy and the outstanding obstetrician of his day. William Hunter played a big role in the development and eventualsuccesses of his younger brother John by putting him in charge of the dissecting room of his anatomy school after John moved to London in 1748. John worked at his brother’s anatomy school for 11 years. During this time he learned from leading surgeons of that time, such as William Cheselden and Percivall Pott, while being involved in vital research and spending most of his time studying anatomy, including comparative anatomy.

Surgical Practice

In 1760 John enlisted in the army as a surgeon after sibling tension and professional rivalry made it hard to work with his brother William. He returned to England in 1763 and set up a surgical practice and worked as a dentist, popularizing tooth transplants by taking healthy teeth from poor people and transplanting them into the mouths of rich paying patients. During this time, John Hunter realized that what was needed in the practice of surgery, and what he needed to pursue, was a total understanding of life, an understanding of both normal physiology and of the processes of disease, both in humans and in the entire animal kingdom.

Most Notable Works

This led him to delve into some of his most notable works including:

  •  Observing in his notes, his own injury of ruptured Achilles tendon.
  •  Undertaking experiments in dogs to learn about healing and repair by cutting their tendons and observing the healing process. This led him to     conclude that scaring was part of the healing process.
  •  Inoculating himself with gonorrhea pus and ending up contracting both gonorrhea and syphilis. During this time he made close observations of these diseases, learning that inflammation was necessary for the cure of a patient but that this process also did harm and thus contributed to the symptoms of the disease.
  • Demonstrating collateral circulation through an experiment in which he tied one of the carotids arteries in a stag, which caused the antler on that side to become cold and to stop growing. However, within a few weeks the warmth had returned and the antler started growing. The animal was later dissected and the collateral vessels were found. The observations for this experiment were later used to create an operation to bypass vascular aneurysms.
  •  Performing the first artificial insemination by inseminating via a warm syringe the wife of a man suffering from hypospadias.

John Hunter left a legacy of challenging his pupils to try and test medical procedures, introducing into practice only those that were proven. He also encouraged them to continually seek improvements in their methods.

The Natural History of Human Teeth

Another legacy he left was his book The Natural History of the Human Teeth, published in 1778. In the book John Hunter details how teeth develop from birth, addresses structure and composition of teeth, proposes a form of transplantation and a device for treating malocclusions, and becomes the first to scientifically introduce classifications such as cupsids, bicupsids, molars and incisors. The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library owns a copy of this book.

For more information on the Nixon Library and John Hunters’s book contact Anne Comeaux, Assistant Director for Special Collections at comeaux@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2428, or Mellisa DeThorne, Archival Assistant, at dethorne@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2470.

Sources:
1. Lakhani, S. “Early clinical pathologists 4: John Hunter (1728-1793).” Journal of Clinical Pathology. 44.8 (1991): 621-623. Web. 27 Feb. 2015. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC496749/>.
2. “William Hunter (anatomist).” Wikipedia. N.p., n. d. Web. 27 Feb. 2015. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Hunter_(anatomist)
3. “John Hunter 1728-1793.” Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England. 60.1 (1978): 4-5. Web. 27 Feb. 2015. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2491564/>.
4. Moore, Wendy. “Moore W (2009). John Hunter (1728-93).” JLL Bulletin: Commentaries on the history of treatment evaluation. The James Lind Library, n. d. Web. 27 Feb. 2015. <http://www.jameslindlibrary.org/illustrating/articles/john-hunter-1728-93>.
5. “Hunter, John (1728-1793).” UAB Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, n. d. Web. 27 Feb. 2015. <http://www.uab.edu/reynolds/histfigs/hunter

Images:
Jackson, John. John Hunter. 1813. Photograph. WikipediaWeb. 27 Feb 2015. <http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a3/John_Hunter_by_John_Jackson.jpg>. In public domain.

–Manasseh Ngigi, Nursing school student

Image of the an illustration within John Hunter's The Natural History of the Human Teeth.  P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Image of the an illustration within John Hunter’s The Natural History of the Human Teeth. P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Image of the title page of John Hunter's The Natural History of the Human Teeth. P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Image of the title page of John Hunter’s The Natural History of the Human Teeth. P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.