Library Updates

2015 Possible Journal Cancellations

Similar to other departments across campus and other libraries across the nation, the UTHSC Libraries must reduce some of our expenditures in order to stay within budget.  Below is our tentative journal cancellation list for 2015.  The titles on this list have low usage (less than 100 uses during the year), no usage, or we could not obtain usage statistics from the publisher.

Librarians do not make cancellations lightly and one factor is comments from faculty, staff, and students. If you would like to request any of these resources be kept, send your comments to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, at

3D Printing at the Library

The UT Health Science Center Library has purchased a 3D printer for students, faculty, researchers and others affiliated with the Health Science Center. The newly established Makercloset, located on the 3rd floor of the Briscoe Library, provides an “intellectual playground” for exploring 3D printing and design creation in an environment that encourages collaboration, innovation and experimentation. 3D printer users can submit a job request via an online form and library staff will initiate the print job. The requestor is welcome to view the printer in action—although this is a slow process that can take hours!

3D printer users are encouraged to take advantage of shared files located on the NIH 3D Print Exchange, and to share original print files on the Exchange. Additionally, library staff have created a 3D print blog where photos of completed objects can be shared.

The3D printer was purchased with funding from an Emerging Technology Award supported by 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. There will be no charge for the printing of objects as long as supplies last. Many HSC users may find this to be the first stop for printing and tweaking a prototype before they have a final version printed at Creative Media Services. Future plans are to obtain funding to purchase a 3D digital scanner to add to the Makercloset.

For more information, contact

Briscoe Library to Partner with SAPL on NPR Campus Community Book Club



The UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library and the San Antonio Public Library Forest Hills Branch are joining forces to start a new NPR (National Public Radio) Book Club as a community engagement project. There are many community issues that can benefit from engagement utilizing a book club as a platform for interaction and conversation. The club will meet once a month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at either the Briscoe Library (room 4.074, the Collaboratory) or at the Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Rd). An NPR reviewed book will be featured at each meeting.

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh has been selected for the first meeting on September 17th, 6 -7 p.m., held at the Briscoe Library.

Do No Harm provides unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital.  Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life’s most difficult decisions.

A few copies are available at the Briscoe Library on a first come, first served basis. Other copies are available through the San Antonio Public Library. Contact Peg Seger for more details at (210) 567-6398 or

Those interested in taking part in this project can stop by either library to pick up a bookmark with dates, times, and location information.


ClinicalKey to replace MD Consult

MD Consult, a collection of electronic books and journals including the “Clinics in…” series published by Elsevier, will cease publication at the end of 2014. It is being replaced by ClinicalKey, a more comprehensive system that includes 1,100 e-books, 550 e-journals including most of the “Clinics in…” review journals, 13,00 videos, 4,000 practice guidelines, and a large collection of patient handouts. Following positive results of a trial period conducted last year, the library will be subscribing to ClinicalKey. There will be a transition period between canceling MD Consult at the end of April and licensing the content in ClinicalKey. During that time, ClinicalKey will be available on a trial basis here.

In order to mitigate some of the increased cost of ClinicalKey, the library will not purchase print copies of the books and journals in ClinicalKey unless requested by faculty, students or staff. Librarians will closely monitor the use of ClinicalKey in this first subscription year to make sure the cost of the system is justified by its use.

Please send comments about ClinicalKey to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources.

Color Copying and Printing Price Change

In response to the recent Student Satisfaction Survey and a review of current local market rates for color copying, the library will be changing the price for color copying and printing to 50 cents per page . The previous price was 75 cents per page. The price for black and white copying and printing will remain 10 cents per page.  The change in price for color copying/printing will take effect September 1.

Construction Begins on 4th Floor of Briscoe Library

The former Drug Information Services office on the south side of the Briscoe Library’s 4th floor is undergoing remodeling. The space is being prepared as a suite of offices for several staff from the Office of Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs who are responsible for institutional accreditation and effectiveness. The work will last about six weeks, through mid-August, and the workers will do their best to keep the noise to a minimum. The 4th floor is a designated Quiet Zone, where even a whisper is often met with a frown. It is understandable that construction noise may be bothersome to those who are expecting to hear a pin drop but not a hammer. Other floors of the building will continue to be available for study, and free earplugs are always available from the Circulation Desk.

Questions or comments may be directed to Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, at


Evidence-based acquisitions project means more e-books for UT Health Science Center Libraries

The UT Health Science Center Libraries have acquired a set of electronic books as part of an Evidence-Based Acquisitions project with several University of Texas System libraries. The project is funded by the University of Texas System Board of Regents and will include e-books from Elsevier/ScienceDirect that have a 2013 publication date. New titles will continue to be added through December 31, 2013. Subject areas include biomedical sciences & medicine, immunology, microbiology, psychology, nursing, dentistry and many more.ebooks

The evidence-based (also known as patron-driven or demand driven) acquisition model allows libraries to acquire more e-books at a reduced cost, while keeping specific user needs in mind. Exploring this collection is encouraged since acquiring content is dependent on user participation. The evidence-based acquisitions e-books can be accessed through the library catalog and can also be browsed by selecting the “Elsevier eBooks on ScienceDirect” link on the library’s e-book page.

Featured New Books for July 2015

Body shaping [electronic resource] : skin, fat, cellulite / edited by Jeffery S. Orringer, Jeffrey S. Dover, Murad Alam. Edinburgh : Elsevier, 2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Body shaping: skin, fat, cellulite

Cancer cell signaling [electronic resource] : targeting signaling pathways toward
therapeutic approaches to cancer by Ayyanathan, Kasirajan [editor.].
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Cancer cell signaling

Duke’s anesthesia secrets, 5th ed. [electronic resource] / [edited by] James C. Duke, Brian M. Keech.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Duke's anesthesia, 5th ed.

Easy EMG [electronic resource] : a guide to performing nerve conduction studies and electromyography, 2nd ed. / authors, Jay M. Weiss, Lyn D. Weiss, Julie K. Silver ; illustrator, Dennis J. Dowling. London : Elsevier, c2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Easy EMG, 2nd ed.

Kanski’s clinical ophthalmology [electronic resource] : a systematic approach, 8th ed. / Brad Bowling. Philadelphia, Pa. : Saunders, c2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Kanski's Clinical Ophthalmology, 8th ed.

Nelson textbook of pediatrics, 20th ed. [electronic resource] / Rober M. Kliegman, MD
Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier, 2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Nelson textbook of pediatrics, 20th ed.

Principles and practice of laser dentistry, 2nd ed. [electronic resource] / Robert A. Convissar. St. Louis, Missouri : Mosby, c2015. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Principles and practice of laser dentistry, 2nd ed.

Textbook of family medicine, 9th ed. [electronic resource] / [edited by] Robert E. Rakel, David P. Rakel. Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2016. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Textbook of family medicine, 9th ed.

Thompson & Thompson genetics in medicine, 8th ed. [electronic resource] / Robert L. Nussbaum, Roderick R. McInnes, Huntington F. Willard. Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2016.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Thompson & Thompson genetics in medicine, 8th ed.



Purchase suggestions? Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact Andrea N. Schorr, Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian.

Featured New Books for November 2015

For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.


Purchase suggestions?
Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact Andrea N. Schorr, Metadata & Collection Management Librarian.