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 weedj@uthscsa.edu.

Book Giveaway December 5-9

 Briscoe Library will have a book giveaway December 5 – 9.

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The book giveaway will start at 9 a.m. on Monday, December 5 at the entrance of the library and will continue through Friday, December 9.

Books to be included in the giveaway are old editions withdrawn from the library’s collection or donations given to the library, yet not needed for the collection. All give-away books are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Feel free to bring bags to carry books since there will be plenty to choose from!

For more information about the book give-away, contact Andrea N. Schorr,
Head of Resource Management, at 567-2400 or at 
schorr@uthscsa.edu

Book Giveaway January 13-20

 Briscoe Library will have a book giveaway January 13 – 20.

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The book giveaway will start at 9 a.m. on Friday, January 13 at the entrance of the library and will continue through Friday, January 20 until 4 p.m.

Books to be included in the giveaway are old editions withdrawn from the library’s collection or donations given to the library, yet not needed for the collection. All give-away books are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Feel free to bring bags to carry books since there will be plenty to choose from!

For more information about the book give-away, contact Andrea N. Schorr,
Head of Resource Management, at 567-2400 or at 
schorr@uthscsa.edu

Briscoe Library Removing Print Journals

In September, approximately 97,000 print journal volumes will be removed from the Briscoe Library 4th floor. This project is part of an overall effort to transition to a print-free environment, as almost all of the library’s current journals are now available online and searchable through the library’s catalog or through BrowZine. Older journal articles that are not online can be ordered at no charge through the Document Delivery service. Delivery time is estimated at under 48 hours.

Removing these journals opens up the 4th floor as the library evolves from a storage space for print materials into a place for study, instruction, and collaboration. The volumes that are being removed are already part of the collection in the Joint Library Facility, a storage unit located in Bryan, TX that is a collaboration between the University of Texas System and Texas A&M University. The library has contracted with a commercial company to remove and transport the volumes to a recycling plant.

For questions about this project, contact Jonquil Feldman, Associate Library Director, feldman@uthscsa.edu.

 

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

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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 segerp@uthscsa.edu.

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

 

Briscoe Library Welcomes Kirsten Lorenzen

The UT Health Science Center Libraries welcome Kirsten Lorenzen as the new Outreach and Community Engagement Librarian at the Briscoe Library. Kirsten comes to UT Health San Antonio from the San Antonio Public Library where she provided outreach programming as a children’s librarian. Previously, she worked as a Library Services Assistant IV at UTSA’s John Peace Library and as a Project Manager for an advertising and brand management company. A native of California, Kirsten received a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University in December 2015 and also holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Communication from the University of California, Davis.

With her experience in marketing, Kirsten will be instrumental in enhancing the library’s outreach and community engagement initiatives by promoting library resources, services, and events to the campus and wider community.  We are thrilled to have Kirsten as a member of our Library team.

BrowZine: A Modern Way of Accessing Scholarly Journals

 

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The old way of finding health information is becoming obsolete, and with information distribution changing, the library is changing. Briscoe Library has made the decision to remove print journals, transferring many to a joint library facility, and has adopted BrowZine.

BrowZine is a service for libraries that allows you to browse, read, and monitor scholarly journals on the web or on a mobile device. It combines the discovery you loved with print journals with the convenience of technology.

With BrowZine you can:

  • Easily browse thousands of scholarly journals
  • Create a personalized bookshelf of your favorite titles
  • Be alerted when new articles are available in your favorite journals
  • Save articles for offline reading

Find out how to access and use BrowZine here and look out for the Reading Lists feature coming later this year.

Changes Coming for RefWorks!

On September 1st, the new version of RefWorks will be available for users. For those who wish to continue to use the older version, it will be available through 2017.

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases and other various sources. You can use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography. RefWorks is free to UT Health Science Center at San Antonio affiliates. You can login to your RefWorks account from any computer with access to the internet.

The new RefWorks is intended to simplify the user experience. Learn more about the new RefWorks! For current users, learn how to transition to the new RefWorks!

If you have any questions contact us at 210-567-2450, or askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

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.