Library Updates

Briscoe Library 24/7 Hours During Finals

The Briscoe Library will change to a 24/7 schedule for the benefit of UT Health Science Center students who are studying for end of semester finals. The 24/7 schedule is as follows:


Monday, April 28 at 7 am through midnight on Friday, May 9, 2014

Monday, May 19 at 7 am through 6 pm on Friday, May 23.

We will follow Memorial Weekend holiday hours beginning on May 23, 2014.

Access is limited by HSC ID card swipe after regular hours (midnight on Sun-Thu, 10 pm on Fri-Sat).

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.

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 2014

Adams and Victor’s principles of neurology, 10th ed. [electronic resource] / Allan H. Ropper, Martin A. Samuels, Joshua P. Klein. New York : McGraw-Hill Education Medical, c2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record  

Adam's and Victor's Principles of Neurology, 10th ed.

Current medical diagnosis & treatment 2014 [electronic resource] / edited by Maxine A. Papadakis, Stephen J. McPhee, associate editor Michael W. Rabow. New York : McGraw-Hill  Medical, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment 2014

Davis’s drug guide for nurses, 14th ed. [electronic resource] / April Hazard Vallerand, Cynthia A. Sanoski, Judith Hopfer Deglin. Philadelphia : F.A. Davis, c2015. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses, 14th ed.

Developing global health programming : a guidebook for medical and professional schools, 2nd ed. [edited by] Jessica Evert, Paul Drain, Thomas Hall. San Francisco : Global Health Education Collaborations Press, 2014. WA 18 D489 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Developing Global Health Programming: a guidebook for medical and professional schools

Health sciences librarianship / edited by M. Sandra Wood. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
Z 675.M4 H434 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Health Sciences Librarianship edited by M. Sandra Wood

Inheritance : how our genes change our lives– and our lives change our genes / Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD, with Matthew D. LaPlante. New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
QZ 50 M687i 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Inheritance: how good genes change our lives

Pediatric neuroimaging, 5th ed. / A. James Barkovich, Charles Raybaud. Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2012.
WS 340 B256p 2012.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Pediatric Neuroimaging, 5th ed. 2012

Physician salary & benefits report 2014 : hospital-based and group practice. Oakland , N.J. : Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service, c2014.
WX 16 P578 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Physician Salary & Benefits Report 2014

Seidel’s guide to physical examination, 8th ed. / Jane W. Ball, Joyce E. Dains, John A. Flynn, Barry S. Solomon, Rosalyn W. Stewart. St. Louis, Missouri : Elsevier/Mosby, c2015.
WB 205 M894 2015.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Seidel's Guide to Physical Examination, 8th ed. 2015

Where there is no doctor : a village health care handbook / by David Werner with Carol Thuman and Jane Maxwell ; with drawings by David Werner. New rev. ed., 13th printing Palo Alto, Calif., U.S.A. : Hesperian Foundation, c2013.WA 39 W492w 2013.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

Where there is No Doctor: a village health care handbook, 2013 reprint


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

Fourth floor study rooms get fresh paint!

Individual study rooms on the 4th floor will be painted this week. Just 3-4 rooms will be painted each day, but those rooms will be unavailable for a couple of hours until the paint dries. There will be a lingering paint smell. We apologize for any inconvenience. Contact Jonquil Feldman, Director of Library and Outreach Services  if you have questions or concerns.

Greysi Reyna – In Memoriam


We are saddened to announce the passing of Greysi Reyna on July 20 after a long battle with breast cancer.  From 1995 until her retirement in 2013, Greysi prostaffReynaGvided commendable service to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the Regional Academic Health Center, in Harlingen, and the South Texas community.  Her visionary leadership as Assistant Director of the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., Library facilitated expanded access to health information and resources throughout South Texas.  As a result of her altruistic service and dedication, Greysi received accolades for her notable work and outreach efforts.  Greysi was the recipient of the Michael E. Debakey Library Services Outreach Award, for outstanding outreach librarians serving rural or underserved populations, presented to her by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine in 2009.  She was involved with several outreach projects that brought improved health information to the South Texas region including information literacy training for promotoras and the MedlinePlus Peer Tutor Project at Med High in Mercedes, TX.  In 2005, the Med High Project was awarded the prestigious Institute of Museum and Library Services Award, presented to the Ramirez Library by First Lady Laura Bush. Through her love of service and her strong dedication to making lives better, Greysi made an indelible mark in South Texas.  Her gracious smile and infectious laughter was an inspiration to all who worked with Greysi.  She will be missed.

Donations in Greysi’s memory can be made to Sunshine Haven Hospice, 7105 Lakeside Blvd, Olmito, TX, 78575.

Group Study Room Online Reservation System Now Available

UT Health Science Center students, faculty, residents and staff can now reserve group study rooms using a new online system. Students have long been asking for the ability to reserve study rooms on their own, and this system allows them to make a reservation any time of day or night, showing room availability for easy selection and reducing wait time. It also frees up staff to assist others with their research needs. Data shows that 4 out of 10 questions received last year were about room reservations. Staff are still available to take reservations during library business hours.


How to reserve a group study room:

  1. Reserve online at
  2. Use a smartphone to scan the QR code located outside each room to check availability or reserve a room.
  3. Request a reservation in person at the Circulation Desk or call 210-567-2440.

Individual study rooms are on a first-come-first-served basis and are not available for reservation through the online system. All study rooms are limited to HSC ID holders, and library users are reminded to wear their ID badges so they are always visible. More information about library study rooms can be found at For further information, email or call 210-567-2450.

History of Medicine noon lecture will explore the treatment of diabetic pregnancy in the early 20th century

pregnancy“We Named Her Priscilla: Diabetic Pregnancy in early 20th century and Dr. Priscilla White”

Thursday, November 14, 12:00 noon
Howe Conference Room
5th floor, Briscoe Library

Kirsten Gardner, Ph.D., will talk about Priscilla White, a 1923 graduate of Tufts University Medical School whose groundbreaking work contributed to deeper understanding of diabetes, including diabetes in pregnancy.

Dr. Gardner, an Associate Professor of History at UTSA, is a past president of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  Her research interests include women’s health, particularly the history of female cancers. Recent articles include “Hiding the Scars: A History of Post-Mastectomy Prostheses,” “From Cotton to Silicone: A History of Breast Prosthesis Since World War II”, and “Informing Women: Early Cancer Detection Skills.”

History of Medicine noon lectures, hosted by the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, provide opportunities for informal learning and conversation. Everyone is invited. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

LearningExpress Library 3.0

LearningExpress Library provided by TexShare, the statewide library resource sharing consortium, is an interactive online learning platform that provides the most comprehensive selection of career-oriented and academic resources available.  This resource is moving to a NEW platform.  The current version (2.0) will remain online until June 30th, 2014 when it will be taken offline.

All user profiles (logons, passwords, work saved or in progress) will NOT migrate to the new platform (version 3.0).  Furthermore, all current users will be required to register as new users to access the new platform.  If you have any questions about this conversion to a new platform, please contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources,

Make your reservation by Friday: Annual Dinner of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., MDThursday, November 7, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Old San Francisco Steak House

Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.M., will be the guest speaker at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The evening’s program, to be held at the Old San Francisco Steak House, will explore a significant chapter in San Antonio’s history, reviewing the treatment innovations developed at the Army Burn Center that have revolutionized care and improved the survival of even massively burned patients.

Dr. Pruitt received his M.D. degree in 1957 from the Tufts University School of Medicine. He was drafted in 1959. Assigned to the U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research (ISR) at Fort Sam Houston, he completed his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in 1964 and went on to serve 31 years with the ISR. For 27 of those years, he was its commander and director.

Nixon Dinner InformationComplete information about the Annual Dinner and Presentation, and other activities of the Friends, can be found in the organization’s newsletter:

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library – Newsletter 2013

Friends of the Nixon Library – Membership and Dinner Reservation Form

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian